1. Marva Whitney, Soul Sister No. 1 in James Brown Revue, Dies at 68

    December 24, 2012 11:20 AM EST Marva Whitney , a fiery voiced funk singer who toured and collaborated with James Brown -- along the way earning the title "Soul Sister #1" -- died on Saturday at age 68, according to a Facebook page dedicated to her. "She left us with a legacy that will shine forever,"…

  2. Elvis Presley's Conquest of NYC Shown in Rare Footage: 'It Was Very Emotional'

    November 15, 2012 10:30 AM EST It was June of 1972. Though his career had enjoyed more triumphs than most any other in showbusiness, there was one city that Elvis Presley wanted to conquer: New York City. It had been over fifteen years since the "King of Rock & Roll" had performed there -- and he had not…

  3. Styx and Ted Nugent Rocked the Classics for a Packed House in Bethlehem, PA

    July 02, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Chart Article PROMOTION Styx and Ted Nugent Rocked the Classics for a Packed House in Bethlehem, PA Styx , the veteran rock band that turned too much time on its hands into a massive hit, made the most of every moment June 29 when it rocked the Sands Bethlehem Event Center at the Sands Casino…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Maroon 5, Gotye, Flo Rida

    April 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa connect to Hot 100 history through 'Payphone.' M aroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa teaming up on "Payphone" turned out to be a good call. As the pop/rock band and rapper roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3, the song ties with two others for the highest…

  5. Dick Clark, American Music Icon, Dead at 82

    April 18, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the year-end countdown from Times Square on …

  6. Beyonce, Jordin Sparks, Brad Paisley Make Musical Fireworks on the 4th: Watch

    July 05, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Music's stars were out in full boom this 4th of July, working the stage while the rest of the country took the day off to celebrate. Check out which artists saluted our country last night while you were out watching fireworks. The Ten Worst National Anthem Performances Ever 15 Awesome &…

  7. Eddie Kirkland, Blues Legend, Killed in Car Crash

    February 28, 2011 10:36 AM EST Eddie Kirkland, an 88-year-old blues legend known as the "Gypsy of the Blues" was killed in Florida when his car turned into the path of a Greyhound bus. Kirkland was traveling southeast on U.S. Highway 98 in Crystal River, north of Tampa, about 8:30 a.m. Sunday when he tried to…

  8. Billy Preston Debut Re-Released for Black History Month

    February 10, 2011 12:06 PM EST In recognition of Black History Month, ABKCO Records will release "16 Year Old Soul," the album that launched the career of Billy Preston , on Feb. 22. The release will mark the first time the LP is available in more than 45 years. "16 Year Old Soul" not only reflects the…

  9. Jimi Hendrix's Family Talks 'Anthology,' 'Day in the Life' Documentary

    November 17, 2010 3:17 PM EST After a prolific 2010 that continues with the "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology" box set out this week, the family-run Experience Hendrix label has a more modest, but no less impactful blueprint for the next couple of years. "This year has been very special…

  10. Brandy Ties for Top Spot on 'Dancing With the Stars'

    November 09, 2010 9:45 AM EST After three weeks at the top of the leader board, Brandy again finds herself at the top but this week tied with actress Jennifer Grey. This week each couple had to perform two separate dances for the best combined score out of 60 possible points. Brandy charmed the judges with an inspiring…

  11. Bruno Mars Live: Billboard Tastemakers Video

    October 21, 2010 2:45 PM EDT Chart Article Our new video series presents a closer look at -- and an exclusive performance from -- the cool artists hitting the Billboard Tastemakers chart , which brings you the top-selling albums each week based on an influential panel of indie stores and small regional chains. Bruno Mars…

  12. Ask Billboard: Decade-Defining Artists & Songs

    July 30, 2010 5:15 PM EDT Whether you're beach-going with California gurls (or ridin' solo), vacation-bound on airplanes or feeling just generally dynamite (perhaps because you're pretty good at drinkin' beer), enjoy this week's mailbag. "Ask Billboard" is updated every Friday. As…

  13. Phillip Walker, Blues Guitarist, Dies at 73

    July 23, 2010 10:36 AM EDT Blues guitarist and singer Phillip Walker , who backed such stars as Etta James and Lowell Fulson , has died. He was 73. Marc Lipkin, publicity director for Alligator Records, says Walker died Thursday of heart failure in Palm Springs. Walker performed for more than 50 years, recording many…

  14. Tupac, Willie Nelson, R.E.M. Among Inductees To National Recording Registry

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Recordings by Tupac Shakur , Willie Nelson , R.E.M. and the 1959 original cast album of "Gypsy" are among the 25 eclectic inductees announced today (June 23) to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry. Under the terms of 2000's National Recording Preservation…

  15. Michael Jackson, Aretha To Enter Apollo Hall of Fame

    June 07, 2010 3:35 PM EDT M ichael Jackson will be posthumously inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame -- along with Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin -- at the Apollo Theatre's Annual Spring Benefit. Past inductees into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame include Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson,…

  16. Apollo Theater Turns 75 With Gala Concert, Ceremony

    May 13, 2009 2:09 PM EDT The Apollo Theater will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a benefit tribute concert and an awards ceremony, among other festivities, on Monday, June 8h beginning at 6:30 p.m., to be held at the historic venue. Hosted by comedian, actor and radio personality Steve Harvey, the gala will…

  17. New Orleans Bluesman Eddie Bo Dies

    March 24, 2009 10:28 AM EDT New Orleans blues singer-pianist Eddie Bo, who worked with musicians such as Irma Thomas and Art Neville, has died of a heart attack. He was 79. His death was confirmed Friday by his close friend and booking agent, Karen Hamilton. Hamilton said Eddie Bo, whose real name was Edwin Joseph…

  18. This Day in Music

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The all-star remake of "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Mercury) easily debuts at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. Although the Band Aid 20 track comes nowhere near the first-week sales of its 19 2004 - The all-star remake of "Do They Know It's Christmas" …

  19. This Day in Music

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Dolly Parton undertakes her first tour of the U.K. and Ireland in 19 years. 2002 - Dolly Parton undertakes her first tour of the U.K. and Ireland in 19 years. 2001 - Jazz vocalist Etta Jones dies of cancer in New York, the same day HighNote releases her album "Etta Jones Sings…

  20. This Day in Music

    October 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Rapper 50 Cent takes home all five trophies for which he is nominated at the World Music Awards, held in Monaco. Russian teen duo t.A.T.u. picks up three awards, while Norah Jones and Eminem wi 2003 - Rapper 50 Cent takes home all five trophies for which he is nominated at the World…

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