1. Lady Gaga on 'So You Think You Can Dance': Tears, Advice, Job Offers

    July 28, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Guest judge Lady Gaga left her mark on "So You Think You Can Dance" on Wednesday (July 27) night, with her stilt-and-pantsuit ensemble, her passionate advice for the contestants, as well as her teary reaction to watching dancer Marko Germar perform to a Jeff Buckley song (not called…

  2. Miranda Cosgrove, "Sparks Fly"

    May 07, 2010 1:50 PM EDT Full of saccharin-sweet pop riffs and head-bobbing beats that one would expect from a Nickelodeon TV actress, "iCarly" star Miranda Cosgrove 's debut album, "Sparks Fly," delivers the total tween package. Production from the Matrix and Espionage , among others,…

  3. 'American Idol' Recap: 'Love' Is The Answer For Todrick Hall

    March 10, 2010 8:19 PM EST Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. --- I have to say, the song spoilers that leaked this afternoon made me super excited for tonight's show -- and not in a nice way.…

  4. Chart Beat Thursday: Black Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, k.d. lang

    February 25, 2010 4:05 PM EST THREE-PEA-T: As previously reported , the Black Eyed Peas halt Ke$ha 's nine-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "TiK ToK," as "Imma Be" ascends 3-1. The latter track is the third Hot 100 No. 1 from the Black Eyed Peas' album "The E.N.D.,"…

  5. Chart Beat Thursday: 'Hope' Helps Haiti

    January 28, 2010 6:55 PM EST HIGH 'HOPE': If an album is going to set a sales record, best that its proceeds go to charity . "Hope for Haiti Now" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the first digital-exclusive set to reign in the chart's history. All proceeds from the MTV Networks…

  6. Michael Jackson Left 'Endless' Supply Of Unreleased Music

    July 02, 2009 11:39 AM EDT Michael Jackson had a mountain of unreleased recordings in the vault when he died — music that is almost certain to be packaged and repackaged for his fans in the years to come. The material includes unused tracks from studio sessions of some of Jackson's best albums, as well as more…

  7. May 29, 2009

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Oscar Brown Jr., singer, composer, lyricist, dies in Chicago from complications from a blood infection in the lower spine. He is 78. 1999 – The remains of Iron Butterfly’s Philip Taylor Kramer are found in at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, Calif., four years after his…

  8. Ask Billboard: Fleetwood Mac, Kristinia DeBarge, Chicago

    May 15, 2009 4:51 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BATTLE OF THE BANDS Hi Gary, I was wondering if you could help me win a bet I…

  9. Jeff Buckley 'Grace' Live Footage Compiled

    March 12, 2009 5:38 PM EDT Jeff Buckley's fame and popularity continue to spread 15 years since the release of his celebrated debut, "Grace," and more than a decade after his untimely death. In celebration of his legacy and the album's anniversary, on June 2 Columbia/Legacy will release "Grace…

  10. Leonard Cohen / Feb. 19, 2009 / New York (Beacon Theatre)

    February 20, 2009 1:32 PM EST Defying his 74 years and his decades spent as rock'n'roll's hard-living bard, Leonard Cohen impishly scampered onto the Beacon Theater's newly renovated stage to a standing ovation last night (Feb. 19) in New York. He proceeded to nimbly sink down to one knee to serenade…

  11. Leonard Cohen To Release First Album Since 2004

    February 13, 2009 10:44 AM EST Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen will release "Live in London," his first new album in five years, on March 31 via Columbia. The set was culled from his July 17, 2008, performance at London's 02 Arena during his world tour last year. The 26-track "Live in London,…

  12. Leonard Cohen Sets NYC Show, Tour To Follow?

    January 13, 2009 3:48 PM EST Leonard Cohen will play his first U.S. concert in 15 years at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Feb. 19, and speculation is that it will serve as the anchor for a North American tour. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (Jan. 16) via Ticketmaster. Last summer, the artist embarked on his…

  13. Alexandra Burke Is 'X Factor' On U.K. Charts

    December 22, 2008 10:32 AM EST "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke had her U.K. Christmas No. 1 single confirmed yesterday (Dec. 21), as her version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) debuted at the top with sales of 576,000 units to become the fastest-selling single by a…

  14. Franz Ferdinand, Cold War Kids / Dec. 8, 2008 / Portland, Ore.

    December 17, 2008 5:05 PM EST Christmas gifts from 94/7 FM come in bigger packages: the Portland alternative station's "December to Remember" concert series features eight bands over four evenings, instead of one or two nights of tapas-style sets. Thus Franz Ferdinand can showcase songs from album number…

  15. Take That, Leona Still Strong On U.K. Charts

    December 15, 2008 11:00 AM EST Take That's "The Circus" album (Polydor/Universal) and Leona Lewis' "Run" single (Syco Music/Sony BMG) kept their places as the U.K.'s bestsellers on the new sales charts published yesterday (Dec. 14). The Take That album started a second week at the top…

  16. Chart Beat Chat

    November 26, 2008 2:28 PM EST HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Hello Fred, I'm afraid it might get lost in the shuffle but it certainly was a milestone at the time. But it is just 10 years since the Hot 100 dropped its rule of commercial availability. On Dec. 5, 1998, the Hot 100 featured, for the first time ever, radio-only…

  17. This Day in Music

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer in Boston. He is 69. 2004 - Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer…

  18. Chart Beat Chat

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Death Cab for Cutie, gay and lesbian artists, David Cook and more! MAKE ROOM FOR CUTIE Death Cab for Cutie claims its first No. 1 album with "Narrow Stairs" and no write-up in Chart Beat? That achievement is certainly more newsworthy than reporting on…

  19. This Day in Music

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Oscar Brown Jr., singer, composer, lyricist, playwright and black culture activist, dies in Chicago from complications from a blood infection in the lower spine. He is 78. 2005 - Oscar Brown Jr., singer, composer, lyricist, playwright and black culture activist, dies in Chicago from…

  20. David Cook Triumphs On 'American Idol'

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amid deafening applause, David Cook was crowned the seventh "American Idol" last night (May 21) at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre. The 25-year-old Blue Springs, Mo., native earned 56% of the record 97.5 m Amid deafening applause, David Cook was crowned the seventh "American…

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