1. Amy Winehouse Found Dead At Home In London

    July 23, 2011 1:25 PM EDT Amy Winehouse , the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27. Photos: Amy Winehouse's Through the Years Winehouse shot to fame in 2006 with the album "Back to…

  2. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Charles , Georgia; and, the Beach Boys ,…

  3. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 1

    July 01, 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. PEN PALS: READERS…

  4. Whitney Houston Returns to Rehab

    May 09, 2011 2:10 PM EDT W hitney Houston is back in rehab. A representative for the superstar singer confirmed Monday that Houston is undergoing treatment. Kristen Foster says Houston is in an out-patient program for drug and alcohol treatment. She says it is a voluntary measure and part of Houston's "long…

  5. Dionne Warwick, the Shirelles Sue 'Baby It's You' Broadway Producers

    April 28, 2011 1:00 PM EDT The producers of a new Broadway musical about the 1960s girl group the Shirelles have been hit with a lawsuit charging them of pilfering the names and likenesses of the original members. Singer Dionne Warwick , who is also portrayed in the show "Baby It's You", joined the legal…

  6. 'American Idol' Mulls Tweaks to Voting System After Pia Toscano Elimination

    April 20, 2011 3:05 PM EDT "American Idol" producers will discuss changes to the voting process at the end of this season, but will not tweak the process this year. Executive producer Ken Warwick said the producers will consider limiting the number of text votes allowed, incorporating judges' opinions…

  7. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga 'Born' To Be At No. 1

    April 01, 2011 7:30 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. LADY GAGA '…

  8. Thin Lizzy Considering Return to the Studio

    March 26, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Scott Gorham is thinking it may be time to bring the Thin Lizzy boys back into the studio again. The venerable group hasn't released a new album since 1983's "Thunder and Lightning" and certainly have not thought about it since iconic frontman Phil Lynott's death in…

  9. 'Idol' Hopeful Casey Abrams 'Feeling Really Good' After Hospitalization

    March 15, 2011 11:50 AM EDT "American Idol" contestant Casey Abrams missed last Thursday's live elimination episode after being hospitalized for a second time since the season began. Fortunately, the fan favorite said that he's "feeling really good" during an appearance at an "Idol…

  10. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears' '3' Decades of No. 1s

    February 11, 2011 7:25 PM EST 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. BRITNEY SPEARS&…

  11. Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Gladys Knight Rock amfAR

    February 10, 2011 12:30 PM EST Mercedes Benz Fashion Week kicked off yesterday (Feb. 9) in New York City with the annual amfAR gala, held at Cipriani's downtown. The event was held in honor of President Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Taylor, Diane Von Furstenberg and Dr. Mathilde Krim for their work in the fight against AIDS…

  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Mark Salling

    November 04, 2010 5:55 PM EDT QUEEN OF STARTS, PART 1: While "Speak Now" storms in atop the Billboard 200 , becoming the first album since 2005 to begin with sales of more than a million , according to Nielsen SoundScan, Taylor Swift 's chart domination extends to the Billboard Hot 100 . Ten titles from the…

  13. Ask Billboard: Featuring More Un-Featured Artists

    August 20, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Recently, Chart Beat and Ask Billboard have spotlighted songs that were successful as covers, but not as well-known in their original versions, as well as songs that sported high-profile guests that were not officially credited as featured artists on single releases. Below are two more follow…

  14. Trey Songz: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 06, 2010 1:30 PM EDT Five years ago, a newly signed And that's when the strategic array of singles began. In March 2009 the heartfelt "I Need a Girl," which reached No. 6 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and sold 247,000 downloads, was released. The playful and catchy "LOL :…

  15. Nigel Lythgoe Officially Rejoins 'American Idol'

    August 05, 2010 11:15 AM EDT Fox made one thing official Thursday -- Nigel Lythgoe will return as an executive producer of "American Idol." He joins executive producers Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz and Ken Warwick for the 10th anniversary season that kicks off in January. Jennifer Lopez to Join '…

  16. 'Idol' Pursuing Elton John, Justin Timberlake

    July 27, 2010 7:14 AM EDT Reality producer Nigel Lythgoe is near a deal to to executive produce Fox's "American Idol" -- and that could spell trouble for the current judges panel. Fox is seeking to bring back Lythgoe to work on the hit series as part of a master plan to reboot the show following the…

  17. 20/20 'Vision': Mariah Marks Milestone

    June 02, 2010 11:05 AM EDT Twenty years ago today, Mariah Carey wrote the first chapter in what has become one of the most exceptional Billboard chart discographies. Carey's debut single, "Vision of Love," entered the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Adult Contemporary in the issue dated…

  18. Lena Horne Honored By Congress, Remembered At Memorial

    May 14, 2010 7:05 PM EDT L ena Horne , the esteemed jazz vocalist and civil rights pioneer who died earlier this week at the age of 92 , was honored by a resolution passed bu the U.S. Senate this afternoon (May 14), just as Horne's friends and admirers paid her tribute at a New York memorial service. The…

  19. Crystal Bowersox's 'American Idol' Future Uncertain

    March 03, 2010 6:52 PM EST A medical issue could take Crystal Bowersox out of "American Idol." "Idol" executive producer Ken Warwick told host Ryan Seacrest on his radio show Wednesday morning that if the 24-year-old dreadlocked singer from Toledo, Ohio, doesn't sing for viewer votes Wednesday,…

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: Black Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, k.d. lang

    February 25, 2010 4:05 PM EST THREE-PEA-T: As previously reported , the Black Eyed Peas halt Ke$ha 's nine-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "TiK ToK," as "Imma Be" ascends 3-1. The latter track is the third Hot 100 No. 1 from the Black Eyed Peas' album "The E.N.D.,"…

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