1. Nicki Minaj Performs 'Super Bass' With YouTube Star Sophia Grace: Watch

    October 12, 2011 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 After announcing the nominations for the 2011 American Music Awards with Pitbull yesterday (Oct. 11), Nicki Minaj stopped by "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to surprise budding YouTube stars Sophia Grace Brownlee, age 8, and her cousin, Rosie, ...

  2. Adele Leads American Music Awards Nominations

    October 11, 2011 3:51 PM EDT In the first development of many expected awards-show sweeps this year, Adele led the nominations of the 39th annual American Music Awards, which were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 11). The singer-songwriter -- whose sophomore album, & ...

  3. Adele Leads American Music Awards Nominations

    October 11, 2011 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the first development of many expected awards-show sweeps this year, Adele led the nominations of the 39th annual American Music Awards, which were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 11). The singer-songwriter -- whose sophomore album, &qu ...

  4. Taylor Swift Named Billboard Woman of the Year

    October 11, 2011 11:22 AM EDT Taylor Swift, the biggest selling album artist over the past 12 months, is Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year. Taylor Swift, the four-time Grammy winner and biggest selling albums artist in any genre for the past 12 months, has been chosen to ...

  5. Hunter Hayes 'Storm's Billboard's Country Songs Chart

    October 11, 2011 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 H unter Hayes ' music career was born not long after he was. "By the time I was almost two, I was picking up everything and making an instrument out of it," the Beaux Bridge, La., native recalls. "My grandmother gave me a toy acc ...

  6. Taylor Swift Named Billboard Woman of the Year

    October 11, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift , the four-time Grammy winner and biggest selling albums artist in any genre for the past 12 months, has been chosen to receive the coveted Woman of the Year Award at the 2011 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 2 in New York City. T ...

  7. Paris Fashion Week Roundup

    October 07, 2011 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The sun has set on Spring/Summer 2012 fashion weeks. Luxury and art was abound during this week of fashion in Paris and blossomed in the most decadent and pomp infused ways. Where else would you come across an all white carousel spinning with Louis ...

  8. Lady Gaga Announces 'Monster Ball' DVD, 'Born This Way' Remix Album

    October 07, 2011 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last month, Taylor Swift announced the Nov. 21 release of "Speak Now World Tour - Live," a live Blu-Ray/DVD set that chronicles her most recent blockbuster tour. On Friday (Oct. 7), Lady Gaga announced a live Blu-Ray/DVD release that chron ...

  9. Taylor Swift Sparks a Craze Over a Christian Siriano Gown

    October 05, 2011 4:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift not only knows her way around a mic, but knows how to work it out in haute designer attire. The songstress recently caught the attention of many in her Wonderstruck fragrance campaign, in which she wears a dress from Christian Siriano&# ...

  10. Video: Natasha Bedingfield Confirms CMAs Performance with Rascal Flatts

    October 04, 2011 10:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Natasha Bedingfield may be best known for pop hits like "Pocketful of Sunshine," "Unwritten" and "These Words," but the British singer-songwriter has most recently been promoting "Easy," her duet with Rascal F ...

  11. Taylor Swift & T.I. Duet 'Live Your Life' in Atlanta: Video

    October 03, 2011 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 T.I. joined Taylor Swift in a surprise duet at her concert in Atlanta. Toward the end of Swift's set on Sunday night, she introduced T.I. by singing the opening chorus of his hit song "Live Your Life." The packed house at Philips Aren ...

  12. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Kelly Rich

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 29 Kelly Rich VP of sales, marketing and interactive, Big Machine Label Group Website: Bigmachinemusic.com Twitter: @Kkrich12 As VP of sales, marketing and interactive at Big Machine Label Group, Kelly Rich is a key member of the team that hel ...

  13. Hot Tours: Taylor Swift, Elton John, Jason Aldean

    September 30, 2011 3:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift 's Speak Now World Tour tops the latest Hot Tours ranking with $9.7 million in ticket sales from 10 sold out shows at arenas in seven North American markets. The first of the reported venues was HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. wher ...

  14. Go 'Papi': Jennifer Lopez's Busy Week Pays Off on Social 50 Chart

    September 29, 2011 11:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jennifer Lopez leaps into the top 30 of Billboard's Social 50 chart, climbing 38-29, thanks to buzz generated by her TV commercial with Fiat, a new music video, and a red-hot performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. During ESPN's &qu ...

  15. Tony Bennett, 85, Achieves First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 28, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary pop singer Tony Bennett achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Duets II," making the 85-year old the oldest living act to reach No. 1. His all-star collaborations album bows in the top slot with 179,000 sold in ...

