1. Trial of Former 'X Factor U.K.' Judge Tulisa Contostavlos Nixed Over Lying Claims

    July 22, 2014 4:44 AM EDT The drug trial of a former British "X Factor" judge collapsed on Monday after the judge said the star prosecution witness, an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh," had lied under oath. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun on Sunday tabloid reported last year it had…

  2. Jordan Anderson on Finding Her Way in Nashville

    July 16, 2014 7:13 PM EDT When you hear the heartfelt lyrics of Jordan Anderson's latest single, "American Dream," keep in mind that it is her real life she’s singing about — word for word.  "I wrote it with James Dean Hicks in Nashville. It was an awesome experience. It's about my journey…

  3. The Gym Playlist: Black Kent, Izu & More!

    June 23, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Spotify and The Echo Nest searched through their 24 million users and over one-and-a half-billion playlists -- and here is what you are listening to at the gym, whether climbing infinite stairs or smoothing out on the elliptical. See the complete gym playlist below! Running Playlist  | …

  4. Chart Highlights: Trey Songz Tops Rhythmic Songs With 'Na Na'

    May 12, 2014 8:35 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader on the list. Plus, new No. 1s for Avicii, the Black Keys, Thomas Rhett and more 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…

  5. Peaches Geldof's Death: Heroin Played A Role, Authorities Confirm

    May 01, 2014 11:59 PM EDT Heroin likely played a role in the death of British model and television personality Peaches Geldof, authorities said Thursday. Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate told an inquest into the death of the second daughter of Live Aid…

  6. Peaches Geldof Funeral Draws Famous Mourners

    April 22, 2014 6:14 AM EDT   Former Rolling Stones member Bill Wyman, Sarah Ferguson and musician and BBC music show host Jools Holland were among the mourners at Peaches Geldof's funeral on Monday. The ceremony was held on Easter Monday at lunchtime at the same church in Kent, England where the daughter of Bob…

  7. 615 Spotlight: Mary Sarah Builds 'Bridges' With Country Icons (Song Premiere)

    April 16, 2014 5:17 PM EDT The Texas teen on collaborating with Ray Price, Dolly Parton, the Oak Ridge Boys and others on her upcoming album Texas-based performer Mary Sarah grew up with the "Opry." She would listen to the WSM radio show from time to time, but also that's where she honed her skills on…

  8. Peaches Geldof's Autopsy Is Inconclusive

    April 09, 2014 10:33 AM EDT An autopsy on Peaches Geldof was inconclusive and toxicology tests will be conducted in an attempt to determine what killed the 25-year-old celebrity, police said Wednesday. Geldof was pronounced dead by paramedics at her home in southeast England on Monday. Peaches Geldof, Daughter of Bob…

  9. Peaches Geldof, Model and Daughter of Bob Geldof, Dead at 25

    April 07, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Peaches Geldof, a British model, writer and TV personality, and the second daughter of Irish singer-songwriter Bob Geldof, died Monday afternoon at her home in South East England. She was 25. Police responded to Geldof's home in Kent on Monday after receiving a distress call and she was…

  10. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  11. Three Arrested In Connection with Stolen $5m Stradivarius Violin

    February 06, 2014 2:16 AM EST Violin virtuoso Frank Almond was walking to his car after an evening performance at the Wisconsin Lutheran College when someone jumped out of a van, shocked him with a stun gun and seized the rare and extremely valuable Stradivarius on loan to him. The robber got back into the waiting vehicle…

  12. Kris Kristofferson, Beatles Honored at Special Merit Awards Ceremony

    January 26, 2014 1:19 PM EST The unofficial theme for the Recording Academy's laughter-filled Special Merit Awards ceremony could easily have been old friends. When Ringo Starr and Kris Kristofferson ran into each other on the red carpet Saturday, they bear-hugged it out. "I'm just going to hug you first,…

  13. Katy Perry Announces 'Prismatic' North American Tour Dates

    January 15, 2014 2:52 PM EST Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Tegan and Sara to serve as opening acts. Two months after Katy Perry announced the initial dates of her international PRISMATIC tour, the pop superstar has revealed her full North America itinerary. Perry will kick off the run on June 22 in Raleigh, N…

  14. Jon Pardi Keeps Country's Good Times Rolling With 'Up All Night'

    December 06, 2013 11:45 AM EST Earlier this year, after his first single, "Missin' You Crazy," fizzled out at No. 25 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, developing Capitol Nashville singer/songwriter Jon Pardi went to Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN) chairman/CEO Mike Dungan with a big question.…

  15. 615 Spotlight: John David Kent Puts Twist on Texas Sound With New Album

    November 27, 2013 4:43 PM EST John David Kent has been making a name for himself on the Texas music circuit for the past few years. Now, with the release of his new album "Before The Sun Comes Up," he says he's more excited than ever. "The fans are wanting some new songs, and the band wants to play…

  16. Chart Highlights: Colbie Caillat Returns With 'Hold On'; Volbeat Victorious At Rock

    November 25, 2013 7:30 PM EST The singer/songwriter debuts on Adult Pop Songs with the first single from her next album 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…

  17. Blood Orange Brings 'Cupid Deluxe' to Life In Brooklyn

    November 16, 2013 12:00 PM EST Rare performance of new album included guests like Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, Chairlift's Caroline Polachek, and Queens rapper Despot. An elbow-to-elbow crowd at Brooklyn's tiny 285 Kent watched Blood Orange's fantastic new album "Cupid Deluxe" come to…

  18. 615 Spotlight: Hannah Bethel Enjoys Her 'Freedom' on New EP

    November 06, 2013 6:45 PM EST With the holidays just around the corner, Hannah Bethel remembers her very first public performance. It was Amy Grant's classic "Tennessee Christmas."  "That was my very first solo when I was in fourth grade," she recalled to Billboard. "I had cowboy boots on,…

  19. Julie Roberts, 'Good Wine & Bad Decisions': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 22, 2013 11:24 AM EDT Julie Roberts is very excited about her new label affiliation - next Tuesday (October 29), she releases "Good Wine And Bad Decisions," her first album under a new recording agreement with Sun Records. Billboard is excited to present an exclusive stream of the album a week…

  20. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

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