1. Kanye West Thanks Philly for Amber Rose, Days After Wiz Khalifa Does

    November 03, 2011 11:15 AM EDT While stopping through Philly for his and Jay-Z 's "Watch the Throne" tour yesterday (Nov. 2), Kanye West took a minute in between his performances of "Runaway" and "Heartless" to thank the city for ex-girlfriend, Philly native Amber Rose. "To the city…

  2. Occupy Wall Street: When Music Stars Invade

    October 24, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Kanye showed up and said not a single word (after all, his sheer presence speaks for itself). Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Tom Morello sang protest anthems with the people. Just this weekend, Katy Perry and husband Russell Brand swung by on their bikes. And from the looks of his Twitter…

  3. Romeo Santos Finds His Own 'Formula' After Aventura Success

    October 21, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Anthony "Romeo" Santos was born in the Bronx in 1981. His mom: Puerto Rican. His dad: Dominican. This month, it was announced that Santos will be starring in an upcoming multi-camera ABC comedy series. He will portray the son of Dominicans living in New York's Washington…

  4. Hooked: Katy Perry Is Pretty in Pink & Kanye Heads East to London Fashion Week

    September 20, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Time to get Hooked, our bite sized roundup of fashion-drenched music news. Katy Perry Is Pretty in Pink The "Firework" hitmaker is pretty in pink on the cover of InStyle's October issue. The singer rocks a delicious pastel pink hairdo both on the cover and in the mag. Hot off…

  5. J. Cole Premieres Debut Album at NYC Listening Session

    August 18, 2011 12:20 PM EDT "I'm mad nervous," J. Cole confessed in the first of two listening sessions for his upcoming LP, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," due Sept. 27. Those in attendance and attentive were Roc Nation publicists Jana Fleishman, also publicist to Jay-Z, and Megan Miller, Roc…

  6. Billboard Bits: 'Watch the Throne' Outrages Indie Retailers, Morrissey Slams Norway

    July 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to…

  7. Curren$y Keeps Climbing With New Mixtape and Merchandising Deal

    June 24, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Don't be fooled by the billowing cloud of fragrant smoke: Curren$y is a shrewd businessman. Despite five record deals in less than 10 years, including one with No Limit and another with Cash Money Records, and still no "official" solo debut, the New Orleans rapper has carved…

  8. Big K.R.I.T. Calls New Mixtape a 'Milestone in My Career'

    June 10, 2011 5:00 PM EDT For Big K.R.I.T. , the June 7 release of his "R4: The Prequel" through Island Def Jam was a proud moment. It's the first bar code offering from the Meridian, Miss., rapper/producer, and though the five-song set, available exclusively as a digital EP, is a collection packaged…

  9. Ask Billboard: Can A Ballad Still Top The Hot 100?

    May 27, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. CAN A BALLAD…

  10. 'American Idol' Awards: The Best & Worst of Season 10

    May 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Fellow "American Idol" fans: We've spent four months and countless hours obsessing over the biggest show on TV -- that's right, the same show that everyone said was dead last May! -- but alas, it's time to put another season in the books. And what a season it was:…

  11. Neil Diamond to Perform at Billboard Music Awards, Receive Icon Award

    May 17, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Legendary singer and songwriter Neil Diamond will receive the 2011 Billboard Icon Award at this weekend's Billboard Music Awards. Diamond will also take to the stage and perform. The award, which honors the cultural impact of an artist whose extraordinary talent as a creator, writer, and…

  12. Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez Among Billboard Music Awards Presenters

    May 17, 2011 12:40 PM EDT J ustin Biebe r, Kylie Minogue , Jada Pinkett Smith, Joe Jonas , Keri Hilson , Marc Anthony , "Glee" star Matthew Morrison, Nas , Scott Weiland , Selena Gomez , Tim Allen, Travis Barker , Trey Songz and "Modern Family" star Rico Rodriguez have been announced as presenters…

  13. Don Omar Discusses 'Big Vast Social Network' at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 27, 2011 8:23 AM EDT MIAMI -- Reggaeton star and web phenomenon Don Omar isn't just an artist these days. He also runs a record label, and attributes a large part of his success to navigating social media platforms as a way of reaching millions of fans globally. Needless to say, the web has been essential…

  14. Ask Billboard: From 'S&M' To Disney Acts

    April 15, 2011 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. RIH-GARDING RIH…

  15. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga 'Born' To Be At No. 1

    April 01, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. LADY GAGA '…

  16. Ask Billboard: They Write The Songs (And Sing Them, Too)

    March 25, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. THEY WRITE THE…

  17. Billboard Bits: Jennifer Hudson, Sugarland Playing 'Idol' Next Week, Shadows Guitarist Jet Harris Dies

    March 18, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jennifer Hudson, Sugarland Taking "American Idol" Stage Next Week After Lee DeWyze and the Black Eyed Peas took the stage for the "Idol" elimination show last night, another "Idol"…

  18. 'Idol' Reject Karen Rodriguez: Jennifer Lopez Was 'Rooting for Me'

    March 18, 2011 4:10 PM EDT New York's Karen Rodriguez saw herself in the bottom three on "American Idol" for the second straight week Thursday night (Mar. 17), and this time, the Latino singer could not be saved. Even after an emotional, bilingual performance of Mariah Carey's "Hero,"…

  19. Karen Rodriguez Voted Off 'American Idol,' Top 11 Remain

    March 17, 2011 9:50 PM EDT After once again being voted into the "American Idol" bottom three alongside two female singers, Karen Rodriguez could not survive this week's competition and was voted off during the elimination episode on Fox tonight (Mar. 17). Haley Reinhart and Naima Adedapo joined…

  20. 'American Idol': Scotty McCreery Gives His 'Heart,' Casey Abrams' 'Spirit' Low

    March 17, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Oh how the mighty have fallen! On last night's (Mar. 16) "American Idol," fan favorites including Casey Abrams and Paul McDonald delivered less-than thrilling performances of, respectively, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Elton John's "I Guess…

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