1. Pearl Jam's 'Lightning Bolt': Billboard Cover Story

    October 11, 2013 12:08 PM EDT Pearl Jam load the bases with an inspired new album, new tour, and a deal to soundtrack the World Series This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. The setting was perfect in ways both good and bad. About to debut songs from "Lightning…

  2. America's Labor Party: 26 Country Songs for the American Worker

    September 01, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Within this article you'll find a playlist of every song mentioned within -- 26 in all -- that we hope will give an appropriate spin to your Labor Day. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsletter, which you can subscribe to right here . When…

  3. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  4. MLB To Fete Aretha Franklin at ‘Beacon Awards’

    July 25, 2013 11:53 PM EDT Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson will be honored at the 2013 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon next month. Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Franklin and Jackson will receive awards on Aug. 24 at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile before the annual Civil Rights Game. The White Sox…

  5. Pearl Jam Rocks Wrigley Field, Debuts New Songs Despite Rain Delay

    July 20, 2013 3:10 PM EDT After the rain, PJ played until 2am, debuted two new songs from upcoming album, "Lightning Bolt," and singer Eddie Vedder crowdsurfed. What began at 8:20pm as "An Evening With Pearl Jam" at the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field on Friday (July 19) stretched into an…

  6. Chuck Berry Looks to Record, Admits Future is 'Very Dim'

    October 28, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Pays Tribute to 86-Year-Old Icon Still rockin' at 86, music legend Chuck Berry promised a comeback Saturday with six new songs, some written 16 years ago. "And as soon as I can get someone to guide me - and I do know a little about the business - I want to…

  7. Joss Stone's 'Power to the People': Exclusive First Listen

    June 12, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Revealed: Tracklist for 'The Soul Sessions Volume 2,' Out July 31 Joss Stone will return with "The Soul Sessions Volume 2," marking a decade since the singer made her 2003 debut with the first volume. The sequel will land July 31 on S-Curve Records and Stone's own…

  8. Ask Billboard: 'Call Me Maybe' ... by 'Payphone'?

    May 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. 'CALL ME MAYBE…

  9. Jason Crabb Tops 2012 Dove Awards Nominees

    February 22, 2012 8:24 PM EST The diversity of the faith-based music community was recognized today as nominees were announced for the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Southern gospel singer Jason Crabb leads the ceremony, set for April 19 at Atlanta's Fox Theater, with eight nominations, including…

  10. Jessy Dixon, Gospel Star & Pop Collaborator, Dies at 73

    September 26, 2011 5:15 PM EDT Jessy Dixon, a singer and songwriter who introduced his energetic style of gospel music to wider audiences by serving as pop singer Paul Simon's opening act, died Monday. He was 73. Miriam Dixon said her brother died Monday morning at his Chicago home. She said he had been sick but…

  11. Billboard Bits: Gaga To Judge 'So You Think You Can Dance,' Rihanna Lawsuit Moves Forward

    July 26, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga To Judge "So You Think You Can Dance" This Week "Gaga is coming to dance," shouts the intro of a new "So You Think You Can Dance" promo, announcing that the superstar will be…

  12. Uncharted Territory: Bieber Boosts Halter, Pitty Takes a Tumble, Russ Chimes Debuts

    May 27, 2011 7:53 PM EDT Two words: Bieber Power. Say Justin Bieber attended your show with Selena Gomez, jumped stage to perform a song with you, and tweeted about it to his 9.9 million Twitter followers. How many followers would you gain? In the case of singer/songwriter Ernie Halter, the number is 16,500 and…

  13. Ronald Isley Plots R. Kelly, Kanye West Collabs for Isley Brothers Album

    May 17, 2011 10:12 AM EDT Stinging from the poor showing of his late 2010 solo album "Mr. I," Ronald Isley is already eyeballing his next musical endeavor, which will likely be the first Isley Brothers album since 2005's "Baby Makin' Music." "It'll probably be an Isley Brothers…

  14. Billboard Bits: Soundgarden, Phoenix Begin Work on New Albums; Gaga's MSG Concerts to Air on HBO

    February 16, 2011 6:50 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rep Denies Madonna Emailed Lady Gaga About 'Born This Way' According to a representative in the Madonna camp, the singer never sent an email to Lady Gaga giving her blessing on "Born This Way,"…

  15. The Top-Charting Holiday Albums Of The Past 25 Years

    December 01, 2010 2:45 PM EST It's the most wonderful time of the year for holiday albums. Make that the most wonderful time of the past 52 years . On the Billboard 200 released Thursday (Nov. 25), Susan Boyle 's holiday-themed "The Gift" spent a second week at No. 1, fending off Jackie Evancho 's…

  16. Jimi Hendrix's Family Talks 'Anthology,' 'Day in the Life' Documentary

    November 17, 2010 3:17 PM EST After a prolific 2010 that continues with the "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology" box set out this week, the family-run Experience Hendrix label has a more modest, but no less impactful blueprint for the next couple of years. "This year has been very special…

  17. Will.i.am Boosts Self-Esteems On 'Sesame Street'

    September 16, 2010 11:15 AM EDT You know you've made it when you're asked to sing along with the cast from "Sesame Street." Video: Will.i.am on Sesame Street Will.i.am is the latest musician to join the prestigious right-of-a-muppet collaboration. The Black Eyed Peas frontman and producer hung out with…

  18. Win A Sublime With Rome Signed Bass

    July 13, 2010 1:39 PM EDT Chances are you've heard Sublime's quintessentially SoCal No. 1 hit "What I Got" booming at the beach many times since its 1996 release, but 14 years after the tragic death of frontman Bradley Nowell, the band has reformed. Revived by founding bassist Eric Wilson and…

  19. Marvin Isely of Isley Brothers Dies at Age 56

    June 07, 2010 6:53 PM EDT Marvin Isley, bass player for the legendary funk band the Isley Brothers , died of undisclosed causes in Chicago on Sunday (June 6) at age 56. Marvin joined the Isley Brothers in 1973 after the original lineup -- comprised of older brothers O'Kelly Jr., Rudolph and Ronald -- scored hits…

  20. TV On The Radio: Before There Was 'Glee' ...

    April 27, 2010 2:35 PM EDT As far as we know, the only class taught at William McKinley High School is Spanish. Between show choir, cheerleading and football practice (and the occasional slushie in the face), there's not much time for other subjects. A quick history lesson, then, as the success of the "Glee…

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