1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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 …

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Dr. Dre, Oscar de la Renta Under Fire From PETA

    January 09, 2012 11:50 AM EST Animal rights group PETA has set its sights on a pair of luxury headphones from Beats by Dre. The limited edition headphones, designed in collaboration by Dr. Dre and Oscar de la Renta, cost $695, and are covered in fox fur. The headphones are described on Oscar de la Renta's website as…

  12. Vazquez Sounds, Kids Who Covered Adele, Vault Into Social 50 Chart

    December 22, 2011 10:30 AM EST YouTube hitmakers Vazquez Sounds comes bounding in at No. 17 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, capping a wild month for the Mexican kid trio. It marks the second-highest debut ever on the chart since it launched a year ago. Only Rebecca Black, of "Friday" fame, bowed higher -- at…

  13. Music's Top 10 Viral Videos of 2011

    December 21, 2011 12:45 PM EST Rebecca Black was to viral videos in 2011 what Adele was to the music world at large this year: The lady of the hour. Black's "Friday" hit very early in the year and kept the Internet a-chattering throughout 2011. Her fellow viral stars couldn't compete, but rest assured,…

  14. Fun Fun Fun: Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Is Year's Top YouTube Video

    December 21, 2011 9:55 AM EST Rounding Out Top 3: Michael Bolton's Ode to Jack Sparrow Rebecca Black's infamous "Friday" video has topped all other YouTube videos of 2011 with 180 million views. The site announced its most-viewed clips of the year Tuesday. The 14-year-old Black was turned into a viral…

  15. Howard Stern Joins 'America's Got Talent' Judges Panel

    December 15, 2011 12:35 PM EST Howard Stern will be joining the judges' panel on "America's Got Talent," and the NBC summer talent show will uproot itself from Los Angeles to accommodate the New York-based shock jock, the network said Thursday. NBC confirmed weeks-old rumors of Stern's selection to…

  16. The Top 20 Music Moments of 2011

    December 14, 2011 4:40 PM EST There will be few year-end retrospectives this month, whether music-based or not, that won't at least mention the death of British soul virtuoso. There were other heavy stories, namely Steve Jobs' death and the Indiana State Fair stage collapse , records were broken or tied, thanks…

  17. Amy Winehouse Roars on U.K. Charts

    December 12, 2011 9:30 AM EST Amy Winehouse posthumously achieved the biggest weekly sale of her U.K. chart career last week with "Lioness: Hidden Treasures," bowing on the album chart at No. 1 yesterday (Dec. 11) with 194,000 units. After two weeks in runner-up spot on the singles survey, Olly Murs moved to the…

  18. Simon Cowell Hints 'X Factor' Winner May Get TV Show

    December 08, 2011 9:45 AM EST In Billboard Interview, Says Paula Abdul Made a 'Big Mistake' in Cutting Intensity As if a $5 million cash prize, a recording contract and a spot in a Pepsi commercial is not enough, Simon Cowell says "The X Factor" may be adding to the bounty that will be awarded on Dec.…

  19. Rihanna Tops U.K. Albums Chart, Scores New Records

    November 28, 2011 9:30 AM EST Rihanna fever is officially sweeping the United Kingdom, as the Barbadian superstar lands a simultaneous No. 1 single and album for the second time this year, and several new U.K. chart records in the process. Meanwhile, "Now! That's What I Call Music 80" (EMI TV/Universal…

  20. A Year of Social 50 Breakthroughs, With Rebecca Black, Karmin & More

    November 25, 2011 8:06 PM EST This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of Billboard's Social 50 chart, our tally that ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites. While a good number of acts have never left the tally (we're looking at you, Justin Bieber, Lady…

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