1. Brenda Lee Talks Successful Christmas Recordings, Yuletide Memories & More

    December 11, 2015 3:00 PM EST The Christmas season has always been very special in the life of Brenda Lee . The only woman to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame, she tells Billboard that it’s been that way since an early age. “It’s my favorite time of the year,” Lee…

  2. Stan Irwin, Producer Who Persuaded the Beatles to Play Las Vegas, Dies at 94

    January 23, 2015 4:43 AM EST Stan Irwin , a Las Vegas producer and manager for such celebrities as Johnny Carson , has died at age 94. Irwin's friend and business partner George Michaud says Irwin died Wednesday of natural causes in Los Angeles. Irwin guided the careers of such celebs as Don Rickles, Buddy…

  3. Mariah Carey Tops Holiday 100 Songs Chart With 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'

    December 17, 2014 4:56 PM EST Carey returns to familiar vaunted territory with her 1994 seasonal classic. Mariah Carey jingles all the way back to No. 1 on Billboard 's Holiday 100 songs chart with her modern classic carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which rises 2-1. (Like the Billboard…

  4. Musicians Hall of Fame Induct Buddy Guy, Peter Frampton & Others

    January 29, 2014 3:14 AM EST The Musicians Hall of Fame inducted 12 new members across the genres, including bluesman Buddy Guy, British rock guitarist Peter Frampton and pedal steel player and country singer Barbara Mandrell. Also inducted during Tuesday's ceremony in Nashville were Randy Bachman from The Guess Who…

  5. Ask Billboard: The #PraiseTheLorde Edition

    October 04, 2013 2:05 PM EDT As 'Royals' reaches the top of the Hot 100 this week, readers weigh in for an-all Lorde 'Ask Billboard' mailbag. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  6. Chart Highlights: Phillip Phillips Makes History On Adult Pop Songs

    December 17, 2012 5:30 PM EST The singer is the first 'American Idol' champion to send a debut single to No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs, where 'Home' hikes 2-1. Plus, new No. 1s from Ellie Goulding and Steven Curtis Chapman. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  7. Chart Highlights: will.i.am, Britney Spears Bound Onto Pop Songs Chart

    December 10, 2012 4:45 PM EST Dropkick Murphys, meanwhile, bring their brand of holiday cheer to the Alternative Songs tally. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  8. Taylor Swift Makes Country Songs History

    December 06, 2012 1:05 PM EST Nine Weeks at No. 1 for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' Sets Record for Solo Females Two months after Billboard revised the Country Songs ranking method from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio hybrid, Taylor Swift 's ninth week…

  9. Chart Highlights: One Direction's 'Little Things' Makes Big Pop Songs Start

    December 03, 2012 5:30 PM EST 'Little Things,' from the boy band's No. 1 Billboard 200 album 'Take Me Home,' enters the radio airplay chart at No. 35. Plus, Florida Georgia Line rules Country Airplay on its first try. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  10. Mariah Carey-Led Holiday Songs Chart Returns

    November 29, 2012 3:40 PM EST 'Tis the season for Billboard to resume charting the most popular holiday songs. As the weather outside gets frightful (or at least the lines at the mall…), the Holiday Songs chart makes its annual return to Billboard.com. Like the Billboard Hot 100, but solely for yuletide tracks (of…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift 'Red' Hot on Hot 100

    November 02, 2012 6:45 PM EDT The lady and 'Red': Swift matches Madonna and Dionne Warwick for another impressive piece of Hot 100 history. With her latest batch of new material, Taylor Swift ties the Material Girl, and Dionne Warwick, for the second-most appearances among women in the Billboard Hot 100 's…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Madonna, Michael Jackson, 'Godspell'

    February 10, 2012 1:45 PM EST The Queen of Pop moves closer to the Queen of Soul's Hot 100 record, while music from the King of Pop makes a royal return. NEW MATERIAL: Madonna dresses up the Billboard Hot 100 for a 56th time, as "Give Me All Your Luvin'," featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., soars in at…

  13. Billboard Celebrates Season With Holiday Songs Chart

    December 01, 2011 1:45 PM EST Billboard this week launches its first-ever Hot 100-style ranking of seasonal favorites with the launch of the Holiday Songs chart. Like the Hot 100, the survey ranks tracks based on a formula blending airplay, download sales and streaming data as tracked by Nielsen Entertainment. Check Out…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, LMFAO, Heavy D

    November 17, 2011 4:05 PM EST With three debuts, Swift passes five legends to claim the seventh-most Hot 100 appearances among women. SHHH! THE 'MOVIE' STARTED: Winning the Country Music Association's coveted Entertainer of the Year prize (Nov. 9)? Check. Topping Country Songs for a fifth time, with "…

  15. Weekly Chart Notes: Mariah Carey, Beach Boys, Lou Reed

    November 11, 2011 4:15 PM EST Justin Bieber was born the year that Mariah Carey first released 'All I Want for Christmas Is You.' Now their duet of the song is on the Hot 100. CAREY ON: With the help of an artist who was less than a year old when the song was originally released, Mariah Carey returns to the…

  16. 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…

  17. Did The Charts Predict This Year's Grammy Award Winners?

    February 15, 2011 1:05 PM EST From such surprise honorees as Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding to Lady Gaga 's egg-shell-ent adventure, the 53rd Grammy Awards offered a host of highlights . Did the victors' Billboard chart performances, however, foretell their fortunes at Sunday's (Feb. 13) festivities? A…

  18. Mariah Carey's 'All I Want' Crowns Billboard's Holiday Songs Chart

    December 01, 2010 3:00 PM EST Like a star shining bright atop a Christmas tree, Mariah Carey's 1994 carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You" tops Billboard's list of the 100 most popular seasonal songs. The special holiday recap is based on a formula blending sales and airplay data for the period of Oct…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Black Eyed Peas, Susan Boyle

    November 18, 2010 6:35 PM EST CLASS RANK: The "Glee" cast accomplishes a feat on the Billboard Hot 100 that it couldn't quite manage at Regionals. While McKinley High School's show choir placed third in its most important singing competition to-date in the "Glee" first-season finale in May,…

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Mark Salling

    November 04, 2010 5:55 PM EDT QUEEN OF STARTS, PART 1: While "Speak Now" storms in atop the Billboard 200 , becoming the first album since 2005 to begin with sales of more than a million , according to Nielsen SoundScan, Taylor Swift 's chart domination extends to the Billboard Hot 100 . Ten titles from the…

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