1. Clive Davis Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 12, 2012 4:05 AM EST You could hear a pin drop as Clive Davis took the stage at his and the Recording Academy's annual pre-Grammy gala Saturday night with a moment of silence in honor of Whitney Houston. "Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal…

  2. Weekly Chart Notes: Madonna, Michael Jackson, 'Godspell'

    February 10, 2012 1:45 PM EST The Queen of Pop moves closer to the Queen of Soul's Hot 100 record, while music from the King of Pop makes a royal return. NEW MATERIAL: Madonna dresses up the Billboard Hot 100 for a 56th time, as "Give Me All Your Luvin'," featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., soars in at…

  3. Kelly Clarkson Singing Anthem at Super Bowl

    January 12, 2012 8:50 AM EST "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson is set to perform at America's most popular sporting event: the Super Bowl. Clarkson has been chosen to sing the national anthem before the NFL championship game at Indianapolis on Feb. 5, a person familiar with Super Bowl entertainment plans told…

  4. 12 No. 12 R&B/Hip-Hop Hits for 2012

    January 10, 2012 1:05 PM EST Last January, Chart Beat paid respects to songs that peaked at No. 11 on various Billboard charts, just one spot from a more fortunate top 10 rank. Still, several No. 11 hits have gone on to become well-worn classics, including the Beatles ' "Eleanor Rigby," Dead or Alive'…

  5. Diana Ross, Steve Jobs Among Special Grammy Honorees

    December 22, 2011 11:30 AM EST Diana Ross, The Allman Brothers Band and George Jones are among those being honored at next year's Grammys with Lifetime Achievement Awards, while Apple founder Steve Jobs will receive a special award posthumously for his contributions to the music industry, the Recording Academy…

  6. Nile Rodgers Q&A: On 'Freak' Origins, Diana Ross & His 'Iffy' Health

    November 23, 2011 3:30 PM EST Nile Rodgers has worked with just about everyone in the industry from Michael Jackson to Madonna to INXS to Mick Jagger. With Chic he wrote and produced songs like "Good Times," and "We Are Family," that are eternally enshrined in the wedding/bar-mitzvah DJ song list. In…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, LMFAO, Heavy D

    November 17, 2011 4:05 PM EST With three debuts, Swift passes five legends to claim the seventh-most Hot 100 appearances among women. SHHH! THE 'MOVIE' STARTED: Winning the Country Music Association's coveted Entertainer of the Year prize (Nov. 9)? Check. Topping Country Songs for a fifth time, with "…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Mariah Carey, Beach Boys, Lou Reed

    November 11, 2011 4:15 PM EST Justin Bieber was born the year that Mariah Carey first released 'All I Want for Christmas Is You.' Now their duet of the song is on the Hot 100. CAREY ON: With the help of an artist who was less than a year old when the song was originally released, Mariah Carey returns to the…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Traci Lords

    November 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Now with 11 Hot 100 No. 1s, what chance might Rihanna have at passing the Beatles for the most leaders in the chart's history? BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES?: "We are watching history in the making." Island Def Jam president/COO Steve Bartels Wednesday (Nov. 2) praised Rihanna in a…

  10. 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…

  11. Jessy Dixon, Gospel Star & Pop Collaborator, Dies at 73

    September 26, 2011 5:15 PM EDT Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who introduced his energetic style of gospel music to wider audiences by serving as pop singer Paul Simon's opening act, died Monday. He was 73. Miriam Dixon said her brother died Monday morning at his Chicago home. She said he had been sick but…

  12. Is Adele's 'Someone Like You' The First No. 1 Piano-And-Vocal-Only Ballad?

    September 13, 2011 12:05 PM EDT H ello Gary! I was amazed (and very, very happy) that Adele 's wonderful and mesmerizing ballad "Someone Like You" has made it all the way to the top of the Hot 100 , helped by her incredible performance at the MTV Video Music Awards Aug. 28 . I really thought that, being a…

  13. Ask Billboard: Chart Moves, Like 'Jagger'

    September 02, 2011 7:35 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. AS STUDENTS…

  14. Motown Legend Nick Ashford Dies at 70

    August 22, 2011 9:28 PM EDT Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publicist said. Ashford, who along with wife…

  15. The Nine Collaborative Albums To Top The Billboard 200

    August 18, 2011 7:15 PM EDT The pairing of star acts on an album isn't uncommon. Last year, Elton John and Leon Russell teamed for "The Union," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Earlier in 2010, Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troubadour" bowed at No. 4. In 2007, rocker…

  16. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 3

    July 15, 2011 6:55 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. PEN PALS, READERS…

  17. Shania Twain Returns To Country Songs Chart

    June 20, 2011 4:05 PM EDT The latest stop on Shania Twain 's multi-media comeback blitz: Billboard's Country Songs chart. The star singer/songwriter ends a six-year hiatus from the survey, as "Today Is Your Day" blasts in as the list's highest debut at No. 40. The bow marks the fourth-highest…

  18. Shania Twain Duets With Lionel Richie on 'Endless Love': Watch

    June 14, 2011 1:55 PM EDT More than eight years after "Up" reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart, Shania Twain is back in the spotlight, recording a duet with Lionel Richie on her reality show "Why Not? with Shania Twain." Watch below, as Twain and Richie belt out Ritchie's duet with…

  19. Dennis Coffey Taps Mayer Hawthorne, Paolo Nutini for Solo Album

    April 30, 2011 8:36 AM EDT D ennis Coffey , the man who brought wah-wah to Motown (on the Temptations ' "Cloud Nine") and has a Hall of Fame-caliber sessions resume, brings his own music to the fore again this week with the help of some famous friends. Paolo Nutini, Mayer Hawthorne, Lisa Kekaula of the…

  20. 'American Idol' Castoff Ashthon Jones Proud of Accomplishments

    March 11, 2011 4:20 PM EST During Thursday night's episode of "American Idol," the first contestant from this year's Top 13, Nashville's Ashthon Jones, was sent home. The 25-year-old singer's elimination follows her performance of Diana Ross ' "When You Tell Me That You Love Me…

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