1. Britney Spears' Potential 'X Factor' Exit: How Much Would It Hurt?

    December 28, 2012 12:05 AM EST Two weeks after Antonio "L.A."Reid confirmed that the second season of the U.S. version of "The X Factor" would be his last on the judges panel , rumors of Britney Spears' exit from the show spread like wildfire on Thursday (Dec. 27), following a report from Us Weekly…

  2. 'X Factor' Winner Tate Stevens Replaces Phillip Phillips on Fox New Year's Show

    December 27, 2012 5:25 PM EST Fox is making a slight change in its New Year's Eve lineup, swapping out one singing competition winner for another. "American Idol" season 11 victor Phillip Phillips, who was announced as a performer earlier this month, will no longer take the stage alongside Lifehouse and…

  3. 'X Factor' Finale Top 5: Britney's Face, One Direction, Carly's Climb + More Moments

    December 21, 2012 1:20 PM EST Thursday night's (Dec. 20) "X Factor" finale seemed destined to be a nail-biter following a too-close-to-call competition show during which all three finalists turned in some of their best performances of the 2012 season. The final results didn't disappoint, with Tate…

  4. Jenni Rivera Honored By Family and Stars in Emotional Memorial

    December 19, 2012 3:55 PM EST The memorial commemorating the life of Jenni Rivera was as dramatic and colorful as the artist herself, a cornucopia of laughter, tears and celebration, with fans often singing loudly along to Rivera videos and live performances by her friends and family despite the incongruity of the red…

  5. Cassadee Pope Wins 'The Voice' Season 3

    December 18, 2012 11:10 PM EST Cassadee Pope , the pop-punk lead singer from Hey Monday who connected with TV audiences via pop-country songs, was declared the season three winner of "The Voice" on Tuesday. Terry McDermott, a Scotland native based in New Orleans, was the runner-up; Nicholas David was third. "…

  6. Chart Highlights: Phillip Phillips Makes History On Adult Pop Songs

    December 17, 2012 5:30 PM EST The singer is the first 'American Idol' champion to send a debut single to No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs, where 'Home' hikes 2-1. Plus, new No. 1s from Ellie Goulding and Steven Curtis Chapman. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  7. Bruno Mars, 'X Factor' Winner James Arthur Easily Top U.K. Charts

    December 17, 2012 7:30 AM EST In the last sales charts before the the U.K.'s prestigious Christmas No. 1s are unveiled next Sunday (Dec. 23), 2012 "X Factor" winner James Arthur smashed to the top of the singles survey with "Impossible." The track easily becomes the fastest-selling single of the…

  8. Jenni Rivera, Big-Voiced Queen of Banda, Dead at 43

    December 09, 2012 10:55 PM EST Jenni Rivera , the flamboyant, outspoken, big-voiced singer who was the top-selling regional Mexican female star of her generation was confirmed dead after the small private plane in which she was traveling in Mexico crashed. Rivera was 43 years old.   RELATED: No Survivors in Jenni Rivera…

  9. Das Racist 'Not a Band Anymore'

    December 03, 2012 10:30 AM EST Das Racist are no more. The alternative rap trio of "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" fame has fractured, with member Heems (Himanshu Suri) announcing at a German solo date that "Das Racist is breaking up and we're not a band anymore." Kool A.D. (Victor Vazquez)…

  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. Chart Highlights: Carly Rae Jepsen Plants 'Kiss' On Pop Songs

    November 12, 2012 4:15 PM EST The singer's follow-up to 'Call Me Maybe' and 'Good Time' enters the list at No. 40. Plus, Luke Bryan logs his fifth No. 1 on Country Airplay, where Carrie Underwood's new single debuts. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  12. Chart Highlights: Aerosmith Returns To AC Chart

    October 29, 2012 3:55 PM EDT The group charts its first entry on the tally since 1998 - while one of its classics receives a Latin makeover. 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…

  13. Hot Tours: Coldplay Scores Massive Haul on World Tour

    September 11, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Coldplay clocks in at No. 1 on our latest ranking of top-grossing tours with a hefty box office total ($99.7 million) reported from the 2012 North American and European legs of the world tour supporting the album "Mylo Xyloto," the band's fifth studio set released last October.…

  14. Guns N' Roses, 'Appetite For Destruction' at 25: Classic Track-By-Track

    July 21, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Chart Article Guns N' Roses, 'Appetite For Destruction' At 25 Twenty-five years ago exactly, GNR welcomed the world to their jungle. Billboard.com takes a look back at each song on the band's classic debut. by Christa Titus Certified 18-times platinum and named the best…

  15. Kitty Wells, Country Trailblazer, Dies at 92

    July 16, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Before Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain or Taylor Swift, there was Kitty Wells , the original "Queen of Country Music." Wells, who died at her Nashville-area home Monday morning at the age of 92, enjoyed a career that ran the gamut -- from 78 RPM to digital downloads, and in…

  16. Who Has 'Dylan Goes Electric' Guitar? Icon, PBS Disagree

    July 12, 2012 9:20 AM EDT Watch Bob Dylan's game-changing opening number at Newport: "Maggie's Farm" Bob Dylan and historians at PBS are in a dispute over the whereabouts of an electric guitar that the singer plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, quite possibly the most historic single…

  17. Chart Beat Meet & Greet: Dee Snider (Exclusive Video)

    June 26, 2012 9:05 AM EDT The Twisted Sister frontman discusses 'Rock of Ages,' his new Broadway covers album and 'Celebrity Apprentice' (and doesn't pull any punches). No Billboard employees were harmed in the making of this interview. "In the '80s, if you had said I would've…

  18. Music's Sexiest Man & Woman: Poll Results

    June 12, 2012 3:00 PM EDT See who got your vote for the sexiest man and woman in pop? Along with crafting perfect hooks, displaying incredible vocal skill and letting the world in on your personality, a pop star's sex appeal can help elevate them above their peers. You voted for your favorite seductive stars, and…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood

    June 08, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Rihanna catches up to a Beatle, Clarkson tops another chart and Underwood does what no other artist had before in the Country Songs chart's 68-year history. As her "Where Have You Been" bounds 11-9 on the EXTRA STRENGTH: Kelly Clarkson collects her second Adult Contemporary No.…

  20. Chart Highlights: Carrie Underwood Crowns Country Songs With 'Good Girl'

    June 04, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Underwood's 'Good Girl' is better than good: it's the new No. 1 on Country Songs. Plus, fellow former 'American Idol' queen Kelly Clarkson tops AC and One Direction rules Dance/Club Play Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

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