  16. Tony Bennett Becomes Oldest Living Artist to Top Billboard 200

    September 28, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Legendary pop singer Tony Bennett achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Duets II," making the 85-year-old the oldest living act to reach No. 1. His all-star collaborations album bows in the top slot with 179,000 sold ...

  17. Scott Borchetta Talks Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift @ iHeartRadio Fest (Video)

    September 27, 2011 3:00 PM EDT While artists like Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas grabbed the headlines, country music played a key part of the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, which featured performances by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts last w ...

  18. 21 Under 21: Justin Bieber (2011)

    September 27, 2011 11:53 AM EDT 0 0 0 No. 1. Justin Bieber Birthdate: March 1, 1994 (age 17) Rank Last Year: No. 2 Why He's Hot: Any way you slice it, Justin Bieber is at the top of the underage set, and in 2011 he gracefully takes our 21 Under 21 crown from now-21-year-old Taylor ...

  19. Video: Nicki Minaj Big-Ups Taylor Swift at iHeartRadio Fest

    September 26, 2011 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 While Lady Gaga , Jennifer Lopez and Kenny Chesney all brought their A-game to the iHeartRadio Music Festival on Saturday (Sept. 24), Nicki Minaj 's colorful, predictably manic performance of her smash single "Super Bass" served as on ...

  20. Video: Carrie Underwood Gives Album Update at iHeartRadio Music Fest

    September 24, 2011 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 With her focus on finishing her fourth album, recording some killer duets and co-hosting the CMA Awards for the fourth year in a row, Carrie Underwood hasn't had many opportunities to perform live in 2011. However, the country star tells Billbo ...

  21. Taylor Swift Announces 'Speak Now' Live CD/DVD

    September 21, 2011 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift fanatics who couldn't make it out to her Speak Now world tour this year are in luck: the country star has announced the release of "Speak Now World Tour - Live," a CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray set hitting stores on Nov. 21 throu ...

  22. Lady Antebellum 'Own' the Billboard 200 With Second No. 1 Album

    September 21, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As expected, country trio Lady Antebellum nets its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Own the Night" debuts in the top slot, selling 347,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The launch marks the biggest sales week for an albu ...

  23. Lady Antebellum Lands Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    September 21, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As expected , country trio Lady Antebellum nets its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Own the Night" debuts in the top slot, selling 347,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The launch marks the biggest sales week for an album ...

  24. Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley Performing at CMA Awards

    September 20, 2011 12:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 All five country music stars nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the 2011 CMA Awards will perform at the November ceremony, the Country Music Association announced on Tuesday (Sept. 20). Taylor Swift , Jason Aldean , Blake Shelton , Keith Urban ...

  25. Needtobreathe 'Want to Be an Important Band'

    September 18, 2011 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "The title just says it," Needtobreathe lead vocalist Bear Rinehart says of his band's new album, "The Reckoning," due Sept. 20 on Atlantic. "We want to be an important band. We want to be a band that people believe in ...

  26. Queen Rocks Billboard's Social 50 Chart on Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday

    September 15, 2011 5:33 PM EDT Queen rocks Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 15 on the tally, following buzz generated by what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday on Sept. 5. On the band's official YouTube channel, 17 videos ran to commemor ...

  27. Queen Rocks Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    September 15, 2011 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Queen rocks Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 15 on the tally, following buzz generated by what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday on Sept. 5. On the band's official YouTube channel, 17 videos ran to commemorat ...

  28. Fashion Week: Beyonce and Solange Take in Some Metallic Bondage Looks

    September 14, 2011 1:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fashion Week continues to heat up with a blend of bondage gear and underwater creations. From the gold metallic S&M gear at Hervé Léger to the delicate sea creations of Marchesa, Spring 2012 will be a time of blossoming fantasy. Another hot, une ...

  29. George Strait Lands Top Debut on Billboard 200, Beatles' 1' Re-enters Top 5

    September 14, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne 's "Tha Carter IV" easily holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, as it sells another 219,000 (down 77%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It arrived atop the list with 964,000 last week -- 2011 ...

  30. Hot Tours: Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, American Idol

    September 13, 2011 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ranking No. 1 on this week's Hot Tours recap is country superstar Kenny Chesney who takes the top spot in the weekly rankings for the third time since launching the Goin' Coastal Tour back in March. This week's top ranking is based on ...

  31. Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton Top 2011 CMA Award Nominations

    September 06, 2011 11:07 AM EDT Topping the list of final nominees for the 45th Annual CMA Awards announced today are Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift who each received five nominations. All were nominated for Entertainer of the Year honors along with ...

