1. In Wake of Osama Bin Laden's Death, New York Radio Turns Patriotic

    May 02, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Following the media-saturating news that U.S. forces had killed Osama Bin Laden yesterday , many New York FM radio shows this morning (May 2) reacted by airing pro-American songs and sentiments. Both adult pop WPLJ (95.5) and adult contemporary WWFS (Fresh 102.7) spun Lee Greenwood 's …

  2. Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson Team with Patagonia to Raise Funds for Environment

    March 01, 2011 11:44 AM EST Apparel company Patagonia is entering the digital download retail space to raise money for environmental organizations endorsed by artists. Pearl Jam , Jack Johnson , Bonnie Raitt and Maroon 5 are among the artists participating in the initiative, which launches today (Mar. 1) at patagonia…

  3. Ask Billboard: Who Could Break "Glee"'s Record?

    February 18, 2011 6:45 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. WHO COULD BREAK …

  4. Vince Neil Pleads Guilty to Vegas DUI

    January 26, 2011 3:51 PM EST Motley Crue singer Vince Neil avoided the media and quietly pleaded guilty Wednesday to driving drunk last summer near the Las Vegas Strip in a case that drew denials that he received preferential treatment. A temporary judge who took the plea before reporters arrived sentenced Neil to 15…

  5. Don Kirshner, Legendary Music Exec, Dead at 76

    January 18, 2011 11:53 AM EST For many music fans, Don Kirshner was the straightfaced host of his own "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" -- so matter-of-fact that his introductions were famously, and lovingly, lampooned on "Saturday Night Live." But Kirshner was much more than that, a songwriter,…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Gwyneth Paltrow, Train, Florence + The Machine

    January 13, 2011 2:05 PM EST SOUNDTRACK STRENGTH: Starring Gwyneth Paltrow , Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester , "Country Strong" grossed $7.3 million upon its nationwide premiere Jan. 7-9. The haul translated to a sixth-place finish in box office receipts in its opening weekend. On the subsequent Billboard'…

  7. Gerry Rafferty, 'Baker Street' Singer, Dies at 63

    January 04, 2011 3:55 PM EST G erry Rafferty , who had Top 10 success with Stealers Wheel 's "Stuck in the Middle" and his own "Baker Street," died on Tuesday in London from liver failure after a long battle with alcoholism. The Scottish-born singer and songwriter had reportedly been hospitalized…

  8. Photos: Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Buffalo Springfield Rock Bridge School

    October 26, 2010 6:55 PM EDT It's not every day that Neil Young , Pearl Jam , Elton John & Leon Russell , Buffalo Springfield and a dozen other renowned rockers gather on the same stage for a weekend-long jam, but at the 24th Annual Bridge School Benefit (Oct. 23-24) in Mountain View, Calif., the pairings of…

  9. Billboard Bits: Susan Boyle Stalked, Eminem Challenged to Fight by Nick Cannon

    September 27, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Susan Boyle Pestered By Stalker Susan Boyle has been hounded by a stalker who managed to get the singer's personal phone number. According to Boyle's brother Gerry, the crazed fan is "calling Susan…

  10. U2 Set To Resume 360 Tour In Italy

    August 05, 2010 12:15 PM EDT All indications are that Bono is ready to rock and fully recovered after back surgery that sidelined him for two months. Now, U2 is set to crank up its massive, record-setting 360 tour tomorrow night in Turin, Italy. "Things have gone very, very well," U2 manager Paul McGuinness…

  11. Chart Beat Thursday: Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Marc Cohn

    July 29, 2010 4:55 PM EDT IS A 'TEENAGE' NUMBER: Katy Perry pounces onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 20 with "Teenage Dream," the follow-up to her six-week No. 1 "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg . After her first six chart entries debuted between Nos. 65 and 98, Perry has now…

  12. Chart Beat Wednesday: Ke$ha, Phil Collins, Phoenix

    June 09, 2010 1:05 PM EDT ADDICTED TO 'LOVE': Ke$ha becomes the fifth female artist since the beginning of 2000, and the third in the last two years, to earn at least two No. 1s from a debut album on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as "Your Love Is My Drug," the third single from …

  13. 'American Idol' Finale: 10 Things You Didn't See On TV (Night 1)

    May 25, 2010 11:30 PM EDT The Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles holds 7,000 people, so there's no way the cameras can capture everything that goes on during an "American Idol" taping. Luckily, Billboard.com was on the inside and can give you the scoop. Here's 10 things you didn't see on TV…

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Lee Fights Nerves As Crystal Shines During Finale

    May 25, 2010 11:00 PM EDT This is it! The grand finale, the end of the road, fight night. Have five months of "Idol" bootcamp turned Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox into potential music industry superstars? Has Simon Cowell Svengali'd his way into making America pick his winner of choice? Before the…

  15. Why Crystal Bowersox Will Win 'American Idol'

    May 24, 2010 12:00 PM EDT There are those seasons of "American Idol" when one contestant develops over the course of the show, has a breakthrough performance midway through and grows into a worthy champion by the finale. Kelly Clarkson and David Cook , I'm looking at you. Photos: Crystal Bowersox's…

  16. AC/DC's 'Iron Man 2' Powers To U.K. No. 1

    April 26, 2010 7:33 AM EDT AC/DC 's soundtrack to "Iron Man 2" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) gave the veteran rockers their third U.K. No. 1 album. Another Sony artist, RCA newcomer Diana Vickers, scored a chart-topping single at the first time of asking with "Once." AC/DC previously…

  17. Crystal Bowersox Covers Janis Joplin's 'Bobby McGee' On 'Idol'

    March 24, 2010 3:13 PM EDT L ast night's Billboard No. 1s-themed episode of "American Idol" found Cyrstal Bowersox once again ahead of the pack, as she covered Janis Joplin's chart-topping take on Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee." It was a fitting choice for the singer…

  18. 'American Idol' Recap: Idols Take on Billboard No. 1s

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wooo! Billboard No. 1s is the theme this week! The "AI" behind-the-scenes people have been running around our offices this week -- alas, no Miley Cyrus sightings, though. Let's get to it. Oh wait, let's get to it after 10 minutes of inane chatter between the judges. First…

  19. Taking Peaks, Part 4: Nos. 25-1

    January 26, 2010 2:35 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  20. Taylor Swift Wins BMI Award For Top Song

    November 11, 2009 7:32 AM EST Taylor Swift started what could be an interesting week with her second straight song of the year award at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville, where Kris Kristofferson was honored as an icon. Swift won for her song "Love Story" at the ceremony on Tuesday (Nov. 10) - the night before…

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