1. 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…

  2. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Rihanna, Steve Martin

    March 24, 2011 6:35 PM EDT ORIGINALS SCORE: Writing its own songs (don't tell Sue Sylvester that her nemesis club enlisted the talents of Max Martin, Shellback and other high-profile professionals) not only led to New Directions' first victory at Regionals , but it also grants the "Glee" cast its…

  3. Rachael Ray Hosts Delicious SXSW Feedback Party

    March 20, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Rachael Ray's biggest nightmare about her annual Feedback party at South By Southwest? Why, the food, of course. "The toughest part is I get so nervous about the food," Ray told Billboard.com on Saturday after watching her husband John Cusimano's band The Cringe jam with…

  4. 29 Black Music Milestones: Jay-Z Surpasses Elvis for Most No. 1 Albums

    February 08, 2011 4:03 PM EST Jay-Z has numerous musical and entrepreneurial accomplishments under his belt, including various No. 1 albums, Grammy Awards and his tenure as the president of Def Jam Records. But the music mogul made history in 2009 when he became the solo artist to hold the record for most No. 1 albums on…

  5. The Business of Bob Marley: Billboard Cover Story

    February 04, 2011 1:49 PM EST In late 1979, a mustachioed "60 Minutes" correspondent named George Negus asked Bob Marley if he was a rich man. "When you say 'rich,' what you mean?" the reggae superstar replied with a poker face. Do you have a lot of possessions? Lots of money in the bank? …

  6. Wanda Jackson 'Wasn't Sure' Jack White Collaboration Would Work on 'Party Ain't Over'

    January 26, 2011 10:54 AM EST W anda Jackson was certainly into recording a new album last year. But the 73-year-old rockabilly veteran and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had some initial apprehensions about making the just-released "The Party Ain't Over" with Jack White . "He's a big star, as big as…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Far*East Movement, Lil Wayne, Suzanne Vega

    October 21, 2010 5:55 PM EDT With numerous laudable achievements on an array of Billboard charts this week, keeping track of the most notable feats requires a bit of organization. Chart Beat presents, then, an easy A-to-Z guide of the week in Billboard surveys. (Permission is sought for artistic license regarding letters…

  8. Elvis Death Anniversary Marked By Graceland Vigil

    August 16, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Candles flickered in the balmy night as thousands of Elvis Presley fans filed silently by his grave during a vigil at Graceland, marking 33 years since the American icon died. Elvis admirers from around the world descended on Elvis' former home Sunday night to attend an annual…

  9. Elvis' Granddaughter Eyes Role in 'Mad Max' Movie

    August 10, 2010 1:25 PM EDT Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley , is in talks to nab a role in "Fury Road," the fourth installment of the "Mad Max" movies from writer-director George Miller. Miller also is producing with Doug Mitchell. The movie's plot is being kept secret, but…

  10. Ask Billboard: Decade-Defining Artists & Songs

    July 30, 2010 5:15 PM EDT Whether you're beach-going with California gurls (or ridin' solo), vacation-bound on airplanes or feeling just generally dynamite (perhaps because you're pretty good at drinkin' beer), enjoy this week's mailbag. "Ask Billboard" is updated every Friday. As…

  11. Elvis Autopsy Tools Removed from Auction

    July 26, 2010 8:46 AM EDT A grisly collection of autopsy tools used to prepare Elvis Presley's body has been removed from auction after doubts were raised about their provenance and authenticity. Chicago-based Leslie Hindman Auctioneers last week said rubber gloves, forceps, lip brushes, a comb, eye liner, needle…

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: Barbra Streisand, Foreigner, Jay Sean

    October 08, 2009 5:07 PM EDT SUPER-STREIS-ED: This week's Billboard is 200 bursting with all kinds of records. Literally and figuratively. Dating to the chart's March 24, 1956, launch as a weekly survey, not until this week had eight titles debuted in the top 10. The entire chart's sum of 43 new entries…

  13. Michael Jackson Merchandise Deal On The Way

    August 05, 2009 12:19 PM EDT Michael Jackson products could start appearing on store shelves, cell phones, even in X-Box add-ons if a judge signs off on a merchandising deal. The current administrators of the singer's estate have presented several proposed contracts to a probate judge for approval. The agreements…

  14. Lisa Marie Presley: Michael Jackson Afraid He'd 'End Up' Like Elvis

    June 26, 2009 5:04 PM EDT Michael Jackson's former wife Lisa Marie Presley said on Friday the pop star was a tortured soul who once predicted that he would "end up" like her father, the late rock icon Elvis Presley. Writing on her MySpace blog, Presley also ripped into reports in the media that her…

  15. June 1, 2009

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Tony Thompson of Hi-Five dies from a Freon overdose in Waco, Texas, at the age of 31. 2006 – Spanish singer Rocio Jurado dies of pancreatic cancer at her Madrid home. She is 61. 2001 – Rapper Jamal “Shyne” Barrow is sentenced in a Manhattan court to 10 years in prison for his part in a…

  16. May 24, 2009

    May 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Taylor Hicks wins Season Five of “American Idol.” 1991 – Gene Clark of the Byrds and Dillard and Clark dies of a heart attack at the age of 46 in Sherman Oaks, Calif. 1988 – Country singer-songwriter Billy Gilman is born in Westerly, R.I. 1984 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Let’s Hear It…

  17. Metallica, Run-DMC Inducted Into Rock Hall Of Fame

    April 05, 2009 1:31 AM EDT Metallica shoved the mosh pit into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Heavy metal's heaviest hitters, whose menacing, monstrous sound has banged heads around the globe for decades, were inducted into rock's shrine on Saturday night, capping a star-studded ceremony that felt much more…

  18. This Day in Music

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST - "Exotic chanteuse" Gloria Lasso dies at Cuernavaca in Mexico, aged 83. Lasso was one of France's most popular singers and performers of the 1950s. Her 1956 song "Etranger au Paradis" was the fi 2005 - "Exotic chanteuse" Gloria Lasso dies at Cuernavaca…

  19. This Day in Music

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Canadian country manager, label owner and songwriter Don Grashey passes away at home in Thunder Bay, Ontario at the age of 79. His death coincides with the presentation of the 2005 Canadian Cou 2005 - Canadian country manager, label owner and songwriter Don Grashey passes away at home…

  20. This Day in Music

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Joe Thomas, co-producer of Brian Wilson's 1998 album "Imagination," countersues Melinda Wilson, the musician's wife and conservator. The suit claims that Melinda Wilson "schemed against and... 1999 - Joe Thomas, co-producer of Brian Wilson's 1998 album …

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