1. NFL Playoffs: 8 Musicians Make The Picks

    January 06, 2012 2:10 PM EST The 2011 NFL postseason officially kicks off on Saturday (Jan. 7), and like the rest of us, many high-profile artists will be glued to their TV and rooting for their favorite team. To celebrate the NFL playoffs and get some predictions on the first-round matchups, Billboard.com spoke with…

  2. Warrant Issued in Slim Dunkin Shooting

    December 23, 2011 8:22 PM EST Atlanta police say they have an arrest warrant for a man in the killing of rapper Slim Dunkin, who was gunned down in a city music studio as he was preparing to record a video. Police identified the man they're seeking as 28-year-old Vinson Hardimon, a rapper known as Young Vito. Police…

  3. Vazquez Sounds, Kids Who Covered Adele, Vault Into Social 50 Chart

    December 22, 2011 10:30 AM EST YouTube hitmakers Vazquez Sounds comes bounding in at No. 17 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, capping a wild month for the Mexican kid trio. It marks the second-highest debut ever on the chart since it launched a year ago. Only Rebecca Black, of "Friday" fame, bowed higher -- at…

  4. Witnesses: Slim Dunkin Killed Over Candy

    December 21, 2011 2:45 PM EST Atlanta police say the death of Bricksquad rapper, Slim Dunkin, started from a fight over candy sold inside the recording studio where the shooting took place. Homicide detective, David Quinn, gives WSB-TV a play-by-play of Mario "Slim Dunkin'" Hamilton's killing on Friday…

  5. Rapper Slim Dunkin Shot Dead in Atlanta

    December 17, 2011 12:42 AM EST Atlanta police say the rapper Slim Dunkin was gunned down Friday evening in a city music studio as he prepared to record a video. Police Maj. Keith Meadows said the performer, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was fatally shot in the chest after getting into an argument with another…

  6. Young Fyre Talks T-Pain's 'rEVOLVEr,' Working with Busta Rhymes & More

    December 07, 2011 4:30 PM EST Young Fyre, born Tramaine Winfrey, has produced for some of the hottest artists in the game from Chris Brown , Lil Wayne ("How to Hate") to his bossman at Nappy Boy Entertainment, T-Pain . The Iowa native produced three tracks on T-Pain's fifth studio album "rEVOLVEr"…

  7. 'The Voice's' Beverly McClellan Added 'A Shot of Fire' To New Album

    December 06, 2011 10:50 AM EST Beverly McClellan wasn't about to let the fame-making brush of her run on "The Voice" change the music she made on her sixth album, "Fear Nothing." "I would say everything on here is exactly what I want to be currently representing Beverly McClellan," the…

  8. Sugarland Sued by 48 Indiana Fair Victims

    November 23, 2011 10:00 AM EST Country duo Sugarland was named in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by 44 survivors of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse and family members of four people who died, by far the largest claim yet stemming from the tragedy. Attorneys representing at least 20 law firms across Indiana, Ohio and…

  9. Florence + The Machine, 'Ceremonials': Track-By-Track Review

    November 02, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Florence Welch , the drama queen. "Over-the-top" is a suitable way to describe what she does with the songs on "Ceremonials," her second album that shows no signs of a sophomore slump. Florence & The Machine: The Billboard Cover Story Tribal drums meld with a heavenly…

  10. A Day In The Life of Soulja Boy

    October 27, 2011 2:05 PM EDT "I slept through my Google meeting," Soulja Boy told me, before beginning our interview for the second episode of Billboard.com's The Juice new series, ' Swag or No Swag .' Soulja Boy, born DeAndre Cortez Way, had a 10 a.m. meeting with Google to discuss their Google+…

  11. Romeo Santos Finds His Own 'Formula' After Aventura Success

    October 21, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Anthony "Romeo" Santos was born in the Bronx in 1981. His mom: Puerto Rican. His dad: Dominican. This month, it was announced that Santos will be starring in an upcoming multi-camera ABC comedy series. He will portray the son of Dominicans living in New York's Washington…

  12. R&B Singer Vesta Williams Found Dead at 53

    September 23, 2011 4:23 PM EDT Big-voiced R&B diva Vesta Williams, perhaps best-known for her 1980s hits "Don't Blow A Good Thing" and "Congratulations," has been found dead of a possible drug overdose in a Southern California hotel room, coroner's investigators said Friday. She was 53.…

  13. Florence + the Machine Returns With New Music: Listen

    August 23, 2011 2:45 PM EDT It's been nearly a year of dog days for Florence + the Machine fans hoping for new material. Now, almost one year after Florence Welch's breakthrough performance of "Dog Days Are Over" at the 2010 VMAs, the British songstress announces a new album and debuts its first…

  14. Game Talks 'The R.E.D. Album': Video Track-By-Track

    August 23, 2011 12:35 PM EDT "Ricky" "Ricky is the story of every fallen young black man in Los Angeles. What people don't understand is that Boyz in the Hood is that, aside from it being a movie, that was the everyday lifestyle of young black teenagers in Los Angeles County and now spreaded across…

  15. Lollapalooza 2011 : 13 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    August 07, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Lollapalooza's 20th Anniversary fest rolled into its second day yesterday (Aug. 6) with a bright, hot sun coming from behind the clouds as Cee Lo rocked Journey , Ween forgot where they were and Ellie Goulding had to dodge a hug-happy stagecrasher. But it got even better at night as…

  16. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 3

    July 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. PEN PALS, READERS…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Katy Perry, Barry Manilow

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT CHOICE LADIES: To paraphrase Beyonce , girls run the Billboard Hot 100 . The 2011 Billboard Millennium Award winner 's "Run the World (Girls)" stopped at No. 29 earlier this month, but its subject material summarizes the state of the Hot 100. With a seventh week at No. 1 for…

  18. Nick Jonas Live Q&A Archived Video

    June 09, 2011 11:50 AM EDT Nick Jonas 18-year-old Nick Jonas started his music career when he was only 7, and he's gone on to international pop stardom as the youngest member of the Jonas Brothers . So it's safe to say that Nick knows a thing or two about young singers, and his experience has inspired him to…

  19. Nick Jonas on Joe's Solo Album: 'He's Had a Lot That He's Wanted to Say'

    June 08, 2011 6:40 PM EDT N ick Jonas dished on his brother Joe's new album, an exciting collaboration with a mystery artist, and his new superstar contest when he sat down with Billboard for a Live Q&A today (June 8). For the past seven months, Nick has put his own music on hold to write and produce for…

  20. Il Volo Transitions from Italian TV to 'American Idol'

    May 18, 2011 9:30 AM EDT It's a long way from Italian TV to "American Idol." But when they take the "Idol" stage on May 19, the members of teenage tenor act Il Volo will have made that trek in just two years. With a single serendipitous performance on Italian vocal competition "Ti Lascio…

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