1. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

    June 12, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ruby Dee, an Oscar nominated actress whose career in film spanned four decades, died on Wednesday, her agent Michael Livingston confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . She was 91. In the course of her accomplished career, Dee collected acclaim and awards including an Emmy and a Grammy. Dee…

  2. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:18 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica's Supreme Court. Several roads…

  3. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  4. 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Make First Billboard Hot 100 Appearance

    January 18, 2014 1:45 AM EST On Jan. 18, 1964, the Fab Four graced the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time, as 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' entered the Hot 100 at No. 45. Music, and our charts, would never be the same Fifty years ago today, the Beatles appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the…

  5. NBA Stars Deron WIlliams and Paul Pierce Name Rappers Pumping Them Up for the Season

    October 29, 2013 2:44 PM EDT Weeks ago Brooklyn Nets star point guard Deron Williams hosted Dodge Barrage, a charity event at Basketball City in New York City for his Point of Hope Foundation to support children in need. NBA Rookie Playlists: Five Basketball Freshmen Talk Favorite Music With the kick-off of the 2013-14…

  6. Liz Longley: Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    April 16, 2013 11:05 AM EDT After touring with some of the genre's core acts, the folk singer/songwriter readies her new self-titled album. Her Boston show tomorrow, meanwhile, will partially benefit the American Red Cross. "A lot of people leave, but I really wanted to finish and get the most out of it…

  7. John Mayer Returns to Stage for Benefit Concert

    January 17, 2013 8:54 PM EST John Mayer performed at his first concert in nearly two years, a fundraiser he helped organize to benefit firefighters that helped save his home and others from a Montana wildfire. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that Mayer started with his first live performance of "If I Ever Get…

  8. Ravi Shankar to Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammy

    December 12, 2012 10:45 AM EST Carole King, The Temptations, Patti Page and Lightnin' Hopkins Among Honorees On the morning after his death, the Recording Academy announced that Ravi Shankar and six others -- Glenn Gould, Charlie Haden, Lightnin' Hopkins, Carole King, Patti Page and the Temptations -- will…

  9. Spotlight: Barry Michael Hopes to Take Flight

    April 25, 2012 6:15 PM EDT Country newcomer Barry Michael hopes that 2012 sees his career soar -- just as high as he recently got to fly at South Carolina's McEntire National Guard Base. "I did a concert for them for their family day at the air base. I had dinner with General Livingston at Fort Jackson, about…

  10. Family Affairs: A History of Famous Parents and Children on Billboard Charts

    January 13, 2012 9:05 AM EST B.I.C.'s Arrival Lifts the Carters Into Rarified Chart Air Throughout the rock era, several musical offspring have made their parents proud by following their footsteps onto Billboard charts. Rosanne Cash, Natalie Cole , Miley Cyrus , Jakob Dylan, Norah Jones , Matthew and Gunnar Nelson,…

  11. Grammy Hall of Fame Adds Tina Turner, Paul Simon Hits

    November 21, 2011 3:15 PM EST Three of the biggest musical moments of the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen's album "Born in the U.S.A.," Paul Simon's "Graceland" and Tina Turner's single "What's Love Got to Do With It," are among the 25 recordings being inducted into the 2012…

  12. Jackson Kids: Prince, Paris and Blanket Donate Dad's Sketches

    August 09, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Michael Jackson 's children made a rare appearance together on Monday to donate artwork by their dad to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Prince, Paris and Blanket were on hand to unveil dozens of sketches as well as a signed portrait of the late singer. Brett Livingstone-Strong, an…

  13. Shaggy Makes Stateside Return With 'Summer in Kingston'

    July 23, 2011 8:00 AM EDT "I got to get some new pages in my passport," says Shaggy , Skyping from Tanzania in late June. Clearly. After rocking a crowd of 30,000 in the East African nation, Shaggy flew to Italy, Switzerland, New York and then Los Angeles for an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay…

  14. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Talks New Album, Adele Loves Bon Iver

    June 27, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber on New Album: 'I Want to Work a Lot with Myself' Speaking about his forthcoming album, Justin Bieber says that he's dabbled with self-producing and is trying on a bunch of different…

  15. Jordan Knight: 'Unfinished' Album Started 'As Kind of a Hobby'

    June 02, 2011 10:18 AM EDT N ew Kids on the Block 's Jordan Knight says his new "Unfinished" "started off as kind of a hobby" but quickly turned into his first solo album in five years -- and first of all-original material in six. "I was going to release some of the music to fans on…

  16. Jordan Knight 'Unfinished' Album Premiere

    May 24, 2011 11:45 AM EDT J ordan Knight , lead singer of the '80's/'90's pop sensation New Kids on the Block , is showing the world that feel-good music is right for any time and at any age."There's this idea that when you turn 40, you automatically go to adult contemporary heaven,"…

  17. Ask Billboard: Sugarland's Sweet Success

    October 29, 2010 4:05 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. TWO TO 1 Hey Gary…

  18. Lady Gaga Sued By Producer Rob Fusari

    March 18, 2010 6:10 PM EDT A songwriter and music producer who claims he helped launch pop star Lady Gaga says she squeezed him out of her lucrative career after he co-wrote some of her songs, came up with her stage name and helped get her record deal. Rob Fusari filed a $30.5 million lawsuit against the Grammy Award…

  19. Producer Rob Fusari Dishes on Lady Gaga, Beyoncé

    February 24, 2010 3:17 PM EST Amid the high-gloss mix of teen-pop Cyranos, R&B blue-chippers and top 40 auteurs on Billboard's Top 10 Songwriters list (see page 14), only one name prompted sheepish shrugs and subsequent Googling in the Billboard offices. Lady Gaga 's most devoted "little monsters"…

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz, Miley Cyrus

    August 20, 2009 5:13 PM EDT BEST WEEK EVER?: It would be an historic Billboard Hot 100 this week if just one landmark record was broken, but when the Black Eyed Peas and Jason Mraz each rewrite 51 years of Hot 100 achievements, the chart dated Aug. 29, 2009, is undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary of its entire…

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