1. Nashville Remembers Mindy McCready: 'A Fantastic Country Voice'

    February 18, 2013 11:00 PM EST Musicians and industry colleagues share their memories of the late singer. Mindy McCready may have had many problems in the last years of her life, but those in the country music industry who knew her and interacted with her throughout her years in Nashville remember a sweet but strong woman,…

  2. Rihanna, Chris Brown Come Full Circle At 2013 Grammys

    February 11, 2013 8:30 AM EST It's hard to keep your eyes off Rihanna and Chris Brown. And it seems that's exactly the way they want it. The couple has been in the public eye, side-by-side, since the latter part of last year. With each outing -- from their courtside seats at the Lakers vs. Knicks game on…

  3. Cecil Womack of R&B Family Dead at 65

    February 07, 2013 1:35 PM EST Bobby Womack has confirmed the death of his brother and former collaborator, Cecil, who courted controversy over the years and scored an international hit, "Teardrops," in 1988 with the husband-wife duo Womack and Womack. "I was terribly upset when I heard about my brother&…

  4. Whitney Houston's Mom Has Words for Bobby Brown in New Book

    January 29, 2013 9:14 AM EST In "Remembering Whitney," the mother of the late Whitney Houston writes that from the start she had doubted whether Bobby Brown was right for her daughter. And she thinks that Whitney might not have ended up so "deep" into drugs had they not stayed together. "I do…

  5. Bobby Womack Says He Has Alzheimer's

    January 02, 2013 1:05 PM EST "How can I not remember songs that I wrote? That's frustrating," soul legend says Bobby Womack, the soul singer behind such songs as "Lookin' for a Love," says he's been diagnosed with early signs of Alzheimer's. In an interview with the BBC's…

  6. Holiday Season Album Sales Have the No-Buble Blues

    December 28, 2012 8:20 AM EST Without blockbusters like Michael Buble's "Christmas" or Adele's "21, sales were down 10% from last year In the absence of a steady-selling blockbuster title like Adele 's "21" or Michael Buble 's "Christmas," 2012's holiday music…

  7. Fontella Bass, 'Rescue Me' Singer, Dies at 72

    December 27, 2012 12:20 PM EST Fontella Bass, a St. Louis-born soul singer who hit the top of the R&B charts with "Rescue Me" in 1965, has died. The singer's daughter, Neuka Mitchell, says Bass died at a St. Louis hospice Wednesday night of complications from a heart attack suffered three weeks ago. She…

  8. The Business of New Year's Eve Concerts

    December 27, 2012 8:10 AM EST On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music from their favorite artists, whether it's the rare double-billing of Coldplay and Jay-Z at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn or an intimate performance with the Black Keys at the Joint in Las Vegas.…

  9. Marva Whitney, Soul Sister No. 1 in James Brown Revue, Dies at 68

    December 24, 2012 11:20 AM EST Marva Whitney , a fiery voiced funk singer who toured and collaborated with James Brown -- along the way earning the title "Soul Sister #1" -- died on Saturday at age 68, according to a Facebook page dedicated to her. "She left us with a legacy that will shine forever,"…

  10. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 21, 2012 11:05 AM EST Taylor Swift broke a longstanding record on Country Songs, as did Lil Wayne on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, new artists continued to break through. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. Yesterday, we heralded…

  11. 12-12-12: 12 Things You Didn't See At the Sandy Concert

    December 13, 2012 2:40 AM EST Though there was tons to see onstage during the nearly 6-hour 12-12-12 Concert, which benefited the Robin Hood Relief Fund, there was plenty going on backstage amid a frenzy of set changes, rock legends and celebrity guests. Here are 12 highlights from the biggest concert of the year. CONCERT…

  12. Bruno Mars Makes 'Heaven'-ly Ascent To No. 1 On Hot 100

    December 12, 2012 12:45 PM EST The singer ups his total to four Hot 100 leaders faster than any solo male in 48 years. Plus, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj 'Beat' a path to the top 10. Bruno Mars bounds to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" rises 2-1 in its 10th week on the chart…

  13. Jessie Ware Plays U.S. Debut In New York, Talks Meeting Katy Perry

    December 12, 2012 11:30 AM EST Jessie Ware , a 28-year-old U.K. soul singer, may be popping up all over critics' year-end lists for 2012, but her debut U.S. gig at New York's The Box Monday night (Dec. 10) gave a glimpse into why the rest of America will be raving about her well into 2013. Performing an intimate…

  14. Mariah Carey-Led Holiday Songs Chart Returns

    November 29, 2012 3:40 PM EST 'Tis the season for Billboard to resume charting the most popular holiday songs. As the weather outside gets frightful (or at least the lines at the mall…), the Holiday Songs chart makes its annual return to Billboard.com. Like the Billboard Hot 100, but solely for yuletide tracks (of…

  15. Jon Bon Jovi Stands 'Up' for New Movie Songs at Club Gig

    November 21, 2012 2:00 PM EST In the wake of the announcement of an arena and stadium tour in 2013 for his band , Jon Bon Jovi opted for a small club to introduce the two new songs he has in the film "Stand Up Guys." Bon Jovi performed a 40-minute acoustic set Tuesday to about 80 people at the Mint, playing the…

  16. Queensryche Previews Music From First Todd LaTorre-led Album

    November 14, 2012 2:00 PM EST Queensryche today released a teaser trailer for its upcoming album -- its first with new singer Todd LaTorre -- that is expected to arrive next year. The Seattle quintet, which has been together for 30-plus years, is famed for albums like 1988's hard rock concept piece "Operation:…

  17. Pink Rocks Cancer Benefit in Los Angeles

    November 13, 2012 7:10 PM EST Hollywood came together on Monday night to celebrate the many women who battle breast cancer every day. The event, titled "Power of Pink," featured a private performance by the very appropriate guest of honor, P!nk . The edgy pop star proved a perfect fit as the evening's…

  18. Rolling Stones Bringing Party to Brooklyn

    November 12, 2012 2:15 PM EST As exclusively reported by Billboard back in August, the Rolling Stones will play a date at Brooklyn's Barclays Center next month -- and it's the opening U.S. date of the group's "50 and Counting" celebration. The show will take place on Saturday, December 8, with…

  19. Major Harris of the Delfonics Dead at 65

    November 10, 2012 9:45 PM EST Major Harris, a former member of the "Philadelphia sound" group the Delfonics who had his own 1975 hit "Love Won't Let Me Wait," died Friday from congestive heart and lung failure. He was 65. The Richmond native grew up in a musical family. His father was a guitarist…

  20. Rolling Stones Q&A: 'This Juggernaut Is Almost Unstoppable'

    November 09, 2012 8:00 AM EST Mick, Keith Talk Reunion Shows, Arm-and-a-Leg Tickets and Plans for '13 The first floor of London's Dorchester Hotel is crowded with security men, management staff and press assistants, all moving between various suites. Little sensing the comedy value, they dart through one door…

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