1. Robin Meade: From Cable News to Country

    April 12, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Millions of people wake up each morning with Robin Meade -- at least on television. She is the host for HLN's "Morning Express" newscast , and constantly tops polls of the most admired news anchors in America. But, if you thought that was the end of the Ohio native's…

  2. Buck Owens & The Knack Get Record Store Day Releases

    February 29, 2012 10:30 AM EST Record Store Day is just around the corner on April 21, and Omnivore Recordings has announced two upcoming exclusive releases that day -- one of which will feature one of Country Music's all-time legends. The burgeoning Los Angeles-based record label will issue an original, limited…

  3. Gwen Stefani's Winehouse-Tinged L.A.M.B. Show: How They Picked The Music

    February 13, 2012 5:25 PM EST As Nancy Sinatra fused with Sly Stone and rap jams, Gwen Stefani's cheeky Fall/Winter L.A.M.B. Collection took to the stage on Saturday (Feb. 11) at Lincoln Center. Blending '60s style with modern punk touches, the singer's new L.A.M.B. line channeled another pop star: the late…

  4. 'American Idol' Regains Some of Its Swagger at Texas Auditions

    January 27, 2012 11:23 AM EST Finally -- that's how you do it, "Idol." After a string of ho-hum episodes, the show came out guns a-blazin' in Galveston, Texas. For the first time since last Thursday's Pittsburgh auditions, we saw contestants (Skylar, Baylie, Cortez) that seem to have a legitimate…

  5. Kanye West Launches Twitter Rant About Fame, Fashion Line, & Creative Company

    January 05, 2012 9:55 AM EST But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas." - George Bernard Shaw "If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. .... I just wanted to share what&…

  6. Ask Billboard: Christmas in October? Never Say Never

    October 29, 2011 11:05 AM 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. CHRISTMAS IN…

  7. Amon Tobin Pushes Envelope With Shape-Shifting DJ Experience

    October 14, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Nightclub lasers and lights are one thing. These days, electronic music visuals are on a whole other level. Inspired by Daft Punk's now-iconic cube, artists have upped the production ante on their live shows, taking the DJ set out of the club and into the venue. Deadmau5 travels with…

  8. Elton John in Talks to Make Biopic 'Rocketman'

    September 23, 2011 11:10 AM EDT Elton John is to be the subject of a biopic entitled, "Rocketman ." Newspapers and industry websites have reported the film will be produced by Steve Hamilton Shaw, as well as John's partner David Furnish (pictured beside John), according to a Reuters report. John, whose hits…

  9. Billboard Bits: Ne-Yo Engaged, Demi Lovato Covers Lil Wayne

    September 19, 2011 6:24 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Ne-Yo Engaged, Expecting Child Ne-Yo and girlfriend Monyetta Shaw are reportedly planning to tie the knot and expecting a second child together. The 31-year-old R&B star became a dad in Nov. 2010, when Shaw…

  10. Cash Money Goes Pop with Signing of Savvy

    September 03, 2011 8:00 AM EDT There's no doubt that Cash Money Records has solidified its status as one of hip-hop's most successful labels. With such acts as the Hot Boys , Juvenile and Birdman laying the foundation, Cash Money has since powered up a franchise that includes hot upstarts Drake and Nicki Minaj…

  11. 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Delta Blues Great, Dies

    August 30, 2011 9:28 AM EDT Grammy-winning Blues musician David "Honeyboy" Edwards, believed to be the oldest surviving Delta bluesman and whose roots stretched back to blues legend Robert Johnson, died early Monday in his Chicago home, his manager said . He was 96. Edwards had a weak heart and his health…

  12. Wavves' Nathan Williams to Score MTV Hipster Series

    August 25, 2011 11:25 AM EDT Nathan Williams, the mastermind behind lo-fi act Wavves, will compose songs and write the score for MTV's new scripted series "I Just Want My Pants Back." In turn, MTV will virally promote the San Diego surf-punk band. The pilot of the show will premiere Sunday night after MTV&…

  13. Billboard Bits: Aretha Franklin Releasing New Album May 3, Maroon 5 and Train Team for Tour

    April 25, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Aretha Franklin's New Album Arriving May 3 "Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love," the 38th studio album from Aretha Franklin , will be available exclusively at Walmart stores and Walmart.com…

  14. Tweets Of The Week 4/23/2011

    April 23, 2011 8:10 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @TVonTheRadio : We can't thank you all enough for the…

  15. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Shaw

    March 31, 2011 5:35 PM EDT ALL FOUR ONE: Thanks to a space-age love song, Katy Perry blasts into rarified chart air, as her "Teenage Dream" album becomes only the ninth set to generate four No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history. The collection's fourth single, "E.T.,"…

  16. Remembering 15 Forgotten Hot 100 No. 1s

    March 09, 2011 1:05 PM EST As Billboard celebrates 1,000 No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100's storied archives , it's inevitable that certain past toppers require an extra pause before triggering recognition. Despite all 1,000 titles having earned the honor of, at least for one week, reigning as the most popular…

  17. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Dodges Assault Charges, Ricky Martin to Release Bilingual Album

    December 14, 2010 5:59 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bieber Will Not Face Charges in Assault Case This past October, Justin Bieber was accused of punching a 12-year-old boy in the face during a laser-tag battle in which the alleged victim called Bieber a homophobic…

  18. Ne-Yo Welcomes Baby Girl

    November 15, 2010 11:26 AM EST Ne-Yo and his girlfriend Monyetta Shaw welcomed to the world a healthy baby girl this past Friday (Nov. 12). Named Madilyn Grace, the baby is the first child of the R&B singer/songwrite, who sounds like he's already fallen in love with his bundle of joy. Ne-Yo: Release of the Week …

  19. Hot Tours: Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam, Rod Stewart

    May 20, 2010 5:28 PM EDT After charting six previous times on the Hot Tours chart so far this year, country star Taylor Swift earns her first stint at No. 1 with $8.1 million in ticket sales revenue reported from the ongoing Fearless Tour. Box office grosses from 10 performances at eight arenas were reported during…

  20. Jazz Piano Legend Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 5:50 PM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones , whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald 's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said Monday. He was 91. Jones, who won a Grammy…

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