1. Elton John To Host 'SNL' on April 2

    February 28, 2011 1:39 PM EST Sir Elton John will play double duty on April 2 when he hosts "Saturday Night Live" and appears as the show's musical guest with Leon Russell . It will be his first time back on the "SNL" stage since 1982, when he performed the songs "Empty Garden" and "…

  2. Elton John, Paul Simon Sign On As Rock Hall of Fame Presenters

    February 08, 2011 2:26 PM EST E lton John recently made an album with his longtime idol, Leon Russell . Now he'll do the induction honors when Russell is ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Russell and John are up for a Grammy award for their work on the joint album "The Union." Rock…

  3. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 4

    December 22, 2010 4:05 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," "Fearless" to "Not Afraid,"…

  4. Country Albums Rule Top Three on Billboard 200

    November 10, 2010 11:17 AM EST For the first time in three years, the top three selling albums in the U.S. are all country efforts. Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week (320,000; down 69% according to Nielsen SoundScan), Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party…

  5. Taylor Swift Sizzles on Billboard 200, Ke$ha Tops Digital Songs

    November 03, 2010 1:23 PM EDT As previously reported, Taylor Swift celebrates a milestone achievement this week as her third album, "Speak Now," crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 1 ,047,000 million sold in its first week , according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the largest sales week for an album…

  6. Cheryl Cole Rains On Rihanna's Chart Parade

    November 01, 2010 8:38 AM EDT C heryl Cole scored her second solo U.K. No. 1 single with "Promise This" (Polydor/Universal) to hold Rihanna 's "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) to a runner-up debut. Kings of Leon 's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Elton John, Taylor Swift, Shakira

    October 28, 2010 3:35 PM EDT BLESSED 'UNION': As previously reported , country duo Sugarland bursts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with "The Incredible Machine." At No. 2, Kings of Leon arrive with "Come Around Sundown." At No. 3, another duo - and another Leon - enjoys its own landmark…

  8. Sugarland Tops Kings of Leon on Billboard 200

    October 27, 2010 11:00 AM EDT Country duo Sugarland swoops in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with its third topper, "The Incredible Machine." The set sold 203,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, beating out the No. 2 arrival of Kings of Leon's "Come Around Sundown,"…

  9. Photos: Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Buffalo Springfield Rock Bridge School

    October 26, 2010 6:55 PM EDT It's not every day that Neil Young , Pearl Jam , Elton John & Leon Russell , Buffalo Springfield and a dozen other renowned rockers gather on the same stage for a weekend-long jam, but at the 24th Annual Bridge School Benefit (Oct. 23-24) in Mountain View, Calif., the pairings of…

  10. Pearl Jam Launches Satellite Radio Station for 20th Birthday

    October 21, 2010 5:40 PM EDT P earl Jam is celebrating its exact 20th birthday tomorrow (Oct. 22) with the launch of an Sirius XM radio station devoted to the band's enormous catalog of live, studio and unreleased material. Pearl Jam Radio, which will be found at Sirius channel 17, XM channel 39 as well as at Sirius…

  11. Sugarland, Kings of Leon Headed for Top of Billboard 200

    October 20, 2010 7:01 PM EDT It looks like Sugarland could be on its way to sweetening the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week with its third No. 1 album, as industry sources suggest the duo's "The Incredible Machine" will sell perhaps 210,000 to 220,000 by week's end on Sunday, Oct. 24.…

  12. Win An Elton John & Leon Russell Signed Album Canvas

    October 18, 2010 6:03 PM EDT Elton John 's new album with Leon Russell , aptly titled "The Union," is a meeting of these veteran musical minds for the first time since 1970. The Decca Records album, which was produced by T Bone Burnett, is out tomorrow, and Billboard.com is giving away an original canvas…

  13. Elton John and Leon Russell Form Perfect 'Union'

    October 01, 2010 6:00 PM EDT Talk to Elton John and it's likely that sooner rather than later, he will tell you that Leon Russell is his idol. Which isn't an unexpected statement to make, considering that the next entry in John's discography without end is "The Union," a duet album with the 68…

  14. Billboard Bits: Kanye Cancels Good Friday, Bieber Makes $300K a Show

    September 30, 2010 6:18 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bieber Makes $300K Per Concert Justin Bieber gets paid a minimum of $300,000 per concert, according to recent reports. The lofty sum is double the price of Weezer ($150K) and Drake ($155K), though the teen…

  15. Elton John and Leon Russell Release First Single from Collaborative Album

    September 01, 2010 4:28 PM EDT E lton John and Leon Russell have issued the first single from their forthcoming collaborative album, "The Union," due Oct. 19 on Decca Records. Titled "If It Wasn't For Bad," the song features vocals from both musical legends as well as John on piano. Produced by T…

  16. Billboard Bits: Beyonce Talks Pregnancy Rumors, Arcade Fire Plots Tour

    August 16, 2010 7:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyoncé Addresses Baby Rumors While Beyoncé's decision to take a break earlier this year prompted rumors that she and husband Jay-Z are looking to have children, the singer says that there are "no dates,…

  17. Elton John Teams With Leon Russell For 'Mature' New Album

    July 06, 2010 7:55 AM EDT E lton John says his forthcoming collaboration with legendary singer, songwriter and sideman Leon Russell marks a new chapter in his recording career, saying: "I don't have to make pop records any more." Speaking at the launch of the album at the Electric Cinema in West London…

  18. Robert Randolph "Walk" Video Q&A

    May 14, 2010 5:00 PM EDT "We basically wanted to get Robert Randolph and the Family Band and a bunch of great artists together to help me capture a vision of 100 years of American roots music," pedal-steel player Randolph said of his upcoming album "We Walk This Road," when Billboard.com caught up…

  19. Elton John Recording Album With Leon Russell

    March 05, 2010 2:22 PM EST In an unexpected pairing, Elton John and Leon Russell are recording an album together in Los Angeles with producer T-Bone Burnett. Both artists have written songs for the project, which has no title or release date as of yet. Billboard.com has learned that Neil Young , Booker T. Jones , Marc…

  20. Beyonce, Taylor Swift Score Big At 2010 Grammy Awards

    January 31, 2010 11:36 PM EST The winners of the 52nd annual Grammy Awards Sunday were a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll - but a diva was the one who put a ring on the whole night. Beyonce led all artists on the evening with six wins, a Grammy record for a female artist in a single year. The trophy for song…

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