1. Fashion's Night Out: Justin Bieber, Estelle, Vanessa Hudgens Hit Up NYC

    September 09, 2011 12:50 PM EDT The third annual global shopping craze, also known as Fashion's Night Out, commenced Thursday night (Sept. 8) as designers and musicians converged to show their love of music and fashion. One-thousand retailers in New York City participated in the enormous fashion party. Everyone from…

  2. Billboard Bits: Weezy Helps Universal Lock Down Top Four Chart Spots, JoBros Will Reunite 'Eventually'

    August 09, 2011 7:03 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lil Wayne Helps Universal Lock Down Top Four Spots on R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Universal Republic becomes the first record company to lock down the top four spots on Billboard's Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay…

  3. 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 "…

  4. 'American Idol' Season 10 Tour Dates Announced

    April 28, 2011 1:35 PM EDT "American Idol" season 10 is gearing up to take the show on the road this summer. The "American Idols Live!" tour kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah and will hit 45 dates before wrapping up September 9, in Rochester, N.Y., it was announced today (Apr. 28). Featured…

  5. 'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    March 08, 2011 1:05 PM EST An era of tight playlists leaves little room for thousands of hit songs not regularly programmed on classic hits or oldies radio stations. Still, Barry Scott has fashioned an enviably fortuitous career as host of "The Lost 45s," airing "records you never thought you'd hear…

  6. Esperanza Spalding to Record 'Radio Music Society' Album in May

    March 01, 2011 8:15 AM EST Still "as surprised as you can be" by her Best New Artist win at this year's Grammy Awards, Esperanza Spalding has already scoped out her next two album projects -- even as she tours to promote 2010's "Chamber Music Society." Spalding tells Billboard.com that she…

  7. Jordin Sparks Reaches New 'Heights' on Broadway

    September 17, 2010 3:56 PM EDT You haven't really arrived on Broadway until an image of your grinning face goes up on a massive billboard. It is a joy Jordin Sparks has yet to savor. "I haven't gone to Times Square to stand there and actually look at it yet," the 20-year-old singer says of her 34-foot…

  8. Why Bret Michaels & Other Music Stars Turn to Reality TV for Fame, Fortune

    September 08, 2010 3:05 PM EDT B ret Michaels , veteran of six-count 'em, six-reality shows, has two bits of advice for artists looking to break into the genre: "Never wear white on TV unless you're at your fighting weight," he says. "And never drink too much in Cabo if you're going to be on…

  9. 'Idol' Judge Kara DioGuardi 'Disappointed' by Fox Silence

    August 13, 2010 7:53 AM EDT "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi 's father, a Republican U.S. Senate contender in New York, says the songwriter is getting the silent treatment from Fox about her rumored axing from the show. "Would you believe she did not hear -- and still has not heard -- anything?…

  10. 'American Idol' Judge Job Poses Risks and Opportunities

    August 06, 2010 3:30 PM EDT G oodbye , Simon Cowell. Goodbye , Ellen DeGeneres. Hello, Judge to Be Named Later. Amid the past week's flurry of rumors about who would fill the two vacant judge slots on "American Idol" -- Jennifer Lopez , Steven Tyler , Harry Connick Jr. and Chris Isaak among them -- one…

  11. Macy Gray Album Premiere: Hear "The Sellout" Early

    June 15, 2010 9:30 AM EDT Back to square one. That's where Macy Gray found herself when she began recording her new album, "The Sellout." The album isn't out until June 22, but you can hear the whole thing first -- before it's released right here on Billboard.com right now. Gray began…

  12. Bieber-Mania Sparks Search for the Next Teen Sensation

    June 01, 2010 3:25 PM EDT What does 16-year-old Justin Bieber share in common with musical icons Bob Dylan , Bruce Springsteen , Nirvana and Britney Spears ? They all, at one time or another, have inspired record company A&R executives en masse to aggressively sign up artists who sound, and sometimes even look,…

  13. 'American Idol' Boots Paige Miles, Usher To Mentor Top 10

    March 24, 2010 10:30 PM EDT "American Idol" sent Paige Miles packing on Wednesday night's (Mar. 24) elimination episode, bringing the pool down to the top 10 contestants who will participate in this summer's "Idol" tour. Miles, who faced a bout of laryngitis last week, struggled again on…

  14. Oscar Winners On The Hot 100

    March 09, 2010 2:05 PM EST "Crazy Heart" emerged victorious at Sunday's (March 7) 82nd Annual Academy Awards. While lead character Jeff Bridges was anointed Best Actor, the film's theme likewise produced a coveted Oscar statue, as Ryan Bingham 's "The Weary Kind" earned Best Original…

  15. 'American Idol' Recap: Michael Lynche Can't Salvage Sub-Par Night

    February 25, 2010 1:53 AM EST Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. -- When Simon Cowell said before this week's performances that he thought a woman was going to win this season, I figured he was…

  16. 'American Idol' Top 24 Revealed

    February 18, 2010 8:20 AM EST "American Idol" revealed the remaining 17 of its top 24 season nine contestants on Wednesday night (Feb. 17), following the previous night's unveiling of the first seven finalists and capping off over a month of audition rounds. One by one, each auditioner entered the Kodak…

  17. U.K. Haiti Benefit Single Debuts At No. 1

    February 15, 2010 8:32 AM EST Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment's star-packed charity cover of R.E.M. 's "Everybody Hurts," rush-released under the name Helping Haiti to raise funds for victims of the Haiti earthquake, stormed to No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart. Alicia Keys ' "The…

  18. 'American Idol' Premieres, Victoria Beckham Faces Off With Simon Cowell

    January 12, 2010 11:01 PM EST The ninth season of "American Idol" premiered Tuesday night (Jan. 12) on Fox amidst widespread chatter about Simon Cowell, who announced Monday he was leaving "Idol" to bring "The X Factor" to the U.S. in 2011. "Idol" kicked off its audition rounds in…

  19. Randy Jackson Talks 'Idol' As Season Nine Nears

    January 06, 2010 11:26 AM EST With a new judge (Ellen DeGeneres) on the panel, Randy Jackson predicts that "American Idol's" ninth season will be "interesting" as well as "a very, very cool, nice year...an exciting, different time." "Hopefully we can find a girl who can take the…

  20. Rage Against The Machine Beats 'X Factor' To U.K. Xmas No. 1

    December 21, 2009 7:08 AM EST Rage Against the Machine snowed on teenager Joe McElderry's Christmas parade, as the results of the unlikely battle for the U.K.'s prestigious festive No. 1 single were confirmed on Sunday evening (Dec. 20). The news was the culmination of an orchestrated campaign by hundreds of…

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