1. Anti-Donald Trump Ad Reworks Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain'

    October 10, 2016 2:53 PM EDT Donald Trump's critics go to great lengths to express their disgust with the Republican candidate. The Patriotic Artists & Creatives PAC is the latest initiative to bash Donald Trump's campaign, enlisting Carly Simon 's "You're So Vain" as the anti-Trump…

  2. Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash Continue No Nukes Advocacy As Paris Climate Talks Wind Down

    December 11, 2015 10:43 AM EST Bonnie Raitt—who co-founded Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) with Jackson Browne, Graham Nash and others—has roundly rejected pro-nuclear-power arguments heard during the Paris climate talks. A longtime environmental activist, Raitt reacted to recent commentaries in the New York Times…

  3. Carly Simon's Memoir Highlights: Warren Beatty's Cheating to Sean Connery's Threesome Proposal

    November 23, 2015 6:03 PM EST Carly Simon ’s  Boys in the Trees  (Flatiron Books, Nov. 24, $33.50) is one of the best celebrity memoirs of the year. Mostly covering her life from her birth in 1945 to her divorce from James Taylor in 1983, it is an elegantly written and revealing account of her privileged childhood (her…

  4. Carly Simon Admits 'You're So Vain' Is About Warren Beatty

    November 18, 2015 10:35 AM EST The singer definitively cites ex-boyfriend Beatty as one of several targets of her classic getting-even song Warren Beatty is no longer just a cloud in her coffee – he is also a confirmed subject of Carly Simon ’s 1972 hit single “You’re So Vain.” Ever since the song’s release fans have…

  5. Carly Simon Premieres Poignant Duet With Son Ben Taylor 'I Can't Thank You Enough'

    November 12, 2015 12:58 PM EST Just in time for Thanksgiving, here’s a little family-oriented duet that should make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside -- it’s storied songwriter Carly Simon duetting with her son Ben Taylor on an ode to devotion called “I Can’t Thank You Enough.” The track is one of two…

  6. James Taylor: 'It's So Unlikely That I Should Be Considered a Pillar of Society'

    June 19, 2015 1:55 PM EDT “It's been a while,” James Taylor writes with typical wry humor in the liner notes to Before This World , his first album of new material in 13 years, released by Concord Records on June 16. Rare among his peers, Taylor has never made a stylistic digression; like the 15 releases…

  7. Ask Billboard: It's 2015 … and Madonna & Paul McCartney Are in the Top 40

    February 24, 2015 11:35 AM EST The icons continue to add new chapters to their incomparable careers. Plus, more albums that have produced bigger hits with each subsequent single. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  8. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1991, Madonna's 'Justify My Love' Hit No. 1

    January 05, 2015 8:05 AM EST Madonna scored her ninth Hot 100 leader 24 years ago. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Green Day, Usher and Christina Aguilera. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 5, 1991 MTV famously refused to air the song…

  9. Carly Simon Remembers 'Truly Brilliant' Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 6:35 PM EST When Mike Nichols died at age 83 on Wednesday night, the entertainment community lost one of its brightest, funniest and most thoughtful voices. Carly Simon -- who provided unforgettable music for several of his signature films, including the Oscar-winning "Let the River Run" from…

  10. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Christina Aguilera Tops Pop Songs With 'Beautiful' & More

    January 06, 2014 8:05 AM EST Eleven years ago this week, Aguilera reigned with her signature ballad. Plus, a look back at major moves by Green Day, Usher and Garth Brooks Your weekly recap of significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. Jan. 6, 1973 Forty-one years ago today, Carly…

  11. No. 14 Hits for '14: David Bowie, Drake, the Doors & More

    January 01, 2014 8:05 AM EST As 2014 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 14 peaks on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite their falling four spots shy of the top 10, these No. 14 hits remain among the most memorable songs of the past five-plus decades. Happy New Year!   " Surfin' Safari,…

  12. Taylor Swift & Carly Simon Duet to 'You're So Vain': Watch

    July 31, 2013 4:00 AM EDT For Taylor Swift, breakups aren't always a bad thing. In fact, they usually result in a hit single and another platinum plaque to add to her collection. And she's not alone. Pop music has had a long love affair with the kiss-off song, and some 40 years before Swift delivered the…

  13. Ask Billboard: Robin Thicke Makes Chart History

    June 11, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Our mailbag is back, with readers discussing Robin Thicke's unprecedented family feat, the bevy of current dance covers, Jennifer Lopez's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Jackson, Eric Church

    June 16, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Calling out some quirky chart feats as Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe.' A round-up of random facts in the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen now being chased by all the other boys (and girls and groups) on the Billboard Hot 100, where her "Call Me Maybe…

  15. Ask Billboard: 'Call Me Maybe' ... by 'Payphone'?

    May 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. 'CALL ME MAYBE…

  16. Album Review: Marilyn Manson, 'Born Villain'

    April 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Marilyn Manson "Born Villain" Producer: Marilyn Manson Cooking Vinyl/Downtown Release Date: May 1 Marilyn Manson has always done well playing the tragic hero - or the sacrificial lamb. So it seems appropriate to quote Macbeth near the beginning of "Born Villain," the shock…

  17. Q&A: Marilyn Manson on 'Born Villain,' Johnny Depp and Label 'Stupidity'

    April 27, 2012 3:25 PM EDT With his genre-blending, authority-challenging, Bible-tearing, establishment-baiting ways, Marilyn Manson is nothing if not a born villain. The frontman of the band that bears his name has courted controversy throughout his career and found plenty of success -- including two Billboard 200…

  18. Taylor Swift as Joni Mitchell? Singer in 'Girls Like Us' Talks

    April 20, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Taylor Swift could be returning to the big screen as Joni Mitchell . According to Variety , the country star is "circling" the role of the iconic singer-songwriter in the adaptation of "Girls Like Us." The Sheila Weller book traces the lives of musicians Mitchell, Carly…

  19. Family Affairs: A History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 9:05 AM EST B.I.C.'s Arrival Lifts the Carters Into Rarified Chart Air Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole , Miley Cyrus , Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones , Matthew and Gunnar Nelson,…

  20. Tori Amos Talks New Album & 'Little Earthquakes' at 20

    September 17, 2011 12:01 PM EDT A classically trained pianist and songwriter, Tori Amos has spent nearly 20 years challenging expectations and the very concept of "mainstream-friendly." As an icon of the '90s alternative boom, she sang openly about religion, rape and the steamy underbelly of femininity,…

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