1. James Durbin Attempts to Turn 'Idol' Success Into Stadium Status

    December 03, 2011 9:00 AM EST Last spring, James Durbin , a 22-year-old metal enthusiast with a booming voice, finished fourth during the 10th season of "American Idol." He was visibly upset when he was eliminated, but declared in a press conference the next day, "I haven't failed at all. This is just…

  2. Hot Tours: Journey, Justin Bieber, Marc Anthony

    October 14, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Journey soars to the top of the Hot Tours rankings with box office grosses reported from outdoor amphitheaters and arenas during the North American summer leg of the Eclipse Tour. After launching the tour in late February, the band played Latin American and European dates during the spring…

  3. Disturbed Releases B-Sides Album Before 'Going Away for a Bit'

    October 13, 2011 2:20 PM EDT Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan says fans should not consider the 16 B-sides and rarities on the upcoming compilation "The Lost Children" to be of lesser quality than the songs on the Chicago quartet's five studio albums. "To us, B-sides don't necessarily mean these…

  4. Hot Tours: Def Leppard, RHCP, Tim McGraw

    October 07, 2011 5:50 PM EDT Rock legends Def Leppard and Heart occupy the No. 1 slot on Hot Tours as the superstar pairing's Mirror Ball tour traipsed for four months through the U.S. and Canada during the summer, performing primarily at outdoor amphitheaters and arenas. The Def Leppard/Heart ranking is based on…

  5. Betsey Johnson Inspired by Nicki Minaj's 'T and A' for Spring 2012

    September 13, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Like sirens of the sea, Betsey Johnson's Spring 2012 models lured Fashion Week-ers in with the show's hectic sexuality, captivating neon's, and focus on two main body parts beginning with the letters "T and A." PHOTOS: Front Row at New York Fashion Week 2012 Johnson&…

  6. NYFW: Max Azria Brings the 'Boom Boom Boom' to Fashion Week

    September 09, 2011 5:23 PM EDT Not at Fashion Week? No worries, The Hook is there. On Day 1, we hit up the BCBG Max Azria Spring 2012 Collection as well as Duckie Brown Spring. PHOTOS: Go Backstage at BCBG Max Azria BCBG Max Azria Spring 2012 Collection VIBE: Max and Lubov Azria created the ultimate in sporty chic with…

  7. Ask Billboard: Chart Moves, Like 'Jagger'

    September 02, 2011 7:35 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. AS STUDENTS…

  8. Judas Priest's Halford: 'There Will Be a New Record Next Year'

    September 01, 2011 3:00 PM EDT While Judas Priest is in the midst of a worldwide farewell tour -- of sorts -- frontman Rob Halford promises the group is not exactly going away. In fact, he says, the iconic heavy metal troupe is well on its way towards making its next album. Halford tells Billboard.com that he and guitarist…

  9. Queensryche Toasts 30th Anniversary with 'Dedicated to Chaos' Album

    July 05, 2011 3:45 PM EDT When a group is trying to break into the business, there are plenty of ways to get attention. It can get a jump-start by self-recording its first album and distributing it online. It can build a social networking force the same way. If it makes the right contacts, it can even get a synch…

  10. 'American Idol' Finale: The 10 Best Performances (Video)

    May 25, 2011 11:27 PM EDT With a performance lineup as star-studded as any award show, the "American Idol" season 10 finale boasted plenty of buzzworthy moments besides the crowning of its new winner, Scotty McCreery. Everyone from 6) James Durbin & Judas Priest, "Living After Midnight" & …

  11. Scotty McCreery Wins 'American Idol' Season 10

    May 25, 2011 10:25 PM EDT Scotty McCreery, whose deep, syrupy voice has been compared to that of Josh Turner, was crowned season 10's "American Idol" on tonight's (May 25) live finale. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Best Performances (Video) Photos: 'American Idol' Season Finale…

  12. Lauren Alaina & Carrie Underwood to Duet on 'Idol' Finale, More Performance Spoilers

    May 25, 2011 9:25 AM EDT If part one of the "American Idol" finale left you a little underwhelmed, season 10's two-hour second act shows much more promise, if not for the duets alone. THR has learned of some very interesting pairings in store for tonight's show, airing live from L.A.'s Nokia…

  13. Billboard Bits: Justin Timberlake Hosting 'SNL' Finale, Judas Priest Guitarist Leaves Band

    April 20, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Timberlake To Host "Saturday Night Live" Season Finale After Tina Fey returns to "Saturday Night Live" to host the May 7 episode, "SNL" all-star host Justin Timberlake will…

  14. Maná's 'Drama y Luz' Album: First Listen

    March 04, 2011 3:11 PM EST Nearly five years after its last studio album, "Amar Es Combatir," Maná -- the mega Mexican rock quartet from Guadalajara, Mexico -- is ready to present its new material. "Drama y Luz" (Drama and Light) was initially slated for a Fall release, then a December release, but…

  15. Maná: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 04, 2011 12:20 PM EST Fher Olvera, lead singer of Mexican rock quartet Maná , lived with the music for weeks. Then a story came to him: A medieval nun cloistered behind convent walls falls deeply in love with a priest. Her passion is finally punished with death. "I can't say exactly where I got the idea…

  16. Britney Spears Speeds Into Pop Songs Top 10

    January 24, 2011 2:55 PM EST B ritney Spears ' "Hold It Against Me" becomes one of just seven songs to reach the Pop Songs top 10 in only two weeks, charging 16-10 with Greatest Gainer honors (5,601 plays, up 38%, with spins detected on all 130 reporting stations) on the Nielsen BDS-based radio airplay…

  17. Ghostface Killah's 'Apollo Kids' Track-By-Track

    December 15, 2010 6:00 PM EST After releasing offbeat R&B exploration "Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City" last year, Wu-Tang Clan MC Ghostface Killah returns to creating pummeling street rap with "Apollo Kids," his ninth studio album set for a Dec. 21 release. Taking its title from a…

  18. Judas Priest Announces Farewell Tour Dates

    December 08, 2010 5:26 AM EST After nearly four decades of performing, veteran heavy metal group Judas Priest has announced that its 2011 world tour will be its last. Eight initial dates have been announced for the farewell tour, all of which are rock festivals in Europe. A message posted on the band's web site…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: P!nk, Bruno Mars, Band Perry

    December 02, 2010 4:45 PM EST 'GLASS' CEILING: As previously reported , "Raise Your Glass" is the toast of the Billboard Hot 100 , rising 2-1 to become P!nk 's third No. 1. The artist born Alecia Moore last led with "So What" the week of Sept. 27, 2008. She first held sway for five…

  20. Katy Perry, Russell Brand to Marry Near Indian Tiger Sanctuary

    October 21, 2010 11:03 AM EDT Russell Brand and Katy Perry are getting married this weekend at a luxury resort outside the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in the Indian state of Rajasthan, a local tour operator said Thursday. The British comedian and American pop star arrived Wednesday at Mumbai airport. Their six-day…

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