1. Ask Billboard: The #PraiseTheLorde Edition

    October 04, 2013 2:05 PM EDT As 'Royals' reaches the top of the Hot 100 this week, readers weigh in for an-all Lorde 'Ask Billboard' mailbag. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  2. Testimony Ends in Michael Jackson Civil Trial

    September 20, 2013 8:55 PM EDT Closing arguments are expected to begin Tuesday as the case over the King of Pop's death heads for a conclusion. Testimony ended Friday in a long-running lawsuit claiming the promoter of Michael Jackson's planned comeback concerts was negligent in hiring the doctor convicted of…

  3. AEG Live Wraps Its Defense In Civil Trial Over Michael Jackson’s Death

    September 18, 2013 10:17 PM EDT Lawyers for concert promoter AEG Live LLC rested their defense Wednesday with testimony from a longtime friend and doctor of Michael Jackson in the negligence case filed by Jackson’s mother over his death. The trial is in its 21st week and jurors are expected to begin deliberations next…

  4. Michael Jackson Was a Long-Time Propofol User, Doctor Tells Court

    August 29, 2013 4:23 AM EDT Michael Jackson requested the anesthetic propofol to help him sleep at least a decade before he died from an overdose of the drug, a doctor testified Wednesday. Dr. Christine Quinn said Jackson summoned her to a Beverly Hills hotel in 1998 or 1999 and asked her to give him propofol. The…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: The 27 Songs To Spend At Least 10 Weeks Atop The Hot 100

    August 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' is the latest such lengthy leader. Chart Beat analyzes the characteristics of these monster hits. Plus, radio gets in on the Katy Perry/Sara Bareilles similarities and the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart celebrates a birthday The latest chart…

  6. Debbie Rowe Testifies About Michael Jackson's Fear of Pain

    August 14, 2013 5:35 PM EDT Michael Jackson's ex-wife broke into tears on Wednesday when she took the witness stand in a civil case and described the singer's fear of pain and trust of physicians. Debbie Rowe said the pop star trusted doctors to prescribe pain medication to him, but they sometimes tried to…

  7. 'CBGB' Trailer Arrives Online: Watch

    August 08, 2013 12:11 AM EDT After months of teaser posters and on-set photos, CBGB, Randall Miller's film chronicling the rise of New York's famed punk rock music venue, is finally letting audiences inside the club with an official trailer. Alan Rickman leads an all-star cast as Hilly Kristal, the…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Newport Folk Festival Wrestles Weather, Evolving Legacy With Beck, Avett Brothers, Feist

    July 29, 2013 2:05 PM EDT As the summer festival economy continues to enjoy its boon era at the same time the wider music industry remains unsure what it's going to be when it grows up, every promoter has no doubt felt the pressures that force fests to either make room for outside controlling interests -- big…

  11. Scalpers Pass On Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert

    July 05, 2013 4:30 AM EDT A concert benefiting Oklahoma tornado victims has drawn some of the biggest names in country music, but with proceeds intended for charity it is not attracting scalpers hoping to prey on an unsuspecting public. Oklahoma natives Toby Keith and Garth Brooks are among the star-studded lineup…

  12. Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation Remixes Blondie’s 'Heart of Glass': First Listen

    June 26, 2013 1:45 PM EDT After years with seminal global-tronic duo Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza knows his way around a disco. Still, it takes a skillful producer to reinvigorate a song that has become a staple in our culture’s aural lexicon over the last thirty-plus years. Wisely, on his remix of Blondie’s …

  13. Debbie Gibson Charts Her Five Favorite Songs

    June 25, 2013 10:05 AM EDT The singer gets lost in her numerous hits and ranks her five favorites, from No. 5 to No. 1 At Billboard, we like to think we know a little bit (and hopefully a lot more) about how to create a songs chart. But, artists themselves have a unique insight into which songs of theirs deserve…

  14. 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 .…

  15. Paris Jackson Is 'Physically Fine' After Apparent Suicide Attempt

    June 05, 2013 4:33 PM EDT Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of late singer Michael Jackson, was hospitalized early Wednesday morning after an apparent suicide attempt, members of the teen's family have confirmed. "Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are," Perry…

  16. Chiller Theatre 2013: A Video Diary

    May 28, 2013 10:05 AM EDT Chart Beat chats with Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, Debbie Gibson, the Monkees' Peter Tork and other beloved entertainers at the music, movie and TV star convention "People don't want to meet you. They want you to meet them." At the Chiller Theatre fan convention,…

  17. New HBO Liberace Biopic A ‘Great Love Story,’ says Michael Douglas

    May 23, 2013 3:12 AM EDT The idea of Michael Douglas playing Liberace might seem nearly as outrageous as Liberace himself. Liberace, forever hailed as Mr. Showmanship, was the excess-to-the-max pianist-personality whose onstage and offstage extravagance were legendary and who wowed audiences in Las Vegas and…

  18. Michael Jackson's Private Life, Final Day on Display in Civil Trial

    April 30, 2013 9:37 PM EDT A paramedic on the scene the day of the King of Pop's death testified in the Tuesday trial proceedings. Jurors in the civil case between Michael Jackson's mother and concert giant AEG Live got another glimpse of the singer's private life on Tuesday through the eyes of a…

  19. Michael Jackson's Struggle With Drugs Detailed on Opening Day of Civil Trial

    April 30, 2013 9:24 AM EDT Michael Jackson's struggle against drug addiction was put on display Monday during opening statements at his mother's wrongful death case against concert promoter AEG Live. Competing portraits of Jackson emerged during the first hours of the trial, with Katherine Jackson's…

  20. A History Of Hit Piano Ballads On The Hot 100

    April 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Bruno Mars' new Hot 100 leader 'When I Was Your Man' joins Adele's 2011 smash 'Someone Like You' as the only piano-and-vocal-exclusive No. 1s in the chart's 54-year history. Amid a boom of hi-NRG EDM club anthems, stomp-and-clap folk/rock sing-alongs and…

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