1. Backstreet Boys Are 'Halfway There' to First Indie Album

    November 19, 2012 11:50 AM EST With Kevin Richardson back in the fold, the guys work with "young cats" like the Fliptones on their next album Just in time to celebrate their 20th anniversary next year, a clearly revived Backstreet Boys say a new album is more than halfway done. The quintet, which is again at full…

  2. Backstreet Boys Reunite for 'GMA' Concert: Watch

    August 31, 2012 2:35 PM EDT It's been six years, but as of this morning, Backstreet's back (alright). All five members of the Backstreet Boys performed on "Good Morning America," their first official concert since Kevin Richardson rejoined the band earlier this year. The quintet sang a trio of hits -…

  3. Sharon Osbourne: 'I'm Not Returning' to 'America's Got Talent'

    July 25, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Sharon Osbourne said Tuesday that she's ready to say goodbye to NBC's "America's Got Talent," taking the network by surprise. In a posting on Twitter , Osbourne addressed "my darling" fellow judge Howard Stern and said, "money is not the reason I'm…

  4. Howard Stern Makes 7-Year-Old Rapper Cry on 'America's Got Talent'

    May 22, 2012 6:40 PM EDT "Radio is for me. I made a mistake... this isn't for me," said the judge during the May 21 episode Howard Stern seems to have lost his edge now that he's on "America's Got Talent," but this week he felt "so evil" that he threatened to quit. When 7…

  5. Yep Roc Celebrates 15 Years With Concerts, Rarities

    May 16, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Exclusive Premiere: Watch Robyn Hitchcock's 'There Goes the Ice' Video Yep Roc Records will celebrate 15 years with a three-night birthday party. The indie label's Yep Roc 15 concerts will be held October 11-13 at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina, and…

  6. 'America's Got Talent' Premiere: Howard Stern Is Anything But Shocking

    May 15, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Despite concerns that new judge Howard Stern's particular brand of comedy wouldn't translate well to the family-friendly audience of "America's Got Talent," he blended in well -- if even a little too well. Monday night's (May 14) premiere of "AGT" was…

  7. 10 Biggest Boy Bands (1987-2012)

    March 27, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Boy bands ruled the music industry from the late '80s all the way to the early '00s, selling millions of records and touring stadiums across the globe. Then pop-punk took over, soon bowing to hip-hop and the ladies of pop who rule today. As the boy band era ended, Nick Lachey inked…

  8. Paul McCartney: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 10, 2012 11:10 AM EST With A New Album of Standards, The Legend Makes a Left Turn While Looking in the Rearview ''Hello there, this is Paul. Are you expecting my call?" Why, yes, indeed we are, thank you. Sir. Recording began in March 2010, first at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and then Avatar…

  9. Girls' Generation Makes Big U.S. Debut on 'Letterman': Watch

    February 01, 2012 4:20 PM EST "Girls' Generation make you feel the heat," chants the K-pop powerhouse group Girls' Generation in its premiere English single, "The Boys." And that's just what the nine-member group did during its U.S. network TV debut on "The Late Show with David…

  10. Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Marries Model

    December 19, 2011 9:50 AM EST B ackstreet Boys ' A.J. McLean, 33, married model Rochelle DeAnna Karidis at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday (Dec. 17). According to PEOPLE , the ceremony took place under a gazebo covered in white hydrangeas and was officiated by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields. Following the…

  11. Howard Stern Joins 'America's Got Talent' Judges Panel

    December 15, 2011 12:35 PM EST Howard Stern will be joining the judges' panel on "America's Got Talent," and the NBC summer talent show will uproot itself from Los Angeles to accommodate the New York-based shock jock, the network said Thursday. NBC confirmed weeks-old rumors of Stern's selection to…

  12. 'X Factor' Celebrates Thanksgiving With A Double Elimination

    November 24, 2011 4:22 PM EST Plus Performances By Kelly Clarkson & Bruno Mars It was a very unhappy Thanksgiving in the "X Factor" studio last night, as not one but two acts were sent home and another only made it after singing for his survival. 'X Factor' Decides They'll Cut Two, While Simon…

  13. Backstreet Boy Howie D Adopts Familiar Sound on Debut: 'Why Stray Too Far?'

    November 14, 2011 3:30 PM EST During the five-year span he spent making his first solo album, Backstreet Boys ' Howie Dorough talked about exploring his Latin roots, working with the likes of Jon Secada and Wayne Rodriguez and even singing in Spanish. But "Back To Me," which comes out Nov. 15, sounds more…

  14. Howie Dorough Joining Britney Spears' Femme Fatale Tour

    October 25, 2011 9:54 PM EDT "TRL" fans, rejoice: the Backstreet Boys' Howie Dorough will join Britney Spears for a pop star reunion on her "Femme Fatale" tour next month. The singer, who will open for Brit on her upcoming South American dates, will release his solo debut, "Back to Me,"…

  15. Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson Is Back -- All Right!

    October 25, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Over the past five years, Backstreet Boys have released two albums and joined New Kids on the Block for a world tour as NKOTBSB. But something wasn't quite right. All this time, someone was missing: Kevin Richardson, the boy band's fifth member, who departed the group in 2006 after…

  16. The Nine Collaborative Albums To Top The Billboard 200

    August 18, 2011 7:15 PM EDT The pairing of star acts on an album isn't uncommon. Last year, Elton John and Leon Russell teamed for "The Union," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Earlier in 2010, Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troubadour" bowed at No. 4. In 2007, rocker…

  17. Ask Billboard: The Republic Of Ryan Tedder

    July 22, 2011 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. ADULT …

  18. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance industries -- except, of course, some of the…

  19. Chaka Khan Collaborating With Steven Tyler, Akon

    June 03, 2011 5:20 PM EDT C haka Khan may be a legacy artist in the industry, but that isn't to say the legendary songstress isn't as busy as ever. At the top of her list? A duets album, including a Led Zeppelin cover alongside "American Idol" judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler . "We…

  20. Priscilla Ahn, TV/Film Synch Star, Gets Ready To 'Grow Up'

    May 05, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Folk singer/songwriter Priscilla Ahn is more than a cute girl with a guitar. She's also a "guilty pleasure for indie rock dudes" (or so says her label's senior VP of marketing Zach Hochkeppel), a rising star in Japan, and a new wife. But perhaps most important, she's…

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