1. Trae Tha Truth and T.I.'s Reps Talk Alliance

    March 02, 2012 2:00 PM EST Grand Hustle's Jason Geter says the ink isn't dry just yet but looks 'forward to making it official.' On Feb. 29, veteran Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth appeared on MTV's " RapFix Live " with chart-topping Atlanta rapper Clifford " T.I. " Harris to…

  2. 'American Idol' Top 25: Male Round Led by Joshua Ledet, Colton Dixon

    February 29, 2012 12:05 PM EST "American Idol" has finally rolled into the voting rounds, in which fans -- for the most part -- control the fates of the remaining 25 singers on the show. If Tuesday night's male semi-finalist show is any indication, the decision in 2012 will be a tough one. Top 24 '…

  3. Adele's '21': Longest-Running No. 1 Album Since 'Purple Rain'

    February 29, 2012 11:00 AM EST Not unexpectedly, Adele 's "21" album spends a 22nd week atop the Billboard 200 chart, selling 297,000 (down 59%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's now the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution 's "Purple Rain" soundtrack scored 24 weeks…

  4. Tyga's Album's First Week at Retail Disrupted by Uncleared MLK Sample

    February 23, 2012 6:20 PM EST Tyga trumpeted Tuesday's release date for his long-awaited Young Money/Universal debut, "Careless World," for weeks. The album's title has come to mean more than the MC probably intended: While the LP did officially drop on that date, an uncleared sample meant that it didn…

  5. Tyga, fun. & Chiddy Bang Aiming for Top 10 Debuts

    February 23, 2012 5:30 PM EST After a very busy Grammy-fueled week on the Billboard 200 albums chart where Adele 's "21" collected a 21st week at No. 1 (but zero debuts appeared in the top 50) we should be seeing some fresh faces in the top 10 next week. On course for a top five debut is Tyga 's debut…

  6. 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…

  7. Aretha Franklin Honors Whitney Houston at Radio City Concert

    February 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST Aretha Franklin was thankful to be alive and was thinking about lost friends, among them Whitney Houston . Hours after she canceled an appearance at Houston's funeral because of spasms in her legs, the "Queen of Soul" (the "undisputed" Queen, the capacity audience was…

  8. 'American Idol' Caps Off Auditions in St. Louis

    February 03, 2012 12:20 PM EST St. Louis was the Gateway City both literally and metaphorically last night. As the final stop on the "Idol" audition tour, the St. Louis auditions were the gateway to a better place: Hollywood Week. And after three weeks of (mostly) lackluster episodes, a change sure could do "…

  9. 'American Idol' Keeps Portland Weird at Auditions

    February 02, 2012 10:55 AM EST There's a popular phrase in Portland -- evidenced by a number of signs found across the city -- bearing the saying "Keep Portland Weird." Wednesday night's "Idol" auditions, for the most part, did that motto proud. It was certainly the season's most eclectic…

  10. Peter, Paul & Mary Bassist Dick Kniss Dies

    January 27, 2012 6:00 PM EST Dick Kniss, a bassist who performed for five decades with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary and co-wrote the John Denver hit "Sunshine on My Shoulders," has died. He was 74. Kniss died Wednesday of pulmonary disease at a hospital near their home in the Hudson Valley town of…

  11. Rap Group 2 Live Crew to Reunite, Tour This Summer

    January 23, 2012 9:41 AM EST The rap group that created controversy in the early 1990s with songs like "Me So Horny" is reuniting and hitting the road. Luther Campbell said Saturday that 2 Live Crew is back together and will tour this summer. The rapper and producer made the announcement at the Sundance Film…

  12. Pam Tillis Takes a 'Nice Little Detour' Into R&B Territory

    January 22, 2012 10:00 AM EST She has released some of Music City's top singles of the past two decades such as "Deep Down" and "Maybe It Was Memphis," but Pam Tillis's latest musical adventure has everyone talking - in and out of Nashville! "I'm too close to it to be objective,…

  13. 2012's Most Anticipated Debut Albums

    January 19, 2012 5:45 PM EST Chart Article 2012's Biggest Debuts Meet 17 New Artists Whose Time is Now Sales have leveled out, but artists can kick-star careers with a click. It's a good time to be new. Meet 17 acts whose debut albums will win your ears in 2012. 2012 Album Preview: This Year's Best Bets…

  14. Ask Billboard: Say Good 'Night' to Gaga's Streak?

    January 15, 2012 6:05 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. We'll take a…

  15. Chuck D Talks New Public Enemy Albums, Skid Row Festival Performance

    January 13, 2012 3:55 PM EST While Public Enemy prepares to stir up some hype with a performance on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Chuck tells Billboard.com that the legendary hip-hop group will return in full force this year with two new studio albums. "Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp…

  16. Ask Billboard: Are Chart Rule Changes Needed? Readers Respond, Continued

    January 07, 2012 1:05 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. Just like our…

  17. Waylon Jennings Tribute Album Attracts Family, Fans Like Jewel & Dierks Bentley

    January 05, 2012 4:45 PM EST Shooter Jennings on Dad's Legacy: 'He Doesn't Need Any Help From Me at Keeping It Alive' Friends and family of the late Waylon Jennings recently came together at the Nashville studios of Sirius/XM for a special taping to promote the Jan. 24 Feb. 7 release of "Waylon:…

  18. Gil Scott-Heron Memoir Due in January

    December 15, 2011 9:33 PM EST The memoir of influential musician Gil Scott-Heron will be published on Jan. 16, 2012, The Wire reports. The posthumous text is titled "The Last Holiday" and will be released by Canongate. The date, which coincides with Martin Luther King Day, is no accident, as the memoir…

  19. Kenny Chesney's Top 20 Country Hits

    December 12, 2011 4:00 PM EST Chart Article He had the sixth biggest tour of the year , the seventh biggest Country Songs hit of the year , and the 10th biggest Country Album . In short, 2011 has been very good to Kenny Chesney. To celebrate his big year, we've compiled his 20 Biggest Billboard Country Songs hits…

  20. Yelawolf Defines Himself in Debut Album 'Radioactive'

    December 03, 2011 12:00 PM EST Michael Wayne " Yelawolf " Atha, 31, is sitting on a couch in the lobby of a boutique New York hotel talking about race. As a white rapper from tiny Gadsden, Ala. (population 36,000), with the word "RED" tattooed across his neck, it's a subject that follows him…

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