1. Chart Beat Thursday: Ke$ha, Elvis Presley, Rihanna

    January 14, 2010 12:35 PM EST 'ANIMAL' KINGDOM: And Ke$ha thought she had reason to party before. As previously reported , the 22-year-old leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with her debut smash "TiK ToK," while her introductory album, "Animal," roars onto the Billboard 200 at No.…

  2. Simon And Garfunkel To Perform At Jazz Fest

    January 13, 2010 7:26 AM EST Simon and Garfunkel have been added to the lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The singing-songwriting duo of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel will join the previously announced Jazz Fest lineup that includes Pearl Jam , Aretha Franklin , Van Morrison , the Neville…

  3. The Decade in Music: Top 50 Moments

    December 24, 2009 10:42 AM EST Chart Article The 2000s saw record-breaking album sales and outrageous celebrity scandals, the births of exciting new technologies and the deaths of larger-than-life icons. But what music events will the decade-gone-by be remembered for most? The Billboard staff spent weeks remembering, over…

  4. 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…

  5. Video: The Evolution of Leona Lewis

    November 20, 2009 11:29 AM EST On 'Spirit,' Leona Lewis Was The U.K.'s Girl Next Door Who Conquered The Globe. Now, On 'Echo,' She's Taken Charge Of Her Image And Her Songwriting—And Is Ready For A World Tour Violence and theft. Not words one would normally associate with Leona Lewis , the…

  6. Jay-Z, Will Smith Put Money On 'Fela!'

    November 17, 2009 4:57 PM EST J ay-Z , Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have officially signed on as co-producers of "Fela!," a new musical about Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti opening Nov. 23 on Broadway. The news confirms weeks of speculation that the three would back the show. Although a rep…

  7. David Guetta, "One Love"

    August 11, 2009 4:33 PM EDT A manifesto for the synthesis of dance and hip-hop, French DJ David Guetta 's new album "One Love" turns out top 40-friendly songs while remaining true to dance club culture. With its impressive list of collaborators-including Will.i.am , Estelle , Akon , Ne-Yo , Kid Cudi and…

  8. Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne, "Down"

    August 03, 2009 6:58 PM EDT Jay Sean brings his internationally successful blend of pop stateside with the debut single from "My Own Way," the singer's first U.S. album set for an Oct. 13 release. The Londonie's melodic vocals, which helped his 2004 album go five times platinum in India, resonate…

  9. Warrants For Jackson's Doctor Call Singer 'Addict'

    July 31, 2009 11:09 AM EDT Investigators probing Michael Jackson 's death looked for evidence related to the powerful anesthetic propofol when they searched his doctor's Las Vegas home and business, according to search warrants filed Thursday that alluded to the pop star being an "addict." Los…

  10. Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, "Turn My Swag On"

    July 27, 2009 6:42 PM EDT On "iSouljaBoyTellEm," an album riddled with rhymes about material wealth and body-moving beats, "Turn My Swag On" stands alone. It's not because the song's lyrical content (best summed up by the line, "Yeah, I'm gettin' money, ohhhh")…

  11. Anita Baker Hits Studio With Snoop Dogg, Plots 2010 Release

    July 24, 2009 2:53 PM EDT Anita Baker is considering a live video and/or album for her next release, possibly in 2010. And she's not ruling out the possibility of some new music next year, either. The Grammy Award-winning songstress filmed shows during the past year at the DTE Energy Music Theatre near her…

  12. Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis / July 4, 2009 / New York (Battery Park)

    July 13, 2009 7:32 PM EDT A sea of blankets spread across the shady grounds of Battery Park as concertgoers gathered on a beautiful Fourth of July afternoon to see Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band with Jenny Lewis . The free event, part of the summer-long NYC River to River Festival, drew a large diverse crowd…

  13. AEG Will Offer Michael Jackson Ticket Refunds

    June 27, 2009 11:40 AM EDT AEG Live, the group behind a long series of concerts Michael Jackson was to perform in London from next month, expressed its condolences to the late singer's family on Friday and said tickets would be refunded. "On behalf of the entire AEG organization, we extend our deepest…

  14. Chart Beat: Elton John, David Cook, Maxwell

    June 24, 2009 3:35 PM EDT ELTON'S ELLIOT 'ELECTRICITY' : Considering the thunderous applause that "Billy Elliot: The Musical" is eliciting on Broadway, it's fitting that the production's signature song, "Electricity," extends a prominent record on the Adult Contemporary…

  15. Ask Billboard: The Black Eyed Peas, Linkin Park, Mandy Moore

    June 05, 2009 2:07 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. 'BOOM BOOM' POW-ERLESS AT R&B/HIP-HOP? Hi Gary, The Black Eyed…

  16. May 31, 2009

    May 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Latin bandleader Tito Puente dies in a New York hospital as a result of complications from open-heart surgery. He is 77. 2000 – Singer Johnnie Taylor dies of a heart attack in Dallas. He is 66. 1998 – Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell confirms her departure from The Spice Girls, citing…

  17. Whispers To Record First Gospel Album

    May 15, 2009 7:54 AM EDT Kingdom Records has signed the Whispers to record the legendary R&B group's first gospel album. Grammy Award-winning gospel icon Fred Hammond is on board to produce several tracks for the project, which is tentatively slated for a fall 2009 release. "We've been wanting to…

  18. May 14, 2009

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Geri Halliwell of the Spice Girls and her boyfriend, Sacha Gervasi, welcome their first daughter, Bluebell Madonna Halliwell, in London. 2005 – Bluegrass vocalist Jimmy Martin dies of bladder cancer in Nashville at the age of 77. 2005 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Devils & Dust,” Bruce…

  19. Apollo Theater Turns 75 With Gala Concert, Ceremony

    May 13, 2009 2:09 PM EDT The Apollo Theater will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a benefit tribute concert and an awards ceremony, among other festivities, on Monday, June 8h beginning at 6:30 p.m., to be held at the historic venue. Hosted by comedian, actor and radio personality Steve Harvey, the gala will…

  20. Kylie Minogue Dreams Of Movie Roles, Not U.S. Success

    May 11, 2009 8:25 AM EDT Pop singer Kylie Minogue is not bothered that the music stardom she enjoys in Britain and Australia has eluded her in the United States but says she fantasizes about a credible film career. Minogue, 40, who got her start more than 20 years ago as an actress in an Australian daytime soap,…

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