1. Faith Hill Shows Off New Songs at Radio Seminar

    February 27, 2012 11:50 AM EST Faith Hill returned to a Country Radio Seminar-related stage for the first time in quite a few years on Friday (Feb. 24) to perform as part of the Warner Brothers-sponsored luncheon. She took to the stage with a stirring performance of her 2005 hit "Mississippi Girl," and also…

  2. Bill O'Reilly: 'Whitney Houston Wanted to Kill Herself'

    February 14, 2012 5:05 PM EST Bill O'Reilly offered a harsh rejoinder to Whitney Houston's mourners Monday when he suggested that the late singer's drug use was evidence of suicidal tendencies. Speaking on "The O'Reilly Factor," the conservative pundit criticized Houston's self…

  3. Howard Tate, Lost Soul Singer, Dead at 72

    December 06, 2011 10:30 AM EST Howard Tate , a gifted 1960s soul singer who dropped out of music after his now-beloved records were ignored, only to reemerge decades later to a cult following, died Dec. 2 at his New Jersey apartment. A spokesman for the Burlington County medical examiner said Tuesday that Tate died of…

  4. Doyle Bramhall Sr., Texas Musician, Dies at 62

    November 14, 2011 5:40 PM EST Singer/musician Doyle Bramhall Sr., who collaborated with a number of notable Texas musicians, died at 62 at his home in Alpine, Texas on Sunday (Nov. 13). The cause of death was not immediately known. According to the Austin Chronicle , Bramhall began his career in the 1960s with the blues…

  5. Barry Feinstein, Bob Dylan/Janis Joplin Photographer, Dies at 80

    October 21, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Photographer Barry Feinstein, who captured behind-the-scenes images from rock's golden age and shot iconic album covers for Bob Dylan and George Harrison, died in upstate New York on Thursday. He was 80. Agent Dave Brolan said Feinstein, who lived in Woodstock, suffered various ailments…

  6. The Beatles, Byrds, Black Keys Ready Record Store Day Black Friday Releases

    October 20, 2011 9:20 PM EDT Record Store Day may come but once a year, but vinyl devotees will have the opportunity to pick up another round of limited edition releases on Black Friday. The initiative, aimed at supporting independent record stores, will offer releases including a vinyl singles box set from the Beatles,…

  7. Stevie Nicks Shares a Dozen Stories at L.A. Performance

    October 20, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Steve Nicks entertained and educated high school students and fans Wednesday at two sessions at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. She touched on everything from her childhood to her recently released album "In Your Dreams," providing the audience with imitations of her Fleetwood Mac…

  8. M.I.A. Posts Amy Winehouse Tribute Track, '27'

    July 24, 2011 4:58 PM EDT Hours after the death of Amy Winehouse was announced, M.I.A. posted "27," a demo dedicated to the 27-year-old deceased singer, on her Twitter page. The song was originally going to be included on M.I.A.'s 'Vicki Leekx" mixtape, but finds new resonance in the wake of…

  9. Billboard Bits: Chris Brown Cast in Comedy, Beyonce Producer Bashes 'Motivation'

    July 19, 2011 7:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce Producer Bashes Kelly Rowland's "Motivation" Jeff Bhasker, a producer on a number of Beyonce's "4" tracks, bashed Kelly Rowland's "Motivation" on Twitter today,…

  10. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 2

    July 09, 2011 10:05 AM 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. PEN PALS, READERS…

  11. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Charles , Georgia; and, the Beach Boys ,…

  12. La 5a Estacion's Natalia Jimenez Strikes Out On Her Own

    June 21, 2011 9:18 AM EDT As a teenage music conservatory student in Madrid, Natalia Jimenez entered her eight-piece band in a rock contest in the nearby town of Torrelodones. But then, on the day of the show, the band backed out. Undaunted, Jimenez got on her motorbike with her guitar and headed to the show where, in…

  13. 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…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, John Rich, Blondie

    May 26, 2011 6:55 PM EDT '21' = 9: Lady Gaga is on the edge of Billboard 200 glory, as her "Born This Way" is set to storm the summit of next week's chart. Until then, Adele continues her impressive run at No. 1. The soulful singer/songwriter's sophomore set "21" becomes one of…

  15. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Adele, Bruno Mars

    April 28, 2011 6:15 PM EDT PERFECT 10: As the "Glee" cast maintains its perfect attendance record in the Billboard 200 's top 10, the troupe receives even higher marks on the Soundtracks chart. "Glee, the Music Presents: The Warblers" enters the Billboard 200 at No. 2, marking the Fox series&…

  16. 'The Voice' Premiere: Christina Aguilera Takes the Reins

    April 26, 2011 10:45 AM EDT "The Voice," NBC's heavily promoted singing competition with Christina Aguilera taking the focal reins, opens with the four celebrity "coaches" singing Gnarls Barkley 's "Crazy." The performance is steady without being remarkable, competent yet hardly…

  17. 'American Idol': Paul McDonald Goes Crazy for Johnny Cash on Rock Night

    April 07, 2011 12:30 AM EDT The tone for this oh-so-strange, rock-themed "American Idol" performance night was set from minute one by Steven Tyler , who kissed his own wax bust in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and alluded, we assume, to smoking purple haze. (After he told the god-awful "Band on the Run…

  18. 'American Idol' Season 10 Power Players

    January 14, 2011 12:00 PM EST Background: Forty years of superstardom don't lie -- as the frontman for iconic band Aerosmith, Steven Tyler has been rocking since the '70s and amassing a collection of hits that few modern-day artists can match. Since 1991 alone (when SoundScan began tracking album sales), Tyler…

  19. 'American Idol' Judges, Seacrest Dish on New Season to Jay Leno

    January 11, 2011 1:21 PM EST New "American Idol" judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez , mainstay Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest took over late night TV Monday night (Jan. 10), appearing together on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" to reveal what they're looking for in contestants this…

  20. Pink Celebrates Motherhood, 'Greatest Hits'

    November 23, 2010 11:41 AM EST While Pink's impending motherhood is garnering her plenty of ink, she's got something else to celebrate -- 10 years in the music business. The 31-year-old singer recently released "Greatest Hits ... So Far!!!" that chronicles her growth from a potent, big-voiced R&B…

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