1. Selena Gomez: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 10, 2011 11:55 AM EDT ''It's a transitional stage," To bring music from Gomez's third album to fans of her TV series and a broader audience, the key, Konowitch says, has been the employment of multiple platforms. The video for the first single, "Who Says," which plays during the…

  2. Girls Aloud's Nicola Roberts: Will 'Beat Of My Drum' Spawn Stateside Breakout?

    June 06, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Going solo is never easy. Unless you have the larger than life personality of a Justin Timberlake or a Beyonce , an artist takes a huge risk when they depart from the group that made them famous in the first place. While Girls Aloud , the reality TV-spawned girl group turned U.K. chart-topper…

  3. Skylar Grey Parlays Hit-Making for Eminem, Dre Into Solo Career

    March 07, 2011 3:30 PM EST The story reads like a page out of Cinderella 2.0. Against all odds, a young, relatively unknown artist is chosen to sing the hook she penned for a track by a high-profile rapper. Not only that, she's also asked to perform the single on the industry's biggest music stage: the Grammy…

  4. Nicki Minaj Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200, Crosses 1 Million Sales

    February 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST N icki Minaj crowns the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time, as her "Pink Friday" set steps 3-1 in its 11th week on the list (45,000; up 18% per Nielsen SoundScan). "Pink" also pushes past the 1 million total sales mark this week -- 1,035,000 total since its Nov.…

  5. Best New Artist Grammy Race: Drake

    February 04, 2011 11:30 AM EST chartArticle_ignore VIDEO Q&A Billboard's Drake Grammy Q&A: Your Tweets Answered! FEATURE Drake: The Billboard Cover Story FEATURE Drake 2011 Album Preview NEWS Drake & Rihanna To Duet At Grammys VIRAL VIDEO Nicki Minaj Enlists Drake For Cinderella Wedding 'Moment'…

  6. Nicki Minaj 'Does the Creep' on 'SNL'

    January 30, 2011 12:45 PM EST With her character-driven, accent-tinged rhymes and over-the-top attitude and costumes, color us less than surprised that musical guest Nicki Minaj proved herself to be an able actress on last night's "Saturday Night Live" (Jan. 29). Nicki Minaj's 'Moment 4 Life'…

  7. Nicki Minaj's 'Moment 4 Life' Video': A Cinderella Wedding with Drake

    January 27, 2011 8:45 PM EST Relating the lyrical hook "I wish I could have this moment for life" to a classic character whose time is especially fleeting -- Cinderella -- Nicki Minaj goes glamorous in the official music video for "Moment 4 Life," which premiered tonight (Jan. 27) on MTV. The clip for…

  8. Eminem: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 25, 2010 11:55 AM EDT "Make some noise for a gentleman who's come a long way." It's a muggy, breeze-less June night in New York, and some 200 fans have pressed into Bowery Ballroom under the pretense of watching local rappers with questionable names like Kosha Dillz and Quest McCody berate each…

  9. Eminem's 'Recovery' Album Leaks Two Weeks Early

    June 08, 2010 11:57 AM EDT E minem is the latest artist to fall victim to an internet leak: his upcoming "Recovery" album appeared online yesterday (June 7), along with a full tracklist, two weeks before its June 22nd release date. The leak comes less than a week after the online debut of the second single…

  10. Rapper Sam Adams Brews Fame On iTunes, Billboard Charts

    March 19, 2010 2:15 PM EDT The name "Sam Adams" most commonly has been associated with several American historical figures and a favored Boston beer. But the city of Boston is laying claim to yet another Sam Adams: an upstart Trinity College rapper who emerged from virtual obscurity when his primarily self…

  11. Sam Adams Says Sales 'Legit,' SoundScan Data Revealed

    March 15, 2010 7:49 AM EDT Boston-area rapper Sam Adams has had quite the roller-coaster month. His debut album, "Boston's Boy" debuted at the top of the iTunes hip-hop digital album charts after selling just under 8,000 digital units in its first week. But the Cinderella story quickly faded after rumors…

  12. Amy Winehouse Pleads Guilty To Assault Charge

    January 20, 2010 6:55 AM EST Amy Winehouse on Wednesday (Jan. 20) admitted assaulting a theatre manager at a Christmas pantomime. The 26-year-old Grammy winner pleaded guilty to common assault and public order charges at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court, according to the Press Association. Winehouse hit 27-year-old…

  13. TV Special On Susan Boyle Debuts

    December 11, 2009 8:20 AM EST Susan Boyle sings, and Simon Cowell and other celebrities sing her praises in a weekend TV special about the Cinderella story that has made her a best-selling recording artist. All that's lacking is a prince, but she says romance has to wait. "Och, there's no time for that now.…

  14. The Alicia Keys 'Element' Billboard Cover Story & Video

    November 06, 2009 4:38 PM EST An unseasonal gust of wind greets Alicia Keys as she steps out of a doorway behind a Beverly Hills hotel on a late-October afternoon. Decked out in a black leather vest and black leggings brightly accented by turquoise suede knee-high boots and a hint of matching eyeliner, the Grammy Award…

  15. Singer, Broadway Star Eartha Kitt Dies

    December 25, 2008 9:30 PM EST Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81. Andrew Freedman said Kitt, who was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, died…

  16. Kanye West / May 13, 2008 / New York (Madison Square Garden)

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West's Glow in the Dark tour made its long-awaited touchdown at New York's Madison Square Garden last night (May 13), and one got the sense this was the show for which West has been preparing hi Kanye West's Glow in the Dark tour made its long-awaited touchdown at New…

  17. Hair-Metal Mania Strikes Again At Rocklahoma

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST This year's second annual Rocklahoma will feature performances from Warrant (featuring Jani Lane), Bret Michaels, LA Guns (featuring Tracii Guns), Enuff Z Nuff, Cinderella, Night Ranger and Tesla, amo This year's second annual Rocklahoma will feature performances from Warrant …

  18. Marley Widow Wants Lauryn Hill For Biopic

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rita Marley is executive producing the first-ever biopic of her late husband Bob Marley, and if she has it her way, the reggae icon's daughter-in-law Lauryn Hill will portray her onscreen. Rita Marley is executive producing the first-ever biopic of her late husband Bob Marley, and if she…

  19. Chart Beat

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Paula Adbul, Yael Naim, Flo Rida and more! 'DANCE' WITH THE STARS: She might be forever our girl, but it's been awhile since Paula Abdul has appeared on a Billboard singles chart. Granted, that's because she hasn't recorded any new material in a long…

  20. Flo Rida's 'Low' Remains Hot 100 King

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Flo Rida remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week with "Low," although strong challenges are being mounted by Chris Brown's "With You" (3-2) and Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music" (the top Flo Rida remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for…

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