1. Alison Krauss Talks 'Windy City,' Reveals Which Artist Her Son Warned Her Not to Cover

    February 23, 2017 4:00 PM EST In modern pop, the decision to perform roots music of any stripe is not to be made lightly. It connotes turning your back on progress and spitting in the eye of newfangled technology. From a commercial standpoint, playing bluegrass or western swing or Dixieland jazz almost guarantees that a…

  2. How Ray Charles & The Pointer Sisters Set the Precedent for Beyonce's Country Grammy Campaign

    December 13, 2016 4:41 PM EST While The Pointer Sisters took home best country & western vocal performance, duo or group for "Fairytale," Charles never won a country Grammy. Beyoncé will be the most nominated artist at the 2017 Grammys, as Lemonade garners nine nods across categories, from pop (“Hold Up”),…

  3. Watch Chris Stapleton and Dwight Yoakam Perform 'Seven Spanish Angels' at the 2016 CMA Awards

    November 02, 2016 10:47 PM EDT Set in between Edison bulbs and rustic accents,  Chris Stapleton and Dwight Yoakam  performed Ray Charles and Willie Nelson 's 1984 track, "Seven Spanish Angels", at the 50th annual CMA Awards Wednesday night. The set was dedicated to Charles and Nelson, and was particularly…

  4. Maceo Parker Talks His 'Dream Come True': Paying Tribute to Idol Ray Charles

    September 17, 2016 4:25 PM EDT Maceo Parker has funked it up with the best: James Brown , Parliament-Funkadelic and Prince . But the legendary sax man is now fulfilling what he calls “a dream come true”: performing with the Ray Charles Orchestra and the Raelettes. Prince Celebrated, Mourned During Apollo Theater Walk of…

  5. Bonnie Raitt Picks Her 10 Favorite Duets

    February 22, 2016 4:52 PM EST The blues artist estimates that she has guested on more than 100 songs. Her shortlist of the most unforgettable The veteran blues artist estimates that she has guested on more than 100 songs. Here, her shortlist of the most unforgettable -- with apologies to those left off the list. "I&…

  6. Demi Lovato, Usher & More to Celebrate Ray Charles at the White House

    February 19, 2016 9:23 PM EST Usher , Demi Lovato , Yolanda Adams and The Band Perry are among the contemporary artists heading to the White House to celebrate the late Ray Charles . The White House says Leon Bridges , Andra Day , Anthony Hamilton , Brittany Howard , Sam Moore and Jussie Smollett have also been invited to…

  7. Ann Wilson Sizzles on Solo Dates, Continues with Heart

    October 28, 2015 5:07 AM EDT Ann Wilson is leading a double life these days and she’s enjoying it immensely. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is still touring with Heart , but this fall has also been performing solo in support of her new EP The Ann Wilson Thing! #1 . “It's just totally different from doing the other…

  8. Ask Billboard: Lead vs. Featured Artists: Who Has the Most Hot 100 Hits?

    July 12, 2015 9:05 AM EDT As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, 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. Or, tweet @gthot20 LEAD VS. FEATURED ARTISTS: WHO HAS THE MOST HOT 100 HITS?…

  9. B.B. King's Autobiography Co-Author Remembers His Humility and Lasting Legacy: 'He's Among the Most Decent Human Beings' (Exclusive)

    May 22, 2015 11:58 AM EDT The co-author of the blues legend's acclaimed autobiography recounts their first meeting at a spa (seriously!), as he grew to admire the musician's striking graciousness, humility and humor. I n the early 1990s I was working with Etta James on her memoir when she invited me…

  10. Glam Rock Giant Alvin Stardust Dies at 72

    October 24, 2014 2:37 AM EDT British glam rocker Alvin Stardust , one of the biggest pop stars of his era, has died at the age of 72. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.  Stardust, born Bernard Jewry on Sept. 27, 1942 in London, enjoyed a long line of top 10 hits in the ‘70s and early ‘80s,…

  11. Why Big Artists Are Banking on Year-End Covers Albums

    October 07, 2014 2:53 PM EDT Aretha, Streisand, Manilow and more are banking on old favorites this holiday season. On deck for the fourth quarter: a virtual avalanche of all-covers albums. From the divas (see chart, below) to the showmen ( Barry Manilow ’s My Dream Duets , out Sept. 16), rock radio vets ( Bryan Adams ’…

  12. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorite Beatles Songs?

    February 06, 2014 10:05 AM EST As we approach the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. arrival, 'Ask Billboard' asks you to choose your favorite Fab songs, covers and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to [email protected] . Please include your…

  13. Bluesman Eric 'Guitar' Davis Murdered

    December 20, 2013 1:55 AM EST Blues guitarist Eric "Guitar" Davis, son of drumming great Bobby “Top Hat” Davis, was killed early Thursday morning in a double-shooting in Chicago’s South Side. He was 41. He was found behind the wheel of a car and was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:07 a.m., the Chicago…

  14. Ray Charles Gets Postal Service Stamp

    September 23, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The U.S. Postal Service is planning to add soul singer Ray Charles to its "Music Icons Forever" stamp series. Postal officials say the agency is releasing a stamp featuring the Albany, Ga., native on Monday along with one of the artist's previously unreleased songs. The…

  15. Phillip Phillips: The Billboard Cover Story

    January 07, 2013 5:00 PM EST The 'Home' star has turned the top-selling coronation song in "American Idol" history into a gold album During the final week of 2012, the most recent "American Idol" champion, Phillip Phillips , saw his debut album cross the half-million sold mark. It occurred…

  16. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 1

    December 20, 2012 11:35 AM EST Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. Today: January through June. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headlines of 2012. We'll start with highlights…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift 'Red' Hot on Hot 100

    November 02, 2012 6:45 PM EDT The lady and 'Red': Swift matches Madonna and Dionne Warwick for another impressive piece of Hot 100 history. With her latest batch of new material, Taylor Swift ties the Material Girl, and Dionne Warwick, for the second-most appearances among women in the Billboard Hot 100 's…

  18. Lil Wayne Passes An All-Time Elvis Presley Hot 100 Mark

    September 27, 2012 5:00 AM EDT The rapper tops the King of Rock and Roll's mark for the most Hot 100 appearances among solo acts. Presley, however, maintains a wide lead for the most entries among all artists as a lead solo act. He'll always be the King of Rock and Roll, but w hen it comes to the artist with the…

  19. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Crooner, Dies

    September 26, 2012 10:05 AM EDT With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't there," the singer once…

  20. 'Glee' Cast Notches 200th Hit on Hot 100

    April 18, 2012 3:15 PM EDT The Fox TV troupe has blasted to the record-extending milestone in less than three years. With two more debuts this week, the cast of Fox's "Glee" ups its total of career charted songs on the Billboard Hot 100 to a milestone 200 titles. Amazingly, the TV troupe has reached the…

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