1. Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, KISS Among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominations

    October 16, 2013 12:14 AM EDT Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, and The Replacements are among first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The hall of fame announced its annual list of nominees Wednesday morning and half the field of 16 were first-time nominees. YES, Link Wray and The…

  2. Jack Johnson Embraces 'Easy Listening' on 'From Here to Now to You'

    September 17, 2013 9:03 PM EDT The singer-songwriter's new album was inspired by family life in Hawaii, Johnson says. Want to hear the sound of pure contentment? Pop on the new Jack Johnson record. If you thought the Hawaii-based folk-rock singer was ultramellow before, wait until you hear "From Here to Now to…

  3. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  4. Jenny Lewis Scores 'Very Good' Film, Calls Solo Album '80%' Done

    January 22, 2013 5:15 PM EST The year and a half Jenny Lewis intended to take off has resulted in a second solo album being three songs shy of complete plus her first movie score. So much for time off.   Lewis spent a year working on "Very Good Girls," the directorial debut from screenwriter Naomi Foner, whose…

  5. Third Day Look to 'Invite Everyone In' With 'Miracle'

    November 06, 2012 11:30 AM EST "There's one choice on election day that we guarantee will satisfy you, and that's voting for Third Day ," the band's bassist Tai Anderson says with a laugh. Yes, on the same day as the presidential election (Nov. 6), Third Day's new Essential Records release,…

  6. Ask Billboard: Who's The Hot 100's King? Elvis Presley Vs. Lil Wayne

    September 24, 2012 6:05 AM EDT 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. WHO'S THE HOT 100'S KING? ELVIS PRESLEY VS.…

  7. 'Tapestry' Photographer Jim McCrary Dies

    May 07, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Jim McCrary, who was behind the camera for hundreds of album covers including Carole King's iconic "Tapestry," but who soured on rock photography following an encounter with a young Michael Jackson, died last month at age 72. His niece Colleen Pollard told the LA Times that…

  8. Ray Stevens Laments Lack of Comedy on Radio

    March 08, 2012 7:00 PM EST With such notable recordings to his credit as "In the Mood," "Shriners' Convention," as well as the perennial Yuletide classic "Santa Claus Is Watching You," Ray Stevens has become one of the biggest comedy recording stars of all time. The entertainer looks…

  9. Steven Tyler Q&A: On Making 'Noise in My Head,' Aerosmith & 'Idol,' Johnny Depp & More

    May 03, 2011 12:52 PM EDT It's a sunny day in Laurel Canyon, and Steven Tyler is shouting, "Author! Author!" before he heads to work to hear the "American Idol" contestants sing a bunch of Carole King songs. There's reason for his ebullience, of course; besides his stint as an "…

  10. Panda Bear Goes Underground with More Serious 'Tomboy'

    March 29, 2011 2:25 PM EDT Noah Lennox feels compelled to consider his audience now. He blames 2007 for that. Lennox had been recording solo under the name Panda Bear for the better part of a decade, releasing a pair of records along the way in what he considers a somewhat blithe obscurity. Selling records is what he…

  11. 'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    March 08, 2011 1:05 PM EST An era of tight playlists leaves little room for thousands of hit songs not regularly programmed on classic hits or oldies radio stations. Still, Barry Scott has fashioned an enviably fortuitous career as host of "The Lost 45s," airing "records you never thought you'd hear…

  12. Jon Stewart Gets Auto-Tune Treatment on 'Sanity Song'

    November 01, 2010 3:42 PM EDT Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity had its share of musical guests on Saturday (Oct. 30), from Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock to John Legend and Wilco 's Jeff Tweedy. But Stewart's own passionate speech about Americans working together got a musical treatment as well, thanks to…

  13. Ozzy, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock Join 'Rally to Restore Sanity'

    October 31, 2010 1:42 PM EDT Cable television's talking heads were the primary targets of Saturday's Rally to Restore Sanity, which drew tens of thousands of people to Washington, D.C. From video montages of news programs' doomsday prophecies to introducing citizens who remained "rational" under…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Lil Wayne, Lady Antebellum, John Mellencamp

    August 26, 2010 6:55 PM EDT 'ABOVE' AND BEYOND: With his highest career debut as a lead artist, Lil Wayne becomes one of just 10 acts in the Billboard Hot 100 's history to make at least 60 visits to the survey. "Right Above It" soars in as the Hot 100's Hot Shot Debut at No. 6. As a lead…

  15. 14 Hot Bonnaroo Cameos And Covers From Saturday

    June 13, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Check out these fourteen great covers, quotes, and cameos from Bonnaroo's hot action on Saturday (June 12). Weezer rocked Lady Gaga, Jay-Z gave a shout out to Stevie Wonder and Jack White , Norah Jones took on Johnny Cash, and more. Bonnaroo Main | Bonnaroo 2010 Photos 10 Awesome…

  16. 'American Idol' Recap: Aaron Kelly Brings It With the Rolling Stones' 'Angie'

    March 16, 2010 11:00 PM EDT First off, let me get my predictions out of the way before the show starts so you can come back and cheer me or mock me afterwards. If you want to see my psychic link with Simon Cowell informed opinions on how the remaining "Idol" contestants are going to do this season, check out…

  17. Billboard Bits: Susan Boyle, Cypress Hill, Weezer, Mystikal And More

    January 15, 2010 4:49 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Susan Boyle will make her first television appearance of 2010 next Tuesday (Jan. 19) when she returns to the Oprah Winfrey Show to perform "Who Was I Born To Be," an original song penned…

  18. Chart Beat: Paula Abdul, 'Epiphany', Frank Sinatra and more!

    May 14, 2009 4:07 PM EDT HEY PAULA (AND DAUGHTRY AND MICHAEL): Twenty years ago this week, Paula Abdul moved into the Billboard Hot 100 penthouse with her second No. 1, "Forever Your Girl." (Her first, "Straight Up," held on for a final frame at No. 90). Fast-forwarding to the present, only one…

  19. Depeche Mode Logs Third Week Atop Euro Chart

    May 14, 2009 7:53 AM EDT In an unchanged top three on European Top 100 Albums, "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI) starts a third week on top for Depeche Mode, ahead of Bob Dylan's "Together Through Life" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope…

  20. Bob Dylan Marks Second Week As U.K. No. 1

    May 11, 2009 12:09 PM EDT Bob Dylan started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with "Together Through Life" (Columbia/Sony BMG), as "Number 1" (4th & Broadway/Universal Island) by Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz took the singles crown for a third week. "Life"…

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