1. Ray Benson Kicks Off SXSW With Birthday Bash

    March 14, 2012 10:15 AM EDT In his characteristically droll manner. Ray Benson told a crowd at Austin's Rattle Inn on Tuesday night that "this has become a yearly thing, having a birthday." But Benson has, in fact, turned his yearly celebration into one of the opening -- and overall -- highlights of the…

  2. Top 24 'American Idols' Of All-Time

    February 28, 2012 1:30 PM EST Chart Article When a singer wins "American Idol," it's undoubtedly his or her biggest music moment to-date. But as we've seen time and time again, winning "Idol" does not necessarily mean that one's career will follow the trajectories of 12-7 6-1 Next » 24…

  3. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  4. K-Pop Hot 100: Singer IU Spends Fifth Week at No. 1

    January 11, 2012 1:00 AM EST Teen solo artist IU has started the new year in exactly the same way she closed out 2011: On top of the world and the charts. Her recently released single, "You and I," has been perched atop the Billboard K-Pop Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks and running. This is quite a…

  5. Willie Nelson Bassist Dan 'Bee' Spears Dies at 62

    December 12, 2011 10:20 AM EST Country Legend Says Longtime Band Member Died of Exposure Dan "Bee" Spears, the longtime bassist in Willie Nelson 's family band, died Thursday (Dec. 8) after falling outside his Nashville home, the legendary country singer announced on Friday. According to Nelson, Spears, who…

  6. Adele's 'Someone' Helps Radio Station Sampler Score Top 15 Debut

    November 28, 2011 12:05 PM EST Time was running out. Executives at adult alternative Minneapolis radio station KTCZ (Cities 97) were waiting on a phone call from Adele 's management and it was down to the wire. KTCZ was hoping to secure permission to release one of her in-studio live performances, recorded at the…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Traci Lords

    November 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Now with 11 Hot 100 No. 1s, what chance might Rihanna have at passing the Beatles for the most leaders in the chart's history? BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES?: "We are watching history in the making." Island Def Jam president/COO Steve Bartels Wednesday (Nov. 2) praised Rihanna in a…

  8. K-Pop Hits Madison Square Garden at SMTown Live

    October 24, 2011 9:30 AM EDT If fans storming hotel rooms or camping out at 4:00 a.m. for their general admission seats wasn't enough indication, K-Pop officially hit New York City this weekend. October 23 marked the first performance of an Asian pop group in Madison Square Garden with the SMTown Live '10 World…

  9. Deer Tick On Fire - Literally - Before New Album 'Divine Providence'

    October 22, 2011 10:00 AM EDT The boys of Deer Tick have been on fire lately -- literally. "Massive explosions. I burned my hand," guitarist Ian O'Neil says with a laugh. "It'll come out really great." He's referring to the band's recent flame-filled video for "Main Street,…

  10. Brian Wilson Starts New Album, Talks Beach Boys Rumors & 'SMiLE'

    October 18, 2011 1:45 PM EDT After reimagining Gershwin, singing "In the Key of Disney" and helping to compile an official release for the Beach Boys ' "SMiLE," Brian Wilson is ready to work on some fresh material again -- his first since "That Lucky Old Sun" in 2008. "I'm…

  11. Needtobreathe 'Want to Be an Important Band'

    September 18, 2011 9:00 AM EDT "The title just says it," Needtobreathe lead vocalist Bear Rinehart says of his band's new album, "The Reckoning," due Sept. 20 on Atlantic. "We want to be an important band. We want to be a band that people believe in and that people are impacted by. Being a…

  12. The 25 Hottest Clubs In North America

    July 06, 2011 12:00 PM EDT These are the top-ranked clubs in North America based on box-office data reported to Billboard Boxscore by concert promoters or venue representatives for events that occurred this year from Jan. 1 through June 1. Some are booked and promoted by such national promoters as AEG Live (the Joint…

  13. Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals

    June 16, 2011 1:07 PM EDT Chart Article Get the skinny on Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Fest, Newport Folk Fest, and 30 more fests you may not even know about. Chart Article Bon Jovi Open Air Tour (also called Circle/Greatest Hits tour) Support: The Breakers Dates: Ongoing until July 31 Price: $120 - $184 ( buy…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Beyonce

    June 02, 2011 6:45 PM EDT THE START OF SOMETHING 'BIG': After a one-year break, the annual "American Idol" coronation single returns to the Billboard Hot 100 's top 15. Newly-crowned "Idol" champion Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" blasts in at No. 11, making…

  15. Osama bin Laden Dead: Music Celebs React on Twitter

    May 02, 2011 1:22 PM EDT As news broke of Osama bin Laden's death last night, first via Twitter and then officially during Pres. Obama's televised address, celebs quickly joined the worldwide conversation. Here are 20 reactions -- ranging from joy, fear, shock, celebration and plenty of humor -- from…

  16. Top 20 Tweets Of The Week 4/2/2011

    April 02, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @RealTalibKweli : RIP DJ Megatron. Gone way too soon. Peace…

  17. Billboard's SXSW Showcases Upclose: Wednesday

    March 11, 2011 1:30 PM EST We're set to invade Austin, Texas for this year's SXSW Music Festival, with four nights' (Mar. 16-19) worth of showcases at the Billboard Bungalow, housed at Buffalo Billiards (201 East 6th Street). We open our doors to SXSW badge-holders every night at 7 pm. Get the scoop on…

  18. The Power Of Love: Analyzing The Hot 100's 1,000 No. 1s

    February 23, 2011 1:05 PM EST How did I spend my long weekend, plus a(n unhealthy) portion of yesterday? Analyzing the subject matter of all 1,000 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, of course! I wondered if by dissecting the content of each leading song since the Hot 100's launch Aug. 4, 1958, from Ricky Nelson 's "…

  19. Ask Billboard: Albums, Avril & 'American Idol'

    January 21, 2011 6:55 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BOTTOMS DOWN Hi…

  20. Kim Kardashian Debuts 'Turn It Up' Song on New Year's Eve

    January 03, 2011 10:19 AM EST Kim Kardashian rang in 2011 by making her first foray into the music world, as the reality TV star premiered her new song at a New Year's Eve party at TAO nightclub in Las Vegas. In a video that captured the song's unveiling, Kardashian is seen giving the crowd a brief introduction…

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