1. 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…

  2. Amy Winehouse's Death Leaves 'Gaping Hole' in Lives of Family

    July 24, 2011 1:52 PM EDT The family of Amy Winehouse issued a statement today regarding the tragic passing of the 27-year-old singer. "Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece. She leaves a gaping hole in our lives," the Winehouse family told Us Weekly . "…

  3. Dead At 27: Nine Artists Gone Too Soon

    July 23, 2011 6:11 PM EDT An uncanny number of musicians have passed away at age 27. Today (July 23), on the third anniversary of Amy Winehouse's death, we reflect on some of the 27 Club's most notable talents. Amy, Kurt, Janis, Jimi and Jim may be gone, but none of them will be forgotten. Amy Winehouse …

  4. Amy Winehouse Mourned By Celebs on Twitter

    July 23, 2011 3:15 PM EDT The music world's reaction to Amy Winehouse's untimely passing Saturday (July 23) was swift and heartfelt. Here's our round-up of 27 singers', rockers' and rappers' tweets about the 27 year-old singer's death. Be sure to follow @billboarddotcom for all of…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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 ,…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Pitbull, Jill Scott, Weird Al Yankovic

    June 30, 2011 7:55 PM EDT PET SOUNDS: Dog days are just beginning atop the Billboard Hot 100 , as Pitbull celebrates his first No. 1 with "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer. In anticipation of the Miami rapper's ascension to the apex, Chart Beat reader and frequent contributor…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Blake Shelton Wins Big, Jason Aldean & Ludacris Duet at CMT Awards

    June 09, 2011 12:31 AM EDT L udacris . Jason Aldean . A full arena on its feet waving its hands in the air. The close of the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night (June 8) was one of the most telling moments in the two-and-a-half-hour show, as a veteran rapper joined one of country's boundary-pushing acts to perform…

  12. Sugarland Reunites Tornado-Affected Joplin Family for CMT Awards: Video

    June 08, 2011 6:00 PM EDT S ugarland will sing an emotional version of its song "Stand Up" tonight (June 8) at the CMT Awards (airing at 8 p.m. ET), and the performance will have a special meaning for the Gilberts, a family from Joplin, Mo., whose home was devastated by a tornado last month. During a…

  13. Death Cab for Cutie 'Codes and Keys': Track-By-Track Review

    May 31, 2011 3:54 PM EDT Seven albums in and nearly 15 years later, indie rock stalwarts Death Cab For Cutie are getting a little weird -- and doing it right. On "Codes and Keys," out today (May 31, Atlantic), listeners get a clear sense of where its members currently find themselves: in adulthood. And…

  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. Billboard Bits: Abigail Breslin Unveils Singing Debut, Odd Future Diss William and Kate

    April 29, 2011 5:35 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Abigail Breslin Unveils Singing Debut, "Fight For Me' Actress Abigail Breslin, best known for her role in "Little Miss Sunshine," has made her singing debut with "Fight For Me" a song…

  16. 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&…

  17. '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…

  18. '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…

  19. Remembering 15 Forgotten Adult Pop Songs

    March 29, 2011 1:05 PM EDT For the 15th anniversary earlier this month of Billboard's Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, we presented the Top 40 Adult Pop Songs 1996-2011 ranked retrospective. How about some (very) deep countdown extras? Here is a look (and listen) at 15 other songs that, despite not having…

  20. 'American Idol' Premiere Plays Nice with Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler

    January 20, 2011 12:49 AM EST "American Idol" returned to Fox for its 10th season premiere on Wednesday night (Jan. 19), and with new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez also making their debuts -- and the reliably affable Randy Jackson occupying Simon Cowell's old seat on the panel -- there were plenty…

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