1. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 12 Guys Sing for America's Vote

    February 26, 2015 1:54 AM EST It's the guys' turn to sing for America's vote tonight on American Idol. So much more has to go into the contestants' choices now that they're performing live and not just for the deliberations of judges Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban , and Harry Connick Jr . Everything…

  2. Sturgill Simpson Plays Dynamic Set at Music Hall of Williamsburg: Live Review

    February 13, 2015 4:33 PM EST On Thursday night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, country singer Sturgill Simpson played his second sold-out New York City show in as many days. A country singer selling out a New York venue? That's right: Simpson played to a room packed full of people who know every word to songs…

  3. Best New Artist Nominees Bastille Are Ready to Mug Sam Smith

    February 08, 2015 4:35 PM EST The English rock band Bastille earned their Best New Artist Grammy nomination on the strength of their massive hit "Pompeii." However, in a highly competitive pool of contenders that includes Iggy Azalea , Haim , Brandy Clark and the expected winner, Sam Smith , even they are not…

  4. Brandy Clark Producer, Dave Brainard, Calls Grammy Nominee a 'True Genius'

    February 07, 2015 5:13 PM EST Dave Brainard's birthday just happens to be next Monday. What could be a better present than a Grammy Award ? Sunday night, the Nebraska native could achieve just that for his role in producing 12 Stories , the critically-acclaimed debut album from Nashville sensation Brandy Clark ,…

  5. New Year's Rockin' Eve: Go Behind the Scenes With Billboard

    January 01, 2015 5:29 AM EST During the five-hour live show of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, hosts Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy make it all look so easy, seamlessly guiding viewers through the celebration until the ball drops at midnight. In reality, it takes a lot of teamwork weaving the…

  6. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Dance Recording and Dance/Electronic Album of the Year Nominees

    December 30, 2014 4:43 PM EST BEST DANCE RECORDING NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Never Say Never" Basement Jaxx Producer: Basement Jaxx Mixers: Basement Jaxx Label: Atlantic Jaxx/[PIAS] British house music veterans Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, the brain trust behind Basement Jaxx, were the inaugural winners of…

  7. 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Preview: Ryan Seacrest & Jenny McCarthy on the Insanity of Times Square Nudity

    December 30, 2014 12:40 PM EST Ryan Seacrest is once again ready to ring in the new year as the emcee of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve , hosting the annual countdown for the 10th year and ringing in 2015 with Jenny McCarthy , who will be on hand for the fourth straight year. Taking over the tradition…

  8. 2014 Became Country's Coming-Out Party for Artists Including Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman

    December 15, 2014 1:11 PM EST On Nov. 5, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally made history as the first openly gay winners of a Country Music Association Award when they took home song of the year honors for co-writing Kacey Musgraves ’ “Follow Your Arrow,” the left-field hit that includes a lyric that celebrates same-sex…

  9. Pop Shop Podcast: Grammy Nominations, Meghan Trainor, Brandy Clark & More

    December 11, 2014 10:53 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  10. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. 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…

  11. American Music Awards 2014: What You Didn't See on TV

    November 24, 2014 12:17 AM EST One Direction's Harry Styles & Niall Horan make sure to stay in the audience for J.Lo & Iggy's 'Booty' fest, and more behind-the-scenes action. At Sunday night's American Music Awards , you saw Selena Gomez bare her heart -- and Iggy Azalea and…

  12. Music Fans Can Vote for Their Favorite AMA Artists, Submit Fan Art on Twitter

    November 22, 2014 3:29 PM EST It's not too late to grab your paintbrush. Now is your chance to show off all those paintings you've done of One Direction . (Don't pretend like you don't know what we're talking about.) AMAs Producer on Taylor Swift Receiving New Dick Clark Award, Pitbull's…

  13. AMAs Producer on Taylor Swift Receiving New Dick Clark Award, Pitbull's Hosting Skills & More

    November 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST American Music Awards producer Larry Klein has worked on the long-running awards show for nearly 40 years, but when he organizes it each year, "I still feel like a kid," he admits.  American Music Awards Photos: 42 Years Of AMAs History “I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I’m…

  14. Dave Appell, Songwriter for Chubby Checker, Dies at 92

    November 20, 2014 5:20 PM EST He co-wrote 'Let’s Twist Again' and 'Limbo Rock' and produced for Tony Orlando & Dawn. Dave Appell , the Philadelphia songwriter-producer behind such 1960s rock 'n' roll hits as "Let's Twist Again" and "Limbo Rock" from Chubby…

  15. Three 'Boyhood' Songs, Including Two by Ethan Hawke, Enter Oscar Race

    November 08, 2014 1:32 PM EST As the Oscar race approaches the Thanksgiving break, with only a small handful of major awards hopefuls that haven't yet screened, IFC Films' summer release Boyhood continues to look like the film to beat. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in…

  16. Judge Hears Allegations of 'American Idol' Racism

    November 06, 2014 7:13 PM EST 'It was bad enough they got knocked off the show,' a lawyer for 10 former contestants says at a court hearing Thursday. On Thursday (Nov. 6), U.S District Judge Naomi Buchwald heard oral arguments in a lawsuit that aims to put the spotlight at what has occurred behind the scenes…

  17. CMA Awards 2014: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 06, 2014 3:58 AM EST You saw the performances. You saw the fashions. You saw the winners. But unless you were on the red carpet or backstage at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night, there is so much you didn't see, such as these 10 items: - New Artist of the Year winner Brett Eldredge was in obvious euphoria…

  18. Seether, Papa Roach Announce Co-Headlining Tour

    November 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Because "it's fun to tour with your friends," according to Seether bassist Dale Stewart, his band and Papa Roach will start 2015 with a co-headlining tour that begins Jan. 9 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Fla., and wraps up Feb. 7 at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino's The…

  19. Def Leppard on Performing Without Vivian Campbell, Making a 'Big Push' in 2015

    October 31, 2014 3:44 PM EDT After a successful summer tour with Kiss , Def Leppard gets back on the horse for a one-off show Saturday in Rancho Mirage, Calif., which will be slightly odd for the group, since Vivian Campbell -- currently getting treatments as he continues to battle cancer -- sits out, with Steve Brown…

  20. Glen Campbell Doc Director on the Alzheimer-Stricken Country Star: 'I Want Taylor Swift Fans to Know How Important He Was'

    October 20, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Having produced the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line , James Keach was cautious when meeting with Glen Campbell and his producer Julian Raymond, not wanting to be typecast as a guy who makes films about country singers. But their sit-down, when Campbell was in the early stages of…

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