1. Aretha Franklin Cancels Shows on Doctor’s Orders

    May 14, 2013 12:09 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under a doctor's recommendation. A Monday news release says Franklin will need treatment during the time period shows were scheduled with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and at Foxwoods Resort…

  2. Respect: Celebrating Four Tet’s 'Rounds'

    May 09, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The tenth anniversary reissue prompts various beatmakers like FaltyDL, Baths and more to reflect on the seminal album. The labels "folktronica" and "IDM" seem like feeble attempts to capture the organic, contemplative ebb and flow of Four Tet's influential…

  3. John Mayer, Demi Lovato, Jill Scott Top Philly 4th of July Jam Lineup

    May 09, 2013 10:53 AM EDT The Roots tapped as house band for third annual July 4 extravaganza. The Philly 4th of July Jam will bring fireworks and a slew of high-profile performers to Philadelphia this Independence Day, with John Mayer, Jill Scott and Demi Lovato among the top talent at this year's ceremony.…

  4. Fantasia Talks 'Side Effects of You' Album & Confidence

    May 03, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Strong sales and musical identity propel the 'Idol' winner's fourth album. As the "American Idol" final four tuned up for another showdown recently, season-three winner Fantasia found herself back in the spotlight as well. That's because her fourth album, "…

  5. 615 Spotlight: Carrie Zaruba Is a 'Woman on a Mission'

    April 24, 2013 6:15 PM EDT The debut single from Carrie Zaruba is called "Woman On A Mission," and she says when it comes to music, it's one she has been on for quite a long time. "I grew up in a musical family and was exposed to very eclectic sounds early on," she tells Billboard. "I…

  6. Patsy Cline Classics Get New Instrumentation in 'Divine' Collection

    April 23, 2013 5:00 PM EDT The world of country music recently marked the 50th anniversary of the passing of Patsy Cline. Though her 1963 death silenced one of America's most beloved performers, her music continues to thrive. The just-released "The Divine Ms. Cline: Patsy's Finest Vocals In New…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift Ties For 10th-Most Top 40 Hot 100 Hits All-Time

    April 19, 2013 8:29 PM EDT The singer tallies her 41st top 40 Hot 100 hit, lifting her into a 10th-place tie among acts with the most such entries in the chart's history. Plus, P!nk marks a new career milestone. As "Highway Don't Care," with Tim McGraw, rolls 42-25 on the Billboard Hot 100,…

  8. Tracy Morgan to Host Billboard Music Awards

    April 17, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Comedic actor Tracy Morgan, whose eight seasons on "Saturday Night Live" and seven on "30 Rock" solidified him as one TV's funniest stars, will host the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, live from Las Vegas at the MGM Grand on Sunday, May 19, airing on ABC. CLICK FOR…

  9. Liz Longley: Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    April 16, 2013 11:05 AM EDT After touring with some of the genre's core acts, the folk singer/songwriter readies her new self-titled album. Her Boston show tomorrow, meanwhile, will partially benefit the American Red Cross. "A lot of people leave, but I really wanted to finish and get the most out of it…

  10. Coachella 2013: Stone Roses, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Light Up the Desert on Day 1

    April 13, 2013 8:44 AM EDT Daft Punk's album teaser, How to Destroy Angels, Tegan & Sara, Alt-J, Johnny Marr and more action onstage and backstage at California's massive music festival ŸAdditional reporting by Nicole Pajer COACHELLA 2013 • COACHELLA PHOTOS • Watch: Coachella Live Stream • Analysis:…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj Matches Mariah Carey's Hot 100 Mark

    April 12, 2013 3:04 AM EDT With the debut of 'High School,' Minaj notches her 44th Hot 100 hit, equaling the output of fellow 'American Idol' judge – and rival? – Carey Perhaps another element to add to their reported rivalry as judges on "American Idol": Nicki Minaj has tied Mariah…

  12. No Joke! The 20 Biggest Tunes for 'Fools'

    April 01, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Another April Fools' Day is upon us, and although many "fools" will be busy pulling lame pranks on Monday (Apr. 1), the fools with a thirst for chart history should explore this list of the 20 biggest songs with the word "fool" in the title. From Aretha Franklin to…

  13. Devin Velez Exits 'American Idol' in Another Blow to the Boys

    March 28, 2013 11:06 PM EDT Make that girls 3, boys 0. It's been a rough 12th season of "American Idol" for the show's male contestants, who have been constantly overshadowed and overhyped in favor of the ladies. On Thursday night (March 28), the guys hit their lowest point yet, with all three…

  14. Blake Shelton, 'Based On A True Story...' Track-by-Track Review

    March 26, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Country superstar/"Voice" coach Blake Shelton is all about getting personal  on "Based On A True Story…," his seventh studio album to date. "Every song on the album, I've either been through those situations, or I'm going through them right now,"…

  15. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Daylight' Dawns Atop Pop Songs

    March 25, 2013 4:45 PM EDT The group manages a feat that hadn't been achieved on the chart since 1994. Plus, new No. 1s for Afrojack and Drake and Thirty Seconds to Mars returns. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  16. Chart Highlights: Blake Shelton's 'Cool' Crowns Country Airplay

    March 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Plus, Little Mix's "Wings" flies onto Pop Songs, Miguel enters R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Tamela Mann leads Gospel Songs for a 20th week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  17. Prince Lights Up SXSW With Epic, Improvised Set

    March 17, 2013 8:46 AM EDT This was no recitation of greatest hits -- or even of Prince's own material – but rather an exercise in organic, improvisational music-making. "Austin, don't let me hurt you" The ground shaking around South By Southwest on Saturday night (well, technically Sunday…

  18. SXSW Shorts: Charli XCX, Shoes, Nik Bartsch, White Lung and K-Pop's f(x)

    March 14, 2013 6:30 PM EDT So many bands. So little time. Billboard is roaming Austin this week, checking out as many acts at SXSW as possible -- and each day we'll highlight a selection of our favorites. On Wednesday we caught Charli XCX, The Sights, a pair of Lung acts (White Lung, Wet Lungs), along with…

  19. Quincy Jones Video Q&A: The Legend At 80

    March 14, 2013 4:06 PM EDT The maestro looks forward (and back). Q reflects on working with Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and more, embracing a milestone birthday while his creativity continues apace. Stop. It’s the one concept Quincy Jones steers clear of while reflecting on his storied career on the eve of his…

  20. Quincy Jones' 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    March 14, 2013 3:23 PM EDT As Q turns 80, we rank the top 20 Hot 100 hits he's ever produced. Quincy Jones celebrates his 80th birthday today (March 14) and over his many fruitfull years in music, the legendary producer and musician has worked with countless greats including Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and…

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