1. Frankie Valli Faces New Copyright Battle Over 'Jersey Boys'

    February 10, 2015 10:54 PM EST A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a copyright lawsuit against Frankie Valli and fellow Four Seasons band member Robert Gaudio over Jersey Boys , the popular musical about the band. Donna Corbello sued Valli and Gaudio in 2011 for copyright infringement, claiming the musical was based…

  2. 'Jersey Boys,' Frankie Valli Surge On Billboard 200

    June 27, 2014 2:35 PM EDT All things 'Jersey Boys' are red-hot, as two titles featuring the legendary sound storm the chart, with Valli and the 4 Seasons scoring their highest rank in decades The stage musical about Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons and its recently-released film adaptation stir sales gains on…

  3. Frankie Valli To Headline July 4 Festivities In D.C.

    May 19, 2014 6:12 AM EDT That trademark falsetto behind "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and other hits from 50 years ago will help celebrate July 4 on the National Mall this year as Frankie Valli headlines the "Capitol Fourth" show in Washington. Organizers on Monday were to…

  4. Frankie Valli Thailand Concert Canceled After Political Unrest

    January 20, 2014 4:39 PM EST Sixties doo-wop singer Frankie Valli has canceled a concert in Bangkok this week because of Thailand's political unrest, the event's promoter announced Monday. Promoter BEC-Tero Entertainment PCL said Wednesday's performance was being scrapped "due to the current political…

  5. Frankie Valli Q&A: Looking Back at 50 Years of The Four Seasons

    September 03, 2013 4:30 PM EDT There is a scene in the hit Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" that represents the sustained success of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio and their group, the Four Seasons, for more than 50 years. It portrays a pact made by Valli, the singer, and Gaudio, a founding performer who soon stepped…

  6. Four Tops' Musical Director Dies at 61

    November 02, 2011 7:49 PM EDT LAS VEGAS - A key behind-the-scenes associate of the famed Motown quartet the Four Tops, George Rountree, has died. He was 61. The Sun reports Rountree, who worked as the group's musical director for more than 30 years, died Sunday in a Las Vegas hospital. Rountree, known simply as Tree,…

  7. 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…

  8. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Blasts Onto U.K. Chart

    May 30, 2011 12:15 PM EDT L ady Gaga's "Born This Way" album made its expected powerful arrival to the U.K. chart Sunday (May 29), with the biggest first-week sale of the year here of 215,000 units, more than the rest of the top ten titles combined. "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull featuring…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Michael Jackson, Lonely Island, Reba McEntire

    December 23, 2010 4:35 PM EST RETURN OF THE KING: The late King of Pop makes a triumphant return to Billboard's charts. While "Michael" arrives at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 behind Taylor Swift 's "Speak Now" (2-1) and Susan Boyle 's "The Gift" (1-2), Michael Jackson 's…

  10. Extreme Makeovers: Billboard Charts Edition, Part 1

    October 12, 2010 11:15 AM EDT In recent years, from songs performed by "American Idol" contestants to tracks that have spurred the "Glee" cast's assault on Billboard's record books , inventive remakes have regularly infused the Hot 100. Most notably, the "Glee" ensemble has covered…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, 'Halo'

    September 23, 2010 6:55 PM EDT MARS ATTACKS: After his arrest Sunday (Sept. 19) on suspicion of cocaine possession , Bruno Mars instead makes enviable headlines on the Billboard Hot 100 , where "Just the Way You Are" ascends 3-1 . The song is Mars' first No. 1 as a lead artist, following his turn as a…

  12. Ask Billboard: Rating Rihanna

    July 23, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. GOOD GIRL NOT GONE TO NO. 1 Dear Gary, Thank you for all your insights every…

  13. Ask Billboard: Energizer-Bunny Albums

    February 12, 2010 4:45 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. HANGIN' TOUGH Hi Gary, I've noticed that over the past year-plus,…

  14. Chart Beat Thursday: Jay-Z, The Beatles, "Glee"

    September 17, 2009 1:30 PM EDT RUN THIS CHART: With the 400th debut ever at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Jay-Z notches his 11th chart-topping album with "The Blueprint 3." With his grand entrance, Jay-Z passes Elvis Presley as the solo act with the most No. 1 albums in the 53-year history of the Billboard 200.…

  15. Chart Beat: Michael Jackson, The Black Eyed Peas, Jay-Z

    July 02, 2009 5:15 PM EDT FIT FOR A KING: Just as he did in his life, Michael Jackson continues to break Billboard chart records. Following his passing June 25, Jackson's music floods Billboard's Top Pop Catalog, Top Comprehensive Albums and Hot Digital Songs charts. The King of Pop commands the entire the…

  16. May 3, 2009

    May 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Doug Firley of Gravity Kills drops a keyboard on his hand, shattering the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pa. 1991 – Singer Andy Williams marries Debbie Haas in New York City. 1976 – Paul McCartney makes his first U.S. stage appearance in a decade as the …

  17. March 21, 2009

    March 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Klaus Dinger of Kraftwerk and Neu! dies of heart failure at the age of 61. 2000 – Soul Coughing disbands after eight years and three albums. 1994 – Bruce Springsteen wins a best original song Oscar for “Streets of Philadelphia” from the movie “Philadelphia.” The song is the first…

  18. Scooter Unseats Madonna On U.K. Album Chart

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German techno band Scooter scored a big upset on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (May 11), unseating Madonna's "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.) to debut at No. 1 with "Jumping All Over the World" (All A German techno band Scooter scored a big upset on the new U.K. album…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - A member of rapper T.I.'s entourage is shot and killed early in the in Cincinnati, following a party for the artist at the city's Club Ritz. 2006 - A member of rapper T.I.'s entourage is shot and killed early in the in Cincinnati, following a party for the artist at the…

  20. This Day in Music

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Eclectic New York quartet Soul Coughing disbands after eight years and three genre-bending albums together. 2000 - Eclectic New York quartet Soul Coughing disbands after eight years and three genre-bending albums together. 1994 - Bruce Springsteen wins a Best Original Song Oscar for `…

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