1. Common, Ne-Yo Join NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    February 16, 2012 11:00 AM EST Although Justin Bieber will sadly not return to the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game this year to defend his tiny, Canadian crown, the annual basketball event will feature a bevy of stars from music, film and various sports. Common , Ne-Yo and "The Voice" winner Javier Colon are the top…

  2. NBA All-Star Game: Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige Performing

    February 16, 2012 7:00 AM EST The NBA All-Star Game has long been a music star-studded affair, and this year, Nicki Minaj , Pitbull , Mary J. Blige , Ne-Yo and Will.i.am will be among the artists heading to Orlando for the big game. The showdown between basketball all-star teams will air on Feb. 26 on TNT. Pitbull and Ne…

  3. Tom T. Hall Stands Up for 'Country Music Highway' in Native Kentucky

    February 02, 2012 10:30 PM EST Travel down U.S. Highway 23 in Eastern Kentucky, and you will see some of the most beautiful country on God's green earth. But there's more to the area than just the visual scenery. The area, saluted in song by Dwight Yoakam's "Readin, Rightin, Rt. 23" a few years…

  4. Friday Flashback: Dwight Yoakam's Golden Debut

    January 20, 2012 7:00 PM EST Twenty-five years ago this weekend, one of the more lasting country albums of the 1980s was certified Gold. "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc, Etc." by Dwight Yoakam was -- along with Randy Travis's "Storms of Life" -- one of the biggest reasons for country's return to…

  5. 12 No. 12 Country Hits for 2012

    January 17, 2012 7:05 PM EST As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain cherished and notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking R&B/hip-hop hits, including Prince 's debut song "Soft and…

  6. 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'…

  7. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber Top 'Celebs Gone Good' List

    December 27, 2011 9:25 PM EST Lady Gaga may sing about being one of the "Bad Kids" on her chart-topping album "Born This Way," but the pop star is undoubtedly good when it comes to charity. For the second consecutive year, Gaga tops the Celebs Gone Good Top 20 list, courtesy of DoSomething.org. Hot on…

  8. Heavy D Died of Blood Clot, Autopsy Reveals

    December 27, 2011 1:20 PM EST An autopsy shows that the Nov. 8 death of legendary rapper, Heavy D , was caused by a pulmonary embolism, according to a report released Tuesday (Dec. 27). Photos: Heavy D & His Famous Friends Heavy D, born Dwight Arrington Myers, died of a blood clot in his lung, according to the coroner…

  9. 615 Spotlight: Andy Gibson Writes the Songs... Just Not His Debut Single

    December 07, 2011 3:15 PM EST Writer of Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson's 'Don't You Wanna Stay' Heats Up To say that Andy Gibson grew up around music would be nothing short of an understatement. The singer, currently making noise with his debut single, "Wanna Make You Love Me," recalls how…

  10. Heavy D Funeral Attracts Family, Stars, a Letter From Obama

    November 18, 2011 3:15 PM EST Hip-hop star Heavy D was remembered through laughter and tears at a funeral service Friday in his home town of Mount Vernon, N.Y. that included anecdotes from longtime friend Diddy and words of encouragement for his young daughter, delivered in a letter from President Barack Obama. Slideshow:…

  11. #RIPHeavyD: Hip-Hop Community Mourns on Twitter

    November 08, 2011 7:00 PM EST As details surrounding Heavy D's passing continue to trickle in, hip-hop stars have turned to Twitter to react the rap legend's untimely death today (Nov. 8). From Usher to Rev Run, new school to old school, Heavy D's pioneering sound and over-the-top persona inspired many…

  12. Rapper Heavy D Dead at 44

    November 08, 2011 5:45 PM EST Heavy D , a rapper whose imposing size and crossover success helped make him a major rap star, died Tuesday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital. According to confirmed reports , the 44-year-old rapper was found conscious on the walkway near his Beverly Hills home around 11:25 am when a 911…

  13. Fashion Week: Gwen Stefani's Retro Line, Victoria Beckham Hit the Runway

    September 12, 2011 11:30 AM EDT As Day 4 of New York Fashion Week ended Sunday (Sept. 11), the distinct neon glow and sporty silhouettes that have been threading through the tents so far showed no signs of stopping. Almost every collection of the day incorporated the loud neon to their athletic inspired items. From Gwen…

  14. Bob Seger, Kid Rock, The Killers Top Inaugural Orlando Calling Fest Lineup

    July 21, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Rockers both modern ( Kid Rock , the Killers , the Raconteurs ) and classic ( Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band , the Doobie Brothers ) along with a smattering of country, blues, folk, R&B and hip-hop artists will be performing at the inaugural Orlando Calling festival Nov. 12-13 at…

  15. The 25 Hottest Clubs In North America

    July 06, 2011 12:00 PM EDT These are the top-ranked clubs in North America based on box-office data reported to Billboard Boxscore by concert promoters or venue representatives for events that occurred this year from Jan. 1 through June 1. Some are booked and promoted by such national promoters as AEG Live (the Joint…

  16. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance industries -- except, of course, some of the…

  17. Alabama Returns To Country Songs Summit

    May 23, 2011 11:05 AM EDT A labama returns to the top spot on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Songs chart, as Brad Paisley 's "Old Alabama," on which the group is featured, ascends 2-1. Alabama had last ruled Country Songs with "Reckless" the week of Nov. 27, 1993. The group's…

  18. Brad Paisley: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 08, 2011 2:19 PM EDT When Brad Paisley and longtime friend/collaborator Chris DuBois wrote "This Is Country Music," they knew they'd penned more than a catchy title track. They had a blueprint. "The song itself is what inspired the album, which is the best way to have an album come about,"…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Shaw

    March 31, 2011 5:35 PM EDT ALL FOUR ONE: Thanks to a space-age love song, Katy Perry blasts into rarified chart air, as her "Teenage Dream" album becomes only the ninth set to generate four No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history. The collection's fourth single, "E.T.,"…

  20. Rihanna Rocks NBA All-Star Game with Kanye West, Drake

    February 21, 2011 9:14 AM EST With a celebrity-studded crowd looking on, Rihanna rocked the halftime show at the NBA All-Star game on her 23rd birthday. She had other big names helping her sing her hits Sunday, with Drake joining in on "What's My Name?" and working "happy birthday" into the lyrics…

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