1. She & Him Announces 'Volume 3' Album, Summer Tour

    January 29, 2013 6:40 PM EST She & Him, the alt-folk duo of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, will release its third non-holiday full-length, "Volume 3," on May 7 through Merge Records. Shortly after, Deschanel and Ward will embark on a tour of North America, beginning on June 14 in Nashville. Produced by Ward…

  2. Lady Antebellum Head 'Downtown' In Flirty New Single

    January 26, 2013 2:54 PM EST "It caught us off-guard when we heard it," the band's Dave Haywood tells us The year is only a few weeks old, but there's already quite a bit of excitement coming out of the Nashville scene-thanks to Capitol Nashville's Lady Antebellum. The Grammy Award-winning trio…

  3. Jenny Lewis Scores 'Very Good' Film, Calls Solo Album '80%' Done

    January 22, 2013 5:15 PM EST The year and a half Jenny Lewis intended to take off has resulted in a second solo album being three songs shy of complete plus her first movie score. So much for time off.   Lewis spent a year working on "Very Good Girls," the directorial debut from screenwriter Naomi Foner, whose…

  4. Mindless Behavior to Release Sophomore Album in March

    January 16, 2013 2:35 AM EST Debut peaked at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Mindless Behavior are back. The R&B quartet -- comprised of Princeton, Prodigy, Ray Ray, and Roc Royal --  will release their sophomore studio album, "All Around the World," on March 12. "All Around the World"…

  5. Ester Dean Talks Debut Album & 'Pitch Perfect' Success

    January 14, 2013 11:45 AM EST Ester Dean has spent the past few years penning hits for everyone but herself. Since 2006, the singer/songwriter has built a resume packed with chart-topping singles including Rihanna's "Where Have You Been," Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" and Katy Perry's "…

  6. Britney Spears Confirms 'X Factor' Exit

    January 11, 2013 4:15 PM EST Reports say Spears is now in "serious talks" to headline a Las Vegas show. Britney Spears' "X Factor" exit is now official. Responding to "sourced reports and speculation," the pop star's rep confirmed that Spears will not be back for season three. …

  7. Britney Spears and Jason Trawick 'Call Off' Relationship

    January 11, 2013 7:52 AM EST Year-Long Engagement Is Off Britney Spears and Jason Trawick have called it quits, the former couple announced on Friday.   "Britney Spears and Jason Trawick have mutually agreed to end their one-year engagement," Spears' rep said in a statement to People. "As two mature…

  8. 'Yellow Submarine' 'Better Not to be Remade,' Robert Zemeckis Says

    December 28, 2012 7:59 PM EST Robert Zemeckis says his "Yellow Submarine" remake won't be heading out to sea. "That would've been a great one, to bring the Beatles back to life," the director told Total Film of the shuttered project (via Rolling Stone ). "But it's probably better…

  9. Rilo Kiley Returns? Band Writes That 'Record is Almost Finished'

    December 27, 2012 2:05 PM EST Rilo Kiley , the critically acclaimed indie rock group led by singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, may be ending the band hiatus that was officially announced in 2010. A new post on the group's official Facebook on Thursday (Dec. 27) hints that new music -- or, at least, some sort of music --…

  10. Chart Highlights: will.i.am, Britney Spears Bound Onto Pop Songs Chart

    December 10, 2012 4:45 PM EST Dropkick Murphys, meanwhile, bring their brand of holiday cheer to the Alternative Songs tally. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  11. Metallica's 'Quebec Magnetic' DVD Captures 'Two Phenomenal Shows'

    October 25, 2012 10:50 AM EDT Guitarist Kirk Hammett talks concert film, 3D film, and the follow-up to "Death Magnetic." Though a couple of video projects -- including a 3D movie for next year -- are dominating Metallica 's time at the moment, the group is getting ready to start making some new musical…

  12. Motion City Soundtrack's 'Severance': Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 15, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Motion City Soundtrack teamed up with Drexel University's MAD Dragon Records to release a series of 7-inch vinyl records recorded by emerging artists. The band -- comprised of Justin Pierre, Joshua Cain, Jesse Johnson, Matt Taylor and Tony Thaxton -- is now closing out the series with…

  13. Bubbling Under: Wonder Girls Ride K-Pop Wave to U.S. Radio

    October 12, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Wonder Girls, Priyanka Chopra, Tame Impala and August Rain. Wonder Girls PSY's K-Pop breakthrough on U.S. top 40 radio with …

  14. BET Hip-Hop Awards 2012: Chris Lighty Tribute, Cyphers & Winners

    October 10, 2012 8:50 AM EDT More than a week after the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards were taped in Atlanta, the annual show honoring the best in rap aired Tuesday night (October 9). The show started off strong with a performance by Wiz Khalifa . After rocking his single, "Work Hard, Play Hard," Wiz was joined by…

  15. Tilly & The Wall Lighten the 'Heavy Mood' on First Album in Four Years

    October 04, 2012 7:26 PM EDT "Heavy Mood" is an all-encompassing title for the four-year period since Tilly & The Wall 's last album, "O." After the Omaha indie-poppers experience their biggest success to date from 2008 to 2009 -- playing record crowds with a headlining tour, scoring major…

  16. James Franco's Band Working on Full-Length Album

    October 04, 2012 11:50 AM EDT Oscar-nominated actor describes working with Smokey Robinson on his band Daddy's first EP, 'MotorCity.' James Franco has been James Dean, Spider-Man pal Harry Osborn, Hugh Hefner, "127 Hours" climber Aron Ralston and, soon, the wizard of Oz. But his latest role is in…

  17. 'Hey, Joe Diffie!' Jason Aldean Gives '90s Star a Shout on New Album

    September 20, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Get ready to shout "Joe Diffie!" at Aldean concerts ... "Pretty dang cool," says classic country singer Ten songs in, Jason Aldean 's new album, "Night Train," throws out a curve ball that will have crowds of 20-somethings chanting the name of a classic…

  18. 'Glee' Season 4 to Cover Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Imagine Dragons

    September 06, 2012 9:15 AM EDT With "Glee" returning next week, the Fox dramedy offered loyal fans a first listen to the music from its fourth season premiere via Facebook on Wednesday. In addition to the previously reported cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," the "Glee" gang…

  19. Grammy Nominations Concert Moving to Nashville

    August 21, 2012 10:00 AM EDT This year's Grammy Awards nominations will come with a Southern accent. The Recording Academy is moving its annual live nominations concert special to Music City. The show will air Dec. 5 live on CBS from Bridgestone Arena. This is the fifth time The Recording Academy has held "The…

  20. Exclusive: Sean Paul Sets 'Tomahawk Technique' U.S. Release Date

    August 13, 2012 1:40 PM EDT 'It is, in certain terms, like a rebirth,' the dancehall star says of the new disc. "Tomahawk Technique," Sean Paul 's fifth studio album, is finally hitting U.S. stores on Sept. 18 through VP/Atlantic, the Jamaican dancehall star tells Billboard.com. The disc has…

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