  32. Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stream Sends Them to Social 50 Top 10

    September 01, 2011 3:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the top 10 of Billboard's Social 50 chart thanks to buzz generated by an iTunes stream of its new album "I'm With You" and pre-release hype of the set, which was released Aug. 30. Last week, the band bla ...

  33. Billboard Bits: 'Punk'd' Returns With Bieber Pranking Swift, Beach Boys 'Smile' Gets Release Date

    August 30, 2011 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Punk'd' Returns With Justin Bieber Pranking Taylor Swift MTV's revamped and reincarnated prank show "Punk'd" is back, and instead of A ...

  34. Taylor Swift Brings Out Nicki Minaj for 'Super Bass' Duet: Video

    August 29, 2011 11:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hours after accepting the MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video on Sunday night (Aug. 28), Nicki Minaj crashed Taylor Swift 's concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to perform the song that won her the award, "Super Bass,&quo ...

  35. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Has In-Home Club, Neutral Milk Hotel Boxset On the Way

    August 26, 2011 4:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Never Actually Goes Clubbing, Has Her Own Club At Home Despite always singing about going to the club, Britney Spears said in an interview with PopJustice, ...

  36. No Host at MTV VMAs Looks Like a Plan B

    August 25, 2011 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The last time MTV presented its Video Music Awards without a host they had the allure of a bizarre experiment in Las Vegas to pull in viewers. It was not just no host, there was no central stage, just a lot hopping between hotel rooms. Visually it w ...

  37. Lil Wayne Logs Hot 100's Biggest Bow, Katy Perry Still No. 1

    August 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Katy Perry remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," her historic fifth No. 1 from her album "Teenage Dream," while Lil Wayne leaps onto the survey at No. 3 with the latest single f ...

  38. Justin Bieber Crashes Taylor Swift's L.A. Concert: Video

    August 24, 2011 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Justin Bieber made a surprise appearance Tuesday at the first of Taylor Swift 's four sold-out shows at Staples Center. Bieber and four dancers took to the stage about two-thirds of the way through Swifts two-hour-plus concert, accompanied by f ...

  39. Hot Tours: Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney

    August 19, 2011 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Paul McCartney tops the weekly list of Hot Tours with ticket sales totals from his On The Run Tour that made a brief jaunt through five North American markets during July and August. This week's sum, reported by AEG Live promoter Concerts West, ...

  40. Billboard Bits: Nirvana Bassist To Throw 'Nevermind' Show, T-Swift Song Hits 'True Blood'

    August 18, 2011 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Nirvana Bassist to Perform 'Nevermind' for Album's 20th Anniversary Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is planning a Seattle tribute concert on September 20 t ...

  41. Taylor Swift Rockets Up Social 50 With 'Sparks Fly' Video (Watch)

    August 18, 2011 5:40 PM EDT The debut of Taylor Swift's video for her single "Sparks Fly" and a bevy of Teen Choice Awards wins for the singer push her up the Social 50 tally this week. The country/pop superstar zooms 19-10 following "Sparks'" a ...

  42. Taylor Swift Rockets Up Social 50 Chart After 'Sparks Fly' Video Debut

    August 18, 2011 3:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 The debut of Taylor Swift 's video for her single "Sparks Fly" and a bevy of Teen Choice Awards wins for the singer push her up the Social 50 tally this week. The country/pop superstar zooms 19-10 following "Sparks'" ar ...

  43. Uncle Kracker Can't Classify New Album: 'Put It In the Super Fun Section'

    August 16, 2011 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Uncle Kracker gets "greasy and fun" on his fifth studio album, "Postcards From Home," which he plans to release in early 2012 after putting out a first single this fall. "I don't know how to describe it, to be honest wi ...

  44. Hot Tours: 'Glee' Live, Sade, Taylor Swift

    August 12, 2011 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Glee Live! In Concert! reigns as the week's No. 1 Hot Tour based on box office grosses reported for the summer concert outing which features the cast of the popular Fox television show. The tour kicked off its North American trek on May 21 at M ...

  45. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Dirty Dancing,' Miranda Lambert, Drake

    August 12, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 'DIRTY DANCING' ON THE CHARTS: When news broke this week about how the 1987 hit film "Dirty Dancing" was being remade, we were immediately reminded about what a phenomenon its soundtrack was on Billboard's charts. The movie ...

  46. Ten Lessons From Louie: Advice From Messina Group Founder Louie Messina

    August 10, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Louie Messina, founder of The Messina Group. Photograph by Matt Furman for Billboard. Louis Messina is one of the nation's most successful concert promoters, and his storied career reflects the evolution of the live music industry over four d ...

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