1. Adam Lambert Gets 'Wild' On 'Idol' As Judging Format Changes

    April 15, 2009 6:45 AM EDT "American Idol" tried to end on time Tuesday, implementing a format that allowed only two judges to review a singer. Host Ryan Seacrest explained: "We're working in teams tonight, so we make it in on time." Judge Simon Cowell said they had to do it that way because…

  2. Lady GaGa Takes Top Spot On U.K. Singles Chart

    March 23, 2009 2:30 PM EDT Album releases aimed squarely at yesterday's Mothers' Day had a big impact on the new U.K. sales chart. Irish pop vocalist Ronan Keating's covers set "Songs For My Mother" (Polydor/Universal) entered at No. 1, while on the separate compilation album listing, "101…

  3. Lily Allen Asserts Control Over U.K. Charts

    February 16, 2009 2:35 PM EST Lily Allen added No. 1 stripes on the U.K. album chart to her continuing reign on the singles survey. The Regal/Parlophone/EMI artist's sophomore album "It's Not Me, It's You" debuted at the top, as "The Fear" started a third week at the singles summit. The…

  4. Elton John To Close Las Vegas Show

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Elton John is playing his final notes on the red piano in Las Vegas. Promoters say the pop singer will close his Las Vegas Strip show, "The Red Piano," on April 22. The show made its debut in February 2004 at the Colosseum theater at Caesars Palace. After initially signing on for 75…

  5. This Day in Music

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Aaron Tippin and his wife, Thea, become parents again when their second child, Thomas Aaron Tippin is born at the Baptist Women's Pavilion in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Thomas weighs seven pounds, fou 2000 - Aaron Tippin and his wife, Thea, become parents again when their second child,…

  6. 50 Cent, Bette Midler Team For Queens Garden

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Cent and actress/singer Bette Midler made for an unlikely team yesterday at the grand opening of the Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson Community Garden at Baisley Park in Queens, N.Y., according to MTV News 50 Cent and actress/singer Bette Midler made for an unlikely team yesterday at the…

  7. This Day in Music

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - 21-year-old U.K. hip-hop sensation Lily Allen makes her first U.S. appearance at New York's Hiro Ballroom. Appearing with a three-piece horn section, bassist and keyboardist, Allen blasts throu 2006 - 21-year-old U.K. hip-hop sensation Lily Allen makes her first U.S. appearance at…

  8. Chart Beat: 'All Summer Long,' Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more! IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on The Billboard Hot 100 at once, so it's…

  9. Kings Of Leon Rule U.K. Album, Singles Charts

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. has officially been overtaken by Kings Of Leon mania, as the quartet's single "Sex on Fire" started a third week atop the singles chart, while their fourth album, "Only by the Night," debuted The U.K. has officially been overtaken by Kings Of Leon mania, as…

  10. This Day in Music

    September 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion previews a slew of new songs during a surprise gig at the Mercury Lounge in New York. Among the tracks performed are "Hot Gossip," "Mars Arizona," "Don't Smile," "Be 2003 - Jon Spencer Blues Explosion previews a slew…

  11. Chart Beat: Jason Mraz, B.B. King, 'Gypsy'

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses chart action from Jason Mraz, B.B. King, "Gypsy" and more! 'YOURS' SONG: The little bedroom demo that could gives Jason Mraz his first top 10 hit on the Hot 100. "I'm Yours" was written in 2004 while Mraz was working on his "Mr. A to Z…

  12. This Day in Music

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member of the Minneapolis-based rock act Soul Asylum, dies at his home. He was 41. Diagnosed with throat cancer in May 2004, Mueller underwent radiation treat 2005 - Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member of the Minneapolis-based rock act Soul…

  13. This Day in Music

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - U2 lead singer Bono and his wife Ali welcome a new baby boy into their family. 2001 - U2 lead singer Bono and his wife Ali welcome a new baby boy into their family. 2000 - Bad Boy Records rapper Black Rob (a.k.a. Robert Ross) is arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon…

  14. The Billboard Q&A: Carly Smithson Of 'American Idol'

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Carly Smithson wasn't much like a lot of "American Idol" finalists: she had a rock edge, a load of tattoos and even had a record label deal before she joined the show. Read up on her international pas Carly Smithson wasn't much like a lot of "American Idol"…

  15. This Day in Music

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Johnnie Wilder Jr., frontman and co-founder of the 1970s R&B group Heatwave, dies at his home in Clayton, Ohio. He is 56. 2006 - Johnnie Wilder Jr., frontman and co-founder of the 1970s R&B group Heatwave, dies at his home in Clayton, Ohio. He is 56. 2002 - Devoted fans of…

  16. Ask Billboard

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers readers' questions on Bette Midler, Radiohead, Celine Dion and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . BETTE HITS THE 'JACKPOT' Hi there, I have a question regarding Bette Midler&…

  17. This Day in Music

    February 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Legendary percussionist and bandleader Ray Barretto, one of the leading figures of the Latin jazz movement that exploded in New York in the late 1940s, dies in Hackensack, N.J. He is 76. 2006 - Legendary percussionist and bandleader Ray Barretto, one of the leading figures of the Latin…

  18. This Day in Music

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Kaiser Chiefs take home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards 2006, held at London's Earls Court. 2006 - Kaiser Chiefs take home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards 2006, held at London's Earls Court. 2006 - French songwriter Anna Marly dies in her house in Alaska…

  19. Billboard Goes To The Grammys: A 50-Year Retrospective

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST As the Grammy Awards turn 50, here's a look back at music's biggest night -- from the 1958 inaugural event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to last year's Dixie Chicks triumph at Los Angeles' Staples Cente As the Grammy Awards turn 50, here's a look back at music's…

  20. Cher Hunkering Down For Vegas Concerts

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST As expected, actress/singer Cher has been added to the roster of headliners at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. As expected, actress/singer Cher has been added to the roster of headliners at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Through a partnership with concert promoter…

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