1. Weekly Chart Notes: Maroon 5, Gotye, Flo Rida

    April 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa connect to Hot 100 history through 'Payphone.' M aroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa teaming up on "Payphone" turned out to be a good call. As the pop/rock band and rapper roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3, the song ties with two others for the highest…

  2. Dean Martin Renaissance On Deck with New CD, DVD, Book Launches

    March 21, 2011 2:42 PM EDT Hoping to extend the renaissance of Dean Martin that has occurred over the last five years, a collection of DVDs, CDs and a coffee table book will be released in late May and June, while a boxed set is in the works with an eye for a release late this year. Universal Music Enterprises will…

  3. In 'Country Strong' Movie, Gwyneth Paltrow Channels Her Inner Singer

    January 07, 2011 4:22 PM EST "Country Strong," out in theaters today (Jan. 7), represents an odd amalgamation of entertainment genres. Pop stars Britney Spears and Michael Jackson inspired the film's heartbreaking theme, fleshed out by Gwyneth Paltrow, who is cast as fallen singer Kelly Canter. Meanwhile,…

  4. Toby Keith Firing Off Singles from 'Bullets'

    August 24, 2010 4:45 PM EDT Country icon Toby Keith was so prolific in writing for his new album, the forthcoming "Bullets in the Gun," he actually took two songs off the album that he felt were potential singles. "When I finished cutting the tracks, I felt like I had six or seven singles," Keith,…

  5. Travis Tritt Going Indie For New Album

    June 30, 2010 10:22 AM EDT Twenty years after releasing his first album -- the double-platinum, reputation-staking "Country Club" -- Travis Tritt plans to take his recording career into his own hands. The Georgia-based country star tells Billboard.com that before he releases his follow-up to 2007's "…

  6. Country Songs Inspire TV Dramas

    March 13, 2009 11:30 AM EDT Country songs can sure tell stories. Now the TV production company Granada America wants to make some of those stories into a series of one-hour TV dramas. The film-producing duo of Mark Roberts and Lorena David ("Strangers With Candy," "Extreme Dating") pitched the…

  7. Watching The 'Watchmen' Soundtrack

    March 03, 2009 6:09 PM EST Last summer’s “The Dark Knight” was perhaps the most highly anticipated superhero film of all time— until Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen,” due March 6, came rumbling along. Adapted from the blockbuster 1985 graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, “Watchmen” has been embroiled in…

  8. Chart Beat: T.I., Beyonce, David Cook, Usher, Flo Rida, T-Pain

    November 26, 2008 2:02 PM EST Fred Bronson discusses T.I., Beyonce, David Cook, Christmas albums and more! DOUBLING UP: For the first time in the 50-year history of the Hot 100, two lead artists hold down the top four positions on the chart, dividing this territory equally between them. T.I. stands pat at No. 1 and slides…

  9. This Day in Music

    October 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2006 - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2004 - For his enduring influence and contributions to music, Stevie Wonder is named…

  10. This Day in Music

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo "Devils & Dust" tour in Michigan, at Motown's Fox Theatre. 2005 - Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo "Devils & Dust" tour in Michigan, at Motown's Fox Theatre. 2004 - Jazz violinist-guitarist Claude "…

  11. Billboard Goes To The Grammys: A 50-Year Retrospective

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST As the Grammy Awards turn 50, here's a look back at music's biggest night -- from the 1958 inaugural event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to last year's Dixie Chicks triumph at Los Angeles' Staples Cente As the Grammy Awards turn 50, here's a look back at music's…

  12. This Day in Music

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Bryan Harvey, former guitarist with the early 1990s duo House Of Freaks, is found murdered along with his family in Richmond, Va. Harvey, his wife Kathryn and their two daughters, aged 9 and 4, 2006 - Bryan Harvey, former guitarist with the early 1990s duo House Of Freaks, is found…

  13. This Day in Music

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2006 - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2004 - For his enduring influence and contributions to music, Stevie Wonder is named…

  14. This Day in Music

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo "Devils & Dust" tour in Michigan, at Motown's Fox Theatre. 2005 - Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo "Devils & Dust" tour in Michigan, at Motown's Fox Theatre. 2004 - Jazz violinist-guitarist Claude "…

  15. This Day in Music

    January 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Bryan Harvey, former guitarist with the early 1990s duo House Of Freaks, is found murdered along with his family in Richmond, Va. Harvey, his wife Kathryn and their two daughters, aged 9 and 4, 2006 - Bryan Harvey, former guitarist with the early 1990s duo House Of Freaks, is found…

  16. This Day in Music

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>1999 - </b>Los Angeles sheriff's investigators search for Sandra Ann Rosas, the wife of Los Lobos singer-guitarist Cesar Rosas, after finding her van abandoned in La Puente, Calif., and arresting h 2004 - For his enduring influence and contributions to music, Stevie Wonder…

  17. Chart Beat

    July 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Daniel Powter, John Mayer, Alan Jackson and more! 'BAD' IS THE NEW GOOD: A tenacious Daniel Powter maintains his grip on pole position on the Adult Contemporary chart, giving his debut single "Bad Day" (Warner Bros.) a 12th week at the top. That puts "…

  18. This Day in Music

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Eric Clapton is reunited on a TV stage in London with his former Derek & the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock, for their first performance together in 29 years. The setting is 2005 - Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo "Devils & Dust" tour in…

  19. Mission Of Burma Preps New Album, DVD

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Influential rock trio Mission Of Burma will re-emerge with a number of projects this spring, including a new studio album, "The Obliterati," and a band documentary. Influential rock trio Mission Of Burma will re-emerge with a number of projects this spring, including a new studio…

  20. This Day In Music

    January 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST - Backstreet Boy Nick Carter is arrested on suspicion of refusing to follow police officers' orders to leave a nightclub after a fight breaks out. The youngest of the five-member pop group at age 2004 - Daniel Bedingfield is injured in a car crash in Whangerei, New Zealand. The 24…

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