1. Exclusive: Whitney Houston To Be Honored in Next 'VH1 Divas' Tribute

    May 09, 2012 1:45 PM EDT VH1 will pay tribute to Whitney Houston for its next installment of "VH1 Divas," Billboard has learned. The network will tape the performance in Los Angeles in December, with Houston's longtime musical director Rickey Minor on board as executive producer. No artists have been…

  2. Ask Billboard: Does Lionel Richie Make Billboard Chart History?

    April 08, 2012 10:05 AM EDT As his 'Tuskegee' begins atop Country Albums, have any artists previously topped both that tally and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums? Plus, analysis of chart feats by Justin Bieber, Adele, Celine Dion and more Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about…

  3. 'American Idol' Recap: Oh Yes It's '80s Night

    April 05, 2012 10:15 AM EDT It was '80s Night on Wednesday's "American Idol," and for the most part, the remaining eight finalists paid solid tribute to the decade of decadence, tapered jeans and big hair. Among the highlights: Jessica Sanchez covering Whitney Houston (again) on "How Will I Know…

  4. Ask Billboard: Happy Birthday, Celine Dion!

    March 30, 2012 5:15 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. HAPPY BIRTHDAY,…

  5. Happy Birthday, Mariah Carey, Chart Icon

    March 27, 2012 12:05 AM EDT As Carey celebrates her 42nd birthday, here's a look back at some of her most impressive chart achievements. As Mariah Carey celebrates her 42nd birthday today, we've got the perfect present. Here's a look back at the most notable chart records that Carey has set since she…

  6. Madonna's Free Pass for Quebec Concert Site Draws Controversy

    March 14, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Officials for Quebec City's historic Plains of Abraham has relaxed its rule about for-profit concerts on the park grounds and made an exception for Madonna . Live Nation Entertainment will present her concert September 1, and according to the Globe and Mail , the National Battlefields…

  7. Celine Dion Cancels Shows, Needs Vocal Rest

    February 28, 2012 4:15 PM EST Sure, Celine Dion 's heart will go on, but as of now, her voice cannot. The pop singer has announced the cancellation of 10 shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas through March 18, due to weakness in her right vocal chord. According to a press release, Dion experienced…

  8. Honoring Etta James: 7 Famous Covers of 'At Last'

    January 20, 2012 11:50 AM EST Etta James ' passing has reminded music fans of the wealth of R&B and blues classics the singer released, with none more timeless than her version of Mack Gordon and Harry Warren's "At Last." Since James originally married her soaring vocals to the wistful track in…

  9. Friday Flashback: Kind of 'Blue Christmas'

    December 16, 2011 10:23 PM EST With the holidays just around the corner, let's turn the spotlight on one of the season's top Yuletide tunes -- one that has a rich country history. Though Elvis Presley's 1957 recording of "Blue Christmas" stands now as the most famous, it wasn't the first.…

  10. Lady Gaga Leads Forbes' 2011 Top-Earning Women in Music List

    December 14, 2011 8:16 PM EST She may not have been born this way, but Lady Gaga was pop's top-earning woman in 2011. According to Forbes , Lady Gaga earned $90 million from album sales, touring and endorsements -- double the estimated earnings of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry , who made $45 million and $44 million,…

  11. Drake's 'Take Care' Cruising to 700,000-Plus Debut

    November 16, 2011 6:45 PM EST It should surprise nobody, but Drake 's second full-length studio album, "Take Care," is on its way to a monster debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell as many as 725,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Nov. 20. …

  12. Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson to Celebrate Soul For 'VH1 Divas'

    October 27, 2011 8:19 PM EDT VH1 announced a pretty impressive roster of artists for VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul airing Monday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m. This year's performers are Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Jill Scott, Florence + The Machine, Kelly Clarkson, and Jessie J with The Roots serving as the house band. The…

  13. Richard Marx: 'The Playboy Club' Felt 'Doomed From the Start'

    October 21, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Richard Marx lost a high-profile gig when NBC canceled "The Playboy Club," for which he was serving as a music producer. But the singer, songwriter and performer -- who racked up eight Top 10 singles between 1987-94 and worldwide sales of more than 30 million -- isn't wanting…

  14. Il Volo Prep Christmas EP, Talk Girls, Pitbull & Celine Dion

    October 17, 2011 11:30 AM EDT It's been a happy year for Il Volo with the release of their self-titled debut album. Now the teen vocal trio from Italy wants to make it a happy holiday season, too. The troupe will start with a Christmas EP it recorded during July with producers Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis. It will…

  15. Ask Billboard: What Are The Best-Selling Holiday Albums?

    October 16, 2011 2:35 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. IT'S…

  16. New Cirque du Soleil Show Is Michael Jackson 'On Steroids'

    September 29, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Eleven months after announcing the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, writer/director Jamie King and his collaborators at Cirque du Soleil are itching to get the production under way on Oct. 2 in Montreal. And the Jackson estate -- which authorized and partnered in the project -- is…

  17. Man Enters Celine Dion's Home, Pours Bath, Gets Arrested

    September 07, 2011 9:28 AM EDT A 36-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly broke into singer Celine Dion 's home near Montreal, raided the fridge and even took the time to pour himself a bath, police said Tuesday. He was nabbed by police in the Montreal suburb of Laval on Monday afternoon after the alarm…

  18. Ester Dean Talks 'Ice Age 4,' New Album and Missy Elliott

    August 19, 2011 4:40 PM EDT You watched Ester Dean "Drop it Low" with Chris Brown and recently heard her on Nicki Minaj 's Billboard Hot 100 No. 4, "Super Bass." Now the singer, also one of the industry's busiest songwriters, is moving back into the limelight with a role in Ice Age:…

  19. Smokey Robinson Tapped for ELLA Award: 'I'm Very Honored By This'

    August 09, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Smokey Robinson first met Ella Fitzgerald some 50 years ago and calls her "my mom, just such a wonderful lady. I loved her so much, and she was always so sweet to me." Now he's getting an award named in Fitzgerald's honor. The Motown legend will be the recipient of the…

  20. 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…

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