1. P!nk To Perform At Oscars

    February 21, 2014 2:20 PM EST The 86th Academy Awards have added P!nk to its list of performers at this year's ceremony, set to air live on ABC on Mar. 2. The pop singer, who was named Billboard's Woman of the Year in 2013, announced the news on Friday (Feb. 21). Last month, P!nk and fun.'s Nate Ruess…

  2. Bette Midler to Perform at the Oscars

    February 20, 2014 12:39 AM EST Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, it was announced Wednesday. The Divine Miss M has received two Oscar nominations and won several Grammys. “We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meronsaid…

  3. Courtney Barnett Signs to Mom + Pop, Playing Coachella (Exclusive)

    February 11, 2014 9:08 AM EST Courtney Barnett, the 26-year-old Australian anti-folk singer, has signed a licensing agreement in North America with the independent label Mom + Pop. Barnett, known for plainspoken, narrative songs vivified by a subtle wit and compulsive attention to detail, is signed internationally to the…

  4. New Barbra Streisand Duets Album Coming Soon, With Beyonce & Lady Gaga?

    January 25, 2014 2:09 PM EST Album could also include Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder and more Superstar diva Barbra Streisand is preparing a new duets album, and it may feature the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Blake Shelton. Her publicist confirmed the forthcoming duets set today (Jan. 25) to Billboard, but had no…

  5. U2 Make Surprise Performance at Haiti Benefit During Golden Globes Weekend

    January 12, 2014 3:37 PM EST Bono and company stirring up anticipation for expected 2014 album U2 performed live last night (Jan. 11) for the first time in four years, surprising guests at Sean Penn's third annual Help Haiti benefit in Beverly Hills' Montage Hotel. The charitable event coincided with this…

  6. Drummer Ricky Lawson Dead at 59

    December 26, 2013 10:35 AM EST Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59. Lawson's uncle, Paul Riser of Detroit, said Tuesday that Lawson was…

  7. P!nk: The Billboard Woman Of The Year Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:00 AM EST P!nk, Billboard's Woman of the Year honoree, highlights 'a positive, enormous and wonderful' 2013. This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's Sunday, the 18th of October, and P!nk is sending 2-year-old daughter Willow…

  8. Ask Billboard: Why Aren't Power Ballads So Powerful Anymore?

    November 29, 2013 4:05 PM EST An analysis of why slow songs ruled top 40 in the late '80s but don't, for the most part, now. Plus, Hall & Oates' top 10 hits and Tom Wopat, 'Luke Duke' himself, stops by As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  9. The Top 30 Jewish Musicians

    November 27, 2013 1:05 PM EST Christmas classics may vastly out-number Hanukkah hits, but there's been no shortage of Jewish artists that have topped the Billboard charts over the years. With Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, beginning on the evening of Wednesday, November 27, now is the perfect time…

  10. 'Glee' Recap: The 'End of Twerk' Episode Not As Bad As It Sounds

    November 15, 2013 3:00 AM EST An episode with a title like “The End of Twerk” sounds like a Glee recipe for disaster, but by all miracles this week skirted the line of absurd, touching, and managed to advance multiple character narratives. The last is especially a feat in the world of Glee, and if the audience has to…

  11. Carole King Is MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 19, 2013 2:30 PM EDT Carole King will be honored as the MusiCares person of the year during the 2014 Grammy Awards week. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that King will be saluted by performers Lady Gaga, the Dixie Chicks, Bette Midler, Steve Tyler, James Taylor and Jason Mraz with more to be announced…

  12. Electric Zoo Festival Canceled After Two Deaths

    September 01, 2013 11:01 AM EDT The third day of the Electric Zoo Festival today (September 1) has been canceled due to “serious health risks,” a statement from the New York City government announced and a posting from the festival confirmed. The release on NYC.gov states that two fans had died and at least four…

  13. Singles Lady: Bonnie McKee Is Looking Out for Number One

    August 13, 2013 7:00 PM EDT She's helped write some of the biggest multimillion-selling hits in recent history -- including four Hot 100 No. 1s for Katy Perry. But now Bonnie McKee wants to sell a few more for someone else: herself "Welcome to Casa de Bambi!" Bonnie Mc­Kee exclaims as she makes her way…

  14. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  15. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  16. What Do Anna Kendrick and Barbra Streisand Have in Common on the Charts?

    July 19, 2013 3:06 PM EDT What do Anna Kendrick and Barbra Streisand have in common? They are the only two people that have earned a top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and Academy Award and Tony Award nominations in acting categories. Kendrick was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for actress in a…

  17. From Backup to Big Screen: 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Has Its Moment

    June 09, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Documentaries do not have press junkets. That's for scripted studio films with stars, big budgets and the potential to pull in eight or nine figures at the box office. Yet on June 7, director Morgan Neville gathered in Los Angeles with four of the stars of "Twenty Feet From…

  18. Bette Midler’s Broadway Show Recoups in Two Months

    May 31, 2013 1:38 AM EDT Bette Midler is officially box office gold -- her one-woman Broadway show has recouped its $2.4 million investment in just over eight weeks. On Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Midler is playing the wondrously snooty super talent agent in "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With…

  19. Beatles Guitar Sells to the Tune of $408,000

    May 20, 2013 5:52 AM EDT An electric guitar played by late Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison has fetched $408,000 at auction -- twice the sum it was expected to go for. The semi-hollow-body electric guitar was sold to an unidentified bidder at the Music Icons event, held Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe in…

  20. 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…

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