1. Latin Grammys: Carla Morrison's F-Bomb, 3BallMTY Launching Label + More Backstage Moments

    November 16, 2012 8:40 AM EST The Latin Grammy Awards rocked Las Vegas on Thursday night , with dazzling performances by Pitbull and Alejandro Sanz among others, plus big wins by lovable Mexican pop duo Jesse & Joy. But not everything during the broadcast, so here are highlights from backstage. Joy to the World: Eat…

  2. Britney Spears 'Definitely' Returning to 'The X Factor'

    November 06, 2012 8:14 PM EST Baby, one more time? That's the message from Britney Spears , who told an interviewer at a red carpet event for "The X Factor" that she'll be returning to the show next season. "Yes, I definitely will," she said. Spears, a new judge this season along with Demi…

  3. Kendrick Lamar Makes 'Good' Debut on Social 50 Chart

    November 02, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar , who opened atop the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week with "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," strides onto Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 47. The debut comes after a busy week of social activity for the rapper, who also entered at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.…

  4. Britney Spears Passes 'X Factor' Live Test

    November 01, 2012 8:35 AM EDT But Khloe Kardashian as host? Just ask her microphone... Britney Spears was coolly composed on the first live episode of "The X Factor." The same can't be said for new host Khloe Kardashian Odom and her microphone. Odom, adding to her reality TV credentials, was paired with…

  5. 'X Factor' Renewed for Third Season

    October 22, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Fox has announced its order for a third season of "The X Factor," set to debut in 2013. "I couldn't be happier," said creator and head judge Simon Cowell in a statement. "I am so proud of the show and the team who have made it this season. … The gloves are off!…

  6. 'X Factor' Names Khloe Kardashian, Mario Lopez Co-Hosts

    October 16, 2012 9:31 PM EDT "X Factor" fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Only two weeks before season two enters live shows, it has been announced that the series' co-hosts will be Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez. Both TV personalities tweeted the news on Tuesday afternoon, followed by a…

  7. Brandy, 'Two Eleven': Track-By-Track Review

    October 16, 2012 3:05 PM EDT The road to "Two Eleven," Brandy 's sixth studio album, hasn't exactly been smooth. In the years since 2008's "Human," the singer parted ways with label Epic Records when the album underperformed, took a break from singing to dabble in rap (under the name…

  8. Brandy & Reps Talk 'Two Eleven' Album & Four-Year Hiatus

    October 12, 2012 2:15 PM EDT After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy Norwood is making a return to her R&B roots on the melodic, vocal-driven "Two Eleven,"…

  9. Britney Spears Joins Whitney Houston Grammy Special

    October 10, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Britney Spears has joined the lineup for the CBS one-hour special "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston." The pop star won't be performing, however. She along with Oscar-winner Halle Berry, actress Taraji P. Henson and rapper LL Cool J will introduce…

  10. Billboard Mexican Music Awards: 3BallMTY, Pepe Aguilar to Perform

    October 01, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Performers at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards will include 3BallMTY, the group of young DJs that leads the finalists for the awards with nods in 12 categories. Regional Mexican stars Pepe Aguilar, Los Tucanes de Tijuana, Ana Barbara, Julion Alvarez y su Norteño Banda, and America Sierra,…

  11. PSY Rules Social 50 Chart for Fifth Straight Week

    September 28, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Busy week keeps the 'Gangnam Style' star in the social driver's seat, while Mumford & Sons also creep up the chart. PSY continues to dominate Billboard's Social 50 chart, keeping a firm foothold in the No. 1 spot for a fifth straight week. With so many television and…

  12. Whitney Houston Greatest Hits Due Nov. 13, TV Special Planned

    September 26, 2012 3:20 PM EDT The late Whitney Houston 's music career is due to be commemorated on a new greatest hits album, "I Will Always Love You - The Best of Whitney Houston." The RCA Records effort, described in a press release from the label as the "first ever, definitive single disc"…

  13. Chart Highlights: Christina Aguilera's 'Body' Dances Onto Pop Songs

    September 17, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Also: Hunter Hayes scores his first No. 1 on Country Songs and the Lumineers take over atop the Rock and Alternative Songs charts. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  14. Michael Jackson's 'Bad' at 25: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    August 31, 2012 1:50 PM EDT Released exactly 25 years ago today (August 31), "Bad" -- the multi-platinum tour de force that was FLIP TO SIDE 2: 'Man in the Mirror' + 'Dirty Diana' 6. "Another Part of Me" With classics such as "We Are the World" and "Man in the…

  15. 3 Doors Down Debut 'One Light' to Fired Up Republicans

    August 29, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Rock band 3 Doors Down played the outro to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, debuting their new song "One Light" moments after a boastful keynote address by New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie. When the dust had settled on Christie's speech, in which…

  16. Vocal Problems: Why So Many Artists Struggle To Stay at Full Volume

    August 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Imagine Dragons has a hit single on rock radio and a hotly anticipated album hitting stores in less than a month. Too bad the group's singer can't utter a word. The Las Vegas alt-rock band's frontman, Dan Reynolds, underwent surgery in early August to remove a polyp on his…

  17. Chart Juice: Frank Ocean Earns First No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Frank Ocean , the singer among rappers in the alternative rap collective Odd Future , plants his debut studio album, "channel ORANGE," at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 131,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With an initial projected opening sales week of 40…

  18. B2K Alum Raz B Slashes Wrist in Accident

    July 10, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Raz B, formerly of R&B group B2K , is thanking his lucky stars following a grisly accident in China that nearly severed the singer's hand clean off. "MAN.... Cherish life and your loved one's. You just never know. THANK YOU LORD FOR SAVING MY LIFE," Raz (nee De'…

  19. Ask Billboard: 'Call Me Maybe' ... by 'Payphone'?

    May 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT 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. 'CALL ME MAYBE…

  20. Whitney Houston's Relatives Coming Together for Reality Show

    May 13, 2012 11:30 AM EDT A reality show featuring Whitney Houston 's relatives, including daughter Bobbi Kristina and mother Cissy, is in the works. Houston representative Kristen Foster confirmed the Lifetime show, "The Houston Family Chronicles," on Friday. It will focus on Pat Houston, sister-in-law…

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