1. 'The Voice' Recap: Satisfaction (Not) Guaranteed

    March 27, 2012 9:50 AM EDT The battle rounds of "The Voice" were shot in December long before anyone had an inkling as to who would be competing. At one three-hour session that saw five head-to-head battles, I walked away with four thoughts: too many songs from the '70s; no talent reached out and grabbed…

  2. 'Marley' Documentary Eyes 4/20 Release

    March 15, 2012 1:50 PM EDT Magnolia Pictures has set the not-so-surprising release date of April 20 for the documentary "Marley" - more commonly referred to as 4/20 - but director Kevin Macdonald has already plotted the bonus material for the DVD package. The two hour, 24-minute film will be accompanied with…

  3. Rolling Stones Honored at Carnegie Hall

    March 15, 2012 2:05 AM EDT Marianne Faithfull, Art Garfunkel, David Johansen and Peaches (Among Others) Spend the Night Together Glen Hansard of The Swell Season was more than halfway through his deconstructed version of the woman-suppressing "Under My Thumb" at the "Music of the Rolling Stones"…

  4. Obama Sings 'Sweet Home Chicago': Video

    February 21, 2012 11:10 PM EST First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion at the White House. In what appears to be the…

  5. Mick Jagger, B.B. King Ready to Sing Blues for Obama

    February 21, 2012 7:55 PM EST Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Jeff Beck are teaming up with musical up-and-comers at the White House to celebrate the blues. Jagger tweeted that President Barack Obama popped in during a rehearsal for Tuesday's A-list concert and "seemed really relaxed and happy!" Grammy-winner…

  6. Grammy Producer Talks Adele, McCartney & (Lack of) Boycotts

    January 31, 2012 11:00 AM EST 'We Are in Discussions With Adele' to Appear, Says Ken Ehrlich in New Interview The Recording Academy uses the two weeks prior to the Grammy Awards to announce performers and presenters and executive producer Ken Ehrlich says Thursday should yield a "major interesting"…

  7. Britney Spears, Alicia Keys Joining Will.i.am on '#willpower'

    January 30, 2012 6:19 PM EST Will.i.am 's "#willpower" will have some serious star power. In addition to Jennifer Lopez and Mick Jagger , who join the Black Eyed Peas frontman on lead single "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)," Will.i.am told Capital FM that musicians including Britney Spears , LMFAO ,…

  8. LMFAO To Join Madonna at Super Bowl, Says Will.i.am

    January 26, 2012 11:30 AM EST During the Super Bowl XLV halftime show last February, Will.i.am and the rest of the Black Eyed Peas brought out special guests like Usher and Slash to pump up their pop anthems. One year later, Will.i.am has taken it upon himself to reveal one of the performers expected to spice up Madonna &…

  9. 12 No. 12 R&B/Hip-Hop Hits for 2012

    January 10, 2012 1:05 PM EST Last January, Chart Beat paid respects to songs that peaked at No. 11 on various Billboard charts, just one spot from a more fortunate top 10 rank. Still, several No. 11 hits have gone on to become well-worn classics, including the Beatles ' "Eleanor Rigby," Dead or Alive'…

  10. The Year in Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 28, 2011 9:05 AM EST From the arrival of Lady Gaga 's "Born This Way" to the "Glee" cast's toppling of a King (of Rock & Roll) to Katy Perry matching an achievement by another King (of Pop), 2011 brought several notable chart records. The Year in Chart Headlines, Part 1 In part…

  11. Rolling Stones' Jagger, Richards Pay For Hubert Sumlin's Funeral

    December 09, 2011 12:45 PM EST Rolling Stones leaders Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are offering to front the bill for the funeral of Hubert Sumlin, the Howlin' Wolf guitarist who died Sunday (Dec. 4) of heart failure at the age of 80. According to the New York Times , Sumin's partner, Toni Ann Mamary, confirmed…

  12. Perry Farrell: Music Biz Should Look to NBA, NFL for Inspiration

    November 10, 2011 7:05 PM EST The NFL and NBA are at the root of Perry Farrell 's vision for the future of music. Acknowledging he had not fully thought out the idea, the Jane's Addiction singer said the industry needs to support young musicians from an early age, creating musical opportunities for youths like…

  13. 'X Factor' Singer Says He Asked to Get Cut

    November 02, 2011 10:20 AM EDT Dexter Haygood Claims He Cut a Deal: 'I Was Unhappy That I Was Unable to Be a Rock Artist' Former "The X Factor" contestant Dexter Haygood said he wasn't pushed off Fox's new singing contest. He jumped. Haygood was among five contestants eliminated from the show…

  14. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Archives to Go on Sale

    October 17, 2011 8:56 PM EDT The organization, which will announce its 2011 class of inductees Tuesday, is set to release performances from 1986-2009. The day before it reveals its 27th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2011, Rock Hall and Time Life announced that they have partnered together on two new…

  15. Billboard Bits: Mick Jagger: Facebook Addict, Katy Perry Reveals New Single Art

    September 30, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Mick Jagger Addicted To… Facebook In a chat with USA Today, Mick Jagger admitted, "I spend way too much time on the computer and not enough time playing the guitar. There's an underlying problem of this…

  16. Billboard Bits: Dylan's Art Accused of Plagiarism, Chris Brown: Knee-Licker

    September 28, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bob Dylan Paintings Draw Skepticism Over Source Material Bob Dylan's painting exhibit "The Asia Series" is receiving plenty of criticism over the singer/songwriter's original source material.…

  17. Kasabian, Dappy Top U.K. Charts; Tony Bennett Arrives at 5

    September 26, 2011 9:30 AM EDT English rock band Kasabian registered their third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Velociraptor" debuted at the top. Dappy, aka north London-born Costadinos Contostavlos, a member of pop/hip-hop group N-Dubz, scored his first solo No. 1 single with "No…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Mumford & Sons

    September 24, 2011 2:05 PM EDT MOVES LIKE BENNETT: Nevermind that young'un Mick Jagger. Tony Bennett isn't gathering any moss either. As previously reported , while Maroon 5 's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera , spends a third week at No. 1, Bennett becomes the oldest living artist…

  19. Marc Anthony Stands Tall, Thanks Fans in Virtuoso Miami Concert

    September 19, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Marc Anthony has often said he's a big fan of Frank Sinatra. But his performance Saturday night as part of the U.S. leg of his tour, with the second of two sold-out shows at the American Airlines Arena (capacity 14,000), was equal parts Frank in style and improvisation and equal parts…

  20. Ask Billboard: Chart Moves, Like 'Jagger'

    September 02, 2011 7:35 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. AS STUDENTS…

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