1. Mindy McCready's Death Renews Criticism of Dr. Drew

    February 19, 2013 1:15 PM EST The criticism of Dr. Drew Pinsky spread on the Internet almost as quickly as news of Mindy McCready's death. The country singer with the tumultuous personal life became the fifth cast member of his "Celebrity Rehab" series to die since appearing on the show and the third from…

  2. Mindy McCready Latest 'Celebrity Rehab' Death; Dr. Drew Says She Slipped

    February 18, 2013 2:30 AM EST "Unfortunately it seems that Mindy did not sustain her treatment," Dr. Drew says Dr. Drew Pinsky, who treated Mindy McCready on his VH1 show "Celebrity Rehab" -- which has now experienced five deaths among cast-members over the years -- says he reached out to the country…

  3. Mindy McCready's Death: Country Stars React on Twitter

    February 18, 2013 1:30 AM EST News of singer Mindy McCready's apparent suicide prompted Country music stars from Carrie Underwood to Jason Aldean to tweet prayers and rememberances.. News of Country singer Mindy McCready's apparent suicide saddened the music world on Sunday night (February 17) and prompted…

  4. ACM Awards 2013: Eric Church, Hunter Hayes and Taylor Swift Lead Nominees

    February 13, 2013 11:09 AM EST The nominees for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced today via a digial press conference. When the final nominations were all tallied, it became clear voters went to "Church" -- as Capitol Nashville recording artist Eric Church led the nominations with…

  5. 'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover Returns, Outshines Nicki-Mariah Tussle

    January 24, 2013 11:32 AM EST The highly-publicized fight between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey came and went Wednesday night -- and, honestly, with little bang.   After months of "when will it happen?" tension, Minaj walked out on the judges panel following a disagreement stemming from a singer's choice of…

  6. The Year In Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 9:05 AM EST A look back at 10 breakout acts whose chart action Billboard heralded early on. In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the…

  7. Bonfire Jam Festival Kicks Off in Florida

    December 07, 2012 4:00 PM EST This week, Billboard has previewed this year's Bonfire Jam Festival, which starts today in Chumuckla, Florida. With the "World's Largest Redneck Christmas Parade" and performances from Clay Walker, Jana Kramer and Gretchen Wilson, there's a little something for…

  8. Alicia Keys, 'Girl On Fire': Track-By-Track Review

    November 26, 2012 12:35 PM EST In the three years since 2009's "The Element of Freedom," Alicia Keys has gotten married (to hip-hop mega-producer Swizz Beatz ), had a baby (son Egypt) and collaborated with the likes of Dr. Dre , Bruno Mars , Miguel , Maxwell , Emeli Sande , Frank Ocean and Jamie XX to add…

  9. Election Night 2012: Stars React to Obama's Win on Twitter

    November 07, 2012 6:45 AM EST President Barack Obama was elected to a second term on Tuesday night, edging Governor Mitt Romney by holding on to most of the hard-fought swing states that swept him into office in 2008. Throughout the day, celebs were taking to Twitter to voice their anxieties and amusement at the scene of…

  10. The Saturdays Tease Sean Paul Single, E! Reality Show

    October 29, 2012 5:55 PM EDT After telling Billboard exclusively in September of their U.S. album and reality show plans, The Saturdays took to Ryan Seacrest this afternoon to officially tease their upcoming single and E! reality show. The Sats will debut stateside with a new song "What About Us" featuring Sean…

  11. Brandy, 'Two Eleven': Track-By-Track Review

    October 16, 2012 3:05 PM EDT The road to "Two Eleven," Brandy 's sixth studio album, hasn't exactly been smooth. In the years since 2008's "Human," the singer parted ways with label Epic Records when the album underperformed, took a break from singing to dabble in rap (under the name…

  12. Beach Boys Wrap 50 Years as Questions Arise About Their 51st

    September 19, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Band is honored at Grammy Museum one day after Mike Love puts expiration date on reunion; "Why stop now?" Al Jardine asks The Beach Boys gathered at the Grammy Museum Sept. 18 to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a platinum award presentation, a museum fund-raising meet-and…

  13. The Saturdays Ink U.S. Album Deal, Plot Reality Show

    September 19, 2012 2:50 PM EDT British Pop Group to Release Single in Early 2013; Working With Diane Warren & Rodney 'Darkchild' Jerkins on Full Length Last week one of England's top girl groups, The Saturdays , walked the red carpet at the MTV VMAs, performed at a Perez Hilton party, then held a…

  14. Johnny Cash Music Festival Aims to Restore Icon's Boyhood Home

    September 14, 2012 5:35 PM EDT The Johnny Cash Music Festival hits Jonesboro, Arkansas on Friday, October 5. With a lineup of Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley , and the Civil Wars, executive producer Bill Carter tells Billboard that assembling talent for the festival, hosted by Arkansas State University, has…

  15. Ciara Debuts 'Sorry' Video: Watch

    September 13, 2012 7:00 PM EDT After teasing fans with steamy video stills earlier this week, Ciara finally debuts the video for "Sorry." "It's someone that I really loved," she told ESSENCE of "Sorry." "They'll know who they are when they hear the song." In the video, CiCi…

  16. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  17. Brandy Talks 'Wildest Dreams' Single, Possible Drake Collabo, & Touring with Monica

    August 23, 2012 2:00 PM EDT After spending the years since 2008's "Human" largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy is making a strong return to her R&B roots on the melodic, vocal-driven "Two Eleven" (Oct. 16, RCA Records…

  18. First Listen: Breyon Prescott Previews Brandy's 'Two Eleven' Album in NYC

    August 21, 2012 1:05 PM EDT As Brandy preps her first release for RCA Records -- "Two Eleven" (October 16) -- Breyon Prescott, founder of Chameleon Records (which will jointly release the project with RCA) previewed tracks Monday afternoon at Germano Studios in NYC. Prescott had been wanting to work with the…

  19. Ciara's New Song, 'Livin' It Up': Listen

    August 20, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Before debuting her official single," Sorry ," off "One Woman Army," Ciara teases fans with "Livin' It Up." The feel-good track, released via Cosmopolitan , samples a bit of Kid 'N Play's "Rollin' With Kid 'N Play" and infuses…

  20. Melanie Amaro, 'X Factor' Winner, Releases Debut Single: Listen

    August 02, 2012 12:00 PM EDT After taking the first U.S. "X Factor" crown last December, Melanie Amaro finally released her debut single, the uptempo "Don't Fail Me Now," on Wednesday (Aug. 1). "Don't Fail Me Now" explores Amaro's dancier side, with a club beat placed beneath…

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