1. Vybz Kartel featuring Spice, "Ramping Shop"

    September 03, 2009 5:57 PM EDT Despite his massive popularity in Jamaica, crossover success has eluded Vybz Kartel. Oddly, the dancehall star's first track to impact U.S. radio was not only banned from Jamaica's airwaves, but it also faces a potential challenge from copyright holders here. "Ramping Shop,…

  2. Chart Beat Thursday: Reba, Black Eyed Peas, Daughtry

    August 27, 2009 3:47 PM EDT IF YOU SEE HER (SHE'S PROBABLY AT NO. 1): Billboard's Country Albums chart first appeared in the magazine issue dated Jan. 11, 1964, and this week, the 45-year-old survey coronates a new queen. Reba McEntire claims her 11th No. 1 on Country Albums, "Keep On Loving You" …

  3. 'Beatles Rock Band' Song List Revealed

    August 18, 2009 6:26 PM EDT A list of 19 songs by the Beatles including classics "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "A Hard Day's Night" for a new "Rock Band" video game were revealed Tuesday, leaving only one mystery title remaining. Other new tunes include "Ticket to Ride,"…

  4. Chart Beat Thursday: Sugarland, Selena Gomez, Jordin Sparks

    August 13, 2009 4:04 PM EDT HIGH COUNTRY WORK WHERE?: Sugarland and Gloriana not only make splashy chart entrances with their new albums, the acts combine to achieve feats never before accomplished in the 18-year Nielsen SoundScan era on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums. On the Billboard 200, Sugarland, the duo of…

  5. Bee Gees' 50th Anniversary Inspires Two New Collections

    July 16, 2009 5:40 PM EDT The Bee Gees ' 50th anniversary will be celebrated with a pair of retrospective packages on Nov. 3 from Reprise. "Mythology" is a four-disc box set curated and produced by surviving Bee Gees Barry and Robin Gibb that will dedicate one disc each to the three brothers in the…

  6. Bee Gees' 50th Anniversary Inspires Two New Collections

    July 16, 2009 6:41 AM EDT The Bee Gees' 50th anniversary will be celebrated with a pair of retrospective packages on Nov. 3 from Reprise. "Mythology" is a four-disc box set curated and produced by surviving Bee Gees Barry and Robin Gibb that will dedicate one disc each to the three brothers in the group…

  7. Beatles Reveal 'Rock Band' Details At E3

    June 01, 2009 3:57 PM EDT The surviving members of the Beatles unveiled new details about their upcoming "Rock Band" videogame at the E3 videogame conference in Los Angeles. Joined by Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr disclosed 10 of the 45 songs expected in "The…

  8. Ask Billboard: Pitbull, Amanda Marshall, Journey

    May 22, 2009 4:32 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. PITBULLL ATTACK Hi Gary! I am not a rap fan, but, as Cuban-born rapper…

  9. Ian Dury 'Sex & Drugs' Biopic On The Way

    April 22, 2009 11:33 AM EDT Naomie Harris, Ray Winstone, Olivia Williams, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook and Noel Clarke are ready for some "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll." The sextet have joined the cast of Mat Whitecross' Ian Dury biopic, which stars Andy Serkis as the singer-songwriter. Crippled…

  10. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 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. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I have a special request. My brother will be…

  11. George Harrison Gets Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame

    April 15, 2009 8:40 AM EDT Hundreds of George Harrison's biggest fans and best friends, including Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, turned out Tuesday to see a posthumous star for the quiet Beatle unveiled during a raucous celebration on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fellow Beatle McCartney stood next to Harrison's…

  12. Coldplay, Wolfmother Rock Soggy Sydney Sound Relief Show

    March 14, 2009 2:10 PM EDT Heavy rain fell on the Sound Relief artist parade in Sydney today (March 14), but it wasn't enough to dampen the spirits of the tens of thousands who came. The biggest highlights of the day came thanks to first act Coldplay, and the Presets who delivered a storming set, quite literally.…

  13. March 5, 2009

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST – Three 6 Mafia becomes the first African-American hip-hop group to win an Academy Award for best song and also became the first hip-hop artists to perform at the ceremony. The group wins for the song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” 2004 – Guitarist John McGeoch of Magazine, PiL and…

  14. This Day in Music

    December 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Stewart is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for se 2006 - Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry stalwarts feted…

  15. Nov 25th 2008

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST – Regional Mexican singer Valentin Elizalde is shot dead in the early morning hours in Reynosa, Mexico. He is 27. Elizalde had just finished playing a concert at a palenque, and had entered his SUV when he was gunned down by more than 70 machine gun bullets. 2005 - Country music makes…

  16. This Day in Music

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Regional Mexican singer Valentin Elizalde is shot dead in the early morning hours in Reynosa, Mexico. He is 27. Elizalde had just finished playing a concert at a palenque, and had entered his S 2006 - Regional Mexican singer Valentin Elizalde is shot dead in the early morning hours in…

  17. Ask Billboard: Girls Aloud, David Bowie, Brits

    November 21, 2008 11:22 AM EST Editor's Note, Nov. 21: We're taking a week off but will be back on Friday, Nov. 28 with a new column. Here is the column from Nov. 14. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  18. Ask Billboard: Girls Aloud, David Bowie, Brits

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Keith answers readers' questions on Girls Aloud, David Bowie, solo British acts and more! Editor's Note, Nov. 21: We're taking a week off but will be back on Friday, Nov. 28 with a new column. Here is the column from Nov. 14. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your…

  19. The Beatles Take Video Game Plunge

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music from the Beatles is coming to video games ... but not to "Rock Band." MTV Networks and Harmonix -- the game developer behind the popular "Rock Band" franchise -- together with the Beatles' Apple Music from the Beatles is coming to videogames ... but not to "…

  20. Chart Beat Chat: No. 1 Jumps, Rihanna, Kenny Chesney

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss the biggest movers before 2000, Rihanna, Kenny Chesney and more! THIS QUESTION IS SO LAST CENTURY Dear Fred, As an "American Top 40" listener back in the '70s and '80s, I hope you'll answer this question: Now that "Live Your Life"…

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