1. Leon Russell Hits the Road After 'Union' Success

    April 11, 2011 3:29 PM EDT E lton John 's mission is accomplished. A year ago he set out to raise Leon Russell 's profile, and in the last nine months they have released "The Union," toured together and performed with the Speaking Clock Revue project of the album's producer, T Bone Burnett. In…

  2. Elton John Performs, Pokes Fun at 'Spider-Man' Musical on 'SNL'

    April 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Sir Elton John hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time April 2 and proved his acting chops are just as solid as his singing. The singer joked about being gay, performing at the royal wedding and being a new father in a series of skits and performances featuring guests Tom…

  3. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga 'Born' To Be At No. 1

    April 01, 2011 7:30 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. LADY GAGA '…

  4. Sound & Vision: RedOne and 10 Other Producers Ruling Music

    April 01, 2011 4:10 PM EDT They produce the songs that make the whole world sing -- and dance, and mosh, and head-bob, and do the country two-step. RedOne and 10 other producers who rule the music universe: RedOne Five years ago, the Billboard Hot 100 was a safe haven for the type of funked-up electro Timbaland was…

  5. Elton John Gets Goofy With Jason Sudeikis in 'SNL' Promos

    March 30, 2011 12:21 PM EDT E lton John is giving fans a taste of his big hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend in new promos for the show, alongside Jason Sudeikis. Watch below. Smartass funny-guy Sudeikis seems more jazzed to be there than EJ, but is that really any surprise? John will have an…

  6. Hot Tours: Lady Gaga, Prince, Iron Maiden

    March 24, 2011 1:57 PM EDT Lady Gaga is the No. 1 Hot Tour for the second week in a row with five more performances reported from her ongoing Monster Ball Tour. Ticket sales totals topped $7.4 million from the five sold out concerts that occurred from March 12 through 19. Louisville, Kentucky's new arena, KFC Yum!…

  7. Billboard Bits: Matthew Morrison to Duet With Paltrow on Solo Album, Bowie's Lost Album Leaks

    March 22, 2011 7:40 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Glee's' Matthew Morrison to Duet with Gwyneth Paltrow on Solo Album Matthew Morrison is set to duet with Gwyneth Paltrow on his self-titled solo album, out May 10. Morrison and Paltrow, who have…

  8. Rock Hall Inducts Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits

    March 15, 2011 9:10 AM EDT T om Waits went for laughs, Alice Cooper for shock value, Leon Russell was quietly humble and Neil Diamond may still be talking following their induction Monday into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The acts were joined New Orleans piano maestro Dr. John and "Wall of Sound" singer…

  9. Darlene Love on Rock Hall Induction: 'People Are Hiring Me Now'

    March 14, 2011 11:00 AM EDT D arlene Love says that her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been good for business. "Oh, yes, definitely," she tells Billboard.com. As the voice of the Phil Spector -produced holiday favorite "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," Love says she's "…

  10. Elton John-Leon Russell Documentary To Open Tribeca Film Festival

    March 02, 2011 3:30 PM EST The world premiere of Cameron Crowe's documentary "The Union" will launch the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival April 20, fest organizers announced Wednesday. The film's subject, Elton John , will be on hand to perform following the free outdoor screening at the North Cove of the…

  11. 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 "…

  12. The 40 Biggest Duets Of All Time

    February 14, 2011 9:50 AM EST One big name on a red-hot hit is great, but sometimes two superstar voices come together in an inspired pairing that is truly special. With Valentine's Day's celebration of couples in mind, our experts dove into over 50 years of Hot 100 hits to single out the biggest songs by two…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,"…

  15. Take That, 'X Factor' Bowie Cover Top U.K Charts

    November 29, 2010 8:18 AM EST Take That 's "Progress" (Polydor/Universal) started a second week at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart, while the now-annual charity song by the finalists of this year's "X Factor," a cover of David Bowie 's "Heroes" (Syco Music/Sony Music…

  16. Elvis Costello, "National Ransom"

    November 15, 2010 10:12 AM EST If Elvis Costello 's predilection for album-to-album change has been dizzying during the past 30-plus years, his latest release, "National Ransom," truncates that whirlwind across 16 tracks. Returning to "King of America" and "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane"…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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