1. Pop Shop Podcast: 'Catching Fire' Soundtrack, The Next Inescapable Singles, Outkast & More

    November 21, 2013 12:15 PM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  2. JFK Playlist: 10 Songs Remembering John F. Kennedy

    November 20, 2013 5:27 PM EST The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was a tragic moment that deeply touched and forever changed a generation. President Kennedy's life, political achievements and untimely death significantly affected artists alive at that time, and his legacy continues to inspire…

  3. Lou Reed Biography In The Works

    November 18, 2013 3:14 AM EST Longtime music writer and Rolling Stone critic Anthony DeCurtis is writing a biography of Lou Reed. Little, Brown and Co. announced Thursday that it had acquired a book by DeCurtis. The writer interviewed Reed numerous times and wrote the liner notes for an anthology of songs by the group…

  4. Morrissey To Release Cover of Lou Reed's 'Satellite of Love'

    November 17, 2013 12:00 PM EST Morrissey's cover of Lou Reed’s song “Satellite of Love,” recorded at the Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas in 2011, will be released as a single on Dec. 2 in the U.K. and Dec. 3 in the U.S. “He has been there all of my life,” wrote Morrissey of the late Velvet…

  5. Pop Shop Podcast: Lady Gaga, A Great Big World Interview & More

    November 14, 2013 11:30 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  6. Lou Reed Public Memorial Set for NYC

    November 13, 2013 10:20 AM EST Lou Reed's public memorial, to be held Thursday at Lincoln Center in New York City, will be notable for what it will lack. More Lou Reed Patti Smith Mourns Lou Reed in The New Yorker The Many Lives of Lou Reed's 'Sweet Jane' Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast,…

  7. Mariah Carey Hits New High on Social 50 Chart

    November 07, 2013 8:06 PM EST The Halloween holiday helps Mariah Carey hit a new peak on the Social 50, as a photo of the diva’s children sparks her re-entry at No. 24.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's…

  8. Pop Shop Podcast: Eminem, One Direction, Arcade Fire & More

    November 07, 2013 1:15 PM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's brand-new, weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical…

  9. Lou Reed Leaves Estate to Wife, Sister

    November 04, 2013 8:31 PM EST Rocker Lou Reed's life was decidedly unconventional, but he wanted his estate used for a very traditional purpose: to benefit his wife and other relatives. Reed's will was filed Monday in a New York City court. The Velvet Underground front man and "Walk on the Wild Side"…

  10. Patti Smith Mourns Lou Reed in The New Yorker

    November 04, 2013 2:45 PM EST "When Lou said goodbye, his dark eyes seemed to contain an infinite and benevolent sadness" In a moving, personal essay  written for the New Yorker, storied punk singer and writer Patti Smith recounted her time with the recently departed Lou Reed. Smith remembers first learning…

  11. Lou Reed's Widow Pens Tribute to Late Husband

    October 31, 2013 8:13 PM EDT Plenty of Lou Reed tributes have surfaced since the icon's death Sunday (Oct. 27), but none may be as moving as the letter penned by Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson. In a piece published in the East Hampton Star newspaper on Long Island, Anderson recalls Reed's last days,…

  12. Pop Shop Podcast: Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons, Celine Dion & More

    October 31, 2013 1:55 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's brand-new, weekly audio breakdown. Happy Halloween to one and all! Welcome to this spook-tacular episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music…

  13. Lou Reed's Album Sales Rise 607% Following Death

    October 30, 2013 9:36 AM EDT The late Lou Reed's catalog of music sees great gains this week, following his death on Sunday, Oct. 27. As Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ended on Oct. 27, Billboard's new sales charts reflect less than one day since Reed's passing. (SoundScan provides data…

  14. Lou Reed Remembered by Blondie's Debbie Harry & Chris Stein: 'His Hypnotic Voice Will Live Forever'

    October 28, 2013 4:00 PM EDT As members of the pioneering downtown New York City band Blondie, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein were part of the ‘70s punk movement that owed a substantial debt to Lou Reed and his cohorts in the Velvet Underground, as well as Lou's groundbreaking, early solo work. Harry and…

  15. Lou Reed Remembered: Honoring New York City's Unofficial Mayor

    October 28, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Lou Reed was the Godfather of Punk, the grumpy older statesman of New York City rock and roll. We followed him as he emerged from under the weight of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground and took a journey through glitter and glam and heroin and speed and alcohol.  He dyed his hair…

  16. The Many Lives of Lou Reed's 'Sweet Jane'

    October 27, 2013 9:19 PM EDT Billboard editor Joe Levy shines a light on "Sweet Jane," Reed's three-chord (four, actually) classic, and one of the best songs rock & roll has produced about itself "So I thought I would explain to you how you make a career out of three chords," Lou Reed…

  17. Lou Reed's 'Perfect' Billboard Chart History

    October 27, 2013 7:12 PM EDT In his lifetime, the late Lou Reed charted 23 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, stretching back to his self-titled debut in 1972.  The Grammy Award-winner's most recent chart ink came with his collaboration album "Lulu," with Metallica. It was released in 2011 and debuted…

  18. John Cale on Death of Lou Reed: 'I've Lost My 'School-Yard Buddy'

    October 27, 2013 5:16 PM EDT Lou Reed's death leaves multi-instrumentalist John Cale and drummer Moe Tucker as the only living original members of art rock icons Velvet Underground. Cale, who co-founded the group with Reed in 1965, reacted to the news with a simple sentence on his Facebook page on Sunday. "…

  19. Lou Reed's Death: Stars React on Twitter and Facebook

    October 27, 2013 3:50 PM EDT With the sad news that rock icon Lou Reed died Sunday (October 27) at the age of 71, celebrities across genres and generations have taken to Twitter to share an outpouring of reactions expressing grief and celebrating Reed's life and long career both in the Velvet Underground and as…

  20. Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast, Dead at 71

    October 27, 2013 2:59 PM EDT The walk on the wild side has ended. And it was a wild one, indeed. Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71 at home on Long Island, was never on any kind of mission other than to satisfy his own muse. And that muse was meandering -- occasionally, and seemingly accidentally,…

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