1. Britain Counts On Bonnie Tyler to Play Eurovision Hero

    March 08, 2013 5:08 AM EST After years of abject failure, insipid pop singers and an infamous “nil points” effort, Britain is betting on a veteran to cure its Eurovision heartache. Husky-voiced ‘80s pop singer Bonnie Tyler has been chosen to represent the nation at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, to be held…

  2. Runway Jams: Songs Played at 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week Shows

    February 08, 2013 3:38 PM EST Fashion editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. is exploring the beats of the season and compiling a list of songs heard on fall NYFW runways. Check back in daily as he updates. It’s that time of year again! Photographers are lining up, models are dieting and next winter's trends are taking…

  3. 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…

  4. Docs on Beatles Secretary, Napster to Premiere at SXSW

    January 15, 2013 8:00 AM EST The world premiere of "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," which stars Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi as superstar Las Vegas magicians, will be the opening night film at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival on March 8 in Austin, Texas.   Directed by Don Scardino, the cast includes…

  5. Nicki Minaj Debuts Lavender Lipstick for MAC Viva Glam

    December 05, 2012 6:45 PM EST Nicki Minaj has teamed up with the cosmetics brand MAC for a second Viva Glam collection. Minaj previously teamed with the beauty brand to launch an electric shade of pink lipstick, and this time she is launching a limited-edition lavender shade. In her ad for the collection, Minaj floats in…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Even Before Her First Billboard No. 1, Rihanna Shined Like A Diamond

    December 01, 2012 1:05 PM EST While lauding her first leading album, let's not neglect her prior Billboard 200 success. After tallying 12 No. 1 'GOLD' RECORD: Britain's Spandau Ballet returns to a Billboard chart for the first time since 1984, as "Gold (2012)" enters Dance Club Songs at No.…

  7. 10 Hottest Holiday Albums of 2012

    November 28, 2012 3:35 PM EST If it seems like everyone is putting out a Christmas album this year, it's no coincidence: holiday albums have become one of the few surefire ways to still sell music. Not only was Michael Buble's "Christmas" the second biggest seller last year, the top 200 holiday albums…

  8. 'Glee' Covers 'Greased Lightning': Exclusive Song Premiere

    November 01, 2012 10:05 AM EDT The cast of "Glee" will be throwing on their leather jackets and poodle skirts in a couple of weeks, when the show's "Grease"-themed episode airs Nov. 15. In anticipation of the accompanying "Glease" album, which drops on Nov. 6, Billboard has the exclusive…

  9. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Reunite for 'This Christmas' Charity Album

    October 02, 2012 5:50 PM EDT John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have come together for a new winter holiday album, aptly titled "This Christmas," that includes a duet called "I Think You Might Like It," by John Farrar, the man who wrote the platinum-selling tune "You're the One That I Want…

  10. Foo Fighters Say So Long, Neil Young Stomps at Global Citizen Festival

    September 30, 2012 12:35 PM EDT Dave Grohl delivered more warnings that the Foo Fighters will be staying away for a very long time at the massive Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park on Saturday, flatly telling the estimated 60,000-plus fans that "this is it." "Without making a big deal out…

  11. Fashion Week NYC: Jonas Bros Party at Marc Jacobs, Paula Abdul Talks Runway Remixes

    September 11, 2012 6:45 PM EDT New York Fashion week continues to heat up with sexy spring collections and even sexier front row celebrities. See which stars -- from Paula Abdul to the Jonas Brothers -- made their rounds on Monday (Sept. 10), stopping by shows like Marc Jacobs, Alice + Olivia, and more. Chris Benz Chris…

  12. Olivia Tremor Control's Bill Doss Dead at 43

    July 31, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Bill Doss, a founding member of indie rock group the Olivia Tremor Control, has died at the age of 43 of as-yet-unannounced causes. After reports surfaced early on Tuesday (July 31) of Doss' death, the official OTC web site has confirmed the sad news. "We are devastated by the loss…

  13. ABC's 'Duets' Joins the Singing Competition War

    May 25, 2012 1:40 PM EDT The same week that the "American Idol" finale registered record low ratings -- 20.7 million viewers, according to preliminary figures from Nielsen, a 29% drop compared with last season's finale -- ABC makes its entree into singing competitions with the nine-week series "…

  14. John Mayer, 'Born and Raised': Track-By-Track Review

    May 22, 2012 11:15 AM EDT John Mayer 's mouth has gotten him in all sorts of trouble over the years. His music? Not so much. "Born and Raised," Mayer's fifth studio album, follows four successful full-lengths, all of which have reached the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. Sadly, "Born and Raised…

  15. Ask Billboard: Madonna: the Material 'Woman'?

    May 07, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. THE MATERIAL GIRL …

  16. George Harrison's Widow Hopes Book Will Fill in Blanks Left by Scorsese Doc

    May 02, 2012 9:50 AM EDT George Harrison's widow Olivia hopes to add more perspective on the reticent Beatle with her new digital book, and fill in the blanks left by Martin Scorsese's recent documentary. Based on Scorsese's "George Harrison: Living in the Material World," the multi-touch…

  17. Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' Roars to No. 1 on Hot 100

    April 18, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Fueled by a "Glee" remake and his appearance on "Saturday Night Live," Gotye scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his first entry on the songs chart, as "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra , lifts 2-1. With the "Glee" cast…

  18. Ask Billboard: Happy Birthday, Celine Dion!

    March 30, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. HAPPY BIRTHDAY,…

  19. John Mayer Sets 'Born and Raised' Release Date

    February 29, 2012 1:45 PM EST Two days after announcing a spring tour and a new single , John Mayer has confirmed that his fifth studio effort, "Born and Raised," will be released on May 22 through Columbia Records, and has released the album's official track list. The follow-up to 2009's "Battle…

  20. 'Glee's' 'Smooth Criminal' Selling Big, Heading For High Chart Debut

    February 02, 2012 3:15 PM EST "Glee's" take on Michael Jackson 's "Smooth Criminal" is off to a fast start. Covered by the show's Grant Gustin and Naya Rivera (with guests 2Cellos) on its Jan. 31 Michael Jackson-themed episode, the single could perhaps sell 80,000 to 100,000 downloads by…

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