1. 'American Idol' Finale Heading to New York?

    January 10, 2014 12:49 AM EST For the first time in the Fox show's history, the American Idol finale could take place in New York City.  The network has yet to confirm the rumor, which began circulating on Idol blogs on Thursday afternoon, but a source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the season-13 grand finale…

  2. Katy B Covers One Direction's 'Story of My Life': Watch

    January 09, 2014 3:15 PM EST British pop singer Katy B has provided vocals for plenty of grime and dubstep bangers, many of which will appear on her forthcoming album "Little Red" (due Feb. 10 via Rinse/Columbia). Now she's put her twist on an acoustic boy band ballad from U.K. countrymen One Direction.…

  3. Disclosure, Bastille, David Bowie Lead Brit Awards: Full Nominees List

    January 09, 2014 2:46 PM EST David Bowie is starting the year with two nominations for Britain's leading music awards, the Brits. Bowie, who turned 67 on Wednesday, is up for male British artist of the year and album of the year, for his first release in a decade, "The Next Day." Related Articles No. 14…

  4. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, 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. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  5. 20 Best Dance Music Albums of 2013: CODE Picks

    December 20, 2013 3:40 PM EST Dance music has typically been defined by the single, but in 2013, the electronic dance music album made a comeback with a vengeance. From chart-toppers to critical darlings to fan favorites, the longplayer is alive and well. Here are the 20 Best Albums (and a few outstanding EPs) as…

  6. Lo-Fang, Lorde's Upcoming Tour Opener, Describes Wild Ride Toward First Album

    December 20, 2013 12:34 PM EST "Blue Film," the Maryland singer-songwriter's 4AD debut, is out in late February. There was a special guest at Lo-Fang's Dec. 9 show at the Echo in Los Angeles, a certain New Zealand teenager watching as the soulful electronic artist unpacked the songs from his upcoming…

  7. Top 50 Game-Changing EDM Tracks of 2013

    December 19, 2013 4:50 PM EST When a track gets the world’s attention, when it changes an artist’s career forever or drives an entire genre forward, when it has staying power or brings a whole new audience to dance music, it’s a gamechanger. These aren’t necessarily the biggest sellers or the critically acclaimed …

  8. Leona Lewis Sets U.K. Chart Record

    December 17, 2013 12:50 AM EST Christmas has come early for Leona Lewis. The pop singer has set a new chart record by becoming the first British female solo artist to score eight U.K. top 5 singles. The pop artist’s latest single “One More Sleep” (Syco Music) opened at No. 3 on the latest Official U.K. Singles Chart,…

  9. The Year In EDM 2013: Daft Punk, Disclosure, Zedd and More Take It to Another Level

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST If 2012 was the year EDM arrived in the mainstream, in 2013 it danced in the mainstream streets like nobody was watching, and sometimes that made for some strange moves. To be clear, at the start of 2013, nobody predicted that Afrojack would be ringing the bell at the NASDAQ in honor of…

  10. Katy B's Sophomore Album Gets February Release Date

    December 12, 2013 3:45 PM EST "Little Red" features collaborations with Diplo and Sampha. Back in March , one of Pop Shop's favorite up-and-comers -- British dancefloor siren Katy B -- told Billboard her sophomore album was "95 percent done" and due for a summer 2013 release. The new album wound…

  11. Garth Brooks Leads Top Country Albums Chart, Jake Owen Debuts

    December 12, 2013 2:57 PM EST Garth Brooks' "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decade of Influences" leads Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for a second week with 146,000 copies, sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.   With a concurrent 3-1 second-week hop on the Billboard 200, "Roots"…

  12. Grammys 2014: Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift Lead Country Nominees

    December 07, 2013 9:52 AM EST As most year-end critics' lists will undoubtedly proclaim, 2013 has been a year where newcomer Kacey Musgraves has dazzled with a sound that is both traditional and irreverent. That being said, it's little surprise that the singer finished prominently in the Grammy nominations…

  13. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  14. Nelson Mandela's Death: Artists React on Twitter

    December 05, 2013 6:16 PM EST On Thursday, Dec. 5, iconic civil rights leader Nelson Mandela died at age 95 in his Johannesburg home. "He is now resting. He is now at peace," said South African President Jacob Zuma as he announced Mandela's passing. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people…

  15. Holiday Albums 2013: 10 Hot Seasonal Releases

    December 04, 2013 12:15 PM EST Baby, it's cold outside and all those activities in this winter wonderland feel a little warmer with a soundtrack of tunes from 2013's crop of holiday albums. Pop (Kelly Clarkson), R&B (Mary J. Blige), rock (Nick Lowe), traditional (Susan Boyle), and even plenty of eclectic…

  16. Does One Direction's 'Midnight Memories' Follow The Boy Band Third-Album Trend?

    November 27, 2013 2:38 PM EST Revisiting the changes in sound and creative input on the third efforts by NKOTB, BSB, N' Sync & more. This week, British heartthrobs One Direction -- the most successful boy band in a decade by just about any standard -- release their third studio album, "Midnight Memories.…

  17. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

  18. Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Power Into Las Vegas Residency Encore

    November 18, 2013 9:28 AM EST Country music has always had a flair for the dramatic, and nowhere is that more apparent than on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul 2 Soul live show at the Venetian in Las Vegas. The couple signed on to do a second year of their show,  which was one of the bonafide hits of the strip…

  19. Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Top Hot Country Songs

    November 14, 2013 2:46 PM EST The Nov. 6 Country Music Association Awards shake up the Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums charts   The Nov. 6 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, broadcast on ABC-TV, invigorate Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, where Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert bring the first…

  20. Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy to Perform on Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

    November 12, 2013 2:00 PM EST Taylor Swift and Fall Out Boy will perform on the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, it was announced Tuesday. Indie pop band A Great Big World and UK newcomers Neon Jungle will also rock the runway, with all four artists making their Victoria's Secret Fashion Show debuts. All Things…

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