1. UPDATED: Michael Jackson Mourned By Friends, Fans, Fellow Musicians

    June 26, 2009 11:34 AM EDT Friends, music luminaries and fans from around the world and around the web reacted to the news of Michael Jackson's death on June 25 with thoughts on his life and legacy. "I can't stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of…

  2. Ask Billboard: Beatles, Kenny Chesney, Pink

    June 19, 2009 2:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHERE THE BOYS ARE Hi Gary, This question is not about an artist currently…

  3. Chart Beat: Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Costello, Vanessa Williams

    June 11, 2009 3:33 PM EDT ALL HAIL THE 'KING' : Dave Matthews Band takes a hearty swig of the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth No. 1 with "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King." The album marks the act's 22nd Billboard 200 entry (including Matthews' solo efforts) dating to its first, …

  4. May 1, 2009

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – 1,581 guitarists break a Guinness World Record when they simultaneously play Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe” in the town square of Wrocław, Poland. 2006 – Rapper Big Hawk (born John Edward Hawkins) of Screwed Up Click dies of gunshot wounds in Houston at the age of 36. 2001 – Huey Lewis and…

  5. Chart Beat- "Slumdog Millionaire," American Idol, Flex

    March 26, 2009 1:09 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. BEST IN…

  6. Chart Beat: "Slumdog Millionaire," Flex, Soulja Boy

    March 25, 2009 10:47 AM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. BEST IN…

  7. Lady GaGa Takes Top Spot On U.K. Singles Chart

    March 23, 2009 2:30 PM EDT Album releases aimed squarely at yesterday's Mothers' Day had a big impact on the new U.K. sales chart. Irish pop vocalist Ronan Keating's covers set "Songs For My Mother" (Polydor/Universal) entered at No. 1, while on the separate compilation album listing, "101…

  8. Ask Billboard: Janet Jackson, Frankie Goes To Hollywood

    March 20, 2009 11:33 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. LOVING THE '80s Hi Gary, I noticed that the top three songs on the UK…

  9. U2, Comic Relief Top U.K. Charts

    March 16, 2009 10:06 AM EDT The latest single for the BBC's Comic Relief charity yesterday became the 11th in the series to hit No. 1 in the U.K., while U2's "No Line On The Horizon" (Mercury/Universal) started a second week atop the album chart. The single, also on Mercury, is a remake of Dolly…

  10. Chart Beat: U2, Rick Ross, Miley Cyrus

    March 12, 2009 3:30 PM EDT AND THE BEAT GOES ON: After the renowned Fred Bronson's 16-year run at the helm, and fellow music expert Paul Grein's 12-year stewardship before Fred, Chart Beat will continue to be a landmark feature on billboard.com. Please look for updates each week, reported by members of…

  11. Update: Pylon Guitarist Randy Bewley Dies After Heart Attack

    February 25, 2009 2:37 PM EST Randall Bewley, guitarist and founding member of new wave band Pylon, died Wednesday (Feb. 25) afternoon after a heart attack on Monday in his hometown of Athens, Georgia, according to a report by The Athens Banner-Herald . Bewley was driving on Monday (Feb. 23) when his van drifted off the…

  12. 'Slumdog Millionaire' Sweeps Music Oscars

    February 23, 2009 12:37 AM EST "Slumdog Millionaire" swept the music categories at the Academy Awards Sunday night, en route to its evening-leading total of eight Oscars, including best picture. A.R. Rahman won Academy Awards for best original score and best song for "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog…

  13. Day-By-Day: The Obama Inauguration Music Guide

    January 15, 2009 5:17 PM EST The official Presidential Inauguration kick-off event featuring Bono and Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 18 is one of dozens of Washington D.C. bashes celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in. Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyonce, Death Cab For Cute and the Beastie Boys are…

  14. This Day in Music

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST - "Exotic chanteuse" Gloria Lasso dies at Cuernavaca in Mexico, aged 83. Lasso was one of France's most popular singers and performers of the 1950s. Her 1956 song "Etranger au Paradis" was the fi 2005 - "Exotic chanteuse" Gloria Lasso dies at Cuernavaca…

  15. Motown Collects Every No. 1 On Boxed Set

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Motown will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a mammoth boxed set, "Motown: The Complete No. 1's," due Dec. 9. Motown will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a mammoth boxed set, "Motown: The Complete No. 1's," due Dec. 9. The 10-disc package features 191…

  16. Chart Beat: David Archuleta, Rihanna, Brandy and Monica, Journey, Isaac Hayes

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses David Archuleta's chart position, Rihanna 'Bowing' on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Monica and Brandy's return to the charts and more! 'CRUSH' TO JUDGMENT: Different artists have different feelings about the Billboard charts. Some follow the ups…

  17. Producer Sues Vanessa Hudgens For $5 Million

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A music producer has sued Vanessa Hudgens for $5 million, claiming the actress and her father have repeatedly violated a contract and failed to pay him his share of her earnings. A music producer has sued Vanessa Hudgens for $5 million, claiming the actress and her father have repeatedly…

  18. Producer Storch Hobbled By Debt, 'Mismanagement'

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Just a few years ago, Scott Storch was one of the top producers in pop music, living in a $10.5 million mansion on an exclusive Miami island, driving a phalanx of luxury cars and dating the likes of P Just a few years ago, Scott Storch was one of the top producers in pop music, living in a …

  19. Lil Wayne Back On Top Of The Billboard 200

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite a 25% drop in sales, Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" returns to the top of The Billboard 200 this week. The album moved 156,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and ha Despite a 25% drop in sales, Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III"…

  20. Chart Beat: Jonas Brothers, Sugarland, Cathy Dennis

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Jonas Brothers, Sugarland, Cathy Dennis and more! 'BURNIN'' LOVE: As hot as the Jonas Brothers have been, the trio has never had a top 10 single on The Billboard Hot 100 until this week. "Burnin' Up" (Hollywood) is a freshman at No. 5, making it…

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