1. J. Cole Discusses 'Born Sinner' Album Delay, Upcoming Short Film

    November 20, 2012 3:45 PM EST J. Cole told Billboard on the red carpet at the 2012 American Music Awards that he wanted to "change the conversation" in mainstream hip-hop with the release of the hard-hitting single "Miss America" last week. The lead track off his forthcoming sophomore album, "Born…

  2. Kid Rock, 'Rebel Soul': Track-By-Track Review

    November 20, 2012 2:40 PM EST Kid Rock refers to "Rebel Soul," his ninth album, as "a greatest hits feeling record with all new songs." In other words, the 14-song set - recorded at Rock's home AllenRoadHouse studio and his rehearsal facility - The Warehouse - has the punk rock, the Southern rock,…

  3. Kelly Clarkson Has Some 'Bowie Meets U2' Music in Her Back Pocket

    November 20, 2012 1:50 PM EST Getting some new songs together for her upcoming greatest hits album may have put Kelly Clarkson on the path for her next set of all-new material. The inaugural "American Idol" champ tells Billboard that she recorded six new songs for "Greatest Hits -- Chapter One," out…

  4. Kelly Rowland Enlists Jam & Lewis for 'Year of the Woman'

    November 19, 2012 6:35 PM EST "I think that it's probably the most vulnerable I've been on a record," the R&B star says of her new music Kelly Rowland is not just excited about "Year of the Woman," her upcoming fourth studio solo album, she's can't-stop-smiling happy about it.…

  5. Chart Highlights: Miguel's 'Adorn' Ties For Year's Longest Rule On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

    November 19, 2012 5:15 PM EST Plus, new holiday favorites debut on AC and Calvin Harris tops Dance/Club Play Songs. 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 surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on…

  6. Uncle Kracker Takes Country Seriously on 'Midnight Special'

    November 19, 2012 4:50 PM EST Take a listen to "Nuthin' Changes," a cut from Uncle Kracker's new "Midnight Special" album, and you will hear a reference to a famous singer named Williams. But, it might not be the one you're thinking about. Sure, the Detroit native is a Hank Williams, Jr.…

  7. Will.i.am, Britney Spears 'Scream & Shout' On New Single

    November 19, 2012 1:30 PM EST Get ready to "Scream & Shout," courtesy of will.i.am and Britney Spears . The pair's new single premiered in full on Ryan Seacrest's syndicated radio show on Monday (Nov. 19). Click here to listen. Featuring a dark, slithering beat and a slew of club commands, "…

  8. Backstreet Boys Are 'Halfway There' to First Indie Album

    November 19, 2012 11:50 AM EST With Kevin Richardson back in the fold, the guys work with "young cats" like the Fliptones on their next album Just in time to celebrate their 20th anniversary next year, a clearly revived Backstreet Boys say a new album is more than halfway done. The quintet, which is again at full…

  9. Will.i.am on Britney Spears Song Leak: 'It's Not in Your Control'

    November 19, 2012 8:50 AM EST So close. Will.i.am 's new single with Britney Spears , "Scream & Shout," sprung a leak over the weekend, mere days before the much anticipated track was to premiere this afternoon . C'est la vie says the Black Eyed Peas star. "Well, that's done," he…

  10. AMAs 2012: Swift Chased, Bieber's Grope Explained + More Things You Didn't See

    November 19, 2012 2:00 AM EST "Yes, it was spontaneous," Jenny McCarthy says of her manhandling of Justin Taylor Swift took home the award for Favorite Country Female Artist (surprise, surprise) while Carly Rae Jepsen won her first. Dick Clark was given a touching tribute by Stevie Wonder, David Guetta won the…

  11. AMAs 2012: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Exuberant Night

    November 18, 2012 11:45 PM EST Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, a big win on a night that opened with another victory for the teen star. "This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I'm going to be here…

  12. AMAs 2012: Full Winners List

    November 18, 2012 11:00 PM EST Here is a complete list of winners at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards : ARTIST OF THE YEAR » Justin Bieber NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR » Carly Rae Jepsen FAVORITE MALE ARTIST - POP/ROCK » Justin Bieber FEMALE ARTIST - POP/ROCK » Katy Perry BAND, DUO OR GROUP - POP/ROCK » Maroon 5 ALBUM …

  13. One Direction, the Weeknd & 'Twilight' Albums Aiming High on Billboard 200

    November 17, 2012 9:00 AM EST As earlier reported, One Direction is a near lock for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry forecasters say the group's second album, "Take Me Home" (SYCO/Columbia), should start with between 525,000 to 575,000 sold by week's end on Sunday,…

  14. 'Skyfall' Soundtrack: Highest-Charting Bond Album in 27 Years

    November 16, 2012 3:30 PM EST This week, the soundtrack to "Skyfall" becomes the highest charting album in the James Bond film franchise since 1985, as the set arrives at No. 100 on the Billboard 200 chart. The Sony Masterworks album bows with 5,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the…

  15. Josh Doyle, 'Figured the World Out': Video Premiere

    November 15, 2012 5:10 PM EST A name that we think you're going to be hearing a lot of in the future is Josh Doyle . The UK-bred singer-songwriter was recently featured in Billboard's 615 Artist Spotlight, and we're excited to share in the premiere of a new video for "Figured The World Out." The…

  16. Chart Juice: Ne-Yo Nabs Fourth No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    November 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST After Ne-Yo 's last album "Libra Scale" debuted and peaked at No. 4 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2010, the singer/songwriter returns to the chart's summit with "R.E.D." moving 66,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set joins the…

  17. One Direction Looking to Take Home No. 1 with Half-Million Debut

    November 14, 2012 8:39 PM EST One Direction 's "Take Me Home" is headed for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart with a likely monster sales figure. Industry sources are forecasting the SYCO/Columbia set could sell over 500,000 copies in the U.S. by week's end on Sunday, Nov. 18. At the…

  18. 'The Voice': Cee Lo Green & Christina Aguilera Talk Rule Changes, AMAs

    November 14, 2012 12:30 PM EST Taking the role of eliminator out of "The Voice" coaches' hands sits well with at least two of the stars in the oversized red chairs. "My trust has been replenished," Cee Lo Green said after the Nov. 13 live show that saw the cast of singers whittle to 10 from a dozen…

  19. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Still No. 1, 'Now 44' Scores Top Debut

    November 14, 2012 11:00 AM EST Ne-Yo surpasses sales expectations and Aerosmith goes Top 5 on the Billboard 200. Taylor Swift 's "Red" reigns supreme for a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 196,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 43%). Swift beats the No. 2 title -- the debuting "…

  20. The Rolling Stones Talk Tour Dates: 'F--- You, We're 50'

    November 13, 2012 10:34 PM EST The official line is "we'll see." But the Rolling Stones seem in such fighting trim, clear-eyed and focused, that it's hard to believe there's not more cooking beyond the current flurry of activity surrounding the band's 50th anniversary. The archetypal rock `n&…

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