1. Meet the Top New Artist Finalists: Billboard Music Awards 2011

    May 12, 2011 12:23 PM EDT Chart Article All the richness of Minaj's experience shines on "Pink Friday," which is extraordinary not only because of hits like "Fly" and "Moment 4 Life," but for its emotional range. Her background is part Indian, and like Kali, the Hindu goddess of…

  2. Billboard Bits: 'Glee' Extra Fired For Tweeting Spoilers, Chiddy To Attempt Nine-Hour Rap

    April 21, 2011 4:42 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Glee' Extra Fired For Tweeting Spoilers Nicole Crowther, who has appeared frequently as an extra on " Glee ," was recently fired from the show for revealing Glee's own William McKinley…

  3. Nicki Minaj Confirms Talks to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 08, 2011 1:26 PM EDT N icki Minaj confirmed that she is in talks to join Britney Spears' forthcoming tour , as reported by Billboard last week. MTV News spoke with Minaj before she performed at Casio's TRYX OUT: NYC 2011 Launch Party in New York Thursday night.
"I am in talks of joining…

  4. 'American Idol': Jacob Lusk, Pia Toscano Go for the Glory on Motown Night

    March 23, 2011 11:55 PM EDT The stakes are always high on "American Idol," but when Top 11 week rolls around, there's an added layer of pressure. Why? Because everyone knows that the next-best prize to winning is up for grabs -- make the top 10, and you get to go on tour. This season, Top 11 week also…

  5. Madonna, Jennifer Lopez On 'Every Mother Counts' Documentary Soundtrack

    March 11, 2011 10:55 AM EST Starbucks will release a companion CD to Christy Turlington Burns' documentary "No Woman No Cry" that will include music from Rosanne Cash , the Dixie Chicks , Jennifer Lopez , Madonna , Sinead O'Connor , Gwyneth Paltrow and others. The "Every Mother Counts" CD…

  6. Teddy Thompson, "Bella"

    March 03, 2011 5:45 PM EST British singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson certainly has a strong musical pedigree. The son of folk-rock musicians Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy hasn't gained much chart success in the United States, but his work has drawn positive reviews and he's collaborated with such respected…

  7. Martha's Trouble, "Anchor Tattoo"

    March 03, 2011 5:41 PM EST With its 10th album, "Anchor Tattoo," the Alabama-based husband-and-wife duo Martha's Trouble continues to intensify the mystery as to why it remains a hidden gem. Jen Slocumb's sweet voice and guitarist Rob Slocumb's gentle strumming, which, along with just enough…

  8. Lady Gaga 'Born This Way' Cover Story

    February 18, 2011 11:04 AM EST Gaga winning a Grammy, Feb. 13, 2011. Birth is a process of living. It's a process of living and it's also not ultimately a goal. It's something ever-changing. Something you can ignite at any moment. My bones have changed in my face and in my shoulders because I am now able to…

  9. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 1/22/2011

    January 22, 2011 11:00 AM EST 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 !) @JLo (Jennifer Lopez): Just heard #onthefloor on the radio…

  10. Gerry Rafferty, 'Baker Street' Singer, Dies at 63

    January 04, 2011 3:55 PM EST G erry Rafferty , who had Top 10 success with Stealers Wheel 's "Stuck in the Middle" and his own "Baker Street," died on Tuesday in London from liver failure after a long battle with alcoholism. The Scottish-born singer and songwriter had reportedly been hospitalized…

  11. Paul McCartney Rocks Apollo Theater for Radio Show

    December 14, 2010 5:32 PM EST At age 68, Paul McCartney has the richest catalogue in pop music to wander around in. Only Bob Dylan could argue the point. On a snowy night at Harlem's historic Apollo Theater, with a frisky band and a live radio audience, McCartney clearly enjoyed the journey. He performed a two-hour,…

  12. Jackie Evancho On Landing Her First Billboard 200 Hit

    November 29, 2010 2:22 PM EST J ackie Evancho talks and acts like any 10-year-old -- until she opens her mouth to sing. And then it's hard to believe that such a big, commanding voice is actually coming out of this tiny person. But indeed it is, as millions of TV viewers witnessed during this summer's edition of…

  13. Ask Billboard: Sugarland's Sweet Success

    October 29, 2010 4:05 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. TWO TO 1 Hey Gary…

  14. Rufus Wainwright to Perform 'Songs for Lulu,' Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall

    September 14, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Rufus Wainwright has a penchant for on-stage theatrics, ranging from operatic productions to Judy Garland tributes and everything in between. It was announced today (Sept. 14) that the singer-songwriter will combine two of his most distinct performances in one Carnegie Hall concert on…

  15. Snoop Dogg Working on 'Doggystyle 2'

    September 02, 2010 11:25 AM EDT It's been less than a year since Snoop Dogg released his last LP, "Malice in Wonderland," but the West Coast legend is already recording a follow-up with Swizz Beatz . In a video posted from the studio last night, Tha Doggfather revealed that the in-the-works album is no…

  16. Usher Falls In Love Again On New Track

    August 25, 2010 5:07 PM EDT Usher has got fans falling in love with his dance moves again. Video: Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love Again" The "OMG" singer is all smooth moves and pop-n-lock routines as he glides through a mansion-turned-dance-club in the video for his most recent single, …

  17. Rufus Wainwright Silences Audience On Late Night Show

    August 25, 2010 1:07 PM EDT Rufus Wainwright hit Chelsea Lately last night and explained why he asks his audience to remain quite during a portion of his set while on tour. Video: Rufus Wainwright on Chelsea Lately "I sing my new album in its entirety as a song cycle and because I can," he said with a giggle…

  18. Jay-Z 'Empire' Spoof Pulled From YouTube

    August 11, 2010 7:39 AM EDT An Internet spoof version of "Empire State of Mind" that relocates the song to the South Wales city of Newport has been pulled from YouTube. The video and reworked version of the song, "Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind)," has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times…

  19. Ivy Queen Brings the 'Drama,' Eyes Timbaland, Ne-Yo Collaborations

    July 25, 2010 12:00 PM EDT "The guy you're dating is mine, and you know it, but here's the detail: He's worthless in bed," Ivy Queen declares to a rival on her latest single, "La Vida Es Asi" (That's How Life Is). "That's why I'm here to congratulate you for…

  20. Country Songwriter Hank Cochran Dead at 74

    July 15, 2010 4:06 PM EDT H ank Cochran , a consummate songwriter who composed a string of country hits including "Make the World Go Away" for Eddy Arnold , has died. He was 74. Martha E. Moore, his publicist, said Cochran died Thursday morning at his home in Hendersonville north of Nashville. He had been in…

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