1. Spotlight On Bleona

    September 09, 2013 11:51 AM EDT From Albanian fests to Timbaland's studio, Bleona has U.S. success in her sights. Bleona Qereti is the most famous pop singer from the small European nation of Albania, where the press have likened her to Madonna, in her bold visual style and attitude. At the age of 14, the young diva…

  2. Twerk It: The Top 10 Booty-Popping Artists in Music

    August 29, 2013 12:18 PM EDT There was a time when Miley Cyrus was in the running for America's Sweetheart. What happened? She bucked right off that stage and learned how to twerk. One could argue that the pop star has done more for the raunchy type of dancing than any other lady that's ever popped their…

  3. John Waite Talks New Live Album, Co-Writing Love and Theft's 'If You Ever Get Lonely'

    August 02, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Rock veteran John Waite has his eye on two different projects -- in two different formats these days. On the recording front, the English musician has just released a new live album entitled "Live All Access." The singer tells Billboard that the decision to record a live album…

  4. Newport Folk Festival Wrestles Weather, Evolving Legacy With Beck, Avett Brothers, Feist

    July 29, 2013 2:05 PM EDT As the summer festival economy continues to enjoy its boon era at the same time the wider music industry remains unsure what it's going to be when it grows up, every promoter has no doubt felt the pressures that force fests to either make room for outside controlling interests -- big…

  5. Tornado Benefit Spikes Blake Shelton Sales

    June 06, 2013 5:01 PM EDT The singer's 'Based on a True Story…' returns to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after last week's charity concert. Plus, the reign of Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' continues and Tim McGraw ties a Country Airplay record Blake Shelton's May 29 "…

  6. Kenny Chesney Q&A: 'I've Got to Be Inspired'

    May 08, 2013 4:50 PM EDT For his 14th album, the top touring artist in country music history bucked the system and assembled something closer to diary entries than stadium singalongs Kenny Chesney has just landed his seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . But before "Life on a Rock" topped the…

  7. Quincy Jones Video Q&A: The Legend At 80

    March 14, 2013 4:06 PM EDT The maestro looks forward (and back). Q reflects on working with Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and more, embracing a milestone birthday while his creativity continues apace. Stop. It’s the one concept Quincy Jones steers clear of while reflecting on his storied career on the eve of his…

  8. 50 Cent, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin'' at 10: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    February 06, 2013 11:45 AM EST Ten years ago today, the hip-hop landscape shifted. 50 Cent, a young upstart from Queens, New York, put the rap game in a chokehold with the release of his debut studio album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." The album was an audio snapshot of a hustler balancing machismo with…

  9. Fleetwood Mac to Release New Music Before Spring Tour

    December 04, 2012 12:05 PM EST "These songs sound like they're 30," Stevie Nicks tells Billboard. "It blows my mind. Because we've never stopped, our voices and everything" Next year's tour has inspired Fleetwood Mac to create some new music to go with it. Steve Nicks tells Billboard that…

  10. Marshall Crenshaw Wants You to Subscribe to His New Music

    November 19, 2012 4:15 PM EST After recording for seven different labels, Marshall Crenshaw has created a music subscription service that kicks off the day after Thanksgiving with a Record Store Day Back to Black Friday offering. Crenshaw's three-song EP, featuring the new track "I Don't See You Laughing…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Maroon 5, PSY Remain Hot 100's Mane Men

    November 10, 2012 2:05 PM EST The group's 'One More Night' has galloped past the rapper's 'Gangnam Style' for seven weeks, marking one of the longest periods of non-movement ever in the Hot 100's top two spots. The horse race to the top of the SHINING BRIGHT: Rihanna extends her record…

  12. Chart Juice: Brandy Calls It A Comeback On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 25, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Brandy reaches the summit of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for the second time in her nearly 18-year career, as "Two Eleven" debuts at No. 1 with 65,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's been more than 10 years since her previous chart-topper, "Full Moon,"…

  13. Young Buck Survives Drive-By Shooting

    March 05, 2012 11:40 AM EST Early Sunday morning (March 4), Young Buck was targeted in a drive-by shooting. According to Nashville police, via WSMV-TV Channel 4 , at approximately 3:30 am, a white Chevrolet Tahoe crept past the rapper's SUV and opened fire, hitting the vehicle 11 times. Miraculously, Buck, who was…

  14. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 10/8/2011

    October 08, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @JColeNC : So many people to stunt on, fighting the urge to…

  15. Tony Bennett Oldest Living Artist Ever On Hot 100

    September 21, 2011 5:35 PM EDT At 85 years and two months, the iconic Tony Bennett becomes the oldest living artist ever to grace the Billboard Hot 100, as "Body and Soul," with the late Amy Winehouse , bows at No. 87. "Body," which previews Bennett's "Duets II," due to storm next week&…

  16. Gucci Mane Still In Custody, Drops Mixtape

    July 06, 2011 12:55 PM EDT When tweets from Gucci Mane 's Twitter account popped up yesterday (July 5), many thought the Atlanta rapper, born Radric Davis, had been released from Fulton County Jail. "My Welcome Home Party unite at Club Onyx [sic]," someone tweeted from Gucci's (@gucci1017) account.…

  17. Brooklyn Band Wins Hornitos & Billboard's Mariachi Mashup Contest

    June 17, 2011 11:10 AM EDT What do mariachi music, a Brooklyn band, premium tequila and 10,000 bucks all have in common? Ask Jon Sandler and The Fancy Band , the winners of Hornitos Premium Tequila's Mariachi Mashup contest. The rules were simple: contestants would choose from five possible songs, transform their…

  18. Arcade Fire, Neil Young, the Weeknd Among Polaris Prize Nominees

    June 16, 2011 4:31 PM EDT Arcade Fire , Neil Young , the Weeknd , Colin Stetson , Ron Sexsmith and Black Mountain are among the 40 artists that made the 2011 Polaris Music Prize long list, revealed today (June 16) at a press conference in Toronto hosted by CBC Radio's Grant Lawrence. The winner will be debated…

  19. Luis Fonsi: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 22, 2011 12:00 PM EDT On a recent Tuesday afternoon, with the strains of his new single, "Gritar" (Shout), playing in the background, Luis Fonsi - the Puerto Rican heartthrob with the plaintive voice and earnest, boy-next-door good looks - stood in front of a video camera in a park in downtown Miami and…

  20. Rapper Young Buck Faces 10 Years in Prison For Firearm Possession

    March 08, 2011 11:39 AM EST Rapper Young Buck is facing up to ten years in jail; he's being charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a .40-caliber pistol and ammunition. In 2004, the former G-Unit member was charged and convicted of stabbing a man at the Vibe Awards in Calif., thus, he can no longer…

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