1. 'The Voice' Debut Scores Big Ratings for NBC

    April 27, 2011 11:45 AM EDT "The Voice" kicked off on a high note Tuesday night. The Mark Burnett-produced singing competition improved NBC's season average in the time period by 89 percent. With a 5.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11.8 million viewers overall, it is the top-rated series premiere on…

  2. 'The Voice' Premiere: Christina Aguilera Takes the Reins

    April 26, 2011 10:45 AM EDT "The Voice," NBC's heavily promoted singing competition with Christina Aguilera taking the focal reins, opens with the four celebrity "coaches" singing Gnarls Barkley 's "Crazy." The performance is steady without being remarkable, competent yet hardly…

  3. 'Voice' Judges Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine Go 'Crazy' in Performance

    April 21, 2011 3:10 PM EDT NBC's new talent competition "The Voice," featuring celebrity coaches Christina Aguilera , Cee Lo Green , Maroon 5 's Adam Levine and country star Blake Shelton , premieres Apr. 26. To kick off the pre-taped show, the judges collaborated on Cee Lo's hit with Gnarls…

  4. Christina Aguilera's Boyfriend Not Charged with DUI: Report

    April 18, 2011 11:50 AM EDT C hristina Aguilera 's boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, will reportedly not be charged with a DUI after he was arrested early last month for drunk driving in West Hollywood. According to a report by TMZ , the Los Angeles County District Attorney will not charge Rutler with a DUI due to…

  5. Cee Lo Green: 'American Idol' Has Run Its Course

    April 15, 2011 5:55 PM EDT NBC's "The Voice" isn't pulling any punches when it debuts April 26 at 9 p.m. And neither is musician coach Cee Lo Green . Green, who had been offered a high-profile gig on Simon Cowell's "The X Factor" but signed on to the Mark Burnett-produced rival…

  6. Katy Perry Takes Third Week Atop Hot 100 with Airplay Boost

    April 13, 2011 4:00 PM EDT K aty Perry 's "E.T.," featuring Kanye West , tallies a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, tacking on the chart's Airplay Gainer award as it has in its prior two frames at the summit. "E.T." - the fourth Hot 100 No. 1 from Perry's album "…

  7. Adele's '21' Hits 1 Million, Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT A dele 's "21" album not only returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (up two spots), but also becomes the first to sell more than a million copies this year. With 88,000 sold this past week (down 6%) according to Nielsen SoundScan, "21's" total rises to 1.03…

  8. Brad Paisley: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 08, 2011 2:19 PM EDT When Brad Paisley and longtime friend/collaborator Chris DuBois wrote "This Is Country Music," they knew they'd penned more than a catchy title track. They had a blueprint. "The song itself is what inspired the album, which is the best way to have an album come about,"…

  9. Taylor Swift Wins Entertainer of the Year at ACM Awards

    April 03, 2011 11:30 PM EDT M iranda Lambert won four prizes at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday but lost the coveted entertainer of the year honor to Taylor Swift in a major surprise. Swift, who picked up four nominations, had watched from her seat throughout the ceremony as rivals Lambert and Lady…

  10. Miranda Lambert Leads Early ACM Awards Winners

    April 03, 2011 10:14 PM EDT "The House That Built Me" helped Miranda Lambert quickly match her win total from last year's Academy of Country Music awards on Sunday night, while Lady Antebellum took home three trophies, including as artist and producer on album of the year "Need You Now." The two…

  11. Sound & Vision: RedOne and 10 Other Producers Ruling Music

    April 01, 2011 4:10 PM EDT They produce the songs that make the whole world sing -- and dance, and mosh, and head-bob, and do the country two-step. RedOne and 10 other producers who rule the music universe: RedOne Five years ago, the Billboard Hot 100 was a safe haven for the type of funked-up electro Timbaland was…

  12. Miranda Lambert Calls ACM Entertainer of the Year Nom 'Surreal'

    April 01, 2011 8:44 AM EDT Country singer Miranda Lambert has had a great year. Between nabbing Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2010 Country Music Assocation Awards and winning her first Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "The House That Built Me," the former Nashville Star finalist has…

  13. Billboard Bits: Christina Aguilera Joins Twitter, Selena Gomez Announces Tour Dates

    March 23, 2011 7:41 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera Joins Twitter As she prepares to join Cee Lo Green , Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 's Adam Levine as a singing coach on NBC's "The Voice," Christina Aguilera has finally joined…

  14. Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Shine in 'The Voice' Promo

    March 21, 2011 5:45 PM EDT With "American Idol" getting down to its top 10 contestants later this week, NBC has unveiled the first promo for its own vocal talent competition, "The Voice." The Carson Daly-hosted show, which features Christina Aguilera , Cee Lo Green , Maroon 5 's Adam Levine and…

  15. DJ Quik: Kids Should 'Join the Army,' Not Gangs

    March 21, 2011 1:53 PM EDT While enjoying a slice of sweet potato pie at a Los Angeles restaurant on a March afternoon, rapper/producer DJ Quik reflects on one of the most impressionable moments of his life: when fellow West Coast rapper Eazy-E died of AIDS in 1995. "That's humbling to me. I don't want…

  16. SXSW: 10 Things Seen and Overheard Saturday

    March 20, 2011 4:00 PM EDT And that's a wrap! SXSW 2011 ended with some surprise appearances (Diddy, Bon Iver), scary performances (DFA 1979, Trash Talk) and everything in between. Check out 10 things Billboard.com saw and overheard on the last day of the festival: SXSW 2011 Main Page | SXSW Billboard Showcase…

  17. Christina Aguilera to Join Twitter for 'The Voice'

    March 15, 2011 7:16 PM EDT C hristina Aguilera says she will finally start tweeting. Having famously avoided typing her thoughts in 140-character bits, Aguilera said Tuesday while promoting NBC's "The Voice" that she "will join Twitter in honor of the show." Aguilera, Blake Shelton , Cee Lo…

  18. Drake, President Clinton Team Up for Hollywood Fundraiser

    March 12, 2011 1:30 PM EST President Bill Clinton and Drake will team up for a fundraising event next week for Millennium Network, in support of the former President's nonprofit organization, The Clinton Foundation. The fundraiser, which is open to the public, will take place at Hollywood's Boulevard3 on Mar.…

  19. Blake Shelton Joins NBC's 'The Voice' As Judge

    March 07, 2011 3:20 PM EST Country singer Blake Shelton has been cast as the fourth judge and coach on NBC's singing competition show "The Voice." Shelton will be on a weekly panel with Christina Aguilera , Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine. Shelton is among country music's most active television…

  20. Billboard Bits: Phil Collins Possibly Retiring, 'Spider-Man' Slapped with New Violations

    March 04, 2011 6:00 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Phil Collins Retiring from Music? Former Genesis drummer and solo star Phil Collins has indicated that he is calling it quits from music. The 60-year-old has hearing problems and nerve damage in his hands, and says…

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