1. Tom Jones Sidelined by 'Severe Dehydration'

    August 28, 2011 7:31 PM EDT Tom Jones was recovering in a Monaco hospital Sunday, saying "severe dehydration" forced him to cancel a concert in the glamorous principality. The longtime star, famed for his swivel-hipped appeal and soulful voice, apologized to his fans on his website and emphatically denied…

  2. Lil Wayne Logs Hot 100's Biggest Bow, Katy Perry Still No. 1

    August 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Katy Perry remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," her historic fifth No. 1 from her album "Teenage Dream," while Lil Wayne leaps onto the survey at No. 3 with the latest single from his forthcoming album "Tha Carter…

  3. Jerry Leiber of Hit Songwriting Team Dies at 78

    August 22, 2011 5:06 PM EDT Pop music lyricist Jerry Leiber, whose partnership with Mike Stoller created such timeless hits as "Jailhouse Rock" and "There Goes My Baby," helping to shape the identity and commercial potential of early rock and roll, died Tuesday of cardio pulmonary failure. He was 78.…

  4. Chris Isaak Says Early Elvis Is 'In My DNA'

    August 18, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Chris Isaak says the forthcoming "Beyond The Sun" -- a collection of songs by Sun Records artists that he recorded in the famed Memphis studio -- is "an album I've been wanting to do probably my whole life." "If you asked me... If I had to be in a life or death…

  5. Tony Bennett Expects Lady Gaga to Be 'As Big as Elvis'

    August 17, 2011 2:30 PM EDT As he prepares for the Sept. 20 release of his "Duets II" album, Tony Bennett promises "this will be the last one." But didn't he say that when he released the original "Duets: An American Classic" in 2006? "Well, I had no idea the first one was going…

  6. Michele Bachmann Wishes Elvis Happy Birthday on Anniversary of Death

    August 17, 2011 11:25 AM EDT Michele Bachmann may be gunning for the presidential seat, but she doesn't seem very knowledgeable about "The King." Elvis Presley & Madonna: The Day the Music Died, and Was Born Yesterday (Aug. 16) at a small rally in Spartanburg, S.C., the Tea Party politician started off…

  7. Elvis Presley Fans Hold Vigil on 34th Anniversay of His Death

    August 16, 2011 9:14 AM EDT Silent mourners with heads bowed and yellow-orange candlelight leading the way paid their respects to Elvis Presley at his grave at Graceland, his longtime Memphis home, to remember the 34th anniversary of his sudden death. Thousands of Elvis devotees, candles in hand, walked in the humid…

  8. Marshall Grant, Who Brought 'Boom Chicka Boom' to Johnny Cash's Band, Dies

    August 09, 2011 10:25 AM EDT Not all pioneers know exactly where they're going, and that was definitely the case for Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two. Cash, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant - the last surviving member of the group who passed away Sunday morning at age 83 in Jonesboro, Ark.,…

  9. Foreigner Turns 35 for the First Time With Ambitious CD/DVD Package

    July 29, 2011 2:55 PM EDT Foreigner is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the band's formation by going acoustic, electric and live -- all on the same package. "Feels Like the First Time" is a CD/DVD package that will be released by Razor & Tie exclusively via Wal-Mart on Sept. 13, while the audio…

  10. Ask Billboard: The Republic Of Ryan Tedder

    July 22, 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. ADULT …

  11. Elton John, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra & More: Stories From Adult Contemporary's Biggest Stars & Songs

    July 20, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on Whitney Houston. Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner. Kenny Rogers, himself. Plus Many More. Billboard talks to some of the biggest names in adult contemporary. Their perspectives? Crucial. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever The…

  12. Motorhead's Kilmister Talks New HeadCat Album, Beatles Influence

    July 13, 2011 4:00 PM EDT After being reactivated for five years, Motorhead 's Lemmy Kilmister says the members of his other band, HeadCat, "got to a point where we said we better do a new album 'cause we can't go out playing all the old songs all the time." The result is "Walk The Walk..…

  13. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 2

    July 09, 2011 10:05 AM 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…

  14. 'Watch The Throne': Inside Jay-Z's Private Listening Session

    July 08, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Jay-Z held a private listening session for "Watch the Throne," his highly anticipated collaborative album with Kanye West , last night (July 7) in New York City. The listening was held in a suite on the second floor of the Mercer Hotel, in SoHo, and lasted for roughly three hours,…

  15. Music's Next Great Biopics

    June 09, 2011 1:06 PM EDT No one wants to talk about a Marvin Gaye movie. Or one about Janis Joplin , or a Jimi Hendrix biopic. As film subjects go, they're problematic. Heirs to the Joplin and Hendrix estates have blocked films by withholding music and image rights. The pieces to the Gaye story are in so many…

  16. Billboard Bits: Zach Galifianakis Disses Ke$ha, How Alice Cooper Almost Killed Elvis

    June 08, 2011 7:02 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Zach Galifianakis Disses Ke$ha In the latest Rolling Stone cover story, Zach Galifianakis discusses, in addition to his apparent reluctance to fame, his run-ins with and negative feelings toward Kesha. "I saw…

  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. Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 17, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Hi Gary, I love the new Lonely Island and Michael Bolton "Saturday Night Live" digital short and viral hit, "Jack Sparrow." [ Language in video below not appropriate for all audiences ]. The song got me to thinking about other odd teamings. In 1985, new wave duo Eurythmics…

  19. Bruno Mars Channels Elvis, Chuck Berry at Miami 'Hooligans' Show

    May 13, 2011 11:38 AM EDT One of the most surprising things about Bruno Mars is that he plays the guitar as well as he sings. Meaning, he's damn good at it. But technical proficiency is only part of what made Mars' Wednesday night (May 11) concert in Miami, as part of his "Hooligans in Wonderland"…

  20. 'American Idol': Lady Gaga Mentors the Top 4, Haley Gets 'Reinharted'

    May 12, 2011 1:17 AM EDT "You never know what to expect from Lady Gaga ." That was James Durbin -- tonight's opener and closer on "American Idol" top 4 performance night -- admitting that he was a little bit anxious before meeting the round two mentor, the Mother Monster herself. Gaga…

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