1. Grammys 2013 Preview: Best New Artist

    February 06, 2013 7:29 PM EST A closer look at the breakout stars who earned a Best New Artist nomination for the 2013 Grammy Awards. These five bright new musicmakers have a shot at the Best New Artist trophy at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (February 10). Jump To: Album of the Year | Record of the…

  2. 'American Idol' Recap: Burnell Taylor, Charlie Askew Amaze

    January 25, 2013 12:00 PM EST It looks like "American Idol" is finally focusing on the reason it's around to begin with: its contestants. It looks like "American Idol" is finally focusing on the reason it's around to begin with: its contestants.   After three episodes of cutting away to judge…

  3. 'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover Returns, Outshines Nicki-Mariah Tussle

    January 24, 2013 11:32 AM EST The highly-publicized fight between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey came and went Wednesday night -- and, honestly, with little bang.   After months of "when will it happen?" tension, Minaj walked out on the judges panel following a disagreement stemming from a singer's choice of…

  4. Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey 'Idol' Feud Hits Breaking Point

    January 23, 2013 11:40 PM EST On a NASCAR race track, tempers flare, often hitting their brink to the point that, well, accidents happen.   During Wednesday night's "American Idol" auditions at Charlotte Motor Speedway, ill will flared to its breaking point, as the long-hyped Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey…

  5. Obama Inauguration Music Guide: Katy Perry to Q-Tip

    January 19, 2013 10:00 AM EST From Beyonce and John Legend to the Goo Goo Dolls and Soundgarden, all the music stars heading to Washington, D.C. Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin , the president's re-election has led to another can't-miss week for music fans…

  6. Beyonce, Katy Perry & Kelly Clarkson Star at Packed Inauguration

    January 18, 2013 5:00 PM EST Kelly Clarkson is a multiple nominee at next month's Grammy Awards, but what she's really excited about is another event where she'll be joined by Beyonce, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher and Brad Paisley. Oh, and the president. President Barack Obama's…

  7. Essence Festival 2013: Brandy, Maxwell Heading to New Orleans

    January 08, 2013 9:45 AM EST Brandy , Jill Scott , Keyshia Cole and Maxwell are among the entertainers set to perform at the 2013 Essence Festival , which returns to New Orleans for four days in July. The 19th annual celebration of black music and culture will be held July 4-7 at the Superdome and the nearby convention…

  8. 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve': A Special Backstage Preview

    December 31, 2012 12:00 AM EST NEW YORK -- "New Year's Rockin' Eve" producer Larry Klein stands beside the second-floor window of the studio overlooking Times Square on a miserably cold December 29th, gesturing to the outdoor stage at the intersection of Broadway and 43rd Street. It's windy and…

  9. Ellie Goulding Talks 2013 Tour, Being 'A Bit More Adventurous'

    December 29, 2012 11:00 AM EST The 'Lights' singer on her 'mental' year and plans for 2013 -- including sky-diving Ellie Goulding brightened up 2012 with the surprise U.S. success of "Lights." Now the singer's looking forward to bringing her shine on the road. Her sophomore set, "…

  10. Greyson Chance Tells 'Truth': Eyes Two Releases in 2013

    December 29, 2012 9:00 AM EST After laying low for much of the year, Greyson Chance is gearing up for a very busy 2013. The 15-year-old Oklahoma native, who burst onto the scene in April 2010 with his viral cover of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi," will release the "Truth Be Told part 1" EP in January,…

  11. The Wanted May Release Two Albums in 2013

    December 28, 2012 6:15 PM EST After One Direction released two albums, "Up All Night" and "Take Me Home," in 2012 and guided both releases to the top spot of the Billboard 200 chart, fellow British boy band The Wanted has revealed that next year could yield a pair of new full-lengths of their own. In…

  12. OneRepublic to Debut 'If I Lose Myself' on New Year's Eve

    December 28, 2012 2:10 PM EST Ryan Tedder & Co. Talk New Album, 'Native,' and New Approach to Releasing Music OneRepublic will rock the TV debut of the first single off their long awaited third album, "Native," during "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on Dec. 31. Titled…

  13. Brandy Engaged to Music Exec Ryan Press

    December 28, 2012 9:00 AM EST The boy is hers. Brandy is capping a successful year that included a hit album and single by getting engaged. A spokeswoman for the 33-year-old R&B singer and actress says she'll marry music executive Ryan Press, though a wedding date has not been announced. It will be the first…

  14. Madonna Rules Billboard.com's Readers Poll 2012

    December 18, 2012 4:15 PM EST Once Billboard.com readers weighed in on their favorite artists, songs and albums of the year, Madonna emerged as the 2012 MVP and came out on top in four other categories. One year after pop divas like Britney Spears, Adele and Lady Gaga ruled the 2011 Billboard.com Readers' Poll ,…

  15. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2012: Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's Chart Champs

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West , Lil Wayne, Beyoncé , Nicki Minaj , Drake , Rihanna and Chris Brown , to name a few. However, a closer look reveals a host of newcomers and established…

  16. Justin Bieber, PSY Join 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Lineup

    December 12, 2012 3:00 PM EST Ryan Seacrest's New Year's Eve celebration is shoring up its slate. Justin Bieber has been added to the west coast party lineup on the ABC telecast, "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," while "Gangnam Style" star PSY will take the stage in Times…

  17. The Lumineers: The Billboard Cover Story

    December 10, 2012 12:30 PM EST How an alt-folk trio on a Nashville indie label (with a staff of six) sold half a million albums, scored two Grammy nods and became the breakout act of 2012 Things were looking up for the     "Live, 'Ho Hey' seemed to work well in getting people's attention," Schultz…

  18. Watch Cee Lo Talk Musical Gifts: Exclusive

    December 03, 2012 10:15 AM EST Cee Lo describes the childhood joys of unwrapping musical presents in this exclusive Give The Gift of Music video clip. With December here and the holidays truly underway, Cee Lo Green is the latest artist to lend his voice to the Give The Gift of Music campaign , which seeks to remind all…

  19. Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen to Ring in 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' 2013

    November 28, 2012 9:14 PM EST Taylor Swift 's never, ever getting back together with 2012. The "Red" star will send off her big year by headlining "New Year's Rockin' Eve" on ABC on Dec. 31. The Ryan Seacrest-hosted year-end celebration will also include Carly Rae Jepsen and Neon Trees…

  20. AMAs 2012: Swift Chased, Bieber's Grope Explained + More Things You Didn't See

    November 19, 2012 2:00 AM EST "Yes, it was spontaneous," Jenny McCarthy says of her manhandling of Justin Taylor Swift took home the award for Favorite Country Female Artist (surprise, surprise) while Carly Rae Jepsen won her first. Dick Clark was given a touching tribute by Stevie Wonder, David Guetta won the…

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