1. Pink Rocks Cancer Benefit in Los Angeles

    November 13, 2012 7:10 PM EST Hollywood came together on Monday night to celebrate the many women who battle breast cancer every day. The event, titled "Power of Pink," featured a private performance by the very appropriate guest of honor, P!nk . The edgy pop star proved a perfect fit as the evening's…

  2. One Direction, 'Take Me Home': Track-By-Track Review

    November 08, 2012 3:20 PM EST When Simon Cowell issues a challenge, the pop world tends to accept it. That's what happened with One Direction on album number two, arriving in the U.S. eight months after its predecessor. Following the massive success of "Up All Night" and the single "What Makes You…

  3. J. Cole Announces Sophomore Album, 'Born Sinner'

    November 06, 2012 11:35 AM EST J. Cole has announced the details of "Born Sinner," the follow-up to his 2011 debut "Cole World: The Sideline Story." The new album is due out Jan. 28, 2013. The North Carolina rapper broke the news on Monday night (Nov. 5) during a UStream, and released the following…

  4. Ne-Yo, Reps Talk 'R.E.D.' Album & Universal Motown Gig

    November 05, 2012 2:10 PM EST "I pride myself on being the type of artist who can work half in the R&B world and half in the pop world." That was one of Ne-Yo 's first messages to industry colleagues who attended his intimate showcase at New York's Joe's Pub on Oct. 23, a message that also…

  5. Gary Clark Jr., Reps Talk 'Blak And Blu' Debut & Career Start

    October 23, 2012 2:30 PM EDT To an ignorant eye, it seemed to be a typical night inside Hollywood's live performance hub Hotel Cafe. The Austin guitar phenom/vocalist Gary Clark Jr. and his band exited the stage after figuratively shredding it to fractions, as they're prone to do. But this early-2011 exhibition…

  6. Presidential Debate 2012, Round 2: Musicians React on Twitter

    October 17, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Barack Obama found his pulse during last night's second debate with GOP challenger Mitt Romney, with snap polls from CBS, CNN and Public Policy Polling, among others, declaring the President winner of the town hall-style forum at Long Island's Hofstra University. But whereas Obama…

  7. Nelly Detained After Heroin Found on Bus: Report

    October 11, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Nelly and his camp seem to have gotten themselves in a bit of trouble. While driving through Texas Wednesday night (October 10), the "Hot in Herre" rapper was stopped and detained at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca after officials reportedly found a cache of drugs,…

  8. Punch Brothers' Chris Thile Wins MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

    October 01, 2012 9:25 PM EDT Musician Chris Thile has fretted his way to a MacArthur "genius" grant. The mandolinist is best known for his work with the Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek . He told the Associated Press he thought the foundation's calls were a political robocall before his tour manager looked…

  9. Fiona Apple Apologizes to Fans for Arrest 'Bulls***'

    September 26, 2012 8:59 PM EDT Fiona Apple addressed her recent arrest at a New Orleans performance on Monday, apologizing for the headlines -- though not for her alleged drug possession. "I'm really, really sorry that all the work that we did is being overshadowed by all this bullshit," she told the crowd.…

  10. The Beat 9/21: Shakira's Pregnant, Fiona Apple Arrested

    September 21, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Welcome to the Friday, September 21 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In today's episode, J.B. takes to the…

  11. Fiona Apple Arrested for Hash Possession

    September 20, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Fiona Apple was arrested Wednesday in a Texas town notorious for catching celebrities with drugs. According to TMZ , hashish and a small amount of marijuana was found on the singer's tour bus during a search in the small border town of Sierra Blanca. The "Shadowboxer" singer…

  12. 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…

  13. Britney Spears Crushes Old Duet Partner in 'X Factor' Debut

    September 13, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Singer Offers Breathless Critiques Throughout Premiere: "You need a new teacher. To teach you how to sing" Britney Spears got down to business in her "X Factor" debut Wednesday night, dispensing blunt-but-fair rulings on some singers, cheery encouragement to others and…

  14. Watch Regina Spektor's Live Tastemakers Session

    September 11, 2012 4:00 PM EDT New York based piano pop songstress Regina Spektor plays three songs; talks "What We Saw From The Cheap Seats." Regina Spektor Tastemakers PHOTOS: Regina Spektor's Session "I don't know if I really believe in genre divisions," admits Regina Spektor as she…

  15. 'X Factor's' Simon Cowell & L.A. Reid: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 10, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Can the 'X' Men Turn the Show's Ratings Into Music Success? This is an excerpt. For a longer version, grab a copy of Billboard . The singing competition field is crowded, to say the least. It's been 11 years since "Pop Idol" debuted in the United Kingdom, and 10…

  16. Ne-Yo and The Vaccines Top U.K. Charts

    September 10, 2012 10:40 AM EDT London rock quartet the Vaccines won their first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) with their sophomore set "Come Of Age," as R&B luminary Ne-Yo 's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" became his fourth chart-topping single in the territory ahead…

  17. Fashion Week NYC: Top 10 Songs for the Runway

    September 05, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Getty Images Models are lining up, hems are being sewn, and an array of spring fashions are about to sweep through Lincoln Center for the semi-annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. But everyone knows that New York Fashion Week is never just about the clothes. Musicians will be performing at…

  18. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  19. Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona Celebrate Michael Jackson at Pepsi & Billboard Summer Beats

    August 30, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Swizz Beatz Rocks DJ Set at NYC Blowout on MJ's 54th Birthday Some of R&B's biggest stars paid tribute to the King of Pop on Wednesday night. At Billboard and Pepsi's latest Summer Beats concert, Ne-Yo , Melanie Fiona , Swizz Beatz and DJ Cassidy performed at New York'…

  20. Michael Jackson's 'Bad' to Be Honored at Pepsi/Billboard Concert

    August 29, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, Swizz Beatz and DJ Cassidy will honor the King of Pop with tribute performances Pepsi will continue its year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson 's "Bad" tonight (Aug. 29) at New York City's Gotham Hall with performances from…

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