1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Delta Blues Great, Dies

    August 30, 2011 9:28 AM EDT Grammy-winning Blues musician David "Honeyboy" Edwards, believed to be the oldest surviving Delta bluesman and whose roots stretched back to blues legend Robert Johnson, died early Monday in his Chicago home, his manager said . He was 96. Edwards had a weak heart and his health…

  12. Elton John, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra & More: Stories From Adult Contemporary's Biggest Stars & Songs

    July 20, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on Whitney Houston. Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner. Kenny Rogers, himself. Plus Many More. Billboard talks to some of the biggest names in adult contemporary. Their perspectives? Crucial. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever The…

  13. Johnny Winter Honors 'Big Influences' on 'Roots,' out in September

    July 01, 2011 1:25 PM EDT Blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter will pay tribute his blues heroes and, for the first time in his 42-year recording career, enlist the assistance of established younger artists on "Roots," his first album for Megaforce. The release date is Sept. 27. Sonny Landreth , Vince…

  14. The Roots Make Playboy Jazz Fest Debut

    June 13, 2011 4:01 PM EDT " The Roots, the Roots, the Roots are on fire!" That one chant could be heard above the audience roar during the Roots' closing set on the opening night of the 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 11-12). Making its festival debut, the hip-hop group and "Late Night with…

  15. Il Volo, "Il Volo"

    June 03, 2011 10:00 AM EDT The operatic pop world has had all kinds of groups- Il Divo , Amici Forever -but has yet to welcome a boy band to its ranks. Say hello, then, to Il Volo , three teenage tenors from Italy who nevertheless sing with the booming authority of those twice their age. The trio's self-titled…

  16. Rod Stewart: No 'Magicians or Midgets' in Las Vegas Show

    May 20, 2011 4:21 PM EDT R od Stewart , 66, firmly embodies the term "musical icon." The hallmarks of his success include performing in such classic bands as the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces and recording his "Great American Songbook" album series. In 2001, Stewart was the first artist to receive…

  17. 'American Idol': 25 Things You Didn't See on TV

    April 22, 2011 11:27 AM EDT The Top 7 elimination episode was an emotional roller coaster if ever there was one -- from the exuberance that comes with hearing a Coldplay song on the "American Idol" stage to the highly anticipated debut of David Cook 's new single (score!) to the sad reality that somebody…

  18. Record Store Day Highlights: Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Regina Spektor & More

    April 15, 2011 7:32 AM EDT As Record Store Day approaches on April 16, the fourth annual event continues to be an increasingly valued channel through which to sell music. The number of stores expected to participate will be about the same as last year: about 1,400 around the world. But the number of retail exclusives…

  19. Ambrose Akinmusire, "When the Heart Emerges Glistening"

    April 08, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Three years ago, when the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz medal he was awarded was still shiny and new, Ambrose Akinmusire shocked many with a debut recording that reached far beyond bebop and its traditions. To many, Akinmusire is the brightest beacon on trumpet, the sharpest in a few…

  20. Johnny Winter Taps All-Star Lineup for 'Roots' Album

    April 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It should be no surprise that Johnny Winter 's next album finds him playing the blues. But on "Roots," due out later this year, he's playing other people's blues. The veteran guitarist, singer and bandleader's first studio album in more than seven years finds him…

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