1. Weekly Chart Notes: Pop Radio's Folk Balancing Act

    January 11, 2013 4:12 PM EST With the Lumineers, Phillip Phillips and Ed Sheeran in heavy rotation, how is the format handling an influx of folk/rock strumming? After last year brought a marked shift to an acceptance of unlikely alternative hits at pop radio from the likes of Gotye, fun., Alex Clare and more, early 2013…

  2. Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons Lead BRIT Award Nominations

    January 10, 2013 7:05 PM EST British music stars Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons, Alt-J and Rita Ora lead the nominations for the 2013 BRIT Awards, which were announced on Thursday (Jan. 10). The annual salute to U.K. artists will be held on Feb. 20, with performances from One Direction, Muse, Sande, Mumford & Sons,…

  3. The Beat 12/28: Year-End Billboard Chart Toppers

    December 28, 2012 4:15 PM EST Welcome to the Friday, December 28 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. Before the year is over, the Beat's last…

  4. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 1

    December 20, 2012 11:35 AM EST Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. Today: January through June. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. We'll start with highlights…

  5. Madonna Rules Billboard.com's Readers Poll 2012

    December 18, 2012 4:15 PM EST Once Billboard.com readers weighed in on their favorite artists, songs and albums of the year, Madonna emerged as the 2012 MVP and came out on top in four other categories. One year after pop divas like Britney Spears, Adele and Lady Gaga ruled the 2011 Billboard.com Readers' Poll ,…

  6. The Year in New Artists 2012: Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen & Fun. Reigned

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST While every year always brings a smattering of new acts that rack up major hits, 2012 produced an unusually robust group of fresh-faced talent. For the first time since 1956, the year's three biggest singles are by acts that earned their first pop hit in the past year. On the Billboard…

  7. The Year In Rock 2012: fun., Gotye, Mumford & Sons Headline Banner Year

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST fun. is Billboard's Top Rock Artist of 2012, the Black Keys claim the year's top title on the Rock Songs chart and Mumford & Sons boast the No. 1 Rock Album for a second straight year, a year in which rock enjoyed impressive pop crossover success. fun. ranks atop Billboard'…

  8. One Direction's Right Direction: The Billboard Cover Story

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST As 2012 dawned, few American adults outside the most dedicated of Anglophiles knew much, if anything, about One Direction . In part, that's because the kind of boy-band pop One Direction had already turned into 2011's fastest-selling debut album in the United Kingdom (aided by the…

  9. The Best of 2012: The Year In Music

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Chart Article _ _ Chart Article _ _ Gone But Not Forgotten These huge talents passed away this year, but they'll always be remembered. _ Music Photos of the Year Gaga kissed the mayor, Bieber met Oprah and over 100 more great images. _ The Top 20 Music Moments of 2012 From Whitney to PSY…

  10. One Direction Rivals Obama on Facebook Year in Review Lists

    December 12, 2012 7:00 AM EST Boy band among the top public figures on the social network over the past 12 months. It's that time of year again, when there is a collective urge to reflect on the whirlwind of events that shaped the past 12 months before we salute the New Year. On Wednesday (Dec. 12), Facebook joined…

  11. Gotye, Kimbra Win Big at ARIA Awards

    November 30, 2012 4:40 PM EST Gotye, Kimbra and The Temper Trap took the glory Thursday night at the ARIA Awards, between them collecting most of the big honors. The Australian record industry's flagship awards ceremony is a showcase of the Australian success stories over the previous year. Though on this occasion,…

  12. AMAs 2012 Red Carpet: Watch Live Now (11/18 5-8pm ET)

    November 18, 2012 4:48 PM EST Watch the American Music Awards' red carpet show live right here now! Before the 2012 American Music Awards hits ABC live tonight (Nov. 18 at 8/7c), keep it right here to watch the Coca-Cola Red Carpet Live! @ The 2012 AMAs show. In the video player above, see the hosts present all your…

  13. Brandy, Backstreet Boys Among Presenters at American Music Awards

    November 15, 2012 5:50 PM EST | Behind-the-Scenes Video This year's ceremony will feature a new category, electronic dance music, as well as awards in genres including pop/rock, country, rap/hip-hop, soul/R&B, alternative, adult contemporary, Latin and contemporary inspirational. Rihanna and Minaj lead the…

  14. Watch Kimbra Sing Nina Simone: Candid Covers

    November 14, 2012 12:30 PM EST The New Zealand singer sings Simone's "Plain Gold Ring" in this first in a series of "Women In Music"-themed "Candid Covers." Quintessential American jazz/pop/soul legend Nina Simone has held a special place in Kimbra 's heart ever since the New…

  15. Kelly Clarkson, PSY to Perform at American Music Awards

    November 12, 2012 12:35 PM EST | Behind-the-Scenes Video Amazingly, more addition acts will be announced in the coming days. This year's ceremony will feature a new category, electronic dance music, as well as awards in genres including pop/rock, country, rap/hip-hop, soul/R&B, alternative, adult contemporary,…

  16. Jangle All The Way: New Acts Soften Alternative Airwaves

    November 08, 2012 11:05 AM EST As Mumford & Sons flex retail muscle, alternative radio is finding that hits don't always have to be hard. The biggest sales week for a rock album since 2008 wasn't set by a veteran act like Green Day , Red Hot Chili Peppers or U2 . Nor was it tallied by a band synonymous with…

  17. T.I. Previews 'Trouble Man' Album in NYC: First Listen

    October 24, 2012 2:20 PM EDT "One thing about my life that is certain is trouble," T.I. began an intimate listening session of his forthcoming album, "Trouble Man," on Tuesday evening (Oct. 23) at NYC's Germano Studios. "I shall embrace it," he continued, in front of a crowd of writers,…

  18. Kimbra Vows Less 'Trickery' on Next Album

    October 02, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Kimbra and the band that bears her name are enjoying their first-ever headlining tour in North America. But more than a year after releasing her debut album, "Vows," she's ready to get to work on a follow-up. "I'm just in the process of collecting a lot of ideas,"…

  19. Gotye Wants 'State of the Art' To Be His Next U.S. Single

    September 19, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Gotye says that he has received some pressure to release the title track to "Making Mirrors" as the album's next U.S. single, but Wally De Backer tells Billboard that he'd like to go in a different direction. "I'd like to see the song 'State Of The Art'…

  20. Rihanna, Taylor Swift Top MTV European Music Awards Nominations

    September 17, 2012 9:20 AM EDT PHOTOS: Show Highlights • 15 Best & Worst Dressed • Taylor Swift Sings 'Never Ever' • Wiz & Amber Are Pregnant! • 10 Crazy VMAs Moments The fresh nod aims to highlight the most "unique and eye-catching personal styles" emanating from the music world. Rihanna is…

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