1. 615 Picks: Taylor Swift Poised to Win Big (Again) at CMT Music Awards

    June 05, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Tonight's CMT Music Awards, airing live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, promises to pack a diverse musical punch. Hosted by Kristen Bell and Jason Aldean, the show will feature performances from many of the top stars of the genre, including Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker,…

  2. Gloria Estefan Talks Career, New Album at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 25, 2013 8:20 AM EDT It takes a lot of hard work to keep the crown as queen of all Latina musical artists. But Gloria Estefan makes it look easy. Latin music's premier female artist -- with seven Latin Grammys and more than 100 million albums sold -- has a new album, a Broadway show about her life, a…

  3. Legendary Producer Phil Ramone Dies at Age 79

    March 30, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a career that stretched back to the early 1960s --…

  4. Dillon Francis: Five Questions with the 'Stressed' Dance Man

    March 21, 2013 6:23 PM EDT Francis is trying to wrap up his new album. Also, he's "holy now." Dillon Francis is not only one of the most creative producers in dance music, he’s also delightfully strange. Billboard sat down with the ever-entertaining Francis in advance of the release of his new single …

  5. SXSW Shorts: Charli XCX, Shoes, Nik Bartsch, White Lung and K-Pop's f(x)

    March 14, 2013 6:30 PM EDT So many bands. So little time. Billboard is roaming Austin this week, checking out as many acts at SXSW as possible -- and each day we'll highlight a selection of our favorites. On Wednesday we caught Charli XCX, The Sights, a pair of Lung acts (White Lung, Wet Lungs), along with…

  6. Court Overturns James Brown Estate Settlement

    February 28, 2013 5:07 AM EST The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a settlement divvying up the multimillion-dollar estate of James Brown, saying a former attorney general didn't follow the late soul singer's wishes in putting together the deal. Attorney General Henry McMaster brokered a…

  7. Super Bowl XLVII: 20 Musician Tweets

    February 03, 2013 11:01 PM EST Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and more music makers react to halftime and the big game. Whether they were rooting for the Ravens, 49ers, or a Destiny's Child reunion, the music world had plenty to tweet about when the Super Bowl XLVII hit New Orleans. We'…

  8. 13 Artists to Watch in 2013

    January 27, 2013 12:21 PM EST They're not household names. . . yet, but these 13 music makers -- including pop stars in the making, a big "Voice," an up and coming rapper, and several hot bands -- are primed to do big things this year. Olly Murs 
 @ollyofficial | Pop Olly Murs auditioned for Britain'…

  9. Cassadee Pope Signs With Republic Nashville

    January 17, 2013 2:45 PM EST What will her debut album sound like? "If you were to take Taylor Swift, make it edgier with a just a little hint of country" "I am so excited to be joining the very talented Republic Nashville family," she says in the announcement. "I am so passionate about my music…

  10. Shakira to 'Bust Heads,' Usher Promises Strict Style on 'The Voice'

    January 02, 2013 9:30 AM EST The dust has barely settled on Cassadee Pope 's big win on "The Voice" last month , but with big changes in store for the show's fourth season -- most notably the addition of two new coaches -- it's never too early to look ahead. Billboard recently attended a press…

  11. Live Times Square New Year's Eve Webcast: Watch Train, Cassadee Pope

    December 31, 2012 12:25 PM EST Watch live right now! Watch the Times Square New Year's Eve festivities live right here on Billboard.com. The webcast will feature performances by "The Voice" winner Cassadee Pope , Train (singing John Lennon's "Imagine" right before midnight), the Broadway cast…

  12. Jason Aldean Scores 16th Top 10 on Country Songs

    December 28, 2012 11:45 AM EST Cassadee Pope's 'Over You' Continues Climb, Jumping 21-3 on Country Digital Songs Jason Aldean and Randy Houser fatten their respective top 10 counts on Country Songs , noted as Houser's "How Country Feels" improves 11-8 and Aldean's "The Only Way I…

  13. Britney Spears' Potential 'X Factor' Exit: How Much Would It Hurt?

    December 28, 2012 12:05 AM EST Two weeks after Antonio "L.A."Reid confirmed that the second season of the U.S. version of "The X Factor" would be his last on the judges panel , rumors of Britney Spears' exit from the show spread like wildfire on Thursday (Dec. 27), following a report from Us Weekly…

  14. 'Voice' Winner Cassadee Pope Debuts at No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums Chart

    December 27, 2012 11:35 AM EST A little over a week after NBC's "The Voice" crowned Cassadee Pope its season three winner on Dec. 18, the singer now crowns Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart. Her "Voice" best-of album, titled "The Voice: The Complete Season 3 Collection," bows at…

  15. Bruno Mars Marks a Chart First With Hot 100 Leader 'Heaven'

    December 27, 2012 11:15 AM EST "Heaven" is first track to top the Hot 100, Radio, Digital and On-Demand Songs charts simultaneously Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 , as "Locked Out of Heaven" spends a third week at No. 1. The song also crowns the Radio Songs chart for the first time. As it…

  16. 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…

  17. Cassadee Pope's Vision for Album: Edgy, Mature With a Lil' Blake Shelton

    December 19, 2012 3:15 PM EST 'The Voice' Finale Seen by 14 Million Viewers, Up 18% From Season 2 Cassadee Pope begins her post-"Voice" career tonight (Dec. 19) with an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and heads to New York to appear on the "Today" show on Thursday.…

  18. Bruno Mars Has Top Hot 100 Spot 'Locked' Up Again

    December 19, 2012 12:40 PM EST Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" spends a second week at No. 1. The lead single from his sophomore album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," which bows at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 192,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, holds…

  19. Bruno Mars Debuts at No. 2 as Taylor Swift's 'Red' Still Rules

    December 19, 2012 11:00 AM EST The debut of "Unorthodox Jukebox" gives Bruno his best sales week ever. Taylor Swift continues to rule the roost on the Billboard 200 albums chart as "Red" stays steady at No. 1 with 208,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 25%). It's the Big Machine album'…

  20. 'The Voice' Finale: Two Coaches Say 'Good Riddance,' Rihanna + Bruno Mars Perform

    December 19, 2012 10:35 AM EST PLUS: Watch Cassadee Pope duet with the Killers, Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne Before Cassadee Pope was crowned winner , NBC managed to pack the two-hour finale of "The Voice" season three with big musical guests from Kelly Clarkson, the Killers, Avril Lavigne and the last two…

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