1. Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth Added to Music Mix at Oscars

    February 21, 2013 12:45 PM EST Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth will perform a special closing number, and past winners Jennifer Hudson, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones will join an all-star tribute to recent movie musicals at this Sunday's Academy Awards. It's all part of an increasingly…

  2. Did Beyonce Lip-Sync at Inauguration? Marines Soften Earlier Bombshell

    January 22, 2013 6:55 PM EST The Marines are backing away from an eye-opening claim that Beyonce "did not actually sing" the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration on Monday.   On Tuesday, Master Sgt. Kristin DuBois of the U.S. Marine Band told numerous news outlets, including CNN and the…

  3. Ke$ha's 'Die Young' Radio Airplay Drop-Off Steadying After Initial Plunge

    December 19, 2012 7:54 PM EST As Billboard previously reported, following the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday (Dec. 14), Ke$ha 's "Die Young" has dropped in radio airplay. A look at the last two days of airplay, monitored by Nielsen…

  4. Luke Bryan Hits Jackpot at American Country Awards

    December 11, 2012 1:00 AM EST 'Tailgates and Tanlines' Star Snags Nine Awards; Carrie Underwood Adds to Her Collection Luke Bryan was the top winner at the third annual American Country Music Awards Monday night (Dec. 10) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Bryan took home nine awards, including Male Artist, Single…

  5. Rihanna Ties Janet Jackson For Second-Most Dance/Club Play Songs No. 1s

    December 03, 2012 4:15 PM EST With 'Diamonds' topping the tally, Rihanna and Jackson trail only Madonna for the most No. 1s in the chart's 36-year history. With the rise of Rihanna 's "Diamonds" to No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, the diva scores her sparkling 19th…

  6. Sweethearts of the Rodeo Rope First Album in 16 Years

    October 23, 2012 5:10 PM EDT It's been sixteen years since they released new music, but the Sweethearts of the Rodeo are back this week with "Restless." Why the long wait for Kristine Arnold and Janis Oliver? "Life just got in the way," Arnold explained to Billboard. "We were focusing on…

  7. Mariah Carey Scores Sweet 16th No. 1 On Dance/Club Play Songs

    October 12, 2012 12:45 PM EDT The diva is 'Triumphant' atop the tally once again. Mariah Carey 's "Triumphant (Get 'Em)" is aptly-titled, as the song becomes her 16th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club/Play Songs chart. The new "American Idol" judge shows contestants how it's…

  8. Luke Bryan Tops American Country Awards Nominees

    October 10, 2012 8:10 AM EDT Luke Bryan just keeps getting hotter. The rising country music star is the lead nominee for this year's American Country Awards with seven. He beat out established stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum in a field announced early Wednesday. Lady A and Zac Brown Band are next with…

  9. Bluegrass Music Awards: Steve Martin Honors Earl Scruggs

    September 28, 2012 10:25 AM EDT It was a hard year in the bluegrass world and the loss of icons such as Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson hung over the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday night. The Gibson Brothers won entertainer of the year and joined Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice as the only multiple winners…

  10. Chart Highlights: 'Whistle' To 'Blow': Flo Rida, P!nk No. 1

    September 10, 2012 4:15 PM EDT The Sunshine State rapper tops Pop Songs with 'Whistle,' while P!nk powers to No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs with 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss).' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  11. American Country Awards Bringing Trace Adkins, Kristin Chenoweth Back as Hosts

    August 28, 2012 9:10 AM EDT Trace Adkins will tower over Kristin Chenoweth once again as the unlikely duo have signed on to co-host the American Country Awards for the second straight year. The "Ladies Love Country Boys" singer says he's excited to be reuniting with the "Wicked" Broadway star. …

  12. Madonna Notches 43rd No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs

    August 27, 2012 10:35 AM EDT The Queen of Pop reigns again with 'Turn Up the Radio,' extending her mark for the most leaders in the chart's archives. She also closes in on even bigger Billboard chart history. Madonna earns her record-extending 43rd No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as …

  13. Jason Noble of Rodan, Rachel's Dies of Cancer

    August 04, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Beloved Louisville Musician Was 40 Jason Noble, a principal member in the influential Louisville-based bands Rodan , Rachel's and Shipping News , passed away this morning in Bethesda, Md., after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 40. Noble served as the main vocalist and also played…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. '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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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