1. Billboard Bits: Arcade Fire Duets With Cyndi Lauper at Jazz Fest, Drake Plays Bar Mitzvah

    May 09, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011: Arcade Fire Duet With Cyndi Lauper; The Strokes, Wilco, Lauryn Hill & More In addition to the more traditional jazz artists that dominated the lineup of the 42nd annual New Orleans…

  2. Michael Bolton Makes Waves on 'SNL' With Lonely Island's 'Jack Sparrow'

    May 08, 2011 10:20 PM EDT UK electro-pop songstress Ellie Goulding may have been the musical guest on last night's (May 7) "Saturday Night Live," but Michael Bolton stole the show. Appearing in the SNL Digital Short "Jack Sparrow" alongside the Lonely Island, Bolton did a lot more than just…

  3. 29 Black Music Milestones: Ray Charles' 'Georgia' Becomes State Song

    February 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST While the song "Georgia On My Mind" had been around for thirty years when Ray Charles -- at the suggestion of his driver -- learned the words and recorded it in 1960, it wasn't until the piano man sang the tune that it became a hit... and the official Georgia state song. On…

  4. Hot Tours: Clouseau , Phish, Prince

    January 20, 2011 5:10 PM EST Belgian pop group Clouseau takes the No. 1 spot on this week's Hot Tours rankings with box office totals reported from its nine-show engagement at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium during December. 2010 was the 10th consecutive year that the band played multiple concerts in the 20,000…

  5. Bristol Palin Foxtrots to Bruno Mars on 'Dancing with the Stars'

    October 05, 2010 12:10 PM EDT Last night (Oct. 4) the cast members of "Dancing With The Stars" waltzed, sambaed and foxtrotted their way through the third round of competition. The challenge put before all couples for this round of elimination was to tell a story through their dances -- and as usual some were…

  6. Billboard Bits: Kanye Cancels Good Friday, Bieber Makes $300K a Show

    September 30, 2010 6:18 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bieber Makes $300K Per Concert Justin Bieber gets paid a minimum of $300,000 per concert, according to recent reports. The lofty sum is double the price of Weezer ($150K) and Drake ($155K), though the teen…

  7. Michael Bolton Booted from 'Dancing with the Stars'

    September 29, 2010 10:30 AM EDT M ichael Bolton got the boot from "Dancing With the Stars" on Tuesday after performing what was described as the worst jive in "Dancing With the Stars" history. Bolton came into Tuesday's episode in last place, earning only 12 out of 30 points for his "Hound Dog…

  8. Brandy, Bolton, The Situation Cha-Cha On DWTS

    September 21, 2010 1:13 PM EDT Reality stars, musicians, actors, athletes and even a politician's daughter put it all out on the ballroom dance floor last night (Sept. 20) for the season 11 premiere of ABC's hit dancing competition, "Dancing With The Stars." Celebrities alternated between the Cha-cha…

  9. Brandy, Michael Bolton Join 'Dancing with the Stars'

    August 31, 2010 9:56 AM EDT B randy and Michael Bolton are among the celebrities hitting the ballroom dance floor on the next season of "Dancing with the Stars," ABC announced today (Aug. 31). The R&B singer and old-school crooner will face off against such names as Bristol Palin, Michael "The…

  10. Ask Billboard: Featuring More Un-Featured Artists

    August 20, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Recently, Chart Beat and Ask Billboard have spotlighted songs that were successful as covers, but not as well-known in their original versions, as well as songs that sported high-profile guests that were not officially credited as featured artists on single releases. Below are two more follow…

  11. Lady Gaga and I 'Hit It Off,' Says Michael Bolton

    July 30, 2010 12:27 PM EDT Lady Gaga hearts Michael Bolton ? That's apparently the case -- and how the two came to collaborate on "Murder My Heart," a track on Bolton's latest album, "One World One Love." At the time, of course, Bolton didn't know Lady Gaga from Lady Marmalade; it was…

  12. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1990

    February 09, 2010 12:45 PM EST 'FOREVER' MORE: Twenty years ago this week, Paula Abdul truly was an American idol, leading both the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the Billboard 200 album chart. In the Billboard issue dated Feb. 10, 1990, Abdul spent a second of 10 weeks atop the Billboard 200 with her debut…

  13. Chart Beat Thursday: Ke$ha, Janet, Reba

    December 24, 2009 11:00 AM EST ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK: A new decade brings a new No. 1 to the Billboard Hot 100, as rookie Ke$ha rises 2-1 with "TiK Tok." The 22-year-old, born Kesha Rose Sebert, is the first solo female to ascend to the summit with a maiden chart entry since Lady Gaga , who led with "Just…

  14. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1991

    December 01, 2009 4:05 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. Eighteen years ago this week, the Billboard Hot 100 transformed from a tally combining ranked airplay and sales reports submitted by…

  15. Ask Billboard: Why We Follow The Charts

    November 13, 2009 4:25 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SOMETIMES YOU'RE THE WINDSHIELD ... Hello Gary, I just wanted to say…

  16. Chart Beat Wednesday: Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Zac Brown Band

    October 28, 2009 3:16 PM EDT THE WINNER BY A MILEY: The new No. 1 on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart is the 200th leader in the list's history. How far back does the chart date? The survey first appeared in Billboard's pages in the print issue dated Oct. 3, 1992. The artist who notches the tally&…

  17. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1982

    October 27, 2009 2:08 PM EDT 'WHO' WAS NO. 1?: This week in 1982, Australia's Men at Work , fronted by singer/songwriter Colin Hay , topped the Billboard Hot 100 with their first U.S. single, "Who Can It Be Now?" In the print issue of Billboard dated Oct. 30, 1982, Chart Beat noted that the song…

  18. Paramore Scores First U.K. No. 1

    October 06, 2009 10:09 AM EDT Paramore scored its first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) with "Brand New Eyes" (Fueled By Ramen/Warner Music), as Taio Cruz 's "Break Your Heart" (Universal Island) began a third week atop the singles survey. Paramore's previous best U.K. album chart peak…

  19. Madonna's U.K. Chart 'Celebration'

    September 28, 2009 8:03 AM EDT Madonna matched Elvis Presley 's U.K. record for a solo act as her "Celebration" retrospective (Warner Bros.) debuted at No. 1. Taio Cruz started a second week atop the singles chart with "Break Your Heart" (Universal Island). Madonna and Presley, with 11 No. 1s each…

  20. Ask Billboard: 'N Sync and Gulf War Songs

    April 10, 2009 2:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. TAKE TWO, TAKE TWO Hi Gary, I enjoyed last week's Ask Billboard…

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