1. Ben Folds Five Could Make Another Album, But Not Until 2015

    September 12, 2012 2:45 PM EDT 'The Sound of the Life of the Mind,' the group's first album in 13 years, was 'really easy and really inspiring' to make, says Folds. Ben Folds says there's plenty more material where "The Sound of the Life of the Mind," the first new Ben Folds Five…

  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. Ask Billboard: Whitney Houston's Biggest Radio Hits

    March 05, 2012 11:05 AM EST Plus: More enduring rock era classics; Who's better, Mariah or Madonna?; and, a week-by-week analysis of women ruling the Hot 100's top five Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music…

  6. 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…

  7. Ben Folds Five Reunites: New Album Expected This Spring

    January 26, 2012 4:36 PM EST After 13 years, Ben Folds Five is back in the studio. The singer/pianist announced on Twitter that he and bandmates Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee are currently working on a fourth Ben Folds Five album. "It's happening fo sho - Day 1 in studio with Robert and Darren through March,…

  8. Chaka Khan & Grace Jones Rock the Runway in Paris

    January 25, 2012 12:05 AM EST A little lingerie label stole the show at Paris Fashion Week on Monday, and all it took was a stunning display of diva behavior. Etam, famed for their ability to shock, showcased their new Spring / Summer 2012 collection at the Beaux-Arts de Paris in an explosion of disco glory. The…

  9. 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…

  10. '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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Ben Folds Five Returning To Studio, Plan on 'Making Another Sound'

    September 27, 2011 2:50 PM EDT After reuniting the Ben Folds Five for three new songs on the upcoming compilation "The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective," Folds says a new album from the trio isn't guaranteed -- but is likely. Folds, who's currently judging the just-launched third season of NBC&…

  14. 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&…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Elton John, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra & More: Stories From Adult Contemporary's Biggest Stars & Songs

    July 20, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on Whitney Houston. Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner. Kenny Rogers, himself. Plus Many More. Billboard talks to some of the biggest names in adult contemporary. Their perspectives? Crucial. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever The…

  18. Michael Bolton: Recording Duets Album was 'Like Giving Birth 21 Times'

    July 07, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Michael Bolton says his latest album, "Gems -- The Duets Collection," was "like giving birth 21 times or something." And it wasn't initially planned as a duets album, either. Bolton tells Billboard.com that he was thinking duets would comprise "maybe half"…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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