1. 'X Factor' Auditions Wrap in Jersey; Jazzlyn Little the One to Watch

    September 30, 2011 9:35 AM EDT "X Factor" auditions wrapped last night after two weeks, eight hours of footage, six cities and thousands of contestants. The first hour of New Jersey auditions was overwhelmingly disappointing -- many winners, but most were little better than average. Finally, as the second hour…

  2. J. Cole's 'World' Album Headed for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    September 28, 2011 8:30 PM EDT Watch for J. Cole to debut atop the Billboard 200 next week with his first album "Cole World: the Sideline Story," which could move as many as 240,000 to 250,000 copies by week's end on Oct. 2, so say industry prognosticators. If the 26-year old Roc Nation/Columbia rapper opens…

  3. Hungry? Nicki Minaj Rocks a Hot Pink Chicken Wing Necklace

    September 27, 2011 7:00 PM EDT The queen of red carpet whaaaa?, Nicki Minaj , has once again snatched the spotlight due to an outrageous look. This time around, however, it was not one of her sky-high wigs or full leopard ensembles that caught our attention. At the iHeartRadio Festival this weekend, the colorful singer…

  4. Video: David Guetta Discusses Usher Collaboration at iHeartRadio Fest

    September 26, 2011 2:25 PM EDT Saturday night at the iHeartRadio Music Festival was all about high-profile collaborations: Lady Gaga sang with Sting , Rascal Flatts brought out Natasha Bedingfield , and Steven Tyler brought out Jeff Beck , Randy Jackson and Nicole Scherzinger . Not to be outdone, David Guetta delivered a…

  5. Video: Nicki Minaj Big-Ups Taylor Swift at iHeartRadio Fest

    September 26, 2011 11:45 AM EDT While Lady Gaga , Jennifer Lopez and Kenny Chesney all brought their A-game to the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday (Sept. 24), Nicki Minaj 's colorful, predictably manic performance of her smash single "Super Bass" served as one of the night's many highlights. After…

  6. iHeartRadio Fest Saturday: Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney Own Sin City

    September 25, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Night two of the the iHeartRadio Music Festival played out far different than the first night. On Saturday (Sept. 24), the bill at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was filled with acts that are more genre specific than on the previous night, and most of them were more interested in presenting their…

  7. iHeartRadio Red Carpet Video: Jane's Addiction, Joe Jonas, Karmin and more

    September 24, 2011 2:26 PM EDT iHeartRadio Music Festival, Clear Channel's two-night pop extravaganza, got off to a rousing start on Friday night (Sept. 23) with performances by Jay-Z , Coldplay , Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars , among others. The red carpet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas remained just as busy, with…

  8. Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera's 'Jagger' Atop Hot 100 For Third Week

    September 21, 2011 4:59 PM EDT As previously reported , the Billboard Hot 100's splashiest headline this week comes courtesy of Tony Bennett , who becomes the oldest living artist ever to appear on the tally. His duet with Amy Winehouse , "Body and Soul," enters the chart at No. 87, lifting the 85-year-old…

  9. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out

    September 16, 2011 5:45 PM EDT On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted. Aligned with Lil Wayne , the then-unsigned Drake , who'd spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape "So Far Gone." He did so on his website, October'…

  10. Fashion Week: Farm Fantasy Looks For Spring & Kevin Jonas Watches Anna Sui's Diva Dance Party

    September 15, 2011 2:38 PM EDT The final days of fashion week are upon us. Designers are still going strong, exhibiting some of the most bizarre and regal creations of the week. From Jeremy Scott's farm fantasy looks to Douglas Hannant's glamour of Shanghai in the 1930s, Spring will blossom as a time of escapism…

  11. Kelly Clarkson's 'Know It All' Debuts on Hot 100, Rihanna's 'Cheers' Rises

    September 14, 2011 3:45 PM EDT As Maroon 5 's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera , rebounds to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Kelly Clarkson 's "Mr. Know It All" launches on the chart as the list's highest debut at No. 18. Rihanna , meanwhile, banks another Hot 100 top…

  12. Billboard Bits: Florence & The Machine Gets Release Date, Joe Jonas' Sexy New Video

    September 13, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. New Florence & the Machine Gets a Release Date Florence & The Machine's forthcoming second record already has an ominous one-word title ("Ceremonials") and a dark, autumn-y lead single ("…

  13. Fashion Week: Avril Lavigne and (Underage) Kardashian Sister Take to the Runway

    September 13, 2011 3:45 PM EDT We have officially reached the halfway point of fashion week and the style choices, music and celebrities only get grander as the festivities go on. Yesterday, new contrasting trends of purity and sex appeal emerged on the runway. From Betsey Johnson's "T&A"-inspired line…

  14. 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&…

  15. Fashion Week: Nicki Minaj's Gigantic Hair Bow, Plus Alicia Keys and Courtney Love at Alexander Wang

    September 11, 2011 4:15 PM EDT As the sun set on day three of NYFW, a trio of very specific trends have emerged that can be summed up in, yes, three words: bold, soft, and neon. Even though we are only a few days into fashion week, these three trends are taking a strong and powerful presence on the catwalk. From Alexander…

  16. POTW: Fashion's Night Out Edition

    September 09, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Fashion's Night Out brought out the stars last night (Sept. 8). Celebs came out to support their favorite designers with special appearances and performances. Nicki Minaj attended Giuseppe Zanotti, Joe Jonas performed at Saks Fifth Avenue and Justin Bieber joined EIC of American Vogue…

  17. Electric Zoo Fest: 16 Things Seen & Heard

    September 08, 2011 2:50 PM EDT Capping off a summer that saw the biggest electronic music events in U.S. history, Electric Zoo marked its third and biggest year yet this weekend, Sept 2-4. Comparatively smaller than the country's other three-day dance fests - Ultra Music Festival in Miami (150,000 estimated attendees)…

  18. Weekly Hot Summer Playlist 2011

    September 08, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Chart Article Chart Article August 25, 2011 More on: August 16, 2011 More on: August 9, 2011 More on: Chart Article Chart Article Chart Article More on: Adele More on: "Rolling In The Deep" More on: OneRepublic More on: "Good Life" More on: Lady Gaga More on: "The…

  19. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 08, 2011 11:45 AM EDT Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold, Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which were officially announced on Thursday morning (Sept. 8). Weezy received a…

  20. LMFAO's 'Party Rock Anthem' Named Billboard's 2011 Song of the Summer

    September 08, 2011 9:55 AM EDT With its lyrics imploring revelers to "get up, get down, put your hands up to the sound!," LMFAO 's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, is, fittingly, Billboard's 2011 song of the summer. The hi-energy dance track tops this year's…

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