1. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided the emotional highlight of Sunday's…

  2. Carly Rae Jepsen: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 25, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Read an excerpt from Billboard's cover story on the 'Call Me Maybe' phenomenon "It's been a cool day today," Carly Rae Jepsen , calling in from Los Angeles, says casually. "I ran into RedFoo from LMFAO at the airport, and we've been writing a song…

  3. Chart Juice: Travis Porter, Rebecca Ferguson Enter R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    June 08, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Rap trio Travis Porter debuts its first full-length studio album, "From Day 1," on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at No. 2 with 14,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group missed the No. 1 position by 1,000 units as Nicki Minaj rang in 15,000 during the tracking period…

  4. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  5. Kanye West Debuts Groundbreaking Film with Kim Kardashian, Jay-Z in Attendance

    May 25, 2012 1:55 PM EDT It turns out Kanye West didn't just want to make a short film -- he wants to completely change the way movies are watched. West debuted his "Cruel Summer" to a small audience Wednesday in Cannes. In a parking lot along the water at the Palm Beach, a pyramid-shaped tent was…

  6. Kanye West, the Throne, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2012 7:44 PM EDT BET Awards viewers will be watching the Throne. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaboration has five nominations at this year's ceremony, including Best Group, Best Collaboration and two nominations for Video of the Year ("N***as in Paris" and "Otis"). (West earned…

  7. Keane Edge Tenacious D to Top U.K. Chart

    May 21, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Sunday's new U.K. sales data from the Official Charts Company showed a second week atop the album chart for Keane's "Strangeland" and on the singles survey for "R.I.P." by Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah. The album top ten included debuts for Tenacious D, Ren…

  8. Keane Nab Fifth Straight U.K. No. 1

    May 14, 2012 9:30 AM EDT East Sussex melodic rock quartet Keane scored their fifth consecutive No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (13) with "Strangeland." London starlet Rita Ora debuted atop the singles survey with "R.I.P.", which follows her chart-topping guest appearance on DJ Fresh's…

  9. Marina and the Diamonds Lights Up U.K. Chart With 'Electra Heart'

    May 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Also: 'X Factor' Judge Tulisa Tops Singles List With 'Young' Marina and the Diamonds debuted at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (May 6) with sophomore album "Electra Heart." Tulisa, known as a member of pop/R&B band N-Dubz and as a judge on "…

  10. 'Glee' Covers One Direction's 'What Makes You Beautiful': Watch

    May 04, 2012 7:15 PM EDT This time last year, the "Glee" cast covered Rebecca Black's viral sensation "Friday" for their junior prom, and now that they're wrapping up senior year, the Fox crew has taken on the latest song to sweep the nation: One Direction's "What Makes You…

  11. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    April 15, 2012 10:45 AM EDT If Friday night at Coachella was all about the old-timers like Pulp, Refused, Mazzy Star and James looking for a furious comeback, the overarching theme of Saturday (April 14) was the current state of indie rock, with fresh faces and much-ballyhooed veterans taking flight in Indio, Calif.…

  12. Pop Stars Before They Were Famous

    March 29, 2012 2:40 PM EDT It's difficult to imagine life before Bieber and Gaga, but what's even weirder is thinking of pop stars' lives before they hit it big. How fierce a rapper was Nicki Minaj before all the wigs? Was Rihanna always so "Hard"? How emo was Skrillex back when he was just…

  13. Connie Smith Enjoys Her Hall of Fame Moment

    March 16, 2012 3:30 PM EDT It was just an ordinary evening in the household of Connie Smith and her husband, Marty Stuart, when they were interrupted. "Marty and I were in the kitchen about suppertime, and the phone rang," Smith recalls in an interview with Billboard. "He looked at the caller ID, and…

  14. Will Ferrell Debuts Clueless Music Video for 'Casa de mi Padre'

    March 12, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Will Ferrell's character in "Casa de mi Padre" may not know much, but he's a mean trumpet player. A music video for the song "Yo No Se" ("I Don't Know") from the upcoming Spanish-language comedy premiered on Funny or Die . In it, Ferrell sings in…

  15. Top 24 'American Idols' Of All-Time

    February 28, 2012 1:30 PM EST Chart Article When a singer wins "American Idol," it's undoubtedly his or her biggest music moment to-date. But as we've seen time and time again, winning "Idol" does not necessarily mean that one's career will follow the trajectories of 12-7 6-1 Next » 24…

  16. Whitney Houston Re-Enters Top 40 on U.K. Charts

    February 20, 2012 8:25 AM EST Scottish Singer Emeli Sande's Debut Album Opens at No. 1 As Whitney Houston singles and albums re-entered the U.K. sales charts yesterday (19) with over 200,000 units sold across the week, top sales honors went to Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. Her debut album "Our Version…

  17. Lana Del Rey Tops U.K. Chart, Leaping Over Adele in 2012 Sales

    February 13, 2012 10:10 AM EST As Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die" started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday, Belgian Australian Gotye climbed 3-1 on the singles survey with "Somebody That I Used To Know," featuring Kimbra. As Del Rey's title track dipped 9-10 and previous single …

  18. Theophilus London Does It 'On the Fly' at Rebecca Minkoff

    February 11, 2012 12:50 PM EST Rebecca Minkoff turned the runway into a house party with the help of Theophilus London on Friday night. This is London's third fashion week appearance, having already performed at the amfAR Gala and at the W Hotel in Union Square New York. Rocking the runway like he owned it, the…

  19. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  20. Nickelback Responds To Insults On Twitter

    January 24, 2012 12:00 PM EST Apparently tired of being the butt of many a music joke, the band members of Nickelback (or the reps controlling the group's Twitter account) have gone online to sarcastically respond to every joke and insult being hurled their way. In response to "Was driving down the street, and a…

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