1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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 •…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Chart Highlights: will.i.am, Britney Spears Bound Onto Pop Songs Chart

    December 10, 2012 4:45 PM EST Dropkick Murphys, meanwhile, bring their brand of holiday cheer to the Alternative Songs 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 below. All our charts are…

  13. Bonfire Jam Festival Kicks Off in Florida

    December 07, 2012 4:00 PM EST This week, Billboard has previewed this year's Bonfire Jam Festival, which starts today in Chumuckla, Florida. With the "World's Largest Redneck Christmas Parade" and performances from Clay Walker, Jana Kramer and Gretchen Wilson, there's a little something for…

  14. Rolling Stones Added to Sandy Relief Concert

    December 07, 2012 12:30 PM EST The Rolling Stones have been added to the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, organizers announced Friday at a press conference in New York. The reunited group joins a Who's Who of some of rock's most iconic voices that will perform at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, including Eric…

  15. Jana Kramer Hopes You Like 'Whiskey'

    December 06, 2012 5:40 PM EST A new single for the "Why Ya Wanna" star, who plays the Bonfire Jam in Florida this weekend What a year it's been for Jana Kramer , the country newcomer whose debut single "Why Ya Wanna" reached No. 3 on Country Songs and who this weekend shares a bill with Gretchen…

  16. Chart Highlights: One Direction's 'Little Things' Makes Big Pop Songs Start

    December 03, 2012 5:30 PM EST 'Little Things,' from the boy band's No. 1 Billboard 200 album 'Take Me Home,' enters the radio airplay chart at No. 35. Plus, Florida Georgia Line rules Country Airplay on its first try. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  17. Gretchen Wilson Unleashing Classic Rock Set in 2013

    December 03, 2012 9:35 AM EST 'Redneck Woman' Also Prepping EP of Originals; Playing Bonfire Jam Fest on Dec. 8 There's a party going on this weekend in Santa Rosa County, Florida called the Bonfire Jam , and organizers are pulling out all the stops. There will be bull riding, calf roping, and what has been…

  18. Bubbling Under: Sam and the Womp's U.K. No. 1 'Bom Bom' Hits Stateside

    December 01, 2012 11:10 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Sam and the Womp, IAmDynamite, the Henningsens and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Sam and the Womp After topping the Official U.K.…

  19. Freeway Talks Babygrande Partnership & 'Diamond in the Ruff' Album

    November 27, 2012 3:00 PM EST With more than a decade in the rap game, Freeway still has a hustler's spirit. The Philadelphia native broke into music as one of the flagship members of Jay-Z 's Roc-a-Fella Records, and his 2003 debut, "Philadelphia Freeway," bowed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and has…

  20. T.I.: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 26, 2012 1:00 PM EST "People keep expecting me to fail. I'm going to continue to be huge." Inside the making of T.I.'s "Trouble Man." On Aug. 31, 2011, Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. walked out of Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Forrest City, a low-security federal…

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