1. Katy Perry's 'Part of Me' Opens to $11 Million in Ticket Sales

    July 09, 2012 1:50 PM EDT How does first-week box office stack up to other 3D concert films? "Katy Perry: Part of Me" attracted enough paying customers in its opening weekend to make the top 10, but missed crossing a threshold that makes concert-based biographies a viable genre. Opening the day after a…

  2. Q&A: Joe Walsh on 'Analog Man' and Post-Eagles Touring

    June 29, 2012 5:05 PM EDT While for many Joe Walsh is best known for his work with the Eagles, the singer/songwriter/guitarist has also enjoyed tremendous success as a member of the James Gang, and as a solo artist. He just released "Analog Man," his first solo album in 20 years, earlier this month, and will…

  3. 'Once' Leads Tony Nominations, 'Spider-Man' Musical Snubbed

    May 01, 2012 10:50 AM EDT The low-tech musical "Once," based on the love story of a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician in Dublin, got a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, proving sentiment can sway nominators just as much as special effects. Two other musicals - "The Gershwins'…

  4. Dolly Parton Video Q&A: On Live Album, Whitney & Sad Songs

    April 05, 2012 1:00 PM EDT The legendary Dolly Parton sat down with Billboard this week to discuss her new live album, "An Evening With… Dolly," available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. She talked about what makes the marketing arrangement work ("They're the old country store. I&…

  5. Madonna Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lionel Richie at No. 2

    April 03, 2012 6:20 PM EDT M adonna scores her eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of her "MDNA," while Lionel Richie 's all-star country collaborations covers album "Tuskegee" bows in the runner-up slot -- his highest-charting album since 1986. Madonna remains in…

  6. Madonna, Lionel Richie Set For Big Billboard 200 Debuts

    March 28, 2012 6:10 PM EDT Madonna 's 12th studio album, "MDNA," is on course to easily debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell between 300,000 to 350,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, April 1. If "MDNA" lands atop the…

  7. Paul Weller Gives 'Tame' Scene a Swift Kick

    March 23, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Singer's 11th Solo Album, 'Sonik Kicks,' Aims for No. 1 on U.K. Chart Artists with three and a half decades on the clock rarely sound this way, but then with that sort of track record, they aren't often still at the top of both their creative form and the charts. "I…

  8. Metallica Taps 'Predators' Director for 3D Film Project

    March 08, 2012 9:25 AM EST Hungarian director Nimród Antal has been tapped by Metallica to direct a 3D feature film project being described as a "marriage of narrative and concert," the band announced late Wednesday. All five members of the metal pioneers -- James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and…

  9. 'American Idol': Meet Your Top 13 Singers

    March 02, 2012 10:00 AM EST Following two nights of performances from the male and female semi-finalists, "American Idol" returned Thursday night (March 1) to whittle the number of contestants down to 13. A few of the singers still standing may surprise you. That said, most won't. Though it was a night of…

  10. Buck Owens & The Knack Get Record Store Day Releases

    February 29, 2012 10:30 AM EST Record Store Day is just around the corner on April 21, and Omnivore Recordings has announced two upcoming exclusive releases that day -- one of which will feature one of Country Music's all-time legends. The burgeoning Los Angeles-based record label will issue an original, limited…

  11. Jim Morrison Would 'Love' Skrillex + The Doors, Says Ray Manzarek

    January 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST Plus, Talks 'Buried Treasures' In 'L.A. Woman' Reissue & Documentary As the Doors begin The Year of the Doors with a 40th anniversary release of "L.A. Woman" and an accompanying documentary, keyboardist Ray Manzarek says he hopes to spend more time "…

  12. A New Year's Tradition That Never Gets Auld

    January 03, 2012 4:35 PM EST As radio evolves, one old stand-by is alive and well: New Year's countdowns. (After all, the holiday is ushered in with a countdown at midnight. Why shouldn't radio follow suit?) A flip through the radio dial here in New York revealed stations in a variety of formats counting down…

  13. The Top 20 Music Moments of 2011

    December 14, 2011 4:40 PM EST There will be few year-end retrospectives this month, whether music-based or not, that won't at least mention the death of British soul virtuoso. There were other heavy stories, namely Steve Jobs' death and the Indiana State Fair stage collapse , records were broken or tied, thanks…

  14. Britney Spears' Sustained Success 'Go'-es On At Pop Radio

    September 12, 2011 5:35 PM EDT In a format known for its rapid-fire artist turnover and constant search for the next sonic fad, Britney Spears ' sustained success at pop radio has reached new heights. Spears claims the mark for the longest span of No. 1s on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, as "I Wanna Go"…

  15. Adele Brings A Ballad Back To The Hot 100 Summit

    September 09, 2011 12:05 PM EDT H ey Gary, Remember when you said in a recent "Ask Billboard" column that a ballad likely wouldn't hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 anytime soon? I think that with "Someone Like You" reaching the top , Adele has proven that an artist can still rule the chart with a…

  16. Can Katy Perry Pass Michael Jackson For Hot 100 History?

    August 23, 2011 9:05 AM EDT After joining the King of Pop in making Billboard Hot 100 history , can Katy Perry do him one better? Perry last week became the first woman, and second artist overall after Michael Jackson , in the 53-year history of the chart to send five songs from one album to No. 1, as "Last Friday…

  17. Grand Ole Opry's Billy Grammer Dies at 85

    August 12, 2011 12:25 PM EDT Billy Grammer , whose 1958 hit "Gotta Travel On" hit the top of the charts and led to a long career on the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 85. Grammer died Wednesday morning in his home state of Illinois of natural causes, according to a statement from Grand Ole Opry spokeswoman…

  18. Yoko Ono Talks Dance Hits, Lady Gaga, John Lennon and Twitter

    July 26, 2011 4:30 PM EDT In December 2010, the last time Yoko Ono was at Billboard, she was being honored for a whopping five consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart . With her just-released single "Talking To The Universe" climbing the same chart, the iconoclastic veteran artist took…

  19. State of Independence: 15 Artists Impacting the Indie Scene

    July 01, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Every indie artist, band and label is independent in its own way. The strategies for success are as varied as the styles of music, the executives and the attitudes -- these are the very states of independence. Labels and artists from Texas to Denver to Missouri to Los Angeles; genres from…

  20. Keith Urban Says 'Get Closer' Tour Will Be 'Inviting'

    June 16, 2011 9:05 AM EDT Country star Keith Urban wants his new concert tour to live up to the title of his latest album, "Get Closer." After using ramps that took him down to audience-level on his 2009-10 dates, Urban says his latest trek -- which kicks off Thursday (June 16) in Biloxi, Miss. -- will…

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