1. Chris Brown, "Graffiti"

    January 19, 2010 2:41 PM EST Although some still question whether Chris Brown can regain his career footing, his third album, "Graffiti," is a solid step in that direction. Joining forces with such production talents as Swizz Beatz, Polow Da Don, Ryan Leslie and the Runners, Brown co-wrote the majority of the…

  2. Eva Longoria Parker To Usher In New Year's With Billboard

    December 16, 2009 11:08 AM EST Actress Eva Longoria Parker will join host Carmen Electra for Billboard's New Year's Eve Live special which is airing Dec. 31 from 11:00 PM to 12:30 AM on Fox. As previously reported, American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen , Idol finalist Allison Iraheta , and Sean Kingston…

  3. Simon Cowell Signing Three-Year Deal With 'Idol'

    August 11, 2009 10:57 AM EDT Simon Cowell will be a judge on "American Idol" for at least three more seasons. During the second-quarter earnings call of CKX, parent company of "Idol" co-producer 19 Entertainment, CKX chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman indicated that Cowell is finalizing a deal with Fox…

  4. Wisin And Yandel's 'La Revolución' Hits High Mark

    June 04, 2009 3:04 PM EDT The debut of Wisin & Yandel's "La Revolución" at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart this week marks the top selling debut week on that chart since Luis Miguel's "Complices" sold 32,000 to also debut at No. 1 on May 24, 2008. A few months later, Luis Fonsi…

  5. Eminem Stays Atop Billboard 200; Grizzly Bear, Manson Debut Top 10

    June 03, 2009 11:00 AM EDT After last week's blowout week on the Billboard 200 -- where there were seven debuts in the top 10 -- this week's tally is slightly tamer. While there are still three new albums that arrive in the top 10, the Hot Shot Debut is Marilyn Manson's "The High End Of Low" at…

  6. Lynyrd Skynyrd Bassist Donald "Ean" Evan Dies At 48

    May 08, 2009 7:01 AM EDT Bassist Donald "Ean" Evans of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has died after a battle with cancer. Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said Evans died Wednesday at his home in eastern Mississippi. He was 48. In a statement posted on lynyrdskynyrd.com the band said, "It…

  7. April 10, 2009

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Jazz singer Dakota Staton dies in New York at the age of 76. 2003 – Singer Little Eva dies of cancer at Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston, N.C., at the age of 59. 1998 – Radio personality Eddie O’Jay dies at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. following complications from two heart…

  8. The Verve Storms To No. 1 U.K. Debut

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The reunited Verve delivered a No. 1 U.K. album for Parlophone/EMI yesterday (Aug. 31) as "Forth" debuted at the top. In a double for EMI labels, Virgin's Katy Perry started a fourth week at the singl The reunited Verve delivered a No. 1 U.K. album for Parlophone/EMI yesterday …

  9. This Day in Music

    August 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - David Schnaufer, who brought dulcimer to recordings of artists ranging from Chet Atkins to Cyndi Lauper, dies in Nashville of cancer. He is 53. A native of Texas, Schnaufer lifted dulcimer play 2006 - David Schnaufer, who brought dulcimer to recordings of artists ranging from Chet…

  10. Xzibit Joins Cage, Kilmer In 'Lieutenant' Remake

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Xzibit has joined Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, Jennifer Coolidge, Vondie Curtis Hall, Shawn Hatosy and Denzel Whitaker alongside Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendez in Werner Herzog's cop drama "Bad Lieut Rapper Xzibit has joined Val Kilmer, Fairuza Balk, Jennifer Coolidge, Vondie…

  11. This Day in Music

    June 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Johnny Jenkins, a guitarist who worked with Otis Redding in the early 1960s and influenced Jimi Hendrix through his acrobatic playing style, dies at a hospital in Macon, Ga. He is 67. 2006 - Johnny Jenkins, a guitarist who worked with Otis Redding in the early 1960s and influenced Jimi…

  12. Latin Superstars Highlight Poverty Benefit

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A lineup of Latin mega-stars including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Bose and Los Tigres del Norte performed simultaneously on stages in Buenos Aires and Mexico City A lineup of Latin mega-stars including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Juan Luis Guerra, Alejandro…

  13. Billboard Bits: Siren Festival, Nelson Mandela, Gang Of Four, Tilly And The Wall

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Annual Siren Fest lineup revealed; Queen, Lennox rock for Mandela; Gang Of Four becomes gang of two; Tilly and the Wall talk new album Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Broken Social Scene, Annuals and Beach House are among the top acts announced for The Village Voice's annual Siren Music…

  14. This Day in Music

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - E.Y. "Yip" Harburg _ writer of such well known songs as "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz" and (with Jay Gorney) "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" _ is immortalized on a U.S. postage sta 2005 - E.Y. "Yip" Harburg _ writer of such…

  15. This Day in Music

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Carrie Underwood is the top winner at the CMT Music Awards, landing two of the three awards for which she is nominated. Meanwhile, Keith Urban takes home the evening's top prize, video of the y 2006 - Carrie Underwood is the top winner at the CMT Music Awards, landing two of the…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Paul Atkinson, veteran record executive and guitarist for the Zombies, dies in his sleep after a long battle with cancer and kidney disease. He is 48. 2004 - Paul Atkinson, veteran record executive and guitarist for the Zombies, dies in his sleep after a long battle with cancer and…

  17. 'X-Factor' Alums Rule U.K. Holiday Charts

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Domination of the Christmas U.K. charts by ITV's "The X-Factor" was completed yesterday (Dec. 23), as 18-year-old Scottish singer Leon Jackson, who won the final of the contest on Dec. 15 and had his Domination of the Christmas U.K. charts by ITV's "The X-Factor"…

  18. Melua/Cassidy Duet Tops U.K. Singles Chart

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST An "electronic duet" charity version of Louis Armstrong's 1968 U.K. No. 1 "What a Wonderful World" by Katie Melua and the late Eva Cassidy has repeated the feat of the original and gone to the top of An "electronic duet" charity version of Louis Armstrong&…

  19. Chart Beat Chat

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Kimberley Locke, Christine Perfect, Leona Lewis and more! THE PERFECT E-MAIL Hi Fred. Last week, Mike Burk inquired about female artists who had success under both their maiden and married names. Christine Perfect had success in Great Britain as singer and…

  20. Chart Beat Chat

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Hot 100 ascents, female singers' maiden names, the Eagles and more! ONE STEP AT A TIME I haven't written to you in several years, mainly because I'm simply entertained enough by the content of Chart Beat and Chart Beat Chat that I don't NEED to…

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