1. Watch: All 2012 Super Bowl Music-Related Ads

    February 06, 2012 9:00 AM EST Music was back in a big way at the Super Bowl Sunday night. Artists like Elton John , Melanie Amaro, Motley Crue and The Darkness made on-camera appearances, while Echo & The Bunnymen , The Cult and James Brown had some of the most talked-about synchs. All in all, the top four publishing…

  2. 'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dead in Apparent Suicide

    February 01, 2012 10:05 AM EST "Soul Train" host Don Cornelius was the arbiter of cool, a brilliant TV showman who used his purring, baritone voice to seduce mainstream America into embracing black music and artists. But the "love, peace, and SOUL!" he wished viewers as he closed each show for decades…

  3. Release of the Week Marco Bosco 'Senseless'

    November 11, 2011 2:57 PM EST Chart Article Marco Bosco announced his arrival in July in bold fashion-with one 80-foot-high Hollywood billboard on Vine Street at Selma Avenue, a second one on Vine Street off Sunset Boulevard and a third atop the nearby W Hotel. Bosco is depicted like a futuristic musical gladiator…

  4. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Archives to Go on Sale

    October 17, 2011 8:56 PM EDT The organization, which will announce its 2011 class of inductees Tuesday, is set to release performances from 1986-2009. The day before it reveals its 27th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2011, Rock Hall and Time Life announced that they have partnered together on two new…

  5. 'Voice' Winner Javier Colon to Play Ray Charles on 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 9:18 PM EDT Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming episode of "The Playboy Club," singing …

  6. Lil Wayne Logs Hot 100's Biggest Bow, Katy Perry Still No. 1

    August 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Katy Perry remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," her historic fifth No. 1 from her album "Teenage Dream," while Lil Wayne leaps onto the survey at No. 3 with the latest single from his forthcoming album "Tha Carter…

  7. Meet Pocket Popstar, Biebs-Loving Younger Brother of Pocket Hipster

    August 16, 2011 2:15 PM EDT If you thought Justin Bieber already packed a saccharine pop sensibility and stable hairstyle into a small package, you probably haven't seen Pocket Popstar , the younger brother of the fixie-loving Pocket Hipster . Both offer song suggestions (from We Are Hunted and APIs from The Echo…

  8. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne': Track-by-Track Review

    August 08, 2011 1:50 PM EDT One year after the idea was conceived , Kanye West and Jay-Z deliver one of the year's most anticipated albums, "Watch the Throne," today (August 8). At 12 a.m. EST, hip-hop fans turned to iTunes, instead of a Hulkshare page, to download The Throne's collaborative album. &…

  9. 'Watch the Throne' Production Credits Leak, LMFAO and Seal Lend Vocals: Report

    July 19, 2011 1:15 PM EDT In just two weeks 'Watch the Throne' will be in the hands of many. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's highly anticipatated collaborative album is slated to debut digitally on August 1st and hit shelves August 5th, according to USA Today . 'Watch The Throne': Inside Jay-Z's…

  10. The Roots Make Playboy Jazz Fest Debut

    June 13, 2011 4:01 PM EDT " The Roots, the Roots, the Roots are on fire!" That one chant could be heard above the audience roar during the Roots' closing set on the opening night of the 33rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 11-12). Making its festival debut, the hip-hop group and "Late Night with…

  11. Duran Duran, Raphael Saadiq Rock the Classics at SXSW Stubb's Show

    March 17, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Thanks to Duran Duran and Raphael Saadiq , the field behind Stubb's Bar-B-Q had a way-back machine kind of feel Wednesday night at South By Southwest -- not that any of those in attendance were complaining, however. Kicking off a world tour in support of its new album, the Mark Ronson …

  12. Warren Haynes Mines His Soul Roots On 'Man in Motion' Album, Due in May

    February 24, 2011 12:28 PM EST G ov't Mule co-founder and Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes will shows his roots as a soul man with the May 10 release of his fourth solo album, "Man in Motion" (Stax/Concord Music Group). The 10-song set, recorded in Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio near…

  13. 29 Black Music Milestones: The Apollo Theater Opens

    February 22, 2011 5:50 PM EST The building now known as the Apollo Theater first opened in 1914 as Hurtig and Seamon's New Burlesque Theater, but the building that would become an African-American icon in New York City first began in 1934. Located at 125th Street in Harlem, the Apollo began featuring variety shows…

  14. 29 Black Music Milestones: James Brown Crowned Godfather of Soul

    February 07, 2011 4:08 PM EST Recognized as one of the most iconic figures in the 20th century for his signature vocals and fancy footwork, singer/songwriter James Brown more than earned his title as the Godfather of Soul on the strength of his animated live performances and slew of hit songs. Brown began his professional…

  15. 'American Idol' Auditions Prove Lackluster in Los Angeles

    February 04, 2011 10:37 AM EST "American Idol's" hometown proved to be a lackluster stop for season 10, yielding few promising contestants but plenty of "what the…" moments. It could be because the Los Angeles auditions were scheduled somewhat last-minute, and judging by the footage, looked…

  16. Bootsy Collins Taps Snoop Dogg, George Clinton for First Album in Five Years

    January 11, 2011 5:28 AM EST A desire to memorialize his heroes -- including James Brown , Jimi Hendrix , Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist Garry Shider and jazz legends such as Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis -- drove Bootsy Collins to make "Tha Funk Capitol of the World," his first new album in five years. …

  17. 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…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars

    December 09, 2010 3:35 PM EST 'GLEE' MARKS MILESTONE: The "Glee" cast becomes the second act in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history to total at least 100 chart entries. With five new titles, including the Hot Shot Debut, its rendition of Florence + the Machine 's "Dog Days Are Over…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Black Eyed Peas, Susan Boyle

    November 18, 2010 6:35 PM EST CLASS RANK: The "Glee" cast accomplishes a feat on the Billboard Hot 100 that it couldn't quite manage at Regionals. While McKinley High School's show choir placed third in its most important singing competition to-date in the "Glee" first-season finale in May,…

  20. Ask Billboard: How 'Hot' Are Taylor Swift's Songs?

    November 05, 2010 6:55 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. WELL-SPOKEN Hello…

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