1. 'Jurassic Park' Theme Hits No. 1 for First Time

    June 18, 2015 11:45 AM EDT It's a 'Jurassic' world, with John Williams' classic 1993 instrumental a No. 1 hit at last. The song, uh … found a way. Twenty-two years after its arrival, John Williams' "Jurassic Park Theme," originally released (as a now-essentially extinct cassette and…

  2. 'Jurassic Park' Theme Is Finally a Top 10 Hit

    June 11, 2015 2:28 PM EDT Far from extinct, John Williams' classic 1993 instrumental gains amid buzz of the new "Jurassic World." With major pop-culture buzz surrounding Friday's box-office opening of Jurassic World , the dinosaur-driven film franchise's classic theme song roars to new heights…

  3. John Williams Not Scoring Steven Spielberg Film for First Time in 30 Years

    March 20, 2015 1:50 AM EDT For the first time since 1985's The Color Purple , John Williams will not be scoring a Steven Spielberg movie. DreamWorks Pictures has revealed that Bridge of Spies is the title of Spielberg's upcoming Cold War thriller, due out Oct. 16, but also announced that his 83-year-old…

  4. Watch: John Williams’ Iconic Score Returns in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Teaser Trailer

    November 28, 2014 12:24 PM EST The first trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser finally arrived Friday morning (Nov. 28). The highly energized teaser opens with a shot of a desert landscape and an ominous voice asking, "There has been an awakening -- have you felt it? The dark side and the…

  5. Olympic Hits: Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 07, 2014 10:05 AM EST Just as Olympic athletes have won over the years, so, too, have musical acts on Billboard charts thanks to the Games As the Olympics reclaim the world's sports spotlight in Sochi, Russia, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (Sticking only to…

  6. 'Star Wars' Theme Named Favorite Movie Soundtrack

    September 30, 2013 1:08 AM EDT The Star Wars theme has been named Britain's favorite movie soundtrack in a BBC poll. "With almost a quarter of the audience votes, John Williams’ 'Star Wars Theme' topped a list that spans 64 years of cinema soundtrack history," the BBC said. "Williams'…

  7. John Williams Onboard As Composer For 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

    July 29, 2013 12:37 AM EDT It's official: the latest chapter of Star Wars will be scored by John Williams. The composer, who has crafted the score for all six titles in the space opera saga, was confirmed to be joining J.J. Abrams' Episode VII by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy on Saturday at a Star…

  8. Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow Lead 'Capitol Fourth' Celebrations in DC

    July 05, 2013 1:16 AM EDT Thousands of Americans flocked to the National Mall to celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks display, performances by Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow and selections from the "Lincoln" score played by the National Symphony Orchestra. 20 Awesome 'America' Songs…

  9. Director J.J. Abrams Says John Williams Likely to Score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

    May 01, 2013 12:17 AM EDT J.J. Abrams is getting his ducks in a row as he readies to direct the next installment of Disney's Star Wars. During a press conference in Berlin for "Star Trek Into Darkness" on Monday, Abrams skirted questions about his anticipated next directorial effort. But when the…

  10. Adele, Taylor Swift Nominated for Golden Globes

    December 13, 2012 11:05 AM EST Jon Bon Jovi and Keith Urban Also Up for Original Song; For TV, 'Nashville' Scores Two Nods Two of the biggest female artists in music will compete for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes next year, with Adele 's Bond track "Skyfall" squaring off against Taylor…

  11. Nas Bows at No. 1 with 'Life is Good'

    July 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Hip-hop veteran Nas achieves his sixth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Life Is Good" bows with 149,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That surpasses initial forecasts for the set by industry prognosticators, which had pegged it to begin with around 125,000. Nas…

  12. Phillip Phillips To Make Post-Surgery Debut at July Fourth Show

    June 18, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The newest 'American Idol' champ says he's 'getting better each day' America will get to hear from its newest "American Idol" at this year's July Fourth celebration on the National Mall as Phillip Phillips makes his comeback performance following kidney…

  13. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 26, 2012 11:50 PM EST Ludovic Bource's Music for 'The Artist' Takes Best Original Score The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original song trophy at the 84th Annual Academy Awards…

  14. Super Bowl Theme Music, Meet Dubstep

    January 27, 2012 7:00 AM EST The Giants and the Patriots will meet on the field at Super Bowl XLVI, but when NBC goes to commercial, John Williams will meet dubstep and other modern music styles. Intending to reflect the epic nature of this NFL championship, a rematch of the 2008 Super Bowl, NBC commissioned composer…

  15. Oscar Analysis: What Happened to Best Original Song?

    January 24, 2012 11:10 AM EST The convoluted system to select nominees for the Best Original Song Oscar, altered in 2009 when the Academy raised the number of best picture nominees to 10, came back to haunt the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday (Jan. 24). Oscar Nominations Announced: 'The Artist…

  16. Oscar Nominations Announced: 'The Artist,' 'Tintin,' 'Hugo' Up For Best Score

    January 24, 2012 9:25 AM EST Nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning (Jan. 24), and while "The Artist," "The Descendants," and "The Help" all got their expected due, this year's music nominations were a bit more surprising. This year's Best…

  17. What's on Harry Potter's iPod?

    July 13, 2011 5:00 PM EDT With the stateside debut of the final "Harry Potter" film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," this Friday (July 15), HP fanatics are asking themselves, "What do we do now?" As for us here at Billboard.com, after sitting through seven (and soon to be…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: John Lennon, Taylor Swift, 'Glee'

    October 14, 2010 7:36 PM EDT LENNON LEGEND: Capitol Records' celebration of what would have been John Lennon 's 70th birthday Oct. 9 brings the party to both the Billboard 200 and Top Pop Catalog Albums. Eight of Lennon's classic solo albums were remastered and reissued last week (Oct. 5), while a new…

  19. Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 16, 2010 4:35 PM EST As the Olympics reclaim the sporting world's spotlight, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (We'll leave out any songs by the R&B band known as the Olympics , "Snow (Hey Oh)" by Red Hot Chili Peppers and "What Would Brian…

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: Multi-Format Diva Domination

    November 12, 2009 5:31 PM EST CARRIE: Carrie Underwood 's third album "Play On" opens atop the Billboard 200 and Country Albums. The set is her second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, following 2007's "Carnival Ride." Her first release, "Some Hearts," debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2005.…

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