1. Jon Batiste to Curate & Headline Louis Armstrong's 2017 Wonderful World Festival: Exclusive

    May 31, 2017 10:11 AM EDT Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and the Dap-Kings are also set to perform. Over  Louis Armstrong 's 50 year career, the musical icon left an unfathomable impression on the world and touched the local jazz scene of Queens, New York, with the impeccable sound of his trumpet. Now in its…

  2. Presidents and Pop Music: Biggest Hot 100 Hits for Each President Since JFK

    February 20, 2017 11:45 AM EST From Frank Sinatra retooling “High Hopes” for John F. Kennedy's run for the White House, to Ronald Reagan’s ironic use of “Born in the U.S.A” in his re-election bid, and Bill Clinton’s iconic saxophone cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” on  The Arsenio Hall Show , popular music and U.S.…

  3. Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees Cyndi Lauper, Nate Ruess & More Share Stories Behind Their Hits

    June 15, 2015 5:53 PM EDT When it comes to star power, few music industry events can match the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York. Held in a more intimate setting than the Grammys -- the June 18 event takes place once again in a ballroom at the New York Marriott Marquis -- the induction dinner will…

  4. Wayne Shorter on Miles Davis, Kanye West, & the Music of the Future

    May 15, 2015 8:31 PM EDT Speaking with Wayne Shorter , whose prolific career has placed him solidly in jazz's canon, is nothing if not amusing. Legendary for his compositions and and compatriots alike (he's played with everyone from Miles Davis to Santana to the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra), Shorter…

  5. Rainbow Room Reopens Atop NYC's Skyline

    October 06, 2014 1:09 AM EDT The Rainbow Room reopened Sunday in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline. "It's breathtaking," guest Jamie Greenwald , one of more than 200 brunch guests who took in the sweeping views outside and the…

  6. Robbie Williams 'Swings' Into Pole Position on U.K. Album Chart, Equals Elvis' Record

    November 25, 2013 5:04 AM EST Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) has become the 1,000th No. 1 in the history of the U.K. chart. The set sold close to 109,000 copies to take the honor, as Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/Warner Music) moved up 2-1 on the singles chart.…

  7. Miguel 'Adorn's No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay For 20th Week: Weekly Chart Notes

    January 25, 2013 6:24 PM EST A look at other songs to rule Billboard radio charts for at least 20 frames, as well as what makes Miguel's smash so durable. Miguel's "Adorn" joins an elite group of hits to have led a Billboard airplay ranking for a whopping 20 weeks or more, as his smooth ballad tops…

  8. 'The Voice' Recap: Lindsey Soars as the Show Goes Live

    April 03, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Professional experience won the first round of live shows in the second season of "The Voice," as viewers are given the opportunity to help determine which five of each judge's six hand-picked contestants move on to the next round. The live shows, which began Monday with the…

  9. Elvis Costello Tells Fans to 'Steal' Pricey Box Set

    November 29, 2011 5:20 PM EST In a move that no doubt has the Hip-O Record label (a subsidiary of Universal Music Group) in an uproar, Elvis Costello has advised his fans in an official blog post not to buy his forthcoming box set, "The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook," due December 6. Instead, he…

  10. Rolling Stones' Really Big 'Ed Sullivan' Shows Getting Released: Exclusive

    September 07, 2011 10:20 AM EDT All 17 of the Rolling Stones ' performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" will be released Nov. 1 in a deluxe package from Universal Music Enterprises and Sofa Entertainment. An abridged version of the Stones on "Sullivan" will be released Oct. 4. The deluxe edition,…

  11. Grand Ole Opry's Billy Grammer Dies at 85

    August 12, 2011 12:25 PM EDT Billy Grammer , whose 1958 hit "Gotta Travel On" hit the top of the charts and led to a long career on the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 85. Grammer died Wednesday morning in his home state of Illinois of natural causes, according to a statement from Grand Ole Opry spokeswoman…

  12. Barack Obama Turns 50: 7 Birthday Songs Not By the Beatles

    August 04, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Since you have proven that you're not living under a rock (no WiFi down there), you must be aware it's President Barack Obama's birthday. The big 5-0! Supporters threw a huge party-slash-fundraiser in Chicago Wednesday night (Aug. 3) where the likes of Jennifer Hudson , Herbie…

  13. Darren Hayes Talks Savage Garden's 'Truly' Big AC No. 1

    July 15, 2011 4:05 PM EDT In the 50-year history of Billboard's Adult Contemporary songs chart, which launched July 17, 1961, no other single is bigger than Savage Garden 's "Truly Madly Deeply." The 1998 hit from the pop duo ranks at No. 1 on the all-time top 50 AC songs list, besting the likes of…

  14. Kermit Ruffins, "Happy Talk"

    November 05, 2010 4:42 PM EDT Older fans of New Orleans music probably know Kermit Ruffins as a co-founder of the Crescent City's famed Rebirth Brass Band . Younger listeners, though, are more likely to recognize him from his recurring role on HBO's post-Katrina series "Treme," on which the singer…

  15. Eclectic Austin City Limits Fest Anchored By Burke Tributes, Eagles

    October 11, 2010 12:47 PM EDT The Strokes , Muse , the Eagles and Phish were the big names at the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival this weekend (Oct. 8-10), but it was a more modest act that seemed to have divine inspiration. Austin City Limits Photos Muse, the Strokes, Eagles and more. ( Photos by Scott Melcer ) At…

  16. 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…

  17. Ask Billboard: Energizer-Bunny Albums

    February 12, 2010 4:45 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at [email protected] . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. HANGIN' TOUGH Hi Gary, I've noticed that over the past year-plus,…

  18. Bob Marley, James Brown Added To Grammy Hall Of Fame

    November 25, 2009 5:52 AM EST The Recording Academy has added songs by James Brown , Bob Marley , the Beach Boys , Louis Armstrong and others to its Grammy Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of titles in the collection to 851. The latest batch of 25 recordings added to the list includes Brown's 1966 "It&…

  19. Chart Beat: Paula Abdul, 'Epiphany', Frank Sinatra and more!

    May 14, 2009 4:07 PM EDT HEY PAULA (AND DAUGHTRY AND MICHAEL): Twenty years ago this week, Paula Abdul moved into the Billboard Hot 100 penthouse with her second No. 1, "Forever Your Girl." (Her first, "Straight Up," held on for a final frame at No. 90). Fast-forwarding to the present, only one…

  20. May 4, 2009

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Reggae producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd dies of a heart attack at his studio in Kingston, Jamaica. He is 72. 2000 – Letters to Cleo play their last concert in Boston; they disband the following month. 1992 – Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu of Johnny Clegg & Savuka dies of a gunshot wound…

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