1. John Legend Gives 'All' At Walt Disney Hall

    March 27, 2014 7:33 PM EDT John Legend brought his own brand of immersion therapy to Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall last night (March 26). And the audience got lifted during the fourth stop on the singer/songwriter’s first acoustic junket: "An Evening With John Legend: The All of Me Tour."   And…

  2. New Year's Eve Programs Yield Big Gains on Social 50 Chart

    January 09, 2014 9:04 PM EST Pitbull, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato Gain After New Year's Performances New Year's Eve television broadcast appearances and performances cause several of the artists on the Social 50 to jump up the tally.   Up first is Pitbull, who moves 23-16 after performing “Timber” in Miami on …

  3. Justin Bieber Fan Spends $100K on Plastic Surgery to Look Like the Singer

    October 22, 2013 12:49 AM EDT Call him the ultimate Belieber. A 33-year-old man named Toby Sheldon told the British tabloid Closer that he has spent nearly $100,000 over the course of five years on plastic surgery aimed at making him look like Justin Bieber. Sheldon, described as an L.A.-based "songwriter…

  4. Maxine Powell, Motown Charm Coach, Dies at 98

    October 14, 2013 4:21 PM EDT Maxine Powell, who was responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of Motown Records' artists during the Detroit label's 1960s heyday, has died. She was 98. Motown Museum CEO Allen Rawls says Powell died Monday at a hospital in Southfield, Mich. She didn't sing or…

  5. Smokey Robinson Pays Tribute to Motown's Chief of Charm

    August 26, 2013 9:11 PM EDT The musician will honor Maxine Powell at the Motown Historical Museum and calls her contributions essential. A chief architect of "the Motown sound" is paying tribute to another pioneer responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of the legendary Detroit label's…

  6. Kendrick Lamar Wins Big At BET Awards, Capping Inaugural BET Experience Festival

    July 01, 2013 7:00 AM EDT “The best of the best in Black entertainment. All Day. All Night. All In.” That’s what BET promised to deliver with its inaugural three-day music and lifestyle festival, the BET Experience. Staged in association with AEG at the latter’s L.A. Live downtown complex (June 28-30), the…

  7. Rogue Wave Discuss Returning to Form with New LP 'Nightingale Floors'

    May 26, 2013 10:00 AM EDT "It's good to be back," Zach Rogue says of "Nightingale Floors" (June 4, Vagrant), Rogue Wave's fifth album, and its first for Vagrant after releasing two albums apiece for Sub Pop and Brushfire during the last decade. The 10-song set is a return to the jangly,…

  8. Demi Lovato Q&A: On 'Demi,' Her 'X Factor' Return and Being Sick of Party Songs

    May 13, 2013 2:25 PM EDT "'Unbroken' wasn't my favorite album, and this one is my favorite one so far," the 20-year-old pop star tells Billboard. Last Tuesday (May 7), Demi Lovato asked her 13 million Twitter followers, "What's your favorite song off #DEMI??" Her fourth…

  9. Demi Lovato, 'Demi': Track-By-Track Review

    May 09, 2013 3:10 PM EDT At this point, Demi Lovato's story of success is well-known and does not need to be further dissected. In 2012, the 20-year-old scored her biggest hit to date with the sumptuously simple "Give Your Heart a Break," headlined a well-received summer tour to support her 2011…

  10. Cyndi Lauper's 'Kinky Boots' Kicks Up 13 Tony Award Nominations

    April 30, 2013 9:45 AM EDT The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots" has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12. "Kinky Boots" is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it…

  11. Ask Billboard: Nicki Minaj Ties Hot 100 Record

    July 07, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Find out the details about Minaj's achievement, plus fun facts on LMFAO's still-going 'Party' and David Guetta's extremely hot hit. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general…

  12. Skatalites Bassist Lloyd Brevett Dead at 80

    May 03, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Lloyd Brevett, the upright bass player and founding member of the seminal Jamaican ska group The Skatalites, died this morning at Andrews Memorial Hospital in St. Andrew, Jamaica where he was being treated following a stroke and a series of seizures. He was 80. The Skatalites were the…

  13. Etta James Remembered By Wonder, Aguilera at Memorial Service

    January 28, 2012 6:10 PM EST Etta James was remembered at a service Saturday attended by hundreds of friends, family and fans as a woman who triumphed against all odds to break down cultural and musical barriers in a style that was unfailingly honest. The Rev. Al Sharpton eulogized James in a rousing speech, describing…

  14. The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs Ever

    July 15, 2011 12:55 PM EDT To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, we're counting down the top 100 songs in the entire history of one of Billboard's signature (and smoothest) surveys. Some of the genre's earliest giants infuse the list, including Elton John,…

  15. Reggae Pioneer Sugar Minott Dies at 54

    July 11, 2010 9:36 PM EDT Sugar Minott , a smooth-voiced singer and producer who helped to popularize reggae music, has died. He was 54. Minott (MY'-naht) died Saturday at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Jamaica's capital, Kingston, his wife Maxine Stowe said Sunday. She did not disclose the…

  16. Ray Charles On The Charts

    May 27, 2010 5:26 PM EDT Ray Charles ' legacy on the Billboard charts stretches back to 1949, when - as part of the Maxin Trio with G.D. McKee and Milton Garred - he charted his first single with "Confession Blues." The cut reached No. 2 on what was then called the Most-Played Juke Box Race Records…

  17. Ray Charles: Looking Back At A Legend

    May 27, 2010 4:37 PM EDT As his 80th birthday approaches, a look at the life and legacy of the late "He was an amazing human being," says Jones, 77, who became friends with Charles when both were scrappy teenagers in Seattle. "A true innovator who revolutionized music and the business of music,"…

  18. Richard Egarr, "Handel Concertos Op. 7"

    August 14, 2009 4:27 PM EDT Organ virtuoso Richard Egarr delivers a stirring rendition of George Frideric Handel 's last published set of instrumental concertos. These pieces for organ, which were published posthumously in 1761, proved to be a magnificent finale to a remarkable career. Egarr tracked these concertos…

  19. TV One Brings Back 'Unsung'

    May 18, 2009 10:59 AM EDT The lives and careers of Supremes founding member Florence Ballad, Minnie Riperton, Shalamar and Melba Moore will be the focus of TV One's second installment of its "Unsung" series. Coinciding with the start of Black Music Month (June), the one-hour biography program will…

  20. April 27, 2009

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Bassist Carlos Rivolta of the Spanish band Dusminguet is electrocuted during a concert in Guadalajara, Mexico. 2002 – Country musician Hillous Butrum of Hank William’s Drifting Cowboys dies in his Nashville home at the age of 74. 2000 – Disco singer Vicki Sue Robinson dies from cancer…

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