1. Independent Radio Stations: Getting By With A Little Help From Their Friends

    March 05, 2013 9:05 AM EST Despite economic challenges, independently-owned radio stations focusing on localism are finding ways to thrive. Adult alternative-formatted mvyradio , broadcasting from the island of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., prides itself on breaking new singer/songwriters while playing the best…

  2. 'X Factor' Champ Tate Stevens to Drop Debut Album April 23

    February 26, 2013 12:35 PM EST "It is crazy that I get a second chance, and a second chance on a major scale," he tells Billboard What a difference a year makes. One year ago this week, Tate Stevens was shoveling snow following a winter storm back home in Belton, Missouri. Last week, the area was hit by another…

  3. Charli XCX Talks Spring Album & Staying Punk in The Pop World

    January 29, 2013 4:45 PM EST Rising pop star has worked with producers like Ariel Rechtshaid and Clams Casino. Charlotte Aitchison didn't listen to Top 40 when she was first exploring her musical interests in her early teens. Instead, the Hertfordshire, England native better known as Charli XCX was rummaging…

  4. 615 Spotlight: Ashley Monroe's 'Like a Rose'

    January 25, 2013 2:40 AM EST For a Pistol Annie's sophomore album, the timing is just right Every so often, an album by a female vocalist comes around that makes a truly lasting impact. Emmylou Harris's "Roses In The Snow," Reba McEntire's "Whoever's In New England" or Lee Ann…

  5. Dick Clark Remembered as 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Parties On

    January 10, 2013 1:27 PM EST The show went on without Dick Clark as 2012 turned into 2013. Ryan Seacrest took over the full hosting duties of the ABC show, which remains named for its founder. "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" was little different from previous years -…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Anne Hathaway, Anna Kendrick Get In The Act Of Charting

    January 04, 2013 4:05 PM EST 'Les Miserables' and 'Pitch Perfect' bring two big-screen stars to the Hot 100, continuing a tradition of charted movie actors and actresses. "I tried to remove fear and anxiety from the process as much as possible. I was aware that if I had to cry take after take, it…

  7. 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' Wins Monday Night, Draws Most Viewers Since 2000

    January 01, 2013 4:02 PM EST ABC took another New Year's Eve ratings crown on Monday night, besting all networks in adults 18-49 (3.1 rating) and total viewers (10.7 million). After the two-hour special honoring the show's founder, "New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark" (2.6 adults),…

  8. New Year Tweets: 13 Celebs Wish You a Happy 2013

    January 01, 2013 10:15 AM EST Katy Perry, One Direction, Rick Ross, No Doubt, Taylor Swift and more tweeted their Happy New Year thoughts. 2013 came in with a flurry on Twitter via musicians like Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Rick Ross, No Doubt and PSY, who all found ways -- in 140 characters or less -- to say Happy New…

  9. Justin Bieber Brings 'Believe' Hits To 'New Year's Rockin' Eve': Watch

    January 01, 2013 10:05 AM EST Pop superstar teases upcoming acoustic album with stripped-down take on "Boyfriend." Justin Bieber capped off a huge 2012 by performing a trio of "Believe" singles on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on Monday night (Dec. 31) and, at one point…

  10. Taylor Swift Rocks Times Square, Kisses Harry Styles on New Year's Eve: Watch

    January 01, 2013 9:45 AM EST Last night (Dec. 31), Swifties crowded around their tubes to watch Taylor Swift rock "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" with her pop-perfect performance. But it was her encounter with One Direction 's Harry Styles that has gossip bloggers a flutter on the…

  11. Jay-Z, Coldplay Ring In 2013 With Epic Brooklyn Show

    January 01, 2013 7:40 AM EST Jay-Z took the stage at Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Barclays Center at 11:59pm on New Year's Eve Monday night and rang in 2013 with Coldplay's Chris Martin singing along to "Auld Lang Syne." The singer and the rapper hugged, and then the stage was Jay's. In a double-bill…

  12. PSY Brings Hammer, Video Actors in for 'Finale' of 'Gangnam Style'

    January 01, 2013 2:45 AM EST Has America seen the last of "Gangnam Style"? Korean rapper PSY performed the song that spawned a billion YouTube views during "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" on Monday night in NYC -- an occasion he has called the song's U.S. "finale." …

  13. Kanye West's Style: Why You Should Love His Wild Stage Threads

    December 31, 2012 3:50 PM EST "Don't talk about style," Kanye West orders on "Cold," the emphatic single from his G.O.O.D. Music album "Cruel Summer." "I'll motherfuckin' embarrass you." It's a bold statement. Still, it hasn't stopped many from making West…

  14. Chart Highlights: Mumford & Sons 'Light' Up Rock Radio

    December 31, 2012 3:25 PM EST The second single from the folk-rockers' album 'Babel' bows on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs. 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 below. All our…

  15. PSY Plots 'The Ending of 'Gangnam Style'' For New Year's Eve

    December 31, 2012 11:55 AM EST "In America I need a new single because 'Gangnam Style' got too popular," says the K-pop phenom. With his ubiquitous single "Gangnam Style" finally starting to slip on the charts -- the track, which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100, has dropped to No. 19 on the…

  16. 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve': A Special Backstage Preview

    December 31, 2012 12:00 AM EST NEW YORK -- "New Year's Rockin' Eve" producer Larry Klein stands beside the second-floor window of the studio overlooking Times Square on a miserably cold December 29th, gesturing to the outdoor stage at the intersection of Broadway and 43rd Street. It's windy and…

  17. Kanye West Rocks Revel With '7 Screen Experience,' Outrageous Outfits

    December 29, 2012 10:25 AM EST Even when he's alone onstage, Kanye West manages to be larger than life. Last night (Dec. 28), an all-white-wearing 'Ye took the stage at the 5,500-seat Ovation Hall in Atlantic City's Revel Resort for his first of three consecutive "7 Screen Experience" shows. The…

  18. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 24, 2012 6:05 PM EST The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. 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…

  19. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 21, 2012 11:05 AM EST Taylor Swift broke a longstanding record on Country Songs, as did Lil Wayne on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, new artists continued to break through. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. Yesterday, we heralded…

  20. Indie Christmas: She & Him, the xx and Grizzly Bear Share Holiday Music

    December 18, 2012 9:41 PM EST With the holidays in full swing, a number of indie acts are spreading the seasonal cheer. She & Him released an animated video for their take on "Baby, It's Cold Outside," a track from the Merge duo's 2011 holiday set "A Very She & Him Christmas." The…

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