1. 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…

  2. Ask Billboard: Chicago's AC Six-Cess

    August 05, 2011 2:05 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. CHICAGO'S AC…

  3. 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,"…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. My Morning Jacket, "Circuital"

    June 10, 2011 10:00 AM EDT One of the great glories of My Morning Jacket is the band's ongoing element of surprise. The group carved out a sweet, soaring jam-band niche for itself early on, and keeps toying with that perception. (Witness its challenging 2008 set "Evil Urges.") And while "Circuital…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Sergio Mendes Unveils 'Rio' Soundtrack in Los Angeles

    March 14, 2011 12:00 PM EDT S ergio Mendes used a sold-out four-night stint at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse to celebrate his 50 years in the record business and to uncage his latest efforts -- two of the five songs he has contributed to the animated film "Rio." He unveiled the songs at the end of a 80…

  11. 'Glee' Gets 'Sexy' Upon Gwyneth Paltrow's Return

    March 09, 2011 12:35 PM EST Last night's (Mar. 8) episode of " Glee " marked the return of Gwyneth Paltrow's saucy substitute Holly Holliday, who sets out to educate McKinley High about sex (which she says is "just like hugging, only wetter"). She educates Mr. Schuester as well, as things…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Medina

    March 03, 2011 5:25 PM EST From its two new judges to the series' first champion and an already ousted 2011 hopeful, "American Idol" ties infuse this week's Billboard charts. HERE COME THE JUDGES: Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 , dating to…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Britney Spears, 'Country Strong,' Louis C.K.

    January 20, 2011 2:05 PM EST AND THE BRITNEY SONG IS ON: (To paraphrase Yoji "Pop" Asano, whose take on Miley Cyrus ' "Party in the U.S.A." proved one of the many highlights of last night's "American Idol" 10th season premiere). Britney Spears expands the elite group of chart…

  14. Bruno Mars Soundtracks a 'Glee' Wedding

    November 24, 2010 12:44 PM EST So here's what you missed on " Glee ": Kurt's dad proposed to Finn's mom, making Finn and Kurt step brothers, and Finn realizes that he hasn't been doing that great of a job of looking out for Kurt. This becomes especially obvious when Harry and Sam totally pound…

  15. Dave Koz, "Hello Tomorrow"

    October 22, 2010 11:41 AM EDT Saxophonist Dave Koz brings the funk on "Hello Tomorrow," certainly more so than the smooth jazz poster boy has on previous efforts since the 1990s. Some of that credit goes to Koz' new production team of Marcus Miller and John Burk, who surround him with stellar rhythm…

  16. That's How Country Boys (And Girls) Roll

    August 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'GOOD' JOB, JERROD: Billboard's Country Songs chart, to be refreshed, along with all surveys, Thursday on billboard.com, sports several notable feats this week, beginning at the summit. Jerrod Niemann notches his first No. 1, as "Lover, Lover" lifts 3-1. With the…

  17. Ask Billboard: Beyonce Vs. Gaga Vs. Rihanna

    May 28, 2010 3:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BEYONCE VS. GAGA VS. RIHANNA Hi Gary, I was wondering if you could run a…

  18. 'Glee' Sets Off Waterworks with 'Beautiful,' 'House Is Not a Home'

    April 28, 2010 2:39 PM EDT Instead of asking its cast to pound out "Hello" covers and tributes to Madonna , last night's episode of "Glee" directed its challenge outward: How many times can viewers get misty-eyed in an hour? Between Mercedes' brief brush with an eating disorder, Finn and…

  19. Ask Billboard: Ushering In Another No. 1

    April 09, 2010 6:45 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. 'RAYMOND V RAYMOND,' VS. WHO ELSE? Hi Gary, With Usher having his…

  20. SXSW Day 2 Brings STP, Cheap Trick Performances, Alex Chilton Tributes

    March 19, 2010 1:45 PM EDT The music kicked into high gear on the second full day of the South By Southwest Music Festival + Conference in Austin, TX, though the celebrations were tempered by sadness as fans and fellow musicians reacted to the death of Alex Chilton . Big Star 's Jody Stephens said he felt "a…

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