1. Warner Sound at SXSW: Showcase Full Schedule

    March 04, 2013 8:00 PM EST A full schedule has been announced for the Warner Sound showcase at SXSW in Austin this month, with daytime performances by Fitz & the Tantrums and Lianne La Havas, plus headline sets by the Flaming Lips, Paramore and others. The three-day Warner Sound Captured by Nikon showcase is…

  2. Lil Jon Joins Zumba Fitness With Single, Upcoming Nightclub Series

    February 20, 2013 5:43 AM EST Entertainer Pitbull has done it and so has reggaeton singer Don Omar. Now DJ and rapper Lil Jon is joining Zumba Fitness with an upcoming new single and a nightclub series launching in April for the exercise brand which has inspired millions globally to move and sweat while music executives…

  3. Flaming Lips, Macklemore and Paramore to Rock Warner SXSW Showcase

    February 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Billboard to be official media partner for "The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon" residency in Austin The Flaming Lips, Paramore and current Hot 100 No. 1s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are just some of the artists heading to SXSW in Austin next month to perform at "The Warner…

  4. Ray Collins of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention Dies

    December 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST Ray Collins, a singer who co-founded the Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa but left when "too much comedy" started appearing in the band's songs, died on Monday at a California hospital. He was 75. The Claremont, Calif. resident had been at Pomona Valley Hospital since…

  5. Clay Aiken: 'American Idol' is Now All About the Judges

    December 15, 2012 12:00 PM EST "I don't even know if they remember there are contestants anymore," says the former "Idol" finalist. After a five-year break, Clay Aiken says he was long overdue to bring a Christmas show back on the road. "It doesn't feel like Christmas for me if I'm…

  6. Kenny Rogers Eyes Dolly, Lionel Duets for New Album

    December 03, 2012 12:00 PM EST Country Legend Wants to Make a Statement in 2013: "There's some hard-driving (songs), important lyrics" Kenny Rogers is in the midst of his annual Christmas concert tour, but he plans on gifting his fans with some fresh music in the new year. Rogers tells Billboard that he and…

  7. Kid Cudi Joins 'Two Night Stand' Romantic Comedy

    October 15, 2012 3:25 PM EDT Kid Cudi has joined the cast of "Two Night Stand," the indie romantic comedy starring Analeigh Tipton and Miles Teller. The Max Nichols directorial debut is of two people who meet online and get together for a one-night stand. The couple get snowed in the next morning and are forced…

  8. 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&…

  9. Los Lobos Talk 'Rubic's Cube' of Options for 40th Anniversary

    August 21, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Until then, band celebrates 20 years since release of classic "Kiko" album Los Lobos celebrates the 20th anniversary of its lauded "Kiko" album this week with three special release, but an even more important milestone -- the group's 40th -- looms next year,…

  10. Toby Keith Passes on Judging 'American Idol'

    July 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT As the "American Idol" rumor mill swirls into a chaotic mess of names from every genre imaginable, it seems the country contingent is leading the pack of potential judges, much like the show itself has been skewing in recent years. And can you blame the producers? All but two "…

  11. Gustavo Dudamel, Ruben Blades and Franco De Vita join for 'Viva la Musica' Event

    July 19, 2012 7:48 PM EDT Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel , pop star Franco De Vita and actor and salsa icon Ruben Blades will perform as part of a massive concert in Venezuela called "Viva la Musica," which is being billed as a "concert for peace." Some 200,000 people are…

  12. Frenchie Davis of 'American Idol' Comes Out

    June 22, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Frenchie Davis has made her choice -- and it's a woman. Davis, an alum of both Fox's "American Idol" and NBC's "The Voice," has revealed that her partner of the last year may be the one. "I wasn't out before the relationship, but I wasn't in,…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Phillip Phillips, Aerosmith, Rihanna

    June 01, 2012 9:05 PM EDT Phillips' 'Home' is the 30th song by an 'American Idol' graduate to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10. As his "Home" debuts at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 , 2012 "American Idol" victor Phillip Phillips becomes the series' 13th…

  14. Phillip Phillips Makes 'Idol' History as 'Home' Sells 278,000 Downloads

    May 30, 2012 4:15 PM EDT "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips earns the highest debut on the Digital Songs chart this week as his "Home" bows at No. 2 with 278,000 downloads sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. Even better: It's the second-best digital sales week ever for any "Idol…

  15. Adam Lambert Snags First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 23, 2012 11:00 AM EDT For the first time, one "American Idol" replaces another at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as Adam Lambert 's "Trespassing" debuts atop the list with 77,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. His arrival bumps last week's leader, Carrie Underwood 's …

  16. Chart Highlights: Beyonce 'On Top' of Dance/Club Play Songs

    April 02, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Bey banks her 18th No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, moving her within one of Janet Jackson for the seond-most leaders in the chart's history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the…

  17. Album Review: Ruben Studdard, 'Letters From Birmingham'

    March 31, 2012 8:00 AM EDT RUBEN STUDDARD Letters From Birmingham Producers: Elvis "Blac Elvis" Williams, Harold Lilly Shanachie Entertainment Release Date: March 13 The Velvet Teddy Bear returns, already toting a top 20 adult R&B hit, "June 28th (I'm Single)." The track is the final entry…

  18. Chart Juice: Kirko Bangz Earns Long-Awaited Top 10 With 'Drank In My Cup'

    March 22, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Houston-born rapper Kirko Bangz earns his first top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as his second charted single, "Drank in My Cup," advances 13-10. "Drank in My Cup" enters the top tier in its 31st week, a rare showing of a long chart climb culminating…

  19. Scotty McCreery's Voice Will Soothe Voted-Off 'Idol's

    March 07, 2012 10:15 AM EST S cotty McCreery has snagged a new role on "American Idol" as the voice of the Voted-Off Song, which serenades teary-eyed castoffs after they hear the bad news via Ryan Seacrest. The baritone twang of last season's winner will be heard on a cover of Tim McGraw's "…

  20. 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…

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