1. Tony Bennett Taps Amy Winehouse for 'Duets II,' Due in September

    March 25, 2011 2:13 PM EDT T ony Bennett will sing alongside a laundry list of pop stars -- including the reclusive Amy Winehouse -- on "Tony Bennett: Duets II," the follow-up to his 2006 release "Duets: An American Classic." Winehouse, Lady Gaga , Carrie Underwood and Michael Buble will all…

  2. 2011 Oscars: A Look At This Year's Music Nominees

    February 25, 2011 12:42 PM EST At Sunday's Academy Awards, Trent Reznor could become the second rock bandleader to win the Oscar for original score, joining Talking Heads' David Byrne , who took home the trophy for "The Last Emperor" in 1987. It's not an unlikely scenario. Reznor's score for …

  3. Chrissie Hynde Eyes New Fairground Boys, Pretenders Material

    February 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST C hrissie Hynde will be taking her new band, J.P., Chrissie and the Fairground Boys , into the studio for a new album next month -- and also has the next Pretenders album in her mind, if not quite in her sights just yet. Hynde tells Billboard.com that Welsh singer J.P. Jones and the…

  4. Justin Bieber, Ozzy Osbourne, Eminem Score With Memorable Super Bowl Ads

    February 06, 2011 9:30 PM EST The action on the Superbowl XLV field had Steelers and Packers fans glued to their TV sets Sunday (Feb. 6) night. But for many, it was the ads that popped up between the tackles and touchdowns that made the game memorable. Black Eyed Peas 'Pump It' Up with Super Bowl Halftime Show…

  5. Black Eyed Peas 'Pump It' Up with Super Bowl Halftime Show

    February 06, 2011 9:15 PM EST The Black Eyed Peas promised a Super Bowl halftime show "packed with energy " and delivered just that at Sunday night's (Feb. 6) big game, blasting through a 10-minute set that, while intermittently marred by technical glitches, spanned the dance/pop megagroup's biggest…

  6. Faith Hill, Chrissie Hynde Ready for 'Chaotic' Super Bowl Weekend

    February 03, 2011 11:43 AM EST "Chaos" is the common term Faith Hill and the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde use as they prepare for their live "CMT Crossroads" Super Bowl weekend telecast from Dallas. "It's going to be chaotic and it's live and that's going to bring an element of…

  7. J. Lo Tightens Up on 'American Idol' Nashville Auditions

    January 28, 2011 1:06 AM EST They don't call it Music City for nothing. On Thursday night, "American Idol" auditions returned to Nashville for only the second time and brought out plenty of top-notch talent, along with a few moments of comic relief, naturally, starting with chirping dental assistant…

  8. 'American Idol' Top 5 Nashville Auditions, from Lauren Alaina to Jackie Wilson

    January 27, 2011 11:36 PM EST The "American Idol" Milwaukee auditions were a tough act to follow, thanks to buzzy contestants like Chris Medina and Scott Dangerfield -- but tonight's Nashville episode had its share of big moments, too. Read on for our top 5 tryouts tonight, and tell us: who were your…

  9. Faith Hill, Pretenders Playing CMT's 'Crossroads' Super Bowl Episode

    January 18, 2011 10:14 AM EST We won't know who's playing in Super Bowl XLV until late Sunday, but we do know Faith Hill and the Pretenders will meet -- in tandem rather than opposition -- as part of a special Super Bowl episode of CMT's Crossroads series. The two acts will perform live at 10 p.m. ET on Feb…

  10. 11 Country No. 11s For '11

    January 11, 2011 2:05 PM EST "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11. But, of those, No. 11 is probably the worst." Adrian Moreira, RCA/J/Arista Records senior vice president/adult music notes the frustration associated with a No. 11 peak on a Billboard survey. "If you peak at No. 2, at least you can…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Skillz, Teena Marie, Michael Jackson

    January 06, 2011 5:55 PM EST (W)RAPPING 2010: While DJ Earworm lays down the beat on the past year's top 25 Billboard Hot 100 hits on "United State of Pop 2010 (Don't Stop the Pop)," another artist known for his yearly musical recaps bows on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Skillz , born Shaquan Lewis, scores…

  12. Lady Gaga Is Billboard's 2010 Artist of the Year, Ke$ha Takes Top New Act

    December 09, 2010 8:30 AM EST This was the year everyone went gaga for Lady Gaga . The shape-shifting pop star takes home Billboard's top artist of the year honors, just a year after she earned top new artist applause. The last time an act made a move from "new" to "top" faster was in 2006, when…

  13. Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey Ascend On Adult Contemporary

    November 30, 2010 2:05 PM EST TAYLOR'S TOPS: Taylor Swift 's "Mine" advances 2-1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, marking the star's third No. 1 on the survey. Swift led for six weeks with "Love Story" beginning in June 2009 and for 14 weeks with "You Belong With Me…

  14. Taylor Swift Named BMI Songwriter Of The Year

    November 10, 2010 7:17 AM EST Taylor Swift was named country songwriter of the year at the BMI Awards, becoming the youngest person to win the award at age 20. The pop sensation also won country song of the year with co-writer Liz Rose for "You Belong With Me." She's the first songwriter to win that award…

  15. Gwyneth Paltrow Talks 'Country Strong' At Premiere

    November 09, 2010 8:04 AM EST Gwyneth Paltrow learned to play guitar and immersed herself in country music to pull off her latest role. Paltrow told the Associated Press at the world premiere of "Country Strong" on Monday (Nov. 8) in Nashville, Tenn., that she wanted her portrayal of a superstar singer to be as…

  16. Reba McEntire Extends Country Songs Record

    November 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'RADIO' ROYALTY: While Taylor Swift dominates headlines on the Billboard 200, as her "Speak Now" blasts in at No. 1, logging the largest sales week since 2005 , according to Nielsen SoundScan, another country queen continues rewriting history on Country Songs. Reba…

  17. Taylor Swift: By-The-Numbers

    October 26, 2010 9:05 AM EDT Upon the release of Taylor Swift 's third studio album, "Speak Now," Chart Beat looks at the numerous records that the star country singer/songwriter/producer has already set since her arrival just more than four years ago. Swift first graced a Billboard tally when her debut…

  18. 'Barbra Streisand': What's In A Name?

    October 19, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Iconic entertainer Barbra Streisand has charted three times on Dance/Club Play Songs. In 1979, she reached No. 13 with "The Main Event/Fight" and No. 1 for four weeks with the Donna Summer duet "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)." The legendary diva notched her third and…

  19. Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow & Miranda Lambert Sing "Coal Miner's Daughter"

    September 10, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Loretta Lynn has been a country star since her first single, "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl" reached the top 20 of the Country Songs chart in 1960. But it was her 1970 smash, "Coal Miner's Daughter," that became her most iconic. Now, forty years after it topped Country…

  20. Train Rolls To 100th Adult Pop Songs No. 1

    September 08, 2010 1:05 PM EDT With a 2-1 advance for "If It's Love," Train collects the 100th No. 1 title in the 14-year history of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult Pop Songs chart. The survey premiered in the Billboard issue dated March 16, 1996, as an offshoot of the Adult Contemporary chart, a…

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