1. Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons Lead BRIT Award Nominations

    January 10, 2013 7:05 PM EST British music stars Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons, Alt-J and Rita Ora lead the nominations for the 2013 BRIT Awards, which were announced on Thursday (Jan. 10). The annual salute to U.K. artists will be held on Feb. 20, with performances from One Direction, Muse, Sande, Mumford & Sons,…

  2. Why 'American Idol'? Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj Talk Paths to TV

    January 10, 2013 4:30 PM EST Rapper says it took an endorsement by Lil Wayne to convince her to take the job Just a reminder: "American Idol" returns for Season 12 on January 16. That means we only have a week to see if the infamous Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj feud will live up to it's hype and for Keith…

  3. Adele, 'Les Miserables' Secure Oscar Nominations

    January 10, 2013 10:00 AM EST Singer's 'Skyfall' an Instant Favorite in Original Song Category; Rodriguez Doc 'Searching for Sugar Man' Up for Best Documentary "Skyfall," the Adele track from the latest James Bond film, is the first Academy Awards nominee for best original song in 10…

  4. Jason Aldean Scores 16th Top 10 on Country Songs

    December 28, 2012 11:45 AM EST Cassadee Pope's 'Over You' Continues Climb, Jumping 21-3 on Country Digital Songs Jason Aldean and Randy Houser fatten their respective top 10 counts on Country Songs , noted as Houser's "How Country Feels" improves 11-8 and Aldean's "The Only Way I…

  5. 'The X Factor': Fifth Harmony Goes From Underdog to Front-Runner

    December 20, 2012 9:35 AM EST During the final four episode of "The X Factor," girl group Fifth Harmony performed "Anything Could Happen," an Ellie Goulding song that preaches spontaneity and the idea that, well, anything could and sometimes will happen. The next evening, the five-piece shocked the…

  6. Top 20 Music Moments of 2012: Whitney, PSY, Pussy Riot & More

    December 19, 2012 6:55 PM EST Chart Article   It was the best of times - Taylor Swift, One Direction and PSY had their best year ever. It was the worst of times - the world lost Whitney Houston, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, and Jenni Rivera. But 2012 was anything but a slow news year. These are the 20 biggest music moments in…

  7. The Year In Touring 2012: Beyond The Numbers

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Looking past boxscore downturn, live industry is bullish on state of the business In any year, gauging the health of the touring business is no easy task, but we'll go out on a limb here: Business is good. Historically, when relying on anecdotal indicators, the relative health of this…

  8. Randy Newman 'Glad I Didn't Have to Die' to Enter Rock Hall

    December 12, 2012 1:50 PM EST 'Short People' Singer-Songwriter Reacts to Selection: 'It's Not Nothing' Randy Newman acknowledges that he's thought about getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when he's been nominated before -- and didn't think it would happen. At least not in…

  9. Heart Relish in 'Surprise' Rock Hall Honor

    December 11, 2012 3:00 PM EST "I guess this shows that we did kick some doors down," in the male-dominated '70s, Ann Wilson tells Billboard Heart 's Ann Wilson says that she and guitar-playing sister Nancy Wilson are nothing less than "surprised" at their selection for the Rock and Roll Hall…

  10. Rock Hall 2013: Rush Has Heart, Donna Summer, Public Enemy as Classmates

    December 11, 2012 2:25 PM EST Randy Newman, Albert King and Quincy Jones Also Heading to Cleveland; Induction Ceremony Returning to Los Angeles After more than a decade of irate rants and enthusiastic lobbying from fans, Rush is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian trio will be inducted into the hall…

  11. A Nicki Minaj Birthday Card, from Billboard.com

    December 08, 2012 1:25 PM EST Happy 30th birthday, Nicki Minaj! Here's a look back at your awesome year. As Nicki Minaj celebrates her 30th birthday on Dec. 8, we take a moment to look back at her 29th year. Dear Nicki Minaj , It's been a whirlwind year for you. From the start, you hit the ground running. You…

  12. Taylor Swift Makes Country Songs History

    December 06, 2012 1:05 PM EST Nine Weeks at No. 1 for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' Sets Record for Solo Females Two months after Billboard revised the Country Songs ranking method from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio hybrid, Taylor Swift 's ninth week…

  13. Mumford & Sons Get Some Country Love

    December 06, 2012 11:35 AM EST Lead 'Babel' single 'I Will Wait' bows on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, marking the folk-rockers' first country crossover. Fueled by airplay at five stations monitored by Nielsen BDS for the chart, on-fire British folk/rock band Mumford & Sons debut at…

  14. Lamb of God Singer Charged in Fan Death

    December 04, 2012 1:20 PM EST Manager: Randy Blythe will return to Prague to fight manslaughter charge A court in the Czech Republic has charged Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe in the death of a fan following a 2010 concert in Prague. The metal band's manager said in a statement that Blythe is innocent and intends…

  15. Randy Jackson to Debut Guitar Collection on HSN, Talks 'Idol' + New Mariah Carey

    December 04, 2012 10:30 AM EST Randy Jackson is gearing up for a busy 2013 that will see him return for an eleventh season as the longest continuous judge of "American Idol" as well as the release of an album from new "Idol" judge Mariah Carey, whom he also managed. But before his 2012 wraps up, Jackson…

  16. Bon Jovi Announces 2013 Tour, Bargain-Price Tickets

    November 20, 2012 9:00 AM EST Bon Jovi 's "Because We Can" tour will hit the road in February with recession-friendly prices. The group's upcoming dates will feature seven price tiers in most markets, including more than 1,000 tickets priced at $19.50 before service fees in every city. "Because We…

  17. 'Skyfall' Soundtrack: Highest-Charting Bond Album in 27 Years

    November 16, 2012 3:30 PM EST This week, the soundtrack to "Skyfall" becomes the highest charting album in the James Bond film franchise since 1985, as the set arrives at No. 100 on the Billboard 200 chart. The Sony Masterworks album bows with 5,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the…

  18. Queensryche Previews Music From First Todd LaTorre-led Album

    November 14, 2012 2:00 PM EST Queensryche today released a teaser trailer for its upcoming album -- its first with new singer Todd LaTorre -- that is expected to arrive next year. The Seattle quintet, which has been together for 30-plus years, is famed for albums like 1988's hard rock concept piece "Operation:…

  19. Major Harris of the Delfonics Dead at 65

    November 10, 2012 9:45 PM EST Major Harris, a former member of the "Philadelphia sound" group the Delfonics who had his own 1975 hit "Love Won't Let Me Wait," died Friday from congestive heart and lung failure. He was 65. The Richmond native grew up in a musical family. His father was a guitarist…

  20. Bubbling Under: Rudimental's 'Love' Takes Over

    November 09, 2012 11:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Rudimental, Liz Longley, One Night Rodeo and Sean Riva. Rudimental Dance collective Rudimental made a splash earlier this year on…

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