1. Brandy Discusses New Album, How Frank Ocean 'Inspired' Her

    December 16, 2011 3:25 PM EST With an extended run on the BET sitcom "The Game" beginning in January and a role in Tyler Perry's upcoming film "The Marriage Counselor," Brandy is devoting a large chunk of 2012 to the expansion of her acting repertoire. However, the "Boy Is Mine" singer…

  2. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 11/19/2011

    November 19, 2011 8:30 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @Billboard to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @nodoubt : Just listing to the new no doubt record!! It is SICK!!…

  3. Adele No. 1 on Hot 100 as Rihanna, Drake, Justin Bieber Surge

    October 26, 2011 4:00 PM EDT While Adele 's "Someone Like You" spends a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 song chart, Rihanna makes a play for the top spot, Drake vaults into the top 10 and Justin Bieber decorates the tally with the season's first holiday hit. "Someone" commands the Hot…

  4. Miranda Lambert Returns: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 21, 2011 11:45 AM EDT Newly signed artists: often timid, pliable souls so happy to have a record deal that they can be easily molded into someone else's vision. Sony Music Nashville chairman/CEO Gary Overton knew during his first conversation with Next: Will Marriage Soften Miranda? Don't Hold Your…

  5. Whitney Houston in Talks to Star Alongside Jordin Sparks in 'Sparkle' Remake

    September 12, 2011 10:14 PM EDT Whitney Houston, making her first return to movies since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife," is in negotiations to star in "Sparkle," Sony Pictures remake of the 1976 music-themed drama. American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and actor Mike Epps also are set to star. Mara…

  6. Brandy Speaks on Her Friendship With Aaliyah

    August 25, 2011 3:15 PM EDT "She was the first girl on the scene. She came out before Monica and I did, and she was our inspiration," Brandy tells The Juice of Aaliyah . It was different with Aaliyah and Brandy. Femme camaraderie trumped competition. Besides being side by side on the Billboard charts, with…

  7. Billboard Bits: Gaga Getting 'Simpsons'-fied, New Tom Waits Album On The Way

    August 23, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga to Guest Star on 'The Simpsons' Lady Gaga will guest star on the 'Simpsons' during the long-running show's 23rd season. Gaga will play herself in the aptly titled episode "…

  8. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 7/30/2011

    July 30, 2011 3:32 PM 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 !) @GwynethPaltrow : Who do I have to bang to get an advance…

  9. Adam Lambert and Avril Lavigne to Mentor Kids on 'Major and Minors'

    July 29, 2011 8:05 PM EDT Adam Lambert, Colbie Caillat, Avril Lavigne and Claude Kelly are joining the list of recording artists who will mentor the dozen youngsters competing on Hub TV's fall show "Majors and Minors." including Brandy, Leona Lewis, Jordin Sparks, Sean Kingston, Mike Posner and One…

  10. Bob Seger, Kid Rock, The Killers Top Inaugural Orlando Calling Fest Lineup

    July 21, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Rockers both modern ( Kid Rock , the Killers , the Raconteurs ) and classic ( Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band , the Doobie Brothers ) along with a smattering of country, blues, folk, R&B and hip-hop artists will be performing at the inaugural Orlando Calling festival Nov. 12-13 at…

  11. 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…

  12. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 6/11/2011

    June 11, 2011 10:00 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 !) @LupeFiasco : Defend the wicked. Celebrate the wrong.…

  13. Joe Jonas Drops 'See No More' Single: Listen

    June 03, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Joe Jonas' first solo single, titled "See No More" and co-written by Chris Brown , debuted worldwide today (June 3) via Chicago radio station B96 (96.3 FM)'s morning show. Joe Jonas, "See Now More" (radio rip) Jonas dished on his solo career to B96 DJs Julian and…

  14. Brandi Carlile Finishes Fourth Album Before Ray LaMontagne Tour

    May 10, 2011 4:29 PM EDT In the wake of her relatively formal and staid orchestral concert album, Brandi Carlile promises that her upcoming fourth studio album "sounds like a band that's absolutely pent up and totally overflowing with rock 'n' roll and couldn't wait to get in the studio and…

  15. Ask Billboard: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

    April 29, 2011 6:35 PM EDT 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. SISTERS ARE DOIN&…

  16. 10 All-Female Hit Collaborations

    April 26, 2011 1:05 PM EDT With Rihanna and Britney Spears sharing space atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "S&M," and with Spears having released a remix of "Till the World Ends" featuring Ke$ha (the song's co-writer) and Nicki Minaj , all-female collaborations are enjoying a rare spotlight.…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Katy Perry, Paul Simon

    April 21, 2011 4:05 PM EDT CHAINED MELODY: As previously reported , "S&M" rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , granting Rihanna her 10th No. 1, a milestone that only eight other artists have reached in the chart's 52-year history. "S&M" ascends to the summit fueled by the first full…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: INXS, Britney Spears, Elton John

    April 07, 2011 4:05 PM EDT WE LOVE THE '80s, PART 1: INXS returns to Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "Original Sin," featuring Rob Thomas , opens at No. 48. The song bookends the band's Dance/Club Play Songs discography, as the original "Original Sin" introduced the group…

  19. Katy Perry's 'E.T.' Widens Lead Atop Hot 100

    April 06, 2011 1:03 PM EDT K aty Perry's "E.T.," featuring Kanye West, spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, solidifying its top standing by claiming dual Digital and Airplay Gainer honors. Katy Perry's 'E.T.' Rockets to No. 1 on Hot 100 Spurred by the premiere of its…

  20. Celebrities Tweet Thoughts About Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami

    March 11, 2011 4:10 PM EST Amidst the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan this morning (March 11), triggering a 10-meter tsunami that now threatens Pacific coastal areas like Hawaii and the West Coast of the United States, celebrities have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts and lend support to those affected…

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