1. CMJ 2013: 10 Can't Miss Acts And Panels

    October 14, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The CMJ Music Marathon can be great for discovering that hot new buzz act with the most preposterous name so you can joke about it with your friends. And yeah, there's a lot of great, you know, music , to be seen across New York City from Oct. 15 to 20. There's also an awful lot…

  2. Franz Ferdinand Take 'Right' Turn With Album That Almost Didn't Happen

    August 27, 2013 4:13 PM EDT Glasgow, Scotland, dance-rock act Franz Ferdinand is back with its first album in four-and-a-half years. But singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos admits the comeback almost didn't happen. "I met up with (bassist) Bob (Hardy) before we started this record and had a very forthright…

  3. Selena Gomez's Back Catalog: Her Top 10 Pre-'Stars Dance' Highlights

    July 19, 2013 11:58 AM EDT For a pop star still a couple days away from drinking age -- she turns 21 on Monday, so get your birthday cards ready this weekend -- Selena Gomez has already amassed a fairly impressive back catalog, having released three full-length albums with her former backing band The Scene as well…

  4. Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes to Perform at CMT Music Awards

    May 13, 2013 10:40 AM EDT Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Pistol Annies will don their best cowboy boots for their live performances at the 2013 CMT Music Awards. Beside being the night's entertainment, Underwood, Hayes, Little Big Town, Bryan and Swift are among the nominees for…

  5. Adam Yauch Park Dedicated in Brooklyn

    May 04, 2013 8:40 AM EDT One day before the first anniversary of the death of Adam Yauch, (aka MCA of the Beastie Boys), a park in Brooklyn Heights has been renamed in his honor. On Friday, Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn parks commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, Beasties member Adam Horovitz and Yauch…

  6. Chart Highlights: Blake Shelton's 'Cool' Crowns Country Airplay

    March 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Plus, Little Mix's "Wings" flies onto Pop Songs, Miguel enters R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Tamela Mann leads Gospel Songs for a 20th week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  7. 25 Valentine's Day Drops: Tiesto, Flux Pavilion and More Pick Their Favorite Love Songs

    February 14, 2013 12:00 PM EST Tiësto, Flosstradamus, Flux Pavilion and 22 more DJs pick their favorite V-Day tracks, ones they'll be bumping during their sets and maybe in the bedrooms, too. Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day makes us all pull a Celine Dion. That is, talk about love (and occasionally beat our…

  8. Ask Billboard: Solo Duets, Readers Respond

    February 01, 2013 7:45 PM EST Readers offer more examples of duets that officially aren’t. I.e., songs that sound like duets but, for various label/legal reasons, were credited only to one act. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  9. Tegan & Sara Talk 'Heartthrob,' Their 'Most Personal' Record Yet: Video

    January 26, 2013 8:22 AM EST It's just a pop song: an uptempo ditty about fun-loving lust, with a chorus that would inspire as much pogoing as singing along. But for Tegan & Sara, "Closer," the first single from their seventh studio album, "Heartthrob" (Jan. 29, Warner Bros.), is a whole new…

  10. Boston Business, Not Beyonce, Gets 'Blue Ivy' Trademark

    October 22, 2012 8:55 PM EDT It may be the baby name heard 'round the hip-hop world, but Jay-Z and Beyonce won't be able to trademark "Blue Ivy" -- at least not for their next bash. Instead, according to the Boston Herald , a wedding and event planning business of the same name has won trademark…

  11. Chris Lighty's Funeral Draws Hip-Hop Royalty

    September 05, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Diddy, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons Among Mourners in NYC LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs were among the stars who packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris Lighty. Mourners at the Manhattan funeral…

  12. Chris Lighty Death Ruled a Suicide

    August 31, 2012 8:34 PM EDT The New York City medical examiner's office has ruled the death of hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty a suicide. The 44-year-old manager of Mariah Carey, Sean "Diddy" Combs and 50 Cent was found dead in his Bronx apartment Thursday with a gunshot wound to the head. A 9 mm handgun was…

  13. Guns N' Roses Have 'No Real Plans' For Rock Hall Performance

    March 22, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Nobody, it seems -- including current and former band members -- know whether Guns N' Roses will wind up playing at their April 12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in Cleveland. But they'll certainly be in close enough proximity to talk about it. "We're all sitting at…

  14. Spotlight on Mayra Veronica

    August 02, 2011 9:11 AM EDT Chart Article Unlike many female pop figures who become icons after landing a hit, Mayra Veronica was a sex symbol long before she recorded her current single, "Freak Like Me." ORDER "FREAK LIKE ME" : Video Bundle on iTunes | Remixes on iTunes | Dave Aude Remixes on iTunes…

  15. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 2

    July 09, 2011 10:05 AM 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. PEN PALS, READERS…

  16. Endless Summer 2011: Hot Tours & Music Festivals

    June 16, 2011 1:07 PM EDT Chart Article Get the skinny on Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Fest, Newport Folk Fest, and 30 more fests you may not even know about. Chart Article Bon Jovi Open Air Tour (also called Circle/Greatest Hits tour) Support: The Breakers Dates: Ongoing until July 31 Price: $120 - $184 ( buy…

  17. Nine Things We'll Never Forget About Aaliyah

    August 25, 2010 4:10 PM EDT Nine years ago today, Aaliyah was tragically killed in a plane crash, marking the too-soon end of one of the music industry's most unique voices. Here's our list of nine things we'll never forget about Aaliyah's too-brief time in the spotlight: Aaliyah Remembered By Celeb…

  18. Ask Billboard: Featuring More Un-Featured Artists

    August 20, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Recently, Chart Beat and Ask Billboard have spotlighted songs that were successful as covers, but not as well-known in their original versions, as well as songs that sported high-profile guests that were not officially credited as featured artists on single releases. Below are two more follow…

  19. TV On The Radio: Before There Was 'Glee' ...

    April 27, 2010 2:35 PM EDT As far as we know, the only class taught at William McKinley High School is Spanish. Between show choir, cheerleading and football practice (and the occasional slushie in the face), there's not much time for other subjects. A quick history lesson, then, as the success of the "Glee…

  20. 'American Idol' Recap: Michael Lynche Can't Salvage Sub-Par Night

    February 25, 2010 1:53 AM EST Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. -- When Simon Cowell said before this week's performances that he thought a woman was going to win this season, I figured he was…

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