1. Jason Aldean: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 03, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Days before embarking on a critical run of amphitheater shows that will solidify his major-league touring status, Brown says that prior to launching Broken Bow in 1999, he had invested in other artist development projects. "I found out quickly that by the time the label got through…

  2. Haley Reinhart Plots 'Sultry, Bluesy Rock' Future After 'Idol'

    May 20, 2011 2:25 PM EDT Haley Reinhart is gone from the "American Idol" world -- but won't be forgotten any time, soon. "Everybody is such a great big family...and I knew I'd miss them. But then again, I'm gonna see them again today," the ousted singer from Wheeling, Ill., told …

  3. Kenny Chesney to Sit for Q&A at Billboard Country Summit

    April 19, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Country superstar Kenny Chesney will sit down for a candid Superstar Q&A at the second annual Billboard Country Music Summit in association with the Country Music Association (CMA). The event, set to take place in Nashville on June 6-7 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, will gather today…

  4. Prince to Play 21-Night Residency in Los Angeles

    April 08, 2011 3:59 PM EDT P rince will continue his residency-style "Welcome 2 America" tour with a whopping 21-date stand in Los Angeles, beginning on April 14 at the Forum. The artist made the announcement via a phone call on George Lopez's show last night (watch the video below). Video: Prince on …

  5. Top 20 Tweets Of The Week 4/2/2011

    April 02, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @RealTalibKweli : RIP DJ Megatron. Gone way too soon. Peace…

  6. 'American Idol': Naima Adedapo Busts Out 'Umbrella,' Scotty McCreery Cruises Up 'River'

    March 10, 2011 12:12 AM EST Randy Jackson wasn't kidding when he nicknamed "American Idol" season 10, "The Remix." Tonight's Top 13 performances were all over the map in terms of song arrangement, thanks to the big-name producers who mentored the finalists through their most important week…

  7. Mumford & Sons to Jump On 'Railroad Revival' Spring Tour

    March 07, 2011 5:32 PM EST After enjoying a breakout year and performing at the Grammys, Mumford & Sons will take their victory lap on a rustic railroad alongside Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show . The three groups will play six outdoor shows in seven days together on the Railroad…

  8. Sara Evans Returns 'Stronger' On First Album in Six Years

    March 07, 2011 7:03 AM EST In 2005, Missouri-born singer/songwriter Sara Evans was on a roll. Her album "Real Fine Place" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and the single "A Real Fine Place to Start" became her fourth No. 1. In the spring of 2006, she won the Academy of Country…

  9. Esperanza Spalding to Record 'Radio Music Society' Album in May

    March 01, 2011 8:15 AM EST Still "as surprised as you can be" by her Best New Artist win at this year's Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding has already scoped out her next two album projects -- even as she tours to promote 2010's "Chamber Music Society." Spalding tells Billboard.com that she…

  10. The Roots Draft Nas, Wiz Khalifa for Fourth Philly Picnic

    February 28, 2011 10:11 PM EST The Roots have drafted Nas , Wiz Khalifa and recent best new artist Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding for their fourth annual Roots Picnic concert, at hometown venue Festival Pier in Philadelphia, Pa. Also on the bill for the June 4 event are recently reunited rock outfit the Dismemberment…

  11. Justin Bieber Scores Second No. 1 Album with 'Never Say Never' Remixes

    February 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST J ustin Bieber notches his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Never Say Never: The Remixes" opening in the top slot with 165,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first topper came with "My World 2.0," which debuted at No. 1 as well, on the April…

  12. Music Exec Slams Grammys in NY Times for Snubbing Eminem, Justin Bieber

    February 21, 2011 9:35 AM EST A veteran music executive has lambasted the Grammy Awards as "a series of hypocrisies and contradictions," in a full-page New York Times advertisement that ran a week after last Sunday's annual ceremony. Steve Stoute's open letter to Grammy organizers ripped the…

  13. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 2/19/2011

    February 19, 2011 9:00 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @ladygaga : ThankYou so much to Radio+Monsters for making…

  14. Hollywood Week Heats Up 'American Idol' With Dreaded Elimination Rooms

    February 18, 2011 8:30 AM EST Part three of Hollywood Week on "American Idol," which aired last night (Feb. 17), began dramatically enough, with Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson "laying it all out on the table" in the form of a final judgment to this first major hurdle. It would all lead…

  15. 'Now 37' Livens Up Billboard 200 at No. 1, Mumford Climb to No. 2

    February 16, 2011 11:00 AM EST The "Now That's What I Call Music 37" compilation shakes up the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart as it debuts at No. 1 with 151,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first time the top slot has seen a figure larger than 100,000 since the tracking…

  16. Did The Charts Predict This Year's Grammy Award Winners?

    February 15, 2011 1:05 PM EST From such surprise honorees as Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding to Lady Gaga 's egg-shell-ent adventure, the 53rd Grammy Awards offered a host of highlights . Did the victors' Billboard chart performances, however, foretell their fortunes at Sunday's (Feb. 13) festivities? A…

  17. Top 20 53rd Annual Grammy Award Tweets

    February 14, 2011 5:06 PM EST The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards took place yesterday (Feb. 13) and not only were music fans tuned in but so were celebrities, who took to their twitter accounts to share their thoughts on their favorite performances, the winners and the losers. Here are the top 20 tweets by some of your…

  18. Grammy Fashions 2011: Best and Worst Dressed

    February 14, 2011 3:00 PM EST Niki Schwan, Vibe Magazine's Fashion Director and the celebrity stylist who brought the world some of WORST-DRESSED PICK: Nicki Minaj NIKI SCHWAN: "I love that BEST-DRESSED PICK: Bruno Mars, B.o.B & Janelle Monae NIKI SCHWAN: "With everyone trying to outdo one another at…

  19. Esperanza Spalding Attacked on Wikipedia by Justin Bieber Fans

    February 14, 2011 11:45 AM EST E speranza Spalding 's shocking win in the Best New Artist category at the Grammys last night (Feb. 13) drew some venomous reactions from fans of Justin Bieber , who lost out to the upstart jazz artist. Bieber fanatics reportedly attacked Spalding on her Wikipedia page last night…

  20. Best New Artist Grammy Race: Esperanza Spalding

    February 14, 2011 10:52 AM EST chartArticle_ignore NEWS Esperanza Spalding Beats Justin Bieber, Drake For Best New Artist Grammy NEWS Esperanza Spalding Wikipedia Page Attacked By Justin Bieber Fans NEWS Esperanza Spalding Nabs Best New Artist Grammy Nod NEWS Esperanza Spalding Joins Prince On 'Welcome 2 America'…

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