1. Bobby Vee Has Alzheimer's Disease

    May 01, 2012 3:40 PM EDT Former 1960s teen pop idol Bobby Vee says he's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The 69-year-old, born Robert Velline in Fargo, N.D., says on his website that he was diagnosed last year. "Needless to say it was a moment that stunned my family and myself to the core,"…

  2. 'American Idol' Recap: Not a Lotta Love for Eliminated Elise Testone

    April 27, 2012 10:50 AM EDT After weeks in the bottom three, the votes finally fell against the favor of "American Idol" contestant Elise Testone. The rocker, known for her raspy renditions of Led Zeppelin 's "Whole Lotta Love" and Billy Joel 's "Vienna," was sent packing after 58…

  3. 'American Idol' Recap: The Songs of Queen, Plus a Few Surprises

    April 26, 2012 11:30 AM EDT The surprise elimination of Colton Dixon during last week's "American Idol" must have shocked the remaining hopefuls into going for broke, because Wednesday night's (April 25) edition featuring the top six was a tough one to judge -- even for the judges themselves. The…

  4. 'American Idol' Recap: Colton Dixon Sent Packing in Major Upset

    April 20, 2012 9:20 AM EDT Two weeks, two "Idol" contestants unexpectedly facing elimination. Unfortunately for Colton Dixon, he had the misfortune of earning the distinction the week after the judges' one and only save was used, thereby becoming no more than the seventh-place finisher of season eleven.…

  5. Usher Joins Off-Broadway Show, 'Fuerza Bruta'

    April 19, 2012 2:10 PM EDT Usher is one busy man. Aside from working on his seventh studio album, "Looking For Myself," and locked in to play Sugar Ray Leonard in his biopic, "Hands of Stone," Usher is returning to the theatre stage. The singer is set to guest star in the off-Broadway show, "…

  6. 'American Idol' Recap: Hopefuls Take on Old Soul, New Hits

    April 19, 2012 10:25 AM EDT The old met the new on Wednesday night's (Apr. 18) "American Idol," and if the juxtaposition between the performances of soul classics and post-millenium No. 1 hits indicate anything, it's that old-time soul does not fit in some of the top seven's vocabularies, while…

  7. Dick Clark Leaves a Rockin' Legacy: An Appreciation

    April 19, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Foremost among his countless contributions to popular culture and the music business, Dick Clark took rock 'n' roll out of bedroom radios and placed it on televisions in living rooms and dens across America. Nearly five decades later, after creating and hosting game shows, the…

  8. Dick Clark, American Music Icon, Dead at 82

    April 18, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the year-end countdown from Times Square on …

  9. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?

    April 15, 2012 6:05 AM EDT Some fans aren't quite pleased with the Queen of Pop's new material. 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,…

  10. The Miracles Grateful of Effort to Get Them Into Rock Hall of Fame

    April 13, 2012 10:00 PM EDT "I didn't think it would happen in my lifetime," Claudette Robinson tells Billboard Smokey Robinson got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Now the rest of his Motown group, the Miracles, are happy to be joining him at this year's induction ceremony on Saturday in…

  11. 'American Idol' Recap: Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez Shine on 'Modern' Tunes

    April 12, 2012 9:25 AM EDT The night "American Idol" contestants sing modern songs is always an intriguing episode because, hey, the music's relevant for once! Make no mistake -- I'm not discounting the allure of the past and belting out tunes that older viewers will recognize, but it's always…

  12. Rock Hall: Axl Rose Will Miss Faces Reunion, Chili Peppers + More

    April 12, 2012 1:00 AM EDT Green Day Still Confirmed to Induct Guns N' Roses on April 14 G uns N' Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend, despite Axl Rose's bombshell decision on Wednesday to boycott the event due to various grievances, large and small. A spokesperson…

  13. Donovan Q&A: Catching Up With a Folk Rock Superman

    April 10, 2012 11:15 AM EDT In the three months since Donovan received the news that he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , he has stepped up his activity in front of the film, TV and music industries. He performed at the Sundance Film Festival, made numerous private performances for music supervisors…

  14. Carrie Underwood Enters Top 10 on Country Chart

    April 06, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Jake Owen Has Top Song, While Lionel Richie Scores Biggest Country Album Debut in a Year Jake Owen claims a second week atop Country Songs with "Alone with You," which improves 688,000 audience impressions for a total of 37 million during the March 26-April 1 Nielsen BDS tracking…

  15. Country Hall Highlights Bakersfield Sound

    April 06, 2012 5:00 PM EDT There was something about the California sound of country music. It sparkled on the airwaves as much as the flamboyant stage attire that the artists who made the music wore on stage. For a while, it seemed like there was somewhat of a tug-of-war between the music scene there, and the one in…

  16. 'American Idol' Recap: DeAndre Heads Home, The Wanted Perform

    April 06, 2012 10:15 AM EDT DeAndre Brackensick was sent packing last night on "American Idol" after receiving the fewest viewer votes. On Wednesday's '80s episode, the California student, 17, abandoned his trademark falsetto to sing DeBarge's "I Like It," impressing judges and…

  17. 'American Idol' Recap: Oh Yes It's '80s Night

    April 05, 2012 10:15 AM EDT It was '80s Night on Wednesday's "American Idol," and for the most part, the remaining eight finalists paid solid tribute to the decade of decadence, tapered jeans and big hair. Among the highlights: Jessica Sanchez covering Whitney Houston (again) on "How Will I Know…

  18. 'American Idol' Recap: Heejun Han Sent Home

    March 30, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Heejun Han brought an unmatched flavor to "American Idol" this season, but entertainment does not always equal overall success. Wednesday night marked the arrival of a more serious Heejun, a foil to the charismatic, lively singer of the previous week. But while his performance of…

  19. 'American Idol' Recap: The Top Nine Emulate Their Own Idols

    March 29, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Randy Jackson likes to use the phrase "in it to win it" to describe contestants on "American Idol" who put in a heavyweight performance. It's always been a strange saying, since you'd expect ALL contestants to be, in fact, in it to win it. But on Wednesday night …

  20. 'American Idol' Recap: In a Billy Joel State of Mind

    March 22, 2012 10:50 AM EDT In a world where pre-packaged musical artists are becoming more and more prominent every year, there's something to be said for staying true to oneself, as a certain "American Idol" contestant did on Wednesday night (Mar. 21). Phillip Phillips, "American Idol's"…

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