1. Jimmy Iovine's 'Secret iPod': How 'Jungle' Became the New Beats Song

    June 05, 2014 5:25 PM EDT While Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and a dizzying array of the globe's biggest soccer stars are featured in the new Beats promotional film short entitled “The Game Before the Game” released today, the real star of the clip, as is the case with most Beats promotional spots, is the song. The…

  2. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Ciara & Lady Gaga

    January 17, 2014 3:30 PM EST Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Ciara Ciara is music’s comic book hero. With her sartorially inventive garb and keen eye for power dressing, she beats the crap out of all who share the red carpet with her. Our…

  3. TG Sheppard, Kelly Lang Tackle 'Iconic Duets'

    December 17, 2013 11:08 AM EST TG Sheppard and Kelly Lang have been married since 2007. In the years since their nuptials, many of their fans have been asking about a possible duets record. The two have obliged those requests with the release of "Iconic Duets" -- a collection that features their take on many…

  4. Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare & Jack Clement Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 28, 2013 9:23 AM EDT It was among the last words he spoke during his remarks last night at the 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony, but Kenny Rogers might have summed up the lasting power of being inducted into the exclusive club. As he was talking about the pride he took in sharing the moment…

  5. Nick Cave Talks Religion, Fashion & Songwriting in Bigsound Keynote

    September 10, 2013 11:01 PM EDT He wasn’t in the house, but Nick Cave certainly made his presence felt on day one of Australia's Bigsound confab. The alternative rock legend tackled religion, fashion and his songwriting gremlins in a keynote interview conducted via Skype. TV personality Julia Zemiro had the tricky…

  6. Bubbling Under: YouTube Star Taryn Southern Heads to Radio With 'Crush'

    July 19, 2013 11:08 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Taryn Southern, Honor By August, Stalley and Todd Galberth Taryn Southern Comedic online sensation Taryn Southern seeks to add…

  7. Kenny Rogers to Play Benefit Concert for John Hiatt Fund

    July 19, 2013 10:35 AM EDT The legendary Kenny Rogers will be spending quite a bit of time in Music City over the next few months, as he prepares to release a brand new album on Warner Brothers. The singer of such American classics as "Lucille" and "You Decorated My Life" will be kicking off the…

  8. Black Sabbath Drummer Drama Left Ozzy Osbourne 'Pissed Off'

    June 17, 2013 3:15 PM EDT Lead singer wanted his drummer, Tommy Clufetos, to replace Bill Ward on new album. Rick Rubin gave the job to Brad Wilk instead The drummer issues on Black Sabbath's new album, "13," apparently ran deeper than co-founder Bill Ward's decision to drop out of the reunion…

  9. Colt Ford Raps About 'Muddy Christmas' Album

    December 13, 2012 1:45 PM EST Colt Ford is definitely something of an unorthodox person, when it comes to maintaining his career. That different way seems to be working, as his most recent album, "Declaration of Independence," debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Albums chart. He hopes to give his fans…

  10. Chavela Vargas, Bold Mexican Singer, Dies At 93

    August 06, 2012 9:15 AM EDT Chavela Vargas, who defied gender stereotypes to become one of the most legendary singers in Mexico, died Sunday at age 93. Her friend and biographer Maria Cortina said Vargas died at a hospital in the city of Cuernavaca, where she had been admitted for heart and respiratory problems. Vargas…

  11. Papa Roach To Make 'The Connection' in October

    July 11, 2012 8:53 PM EDT Papa Roach will return with "The Connection" on Oct. 2. The new release follows 2009's studio full-length "Metamorphosis" and 2010's greatest hits collection, "…To Be Loved: The Best of Papa Roach." The busy group also released a combination live/studio…

  12. Beach Boys Beat the Beatles for Billboard 200 Record

    June 14, 2012 4:15 PM EDT The California surfers splash past the Fab Four for the longest span of top 10 albums among groups in the Billboard 200's history. Fifty years into their career, the Beach Boys are still making waves on Billboard charts. This week, they best the Beatles for a Billboard 200 album chart…

  13. Ray Benson Kicks Off SXSW With Birthday Bash

    March 14, 2012 10:15 AM EDT In his characteristically droll manner. Ray Benson told a crowd at Austin's Rattle Inn on Tuesday night that "this has become a yearly thing, having a birthday." But Benson has, in fact, turned his yearly celebration into one of the opening -- and overall -- highlights of the…

  14. Class Notes: Country Hall of Fame Gets It Right

    March 07, 2012 1:49 PM EST When it comes to his place in the modern era of country music, Garth Brooks has no peers. After all, who has sold more records or concert tickets during his time in the spotlight? When it comes to female country performers, it could be argued that Connie Smith has few peers as well. Dolly…

  15. Friday Flashback: John Anderson's Swingin' Big Hit

    January 13, 2012 6:00 PM EST John Anderson had been releasing music for Warner Brothers for a few years when, in 1983, he hit the mother lode with a song he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Lionel Delmore. The song was called "Swingin." Hitting the charts 29 years ago this weekend, the song topped the…

  16. Lady Gaga's NYE Wardrobe: Versace, Crystals & Capes

    January 03, 2012 11:50 AM EST L ady Gaga lit up televisions all over the world on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" in Times Square on Saturday night. From a royal crystal covered gown to a villainess crystal covered creation, Gaga rang in the New Year with no shortage of glitter. PHOTOS:…

  17. Alan Jackson & Kix Brooks Enter Music City Walk of Fame

    November 07, 2011 3:30 PM EST As Nashville got ready to watch their Tennessee Titans take to the field against the Bengals on Sunday, many in downtown gathered for the 2011 unveiling festivities of the Music City Walk of Fame. Seven Nashville-related personalities were chosen for the honor -- including two with deep ties…

  18. 5 Reasons Scotty McCreery Will Win 'American Idol'

    May 25, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Lauren Alaina picked up some momentum during the final performance night on Tuesday, but the glitter won't be raining down on her during tonight's finale. Here are five reasons why Scotty McCreery is a lock to win: PHOTOS: Scotty McCreery's 'American Idol' Journey 1.…

  19. 'American Idol': Lauren Alaina Flies, Casey Abrams Kisses J.Lo

    April 21, 2011 1:04 AM EDT There's a common complaint lobbied by "American Idol" junkies over the years, and it goes something like this: why, oh why, must the contestants often perform songs that were hits when our grandparents were in high school? Or in other words, not exactly what's hot on Top…

  20. Ask Billboard: Analyzing 'American Idol'

    October 01, 2010 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. THIS ... IS (YOUR…

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