1. 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…

  2. '20 Feet From Stardom' Star Merry Clayton Talks Tour, Her 'Best-Of' & New Recordings

    July 02, 2013 9:30 AM EDT A film about her career as a backup singer is what's allowing the world to remember Merry Clayton as a recording artist in her own right. Clayton tells Billboard that "20 Feet From Stardom" -- the Morgan Neville documentary about her and other notable backing vocalists that…

  3. Nigel Lythgoe Confirms 'American Idol' Exit

    June 09, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Nigel Lythgoe has been fired as executive producer of "American Idol." The longtime "Idol" fixture, who briefly went on hiatus from the show during its eighth and ninth seasons, confirmed the news via his @dizzyfeet handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter. "Just…

  4. Burt Bacharach’s Memoir Delves into the Pain of Daughter's Suicide

    May 22, 2013 2:58 AM EDT Burt Bacharach knew writing a memoir would be emotional - not because of his never-heard backstage tales or his tumultuous marriages. He knew that being honest would force him to come to terms with the death of his daughter. "It was very tough because I had to revisit what that period…

  5. Youssou N’Dour & Kaija Saariaho Feted With Sweden's 2013 Polar Music Prize

    May 07, 2013 6:30 AM EDT Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho are the 2013 recipients of Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize. The Prize was created and funded in 1989 by Stig Andersson, the late manager of ABBA (sometimes called ABBA's fifth member) and the founder of two…

  6. White House Hosts Night of Memphis Soul -- Watch Justin Timberlake Sing for Obamas

    April 10, 2013 3:45 AM EDT President Barack Obama said he'd been looking forward to a White House celebration of Memphis soul music for one reason. "Let's face it, who does not love this music?" he asked Tuesday, opening the night's concert in an East Room bathed in amber light and…

  7. Legendary Producer Phil Ramone Dies at Age 79

    March 30, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a career that stretched back to the early 1960s --…

  8. 'Take a Letter, Maria' Singer R.B. Greaves Dies at 68

    October 03, 2012 9:08 PM EDT R.B. Greaves , a smooth R&B crooner who scored a No. 2 hit in 1969 with the infectious break-up song "Take a Letter, Maria," died September 27 in Los Angeles. He was 68. The singer's son confirmed the news, according to the New York Times , but provided no other information…

  9. Hal David, Songwriting Legend, Dead at 91

    September 01, 2012 7:30 PM EDT With Burt Bacharach, Wrote Slew of Hits Including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "That's What Friends Are For," "What's New, Pussycat" Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for…

  10. Elle Varner & Reps Talk 'Perfectly Imperfect' Album

    August 07, 2012 4:25 PM EDT What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it... but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potentially jarring combination. People have not only…

  11. Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot Among Songwriter Hall inductees

    June 15, 2012 9:54 PM EDT Stevie Nicks prefers writing a song over meeting a handsome prince. Ne-Yo claimed songwriting saved his life. And Bob Seger said writing a song is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing that he does. Converging opinions thrived at the 43rd annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in…

  12. Bob Seger, Jim Steinman, Ne-Yo Among Songwriter Hall Honorees

    June 15, 2012 9:10 AM EDT Stevie Nicks and Swizz Beatz Among Presenters Stevie Nicks prefers writing a song over meeting a handsome prince. Ne-Yo claimed songwriting saved his life. And Bob Seger said writing a song is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing that he does. Converging opinions thrived at the 43rd annual…

  13. Burt Bacharach Working On Memoir

    January 19, 2012 10:50 AM EST Burt Bacharach will be handling the words for his next project: a memoir. The award-winning collaborator on such hits as "I Say a Little Prayer" and "What the World Needs Now" has a deal with HarperCollins for a memoir due in November. The publisher announced Wednesday…

  14. It Takes Two: 10 Songwriting Duos That Rocked Music History

    August 23, 2011 6:35 PM EDT The deaths of Elton John & Bernie Taupin Classic songs: "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer," "Your Song" Elton John gets most of the credit, but it's the singer/songwriter's longstanding collaboration with songwriter Bernie Taupin that yielded the pair more…

  15. Nikki Jean, "Pennies in a Jar"

    July 29, 2011 10:00 AM EDT The strategy/marketing hook for this Lupe Fiasco collaborator is her collection of co-writes with legends ranging from Bob Dylan to Carly Simon. Nikki Jean excels when she plays into her collaborators' strengths, especially the Philly soul of Thom Bell on "How to Unring a Bell,"…

  16. Elton John, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra & More: Stories From Adult Contemporary's Biggest Stars & Songs

    July 20, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on Whitney Houston. Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner. Kenny Rogers, himself. Plus Many More. Billboard talks to some of the biggest names in adult contemporary. Their perspectives? Crucial. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever The…

  17. Pat Metheny, "What's It All About"

    June 17, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Using the baritone guitar that he played on his one previous solo guitar album, "One Quiet Night" (2003), Pat Metheny gently unwraps familiar pop melodies from the '60s and early '70s on "What's It All About," his first album of all covers. The songs are all…

  18. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance industries -- except, of course, some of the…

  19. Adele Smashes Madonna's U.K. Chart Record in 10th Week at No. 1

    April 04, 2011 8:20 AM EDT With XL Recordings' Adele continuing to rewrite the U.K. album sales record book, Jennifer Lopez scored her third No. 1 single in the territory yesterday (Sunday) with "On The Floor" (Def Jam/Universal), featuring Pitbull . Adele's current release "21" achieved…

  20. Adele's '21' Ties Beatles, Madonna U.K. Album Charts Record

    March 28, 2011 12:20 PM EDT A dele 's epic reign on the U.K. sales charts strengthened again yesterday (Mar. 27), as her "21" album (XL) started a ninth week at No. 1 and its single "Someone Like You" climbed back to the top, 2-1, giving it five of the last six weeks at the summit. It's…

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