1. Keith Urban Uses Personal Heritage to Push Country Limits in 'Wasted Time'

    May 02, 2016 10:18 AM EDT The track from his 'Ripcord' album was written mere weeks after his father's passing. When his father died on Dec. 5, 2015, Keith Urban was in the midst of working on what would become Ripcord , an album that’s due May 6. That kind of event is profoundly emotional, typically…

  2. Bonnie Raitt Gets Spring Fever: 5 Takeaways From Her Joyous Show at NYC's Beacon Theater

    April 02, 2016 2:30 PM EDT Bonnie Raitt had gone for a walk in the park -- New York’s Central Park -- on this spring day, the singer told her audience at the first of her two sold-out shows Friday (April 1) at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre. This Californian marveled at how New Yorkers responded to spring fever.  “We'…

  3. Pete Huttlinger, Guitarist for John Denver, Dies at 54

    January 16, 2016 3:26 PM EST Pete Huttlinger , who is best known for being the lead guitarist for John Denver , died Friday (Jan. 15) from a stroke. He was 54. Huttlinger passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville surrounded by family, friends and fellow musicians. “I am paralyzed,” his wife, Erin…

  4. Ed Sheeran Announces Record-Setting Australian Stadium Tour

    April 21, 2015 11:52 PM EDT Ed Sheeran has announced an encore lap of Australia and New Zealand that should put the artist in the record books.  The British singer-songwriter will make his return to the stage Down Under later this year, where he’ll play stadiums for the first time. "That's crazy," he…

  5. Rewinding the Charts: 30 Years Ago, Sheena Easton Sexed Up Pop

    February 23, 2015 11:05 AM EST In 1985, the Scottish singer's suggestive 'Sugar Walls,' written by Prince, topped the Dance Club Songs chart and helped spawn the Parental Advisory labeling system. "It was such a great groove, even in the demo," says Sheena Easton of her double-entendre-laden hit…

  6. John Denver Bust Goes Missing After Halloween Party

    November 01, 2014 10:56 AM EDT A Denver radio station that sponsored a heavy-metal Halloween ball is pleading for the return of a bust of John Denver that went missing during the party. John Denver Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Someone at KBPI-FM’s Saints and Sinners ball Tuesday night (Oct. 28) pried the bronze…

  7. John Denver Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    October 25, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Things are a little sunnier on the Hollywood Walk of Fame following the posthumous unveiling of a star for John Denver . Los Tigres del Norte Getting Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame The "Sunshine on My Shoulders" singer received the walk's 2,531st star on Friday (Oct. 24), 17…

  8. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj Matches Mariah Carey's Hot 100 Mark

    April 12, 2013 3:04 AM EDT With the debut of 'High School,' Minaj notches her 44th Hot 100 hit, equaling the output of fellow 'American Idol' judge – and rival? – Carey Perhaps another element to add to their reported rivalry as judges on "American Idol": Nicki Minaj has tied Mariah…

  10. Nero Tops Amy Winehouse on U.K. Album Chart

    August 22, 2011 9:28 AM EDT London artists are triumphant on the Official Charts Company's new U.K. sales charts, as electro duo Nero follow their recent singles chart-topper "Promises" (MTA/Mercury/Universal) with an instant No. 1 album, "Welcome Reality," and grime/rap star Wretch 32 enters at…

  11. The Nine Collaborative Albums To Top The Billboard 200

    August 18, 2011 7:15 PM EDT The pairing of star acts on an album isn't uncommon. Last year, Elton John and Leon Russell teamed for "The Union," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Earlier in 2010, Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troubadour" bowed at No. 4. In 2007, rocker…

  12. 'Believe' It: Yankees Slugger Nick Swisher Releases Children's Album

    August 04, 2011 10:06 AM EDT New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher always seems to have a smile on his face. He has a popular Twitter account and made a guest appearance on CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" last year. So the naturally gregarious Swisher jumped at a chance to record a children's album…

  13. 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…

  14. 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 ,…

  15. Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 17, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Hi Gary, I love the new Lonely Island and Michael Bolton "Saturday Night Live" digital short and viral hit, "Jack Sparrow." [ Language in video below not appropriate for all audiences ]. The song got me to thinking about other odd teamings. In 1985, new wave duo Eurythmics…

  16. Remembering 15 Forgotten Hot 100 No. 1s

    March 09, 2011 1:05 PM EST As Billboard celebrates 1,000 No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100's storied archives , it's inevitable that certain past toppers require an extra pause before triggering recognition. Despite all 1,000 titles having earned the honor of, at least for one week, reigning as the most popular…

  17. The Power Of Love: Analyzing The Hot 100's 1,000 No. 1s

    February 23, 2011 1:05 PM EST How did I spend my long weekend, plus a(n unhealthy) portion of yesterday? Analyzing the subject matter of all 1,000 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, of course! I wondered if by dissecting the content of each leading song since the Hot 100's launch Aug. 4, 1958, from Ricky Nelson 's "…

  18. Ask Billboard: A Lot To 'Like' About Far*East Movement

    October 22, 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. A LOT TO '…

  19. Chart Beat Thursday: Rihanna, Ludacris, Timbaland

    March 18, 2010 4:15 PM EDT ATTA 'BOY'!: Rihanna rules the Billboard Hot 100, as "Rude Boy" rides 4-1. With the ascension, the singer improves upon an already impressive chart history that began less than five years ago. The song marks Rihanna's sixth trip to the Hot 100 summit, tying her with…

  20. Chart Beat Wednesday: Muse, Billy Currington, Mariah Carey

    March 10, 2010 1:15 PM EST TWO OUT OF THREE AIN'T BAD: Muse makes history on the Alternative Songs chart, "Resistance" charges 6-1. With the British band's former 17-week No. 1 "Uprising" at No. 3, the group becomes the first act in the survey's 21-year archives to claim two of the…

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