1. Usher & Stevie Wonder Play Multimillion-Dollar Fan Wedding

    August 02, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Best rehearsal dinner ever? That award might go to Kaily Smith and Adam Westbrook, the couple whose carnival-themed, pre-wedding bash in Dana Point, California, last night included live performances from not one but two multi-platinum artists: Usher and Stevie Wonder. Usher’s New Look…

  2. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  3. Respect: Techno Stars Talk About Their Sandwell District Favorites

    May 01, 2013 1:12 PM EDT On the occasion of its new Fabric mix, techno artists select their top tracks from the seminal label. At the very beginning of 2012, record label Sandwell District announced its "glorious death." Over the course of 10 years, head honchos Regis, Function, Silent Servant, and Female…

  4. NFL 2012 Kick Off Anthems: 15 Songs For The New Season

    September 05, 2012 6:10 PM EDT Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Gotye and more Hot 100 artists soundtrack our favorite teams and most notable players of 2012. With the champion New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys squaring off at the Meadowlands on Wednesday night (Sept. 5), another NFL regular season -- and its myriad story lines …

  5. Jamie Cullum Preps New, 'Slightly More Focused' Album

    May 23, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Jazz-Pop Singer Kicks Off Starwood's 'Hear The Music, See The World' Concert Series, Talks Follow-Up to '09's 'The Pursuit' J amie Cullum is "in the trenches" of recording his sixth studio album, a follow-up to 2009's "The Pursuit."…

  6. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  7. '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…

  8. Ask Billboard: Are Chart Rule Changes Needed? Readers Respond, Continued

    January 07, 2012 1:05 PM EST 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 . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Just like our…

  9. Hot Chelle Rae Heats Up With Sophomore Set, T-Swift Tour

    November 28, 2011 4:30 PM EST Unlike many of today's young, upcoming bands, Hot Chelle Rae wasn't hot on the Internet before it landed a deal. "One of the main reasons we were getting turned down [by labels] was because we didn't have enough Myspace friends," vocalist/guitarist Ryan Follese says…

  10. Michael Buble Reveals Ultimate Christmas Playlist

    November 24, 2011 11:00 AM EST Is That Paul McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmastime' You Hear? Why, Yes It Is There was not a lot of variety when it came to Christmas music at Michael Buble 's home when he was growing up. "There was only one record played from mid-October to Dec. 25 and that was the…

  11. Miranda Lambert Returns: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 21, 2011 11:45 AM EDT Newly signed artists: often timid, pliable souls so happy to have a record deal that they can be easily molded into someone else's vision. Sony Music Nashville chairman/CEO Gary Overton knew during his first conversation with Next: Will Marriage Soften Miranda? Don't Hold Your…

  12. 'American Idol' Scotty McCreery Talks Debut Album & High School Graduation

    September 30, 2011 3:30 PM EDT It's the rare artist who can perform in the Philippines and attend his high school homecoming in the same week. Rare, too, is the artist who releases his debut album just five days before his 18th birthday, but so it goes for Garner, N.C., native Scotty McCreery , winner of the 10th…

  13. Cody Simpson Releases 'Very Emotional' EP, Preps Debut Album

    September 20, 2011 4:38 PM EDT With the release of "Coast to Coast," a new six-song EP, on Tuesday (Sept. 20) teen star Cody Simpson tells Billboard.com that he's ready to reach a bigger audience -- and show off a more adult side of his songwriting. "I've matured a lot," says the 14-year-old…

  14. Gavin DeGraw Dusts Off After NYC Street Fight, Delivers 'Sweeter' Album

    September 16, 2011 4:15 PM EDT In the early morning hours of Aug. 8, singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw was assaulted by a group of unknown men in Manhattan's East Village, not far from the bar he co-owns with his brother, the National Underground. DeGraw, 34, was then hit by a taxi following the assault, and rushed to…

  15. Marilyn Manson Debuts Video Collaboration with Shia LaBeouf: Watch

    September 01, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Good news: Marilyn Manson is still terrifying. The shock-rocker has a new video for his new song "Born Villain" and it's more than six minutes of intensely dark imagery and torture scenes inspired by Shakespeare's "Macbeth." Watch below. Perhaps stranger than the…

  16. Nicole Scherzinger Preps U.S. Album Release: 'It's a Lot Deeper Than Pussycat Dolls'

    August 19, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Nicole Scherzinger , whose No. 1 U.K. single "Don't Hold Your Breath" was released in the U.S. on Aug. 16, says she has not yet found the song she will sing when it comes time to perform on Fox's "The X Factor" this fall. What she does know, however, is that it…

  17. The Dude Abides: Jeff Bridges Delivers a Self-Titled Album

    August 12, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Jeff Bridges is receiving the kind of exposure for his new, self-titled album that Otis "Bad" Blake would probably kill for. This month, Bridges is booked to perform on "Today," "Live! With Regis and Kelly," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "NPR&…

  18. Gavin DeGraw on Attack: 'I Don't Remember Much'

    August 09, 2011 8:50 PM EDT A little more than a day after a brutal street attack that sent him to a hospital with a concussion and a banged-up face, "I Don't Want to Be" crooner Gavin DeGraw is back home and thanking fans for their support. "Hi my friends," he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday…

  19. Selena Gomez Bumps Justin Bieber From No. 1 on Social 50

    July 07, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Until this week, only four acts had ruled the still-young Social 50 chart: Rihanna , the Black Eyed Peas , Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber . But now, we have a new No. 1 artist: Selena Gomez . And, in an ironic twist, Gomez takes the crown by bumping her boyfriend, Justin Bieber, out of the top…

  20. Marilyn Manson Working With Shia LaBeouf

    July 01, 2011 12:16 PM EDT As if Marilyn Manson isn't quite eccentric enough, he'll soon confuse the masses even more with his latest collaboration: Disney Channel star turned full-fledged movie star, Shia LaBeouf. The "Transformers" star stopped by "Live With Regis And Kelly" yesterday …

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