1. Mindless Behavior to Release Sophomore Album in March

    January 16, 2013 2:35 AM EST Debut peaked at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Mindless Behavior are back. The R&B quartet -- comprised of Princeton, Prodigy, Ray Ray, and Roc Royal --  will release their sophomore studio album, "All Around the World," on March 12. "All Around the World"…

  2. Ester Dean Talks Debut Album & 'Pitch Perfect' Success

    January 14, 2013 11:45 AM EST Ester Dean has spent the past few years penning hits for everyone but herself. Since 2006, the singer/songwriter has built a resume packed with chart-topping singles including Rihanna's "Where Have You Been," Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" and Katy Perry's "…

  3. Britney Spears Confirms 'X Factor' Exit

    January 11, 2013 4:15 PM EST Reports say Spears is now in "serious talks" to headline a Las Vegas show. Britney Spears' "X Factor" exit is now official. Responding to "sourced reports and speculation," the pop star's rep confirmed that Spears will not be back for season three. …

  4. Britney Spears and Jason Trawick 'Call Off' Relationship

    January 11, 2013 7:52 AM EST Year-Long Engagement Is Off Britney Spears and Jason Trawick have called it quits, the former couple announced on Friday.   "Britney Spears and Jason Trawick have mutually agreed to end their one-year engagement," Spears' rep said in a statement to People. "As two mature…

  5. 'Yellow Submarine' 'Better Not to be Remade,' Robert Zemeckis Says

    December 28, 2012 7:59 PM EST Robert Zemeckis says his "Yellow Submarine" remake won't be heading out to sea. "That would've been a great one, to bring the Beatles back to life," the director told Total Film of the shuttered project (via Rolling Stone ). "But it's probably better…

  6. Chart Highlights: will.i.am, Britney Spears Bound Onto Pop Songs Chart

    December 10, 2012 4:45 PM EST Dropkick Murphys, meanwhile, bring their brand of holiday cheer to the Alternative Songs tally. 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…

  7. Metallica's 'Quebec Magnetic' DVD Captures 'Two Phenomenal Shows'

    October 25, 2012 10:50 AM EDT Guitarist Kirk Hammett talks concert film, 3D film, and the follow-up to "Death Magnetic." Though a couple of video projects -- including a 3D movie for next year -- are dominating Metallica 's time at the moment, the group is getting ready to start making some new musical…

  8. Bubbling Under: Wonder Girls Ride K-Pop Wave to U.S. Radio

    October 12, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Wonder Girls, Priyanka Chopra, Tame Impala and August Rain. Wonder Girls PSY's K-Pop breakthrough on U.S. top 40 radio with …

  9. BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012: Chris Lighty Tribute, Cyphers & Winners

    October 10, 2012 8:50 AM EDT More than a week after the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped in Atlanta, the annual show honoring the best in rap aired Tuesday night (October 9). The show started off strong with a performance by Wiz Khalifa . After rocking his single, "Work Hard, Play Hard," Wiz was joined by…

  10. James Franco's Band Working on Full-Length Album

    October 04, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Oscar-nominated actor describes working with Smokey Robinson on his band Daddy's first EP, 'MotorCity.' James Franco has been James Dean, Spider-Man pal Harry Osborn, Hugh Hefner, "127 Hours" climber Aron Ralston and, soon, the wizard of Oz. But his latest role is in…

  11. 'Hey, Joe Diffie!' Jason Aldean Gives '90s Star a Shout on New Album

    September 20, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Get ready to shout "Joe Diffie!" at Aldean concerts ... "Pretty dang cool," says classic country singer Ten songs in, Jason Aldean 's new album, "Night Train," throws out a curve ball that will have crowds of 20-somethings chanting the name of a classic…

  12. 'Glee' Season 4 to Cover Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Imagine Dragons

    September 06, 2012 9:15 AM EDT With "Glee" returning next week, the Fox dramedy offered loyal fans a first listen to the music from its fourth season premiere via Facebook on Wednesday. In addition to the previously reported cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," the "Glee" gang…

  13. Grammy Nominations Concert Moving to Nashville

    August 21, 2012 10:00 AM EDT This year's Grammy Awards nominations will come with a Southern accent. The Recording Academy is moving its annual live nominations concert special to Music City. The show will air Dec. 5 live on CBS from Bridgestone Arena. This is the fifth time The Recording Academy has held "The…

  14. Exclusive: Sean Paul Sets 'Tomahawk Technique' U.S. Release Date

    August 13, 2012 1:40 PM EDT 'It is, in certain terms, like a rebirth,' the dancehall star says of the new disc. "Tomahawk Technique," Sean Paul 's fifth studio album, is finally hitting U.S. stores on Sept. 18 through VP/Atlantic, the Jamaican dancehall star tells Billboard.com. The disc has…

  15. Country Countdown: Kenny Chesney Keeps Crown, Gloriana Debuts Big

    August 09, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Meanwhile, Jana Kramer Scores First Top 10 Single With 'Why Ya Wanna' Kenny Chesney 's "Come Over" dominates Country Songs for a second week, his first to hold for more than one week since "Somewhere with You" spent three weeks at the summit in January…

  16. Little Big Town's 'Pontoon' Shows No Sign of Sinking

    August 07, 2012 10:50 AM EDT How a Song About a Slow Boat Became One of Country's Hottest Songs "Who would have thought a song about motor boating at this point in our career would cause such a ruckus?" Little Big Town 's Karen Fairchild said backstage after a recent performance in New York. Hailed by…

  17. Aguilera, Buble Among 'A Very Special Christmas' Anniversary Artists

    August 06, 2012 8:11 PM EDT Christina Aguilera , Michael Buble , Dave Matthews and Train are among the acts helping Special Olympics celebrate the 25th anniversary of its "A Very Special Christmas" album series. Two albums will be released Oct. 16 to celebrate the partnership, which has raised more than $100…

  18. Tony Bennett To Release Latin Music 'Duets' Album in October

    August 02, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 'Viva Duets' to feature collaborations with Marc Anthony, Chayanne, Gloria Estefan and more. After a pair of "Duets" albums allowed Tony Bennett to revisit classic songs with the help of some younger stars, the 85-year-old singing legend is returning to the format, this…

  19. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry Ties Rihanna's Pop Songs Record

    July 30, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Feel the love! Perry matches Rihanna's record nine Pop Songs toppers. Plus, Train, Kylie Minogue, fun. and Kenny Chesney notch new No. 1s. 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…

  20. Brandy: Why Her Past, and Comeback, Are So Important

    July 23, 2012 4:00 PM EDT His name was David. And boy, did I like him. He had to have known after the love letter I wrote him in the 7th grade which included lyrics from my favorite 90s R&B songs. The majority of the verses I used were from Brandy 's eponymous 1994 debut, specifically "Baby," "…

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