1. Weekly Chart Notes: LMFAO, 'The Voice,' Dee Snider

    May 18, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 'Party' on! LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem' is just the ninth single to spend at least 60 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 For an act that's sorry for party rocking, it continues to do a lot of it. 'THE VOICE' IS HEARD: Six songs performed on the May 7 live…

  2. K. Flay Talks New Music, Touring & Being Inspired by Kanye West

    April 17, 2012 10:00 AM EDT K. Flay is far from the average rapper. Although the Stanford University graduate holds two degrees -- one in psychology and the other in sociology -- she rather spend her time pushing sonic boundaries than picking someone's brain. While other aspiring rappers draft blueprints, for…

  3. Darren Criss Q&A: On 'Angry' Blaine and Music vs Acting

    April 10, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 'Glee' Star Opens Up on Kurt/Blaine, His Approach to Iconic Songs, and His 'All Over the Place' Album Plans Former Billboard cover boy Darren Criss has had an eventful year since we featured him and his breakout role as Blaine Anderson, Lima's preppy, bowtie-wearing,…

  4. Madonna Notches 42nd No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs

    April 09, 2012 3:45 PM EDT The Queen of Pop materializes at No. 1 with 'Girl Gone Wild,' extending her record for the most leaders in the chart's history. M adonna earns her record-extending 42nd No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "Girl Gone Wild" zips 4-1. (All charts…

  5. 'Smash' Star Megan Hilty Signs with Columbia Records

    March 28, 2012 9:30 AM EDT The NBC actress joins co-star Katharine McPhee on the Sony label After some seven years spent on Broadway (Wicked, 9 to 5) then a co-starring role on NBC's hit drama Smash, Megan Hilty can now call herself a major label recording artist. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the 30…

  6. Kristin Chenoweth to Kick Off First Concert Tour

    February 29, 2012 9:20 AM EST Kristin Chenoweth is taking the long way home. The Tony Award-winning singer and actress announced Wednesday that she'll kick off her first ever concert tour on May 9 in Seattle and it will end June 24 in Broken Arrow, Okla., the town she grew up in. "I've sung all over the…

  7. Betsey Johnson Catches Beatlemania

    February 14, 2012 2:45 PM EST Betseymania broke loose in the tents at Lincoln Center! In true Betsey Johnson style, the funky designer paid homage to the 1960's and The Beatles with her whacky touch when she revealed her fall collection Monday (Feb. 13) at New York Fashion Week. Seen + Heard at Fashion Week Click for…

  8. Karmin Recalls 'Emotional' Experience on 'SNL' Following Whitney Houston News

    February 14, 2012 1:15 PM EST For millions of music fans, Saturday night (Feb. 11) will always be remembered as the night that Whitney Houston passed away at the age of 48. But for Karmin, the upstart pop duo who were about to make their debut on "Saturday Night Live" before even releasing their debut album, the…

  9. 'Glee's' 'Smooth Criminal' Selling Big, Heading For High Chart Debut

    February 02, 2012 3:15 PM EST "Glee's" take on Michael Jackson 's "Smooth Criminal" is off to a fast start. Covered by the show's Grant Gustin and Naya Rivera (with guests 2Cellos) on its Jan. 31 Michael Jackson-themed episode, the single could perhaps sell 80,000 to 100,000 downloads by…

  10. Katy Perry's Latest Chart Record: A 6th No. 1 From 'Dream' on the Pop Songs (Not Hot 100) Chart

    January 30, 2012 3:30 PM EST With 'The One That Got Away,' the album racks more records on the Pop and Adult Pop Songs radio airplay charts. It's sweet six-cess for Katy Perry on the latest Billboard radio airplay charts. Perry's "The One That Got Away" lifts 2-1 on Billboard's Nielsen…

  11. 'American Idol' Regains Some of Its Swagger at Texas Auditions

    January 27, 2012 11:23 AM EST Finally -- that's how you do it, "Idol." After a string of ho-hum episodes, the show came out guns a-blazin' in Galveston, Texas. For the first time since last Thursday's Pittsburgh auditions, we saw contestants (Skylar, Baylie, Cortez) that seem to have a legitimate…

  12. Craig Morgan's 'This Ole Boy' Due in February

    January 10, 2012 11:35 PM EST Craig Morgan will usher in a new era of his recording career with the release of "This Ole Boy" on Feb. 28. It marks his debut release with Black River. Prior to signing with the label last year, Morgan achieved success on Broken Bow and BNA with such hits as "International…

  13. Katy Perry Notches Record Seventh No. 'One' From 'Teenage Dream' On Dance/Club Play Songs

    December 26, 2011 6:30 PM EST K aty Perry 's "Teenage Dream" becomes the first album to generate seven No. 1s on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "The One That Got Away" jumps 3-1. Here is a recap of Perry's seven titles from the set to top the survey (to be updated, along…

  14. Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood Shine at American Country Awards

    December 06, 2011 9:30 AM EST While talking to Billboard.com last week about the American Country Awards , host Trace Adkins was quoted as saying "You're going to get some interesting outcomes, I think." Those turned out to be very prophetic words, as Jason Aldean -- who recently won his first pair of CMA…

  15. Trace Adkins to Tower Over His ACA Co-Host Kristin Chenoweth

    December 01, 2011 3:00 PM EST "Maybe Somebody Will Have to Carry Around an Apple Box for Her," the Country Star Jokes to Billboard Trace Adkins admits to having been a bit nervous last year prior to hosting the inaugural American Country Awards. But once he got in the flow of the show, it began to feel a little…

  16. Ask Billboard: Uncovering Potentially Uncoverable Songs

    November 18, 2011 7:15 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. UNCOVERING…

  17. Katy Perry Scores Seven People's Choice Awards Nominations

    November 08, 2011 9:16 PM EST Katy Perry, "Glee" and Harry Potter conjured up the most People's Choice Awards nominations for the 2012 ceremony. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" topped Tuesday's nomination announcement with nine nods, including favorite movie and ensemble movie…

  18. 'Glee' Guest Stars Wish List & New Cast We'll Meet Soon

    November 01, 2011 6:00 PM EDT While "Glee," at its heart, is the story of the core group of New Directions club members and their individual journeys through the wild world of high school, the show also has a variety of auxiliary players and guest stars who come in and spice up that tapestry. Sometimes, like in…

  19. Did Harry Belafonte Sleep Through TV Interview? Rep Says Tech Error & Meditation

    October 18, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Although he announced a retirement from performing in 2007, Harry Belafonte (famous for his "Day-O" chant from his trademark track "The Banana Boat Song") claims to be sharp as ever, even at age 84. Yet Belafonte was caught in an uncomfortable techincal error during a…

  20. American Country Awards: Zac Brown, Jason Aldean Lead Nominees

    October 13, 2011 11:05 AM EDT The nominations for the 2nd Annual American Country Awards were announced, and it was a big day for many of the top younger stars in the format. Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band led the way with eight nominations each. On their heels were newcomers Thompson Square , who scored seven…

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