1. Daft Punk Bassist Nathan East Readies Solo Debut

    November 21, 2013 4:30 PM EST He has played and/or performed with everyone from Toto, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Eric Clapton, Beyoncé, Andrea Bocelli and Daft Punk. Now popular session bassist Nathan East is recording his first solo album. The yet-untitled set -- the first in a planned two-volume project -- is…

  2. Kelly Rowland & Eric Benet Sing A Duet On 'Real Husbands Of Hollywood': Exclusive Video

    November 21, 2013 11:38 AM EST You can always count on BET's "Real Husbands of Hollywood" for a laugh. But on the next episode, "Doing the Bump," the show also delivers a surprise duet between guest stars Kelly Rowland and Eric Benét. When Boris Kodjoe rehearses for a new play with Kelly Rowland,…

  3. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Top Hot Country Songs

    November 14, 2013 2:46 PM EST The Nov. 6 Country Music Association Awards shake up the Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts   The Nov. 6 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, broadcast on ABC-TV, invigorate Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, where Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert bring the first…

  4. Eric Benét To Helm New Music Reality Show

    November 14, 2013 1:50 PM EST Grammy-nominated singer Eric Benét has teamed with entertainment company Viardo Artists and Emmy Award-winning production company Natural 9 Entertainment to co-produce "Sub Stars." In addition to serving as an executive producer, Benét will host the new reality music competition…

  5. Omarion Talks 'Care Package 2,' Upcoming Album & B2K Reunion

    November 12, 2013 3:05 PM EST Don't count Omarion out. Ever since the singer linked up with Rick Ross' Maybach Music imprint in 2012, the 29-year-old has been on a mission to let the world know he's still a force to be reckoned with. Dropping the second installment to his "Care Package" series, …

  6. Kix Brooks Takes Turn as Leading Man in 'Ambush At Dark Canyon'

    November 11, 2013 4:50 PM EST Kix Brooks says there's an undeniable tie between the average country music demographic and westerns. "I think a lot of us grew up being fans of westerns and those old TV shows," he related to Billboard. "It's the cowboy hat, jeans, and boots, and it goes along with…

  7. Empire of the Sun & Tommy Trash Talk New (RED) compilation with Calvin Harris, Tiësto and More

    November 08, 2013 2:56 PM EST Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Tiesto, Empire of the Sun, Tommy Trash and Avicii are among the artists who’ve contributed new and exclusive remixes and collaborated with (RED), an organization that raises proceeds for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, on “Dance (RED) Save Lives 2,” a new…

  8. Eric Paslay Preps Debut Album After 'Friday Night' Success

    November 07, 2013 9:49 PM EST Eric Paslay is next in a long line of country singer-songwriters who, after gaining acclaim for writing a collection of hit songs for other artists, is getting his (Fri)day in the spotlight. CMA Awards Photos:  Show Highlights  |  Red Carpet Fashion The 30-year-old Texan is climbing the…

  9. 'Duck,' Thomas Rhett, Toby Keith Storm Top Country Albums

    November 07, 2013 4:35 PM EST A trio of albums debuts in the top three for just the third time in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Plus, Florida Georgia Line lands in the Hot Country Songs top 10 again For only the third time in the 22-year Nielsen SoundScan era, three titles debut in the top three of Top Country Albums, led…

  10. George Strait, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift Shine at CMA Awards

    November 06, 2013 11:41 PM EST The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday on a rainy night in Nashville, but despite the weather, the spirit of the artists and fans was high as Music City held court for all the world to see. And, on a night when the future of the format was served, the big…

  11. Mat Zo Makes a Playlist of Music That Moves Him

    November 05, 2013 1:06 PM EST Mat Zo drops his debut album, “Damage Control,” today (Nov. 5) on Astralwerks. We asked him to share with us the key tracks that have inspired his new album as well as his DJ career thus far. Check out his Top 10 (plus one) for a tour through dance music history – from Chemical Brothers to…

  12. Daleri, 'Hysteria': First Watch

    November 04, 2013 12:50 PM EST Earlier this year, Swedish duo Daleri turned the world of EDM on its ear in 60 seconds with their DJ-parody video “Epic Mashleg.” The clip spoofed some of the classic dance music clichés (notably the hyper-overuse of the same tracks by a certain bracket of mainstage/big room DJs) while…

  13. CMA Awards Preview: Who Will Win Male Vocalist of the Year?

    November 04, 2013 11:30 AM EST Wednesday night marks the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards, live on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. As usual, Billboard is your ticket to all things CMA this week. Today through Wednesday, we take a look at the three biggest categories – and offer our thoughts on…

  14. Calvin Harris, Alesso Debut, Goldfrapp Returns To Dance Charts

    November 01, 2013 5:00 PM EDT Plus, Donna Summer, M.I.A., Hardwell, Diplo and Emika make sales impacts, while Havana Brown lights up clubs Calvin Harris and Alesso score the top debut on Dance/Electronic Songs as “Under Control” opens at No. 12, powered by 26,000 first-week downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  15. Eric Church, Joe Nichols Shine On Hot Country Songs

    October 31, 2013 3:24 PM EDT Released simultaneously on Oct. 22 to radio and digital retailers, Eric Church's "The Outsiders" rockets 50-6 on Hot Country Songs and blows in at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs (81,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan).     Following an early bow on Hot…

  16. Celine Dion Loves Fans 'Back to Life' at Intimate NYC Show: Review

    October 30, 2013 1:38 PM EDT Watching Celine Dion play to a crowd one-twentieth of the size she sells out some 100 nights a year in Las Vegas Tuesday night was not unlike watching LeBron James nail an hour's worth of slam dunks during a private session. Dion performed an intimate concert for Pandora Presents at…

  17. Chart Highlights: Eric Church Earns Highest His Debut Ever On Country Airplay With 'Outsiders'

    October 28, 2013 4:40 PM EDT Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com and Billboard.biz every Thursday and appear in the next issue of…

  18. NBA Rookie Playlists: Five Basketball Freshmen Talk Favorite Music

    October 28, 2013 3:10 PM EDT Read what first-round picks Michael Carter-Williams, Ben McLemore, Cody Zeller, Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. said about their musical interests. The 2013-14 NBA season is finally about to tip off -- and with regular season games starting on Tuesday night (Oct. 29), basketball junkies get…

  19. Luis Fonsi Preps New Album for Early 2014

    October 23, 2013 11:13 PM EDT Puerto Rican pop star Luis Fonsi is putting the finishing touches on his new studio album, set to release in early 2014 on Universal Music Latino. But after working for a lifetime with producers on this side of the hemisphere, this time Fonsi spent months in London working Martin Terefe.…

  20. Will Hoge Feels Good About 'Never Give In'

    October 23, 2013 3:04 PM EDT Will Hoge released "Never Give In," his ninth studio album, last week, and the acclaimed singer-songwriter knows things have changed for him professionally since 2011's "Number Seven." That collection reached No. 12 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, and he has…

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