1. Ask Billboard: Are Chart Rule Changes Needed? Readers Respond, Continued

    January 07, 2012 1:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. Just like our…

  2. Gil Scott-Heron Memoir Due in January

    December 15, 2011 9:33 PM EST The memoir of influential musician Gil Scott-Heron will be published on Jan. 16, 2012, The Wire reports. The posthumous text is titled "The Last Holiday" and will be released by Canongate. The date, which coincides with Martin Luther King Day, is no accident, as the memoir…

  3. Kenny Chesney's Top 20 Country Hits

    December 12, 2011 4:00 PM EST Chart Article He had the sixth biggest tour of the year , the seventh biggest Country Songs hit of the year , and the 10th biggest Country Album . In short, 2011 has been very good to Kenny Chesney. To celebrate his big year, we've compiled his 20 Biggest Billboard Country Songs hits…

  4. 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…

  5. Paul Rodgers 'Would Be Open' to Reunion With Queen

    October 20, 2011 11:25 AM EDT Paul Rodgers says he's heard the rumors about him reuniting with Queen for a performance at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. But that's as far as it's gone, he says. "No one's actually approached me yet," Rodgers, who worked with Queen's Brian May and…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Foster the People, Richard Marx

    October 14, 2011 11:05 AM EDT ADELE'S ADULT ADULATION: "There are two sounds right now: Adele ... and everyone else." That's how an industry colleague says that his two teenage children recently described what they're hearing on the car radio of late when driving with dad. Billboard's charts…

  7. Tony Bennett Goes on Apology Tour for 9/11 Comments

    September 21, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Tony Bennett has walked back controversial remarks he made on Monday suggesting that America "caused" the 9/11 terror attacks, saying in a written statement and in an appearance on "The View" that there is "no excuse for terrorism." The 85-year-old crooner…

  8. Long Live the Queen: Aretha Franklin Thrills in Live Return

    August 26, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Eight months after rumors spread that the Queen was dying, Aretha Franklin -- the Queen of Soul -- proved to a hometown crowd that she's very much alive and well. The 69-year-old Franklin was in robust voice and ebullient good humor throughout her hour-and-50-minute concert on Thursday …

  9. Aretha Franklin Hints at Biopic Director, Says Voice in Film Will Be Hers

    August 22, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Aretha Franklin 's biopic is "still moving, and we're moving towards closing" according to the Queen of Soul. "We are still hammering things out, all of the different financial aspects," Franklin tells Billboard.com , adding that the film "will be a…

  10. Marshall Grant, Who Brought 'Boom Chicka Boom' to Johnny Cash's Band, Dies

    August 09, 2011 10:25 AM EDT Not all pioneers know exactly where they're going, and that was definitely the case for Johnny Cash & The Tennessee Two. Cash, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant - the last surviving member of the group who passed away Sunday morning at age 83 in Jonesboro, Ark.,…

  11. Elton John, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra & More: Stories From Adult Contemporary's Biggest Stars & Songs

    July 20, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on Whitney Houston. Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner. Kenny Rogers, himself. Plus Many More. Billboard talks to some of the biggest names in adult contemporary. Their perspectives? Crucial. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever The…

  12. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals

    June 24, 2011 6:05 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. PEN PALS Hi Gary,…

  13. 'American Idol' Bounces Back with Smart Shake-Ups, Young Talent

    May 25, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Two teen-age country charmers -- one overtly emotional, one ridiculously calm -- head into tonight's "American Idol" finale, closing out a year in which everything went right for everyone associated with the show. After slipping last year from its pedestal as America's…

  14. Jon Stewart Is on Common's Side, Too

    May 12, 2011 4:15 PM EDT On last night's 'The Daily Show' (May 11), Jon Stewart spoke on Fox News' outrage against Common 's invitation to the White House. Stewart expressed his disappointment towards Fox News and Sean Hannity's criticism, towards Common and his artistry, by displaying…

  15. Common Attends White House Poetry Event Despite Right-Wing Criticism

    May 12, 2011 8:36 AM EDT There were love poems and folk tunes. There were classic verses and modern odes. There were sound effects and a gritty rap. Michelle Obama's evening of poetry at the White House rolled out seamlessly Wednesday night, showcasing the impact of such words on American culture. The fireworks…

  16. 'Idol' Finalist Jacob Lusk: Jimmy Iovine's Negative Feedback 'Definitely Hurts'

    May 06, 2011 3:01 PM EDT That "Lusky Stank" could no longer save him from elimination . On last night's (May 5) "American Idol," Jacob Lusk was eliminated from the top five following his ill-received performance of Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown's "No Air," which strayed from…

  17. Jacob Lusk Voted Off 'American Idol,' J.Lo & Lady Antebellum Perform

    May 05, 2011 10:44 PM EDT On tonight's (May 5) "American Idol," gospel and R&B singer Jacob Lusk was eliminated from the competition, which is now down to its top four contestants. Lusk was eliminated following his performances of Nazareth's "Love Hurts" and Jordin Sparks and Chris…

  18. 'American Idol': Haley Reinhart Rises to the Top After Lady Gaga Setback

    May 05, 2011 12:30 AM EDT It's not just the "American Idol" top 5 who are "in it to win it" -- it's the whole dang show, which gave us its best performance night in weeks, thanks to a talent pool that is finally rid of bearded pranksters and misguided dance moves (well, almost). Tonight&…

  19. Christian Chavez Turns Heads With Provocative 'Libertad' Video

    April 08, 2011 12:15 PM EDT In 2007, long before Ricky Martin wrote his now famous letter declaring himself a "proud homosexual man," Christian Chávez, then a member of Mexican teen pop group RBD, came publicly out of the closet. "Don't judge me for being honest," Chávez wrote in the group'…

  20. Billboard Bits: Pusha T Ends Lil Wayne Beef, Chiddy Bang Rock Out at SXSW

    March 16, 2011 7:05 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Foo Fighters Kick Back, Talk Film at SXSW The Foo Fighters spent Wednesday afternoon promoting their new documentary, "Back and Forth," away from the hustle and bustle of South By Southwest in the bucolic…

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