1. Kathy Mattea Strips Away Old Habits on 'Calling Me Home'

    September 13, 2012 5:30 PM EDT "For me, it was stripping off a layer of my habitual way of singing," Mattea tells us. "It was a little bit like being naked" Kathy Mattea 's last album, 2008's "Coal," topped the Bluegrass Albums chart and earned her a Grammy nomination. Her newest…

  2. Chart Beat Meet & Greet: Kathy Coleman

    September 07, 2012 6:05 AM EDT On the anniversary of the show's premiere, a visit to the 'Land of the Lost.' And, that great theme song. "Marshall, Will and Holly, On a routine expedition, Met the greaaa-test earthquake ever known. High on the rapids, it struck their tiny raft (aaah!) And plunged them…

  3. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  4. Aretha Franklin Makes Case for 'American Idol' Job

    July 18, 2012 8:20 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has a message for Kathie Lee Gifford: Show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T! The queen of soul is taking issue with Gifford and co-host Hoda Kotb and remarks made their morning show regarding her offer to judge "American Idol." Aretha's Competition: Sheen? | 10 Picks to…

  5. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  6. Dick Clark: 40th New Year's Eve Bash to Feature Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber

    December 29, 2011 5:10 PM EST Forty years ago, Dick Clark's New Year's Eve special was created to give young people an alternative to a seasonal institution, bandleader Guy Lombardo. Now Clark's annual show is the institution. "New Year's Rockin' Eve," with Clark and Ryan Seacrest, pays…

  7. '21' And Up: The Year of Adele Cover Story

    December 09, 2011 4:50 PM EST Billboard's Artist of the Year & Her Team Speak on Success Newly bleached blonde bouffant a little askew, Early on, the Columbia team concerned itself with reaching out to loyal fans of Adele's first album, "19" -- particularly those Americans who'd come onboard…

  8. Questlove 'Grounded' After Roots' Pointed Bachmann Intro

    November 22, 2011 7:45 PM EST Jimmy Fallon's house band the Roots didn't have a warm welcome for Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann when she appeared on the NBC show early Tuesday. As Bachmann strode on to the stage at Fallon's "Late Night," the show's band played a snippet of…

  9. Aide Recalls 'Frantic' Conrad Murray: 'Mr. Jackson Had a Bad Reaction'

    September 28, 2011 5:00 PM EDT An attorney for the promoter of Michael Jackson 's final concerts said Wednesday the singer's personal physician asked the company for life-saving equipment just days before the pop superstar's death. Kathy Jorrie, who works for concert giant AEG Live, testified at the…

  10. St. Vincent Records Track for 'Boardwalk Empire': Exclusive

    September 12, 2011 4:15 PM EDT St. Vincent and Justin Townes Earle last week joined the growing gang of pop and rock singers recording songs of the 1910s and 1920s for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," which begins its second season Sept. 25. The second season opener begins with Kathy Brier singing Irving Berlin&…

  11. J. Cole Premieres Debut Album at NYC Listening Session

    August 18, 2011 12:20 PM EDT "I'm mad nervous," J. Cole confessed in the first of two listening sessions for his upcoming LP, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," due Sept. 27. Those in attendance and attentive were Roc Nation publicists Jana Fleishman, also publicist to Jay-Z, and Megan Miller, Roc…

  12. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Shout-Outs Kathy Griffin's S&M' Cover, Vanilla Ice On Justin Bieber

    July 22, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Digs Kathy Griffin's Cover of 'S&M' She may be bad, but she's perfectly good at it: Comedian Kathy Griffin was captured doing a karaoke version of Rihanna's smash, "S&M…

  13. Debbie Gibson: Co-Star Katy Perry 'Raising The Bar' With 'Last Friday Night' Video

    June 15, 2011 10:05 AM EDT K aty Perry 's video for "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" not only sports cameos from such Generation Y stars as Rebecca Black , Darren Criss and Kevin McHale, but it also pays tribute to those who know that before it was the title of a Perry song, "E.T." was a…

  14. Katy Perry Parties With Rebecca Black, 'Glee' Cast in 'Last Friday Night' Video

    June 13, 2011 1:09 AM EDT In her new video for "Last Friday Night (TGIF)," Katy Perry is having a full-on John Hughes moment. In addition to the video's glorious '80s teen flick feeling, "Last Friday Night" features an onslaught of truly random cameos. Those celebs included: recent butt…

  15. Go-Go's 'Will Have New Music Coming,' Says Guitarist

    May 03, 2011 10:35 AM EDT The Go-Go's are still a going concern, and guitarist Jane Wiedlin, for one, hopes that a summer tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, "Beauty and the Beat," will lead to some new music from the all-female 80s favorite. "We've talked about it for…

  16. Iggy Pop and the Stooges Rock Ron Asheton Tribute Concert

    April 20, 2011 2:05 PM EDT R on Asheton was not around to see the Stooges inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. But the group's late co-founder was saluted on Tuesday in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Mich., with what was, appropriately, the loudest wake you can imagine. Organized by his sister, Kathy…

  17. Grammys 2011: 15 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 14, 2011 1:50 AM EST Not all of the excitement at the 2011 Grammy Awards happened on the stage. Here's 15 memorable moments that you didn't see on TV. 1. Arcade Fire was in quite the celebratory mood over its Album of the Year win for "The Suburbs." The group entered the press room singing the…

  18. Adele: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 28, 2011 1:31 PM EST A half an hour before her second album goes on sale in the United Kingdom, Virtually all of the album's lyrics refer to a single breakup Adele experienced between "19" and "21," often in disarming detail, as in the disc's hushed closer, "Someone Like You…

  19. Watch: Foo Fighters Get Girly, Channel Gaga

    January 06, 2011 12:41 PM EST From their costumes and drag time in classic music videos like "Everlong" and "Learn to Fly" to Dave Grohl's most recent viral hi-jinks with the Scissor Sisters , the Foo Fighters don't seem to mind embarrassing themselves in the sake of comedy. Video: Foo…

  20. Lennon's 'Abbey Road' Suit Sells for $46k in Auction

    January 03, 2011 8:56 AM EST The white two-piece suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album has been sold at auction in Connecticut for $46,000. The suit and other Beatles memorabilia were sold Saturday at the Braswell Galleries' annual New Year's Day auction to an…

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