1. Ask Billboard: Madonna's Biggest Radio Hits

    February 04, 2012 3:30 PM EST A look at Her Madgesty's most-played songs, Carly Rae Jepsen's new No. 1 and more reader-voted songs that should've been singles Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to…

  2. R.I.P. Etta James: Celebrities Mourn on Twitter

    January 20, 2012 5:40 PM EST Minutes after news of Etta James ' passing hit the 'net, celebrites took to Twitter to mourn the legend's death today (Jan. 20). Artists like Mariah Carey to P!nk , expressed their deep sorrow and reflected on the life and legacy of Etta James. Here's a round-up of singers…

  3. Burt Bacharach Working On Memoir

    January 19, 2012 10:50 AM EST Burt Bacharach will be handling the words for his next project: a memoir. The award-winning collaborator on such hits as "I Say a Little Prayer" and "What the World Needs Now" has a deal with HarperCollins for a memoir due in November. The publisher announced Wednesday…

  4. Paul & Linda McCartney Shown Love in Nashville With 'Let Us In' Album, Concert

    November 04, 2011 11:35 AM EDT 'Let Us In' Benefit Concert on Nov. 7 Kicks Off CMA Week, Will Feature McCartney Songs Sir Paul McCartney. Nashville. Those two terms might be not necessarily linked at the hip. However, on Monday, those two musical giants will come together for a great cause. On Nov. 7, at Music…

  5. Who's Who of Hair Metal React to Jani Lane's Death

    August 12, 2011 2:30 PM EDT The response to Jani Lane 's death in the glam-and-hair metal communities has been one of shock and disbelief, with former sunset strip denizens far and wide chiming in. Major artists ranging from Slash to Alice Cooper have lamented the loss, but we're also hearing from the where…

  6. Nikki Jean, "Pennies in a Jar"

    July 29, 2011 10:00 AM EDT The strategy/marketing hook for this Lupe Fiasco collaborator is her collection of co-writes with legends ranging from Bob Dylan to Carly Simon. Nikki Jean excels when she plays into her collaborators' strengths, especially the Philly soul of Thom Bell on "How to Unring a Bell,"…

  7. Rihanna Brings Out Jay-Z On 'Loud' Tour's New Jersey Stop

    July 22, 2011 4:10 PM EDT "Don't get shy, don't try to act all cute," Rihanna told a packed crowd before taking a shot, near the end of her performance, to introduce "Cheers (Drink to That)." Rihanna was far from shy yesterday (July 21) when performing a 24-song set for a full stadium,…

  8. Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A word that captures Jill Scott's vibe of late? "Free." "That's the word I've been using," Scott says with a laugh. She's calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her new album, "The Light of the Sun."…

  9. Adele Reclaims No. 1 on Billboard 200, 'Book of Mormon' Makes History

    June 15, 2011 11:00 AM EDT While Adele's "21" returns, as expected, to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a tenth non-consecutive week (114,000; down 5%) and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" falls to No. 2 (100,000; down 42%), the real news is the stunning re-entry at No. 3.…

  10. 'Book of Mormon' Wins Best Musical Tony; Bono, The Edge Make Appearance

    June 13, 2011 7:13 AM EDT A slew of acclaimed shows were up for Tony Awards in a remarkably competitive year, but a production that wasn't even eligible still managed to cast a shadow - well, shall we make that a web? - over the proceedings. On a night when the hilariously profane "The Book of Mormon"…

  11. The-Dream Announces 'The Love IV' Release Date and Plans to Publish Book

    June 07, 2011 4:25 PM EDT T he-Dream is known for lending his production and penmanship skills to Rihanna ("Umbrella") and Beyoncé, most recently writing and co-producing "1 +1," the opening track to Beyoncé's upcoming album, "4." But the Love King is keeping a little magic to…

  12. Billboard Bits: Cali Swag District Announces Album, Snoop Dogg Wants Hip-Hop 'Idol'

    June 06, 2011 7:34 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Cali Swag District Announces Debut Album, "The Kickback" "Teach Me How to Dougie" creators Cali Swag District will release their debut album, "The Kickback," on July 12, with "…

  13. Rihanna Kicks Off LOUD Tour With Prince Cover, Lap Dance

    June 06, 2011 4:03 PM EDT R ihanna kicked off her LOUD tour in Baltimore on Saturday (June 4) with neon platforms, lap dances and a Prince cover amidst a sold-out crowd at the 1st Mariner Arena. Watch below, as an androgynous Rihanna sings Prince's "Darling Nikki" and provocatively swings a cane at her…

  14. Beastie Boys Score No. 2 Debut on Billboard 200, Adele Holds at No. 1

    May 11, 2011 11:00 AM EDT While Adele 's "21" spends a lucky seventh non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, a near-record eight debuts arrive in the top 10, led by Beastie Boys ' "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2." "21" holds atop the list with 155,000 (up 26…

  15. Sixx: A.M. Redefines Beauty on 'This Is Gonna Hurt'

    May 07, 2011 8:00 AM EDT It's kismet that People magazine's annual Most Beautiful People issue hit newsstands the same time that "Lies of the Beautiful People," the lead single from Sixx: A.M. 's new album, has burned up Billboard's rock radio charts. After all, the song was inspired by…

  16. 'Glee' Producer Adam Anders Launches Record Label

    May 06, 2011 5:20 PM EDT After co-producing more than 100 Billboard Hot 100 hits for Fox's "Glee," the show's executive music producer, Adam Anders, is looking to capture some of that lightning in a bottle for recording artists on his own label. Anders Music Records' first release is the self…

  17. Steven Tyler Q&A: On Making 'Noise in My Head,' Aerosmith & 'Idol,' Johnny Depp & More

    May 03, 2011 12:52 PM EDT It's a sunny day in Laurel Canyon, and Steven Tyler is shouting, "Author! Author!" before he heads to work to hear the "American Idol" contestants sing a bunch of Carole King songs. There's reason for his ebullience, of course; besides his stint as an "…

  18. Simon Cowell: 'I've Always Wanted' Paula Abdul on 'X Factor'

    April 25, 2011 11:58 AM EDT Simon Cowell wants Paula Abdul and British singer Cheryl Cole to join him and L.A. Reid as judges on Fox "The X Factor." Cowell told Deadline.com's Nikki Finke that Cole is in negotiations but talks have yet to begin with Abdul, his foil for eight seasons on "American Idol…

  19. Paul McDonald: 'Guys Definitely Have An Advantage' On 'Idol'

    April 15, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Although he was eliminated from "American Idol's" season 10 competition last night (Apr. 14), Paul McDonald is still smiling (and showing off those perfect white teeth) a day later. After performing Bob Seger 's "Old Time Rock 'N' Roll" on Wednesday&…

  20. Billboard Bits: Ke$ha and Iggy Pop Fight Seal Clubbing, Justin Bieber Runs Over Paparazzo's Foot

    April 13, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Iggy Pop, Ke$ha Fight Seal Clubbing In Canada Rock veteran Iggy Pop and pop singer Ke$ha have joined a People For Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) campaign against baby seal clubbing in Canada. With the slogan …

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