1. Weekly Chart Notes: Madonna, Michael Jackson, 'Godspell'

    February 10, 2012 1:45 PM EST The Queen of Pop moves closer to the Queen of Soul's Hot 100 record, while music from the King of Pop makes a royal return. NEW MATERIAL: Madonna dresses up the Billboard Hot 100 for a 56th time, as "Give Me All Your Luvin'," featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., soars in at…

  2. Ask Billboard: Covering Cover Songs

    August 13, 2010 1:05 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. COMPLETE COVERAGE…

  3. 'American Idol' Recap: Michael Lynche Can't Salvage Sub-Par Night

    February 25, 2010 1:53 AM EST Billboard's Ann Donahue breaks down every live performance of "American Idol" Season 9, from the top 24 contestants to the last one standing. -- When Simon Cowell said before this week's performances that he thought a woman was going to win this season, I figured he was…

  4. 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…

  5. Tunes On TV

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for May 16-22, 2005. Mon / Tues / Wed / Thurs / Fri / Sat / Sun MONDAY, MAY 16 "TRL: Prom Week," MTV Featured artist: Ciara. "VH1 All Access: More Awesome Celeb Beefs," VH1 Featured artists: Elton John, Madonna, R. Kelly, George Michael, Nick…

  6. Billboard Bits: Essence Fest, Kweli, Concord Jazz

    January 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST News on Essence Fest, Talib Kweli, Concord Jazz Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Talib Kweli and Floetry have been added to the lineup for the 2005 Essence Music Festival. They join previously confirmed performer Destiny's Child for the event, which will be held July 1-3 at the Louisiana…

  7. Between the Sun and the Moon

    October 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Best-known for the R&B hits "So Good, So Right" and "Piano in the Dark"—and for penning Oleta Adams' crossover anthem, "Get Here"—singer/songwriter Brenda Russell has never been cont Best-known for the R&B hits "So Good, So Right" and "…

  8. Justin Guarini

    June 28, 2003 12:00 AM EDT In the first season of Fox TV's hugely successful American Idol, Justin Guarini was the runner-up to winner Kelly Clarkson. In the first season of Fox TV's hugely successful American Idol, Justin Guarini was the runner-up to winner Kelly Clarkson. During his time on the show,…

  9. Salt

    May 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Newcomer Lizz Wright has three things in common with Grammy Award-winning Norah Jones: She is a photogenic, atypical jazz artist signed to a signature jazz imprint. Newcomer Lizz Wright has three things in common with Grammy Award-winning Norah Jones: She is a photogenic, atypical jazz artist…

  10. 29TunesOnTV

    July 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Music-related TV listings for July 15-21, 2002. Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday MONDAY, JULY 15 "2002 WNBA All-Star Game," ESPN Featured Artists: Brian McKnight (performing the National Anthem), Ashanti (halftime performance; live from the MCI…

  11. Tunes On TV

    February 18, 2002 12:00 AM EST Music-related TV listings for Feb. 18-24, 2002. MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2002 "Top of the Pops," BBC America Featured Artists: Jamiroquai, No Doubt, Shaggy, Ja Rule, Alien Ant Farm, Elbow. "Hollywood Squares," Syndicated Featured Artists: The Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean,…

  12. All the Love

    February 16, 2002 12:00 AM EST In the youth-obsessed world of contemporary R&B, where many artists are still in their teen years, one has to wonder if room still exists for the artists who came before. In the youth-obsessed world of contemporary R&B, where many artists are still in their teen years, one has to…

  13. Hot Product

    February 11, 2002 12:00 AM EST Previewing new albums from Kasey Chambers, Johnny Cash, Freddy Fender, and more. Thick As A 'Brick' From the first verse of the first track, Kasey Chambers' sophomore Warner Bros. set, "Barricades & Brickwalls," bursts with passionate songwriting and a singing…