1. Tim Wright, Bassist in Avante Garde Bands Pere Ubu and DNA, Dead

    August 06, 2013 7:30 PM EDT Tim Wright, founding bassist of influential Cleveland band Pere Ubu and a transformative force in pioneering no wave band DNA, died this past Sunday from unreleased causes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the news earlier today. Wright joined Pere Ubu in 1975, following the dissolution of…

  2. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs Word Cloud, Top Artists Map & More

    August 04, 2013 2:35 PM EDT The 55th anniversary celebration of Billboard's Hot 100 rolls on today (August 4), the chart's birthday, with a visual look at the all-time top 100 songs and artists in the form of a special word cloud, map, icons and more.  HOT 100 ALL-TIME TOP 1OO SONGS: FULL LIST HOT 100…

  3. 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…

  4. Hot 100 55th Anniversary By The Numbers: Top 100 Artists, Most No. 1s, Biggest No. 2s & More

    August 02, 2013 9:54 AM EDT In the course of charting over a half-century of music, the Billboard Hot 100 -- which now celebrates its 55th anniversary -- has seen some songs transform into hits, but it has also chronicled major chart feats. So in addition to the Hot 100 55th anniversary All-Time Top 100 Songs…

  5. 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…

  6. Brett Eldredge Is Finally Ready to 'Bring You Back': Exclusive Video

    August 01, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Brett Eldredge is poised to release his debut album, "Bring You Back." The set contains his hit single "Don't Ya," which is sitting at No. 9 on the Hot Country Songs chart.  After releasing his first single, "Raymond," almost three years ago, nobody is…

  7. Kevin Gates & Rep Talk 'Stranger Than Fiction' Success & Career Start

    July 26, 2013 1:49 PM EDT 'I suffer from deep depression, so my only release is music,' the rapper says. When Kevin Gates stepped out of jail in 2011, he was surprised to discover that his fan base had spilled beyond the borders of his hometown of Baton Rouge, La. The 27-year-old had toyed with rapping…

  8. Bubbling Under: Zendaya Hits 'Replay' For The First Time

    July 26, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Zendaya, Whitney Wolanin, Fortuna La Super F and Ryan Stevenson ZENDAYA Following two years of starring in "Shake It Up…

  9. TLC Preps New Album In October, Taps Lil Mama For Mixtape Performance

    July 25, 2013 2:25 PM EDT Two tracks have already been penned: 'Posh Life,' written by Lady Gaga and Dallas Austin and 'Meant To Be,' written by Ne-Yo. Nearly 11 years after their last studio album, "3D," TLC is prepping a massive comeback that will include new music, a VH1 biopic…

  10. Van Dyke Parks Takes Artful Approach on First Solo Album in Decades

    July 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT On "Songs Cycled," acclaimed composer enlists artists Art Spiegelman, Klaus Voorman and others The artwork inside the booklet for Van Dyke Parks' first solo album in 20 years is as important as the music itself, the songwriter-composer arranger says. With contributions from…

  11. Childish Gambino Releases New Song, 'Centipede': Listen

    July 25, 2013 10:33 AM EDT Childish Gambino is back in the rap game with the release of his new song, "Centipede." With a soulful, uplifting introduction, the young MC uses a capella before breaking out into verses of his family origin over spacey soundscapes. "Gotta make it, 'cause if not, I'…

  12. ‘Psych’ Star Dule Hill to join Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    July 25, 2013 12:29 AM EDT Dule Hill will be tapping into his dancing roots when he joins Broadway's "After Midnight," a musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. Producers said Wednesday the actor and trained tap dancer best known for starring in…

  13. Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Has a Girl

    July 22, 2013 4:32 PM EDT Lady Antebellum's leading lady has given birth to a little lady. Hillary Scott's representative says the country singer gave birth to Eisele Kaye Tyrrell on Monday in Nashville, Tenn. Scott is married to Nashville-based drummer Chris Tyrrell. Eisele is the couple's first…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Jay-Z's 'Magna'-ificent Week On The Hot 100

    July 19, 2013 2:35 PM EDT With seven debuts, including his 20th top 10, the rapper solidifies his standing among the most elite performers in the chart's history. Plus, Lorde is the first lead female soloist to reach the Alternative Songs top 10 since 1997 As Jay-Z scores his lucky 13th No. 1 on the Billboard…

  15. Touring Bits: Thirty Seconds to Mars Postpones, Muse Confirms, Beyonce Adds Dates

    July 19, 2013 5:33 AM EDT Thirty Seconds To Mars have had to postpone their tour to Australia because one of the band members has undergone surgery. The arena tour was scheduled for this August but has been postponed to March 2014, promoter Frontier Touring Company said today, citing “unavoidable and unfortunate…

  16. Jay-Z's Twitter Q&A Yields Surge in Followers, Full 'Dead Presidents 3'

    July 09, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Jay-Z is hardly the artist known for his stunts on Twitter (he only tweeted four times in 2012), but on July 8 took the Internet for a ride with a surprise Q&A, answering questions from fans and driving overall awareness for his then soon-to-debut "Magna Carta... Holy Grail."…

  17. Celine Dion Prepares Path To Vegas for Protégé Veronic DiCaire

    July 09, 2013 4:49 AM EDT Perched atop the performer hierarchy in Las Vegas, where she holds court in the Caesars Palace Colosseum, five-time Grammy winner Celine Dion could quite easily sit on her laurels. But the 45-year-old mother of three is using her influence on new projects, working on a new album due out in…

  18. U.K. Jewish Museum Explores the Intimate Side of Amy Winehouse

    July 03, 2013 12:18 AM EDT Amy Winehouse seemed to live in public, but her fans never knew the private person. An exhibition at London's Jewish Museum aims to reveal an intimate side to a troubled star who was also, in the words of her older brother Alex, "simply a little Jewish kid from North London with a…

  19. '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…

  20. Michael Jackson's Health Deteriorated from Sleep Deprivation, Expert tells Court

    June 24, 2013 2:35 AM EDT Michael Jackson's inability to learn new dance moves and remember the lyrics to his songs were symptoms that the singer was totally sleep deprived by the time of his death, a sleep expert told a jury Friday. Charles Czeisler said reports by workers on Jackson's ill-fated comeback…

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