1. Ask Billboard: Lead vs. Featured Artists: Who Has the Most Hot 100 Hits?

    July 12, 2015 9:05 AM EDT As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, tweet @gthot20 LEAD VS. FEATURED ARTISTS: WHO HAS THE MOST HOT 100 HITS?…

  2. B.B. King's Autobiography Co-Author Remembers His Humility and Lasting Legacy: 'He's Among the Most Decent Human Beings' (Exclusive)

    May 22, 2015 11:58 AM EDT The co-author of the blues legend's acclaimed autobiography recounts their first meeting at a spa (seriously!), as he grew to admire the musician's striking graciousness, humility and humor. I n the early 1990s I was working with Etta James on her memoir when she invited me…

  3. Glam Rock Giant Alvin Stardust Dies at 72

    October 24, 2014 2:37 AM EDT British glam rocker Alvin Stardust , one of the biggest pop stars of his era, has died at the age of 72. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.  Stardust, born Bernard Jewry on Sept. 27, 1942 in London, enjoyed a long line of top 10 hits in the ‘70s and early ‘80s,…

  4. Why Big Artists Are Banking on Year-End Covers Albums

    October 07, 2014 2:53 PM EDT Aretha, Streisand, Manilow and more are banking on old favorites this holiday season. On deck for the fourth quarter: a virtual avalanche of all-covers albums. From the divas (see chart, below) to the showmen ( Barry Manilow ’s My Dream Duets , out Sept. 16), rock radio vets ( Bryan Adams ’…

  5. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorite Beatles Songs?

    February 06, 2014 10:05 AM EST As we approach the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. arrival, 'Ask Billboard' asks you to choose your favorite Fab songs, covers and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  6. Bluesman Eric 'Guitar' Davis Murdered

    December 20, 2013 1:55 AM EST Blues guitarist Eric "Guitar" Davis, son of drumming great Bobby “Top Hat” Davis, was killed early Thursday morning in a double-shooting in Chicago’s South Side. He was 41. He was found behind the wheel of a car and was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:07 a.m., the Chicago…

  7. Ray Charles Gets Postal Service Stamp

    September 23, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The U.S. Postal Service is planning to add soul singer Ray Charles to its "Music Icons Forever" stamp series. Postal officials say the agency is releasing a stamp featuring the Albany, Ga., native on Monday along with one of the artist's previously unreleased songs. The…

  8. Phillip Phillips: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 07, 2013 5:00 PM EST The 'Home' star has turned the top-selling coronation song in "American Idol" history into a gold album During the final week of 2012, the most recent "American Idol" champion, Phillip Phillips , saw his debut album cross the half-million sold mark. It occurred…

  9. 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…

  10. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift 'Red' Hot on Hot 100

    November 02, 2012 6:45 PM EDT The lady and 'Red': Swift matches Madonna and Dionne Warwick for another impressive piece of Hot 100 history. With her latest batch of new material, Taylor Swift ties the Material Girl, and Dionne Warwick, for the second-most appearances among women in the Billboard Hot 100 's…

  11. Lil Wayne Passes An All-Time Elvis Presley Hot 100 Mark

    September 27, 2012 5:00 AM EDT The rapper tops the King of Rock and Roll's mark for the most Hot 100 appearances among solo acts. Presley, however, maintains a wide lead for the most entries among all artists as a lead solo act. He'll always be the King of Rock and Roll, but w hen it comes to the artist with the…

  12. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Crooner, Dies

    September 26, 2012 10:05 AM EDT With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't there," the singer once…

  13. 'Glee' Cast Notches 200th Hit on Hot 100

    April 18, 2012 3:15 PM EDT The Fox TV troupe has blasted to the record-extending milestone in less than three years. With two more debuts this week, the cast of Fox's "Glee" ups its total of career charted songs on the Billboard Hot 100 to a milestone 200 titles. Amazingly, the TV troupe has reached the…

  14. Friday Flashback: Remembering Cindy Walker

    March 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT With the lone exception of Dolly Parton, it could be said that Cindy Walker was possibly the finest female songwriter in the history of country music. One of the more prolific writers in the format's history, she composed such classics as "Distant Drums" for Jim Reeves and …

  15. Class Notes: Country Hall of Fame Gets It Right

    March 07, 2012 1:49 PM EST When it comes to his place in the modern era of country music, Garth Brooks has no peers. After all, who has sold more records or concert tickets during his time in the spotlight? When it comes to female country performers, it could be argued that Connie Smith has few peers as well. Dolly…

  16. 'Drift Away' Singer Dobie Gray Dies

    December 07, 2011 11:40 AM EST Soul-pop singer Dobie Gray , who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song "Drift Away," has died. The news came on the evening of Dec. 6 via his official website, although no cause of death was listed. He was 71 Born near Houston in 1940 to a family of sharecroppers, Gray, whose real…

  17. Kanye West Shrugs Off Album of the Year Grammy Snub at Concert

    December 02, 2011 5:25 PM EST Of all the surprising results at the Grammy Nominations Concert on Wednesday night (Nov. 30), none were quite as head-scratching as the omission of Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- the most critically acclaimed album of 2010 -- from the Albums of the Year…

  18. Spotlight On Eruption Music Group

    November 11, 2011 2:57 PM EST Chart Article An Indie Ignites Eruption Music Group takes DIY path to launch diverse new roster. Dream loud. It's the slogan of Eruption Music Group and words to live by for company CEO/artist Marco Bosco and his partner, president/co-founder Aaron J. Braunstein. After Bosco's deal…

  19. R. Kelly Autobiography Due in Spring 2012

    November 09, 2011 7:23 PM EST R. Kelly fans waiting to ride the "Soula Coaster" will have to wait a few more months. The R&B singer's autobiography, "Soula Coaster: The Diary of Me," is due in "spring 2012," a representative for publishing house SmileyBooks told the Village Voice on…

  20. Ask Billboard: Christmas in October? Never Say Never

    October 29, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CHRISTMAS IN…

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