1. NBA FIT Week: Basketball Stars Discuss Favorite Workout Music

    January 24, 2013 7:30 PM EST Check out what Wesley Matthews, Bruce Bowen and more had to say about the fitness program and what music pumps them up. On Thursday (Jan. 24), the NBA kicks off its 2013 NBA FIT Live Healthy Week, an annual program in which current NBA and WNBA stars, former basketball legends and top coaches…

  2. Sammy Kershaw Fast-Tracks His Second Christmas Album

    November 18, 2012 8:00 AM EST Sammy Kershaw is no stranger to the world of holiday music. The country music favorite's 1994 platter "Christmas Time's A Comin'" (which featured the classic "Daddy Stuff") remains a favorite. Kershaw has just released a second Yuletide-themed collection, …

  3. They Might Be Giants Q&A: In The Studio With The Nerd-Rock Kings

    November 16, 2012 11:00 AM EST John Linell and John Flansburgh discuss their follow-up to "Join Us," due out next year. In a studio on the edge of Manhattan's Garment District, John Linell and John Flansburgh are all ears as an onslaught of horns pour out of the speakers. The two friends behind perennial…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Heart Rocks On With 'Fanatic'

    October 13, 2012 10:05 AM EDT The venerable rockers' noteworthy year continues with the arrival of their new album at No. 24 on the Billboard 200. Thirty-six years after first arriving on the Billboard 200 with the hard rock classic "Dreamboat Annie," which reached No. 7 in 1976 over a 100-week chart run,…

  5. Donovan Q&A: Catching Up With a Folk Rock Superman

    April 10, 2012 11:15 AM EDT In the three months since Donovan received the news that he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , he has stepped up his activity in front of the film, TV and music industries. He performed at the Sundance Film Festival, made numerous private performances for music supervisors…

  6. Needtobreathe 'Want to Be an Important Band'

    September 18, 2011 9:00 AM EDT "The title just says it," Needtobreathe lead vocalist Bear Rinehart says of his band's new album, "The Reckoning," due Sept. 20 on Atlantic. "We want to be an important band. We want to be a band that people believe in and that people are impacted by. Being a…

  7. Amy Winehouse Returns to Top 10 of Billboard 200, Adele Back at No. 1

    July 27, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As Adele 's "21" heads back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for an 11th non-consecutive week (up two slots with 77,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan; a gain of 1%), the late Amy Winehouse returns to the top 10 with "Back to Black" at No. 9 (37,000; up 3…

  8. Steven Tyler Q&A: On Making 'Noise in My Head,' Aerosmith & 'Idol,' Johnny Depp & More

    May 03, 2011 12:52 PM EDT It's a sunny day in Laurel Canyon, and Steven Tyler is shouting, "Author! Author!" before he heads to work to hear the "American Idol" contestants sing a bunch of Carole King songs. There's reason for his ebullience, of course; besides his stint as an "…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Far*East Movement, Lil Wayne, Suzanne Vega

    October 21, 2010 5:55 PM EDT With numerous laudable achievements on an array of Billboard charts this week, keeping track of the most notable feats requires a bit of organization. Chart Beat presents, then, an easy A-to-Z guide of the week in Billboard surveys. (Permission is sought for artistic license regarding letters…

  10. Kanye West Premieres Beyonce Track, Album Due Nov. 16

    August 11, 2010 5:44 PM EDT K anye West premiered his new "See Me Now" song, featuring Beyoncé and Charlie Wilson , and revealed that his album will be released on Nov. 16 during an interview this afternoon with New York radio station WQHT (Hot 97). "Beyoncé finished those vocals at 5am this morning,"…

  11. 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…

  12. Farrell, Morello, Slash And More Rock For Recovery

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Slash, Tom Morello, Jerry Cantrell, Perry Farrell, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Jakob Dylan, Joseph Arthur, Sen Dog of Cypress Hill, Ours and others banded together last night in New York for a concert Slash, Tom Morello, Jerry Cantrell, Perry Farrell, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer, Jakob Dylan,…

  13. Dream Boogie: The Triumph Of Sam Cooke

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT part four The war impinged in various ways. Most directly because Willie was in the Army Corps of Engineers overseas -- he was in one of the first units to cross the Rhine, and they eagerly followed the news of his division's movements and looked forward to his letters home. Sam and L.C.…

  14. 'Family Music' Keeps Zanes Busier Than Ever

    September 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Despite having new children's book and DVD projects in stores this month, Dan Zanes has no plans of slowing down. On horizons near and not so far for the popular "family music" maker is a U.S. tour, a Despite having new children's book and DVD projects in stores this month…

  15. Zanes Plans Starbucks Disc

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks' Hear Music label plans to bring Dan Zanes back into its brew of exclusive albums. The artist, who previously contributed a track to one of the company's family compilations, is putting toge Starbucks' Hear Music label plans to bring Dan Zanes back into its brew of…

  16. Jackson Slams New Eminem Video

    October 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has not taken kindly to the way he's portrayed in rapper Eminem's recently released video, "Just Lose It." Michael Jackson has not taken kindly to the way he's portrayed in rapper Eminem's recently released video , "Just Lose It." The…

  17. ZZ Top To Close Houston Arena

    October 06, 2003 12:00 AM EDT ZZ Top will play the final concert at Houston's Compaq Center, formerly known as the Houston Summit. The Nov. 22 show will mark the band's 23rd appearance at the venue, longtime home to the Houston Ro ZZ Top will play the final concert at Houston's Compaq Center, formerly known…

  18. Clay Aiken 'Measures' Up On RCA Debut

    October 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In June, Aiken sat down with Billboard's Fred Bronson for a lengthy interview about his experiences on "American Idol." Last week they met up again, to discuss Aiken's debut CD track-by-track in a con It would be difficult to find anyone in the U.S. who has not heard of…

  19. Billboard Bits: Howie Day, DiFranco, Wayfaring Strangers

    August 19, 2003 12:00 AM EDT News on Howie Day, DiFranco, Wayfaring Strangers Singer/songwriter Howie Day will release his second album, "Stop All the World Now," Oct. 7 via Epic. Produced by Youth (The Verve, Crowded House), the 11-track collection was recorded in London. The first single will be "Perfect…

  20. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 06, 2002 12:00 AM EST "Chart Beat" columnist Fred Bronson answers readers' questions about Kelly Clarkson, singles sales, Avril Lavigne, radio station playlists, Shania Twain, double albums, his latest books, and best sell THE FIRST KELLY QUESTION Hi Fred, Earlier this year, "American Idol"…

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