1. Amanda Blank, "I Love You"

    August 11, 2009 2:00 PM EDT No song on Amanda Blank 's debut album, "I Love You," runs longer than four minutes, and the whole 11-track set is only 33 minutes. But that's all the Philadelphia-born rapper needs to claim her place as DJ culture's new "it" girl. Blank's "I Love…

  2. Il Divo

    May 14, 2009 11:34 AM EDT <sub_headline>The quartet takes opera to the masses. <br /> </sub_headline> The opening chords are unmistakable. It's one of the most iconic British pop songs of the '80s, with some of the most peculiar lyrics ("Protect you from the hooded claw, keep the…

  3. Sparks

    June 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT I only agreed to do it because I thought it wouldn't happen. Twenty-one albums in 21 nights? More than 270 songs? Are you nuts? Sure, let's do it. As Christmas 2007 approached, "Sparks 21X21" was evol Cult rock act Sparks is in the midst of performing all 21 of its albums…

  4. Sparks / May 28, 2008 / London (Islington Academy)

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT If it's Wednesday, it must be 1981. Such is the weirdly adjusted time-space continuum in the Sparks world at the moment. The indestructible Mael brothers of Sparks find themselves living out their ent If it's Wednesday, it must be 1981. Such is the weirdly adjusted time-space…

  5. Sparks To Perform Complete Catalog Live

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Although final details are still being worked out, oddball sibling-led outfit Sparks will perform each of its 20 albums at 20 different shows next May and June at London's Islington Academy. Although final details are still being worked out, oddball sibling-led outfit Sparks will perform…

  6. 'World' Party

    May 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After an unexpected acoustic detour with last year's "Union Street," veteran synth-pop duo Erasure is back in familiar territory for "Light at the End of the World," due this week via Mute. After an unexpected acoustic detour with last year's "Union Street,…

  7. Erasure Sees The 'Light' On New Album

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST After an unexpected acoustic detour with last year's "Union Street," veteran synth-pop duo Erasure is back in familiar territory for "Light at the End of the World," due May 22 via Mute. The 10-track After an unexpected acoustic detour with last year's "…

  8. B-Real Theme Keys 'Scarface' Videogame Soundtrack

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "We are fans of the movie, fans of hip-hop and fans of video games," B-Real tells Billboard.com, "So when we were approached to do a song, we jumped right in." In addition to nearly 100 well-known tracks from the '80s, Vivendi Games/Sierra Entertainment's "…

  9. '80s Hits, Custom Mixing Spark 'Scarface' Game

    August 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Johnny Cash, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C are among the artists contributing hit tracks to Vivendi Games' Sierra Entertainment division's "Scarface: The World Is Yours," due in O Johnny Cash, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Public Enemy and Run-D.M.C are…

  10. Gabriel, Pavarotti Participate In Surreal Olympic Opening

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Peter Gabriel performed John Lennon's "Imagine" and tenor Luciano Pavarotti delivered the finale at today's (Feb. 10) opening ceremony to the Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Peter Gabriel performed John Lennon's "Imagine" and tenor Luciano Pavarotti…

  11. Bono Seeing 'Red' With AIDS Fundraiser

    January 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST U2 frontman Bono unveiled a new push to fight HIV and AIDS in Africa today (Jan. 26) in Switzerland, announcing a partnership with several companies to sell products under a brand called "Red," with t U2 frontman Bono unveiled a new push to fight HIV and AIDS in Africa today (Jan.…

  12. Dancing Queen

    November 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST "I wanted a record with no ballads," Madonna says simply about "Confessions on a Dance Floor," due this week via Warner Bros. "I wanted there to be no breaks, with one song segueing into the next -- j "I wanted a record with no ballads," Madonna says simply…

  13. Madonna Confesses

    November 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Her latest studio album due, Madonna sits with Billboard to discuss its content and controversy and more. Madonna is among your busier superstars. On Nov. 15, Warner Bros. will release her latest studio album, "Confessions on a Dance Floor," an upbeat, disco-savvy set that may bring…

  14. Madonna Mulling 'Confessions' Tour

    November 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST On the heels of her 2004 Re-Invention tour, which grossed $125 million, Madonna tells Billboard she is mulling another round of live dates. "I'm currently exploring the possibility," she says. "If I g On the heels of her 2004 Re-Invention tour, which grossed $125 million,…

  15. CHART BEAT CHAT

    July 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Fred Bronson answers e-mail from readers. I SING THE ELTON ELECTRIC Dear Fred, This week "Ghetto Gospel" by 2Pac featuring Elton John is No. 2 and Elton's brand new single "Electricity" is No. 4 in the United Kingdom (and Elton's opening act on his European tour,…

  16. Moroder, Bee Gees Among Dance Hall Inductees

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Dance Music Hall of Fame will hold its inaugural induction ceremony Sept. 20 at the Spirit club in New York. The Dance Music Hall of Fame will hold its inaugural induction ceremony Sept. 20 at the Spirit club in New York. The artists, producers, remixers and DJs to be honored are Giorgio…

  17. Moroder, Van Dyk Set For Billboard Dance Summit

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Legendary producer Giorgio Moroder and top international DJ/producer Paul Van Dyk are confirmed to appear at the Billboard Dance Music Summit, to be held Sept. 20-22 at the Union Square Ballroom in Ne Legendary producer Giorgio Moroder and top international DJ/producer Paul Van Dyk are…

  18. So I Begin

    November 29, 2003 12:00 AM EST French duo Galleon—singer/songwriter Gilles Luka and keyboardist Philippe Laurent—has enjoyed massive European success with the title track of its debut album. French duo Galleon—singer/songwriter Gilles Luka and keyboardist Philippe Laurent—has enjoyed massive European success with the title…

  19. Donna Summer's 'Journey'

    October 21, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The fall season may be here, but it appears that a return of Summer is just around the corner. It all begins with a new greatest-hits collection, "The Journey: The Very Best of Donna Summer" (UTV/Mercury/UM), and the enduring artist&…

  20. Billboard Bits: Jackson/Buffett, Hilary Duff, Summer

    September 09, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Jackson/Buffett, Hilary Duff, Summer Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett are the first confirmed performers for the 37th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. The duo will open the Nov. 5 show with a rendition of their hit duet "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."…

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