1. Jennifer Lopez And Her 'American Idol' Rejuvenation: An Appreciation

    July 27, 2012 4:25 PM EDT On Monday (July 23), Mariah Carey was officially announced as a judge on the 12th season of "American Idol," joining her husband, "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon, on the small screen, albeit on a rival network. "As a singer, songwriter and producer, it&…

  2. Harry Shearer Enlists Jane Lynch, Dr. John on New Album

    July 24, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Harry Shearer's politically pointed new album, "Can't Take a Hint," is considerably different than anything he's done before, either on his own or with Spinal Tap and the Folksmen from "A Mighty Wind." The 13-track set -- which comes out Aug. 27 -- is the…

  3. Win Watershed Music Festival Tickets

    July 24, 2012 6:00 PM EDT The Watershed Music Festival is shaping up to be one of summer's biggest parties, with a lineup that is one of the strongest of any of the country music festivals around. Taking place August 3-5 at the iconic Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., Watershed is set to feature a versatile…

  4. Candid Covers: The Gaslight Anthem Sings 'House of the Rising Sun'

    July 24, 2012 11:45 AM EDT "We didn't invent this -- this rock 'n' roll thing," Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon joked, explaining why the band chose to sing the Animals' "The House of the Rising Sun" for their Billboard Candid Covers Session. "It just felt like a song…

  5. The Gaslight Anthem Readies First Major-Label Debut

    July 23, 2012 1:30 PM EDT After Building Its Indie Base With Three Strong Releases, the N.J. Rock Band Is Going Big With 'Handwritten' From the beginning, the Gaslight Anthem has approached making a living from making music as a marathon -- a race to be run not in short bursts, but in a slow, steady build…

  6. Firefly 2012: Highlights From Delaware's First Major Music Fest

    July 23, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Delaware may be the First State in the union, but it's probably one of the last that you'd associate with cutting-edge rock music. That changed this past weekend when the home of NASCAR races, beachfront condos and tax-free shopping hosted the inaugural Firefly Music Festival , an…

  7. Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber Win Big at Teen Choice Awards

    July 23, 2012 9:10 AM EDT "The Twilight Saga" is gonna need a bigger garage. It was announced at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards that the supernatural franchise has won 41 surfboard-shaped trophies since 2008, including two awards earned this year for the penultimate film installment, "The Twilight…

  8. Jonathan Davis Embraces J Devil Inside, Talks EDM & Korn's Evolution

    July 18, 2012 2:00 PM EDT He's 'Recording Constantly' as J Devil; Preps 2 EPs of Electronic Music Korn is gearing up to start working on a new album and play a batch of summer concerts, but during the interim frontman Jonathan Davis is staying busy with his electronic music. Davis is currently on tour…

  9. Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City: The Story Behind 'Good Time'

    July 17, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Hit single will appear on both artists' next albums. After each artist's debut entry topped the Billboard Hot 100, Adam Young's electronica project Owl City and pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen have now netted their second top 20 hit -- with the same song. Produced by Young and…

  10. Triple A Radio Breaking Rookie Stars

    July 17, 2012 9:05 AM EDT A steady stream of hit newcomers is fulfilling the niche rock format's tastemaker potential. Triple A radio is producing some major league hits. The niche format (whose nickname is shorthand for "adult album alternative") nurtured the top Billboard Hot 100 title of 2011, Adele …

  11. D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 13, 2012 12:45 PM EDT On the evening of July 6, without any introduction, Michael Eugene Archer, better-known as D'Angelo , stepped onstage at the Essence Music Festival. The neo-soul singer performed a 75-minute set, filled with funky guitar riffs, tight harmonies, sly two-steps and his signature falsetto.…

  12. Justin Bieber Sued After Screaming Fans Damaged Woman's Hearing

    July 13, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Loud music isn't the only risk to your ears at a Justin Bieber concert, or so alleges a woman who attended the teen sensation's show in 2010. According to a $9.23 million lawsuit brought by Stacey Wilson Betts, her hearing was permanently damaged after taking her daughter to a…

  13. Dueling Tim McGraw Singles Debut on Country Songs

    July 12, 2012 7:05 PM EDT In a rare promotional double-take, Tim McGraw debuts a pair of singles on Billboard's Country Songs chart. But, will both be hits? "Truck Yeah," McGraw's first single for the Big Machine record label, arrives at No. 22 as his best entrance without another artist; he…

  14. Rolling Stones Celebrate 50 Years, Talk Tour 'in the Works'

    July 12, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Mick Jagger may rethink the words he sang more than 45 years ago - "What a drag it is getting old." Thursday marks 50 years since Jagger played his first gig with a band called the Rolling Stones , and the group is marking its half-century with no letup in its productivity or rock &…

  15. Essence Festival 2012: The 10 Best Performances

    July 09, 2012 5:10 PM EDT If there was any ever doubt whether R&B was alive and progressing, the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans debunked each and every doubter. No gimmicks or special affects were needed, as pure vocal prowess and legacy resonated loudly throughout the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. PHOTOS:…

  16. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    July 08, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Mary J. Blige had the New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the palm of her hand on Saturday night (July 7) at the 2012 Essence Music Festival. The legendary singer took all in attendance through a roller coaster of highs and lows, with a set of overflowing emotion. Veteran to the…

  17. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    July 07, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Charlie Wilson dominates, D'Angelo dissapoints at New Orleans event Don't underestimate the power of soul. While Friday's lineup at the 2012 Essence Music Festival was filled with an assortment of Hulkshare-generation singers and '90s R&B icons, it was the soul and…

  18. Q&A: Joe Walsh on 'Analog Man' and Post-Eagles Touring

    June 29, 2012 5:05 PM EDT While for many Joe Walsh is best known for his work with the Eagles, the singer/songwriter/guitarist has also enjoyed tremendous success as a member of the James Gang, and as a solo artist. He just released "Analog Man," his first solo album in 20 years, earlier this month, and will…

  19. Sunny Sweeney Prepares For Country Throwdown Tour's Nashville Stop

    June 29, 2012 4:10 PM EDT The third annual Country Throwdown Tour Fired Up by Kingsford® has had fans clamoring for more at each stop, and as the tour prepares to come to a close with a July 8 Nashville stop at The Woods at Fontanel, the buzz is being heard all around Music City. Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, Justin…

  20. Beach Boys Talk 'Another Album Together'

    June 27, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Mike Love on Band's Future, Label Reaction & the 'Only Drawback' of the Reunion Though the Beach Boys ' 50th anniversary reunion tour comes to an end on Sept. 28 in London, Mike Love says the quintet may, well, do it again, both on the road and in the recording studio.…

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