1. Taylor Swift 'Sparks' No. 1 Country Song; Faith Hill's CMA Bounce

    November 17, 2011 1:50 PM EST Taylor Swift closes a gap of more than two years without a No. 1 on Country Songs , as "Sparks Fly" become the artist's fifth leader on that chart this week. She most recently topped the audience-driven list when "You Belong with Me" spent two weeks at the summit in…

  2. Daughtry, Gym Class Heroes Added to Lineup at American Music Awards

    November 15, 2011 9:45 AM EST Rock bands Daughtry and Hot Chelle Rae , as well as Gym Class Heroes , have been added to the lineup for the 29th annual American Music Awards (the latter will play the official pre-show). They join previously announced performers Katy Perry , Maroon 5 with Christina Aguilera , Justin Bieber …

  3. Kenny Loggins Glows About Newest Musical 'Brother'

    November 10, 2011 2:05 PM EST Hit-making singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins joined country music's biggest party last night, kicking off the 45th annual CMA Awards performing "Footloose" with Blake Shelton, who went on to collect his second consecutive male vocalist of the year trophy. Loggins' current…

  4. Journey's Road to Billboard Legend of Live Award: A Candid Q&A With Neal Schon

    November 08, 2011 11:20 AM EST Schon on Guitar Gods, Not Being A 'Critics' Choice, Ever' & What Steve Perry Meant to Journey As we gear up for the 2011 Billboard Touring Conference and Awards -- which kick off tomorrow (Nov. 8) in New York -- we present an extended conversation with Neal Schon of Journey…

  5. Robyn Wows MTV O Music Awards; Bjork & Marilyn Manson's Butt Win Big

    November 01, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Last night, the MTV O Music Awards 2 took over The Roxy in West Hollywood to celebrate "the best in digital music"--for the second time this year. The O Music Awards had their inaugural ceremony this past April in Las Vegas, where fans got to cast their votes to decide who would…

  6. Jane's Addiction Go For 'Something Great' on Long-Awaited New Album

    September 30, 2011 3:00 PM EDT On Sept. 22, Perry Farrell, the iconic frontman of Los Angeles alt-rock band Jane's Addiction , stood onstage pushing the counterculture before a crowd of Silicon Valley insiders. "I still believe in human communication -- none of this Face-fucking-book," he joked during a Jane…

  7. Kasabian, Dappy Top U.K. Charts; Tony Bennett Arrives at 5

    September 26, 2011 9:30 AM EDT English rock band Kasabian registered their third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Velociraptor" debuted at the top. Dappy, aka north London-born Costadinos Contostavlos, a member of pop/hip-hop group N-Dubz, scored his first solo No. 1 single with "No…

  8. Britney Spears' Sustained Success 'Go'-es On At Pop Radio

    September 12, 2011 5:35 PM EDT In a format known for its rapid-fire artist turnover and constant search for the next sonic fad, Britney Spears ' sustained success at pop radio has reached new heights. Spears claims the mark for the longest span of No. 1s on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, as "I Wanna Go"…

  9. Adele Brings A Ballad Back To The Hot 100 Summit

    September 09, 2011 12:05 PM EDT H ey Gary, Remember when you said in a recent "Ask Billboard" column that a ballad likely wouldn't hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 anytime soon? I think that with "Someone Like You" reaching the top , Adele has proven that an artist can still rule the chart with a…

  10. VMAs 2011: 13 Things You Didn't See on TV

    August 29, 2011 12:47 AM EDT As action-packed as the 28th annual VMAs were, not all of the excitement happened on the stage. Here's a baker's dozen things you did not see on TV that occurred before, during and after the show. VMAs: Katy Perry, Gaga & Pregnant Beyonce Steal the Show PHOTOS: RED CARPET | THE…

  11. Can Katy Perry Pass Michael Jackson For Hot 100 History?

    August 23, 2011 9:05 AM EDT After joining the King of Pop in making Billboard Hot 100 history , can Katy Perry do him one better? Perry last week became the first woman, and second artist overall after Michael Jackson , in the 53-year history of the chart to send five songs from one album to No. 1, as "Last Friday…

  12. The 10 Best '00s Music Videos: Poll Results

    August 01, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Three weeks ago, in anticipation of MTV's 30th birthday today (Aug. 1), we asked our readers to celebrate three decades of music television by voting on the best videos of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, each week in a separate poll. Now, we are proud to present the top ten of the 2000s, as…

  13. LMFAO Still Atop Hot 100, Demi Lovato Debuts In Top 10

    July 20, 2011 3:40 PM EDT LMFAO spends its third week atop the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (July 21) on Billboard.com, with "Party Rock Anthem" (feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock), while Demi Lovato scores her first top 10 debut, as "Skyscraper" soars in at No. 10. "Party"…

  14. Blake Shelton's 'River' Runs to No. 1 on Billboard 200

    July 20, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Blake Shelton is more popular than ever. The country singer-turned-"Voice" coach celebrates his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Red River Blue" bows atop the list with 116,000 -- his best sales week yet. While in his decade-long chart career, he's…

  15. Keith Urban Says 'Get Closer' Tour Will Be 'Inviting'

    June 16, 2011 9:05 AM EDT Country star Keith Urban wants his new concert tour to live up to the title of his latest album, "Get Closer." After using ramps that took him down to audience-level on his 2009-10 dates, Urban says his latest trek -- which kicks off Thursday (June 16) in Biloxi, Miss. -- will…

  16. Aerosmith Back in Studio for Long-Delayed Album

    June 08, 2011 11:43 AM EDT Now that Steven Tyler has finished his successful first season as a judge on "American Idol," he is returning to his day job with Aerosmith . The singer and his four bandmates plan to reunite next month with veteran producer Jack Douglas to kick-start work on their long-delayed…

  17. Lauren Alaina & Carrie Underwood to Duet on 'Idol' Finale, More Performance Spoilers

    May 25, 2011 9:25 AM EDT If part one of the "American Idol" finale left you a little underwhelmed, season 10's two-hour second act shows much more promise, if not for the duets alone. THR has learned of some very interesting pairings in store for tonight's show, airing live from L.A.'s Nokia…

  18. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 20, 2011 3:05 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. READERS'…

  19. Christina Perri, "lovestrong."

    May 06, 2011 10:00 AM EDT This piano-playing popster broke out last year when her song "Jar of Hearts" was featured on an episode of "So You Think You Can Dance"-an ideal forum for Christina Perri 's music, given that all the onscreen acrobatics are likely to distract you from lyrics like …

  20. Steven Tyler Q&A: On Making 'Noise in My Head,' Aerosmith & 'Idol,' Johnny Depp & More

    May 03, 2011 12:52 PM EDT It's a sunny day in Laurel Canyon, and Steven Tyler is shouting, "Author! Author!" before he heads to work to hear the "American Idol" contestants sing a bunch of Carole King songs. There's reason for his ebullience, of course; besides his stint as an "…

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