1. Monica, Bonnie Raitt and Counting Crows Aiming High on Billboard 200

    April 13, 2012 8:57 PM EDT R&B singer Monica is heading for her fifth straight top 10 album, as "New Life" is aiming to sell around 60,000 by week's end on Sunday, April 15, according to industry sources. That figure might be enough to give her a top five placing on the tally next week. The new…

  2. Hoodie Allen Goes Pro With Debut EP, 'All American'

    April 10, 2012 2:45 PM EDT In two years, rapper/singer-songwriter Hoodie Allen has gone from Google employee to an internet hip-pop star behind two successful mixtapes and constant social media interaction. With his debut EP, "All American," out today (April 10), the Ivy League alum looks to solidify his…

  3. TMI w/ Kris Allen: Watch Again

    April 05, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Kris Allen: Watch the 4/5 Episode Plus Tune In Live Every Thursday at 3pm ET On the April 5 episode of TMI, Kris Allen , winner of "American Idol" Season 8, was live in the TMI studio in all senses of the word and you can watch all of the action again in the video player above. Not…

  4. The Grascals: 'We're Getting Back to Us'

    March 30, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Since they formed back in 2004, The Grascals have made quite the name for themselves in bluegrass music. They have been consistently among the top sellers in the genre, and they -- as a group as well as individuals -- have taken home many IBMA and SPGMA Awards. Still, their new project, "…

  5. Hot Tours: Taylor Swift, George Strait, Cirque Du Soleil

    March 29, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Taylor Swift is at a familiar perch atop Hot Tours with box office grosses reported from the last leg of her Speak Now World Tour that wrapped on March 18 in Auckland, New Zealand. The tour's final leg, a six-city trek through Australia and New Zealand, kicked off on March 2 in Western…

  6. Judge Orders Sugarland Singer to Testify Over Stage Collapse

    March 23, 2012 5:20 PM EDT An Indiana judge ordered lead singer Jennifer Nettles of the country duo Sugarland on Friday to give a deposition next month in lawsuits filed over August's deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse - testimony that will focus on whether the band resisted delaying the start of their…

  7. Hot Tours: Elton John, Cirque Du Soleil, Ricardo Arjona

    March 16, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Sir Elton John , who is in his sixth decade of touring, take the No. 1 slot on Hot Tours this week with $2.7 million in box office grosses reported from two stops on his Greatest Hits Tour, currently on the road in North America through the end of April. Before beginning a slate of U.S.…

  8. Hot Tours: Roger Waters, Cirque Du Soleil, Brad Paisley

    March 10, 2012 10:00 AM EST Legendary rock star Roger Waters tops the Hot Tour ranking this week with $25.2 million in box office grosses reported from Australia and New Zealand during The Wall Live Tour's trek down under in January and February. Promoted by concert promoter Michael Coppel Presents, Waters played…

  9. Robert Johnson Feted at All-Star Apollo Blues Hall of Fame Benefit

    March 08, 2012 7:02 PM EST The Roots, Elvis Costello, Taj Mahal, Chuck D and Macy Gray Among The Stellar Line Up A low-key Tuesday night in New York City set the scene for a casually brilliant night of Blues-with-a-capital-B at the Apollo on March 6 as The Roots , Elvis Costello , Taj Mahal , Chuck D , Macy Gray , Todd…

  10. Hot Tours: Cirque Du Soleil, Rod Stewart, Andrea Bocelli

    March 02, 2012 4:00 PM EST Soaring to the top of the Hot Tours rankings is Cirque du Soleil 's Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, a touring production featuring the music of the King of Pop. $27 million in box office grosses from 30 performances were reported during the past week giving the music and dance…

  11. Top 24 'American Idols' Of All-Time

    February 28, 2012 1:30 PM EST Chart Article When a singer wins "American Idol," it's undoubtedly his or her biggest music moment to-date. But as we've seen time and time again, winning "Idol" does not necessarily mean that one's career will follow the trajectories of 12-7 6-1 Next » 24…

  12. The History of Country Music Gets an Update

    February 26, 2012 11:00 AM EST Country Music has enjoyed a rich history over the years, and the Country Music Foundation has released what many are considering to be the ultimate history book concerning the genre with the issue of The Encyclopedia of Country Music. A 626-page book of who's who, and what's what in…

  13. Hot Tours: George Strait, Rod Stewart, Brad Paisley

    February 24, 2012 4:10 PM EST George Strait is No. 1 in the latest tally of Hot Tours with $5.8 million in ticket sales reported from arenas in six U.S. cities on his 2012 winter tour outing. On the road in support of his latest album "Here For A Good Time" released last fall, the legendary country artist kicked…

  14. 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…

  15. Whitney Houston Funeral: Broken Hearts Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:00 PM EST Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Saturday. Remembering Whitney • SLIDESHOW: The…

  16. Dave Matthews Band Returns to the Road

    February 15, 2012 8:25 AM EST Band Sets 2012 Tour Dates Dave Matthews Band , one of the most successful touring bands in history, will embark on a full-blown North American summer tour after taking 2011 off the road, save for four regional DMB-curated festivals known as Caravans. DMB sold more tickets than any act on the…

  17. T-Pain Talks Charity Concert, '5 O'Clock' Grammy Snub

    February 10, 2012 3:25 PM EST Between promoting his latest album "rEVOLVEr," hosting another benefit concert in his native Tallahassee this March and participating in Guitar Center's "Your Next Record" program, T-Pain is in store for a hectic 2012. Yet as the Grammy Awards approach this weekend,…

  18. Rumer Preps 'Boys' Covers Album, 2013 Sophomore Release

    February 09, 2012 1:45 PM EST Even as her debut album, "Seasons of My Soul," starts to gain traction in the U.S., British singer Rumer is looking ahead not one but two albums into her future. Next up, Rumer (real name Sarah Joyce) tells Billboard.com is a covers set called "Boys Don't Cry" that…

  19. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  20. Bruce Springsteen Making Jazz Fest Return

    January 24, 2012 6:37 PM EST The last time Bruce Springsteen performed in New Orleans it was less than a year after Hurricane Katrina hit, and "The Boss" moved thousands to tears at Jazz Fest by belting out such lyrics as "How can a poor man stand such times as these?" Springsteen is returning to the…

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