1. 2 Chainz, John Legend, MC Lyte Honored at Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball

    January 21, 2013 8:55 AM EST John Legend believes hip-hop played its part in helping Barack Obama become president, and he's proud at how the genre has matured over the years.   "I think hip-hop had a role in making sure we elected a black president in America because we made it so that black people were in…

  2. 'American Idol' Season 11: Where Are They Now?

    January 16, 2013 4:45 PM EST It's been seven months since "American Idol's" 2012 iteration ended, though we still feel its aftershock in everyday life, provided you own a TV or listen to the radio, therefore often hearing or seeing its most recent victor, Phillip Phillips, buoyed tremendously by hit…

  3. Chart Highlights: Bon Jovi Blasts Onto AC, Adult Pop Songs Charts

    January 14, 2013 6:40 PM EST 'Because We Can' debuts on Adult Contemporary at No. 21 and Adult Pop Songs at No. 30 as the Greatest Gainer on both charts. 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…

  4. N.O.R.E. Changes Name to P.A.P.I., Releases 'Tadow' Video

    January 07, 2013 2:25 PM EST New year, new N.O.R.E. After 16 years in the rap game, Noreaga has changed his name to P.A.P.I. "Sometimes if you're lost, the best way to find where you're at is to go to the beginning," P.A.P.I. told MTV News . "My mother doesn't even call me Victor, my father…

  5. Chile Seeks Justice for Murdered Singer Victor Jara

    January 03, 2013 2:55 PM EST A Chilean judge ordered the arrest of eight former military officials for their involvement in the death of legendary folk singer Víctor Jara, who was murdered in 1973 in the Santiago soccer stadium that now bears his name. Six of the accused, who were army officials during the regime of…

  6. 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…

  7. '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…

  8. '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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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. "…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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)…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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