1. Ask Billboard: What Did Other Duos Do?

    May 14, 2013 1:35 PM EDT With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis becoming the first duo to top the Hot 100 on its first two attempts, how did other twosomes start their chart careers? Readers check in on that and more. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb…

  2. Peter Frampton Turns Eye to Humble Pie Box Set

    May 08, 2013 12:30 PM EDT From ballet to the circus to dishing up some Humble Pie, Peter Frampton has plenty on his plate these days. Perhaps the most exciting news is the impending release of some choice material from his old band's vault. Frampton and Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley are working with Omnivore…

  3. Chart Highlights: P!nk's 'Reason' Powers To No. 1 On Pop Songs

    May 06, 2013 6:15 PM EDT Plus, new No. 1s for Alexis Jordan and Florida Georgia Line. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every…

  4. Après-Coachella: The Festas Beyond the Festival

    April 15, 2013 2:34 PM EDT Daft Punk makes the extra-party scene and nobody notices. As with all great leisure activities, music festivals in America have become more about what surrounds them than the actual shows. Coachella turned this corner cautiously a few years ago, and now there is no shame in saying “I’m…

  5. Musicians React to Death of Producer Phil Ramone

    March 30, 2013 7:46 PM EDT Tony Bennett, John Legend, Josh Groban and many other artists paid tribute on social media. Remembering Phil Ramone • Musicians react to Ramone's death on twitter • Ramone looks back on legendary career in 1996 Billboard interview • Ramone remembered by Streisand, Wonder and more…

  6. Fatboy Slim: 'I Might Just Ride The EDM Thing Out'

    March 24, 2013 1:35 PM EDT The hit-making DJ/producer will not be recording new music any time soon. Before taking to the stage for what many immediately proclaimed one of Ultra's best sets thus far (including our own Code staff), Fatboy Slim told Billboard that despite his career's worth of hits from the &…

  7. Bebo Valdés, Cuban Music Giant, Dies at 94

    March 22, 2013 8:06 PM EDT The pioneering musician was a founder of Latin jazz. Bebo Valdés was a big man whose music revealed a huge heart. The gentle giant of Cuban music, who died Friday (March 22) at age 94, was one of the founders of Latin jazz, and a pioneer in bringing Afro-Cuban sacred rhythms to popular…

  8. Canadian Singer Stompin' Tom Connors Dies at 77

    March 07, 2013 5:09 AM EST Canadian country-folk singer Stompin' Tom Connors, whose toe-tapping musical spirit and fierce patriotism established him as one of Canada's biggest cultural icons, has died, his promoter said Wednesday night. He was 77. Connors passed away from natural causes at his home…

  9. Connor Christian & Southern Gothic Enters Top Country Albums, Carrie Underwood Gains Post-Grammys

    February 21, 2013 9:23 PM EST Country/rock act Connor Christian & Southern Gothic opens atop Heatseekers Albums with 'New Hometown.' Eclectic country/rock band Connor Christian & Southern Gothic garners its first national chart ink with "New Hometown," which draws double Hot Shot Debut…

  10. Mark Kamins, Madonna's Ex-Boyfriend, Pioneering DJ-Producer Who Helped Launch Her Career, Dies

    February 15, 2013 10:21 PM EST Pioneering DJ and producer Mark Kamins, who was instrumental in facilitating the signing of Madonna to Sire Records in 1982, has died. According to BlackBook , on Feb. 14, he suffered “a massive coronary” in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he has been teaching. A family source has confirmed…

  11. Ask Billboard: Solo Duets, Readers Respond

    February 01, 2013 7:45 PM EST Readers offer more examples of duets that officially aren’t. I.e., songs that sound like duets but, for various label/legal reasons, were credited only to one act. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  12. Gimme Five: Carly Rae Jepsen's All-Time Favorite Pop Songs

    January 28, 2013 3:55 PM EST From The Bangles to Robyn, check out the "Call Me Maybe" star's choice pop singles. Carly Rae Jepsen knows her way around an indelible pop single: along with her Owl City collaboration "Good Time," which crashed the Top 10 of the Hot 100 last year, the Canadian…

  13. Big Sean's Day in the Life: Kanye West, Common & More

    December 03, 2012 10:40 AM EST Big Sean recalled going to see Kanye West 's Glow In The Dark Tour stop in May of 2008 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, the big arena in the Detroit suburbs. "I've envisioned playing there ever since then," the 24-year-old Motor City MC noted -- and he got his chance to do…

  14. Raekwon, GZA, Yelawolf and More Anchor Atlanta's A3C Festival 2012

    October 16, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Before Eminem came calling, Yelawolf was ripping through sets at the annual A3C Hip Hop Fest in Atlanta. "I did A3C twice, I think," the rapper tells The Juice. "First year, there was a small room, just a few people and I was doing records that weren't even out. They weren…

  15. iHeartRadio 2012: Pink, Pitbull and Prince Own Closing Night

    September 23, 2012 10:30 PM EDT "I haven't sung some of these songs in awhile… I've been busy," said P!nk , several songs into her opening set on the second and final night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas Saturday. The singer was referencing her newfound mommyhood, having given birth to…

  16. Bellamy Brothers Return to Gospel Music on New Album

    September 20, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Back in 2007, the Bellamy Brothers released "Jesus Is Coming," their very first Gospel disc. The set received enough attention from critics and fans that the veteran duo decided to release a follow-up, "Pray For Me." David Bellamy told Billboard that making the first album…

  17. California Wives, 'Art History': Exclusive First Listen

    August 30, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Band Talks Debut Album (Out Sept. 4): "I hope it's going to change and grow with you as you get older" California Wives have a total red herring for a moniker. "Our name is like a symbol," vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist Jayson Kramer tells Billboard. "When…

  18. Busta Rhymes, Google Play Rep Talk 'Year of the Dragon' Free Album

    August 24, 2012 5:20 PM EDT In a studio hidden away from the noise of New York, Busta Rhymes thumbs through tracks from his latest LP, " Year of the Dragon ." Between puffs of Newports, he pauses to deliver brief commentary on each song. "I love challenging artists," he says as he plays a song…

  19. Jessie Ware Talks Breakthrough 'Devotion' Debut & 'Wildest Moments' Single

    August 23, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Jessie Ware 's debut album "Devotion" had been available for free via live-stream on The Guardian's web site for no less than three hours before she got a fan tweet guaranteed to disturb any new artist. "I love the album! I just downloaded it for free off the stream!…

  20. 'Sparkle' Has $12 Million Opening Weekend

    August 19, 2012 8:35 PM EDT "Sparkle," Whitney Houston 's final movie, grossed $12 million at the box office, according to estimates provided by the film's distributor TriStar/Sony. The tally was on the low end of expectations. 'Sparkle' Features Video: Jordin Sparks on Working With Whitney…

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