1. Crystal Bowersox of 'Idol' to Drop Second Album in March

    January 08, 2013 10:30 AM EST The wait is over for fans of "American Idol" alum Crystal Bowersox, who will release her second studio album in March through her new label, Shanachie Entertainment. The season nine runner-up will record tracks in "either Nashville or Los Angeles," according to a press…

  2. 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…

  3. Chart Highlights: Rolling Stones Debut On Dance/Club Play Songs

    January 07, 2013 6:15 PM EST When the group's frontman has the original moves like Jagger, it shouldn't be too surprising to find them on the tally. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  4. Ray Collins of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention Dies

    December 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST Ray Collins, a singer who co-founded the Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa but left when "too much comedy" started appearing in the band's songs, died on Monday at a California hospital. He was 75. The Claremont, Calif. resident had been at Pomona Valley Hospital since…

  5. The Year In Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 9:05 AM EST A look back at 10 breakout acts whose chart action Billboard heralded early on. In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the…

  6. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 24, 2012 6:05 PM EST The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  7. Gary Allan Cracks Top 10, Cassadee Pope Has 'Stupid' Debut

    December 20, 2012 4:50 PM EST Gary Allan cracks the Country Airplay top 10 for the first time in exactly five years, as "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" leaps 12-9 in its 16th chart week. He most recently entered the upper tier when "Watching Airplanes" rose 13-10 on the chart dated Dec. 29, 2007 (this…

  8. Top 20 Music Moments of 2012: Whitney, PSY, Pussy Riot & More

    December 19, 2012 6:55 PM EST Chart Article   It was the best of times - Taylor Swift, One Direction and PSY had their best year ever. It was the worst of times - the world lost Whitney Houston, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, and Jenni Rivera. But 2012 was anything but a slow news year. These are the 20 biggest music moments in…

  9. 615 Spotlight: The Lone Bellow

    December 19, 2012 1:30 PM EST Meet the Brooklyn Band With a 'Wall of Voices' This week, you can consider the 615 Spotlight a preview of an act who just might be one of the "Next Big Things" for 2013 -- The Lone Bellow. A trio consisting of lead singer Zach Williams, mandolin player Kanene Pipkin, and…

  10. Best Songs of 2012: Watch Katy Perry, One Direction & More Pick Favorites

    December 18, 2012 11:25 AM EST The end of 2012 is fast approaching, and stars from different genres -- pop, hip-hop, country and more -- spoke to Billboard, revealing their favorite songs of the year. Fun.'s "Some Nights" was the clear frontrunner, with Andy Grammer, Owl City's Adam Young and The White…

  11. Chart Highlights: Phillip Phillips Makes History On Adult Pop Songs

    December 17, 2012 5:30 PM EST The singer is the first 'American Idol' champion to send a debut single to No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs, where 'Home' hikes 2-1. Plus, new No. 1s from Ellie Goulding and Steven Curtis Chapman. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  12. Brian May Launches '40 Years of Queen' Ebook

    December 14, 2012 12:35 PM EST Brian May , legendary guitarist for rock band Queen , astrophysicist and astronomy book author, rolled up Friday to launch an ebook version of '40 Years of Queen' designed specifically for the ipad. May personally took an intimate media gathering through the interactive ebook at an…

  13. TVXQ! Q&A: On America, Favorite Artists, Future Touring Plans

    December 13, 2012 6:15 PM EST TVXQ! are K-pop royalty. With almost a decade under their belts, the group has proven themselves time and time again in the ever-changing Korean pop world by crafting new sounds, constructing imaginative live shows -- weathering member changes along the way -- to sell millions of singles and…

  14. 12-12-12: 12 Things You Didn't See At the Sandy Concert

    December 13, 2012 2:40 AM EST Though there was tons to see onstage during the nearly 6-hour 12-12-12 Concert, which benefited the Robin Hood Relief Fund, there was plenty going on backstage amid a frenzy of set changes, rock legends and celebrity guests. Here are 12 highlights from the biggest concert of the year. CONCERT…

  15. Sandy Concert Rocks NYC With Stones, McCartney and a Reunited Nirvana

    December 13, 2012 2:30 AM EST Gotta give it up for the locals. Musicians closely associated with New Jersey and New York dominated the 12-12-12 concert to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy survivors, selecting songs that created a narrative of perseverance, rebirth and hope. CONCERT FOR SANDY RELIEF • Stones, The Who, Joel,…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Parmalee Thriving Two Years After Near-Tragedy

    December 12, 2012 6:10 PM EST Stoney Creek recording artists Parmalee, who hit the Top 40 on the Country Airplay chart with their debut single "Musta Had A Good Time," is something that is a little more rare these days than it used to be - a family band. Comprised of brothers Matt Thomas on lead vocals, guitar…

  17. Colbie Caillat & Gavin DeGraw Sing 'We Both Know': Listen

    December 12, 2012 10:00 AM EST While touring together this summer, pop-rock singer-songwriters Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw took time to co-write a song, "We Both Know," to be featured on the upcoming Nicholas Sparks movie, "Safe Haven." The film -- costarring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough -- hits…

  18. Ravi Shankar, Sitar Maestro, Dead at 92

    December 11, 2012 11:45 PM EST Ravi Shankar, the master sitar player who earned three Grammys and left an indelible mark on generations of pop influencers including the Beatles, died on Tuesday at a hospital near his home in San Diego, his foundation and record label announced . He was 92. RAVI SHANKAR & FRIENDS •…

  19. Heart Relish in 'Surprise' Rock Hall Honor

    December 11, 2012 3:00 PM EST "I guess this shows that we did kick some doors down," in the male-dominated '70s, Ann Wilson tells Billboard Heart 's Ann Wilson says that she and guitar-playing sister Nancy Wilson are nothing less than "surprised" at their selection for the Rock and Roll Hall…

  20. Rock Hall 2013: Rush Has Heart, Donna Summer, Public Enemy as Classmates

    December 11, 2012 2:25 PM EST Randy Newman, Albert King and Quincy Jones Also Heading to Cleveland; Induction Ceremony Returning to Los Angeles After more than a decade of irate rants and enthusiastic lobbying from fans, Rush is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian trio will be inducted into the hall…

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