1. Weekly Chart Notes: Mariah Carey Adds To Hot 100 Legacy

    May 16, 2013 6:35 PM EDT With the debut of "#Beautiful," Carey pads her historic Hot 100 discography. Plus, Michael Jackson's music is reaching new generations and Rod Stewart returns As "#Beautiful" bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 24, Mariah Carey continues as one of the chart&…

  2. Amber Holcomb Q&A: Tears, Tour Talk and Love for Nicki After 'American Idol'

    May 03, 2013 8:50 AM EDT Thursday night, "American Idol" announced its top 3 season 12 contestants. While Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, and Angie Miller walked off the stage smiling, the bottom contender was voted off, and that was Amber Holcomb. Before leaving the show, Ryan Seacrest handed Holcomb the…

  3. 20 Songs Named After Other Musicians: The Wanted's 'Walks Like Rihanna' & More

    April 30, 2013 2:44 PM EDT So far this week, the Wanted has returned with a new single that tips its cap to the body language of a certain Barbadian pop princess ("She can't sing, she can't dance/But who cares, she walks like Rihanna!" goes the chorus), and Lil Kim has jumped on a Tiffany Foxx…

  4. Quincy Jones Gets Dinner and a Bono at 80th Birthday Bash

    April 14, 2013 11:36 PM EDT Quincy Jones proved there's no age limit on partying when he and his self-anointed "celestial twin," Sir Michael Caine, celebrated their 80th birthdays this weekend (April 13) at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The sumptuous fete -- the first of four birthday…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj Matches Mariah Carey's Hot 100 Mark

    April 12, 2013 3:04 AM EDT With the debut of 'High School,' Minaj notches her 44th Hot 100 hit, equaling the output of fellow 'American Idol' judge – and rival? – Carey Perhaps another element to add to their reported rivalry as judges on "American Idol": Nicki Minaj has tied Mariah…

  6. 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…

  7. Adele, Alicia Keys and Rita Ora Cover ELLE Magazine’s Women in Music Issue

    April 09, 2013 5:37 PM EDT As spring blossoms, music fills the air and we come to truly appreciate those musicians that hook us with their melodic poetry. ELLE Magazine trumpets this with their annual Women in Music issue. Adele, Alicia Keys and Rita Ora brought their own signature style to the May cover of ELLE…

  8. No Joke! The 20 Biggest Tunes for 'Fools'

    April 01, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Another April Fools' Day is upon us, and although many "fools" will be busy pulling lame pranks on Monday (Apr. 1), the fools with a thirst for chart history should explore this list of the 20 biggest songs with the word "fool" in the title. From Aretha Franklin to…

  9. Musicians React to Death of Producer Phil Ramone

    March 30, 2013 7:46 PM EDT Tony Bennett, John Legend, Josh Groban and many other artists paid tribute on social media. Remembering Phil Ramone • Musicians react to Ramone's death on twitter • Ramone looks back on legendary career in 1996 Billboard interview • Ramone remembered by Streisand, Wonder and more…

  10. Legendary Producer Phil Ramone Dies at Age 79

    March 30, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a career that stretched back to the early 1960s --…

  11. Oscars Send Adele Flying Up Charts

    March 07, 2013 5:15 PM EST Hello Again: Adele's '21' reunites with Billboard 200; Seth MacFarlane's jazz album makes solid gains Thanks to the Academy Awards, Adele is flying high on the Billboard charts this week. Her "21" album jumps four slots to No. 10 on the Billboard 200 albums…

  12. 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…

  13. Adele, Shirley Bassey Set for Big Post-Oscars Sales Gains

    February 25, 2013 5:10 PM EST "Skyfall" could see a 45% jump after Adele's win; Bassey's signature version of "Goldfinger" eyes a 275% gain Music from Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Jennifer Hudson and more are all due to see huge sales increases on this week's Billboard charts thanks…

  14. The Oscars Have Off-Key Night: TV Review

    February 25, 2013 2:17 AM EST "Here's to the losers," Seth MacFarlane sang in a closing number with Kristin Chenoweth, an ode to nominees going home empty-handed after the three hour, 30 minute Academy Awards ceremony conclude Sunday. Like so much of the night, it was not particularly funny, a bit awkward…

  15. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2013

    February 22, 2013 12:00 PM EST Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past 12 months. The world may be going more digital by the second, but live is still the big cash driver for the top 40 earners on our annual musician Moneymakers list. Read More: Madonna, Springsteen Lead 2013 Money Makers Reported…

  16. Madonna, Bruce Springsteen Lead Billboard's 2013 Top 40 Money Makers

    February 22, 2013 12:00 PM EST It may be a digital age, but live is still the big cash driver for the top 40 earners on our annual list The U.S. music business offers a matrix of trends to satisfy chart watchers and number crunchers. New CD sales continue to fall. Digital music sales are rising nearly 10 years after…

  17. Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth Added to Music Mix at Oscars

    February 21, 2013 12:45 PM EST Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth will perform a special closing number, and past winners Jennifer Hudson, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones will join an all-star tribute to recent movie musicals at this Sunday's Academy Awards. It's all part of an increasingly…

  18. Whitney Houston Estate's Strategy of Singer's Catalog

    February 11, 2013 1:25 PM EST Has Team Houston missed an opportunity, or is the timing just right? In the year since the sudden passing of Whitney Houston, just 24 hours before the 2012 Grammy Awards, the powerhouse diva has sold more than 2 million albums and 4.3 million tracks, according Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard…

  19. 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…

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: David Bowie's 10 Biggest Hits; Taylor Swift Bests Madonna

    January 18, 2013 7:15 PM EST As the rock icon returns, a look at his 10 biggest Billboard Hot 100 classics. Plus, Taylor Swift passes Madonna for a notable Hot 100 mark. David Bowie bounds back to Billboard's charts, as "Where Are We Now?" enters Hot Rock Songs at No. 20. The song concurrently launches on…

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