1. Cledus T. Judd Parodies Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town on 'Parodyziac'

    October 16, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Cledus T. Judd, the Georgia native who has won fans with parodies of songs by acts such as Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and Toby Keith, is back at it once again, with "Parodyziac," out today on Warner Brothers. Judd told Billboard that nobody is more surprised about his return to…

  2. Christina Aguilera, 'Your Body': Track Review

    September 27, 2012 10:00 AM EDT CHRISTINA AGUILERA "Your Body" (4:00) Producers: Max Martin, Shellback Writers: M. Martin, S. Kotecha, Shellback, T. Amber Publishers: various RCA Although Christina Aguilera released music throughout 2010 (the underperforming Bionic trotted out three singles, and she contributed…

  3. Tamia Returns After Six-Year Hiatus With 'Beautiful Surprise'

    September 22, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Six years have elapsed since Tamia's last album, but the singer/songwriter is picking up right where she left off. The R&B artist's fifth album, "Beautiful Surprise," debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart following its Aug. 28 release.…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Lil Wayne Ties Elvis Presley's Hot 100 Record

    September 21, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Weezy matches the King's mark for the most Hot 100 hits among men. Plus, 'Glee' returns and Maroon 5 adds one more 'One More' No. 1. 'ONE' TO 1: As previously reported , Maroon 5 nets its third Hot 100 No. 1, as "One More Night" ascends 2-1. The…

  5. McFly: A Long, Hot Video Q&A With the U.K. Pop-Rock Band

    September 14, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Group Talks U.S. Shows, New Music, Natalie Portman and Answers Fan Questions McFly is hot. Literally. The British band is in the sweltering green room of the Roxy Theatre, where, just a few hours after our video interview, the group played its second of two sold-out shows in Los Angeles. ↑…

  6. The Civil Wars, Bonnie Raitt Highlight Americana Awards

    September 13, 2012 9:15 AM EDT Gillian Welch and her partner Dave Rawlings, The Civil Wars and Alabama Shakes took home trophies, but Music City was the big winner at Wednesday night's Americana Honors & Awards. Five of six winners at the Ryman Auditorium event are based in Nashville, further cementing the city&…

  7. 615 Artist Spotlight: The Roys

    August 29, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Bluegrass Duo Releases 'New Day Dawning' This week is a big one in the career of rising bluegrass duo The Roys . The brother-sister duo release their second project for Rural Rhythm, "New Day Dawning." It is their follow-up to their well-received "Lonesome Whistle…

  8. Wynonna Judd Resumes Tour After Husband's Crash

    August 28, 2012 10:27 PM EDT Wynonna Judd is going back on tour after her husband lost his left leg in a motorcycle crash. She says in a statement that husband Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser "continues to improve every day as he begins his road to rehabilitation." Moser was also her drummer. Judd says…

  9. Wynonna Judd's Husband Loses Leg After Motorcycle Crash

    August 20, 2012 8:37 PM EDT Wynonna Judd 's husband has lost his leg after a motorcycle crash in South Dakota. Michael Scott "Cactus" Moser was riding a motorcycle on U.S. Highway 16 in the Black Hills on Saturday when he crossed the center line and hit a car. He was airlifted to a hospital. A…

  10. Chris Brown, Drake Sued Over New York Nightclub Brawl

    August 15, 2012 10:37 PM EDT Chris Brown and Drake were sued Wednesday over a bottle-throwing nightclub brawl involving their entourages, as a company with ties to the club sought to hold the music stars responsible for the melee. Brown's representatives had no immediate comment about the $16 million lawsuit, and…

  11. Everybody Listening: Queensryche-Tate Lawsuit Sets Web Ablaze

    July 20, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Singer Crumbling Empire According to a Queensryche statement Billboard referenced when breaking the news of Tate's departure on June 20, the band has sold 30 million album copies worldwide since forming in 1981. Its best-selling album in the United States is "Empire," which is…

  12. Restless Heart Gear Up for 30th Anniversay

    July 19, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Nobody is looking forward to 2013 more than Larry Stewart, longtime lead singer of Restless Heart. Next year will kick off a 30th anniversary celebration for the country group that he says will be one to remember, though he joked to Billboard about starting when they were very young. "…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood

    June 08, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Rihanna catches up to a Beatle, Clarkson tops another chart and Underwood does what no other artist had before in the Country Songs chart's 68-year history. As her "Where Have You Been" bounds 11-9 on the EXTRA STRENGTH: Kelly Clarkson collects her second Adult Contemporary No.…

  14. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Young Jeezy Take Over 2012 Summer Jam

    June 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT After Lil' Wayne Orders Nicki Minaj to Cancel Set, Nas Steps Up, With Hill's Help, at Hot 97 Fest Hip-hop beefs aren't new to Hot 97's Summer Jam. One of the most notorious feuds was ignited on the Summer Jam stage in 2001. Jay-Z and Nas 's rivalry took physical form…

  15. Naomi Judd Gets a Radio Talk Show on SiriusXM

    June 01, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Naomi Judd's new limited-run SiriusXM radio talk show has no safety net and even the country star says with a laugh she isn't sure that's a great idea. "If you've been at a press conference, you know I've said things I haven't thought of -- whoa," Judd…

  16. Savannah Outen: Battle of the Bands 2012 Northwest

    May 16, 2012 1:15 AM EDT Chart Article Northwest Savannah Outen beat out two other acts in the Billboard.com vote to become the finalist in the northwest region. She has the road to Las Vegas now and you can watch her roadtrip videos roll in on the video player on this page below! In Las Vegas, she will play against…

  17. Track Review: 2 Chainz feat. Drake, 'No Lie'

    May 15, 2012 8:30 AM EDT CHAINZ FEAT. DRAKE "No Lie" (4:01) Producer: Mike Will Made It Writers: T. Epps, A. D. Graham, M. Williams Publishers: various Def Jam Recordings In case you haven't noticed, Georgia rapper 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi) is essentially the hottest entity in hip-hop right now,…

  18. Donald 'Duck' Dunn Playlist: 10 Essential Grooves From the Bass Legend

    May 14, 2012 1:30 PM EDT With the sudden passing of   "I Thank You" (1968): Dunn found a fat, taut groove to literally propel Sam & Dave 's final release on Stax (before moving to Atlantic), which was a Top 10 Pop Singles hit and a Top 5 R&B Singles smash. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of…

  19. Donald 'Duck' Dunn of Booker T. and the MGs Dead at 70

    May 13, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Rock Hall of Fame Bassist Died in His Sleep While on Tour in Japan, Bandmate Steve Cropper Says Bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers band, has died in Tokyo. He was 70. …

  20. Kanye West Hints at 2 Chainz G.O.O.D. Signing

    May 11, 2012 7:52 PM EDT The G.O.O.D. news just keeps coming. According to Kanye West 's Twitter page , the hip-hop star's label group may have a new member: "2 Chainz is charging 100k for a verse now cause he's G.O.O.D!!!!!!" 2 Chainz himself retweeted the comment, adding, "hahaaaa.…

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