1. Weekly Chart Notes: Flo Rida 'Whistle's To No. 1

    August 16, 2012 1:30 PM EDT The song is the latest Hot 100 leader to feature whistling. Taylor Swift, meanwhile, enters the Hot 100 ahead of a possible push to the pinnacle next week. You can't spell whistle without the letters h-i-t, as SWIFT START: As Taylor Swift roars onto the Hot 100 with "We Are Never…

  2. Taylor Swift's New Single Blasts Onto Radio, Set For Record Sales Debut

    August 14, 2012 6:20 PM EDT 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,' from Swift's forthcoming album, 'Red,' appears headed for the upper reaches of next week's Hot 100. The title of Taylor Swift's new single clearly isn't about her relationship with radio or her adoring buying…

  3. Q&A: Queensryche Talks Lawsuit, Plans 'Return to History' Tour

    August 14, 2012 6:00 PM EDT It's been a long, strange summer for rock that's heralded plenty of shocks. The news bulletins for 2012 include the overseas incarceration of Lamb of God's Randy Blythe; the deaths of such talents as Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and engineer George Marino; Van Halen's…

  4. Way Out West 2012: Florence, Black Keys, Kraftwerk + More Light Up Sweden

    August 13, 2012 1:20 PM EDT It may not have the storied tradition as other European festivals like Roskilde and Glastonbury, but Way Out West , held annually in Gothenburg, Sweden since 2007, has quickly established itself as a premier summer stop for A-list acts. In past years, Prince, Kanye West , Neil Young and…

  5. Blur Triumph at Way Out West in Pre-Olympic Set

    August 11, 2012 4:45 PM EDT "We've got to do something quite formal on Sunday," said Blur frontman Damon Albarn toward the end of the band's Friday night set at Sweden's Way Out West festival . "So this is a good way to prepare for it." Few bands would consider a top-billed set at one…

  6. Why Mariah Carey Released Three Versions of 'Triumphant' Single

    August 10, 2012 12:50 PM EDT "Most people probably don't understand this, but you always play to what's best for the song," Randy Jackson says. With latest single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," Mariah Carey is offering something for everyone. During a Def Jam conference call with media on Aug.…

  7. Insider Tips: Mariah Carey's Plans, Ellie Goulding & Skrillex's Playlist

    August 10, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Chart Article August 10, 2012 The hot days of midsummer are here, but don't let that keep you from fresh insider music information. For the rest of beach season, Billboard.com is bringing you a weekly heads-up of music-related suggestions, tips, and key recommendations -- all designed to…

  8. Randy Travis 911 Call: 'I Just Found a Guy Laying In the Road'

    August 09, 2012 2:10 PM EDT Randy Travis was lying in the middle of the road with no car in sight when another driver spotted him and called 911, according to a recording released Thursday. "I just found a guy laying in the road," the caller said in a recording released by the Grayson County Sheriff's…

  9. Randy Travis' Naked, Angry DWI Arrest

    August 08, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Randy Travis is accused of threatening a police officer during his arrest late Tuesday in North Texas on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after crashing his car. The country star, whose hits include "Honky Tonk Moon" and "Forever and Ever, Amen," has been charged…

  10. Lamb of God Singer Released From Czech Jail

    August 03, 2012 11:35 AM EDT The frontman of the U.S. heavy metal band Lamb of God has been released from a Prague prison on $400,000 bail as police investigate him for allegedly pushing a fan off a stage who later died of his injuries, an official said Friday. Randy Blythe, 41, was arrested on June 27 when he returned…

  11. Mariah Carey Debuts 'Triumphant (Get 'Em)' Single; Talks Upcoming Album

    August 02, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Three years after the release of her last non-holiday full-length opus, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," Mariah Carey returns with her first single, "Triumphant (Get 'Em)" featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill . "Working with Ross and Meek on the same record was…

  12. Watch Jana Kramer Talk 'Why Ya Wanna' & 'It Girl' Label

    August 01, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Jana Kramer has a lot of reason to be smiling these days. Her debut album debuted in the top five on the Billboard Country Albums chart, and her first single, "Why Ya Wanna," is closing in on the top ten on the singles chart (it rises to No. 11 this week). Kramer was one of the acts…

  13. The Beat: Gloriana Rocks Nashville, Billie Joe Armstrong Joins 'The Voice'

    July 31, 2012 2:15 PM EDT On the latest episode of "The Beat," we're coming to you straight from Nashville, Tenn., where host Jonathan Brooks checked out last night's Summer Beats concert, hosted by Billboard and Pepsi's . In addition to the usual daily news, today's "Beat" has…

  14. Gloriana Rocks Nashville Summer Beats Concert

    July 31, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Billboard and Pepsi's Summer Beats Concert Series landed in Music City on Monday with a rollicking, hip-shaking set courtesy of country upstarts Gloriana . The event, held at Nashville's Cannery Ballroom, served as a showcase of some of the most exciting new acts in country music…

  15. Watch Gloriana Rock Billboard & Pepsi's Summer Beats Concert

    July 30, 2012 9:00 PM EDT The July 30 Nashville showcase also included country hit-makers Jana Kramer, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann and Randy Houser Billboard and Pepsi's Summer Beats Concert Series landed in Music City on Monday with a rollicking, hip-shaking set courtesy of country upstarts Gloriana . Tonight&…

  16. Joey + Rory Launch TV Series, New Album

    July 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT With the recent launch of "The Joey + Rory Show" on cable/satellite TV channel RFD-TV, the country couple of the same name has found a highly productive way to mix business and pleasure. Filmed on its farm in Pottsville, Tenn., the series looks at the rural lifestyle as well as…

  17. Jennifer Lopez And Her 'American Idol' Rejuvenation: An Appreciation

    July 27, 2012 4:25 PM EDT On Monday (July 23), Mariah Carey was officially announced as a judge on the 12th season of "American Idol," joining her husband, "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon, on the small screen, albeit on a rival network. "As a singer, songwriter and producer, it&…

  18. Lamb of God Cancels Tour; Singer Still Jailed

    July 26, 2012 10:36 PM EDT Heavy metal band Lamb of God has canceled its upcoming tour because the group's singer remains jailed in the Czech Republic. Forty-one-year-old Randy Blythe was detained June 27 in connection with the death of a fan at a 2010 Lamb of God concert in Prague. He remains jailed, despite…

  19. Katherine Jackson Returns, but Kids Left 'Angry and Hurt' by Ordeal

    July 26, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Katherine Jackson is back home, reuniting with Michael Jackson 's children after a judge temporarily took away her guardianship because of her days-long absence from them. Paris Jackson tweeted early Thursday morning: "grandma's here! (hash)thankyougod." Katherine Jackson&…

  20. Mariah Carey to Judge 'American Idol'

    July 23, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Mariah Carey has signed on as a judge for the 12th season of "American Idol," Fox president Kevin Reilly confirmed to reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour Monday. "I'm so excited to be joining 'Idol,'" Carey said on a…

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