1. Basie Saxophonist Frank Foster Dies of Kidney Failure

    July 27, 2011 8:55 AM EDT Frank Foster , a jazz saxophonist who played with the Count Basie Orchestra and composed the band's hit, "Shiny Stockings," died Tuesday. He was 82. Foster died Tuesday morning at his home in Chesapeake, Virginia, of complications from kidney failure, according to Cecilia…

  2. 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…

  3. Beastie Boys 'Make Some Noise' on Social 50 Chart

    May 05, 2011 3:15 PM EDT B eastie Boys enter the Social 50 at No. 44 for the first time thanks to the arrival of their video for "Make Some Noise." The star-studded clip drove a 191% increase in week-over-week views and a 96% lift in overall plays across all monitored social networks. To date, "Make…

  4. The 40 Biggest Duets Of All Time

    February 14, 2011 9:50 AM EST One big name on a red-hot hit is great, but sometimes two superstar voices come together in an inspired pairing that is truly special. With Valentine's Day's celebration of couples in mind, our experts dove into over 50 years of Hot 100 hits to single out the biggest songs by two…

  5. How 'Jimmy Fallon' Whips Its Late-Night Music Competition

    January 03, 2011 4:00 PM EST When Bruce Springsteen decided to crash late night and whip his hair in November, it was as sure a sign as any that "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" has emerged as a highly coveted platform for musical guests. 5 Best Musical Performances on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"…

  6. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 9/25/2010

    September 25, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @nickiminaj : wen i find out the person responsible for…

  7. New Dr. Dre Track 'Turn Me On' Hits Web

    August 17, 2010 12:28 PM EDT "Turn Me On," another unfinished track from Dr. Dre , hit the Internet today (Aug. 17). The song joins the Jay-Z collaboration "Under Pressure" as a possible preview of Dre's long-in-the-works third album, "Detox." Dr. Dre, "Turn Me On" "I ain…

  8. Walter Hawkins, Award-Winning Gospel Singer, Dies

    July 12, 2010 8:45 AM EDT W alter Hawkins , a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, composer and pastor from Oakland, died Sunday (July 11). He was 61. Hawkins, who was battling pancreatic cancer, passed away at his home in Ripon, Calif., his older brother Edwin Hawkins said. "Today, I lost my brother, my pastor,…

  9. Jazz Piano Legend Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 5:50 PM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones , whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald 's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said Monday. He was 91. Jones, who won a Grammy…

  10. Pearl Jam, MMJ, Aretha Head To 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest

    December 15, 2009 8:32 AM EST P earl Jam , Aretha Franklin and, making its first appearance since February 2009, My Morning Jacket , are among the acts set for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to take place the weekends of April 23-25 and April 29-30/May 1-2 at Fair Grounds Race Course. Other artists confirmed…

  11. Wyclef Returns To Hip Hop With DJ Drama Mixtape

    October 12, 2009 11:28 AM EDT Wyclef Jean , the Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer who had devoted much of his recent efforts to humanitarian help for his native Haiti, is set to return to hip hop next month with the release of "From The Hut To The Projects To The Mansion." The 13-track E.P., featuring all…

  12. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 4:07 PM EDT Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Close to You." The crowd remained on their…

  13. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 9:36 AM EDT Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Close to You." The crowd remained on their…

  14. May 18, 2009

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Andy Capps of Built to Spill dies at his home in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 37. 2004 – Jazz drummer Elvin Jones of the John Coltrane Quartet dies of heart failure in Englewood, N.J., at the age of 76. 1999 – The Backstreet Boys release their third album, “Millennium.” 1999 –…

  15. Rosanne Cash Readies 'The List'

    April 07, 2009 4:40 PM EDT Rosanne Cash is dipping back into her childhood for her next album, "The List," and taking her father Johnny's lessons to heart. "'The List' is based on a list my father made for me when I was 18 years old," Cash tells Billboard. "He called it the '…

  16. This Day in Music

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with the duo La Bouche, is among the victims of an airliner crash in Switzerland. She is 34. 2001 - Melanie Thornton, an American pop singer who made a name for herself in Germany with the duo La Bouche, is…

  17. DJ Babu Returns To 'Duck Season'

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT L.A.-based DJ/producer DJ Babu will release the third installment of his "Duck Season" series through Nature Sounds Records on Oct 28. L.A.-based DJ/producer DJ Babu will release the third installment of his "Duck Season" series through Nature Sounds Records on Oct 28.…

  18. Chart Beat: 'All Summer Long,' Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses hot chart action from the song "All Summer Long," Jennifer Hudson, Raheem DeVaughn's "Woman" and more! IT'S SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME: It's a rare event for two versions of the same song to appear on The Billboard Hot 100 at once, so it's…

  19. Fillmore West Documentary Revived For DVD

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nearly 40 years after it closed for good, famed San Francisco concert venue the Fillmore West will be back in the spotlight this fall via the documentary "Fillmore: The Last Days." Nearly 40 years after it closed for good, famed San Francisco concert venue the Fillmore West will be…

  20. Dr. Dre: 'Detox' Due In 'November Or December'

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In his first interview in months, Dr. Dre says his years-in-the-works album "Detox" should be out before the end of the year. "Everybody is going to love it. In a perfect world, I'm shooting for a Nov In his first interview in months, Dr. Dre says his years-in-the-works…

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