1. New Politics Studio Session: Watch Two Performances and Q&A

    August 20, 2013 5:02 PM EDT "Shake it like a bad girl out in Harlem," goes "Harlem," the breakout hit of Danish rockers New Politics, who (literally) shook it all over Billboard's studio's in this live Q&A and performance session. Frontman David Boyd flashes some killer impromptu…

  2. Britain's ITV Chases Simon Cowell For 'X Factor' Return

    August 15, 2013 1:51 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster ITV is making another push to get Simon Cowell to return as a judge on the U.K. edition of "X Factor" as part of negotiations to extend the talent show's run here beyond its upcoming 10th season. A current three-year contract between ITV, producer Syco, the…

  3. Billy Currington Set to Face Court on Charges of Terrorist Threats, Abuse

    August 15, 2013 12:30 AM EDT A judge Wednesday scheduled an Oct. 4 trial date for country singer Billy Currington, who was charged in the spring with threatening a 70-year-old tour boat captain who cruised past the dock of a $3.5 million waterfront home in Georgia where the singer was staying. Currington's…

  4. Radio Praises New Katy Perry, Lady Gaga Singles

    August 13, 2013 4:25 PM EDT Perry's 'Roar' and Lady Gaga's 'Applause' have blasted into the Pop Songs building chart's top 20, with PDs excited about the superstars' returns Just as the new tracks from Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are heading for big debuts on Billboard's…

  5. 'Breaking Bad' Character Playlist: 8 Songs For The Final Season

    August 09, 2013 2:30 PM EDT From Linkin Park to Taylor Swift, check out the tracks that capture the major characters on the AMC drama. On Sunday night (Aug. 11), AMC's "Breaking Bad" kicks off its final season, beginning the end of the road for the Emmy-winning drama about one likable man evolving…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Erin Enderlin's 'Labor of Love'

    August 07, 2013 5:45 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Erin Enderlin – who releases her new EP "I Let Her Talk" next week, is excited about getting some new music out to the public. After all, she's been working on it for a while. "It's so cool and exciting," Enderlin told Billboard. "I feel…

  7. The Wanted Switches Gears on 'We Own The Night' Single: Listen

    August 05, 2013 12:55 PM EDT Love fun.'s "Some Nights"? Then embrace the boy band's new sing-along. While Justin Timberlake has made concerted efforts to "Take Back The Night," the Wanted has declared that they, in fact, own the night. On "We Own The Night," the lead single from…

  8. Gimme Five: Austin Mahone's Favorite Pop Tracks (Video)

    July 31, 2013 1:17 PM EDT Austin Mahone is having a pretty good year: the 17-year-old pop artist made his Hot 100 debut last month with his RedOne-produced single "What About Love," and has been taking his YouTube-honed talents on the road with Taylor Swift, as an opening act on her massive Red tour. As…

  9. Jay Z on Zimmerman Verdict: 'Didn't Trayvon Have the Right to Stand His Ground?'

    July 25, 2013 4:30 PM EDT Jay Z has already made his feelings known about George Zimmerman's not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder case, attending a rally to protest the verdict in New York and dedicating a performance of "Forever Young" to the slain teen. But he further criticized the…

  10. Pitchfork Music Festival 2013: A Father-Son Dialogue

    July 22, 2013 1:30 PM EDT My dad had no idea that A$AP Rocky was coming. But he was ready for Lil B. Last summer, I brought my father to the Pitchfork Music Festival, that annual indie-rock utopia in Chicago's Union Park, and the first artist he watched in full was Lord Flacko and the rest of the A$AP Mob,…

  11. Florida Georgia Line: Billboard Cover Story Q&A

    July 19, 2013 12:45 PM EDT How Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard followed their instincts to the top of the charts It's Independence Day, and Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, the two artists that make up the skyrocketing country rock duo Florida Georgia Line, are celebrating a little independence of their own,…

  12. 615 Spotlight: Lizzie Sider Lights Up With 'I Love You That Much'

    July 17, 2013 11:55 AM EDT It has been something of a whirlwind year for teenage country sensation Lizzie Sider. The Florida native has gained attention with her debut single "Butterfly," and is busy promoting her follow-up, "I Love You That Much." She's pleased about her career progress…

  13. Sara Bareilles, 'The Blessed Unrest': Track-By-Track Review

    July 16, 2013 1:43 PM EDT When Sara Bareilles' 2010 album "Kaleidoscope Heart" debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, the achievement proved that the "Love Song" singer-songwriter was not a pop personality to underestimate. The California native could have very well drifted off into…

  14. Chris Brown Probation Revoked, Singer Remains Free

    July 15, 2013 7:54 PM EDT Another Brown hearing is set for Aug. 16 in the wake of an alleged hit-and-run accident. A judge revoked Chris Brown's probation on Monday after reviewing the details of an alleged hit-and-run accident involving the singer and his behavior afterward. However, the singer was not ordered…

  15. Britney Spears' 'Ooh La La' Video: Watch The Smurf-tastic New Clip

    July 11, 2013 12:49 PM EDT Britney Spears' "Ooh La La" single, which leads the forthcoming soundtrack to "The Smurfs 2," has received a colorful, kid-friendly music video -- and by "kid-friendly," we mean that Spears' two sons, Preston and Jayden, make gleeful appearances…

  16. 'Glastonbury Effect' Lifts Mumford & Sons to UK Chart Summit

    July 08, 2013 6:52 AM EDT The “Glastonbury effect” shot closing night headliners Mumford & Sons back to the top of the new U.K. album chart on Sunday, also boosting sales for bill-toppers the Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys. On the singles chart, John Newman, the Yorkshire-born vocalist on Rudimental’s…

  17. Pussy Riot Members to Appeal Conviction to Russia's Supreme Court

    July 05, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Lawyers representing the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot are set to launch an appeal to Russia’s Supreme Court to reverse their conviction for hooliganism. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are serving two-year sentences handed down by a Moscow court last August. A third…

  18. Tom Odell, Icona Pop Debut Atop U.K. Charts; Glastonbury Festival Sparks Sales Lifts

    July 01, 2013 4:57 AM EDT Tom Odell, the British singer-songwriter who won the Critics’ Choice title at the 2013 BRIT Awards, opened at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (June 30) with his debut set “Long Way Down” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Meanwhile, Swedish duo Icona Pop’s international hit …

  19. Austin Mahone Video Interview: Teen Star Talks Humble Beginnings, Debut Album

    June 27, 2013 12:40 PM EDT After painstakingly growing a fan base online through social media and YouTube clips, Austin Mahone has finally transcended the "viral sensation" tag and has a hit on his hands. His RedOne-produced single "What About Love" debuted at No. 74 on last week's Hot 100…

  20. Prince's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    June 24, 2013 4:50 PM EDT Prince's catalog of Hot 100 hits, which includes huge smashes like "Purple Rain," "Kiss" and "When Doves Cry," is staggering. The Purple One has claimed 47 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, including 19 top 10s -- with five of those going all the way to No.…

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