1. A History Of Hit Piano Ballads On The Hot 100

    April 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Bruno Mars' new Hot 100 leader 'When I Was Your Man' joins Adele's 2011 smash 'Someone Like You' as the only piano-and-vocal-exclusive No. 1s in the chart's 54-year history. Amid a boom of hi-NRG EDM club anthems, stomp-and-clap folk/rock sing-alongs and…

  2. Oscars Impact: Streisand Spikes, 'Les Miserables' Album Drops

    February 27, 2013 2:30 PM EST Final numbers: Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger" jumps 310% for the week; Adele's "Skyfall" nets 56% gain The week's official sales figures are in, and, as previously forecasted, a lot of songs see gains thanks to exposure on Sunday's Academy Awards…

  3. Barbra Streisand to Sing at the Oscars

    January 30, 2013 12:12 PM EST Barbra Streisand will perform at the Oscars next month, the first time she's performed during an Academy Awards broadcast in 36 years. Streisand won the Academy Award for best original song for "Evergreen" in 1977. She also sang the theme from "A Star Is Born" that…

  4. Top 25 Tours of 2012

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST Chart Article Artists are ranked by gross, compiled from Billboard Boxscores reported from Nov. 9, 2011, to Nov. 13, 2012. The Best of 2012: The Year in Music | The Year in Touring 1 Madonna Total Gross: $228,406,085 Number of Shows: 72 Total Attendance: 1,635,176 Number of Sell-Outs: 72 list…

  5. Barry Manilow, Richard Marx Return To AC Top 10

    December 03, 2012 1:05 PM EST Manilow lands his first Adult Contemporary top 10 since 1989, while Marx makes his first visit to the region since 1998. As the format continues to focus heavily on holiday music, Barry Manilow collects his first Adult Contemporary top 10 since 1989, while Richard Marx makes his first…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna Mines A Gem Of A Hit With 'Diamonds'

    November 24, 2012 11:05 AM EST RiRi registers the latest rock-era-appropriate chart-topping title. Rihanna is giving new meaning to the term "rock era." As "Diamonds" reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100 , the song joins the list of geologically-inclined No. 1s in the chart's 54-year history. …

  7. Michael Jackson's Duet Partner Siedah Garrett Talks 'Bad25'

    November 21, 2012 1:30 PM EST There's a moment in Spike Lee's new Michael Jackson documentary "Bad25" that Siedah Garrett - co-writer of "Man in the Mirror" and the late Jackson's duet partner on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" - particularly favors. "When Michael said…

  8. Hot Tours: Barbra Streisand Tops with North American Performances

    November 20, 2012 12:05 PM EST Barbra Streisand reigns atop the weekly Hot Tours ranking with ticket revenue reported from arena performances on her trek through North American markets during October and November. The Live Nation-produced concerts generated more than $31.3 million at the box office from 10 concerts in nine…

  9. Barry Manilow Scores 50th Hit On Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart

    November 19, 2012 4:15 PM EST 'Santa Claus' brings the gift of a milestone entry. More than four decades into his legendary career, Barry Manilow continues to make himself at home on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. Manilow makes his milestone 50th visit to the survey, as "Santa Claus Is Coming to…

  10. Madonna Celebrates 30th Anniversary On Billboard Charts

    November 06, 2012 11:35 AM EST Madonna's material has been a force on Billboard rankings dating to her first entry on Nov. 6, 1982. Who's that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts today? Madonna . Thirty years ago today, on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna made her Billboard chart debut, entering the…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift 'Red' Hot on Hot 100

    November 02, 2012 6:45 PM EDT The lady and 'Red': Swift matches Madonna and Dionne Warwick for another impressive piece of Hot 100 history. With her latest batch of new material, Taylor Swift ties the Material Girl, and Dionne Warwick, for the second-most appearances among women in the Billboard Hot 100 's…

  12. Barbra Streisand Extends Historic Billboard 200 Albums Chart Resume

    October 18, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Singer Nets 32nd Top 10 Album, Becomes Only Act to Score Multiple New Top 10 Albums In Last Six Decades This week, Barbra Streisand becomes the first act to take multiple new albums into the Billboard 200 chart's top 10 in every decade since the 1960s. Her latest set, "Release Me,…

  13. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Score Top Billboard 200 Debut, Mumford Still No. 1

    October 17, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As forecasted a week ago, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with "The Heist." The hip-hop set sold 78,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the best sales week yet for either artist. The album is Macklemore's…

  14. Barbra Streisand Set For 32nd Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 13, 2012 9:25 AM EDT Ultimate diva Barbra Streisand is set to capture her 32nd top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The entertainer's new "Release Me" may sell 40,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Oct. 14 -- so say industry forecasters. The Columbia Records archival set, which…

  15. Barbra Streisand Belts Hits, Jabs Romney at Brooklyn Homecoming

    October 12, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Barbra Streisand was full of Brooklyn pride as she belted out well-known tunes with passion during a concert at the newly built Barclays Center. Thursday night's three-hour show was Streisand's return to her hometown, where she's also performing Saturday on her "Back to…

  16. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Heist' Album Heading for Big Billboard 200 Debut

    October 10, 2012 8:13 PM EDT Seattle rapper Macklemore , along with producer Ryan Lewis, are headed for the biggest debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The duo's "The Heist" set is aiming to start with over 65,000 sold by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Oct. 14 (so say industry…

  17. Grammys Deadline Spurs Early Vinyl Releases From Cher Lloyd, Muse

    September 26, 2012 12:30 PM EDT The rush of late-September album releases can only mean one thing: It's the end of the Grammy Awards eligibility period. Superstars, critical darlings and Grammy bait litter the September release calendar in order to make the Sept. 30 cutoff for Grammy Awards consideration. (The 2012…

  18. Hal David, Songwriting Legend, Dead at 91

    September 01, 2012 7:30 PM EDT With Burt Bacharach, Wrote Slew of Hits Including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "That's What Friends Are For," "What's New, Pussycat" Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for…

  19. Il Volo Prep New Album, Tour With Barbra Streisand

    August 22, 2012 9:20 AM EDT Teen tenors say sophomore album, due in November, will have "classical moments and pop moments" Il Volo's next album is done, but the Italian teen trio doesn't want to talk about it very much yet. "It's going to be a surprise, because it's so (varied),"…

  20. Marvin Hamlisch's Impact: From Ragtime to Broadway Riches

    August 07, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Scott Joplin was a footnote in American musical history before Marvin Hamlisch got ahold of his ragtime music from the 1890s and early 20th century. Hamlisch arranged Joplin piano rags for "The Sting" to create a song-based score that connected with American audiences in a way…

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