1. Ricky Martin Talks Life as a Single Dad: 'I Have Sons Who Are Warriors'

    February 06, 2015 4:10 PM EST Ricky Martin is the first to admit that the recording process for his new Spanish-language album, A Quien Quiera Escuchar ( To Whomever Wants to Listen ), was hectic. "We recorded on four different continents," says Martin, 43, of the Feb. 10 Sony release. "The moment we'd…

  2. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or…

  3. Annalise Emerick on 'Field Notes,' Collecting Fans & Telling Stories

    September 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Annalise Emerick definitely qualifies as a "Road Warrior." Since 2011, the Nashville native has spent a lot of time on the highway, spreading the word about her music. She tells Billboard if you are going to build a career in the music business, full-throttle is the only way to go. …

  4. Spotlight On Big Smo

    June 01, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For someone as down-home as Big Smo, his story is as 21st century as it gets. He’s a rural-Tennessee native raised equally on country and rap; he’s a family man, a party animal and a road warrior; he’s a dirt-under-the-fingernails rocker whose paths to success were both blacktop and fiber…

  5. Jake Owen Shows Signs of Growth at Western Kentucky University: Live Review

    April 25, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The April 24 show mostly focused on cuts from Owen's 2013 album, "Days of Gold" Jake Owen has witnessed some of the best live shows in the business, having paid his dues as the opener for such country superstars as Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. So one could only assume the RCA…

  6. Bruno Mars Talks Super Bowl Show: 'It's My Job to Uplift the People'

    January 30, 2014 7:25 PM EST Bruno Mars is just days away from headlining the Super Bowl halftime show -- whether he's ready for it or not. "I've never had to do a press conference before I perform, so it just got real, I guess!" he joked at a press conference at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater in…

  7. Pitbull and Ke$ha Bring Party Rock to Jersey

    May 28, 2013 5:10 AM EDT Pitbull and Ke$ha are an unlikely touring pair. At times, the May 26 co-headlining show at Atlantic City, NJ's Golden Nugget Casino felt like an awkward radio-station sponsored concert, the sort that combines acts with little in common aside from being on the charts. Ke$ha was there…

  8. B.A.P Shares 2013 Plans at U.S. Tour Wrap

    May 22, 2013 6:00 PM EDT Billboard sat down with the six-member boy band as they toured America with a rare four-date trek. A lot was atypical about B.A.P’s U.S. tour.  As a K-pop idol group, the six-member boy band would thrive in an environment similar to performing in their native Korea: technologically…

  9. Austin City Limits Lineup: Depeche Mode, The Cure and Kings of Leon Are Texas Bound

    May 07, 2013 1:01 AM EDT Muse, Lionel Richie, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix and Wilco will also headline the two-weekend event Austin City Limits' two-weekend debut will have plenty of music to go around. The Texas festival, which will run Oct. 4-6 and 11-13, will see headlining performances from Depeche Mode, the…

  10. Ke$ha, 'Warrior': Track-By-Track Review

    December 04, 2012 12:35 PM EST There's no denying the pop lightning-in-a-bottle Ke$ha captured on her breakthrough debut "Animal" and its follow-up EP "Cannibal," producing two Hot 100 No. 1 singles and an impressive list of Top 10 hits. So it's understandable why Dr. Luke and his dream team…

  11. Hooked: Madonna Resurrects the Cone Bra, Rihanna Gets Naked (Again)

    June 04, 2012 6:15 PM EDT Madonna Resurrects Gaultier-Designed Cone Bras for Her MDNA Tour Madonna's MDNA tour costumes have been revealed! The material girl reunited with designer extraordinaire Jean Paul Gaultier for a new take on an iconic look, with the cone bustier revived for her "Vogue"…

  12. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    April 16, 2012 11:20 AM EDT "Tupac Hologram" were the two words on everyone's lips as Weekend 1 of Coachella 2012 came to a close, but the third day of the festival was more than just the projected image of a legendary, long-deceased rapper during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's headlining set. The two…

  13. Josh Thompson Revs Up 'Change Is Comin' Tour

    January 25, 2012 10:00 AM EST Exclusive: Tour Dates, Plus 'Way Out Here' Star Talks New Record The music industry tends to shift into high gear in January following a restful Christmas holiday. One country star who is definitely in that mindset right now is Josh Thompson . Not only is the Wisconsin native…

  14. State of Independence: 15 Artists Impacting the Indie Scene

    July 01, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Every indie artist, band and label is independent in its own way. The strategies for success are as varied as the styles of music, the executives and the attitudes -- these are the very states of independence. Labels and artists from Texas to Denver to Missouri to Los Angeles; genres from…

  15. Leon Russell Hits the Road After 'Union' Success

    April 11, 2011 3:29 PM EDT E lton John 's mission is accomplished. A year ago he set out to raise Leon Russell 's profile, and in the last nine months they have released "The Union," toured together and performed with the Speaking Clock Revue project of the album's producer, T Bone Burnett. In…

  16. Wyclef Returns To Hip Hop With DJ Drama Mixtape

    October 12, 2009 11:28 AM EDT Wyclef Jean , the Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer who had devoted much of his recent efforts to humanitarian help for his native Haiti, is set to return to hip hop next month with the release of "From The Hut To The Projects To The Mansion." The 13-track E.P., featuring all…

  17. Kaki King / Jan. 20, 2007 / New York (Soho Apple Store)

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fingerpicking guitar prodigy Kaki King had laser eye surgery last week. Her eyesight, she said, once a ghastly -7.5 (meaning she could barely see a hand a few inches from her face) is now nearly 20/20 Fingerpicking guitar prodigy Kaki King had laser eye surgery last week. Her eyesight, she…

  18. Redefining The 'Canon': Ani DiFranco

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT "No hit singles. No platinum albums. No compromises." That's as good a summation of Ani DiFranco's career as any well-heeled Madison Avenue copywriter could conjure, but like all things DiFranco, this "No hit singles. No platinum albums. No compromises." That&…

  19. Hot Product

    June 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Nelly, Will Smith, Shedaisy, Sonic Youth, and more. 'Hot' Stuff As music fans can be fickle, artists often have to walk a tightrope of sorts, maintaining a balance between presence in the marketplace and overexposure. Nelly seems to have become a pro at…