1. Love Doctor: 2 Chainz Talks S&M, His 'Duffle Bag Kama Sutra' Book & More

    June 13, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Chainz , aka "the hair weave killer," doesn't shy away from kitty cat chat. And why should he? It's the rapper's charisma, countless number of memorable verses, laced with NSFW quoateables, that keep him at the top of the charts and at the tip of stadium screams.…

  2. Exclusive: Gene Simmons Heads to Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, Talks KISS Album

    May 03, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 'I'm Gonna Be the Drill Sergeant,' Rocker Says Kiss' Gene Simmons is prepping the whip for his role mentoring the next batch of Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp attendees. "I intend to be a hard taskmaster," Simmons, who joins the camp Oct. 10-14 at the MGM Grand in…

  3. Mitt Romney Wins Gene Simmons' Vote

    April 03, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Back in 2008, KISS bassist/demon Gene Simmons cast his vote for Barack Obama in the presidential election. This time, the rocker has had a change of heart, telling FOX News' "Fox and Friends" that he's a Mitt Romney man. "Hindsight is 20/20," he said. "I…

  4. Connie Smith Enjoys Her Hall of Fame Moment

    March 16, 2012 3:30 PM EDT It was just an ordinary evening in the household of Connie Smith and her husband, Marty Stuart, when they were interrupted. "Marty and I were in the kitchen about suppertime, and the phone rang," Smith recalls in an interview with Billboard. "He looked at the caller ID, and…

  5. 'Idol' Alum Kellie Pickler Toughens Up With '100 Proof'

    January 23, 2012 2:10 PM EST It's been more than three years since Kellie Pickler's self-titled sophomore album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (No. 9 on Billboard 200), but the "American Idol" alumna has hardly been idle. "I jumped, not giving a shit whether my…

  6. Country Music's Top 10 Albums of 2011

    December 28, 2011 2:00 PM EST Last week The 615 listed our top country music singles of 2011 , from Thompson Square's "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" to Kenny Chesney's " You and Tequila." Now, it's time to recognize achievements in that beleaguered format, the "album."…

  7. Taylor Swift: Birthday Girl, By-The-Numbers

    December 13, 2011 10:05 AM EST "I'm so 22 right now," birthday girl Taylor Swift Tweeted this morning (Dec. 13). In honor of her special day, Chart Beat spotlights a host of the chart records that Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year and the top country artist of the past 12 months has achieved, all since…

  8. Katy Perry Hosts 'SNL': The Hits & Misses, Including a Florence Welch Spoof

    December 11, 2011 1:48 PM EST Katy Perry stepped out from behind the microphone to host last night's installment of "Saturday Night Live," following in the footsteps of Elton John, Jon Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and just a handful of other musicians. After performing as the musical guest on…

  9. 50 Cent Drops 'The Big 10' Mixtape: Listen

    December 09, 2011 4:00 PM EST Close to ten years since the release of his first mixtape, "50 Cent Is The Future," 50 Cent drops a new ten-track mixtape, titled " The Big 10 ." "Everything on it is new. It's like an album," 50 Cent told Vibe . "I got the chance to do the talking that…

  10. Taylor Swift: Billboard's Woman of the Year

    December 02, 2011 11:20 AM EST Young Star Enchants Fans, Fellow Stars & the Music Business Alike Are there people you look to on the business side of what you do? The business aspect is one of the most important things about having a music career, because every choice you make in a management meeting affects your life…

  11. Katy Perry Brings Big 'California Dreams' To NYC

    November 17, 2011 11:41 AM EST Katy Perry brought her massive, cavity-inducing California Dreams Tour to a sold-out crowd at New York's Madison Square Garden last night (Nov. 16). Despite it being the tour's 118th show, Perry and her crew kept fans -- and their often equally excited parents -- on a sugar high for…

  12. David Lynch Q&A: It's 'Crazy Clown Time'

    November 08, 2011 10:10 AM EST Auteur Explains His Debut Album, an Alt-Blues Experiment in Creaky Falsetto Best known as the surrealist auteur behind "Eraserhead," "Twin Peaks" and "Blue Velvet," David Lynch is one of America's most acclaimed film directors. Having long written and…

  13. Liz Anderson, Trailblazing Country Songwriter, Dies at 81

    November 02, 2011 10:50 AM EDT Famed songwriter and singer Liz Anderson died Monday evening of complications from heart and lung disease after a brief hospitalization, her family announced. The singer, who is the mother of Lynn Anderson and a key player in the success of Merle Haggard and others, was admitted to St. Thomas…

  14. 'Glee' Returns With a Plot-Heavy Whimper

    November 02, 2011 9:50 AM EDT "Glee" returned Tuesday night after a three-week hiatus with more of a plot-heavy whimper than a bang, with some character movement but mostly lacking standout moments that make you remember why "Glee" is great. Still, this season continues to be an improvement on the last…

  15. Johnnie Wright, Country Star & Kitty Wells' Husband, Dies at 97

    September 27, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Nashville lost one of its oldest links to Country Music's past with the passing of Johnnie Wright Tuesday morning (Sept. 27) at the age of 97. Wright, along with Jack Anglin, formed the duo Johnnie & Jack in 1939. The two created a unique sound that influenced many of Country Music&…

  16. Kreayshawn's Style Council

    September 23, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Chart Article border STYLE COUNCIL - KREAYSHAWN Welcome to Style Council, a new monthly feature where The Hook profiles music's new generation of fashion influencers. From the minute her debut video, 'Gucci Gucci,' hit the web, Oakland MC Kreayshawn turned heads not only for…

  17. Ask Billboard: From 'S&M' To Disney Acts

    April 15, 2011 6:55 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. RIH-GARDING RIH…

  18. Remembering 15 Forgotten Hot 100 No. 1s

    March 09, 2011 1:05 PM EST As Billboard celebrates 1,000 No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100's storied archives , it's inevitable that certain past toppers require an extra pause before triggering recognition. Despite all 1,000 titles having earned the honor of, at least for one week, reigning as the most popular…

  19. 13 Hot Pop Holiday Gifts

    November 17, 2010 1:46 PM EST Music fans are sick of the same old same old under the tree: band t-shirts and CDs they probably downloaded (for free, let's be honest) already. With artists offering not only innovative merch but also branded beauty products, toys, games and books, shopping for the pop music fan on your…

  20. Reba McEntire Extends Country Songs Record

    November 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'RADIO' ROYALTY: While Taylor Swift dominates headlines on the Billboard 200, as her "Speak Now" blasts in at No. 1, logging the largest sales week since 2005 , according to Nielsen SoundScan, another country queen continues rewriting history on Country Songs. Reba…

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