1. Pixies Announce First New Album Since 1991

    March 24, 2014 2:04 PM EDT "Indie Cindy" compiles two previously released EPs, plus a third just-announced set The Pixies will release their first full-length album since 1991's "Trompe Le Monde," though its 12 tracks will be familiar to those who have been following the band's relaunch…

  2. 'Divergent' Soundtrack Features Ellie Goulding, M83, Tame Impala/Kendrick Lamar Collaboration

    February 24, 2014 4:00 PM EST After a pair of tracks from the upcoming "Divergent" soundtrack, Zedd's "Find You" and Ellie Goulding's "Beating Heart," were announced last month , the full track list was revealed on Monday (Feb. 24), and it's a doozy. Goulding pops up thrice on…

  3. Hurray for the Riff Raff's Political Americana Brings Genre Back to Its Roots

    February 12, 2014 12:30 PM EST Led by a Bronx-raised, Puerto Rican ex-punk rocker, Hurray for the Riff Raff is bringing folk back home Just a few years ago, Alynda Lee Segarra, the engaging frontwoman for New Orleans folk outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff, was hitching freight trains, playing washboard in a French Quarter…

  4. Daft Punk Bow At No. 1 on Britain's Albums Chart

    May 27, 2013 11:52 AM EDT Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) made its expected powerful debut on the U.K. album chart Sunday (May 26), becoming the fastest-selling artist set of the year to date with opening sales of 165,000. Its single “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell…

  5. Meet INFINITE: Video Q&A With the Rising K-Pop Superstars

    January 29, 2013 3:05 PM EST   2012 was a spectacular year for K-pop boy band INFINITE. The group embarked on their first tours in Korea and Japan, reached 160,000 members in their official fan club "Inspirit," and by the end of the year, Billboard.com was so impressed by the seven-member group and…

  6. 'American Idol' Season 11: Where Are They Now?

    January 16, 2013 4:45 PM EST It's been seven months since "American Idol's" 2012 iteration ended, though we still feel its aftershock in everyday life, provided you own a TV or listen to the radio, therefore often hearing or seeing its most recent victor, Phillip Phillips, buoyed tremendously by hit…

  7. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2012

    December 24, 2012 1:35 PM EST From Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' to Fiona Apple, your top picks for 2012. 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,…

  8. Haley Reinhart Is Latest 'Idol' Alum to Lose Major Label Deal

    November 21, 2012 9:40 AM EST "American Idol" season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart is the latest casualty of a major label deal cut short. Interscope Records, the Universal Music Group label with exclusive rights to alumni of the Fox show, is not picking up the 22-year-old singer's option for future recordings…

  9. 'American Idol' Alum Pia Toscano Parts Ways With Interscope

    September 04, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Hers was the most shocking elimination of "American Idol's" tenth season, but a little over a year since the show wrapped for Pia Toscano , the singer has parted ways with 19 Recordings and Interscope. In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter , Toscano reveals that…

  10. Bubbling Under: Aubrey O'Day Is Having a 'Ball' Solo

    May 04, 2012 10:05 AM EDT This week, Chart Beat premieres "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up first: Aubrey O'Day, Cazwell, Rhett Akins and Brandon Hines. Former Danity Kane member Aubrey O'Day (above, right, with "…

  11. 'American Idol' Recap: Joshua, Hollie Steal '60s/Britpop Night

    May 03, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Five remain on the 11th season of "American Idol," and the competition has rarely been this fierce. Weeks ago, it seemed as though the show had its clear favorites. The Dave Matthews -loving Phillip Phillips was touted as a future star almost every week, as was alt-rocker Colton…

  12. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?, Continued

    April 22, 2012 12:05 PM EDT More reader views on Madge, plus a tribute to Dick Clark, whose 'American Bandstand' helped launch her career. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  13. 'American Idol' Recap: Hopefuls Take on Old Soul, New Hits

    April 19, 2012 10:25 AM EDT The old met the new on Wednesday night's (Apr. 18) "American Idol," and if the juxtaposition between the performances of soul classics and post-millenium No. 1 hits indicate anything, it's that old-time soul does not fit in some of the top seven's vocabularies, while…

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Judges Save Jessica Sanchez

    April 13, 2012 10:00 AM EDT With the talented crop of singers that is "American Idol's" top seven, one had to think the judges could have been considering using their one and only save from elimination Thursday night (Apr. 12). But one may never have guessed they'd show their hand so early. After…

  15. Yaaawn: 'Idol' Underwhelms in San Diego - Plus Jim Carrey's Daughter Auditions

    January 23, 2012 11:30 AM EST Miss the third audition round of "American Idol" Sunday night after the NFL's NFC Championship Game went into overtime? It's OK. You didn't miss much of anything. In what was one of the most lackluster "Idol" episodes ever, Randy, Jennifer and Steven…

  16. 'American Idol' Season 10: Where Are They Now?

    January 18, 2012 7:05 AM EST In interviews following their elimination from the show, "American Idol" contestants often claim that his or her road to stardom has not ended, and that good things are to come on the horizon. But, if previous seasons are any indication, continued fame is hard to come by, unless…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Mick Jagger, Rihanna, Michael Buble

    December 02, 2011 12:35 PM EST Jagger joins such icons as the Beatles and Elvis Presley who've charted a Billboard Hot 100 hit while simultaneously being feted in another. MOVES LIKE JAGGER'S: As previously reported , SONGS YULE REMEMBER: As NOT SO IDLE: The group of 2011 "American Idol" finalists to…

  18. Album Review: David Lynch, 'Crazy Clown Time'

    November 18, 2011 8:30 AM EST David Lynch "Crazy Clown Time" Sunday Best Recording/PIAS America Release Date: Nov. 8 Based on David Lynch's reputation, one can expect his first album to be either weird or cinematic. He delivers on both counts on "Crazy Clown Time." Lynch is hardly a stranger to…

  19. David Lynch Q&A: It's 'Crazy Clown Time'

    November 08, 2011 10:10 AM EST Auteur Explains His Debut Album, an Alt-Blues Experiment in Creaky Falsetto Best known as the surrealist auteur behind "Eraserhead," "Twin Peaks" and "Blue Velvet," David Lynch is one of America's most acclaimed film directors. Having long written and…

  20. Il Volo Prep Christmas EP, Talk Girls, Pitbull & Celine Dion

    October 17, 2011 11:30 AM EDT It's been a happy year for Il Volo with the release of their self-titled debut album. Now the teen vocal trio from Italy wants to make it a happy holiday season, too. The troupe will start with a Christmas EP it recorded during July with producers Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis. It will…

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