1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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 ,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. AMAs 2012: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Exuberant Night

    November 18, 2012 11:45 PM EST Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, a big win on a night that opened with another victory for the teen star. "This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I'm going to be here…

  12. Ask Billboard: Songs Two Good Not To Be No. 1

    November 16, 2012 9:35 PM EST PSY's 'Gangnam Style' joins the list of memorable No. 2 Hot 100 hits; fun.'s 'Some Nights' does the same for No. 3-peaking songs; Demi Lovato's sales; and more soundtrack stopgap hits. A new "Ask Billboard" to cover such topics as PSY's "…

  13. Brandy, Backstreet Boys Among Presenters at American Music Awards

    November 15, 2012 5:50 PM EST | Behind-the-Scenes Video This year's ceremony will feature a new category, electronic dance music, as well as awards in genres including pop/rock, country, rap/hip-hop, soul/R&B, alternative, adult contemporary, Latin and contemporary inspirational. Rihanna and Minaj lead the…

  14. Chart Juice: Ne-Yo Nabs Fourth No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    November 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST After Ne-Yo 's last album "Libra Scale" debuted and peaked at No. 4 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2010, the singer/songwriter returns to the chart's summit with "R.E.D." moving 66,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set joins the…

  15. Chart Juice: Kendrick Lamar's 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' Rules R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 01, 2012 1:35 PM EDT With the release of his much-anticipated major-label debut "good kid, m.A.A.d city," Kendrick Lamar bows on multiple charts beginning with R&B/Hip-Hop Albums where the set opens at No. 1 with 241,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The top-spot opening comes three…

  16. Kendrick Lamar Debuts at No. 2 as Taylor Swift's 'Red' Tops Billboard 200

    October 31, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Tony Bennett, Gary Clark Jr., Stone Sour and Lady Antebellum also debut in the Top 10 of this week's chart. As earlier reported , Taylor Swift's "Red" album explodes at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 1.208 million copies in its first week according to Nielsen…

  17. Ask Billboard: More Soundtrack Stopgap Hits

    October 30, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Long before Adele's 'Skyfall,' artists have bridged the gap between breakout albums and follow-ups with soundtrack smashes. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  18. Updated Projections: Taylor Swift To Launch Atop Billboard 200 With 'Red'

    October 27, 2012 9:45 AM EDT As previously reported, Taylor Swift is charging toward a million-unit sales week and a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with her fourth album, "Red." Industry sources still peg final week sales (which run through Sunday, Oct. 28) at around the 1.1 million mark,…

  19. Chart Juice: Brandy Calls It A Comeback On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 25, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Brandy reaches the summit of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for the second time in her nearly 18-year career, as "Two Eleven" debuts at No. 1 with 65,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's been more than 10 years since her previous chart-topper, "Full Moon,"…

  20. Presidential Debate 2012, Round 3: Musicians React on Twitter

    October 23, 2012 12:09 AM EDT In the third and final presidential debate, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney faced off on foreign policy -- prompting zingers and thoughtful disagreements alike. As America prepares to head the polls, the music world weighed in as well. Some cracked jokes, some shook their heads and others just…

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