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 [email protected] . 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 [email protected] . 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. 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 "…

  6. 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,…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…