1. Musicians React to Death of Producer Phil Ramone

    March 30, 2013 7:46 PM EDT Tony Bennett, John Legend, Josh Groban and many other artists paid tribute on social media. Remembering Phil Ramone • Musicians react to Ramone's death on twitter • Ramone looks back on legendary career in 1996 Billboard interview • Ramone remembered by Streisand, Wonder and more…

  2. Legendary Producer Phil Ramone Dies at Age 79

    March 30, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a career that stretched back to the early 1960s --…

  3. Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Jennifer Hudson Attend Amy Winehouse Tribute

    March 22, 2013 5:00 AM EDT Tony Bennett doesn't think Amy Winehouse's life was tragic. He believes the singer who died at age 27 lived a complete life because she was able to achieve her goal: becoming a respected musician. "Her dream was to become famous and a beautiful singer and she accomplished…

  4. Tony Bennett 'Can't Wait' to Cut Album With Lady Gaga

    March 22, 2013 4:52 AM EDT They haven't hit the studio yet, but Tony Bennett says he "can't wait" to record his next album with Lady Gaga. The 86-year-old says in an interview Thursday that he and the pop star will record "a big swing album." He says "we have it all worked out…

  5. 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…

  6. Phil Ramone in Critical Care at NYC Hospital

    March 01, 2013 11:23 AM EST Award-winning music producer Phil Ramone has been hospitalized in New York City, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 72-year-old suffered an aortic aneurysm and is in critical care. Ramone is best known for his work with such top-tier vocalists and songwriters as Tony Bennett, Aretha…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Baauer Continues The 'Harlem' Hit Parade

    February 22, 2013 7:05 PM EST While Baauer's new Hot 100 leader, the viral 'Harlem Shake,' encapsulates the Hot 100's evolution to include YouTube data, the New York neighborhood has a rich chart history. Baauer's "Harlem Shake" soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 this week, as…

  8. Grammy Album of the Year: How Much Does Being a Billboard No. 1 Help?

    February 11, 2013 2:39 AM EST Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' is the 37th Billboard chart-topper to win Grammys' top prize The Grammys are based on quality, not quantity. So artistic merit trumps sales and fan popularity. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, but is it possible to make an informed…

  9. Bruce Springsteen's MusiCares Tribute: Sting, Neil Young to Honor The Boss

    January 02, 2013 10:05 AM EST Other Artists to Perform at Grammy Week Event Include Kenny Chesney, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith; Jon Stewart to Host Bruce Springsteen will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy week with a tribute event featuring performances by some of the biggest names in music,…

  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. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 1

    December 20, 2012 11:35 AM EST Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. Today: January through June. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. We'll start with highlights…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna Mines A Gem Of A Hit With 'Diamonds'

    November 24, 2012 11:05 AM EST RiRi registers the latest rock-era-appropriate chart-topping title. Rihanna is giving new meaning to the term "rock era." As "Diamonds" reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100 , the song joins the list of geologically-inclined No. 1s in the chart's 54-year history. …

  13. Meek Mill & Rod Stewart Albums Headed for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 03, 2012 9:00 AM EDT As previously reported, rapper Meek Mill and pop veteran Rod Stewart are both aiming for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest that the former's "Dreams & Nightmares" is on course to sell between 170,000 to 185,000 by the end of…

  14. Kendrick Lamar Debuts at No. 2 as Taylor Swift's 'Red' Tops Billboard 200

    October 31, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Tony Bennett, Gary Clark Jr., Stone Sour and Lady Antebellum also debut in the Top 10 of this week's chart. As earlier reported , Taylor Swift's "Red" album explodes at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 1.208 million copies in its first week according to Nielsen…

  15. Lady Gaga Jazz Album Will 'Reaffirm She's One of the Best,' Says Tony Bennett

    October 29, 2012 12:10 PM EDT As if a new album ("Viva Duets"), book ("Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett") and a movie also titled "The Zen of Bennett" aren't enough, Tony Bennett already has his next project in motion -- a jazz album with Lady Gaga . Bennett, who recorded "The…

  16. Updated Projections: Taylor Swift To Launch Atop Billboard 200 With 'Red'

    October 27, 2012 9:45 AM EDT As previously reported, Taylor Swift is charging toward a million-unit sales week and a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with her fourth album, "Red." Industry sources still peg final week sales (which run through Sunday, Oct. 28) at around the 1.1 million mark,…

  17. Vicente Fernandez Has 'Small Lump' on Liver, Cancels Shows

    October 26, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Iconic Mexican Singer, Featured on Tony Bennett's New Duets Album, Undergoes More Testing Vicente Fernández , the iconic Mexican singer known for his popular ranchera songs, has canceled two early November shows in Mexico due to issues with his liver, according to a representative with…

  18. Taylor Swift Ready To Paint Billboard 200 'Red,' Kendrick Lamar Heading For No. 2

    October 24, 2012 8:09 PM EDT As reported yesterday, Taylor Swift 's "Red" is trending toward a million-plus sales week and a non-surprising Billboard 200 No. 1 debut, as industry sources seem certain that the title will eclipse the seven-figure sales threshold. Indications are that "Red" will…

  19. Captain Barkey, Jamaican Dancehall Artist, Fatally Shot in Bronx

    October 17, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Captain Barkey, a veteran Jamaican dancehall deejay, was fatally shot in front of a Bronx motel in the early morning hours on Saturday (Oct. 13). Best known for the mid '90s No. 1 dancehall hits "Go Go Wine" and "Bun Fi Bun," his sound was characterized by quick paced…

  20. Tony Bennett & Christina Aguilera Duet on 'Steppin' Out With My Baby': Listen

    October 16, 2012 3:40 PM EDT Tony Bennett and Christina Aguilera have teamed up on a classic, "Steppin' Out With My Baby," in preparation for his latest collaboration collection, "Viva Duets." Listen below. Bennett has made a career out of recording and re-recording standards, and in recent years…

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