1. Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot Among Songwriter Hall inductees

    June 15, 2012 9:54 PM EDT Stevie Nicks prefers writing a song over meeting a handsome prince. Ne-Yo claimed songwriting saved his life. And Bob Seger said writing a song is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing that he does. Converging opinions thrived at the 43rd annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in…

  2. Songwriters Hall of Fame Taps Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot

    February 21, 2012 11:50 AM EST The men behind "Against the Wind," "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" are heading into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Steinman, as well as Don Schlitz and the musical-writing duo Harvey…

  3. Ask Billboard: Covering Cover Songs

    August 13, 2010 1:05 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. COMPLETE COVERAGE…

  4. Ask Billboard: Indies, No. 2 Hits & Teddy Pendergrass

    January 22, 2010 5:35 PM EST 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. TALKING PEAKS, PART THREE Gary, Hi again, and, again, thank you for this…

  5. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1983

    September 29, 2009 4:37 PM EDT 'TOTAL ECLIPSE' OF THE CHART: This week in 1983, Bonnie Tyler ascended to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Total Eclipse of the Heart." The song's all-star cast included E Street Band members Roy Bittan on keyboards and Max Weinberg on drums, as well as Rick…

  6. 'Bat' In Black

    October 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Virgin's release this week of Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose" adds a new chapter to the biggest and best-known album serial in rock'n'roll history. Virgin's release this week of Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster…

  7. Meat Loaf Sues Over 'Bat Out Of Hell'

    June 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Meat Loaf has sued songwriter Jim Steinman and manager David Sonenberg over trademark rights to "Bat Out of Hell," asking for more than $50 million. Meat Loaf has sued songwriter Jim Steinman and manager David Sonenberg over trademark rights to "Bat Out of Hell," asking…

  8. Couldn't Have Said It Better

    October 11, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Back in 1977, Meat Loaf and songwriting buddy Jim Steinman dished up "Bat Out of Hell," one of rock's most beautifully bombastic, teen-dream albums of all time. Back in 1977, Meat Loaf and songwriting buddy Jim Steinman dished up "Bat Out of Hell," one of rock's…

  9. 'Better' Watch Out: Meat Loaf Returns

    August 25, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Drama-drenched rocker Meat Loaf will release a new album, "Couldn't Have Said It Better," Sept. 23 in the U.S. on Sanctuary Records. The set, which has already been released in Europe, is his first al Drama-drenched rocker Meat Loaf will release a new album, "Couldn't…

  10. CHART BEAT CHAT

    March 21, 2003 12:00 AM EST Fred Bronson discusses the mixing of classical and pop music, one-hit wonders vs. "non-hit wonders," remakes of hit songs, and women on top of Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED Dear Fred, Recently, Kevin Martin of New York asked if other classically…