1. 10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever

    July 02, 2015 12:42 PM EDT Getting booked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a major event is an honor for any artist. Many will try anything -- whether it's fiddling with the arrangement or striving for the glory notes that only five-octave powerhouses like Whitney could hit -- to put their own…

  2. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 20 Years Ago, Hootie & The Blowfish Had a 'View' From the Top

    May 25, 2015 8:05 AM EDT In 1995, the band's breakthrough album hit No. 1. Plus, remembering chart feats by Irene Cara, the Beatles and Lipps, Inc. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history. May 25, 1991 The Billboard 200 adopts Nielsen Music…

  3. Watch Michael Bolton Sing a Love-Hate Song to the IRS on 'John Oliver'

    April 13, 2015 1:30 PM EDT Michael Bolton debuted a new love song last night on John Oliver's HBO show Last Week Tonight  -- but this one had a slightly unusual dedication. Rather than singing to a woman who broke his heart or a paramour he'll never forget, Bolton serenaded a force that hangs heavy over every…

  4. Watch Michael Bolton Take Over for 'Michael Bolton' in 'Office Space'

    March 10, 2015 9:17 PM EDT Back in 1999 when Office Space was released, having a character named Michael Bolton was an easy potshot at the AC singer who landed 23 songs on the Hot 100 between 1983 and 1997. Michael Bolton on What 'Jack Sparrow' Has Wrought As he proved with his "Jack Sparrow"…

  5. 'Motown the Musical' Feels the Love Back in the Motor City

    October 22, 2014 1:58 AM EDT "The Motown family cannot NOT love each other," Berry Gordy, Jr. recently told Billboard. And there was certainly plenty of love in the room on Tuesday night when Gordy and dozens of Motown alumni -- artists, musicians executives, recording engineers, secretaries and more --…

  6. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Madonna 'Vogue's To Top Of Hot 100

    May 19, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1990, the Material Girl struck a pose at No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Usher and Mariah Carey Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history May 19, 1990 Madonna had been inspired by…

  7. Michael Bolton Goes on Songwriting Spree With Some 'New Hot Guns'

    December 19, 2013 10:16 AM EST After releasing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough: A Tribute to Hitsville U.S.A."  earlier this year, Michael Bolton is getting back to original songwriting -- and with some collaborators he says may surprise us.  "I'm writing with a group of people who are, like, the…

  8. Michael Bolton Talks Memoir, Hits and What 'Jack Sparrow' Has Wrought

    September 11, 2013 12:00 PM EDT "Word is out," quipped Michael Bolton, "that I might have a sense of humor." The superstar singer who has sold out arenas was speaking Monday night in a much more intimate venue, the 92nd Street Y (92Y) on Manhattan's Upper East Side.    Bolton was describing the…

  9. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorite Madonna Songs?

    September 03, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Readers rank the Material Girl's best material. Plus, a trip through AC chart history and more songs that became hits three times As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  10. Kid Cudi, 'Indicud': Track-by-Track Review

    April 16, 2013 1:17 PM EDT Many were introduced to Kid Cudi as Kanye West’s dedicated hook man. Cudi assisted with writing and vocals on Kanye’s 2008 Auto-Tune detour, "808s & Heartbreak," before signing to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint and releasing "Man on the Moon: The End of the Day" and …

  11. Kid Cudi Moves Up 'Indicud' Release Date

    April 10, 2013 6:25 PM EDT Just days after "Indicud" (Republic Records) leaked on the 'net, Kid Cudi decided to move the release date of his album up to April 16. The album was originally set for April 23.     Ok so, INDICUD will be released April 16th now.Physical and digitally!! SPREAD THE WORD!! —…

  12. Kid Cudi Reveals 'Indicud' Album Artwork and Track List

    March 27, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Two weeks after teasing fans with album details during his SXSW Myspace set, Kid Cudi reveals the album artwork and official track list for his third studio album, "Indicud." The artwork and track list hit the 'net as soon as "Indicud" became available for presale…

  13. 615 Spotlight: JT Hodges Ready to Launch Debut Album

    August 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT JT Hodges is enjoying life right now -- as well he should. The performer is less than a week away from the release of his self-titled debut for Show Dog -- Universal. It's a release that has a lot of people excited for its' diverse collection of soulful ballads, uptempo cuts and…

  14. Watch 10 Classic Dick Clark Moments on 'American Bandstand'

    April 18, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Remembering Dick Clark SLIDESHOW: His Life & Career • Dick Clark Dead at 82 • Ryan Seacrest Reacts "American Bandstand," the bedrock of Dick Clark's iconic broadcasting career, served as a performance avenue for some of the biggest musical artists of all time. And whether…

  15. Gotye, Military Wives Atop U.K. Charts

    March 19, 2012 9:15 AM EDT As Gotye 's "Somebody That I Used To Know," featuring Kimbra, started a fifth aggregate week atop the U.K. singles chart, the Military Wives moved to the album summit yesterday, Mothering Sunday , with "In My Dreams." The group, formed last year by choirmaster Gareth…

  16. 12 No. 12 Rock Hits for 2012

    January 24, 2012 4:15 PM EST As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking country hits, including T.G. Sheppard's novelty track "Make My Day"…

  17. Music's Top 10 Viral Videos of 2011

    December 21, 2011 12:45 PM EST Rebecca Black was to viral videos in 2011 what Adele was to the music world at large this year: The lady of the hour. Black's "Friday" hit very early in the year and kept the Internet a-chattering throughout 2011. Her fellow viral stars couldn't compete, but rest assured,…

  18. Fun Fun Fun: Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Is Year's Top YouTube Video

    December 21, 2011 9:55 AM EST Rounding Out Top 3: Michael Bolton's Ode to Jack Sparrow Rebecca Black's infamous "Friday" video has topped all other YouTube videos of 2011 with 180 million views. The site announced its most-viewed clips of the year Tuesday. The 14-year-old Black was turned into a viral…

  19. Billboard Hot 100 Celebrates 20 Years of Nielsen Data

    November 30, 2011 2:45 PM EST 'THE LONG-AWAITED DAY HAS ARRIVED' read the headline in the "Hot 100 Singles Spotlight" column in the Billboard issue dated Nov. 30, 1991. Twenty years ago today, the Billboard Hot 100 transformed from a chart combining ranked airplay and sales reports submitted by radio…

  20. Ask Billboard: Christmas in October? Never Say Never

    October 29, 2011 11:05 AM EDT 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. CHRISTMAS IN…

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