1. Ask Billboard: Does Lionel Richie Make Billboard Chart History?

    April 08, 2012 10:05 AM EDT As his 'Tuskegee' begins atop Country Albums, have any artists previously topped both that tally and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums? Plus, analysis of chart feats by Justin Bieber, Adele, Celine Dion and more Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about…

  2. SXSW 2012: 10 Things Seen and Heard Friday

    March 17, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Who forgot their lyrics? Who had synchronized dance moves? And who had Bill Murray rocking out in the crowd? Here are 10 things from Friday's South By Southwest that you might have missed -- even if you were in the audience. 1. As he promised, Tom Morello turned his Friday night showcase…

  3. Madonna, 'MDNA': Track-By-Track Review

    March 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST Deluxe Explicit Album Bonus Tracks: "Beautiful Killer" A concept song, certainly. Madonna goes on about how there's a "gun in my mouth" and "maybe that's what you've been dreaming about" and "maybe I'll let you shoot me down." There&…

  4. Chart Beat Meet & Greet: Laura Warshauer (Video, Exclusive Song Premiere)

    March 01, 2012 5:55 PM EST Every once in a while, we come across an artist that we just can't wait to tell the world more about. Laura Warshauer is one such artist. Born and raised in Red Bank, N. J., and now residing in Los Angeles, the singer/songwriter mixes powerhouse vocals with stark, insightful lyrics. Her…

  5. Madonna Gets 'Fired Up' in 'Girl Gone Wild' Single: Listen

    February 27, 2012 12:20 PM EST After bestowing "Give Me All Your Luvin'" with a Super Bowl-sized debut, Madonna has unveiled "Girl Gone Wild," the candy-coated second single from her forthcoming studio album, "MDNA," on Monday (Feb. 27). In the world according to this single, girls just…

  6. Obama Sings 'Sweet Home Chicago': Video

    February 21, 2012 11:10 PM EST First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion at the White House. In what appears to be the…

  7. How Madonna's Second 'MDNA' Single 'Girls Gone Wild' Came Together

    February 21, 2012 3:35 PM EST "Girls Gone Wild," the second single from Madonna 's " MDNA," was born from the remote union of two Italian producers and a Canadian writer, all signed to Patrick Moxey's Ultra Music. "Obviously it's huge for us," Moxey tells Billboard.com. "…

  8. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' Starts on Pop Songs

    February 20, 2012 3:55 PM EST Kelly Clarkson, Gotye and Keith Urban concurrently celebrate 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 surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every…

  9. Skrillex, Diplo & A-Trak: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 03, 2012 12:15 PM EST The three guys stand shoulder to shoulder, backs to the wall, attempting to balance their varying heights with staggered stances. Diplo is the tallest and most camera-trained, tilting his head and adjusting his hot-professor glasses. He has, after all, modeled for a GQ magazine spread, making…

  10. The Darkness Declares 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us' on Comeback Single

    February 01, 2012 3:50 PM EST Six years must seem like nothing to The Darkness : it's been over a half-decade since the glam rockers released a stitch of new music, but on their comeback single, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us," the reunited group is up to its old, guitar-heavy hijinks. The band debuted the…

  11. Newt Gingrich Sued for Having 'Eye of the Tiger' at Rallys

    January 31, 2012 1:05 AM EST In the past few years, there's been growing animosity over the way that Republican candidates for public office use music in campaigns. Today comes word of a new lawsuit filed against Newt Gingrich's campaign for using "Eye of the Tiger," the Grammy-winning song from "…

  12. Hot Tours: Phish, Elton John, Bob Seger

    January 23, 2012 1:00 PM EST Legendary jam band Phish tops Hot Tours with ticket sales totals reported from its traditional year ending run of concerts at the partially refurbished Madison Square Garden in New York City. The band played the arena to close out 2011 with sellout shows on each night from Dec. 28 through New…

  13. 2012 Album Preview: This Year's Best Bets

    January 17, 2012 4:30 PM EST From Madonna to Prince Royce and from Tim McGraw to Timbaland and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the year ahead. Who will reign supreme in 2012? Here are dozens of contenders we've got our eyes on.…

  14. Frankie J: 2012 Album Preview

    January 16, 2012 1:47 PM EST Frankie J Title: TBA | Release Date: Summer In 2005, Frankie J ( @therealfrankiej ) reached a bilingual, bicultural audience with his 2005 breakout album "The One," which hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Now, he's signed to Universal Music Latino and set to release his new…

  15. Gary Clark Jr.: 2012 Album Preview

    January 16, 2012 1:28 PM EST Gary Clark Jr. Title: TBA | Release Date: Late Summer He's been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, labeled the savior of the blues and hailed as rock'n'roll's next great ax man. And it's all justified. After sharpening his skills in the Austin scene as a…

  16. The Darkness' Hawkins on Reunion: 'We Understand Each Other Now'

    December 20, 2011 3:20 PM EST The Darkness is well into its third album, although plans for its eventual release are "pretty vague" according to guitarist Dan Hawkins. Still, the British rockers have "nine of the required songs done, all finished, all sounding shining and good," frontman Justin Hawkins…

  17. NBC Now Checking Songs on 'Fallon' for Insults

    December 09, 2011 10:25 AM EST NBC is now checking the songs The Roots play on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" after the band performed an off-color song during Michele Bachmann's show appearance last month. Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots says now he's "gotta clear a lot of the…

  18. TESTING GALLERY SKRILLEX

    December 06, 2011 11:48 AM EST TESTING GALLERY SKRILLEX TEST TEST 22222 The three guys stand shoulder to shoulder, backs to the wall, attempting to balance their varying heights with staggered stances. Diplo is the tallest and most camera-trained, tilting his head and adjusting his hot-professor glasses. He has, after all,…

  19. Michael Buble Returns with Grand Ideas for 'Christmas'

    November 18, 2011 1:10 PM EST Three months after his album "Crazy Love" debuted atop the Billboard 200 in October 2009, Michael Bublé made his first appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." In addition to performing "Haven't Met You Yet" and "Baby (You've Got What It…

  20. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Bon Jovi, Take That Are Top Finalists

    November 04, 2011 10:50 AM EDT U2, Bon Jovi, Take That, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Usher are among the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards , set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York City. The awards are primarily based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1,…

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