1. Dee Cernile of Sven Gali Dead at 46

    February 27, 2012 3:45 PM EST Dee Cernile, guitarist for gold-selling 90s hard rock band Sven Gali, died Feb. 25 after battling lung cancer. He was 46. On his personal Facebook page - now filled with messages of memories and condolences from many members of the Canadian music industry - was this message: "After such…

  2. Bret McKenzie's 'Man or Muppet' Wins Best Song Oscar

    February 26, 2012 11:50 PM EST Ludovic Bource's Music for 'The Artist' Takes Best Original Score The man behind "Man or Muppet" in "The Muppets" now has an Oscar. Bret McKenzie beat an uncrowded field of two nominees to earn the best original song trophy at the 84th Annual Academy Awards…

  3. Ask Billboard: What Songs Should've Been Singles?

    January 28, 2012 10:05 AM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. WHAT SONGS SHOULD&…

  4. John Fogerty on New TV Gig, Next Album & CCR's Deep Rift

    January 10, 2012 6:00 PM EST J ohn Fogerty is going up around the TV bend this week, making a guest appearance and providing the theme song for Fox TV's new series "The Finder," which debuts at 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 12. "The producers of the show, I guess they're big fans and had this idea that they…

  5. Track Review: Adam Lambert, 'Better Than I Know Myself'

    January 02, 2012 8:00 AM EST ADAM LAMBERT "Better Than I Know Myself" (3:36) Producers: Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Ammo Writers: Lukasz Gottwald, Joshua Coleman, Claude Kelly and Henry Walter Publishers: Kasz Money Publishing/Each Note Counts/Prescription Songs/ Traintracks Studio/Prescription Songs (ASCAP) Music…

  6. The Year in Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 28, 2011 9:05 AM EST From the arrival of Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" to the "Glee" cast's toppling of a King (of Rock & Roll) to Katy Perry matching an achievement by another King (of Pop), 2011 brought several notable chart records. The Year in Chart Headlines, Part 1 In part…

  7. Exclusive: Muppets Video Premiere & Kermit Q&A

    December 08, 2011 11:50 AM EST Jason Segel Belts "Man or Muppet," Kermie on Being Green in Limelight The great Muppet comeback train of 2011 rolls onward, leaving what feels like just a handful of folks who still haven't seen "The Muppets" in the dust. In our latest video premiere on Billboard.com,…

  8. Drake's 'Take Care' Blasts Onto Billboard 200

    November 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST As expected, Drake nets the third-largest sales week of 2011 for an album, as "Take Care" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 631,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. While that's a slightly smaller number than initially expected, it's…

  9. Grammy Hall of Fame Adds Tina Turner, Paul Simon Hits

    November 21, 2011 3:15 PM EST Three of the biggest musical moments of the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen's album "Born in the U.S.A.," Paul Simon's "Graceland" and Tina Turner's single "What's Love Got to Do With It," are among the 25 recordings being inducted into the 2012…

  10. 2011 Latin Grammys: 10 Things You Didn't See

    November 11, 2011 8:00 AM EST The Latin Grammys aired Nov. 10 on the Univision network form the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Here's what you didn't see on screen. 1. Demi Lovato , who performed at the Latin Gramys alongside newcomer Pablo Alboran, is preparing to release an all-Spanish album sometime…

  11. Exclusive: 'The Muppets' Soundtrack Song List

    October 10, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords has four original songs in the Disney film "The Muppets," which features special appearances by Feist , Joanna Newsom and Nathan Pacheco. Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack Nov. 21. McKenzie has written "Life's a Happy…

  12. Paul McCartney Weds Nancy Shevell in London Ceremony

    October 09, 2011 7:20 PM EDT A hint of autumnal Beatlemania was in the air Sunday as Paul McCartney , for the second time in his improbable life, climbed the steps of venerable Old Marylebone Town Hall to take himself a bride. True, thousands of heartbroken female fans crowded the columned building in 1969 when he…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Seth MacFarlane, Gloria Estefan, the Bangles

    October 06, 2011 6:30 PM EDT HE'S ... A ... CHARTING ... GUY!: "Family Guy" and "American Dad" creator Seth MacFarlane make his Billboard chart debut under his own name, as "Music Is Better Than Words" debuts at No. 2 on Traditional Jazz Albums and Heatseekers Albums. The collection,…

  14. Billboard's Latin Songs Chart: The 'Beat Of The Industry'

    October 04, 2011 11:45 AM EDT On Oct. 4, 1986, Mexican singer/songwriter "(Billboard's Latin Songs chart) is the beat of the industry," says songwriter Omar Alfanno, who penned Son by Four 's "A Puro Dolor," the longest-running No. 1 track in the history of the chart (61 total weeks, 20 at No…

  15. 21 Under 21: Mindless Behavior (2011)

    September 27, 2011 10:31 AM EDT No. 16. Mindless Behavior Birthdates: Prodigy - Dec. 26, 1996; Ray Ray - Jan. 6, 1997; Princeton -April 21, 1997; Roc Royal - July 23, 1997 (All age 14) Why They're Hot: Some boy bands are only boys in the metaphorical sense. Mindless Behavior , however, is a slick, baby-faced R&B…

  16. Top 10 TV Theme Songs 1980-2011

    September 23, 2011 11:40 AM EDT Chart Article With the Fall TV season just getting underway, we combed the Hot 100 to find the last 30 years' ten hottest songs written as TV theme songs. These 10 hot TV tunes are ranked based on each track's peak on the Billboard Hot 100 chart from 1980 through Jan. 8, 2011. Few…

  17. Exclusive: Train Creates New 'Biggest Loser' Theme Song

    September 23, 2011 7:00 AM EDT The unmistakable pop-rock sounds of Train will open NBC's weight-loss competition show, "The Biggest Loser," weekly, beginning Sept. 27. A 22-second portion of a new song, "Brand New Book," will play during the opening credits, which features the show's trainers…

  18. Tony Bennett Goes on Apology Tour for 9/11 Comments

    September 21, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Tony Bennett has walked back controversial remarks he made on Monday suggesting that America "caused" the 9/11 terror attacks, saying in a written statement and in an appearance on "The View" that there is "no excuse for terrorism." The 85-year-old crooner…

  19. Ask Billboard: Chart Moves, Like 'Jagger'

    September 02, 2011 7:35 PM EDT 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. AS STUDENTS…

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: Mick Jagger, the Muppets, Adele

    September 01, 2011 8:35 PM EDT JAGGER-NAUT: Like a Rolling Stone, Maroon 5 's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera , ascends 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 . While the coronation causes celebration for the band and Aguilera, it likewise adds new levels of Billboard chart history to the discography…

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