1. Sherrie Austin Goes DIY for First Album in 8 Years

    December 06, 2011 12:30 PM EST The music business can be a funny thing. For proof of this, look no further than Sherrié Austin. The Australia native has had her share of radio hits like "Lucky In Love" and "Streets Of Heaven," but over the past few years, Austin has shifted gears a bit. Her songwriting…

  2. Liz Anderson, Trailblazing Country Songwriter, Dies at 81

    November 02, 2011 10:50 AM EDT Famed songwriter and singer Liz Anderson died Monday evening of complications from heart and lung disease after a brief hospitalization, her family announced. The singer, who is the mother of Lynn Anderson and a key player in the success of Merle Haggard and others, was admitted to St. Thomas…

  3. Rapper Tone-Loc Collapses Onstage In Atlanta

    October 17, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Rapper Tone-Loc collapsed onstage at an Atlanta concert on Saturday. According to TMZ , Loc (real name: Anthony Terrell Smith), was transported to a nearby hospital and released. Following reports of a seizure, his manager told the website Loc was doing fine and was suffering from exhaustion.…

  4. Betty White, Rapper With a Cause: Watch

    October 12, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Like the Energizer Bunny, Betty White just doesn't stop. TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" star has now teamed with dance artist Luciana on a remix -- and video -- for the latter's "I'm Still Hot." Watch below. Luciana's original version, released…

  5. Billboard Bits: Sly Stone Homeless, Melissa Etheridge Caught in Custody Battle

    September 26, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Psychedelic Legend Sly Stone Revealed To Be Homeless Sly Stone, ringleader of rock-funk fusion act Sly and the Family Stone is reportedly homeless, living out of a van parked in Los Angeles' rough Crenshaw…

  6. Miranda Lambert: How Her Chart-Topping Side Project Defies Decades of Nashville Convention

    September 06, 2011 1:05 PM EDT With the coronation of her side project, Pistol Annies' "Hell on Heels," Miranda Lambert is the first artist in the 47-year history of Billboard's Country Albums chart to have notched No. 1s solo (her first three, 2005-09) and as part of a separately-named, non-all-star…

  7. Motown Legend Nick Ashford Dies at 70

    August 22, 2011 9:28 PM EDT Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publicist said. Ashford, who along with wife…

  8. The Nine Collaborative Albums To Top The Billboard 200

    August 18, 2011 7:15 PM EDT The pairing of star acts on an album isn't uncommon. Last year, Elton John and Leon Russell teamed for "The Union," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Earlier in 2010, Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troubadour" bowed at No. 4. In 2007, rocker…

  9. The Game Won't Face Charges for 'Phone Mob' Prank

    August 18, 2011 8:39 AM EDT The Game will not face criminal charges after a tweet from the rapper's account incited a telephone flash mob that jammed the emergency phone system at one of the busiest stations of the Los Angeles County sheriff's department, the agency said Wednesday. Capt. Mike Parker said the…

  10. Memorial Service Held for Victims of Indiana State Fair Tragedy

    August 15, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told hundreds of people who gathered Monday for a service to remember five people killed when a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair that the tragedy has broken the hearts of the state's residents. Daniels said Saturday's stage collapse as high winds…

  11. Brad Paisley featuring Carrie Underwood, "Remind Me"

    July 29, 2011 10:00 AM EDT When word got out that Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood had recorded a duet for the former's This Is Country Music album, fans began clamoring for the track to become a single. They got their wish when "Remind Me" became the third release from the album, as the gorgeous power…

  12. Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 17, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Hi Gary, I love the new Lonely Island and Michael Bolton "Saturday Night Live" digital short and viral hit, "Jack Sparrow." [ Language in video below not appropriate for all audiences ]. The song got me to thinking about other odd teamings. In 1985, new wave duo Eurythmics…

  13. Ask Billboard: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

    April 29, 2011 6:35 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. SISTERS ARE DOIN&…

  14. Manny Pacquiao, Boxing Champion, to Release 'Sometimes When We Touch'

    April 22, 2011 8:51 AM EDT Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is adding another job to his resume. The welterweight champion, Filipino congressman and actor is releasing a song on April 28. Pacquiao's recording of "Sometimes When We Touch" will be released globally before his May 7 WBO welterweight title…

  15. Fantasia, "Collard Greens and Cornbread"

    April 15, 2011 10:00 AM EDT With a title like "Collard Greens and Cornbread," listeners may find themselves unsure of what to expect from Fantasia Barrino's latest single. That mystery is cleared up as soon as the first chorus arrives, however, as the former "American Idol" champ describes a…

  16. 'Treme' A Vital Platform For New Orleans Musicians

    April 08, 2011 2:54 PM EDT At any of "Until we were on the air, we had to overcome the New Orleans suspiciousness of Hollywood, which has portrayed the city somewhat poorly," Overmyer says. "We're over that hump. I may be blissfully unaware, but people in the city have been very cooperative."…

  17. Chris Brown Parts Ways with Publicist After 'GMA' Outburst

    March 25, 2011 1:20 PM EDT C hris Brown's independent publicist, Tammy Brook, has parted ways with the singer, Brook confirmed to Billboard.biz Friday morning (Mar. 25). On Tuesday, Brown reportedly smashed a window , tore off his shirt and stormed out of the "Good Morning America" studios after being…

  18. Thompson Square, "Thompson Square"

    March 03, 2011 5:21 PM EST When a Nashville couple gets along so well-at least on record-that they have to write a song about forcing themselves to fight, you know it's not George Jones and Tammy Wynette we're talking about. Thompson Square's Keifer and Shawna Thompson, who've been married 11 years,…

  19. Rihanna Rocks NBA All-Star Game with Kanye West, Drake

    February 21, 2011 9:14 AM EST With a celebrity-studded crowd looking on, Rihanna rocked the halftime show at the NBA All-Star game on her 23rd birthday. She had other big names helping her sing her hits Sunday, with Drake joining in on "What's My Name?" and working "happy birthday" into the lyrics…

  20. Ask Billboard: What-The-Forget Is Going On?

    January 28, 2011 5:35 PM EST 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. WHAT-THE-FORGET…

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