1. 'American Idol' Awards: The Best & Worst of Season 10

    May 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Fellow "American Idol" fans: We've spent four months and countless hours obsessing over the biggest show on TV -- that's right, the same show that everyone said was dead last May! -- but alas, it's time to put another season in the books. And what a season it was:…

  2. Il Volo Transitions from Italian TV to 'American Idol'

    May 18, 2011 9:30 AM EDT It's a long way from Italian TV to "American Idol." But when they take the "Idol" stage on May 19, the members of teenage tenor act Il Volo will have made that trek in just two years. With a single serendipitous performance on Italian vocal competition "Ti Lascio…

  3. 'American Idol': Jacob Lusk Stays Out of Trouble, Lauren Alaina Keeps Climbing

    April 14, 2011 12:35 AM EDT Still mourning Pia Toscano's untimely exit from "American Idol"? Well, I'm sorry to say that tonight's show won't help you get over the Celine Dion -esque singer from Queens. The top 8 tackled songs from the movies on Tuesday's performance episode, and let&…

  4. Billboard Bits: Gwen Stefani Covers Elle's Women in Music Issue, Beastie Boys Release New Single

    April 06, 2011 7:27 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwen Stefani Covers ELLE's Women in Music Issue In ELLE's Women in Music issue hitting newsstands April 12, Gwen Stefani appears on the cover and in a portfolio also featuring Adele , Willow Smith , Robyn…

  5. Billboard Bits: Britney Spears Wants Usher for Tour, Jack White/Danger Mouse Collab Hits Net

    March 31, 2011 7:24 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Wants Usher for Tour Britney Spears may have lost Enrique Iglesias as a touring partner this week, but she has other options in mind. "I think Usher 's really great right now," she…

  6. Schools Of Rock: Music Business College Guide

    March 31, 2011 11:16 AM EDT It used to be that the school of hard knocks was enough to land you a gig in the music business-but no longer. With the contraction of the industry increasing the competition for jobs and the advent of ever-evolving digital technologies, graduates need a strong foundation in business to start…

  7. Tom Cruise To Star in 'Rock Of Ages' Film

    February 22, 2011 12:30 PM EST Tom Cruise will soon be belting some classic rock staples as the star of "Rock of Ages," an upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical which showcases popular rock songs from the 70s and 80s. According to NME , the actor will star as Stacee Jaxx, an aging musician whose…

  8. George Shearing, Jazz Pianist, Dies at 91

    February 14, 2011 12:10 PM EST Jazz pianist Sir George Shearing , who wrote the standard "Lullaby of Birdland" and headed a famed quintet bearing his name, died Monday. He was 91. Dale Sheets, Shearing's longtime manager, said the pianist, blind since birth, died of congestive heart failure. Shearing was…

  9. 11 R&B/Hip-Hop No. 11s For '11

    January 04, 2011 1:05 PM EST May 2011 bring you health, happiness and prosperity. On Billboard charts, however, the number 11 is often synonymous with frustration. "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11, but of those, No. 11 is probably the worst," says Adrian Moreira, RCA/J/Arista Records senior vice…

  10. Paul McCartney Rocks Apollo Theater for Radio Show

    December 14, 2010 5:32 PM EST At age 68, Paul McCartney has the richest catalogue in pop music to wander around in. Only Bob Dylan could argue the point. On a snowy night at Harlem's historic Apollo Theater, with a frisky band and a live radio audience, McCartney clearly enjoyed the journey. He performed a two-hour,…

  11. Mariah Carey's 'All I Want' Crowns Billboard's Holiday Songs Chart

    December 01, 2010 3:00 PM EST Like a star shining bright atop a Christmas tree, Mariah Carey's 1994 carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You" tops Billboard's list of the 100 most popular seasonal songs. The special holiday recap is based on a formula blending sales and airplay data for the period of Oct…

  12. 'Mad Men' Theme Song Gets a Touch Up

    October 11, 2010 1:00 PM EDT It's rare that we ever want to hear the theme song of our favorite shows tweaked, but in honor of the "Mad Men" season finale Sunday (Oct. 17) night, we're giving this new rendition a shot. Allison Williams, daughter of "ABC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams,…

  13. Top 30 Summer Songs Page 2

    July 12, 2010 1:51 PM EDT Chart Article   « Previous 30-21 20-11 10-1 Next » 20 Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer Nat King Cole 1963 Nat King Cole's rhyme happy 1963 hit is an oldie but goodie in the truest sense of the phrase. Well into the rock era, it peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100. Between the charm of…

  14. Janelle Monae Makes MJ Fave By Charlie Chaplin "Smile"

    June 21, 2010 9:57 AM EDT Said to be one of Michael Jackson 's favorite songs, and sung lovingly at his memorial a year ago almost exactly by his brother Jermaine , this week's Mashup Monday goes all the way back to 1936 to famed silent film comedian Charlie Chaplin 's bittersweet "Smile" as…

  15. 3OH!3, Ke$ha Lock Lips in 'My First Kiss'

    June 03, 2010 1:21 PM EDT OH!3's "My First Kiss" made a smashing No. 9 debut on the Hot 100, and now the party-pop duo has unveiled the song's smooch-overloaded video, complete with a gold lipstick-wearing Ke$ha . Video: 3OH!3 and Ke$ha, "My First Kiss" 3OH!3 Summer Album Preview While…

  16. 3OH!3: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 1:04 PM EDT "Streets of Gold" (Photo Finish, June 29) After second album "Want" spawned pop smashes "Don't Trust Me" and "Starstrukk," boisterous electronic duo 3OH!3 entered the studio for its third album knowing that its circumstances had changed. "The…

  17. Jazz Piano Legend Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 5:50 PM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones , whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald 's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said Monday. He was 91. Jones, who won a Grammy…

  18. Chart Beat Thursday: A Madge-ical Week For 'Glee'

    April 29, 2010 4:55 PM EDT NEW DIRECTIONS: On the Billboard Hot 100 dated March 18, 1989, Madonna 's "Like a Prayer" soared in as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 38. 21 years, one month and three weeks later, the song makes its second Hot 100 appearance, again as the chart's highest new entry . The cast…

  19. Miley Cyrus, Usher Grounded By Volcanic Ash

    April 19, 2010 8:32 AM EDT Flight restrictions have been extended in the U.K. and Europe because of the volcanic ash cloud, leaving tour plans and promotional campaigns in tatters. Several U.K. acts missed the Coachella festival at the weekend, including Gary Numan , the Cribs , Frightened Rabbit and Bad Lieutenant .…

  20. Bingham, Burnett, Giacchino Win Oscars

    March 07, 2010 11:20 PM EST "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)" by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett from the movie "Crazy Heart" was named Best Original Song and Michael Giacchino won for Best Original Score for "Up" at the 82nd annual Academy Awards Sunday night. Overall, "The…

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