1. Suzanne Vega Shares Handwritten Letter From Prince

    April 25, 2016 8:22 PM EDT As the music world continues to mourn the Prince 's unexpected death last week, Suzanne Vega has unearthed a handwritten letter written by the music icon complimenting her 1987 hit "Luka." Prince's 'Family' Tree: See the Purple One's Musical Universe The…

  2. Archie Roach Recognized in Queen's Birthday List

    June 08, 2015 3:13 AM EDT Celebrated indigenous singer, songwriter and guitarist Archie Roach was among the musicians recognized in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours list, published on Monday (June 8). Roach, a Gunditjmara Bundjalung man, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division for his…

  3. 10 British Summer Music Festivals You Need to Know About Now

    May 19, 2015 3:34 PM EDT Amid Britain's castles, parks and farms, British fans revel in an endless summer of music. Decades before American music fans flocked to Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, the United Kingdom already boasted a thriving and diverse festival scene, one that has only increased in…

  4. Ed Sheeran Snaps a No. 2 Return on Twitter Top Tracks

    May 01, 2015 1:00 PM EDT Plus, Britney Spears' "Tom's Diner" debuts and Sia starts in the top 10 with help from Heidi Klum. After Ed Sheeran revealed that “Photograph” is the next single from x , the track bursts to a No. 2 re-entry on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks survey dated May 9. (The…

  5. This Week In Billboard Chart History: In 1976, The Bee Gees Celebrate With 'Dancing'

    August 25, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 38 years ago, the trio led the first Dance Club Songs chart. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Katy Perry, the Notorious B.I.G. and Debbie Gibson Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Aug. 25, 2001 The…

  6. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    March 30, 2014 9:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, a recap of Gaga's best-selling albums, songs and more; Soko's quick Hot 100 run; and your favorite one-word-titled hits As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  7. Suzanne Vega's Five Favorite Songs

    March 27, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The renowned singer/songwriter picks her top five favorites from her catalog At Billboard, we like to think we know a little bit (and hopefully a lot more) about how to create a songs chart. But, artists themselves have a unique insight into which songs of theirs deserve the highest praise.…

  8. Suzanne Vega Talks New Album, Performs Live In Chart Beat Meet & Greet

    March 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The folk singer/songwriter discusses her new album, 'Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles,' which includes a 50 Cent sample and a Macklemore shout-out "Every time I make an album, the idea is to mix the acoustic guitar, this beautiful, old-fashioned, almost…

  9. Lou Reed Tribute: An Epic, Weird Night at SXSW for 'One Motherf---er of a Songwriter'

    March 15, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Alejandro Escovedo, Lucinda Williams, Spandau Ballet, Chuck Prophet, the Black Lips, Suzanne Vega and Sean Lennon were among the artists at the first full-scale tribute to Lou Reed since his death The absence of a full-scale, high-profile tribute to the late Lou Reed has been glaring, and…

  10. Inside the Lou Reed Tribute at SXSW: 20-Plus Acts, All-Star House Band to Create 'Austin Meets New York Street Vibe'

    March 07, 2014 9:40 AM EST Spandau Ballet, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega, Sean Lennon, Black Lips are all slated to perform at the first full-scale tribute of Reed, who died in October When Richard Barone was recruited to be part of this year's South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival, he wanted to…

  11. Suzanne Vega Samples 50 Cent, New Album Coming

    November 20, 2013 1:13 AM EST Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega has seen her work sampled by rap artists many times. Now she's showing the inspiration runs both ways. The New Yorker samples 50 Cent's song, "Candy Shop" in a track featured on her upcoming album, due in February. Vega's 1987 song …

  12. Lorde First Woman In 17 Years To Top Alternative Songs With 'Royals'

    August 12, 2013 1:05 PM EDT The New Zealand singer/songwriter, just 16, is the first lead solo female to rule the ranking since Tracy Bonham in 1996 (months before Lorde was born) With the aptly-titled "Royals," Lorde becomes the first lead solo female to crown Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based…

  13. Ask Billboard: More Soundtrack Stopgap Hits

    October 30, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Long before Adele's 'Skyfall,' artists have bridged the gap between breakout albums and follow-ups with soundtrack smashes. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  14. Suzanne Vega Finishing Up 'Close-Up' Series, May Explore Kickstarter

    October 08, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Suzanne Vega says that recasting a good chunk of her song catalog -- an exercise she finishes with the new "Close-Up Vol. 4, Songs of Family" -- has "really been a success on a few levels." The New York-based singer-songwriter tells Billboard that the four "Close-Up…

  15. Chart Beat Meet & Greet: Ed Sheeran (Exclusive Video)

    April 17, 2012 12:15 PM EDT This week, the British singer/songwriter's global hit 'The A Team' reaches a U.S. chart at last. "'The A Team' came from an experience I had when I did a gig at a homeless shelter," says 21-year-old British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran of his breakout single…

  16. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 20, 2011 3:05 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. READERS'…

  17. Israeli Raid On Gaza-Bound Flotilla Draws Mixed Artist Reaction

    June 11, 2010 12:10 PM EDT When the Pixies canceled their first-ever performance in Israel just three days before a scheduled June 9 gig in Tel Aviv, the veteran indie rock band became the latest in a string of acts to call off shows in the Jewish state. The Pixies' decision came a week after an Israeli commando…

  18. Chart Beat Thursday: Bon Jovi, Jay-Z, Bad Lieutenant

    November 19, 2009 2:51 PM EST BORN TO LEAD, NOT FOLLOW: Bon Jovi collects its fourth No. 1 and 10th top 10 on the Billboard 200, as "The Circle" rolls in at the summit. The set also starts atop Rock Albums and Digital Albums. With its last Billboard 200 entry, "Lost Highway," also having bowed at No. 1…

  19. New York Venue City Winery Preps For Opening

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST City Winery, a new New York venue being launched by Knitting Factory founder Michael Dorf, will open on New Year's Eve with a concert by Joan Osborne. City Winery, a new New York venue being launched by Knitting Factory founder Michael Dorf, will open on New Year's Eve with a…

  20. This Day in Music

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Rapper Lumumba Carson aka Professor X dies in New York at the age of 49. 2006 - Rapper Lumumba Carson aka Professor X dies in New York at the age of 49. 2005 - Prolific singer/songwriter/guitarist Lalo Guerrero, known as the "Father of Chicano Music," dies in Palm Springs,…

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