1. 'Sunday Kind of Love' Singer Fran Warren Dies at 87

    March 20, 2013 2:36 AM EDT Fran Warren, the singer and actress whose 1947 recording of "A Sunday Kind of Love" is remembered as a classic of the Big Band era, has passed away at the age of 87. According to a statement from a representative, Warren died of natural causes on March 4 -- her birthday. Warren…

  2. Mindy McCready's Death Renews Criticism of Dr. Drew

    February 19, 2013 1:15 PM EST The criticism of Dr. Drew Pinsky spread on the Internet almost as quickly as news of Mindy McCready's death. The country singer with the tumultuous personal life became the fifth cast member of his "Celebrity Rehab" series to die since appearing on the show and the third from…

  3. Tony Sheridan, Early Beatles Mentor, Dies at 72

    February 19, 2013 10:20 AM EST Singer-guitarist Tony Sheridan, who famously used the Beatles as his backing band during their early days of playing clubs in Hamburg, died on Saturday following a long illness, according to German media reports. He was 72. "Tony was a good guy who we knew and worked with from the early…

  4. Mindy McCready Latest 'Celebrity Rehab' Death; Dr. Drew Says She Slipped

    February 18, 2013 2:30 AM EST "Unfortunately it seems that Mindy did not sustain her treatment," Dr. Drew says Dr. Drew Pinsky, who treated Mindy McCready on his VH1 show "Celebrity Rehab" -- which has now experienced five deaths among cast-members over the years -- says he reached out to the country…

  5. Jazz Great Donald Byrd Dead, Nephew Says

    February 07, 2013 9:12 PM EST The 80-year-old trumpeter's genre-spanning work has made him a hip-hop mainstay Jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd died at the age of 80 earlier this week, according to a report from Amoeba . The music store's blog, citing "Facebook and emails" from Byrd's nephew, jazz…

  6. Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Dance/Club Play Songs: Chart Highlights

    January 28, 2013 3:19 PM EST Bieber scores his first leader on the list. Gary Allan, meanwhile, takes over top Country Airplay and Lady Antebellum soars onto the survey in with 'Downtown.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  7. Jan. 16, 1988: The Last Hot 100 No. 1 By A Beatle

    January 16, 2013 9:55 AM EST It was 25 years ago today (to very loosely paraphrase the band) that a Beatle last topped the Billboard Hot 100, as George Harrison's 'Got My Mind Set on You' reached No. 1.   Twenty-five years ago today, a member of the Beatles topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the last time.…

  8. Ask Billboard: 20 No. 13 Hits For 2013

    January 15, 2013 9:05 AM EST So many great songs have peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here's a look at 20 (plus a whole bunch more). 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…

  9. Ask Billboard: 20 No. 13 Hits For 2013

    January 15, 2013 9:05 AM EST So many great songs have peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here's a look at 20 (plus a whole bunch more). 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…

  10. Ravi Shankar, Sitar Maestro, Dead at 92

    December 11, 2012 11:45 PM EST Ravi Shankar, the master sitar player who earned three Grammys and left an indelible mark on generations of pop influencers including the Beatles, died on Tuesday at a hospital near his home in San Diego, his foundation and record label announced . He was 92. RAVI SHANKAR & FRIENDS •…

  11. Mumford & Sons Get Some Country Love

    December 06, 2012 11:35 AM EST Lead 'Babel' single 'I Will Wait' bows on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, marking the folk-rockers' first country crossover. Fueled by airplay at five stations monitored by Nielsen BDS for the chart, on-fire British folk/rock band Mumford & Sons debut at…

  12. Omarion Talks 'Care Package' EP & Career Growth

    November 26, 2012 3:00 PM EST Omarion doesn't want to be seen as a teen pop star anymore. The 28-year-old singer, who stepped onto the scene as frontman for B2K in the early 2000s, began his solo career with 2005's "O" (Epic), which debuted atop the Billboard 200 with 182,000 copies, according to…

  13. Zac Brown Band Chips Away at Bucket List at Madison Square Garden

    November 18, 2012 6:05 PM EST Group Uncages Two-Hour Set of Originals & Surprising Covers at Sold-Out NYC Show "It's a big night for us. Playing Madison Square Garden has definitely been on our list of things to do," Zac Brown said during the band's Eat & Greet Saturday night in New York.…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Thumbs Up For Adele's Movie Move

    October 19, 2012 8:05 AM EDT The singer continues the tradition of artists following smash albums with silver-screen hits to tide fans over. The big screen is giving STARTING 'TROUBLE': As she roars in at No. 3 with "I Knew You Were Trouble.," Taylor Swift notches her 50th Billboard Hot 100 entry.…

  15. Mumford & Sons Have Most Hot 100 Hits In A Week By A Band Since The Beatles

    October 05, 2012 12:30 PM EDT The folk rockers have had a Fab week, topping the Billboard 200 and placing six songs on the Hot 100 - the most by a band in a week since the Beatles. Beyond its massive No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with sophomore album "Babel," Mumford & Sons is Fab on the Billboard Hot 100…

  16. Jeff Lynne Q&A: ELO Guru Reboots Old Songs, Preps New Ones

    September 26, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Two Releases on Oct. 9; Plus First Solo Album of New Music in Decades Should Be Ready in 2013 Though he fronted the Electric Light Orchestra since its 1970 inception and was part of the short-lived Traveling Wilburys, Jeff Lynne is primarily a behind-the-scenes figure. The studio has always…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Psy Adds 'Style' To The Hot 100

    September 14, 2012 3:45 PM EDT The Korean rapper/singer debuts the buzzworthy 'Gangnam Style' at No. 64. Is an explosion at pop radio up next for the song (and dance)? When you're teaching Ellen DeGeneres and 'FIRE' POWER: Psy isn't the only artist enjoying VMAs-fueled chart action. Following…

  18. 615 Spotlight: Blackberry Smoke Unleash 'Whippoorwill' on Zac Brown's Label

    August 08, 2012 5:00 PM EDT The group known as Blackberry Smoke has gone through their share of behind-the-scenes drama. Just as they were about to head into the studio to record a new album, their label BamaJam Records, folded. But things ended up working out for the talented band -- beyond even their expectations.…

  19. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry Ties Rihanna's Pop Songs Record

    July 30, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Feel the love! Perry matches Rihanna's record nine Pop Songs toppers. Plus, Train, Kylie Minogue, fun. and Kenny Chesney notch new No. 1s. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the…

  20. The Who Announce 'Quadrophenia' Tour

    July 18, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Also: Band Records 'Fabulous Ending' for Olympics Finale The Who are heading back on the road after a four-year break and bringing their 1973 rock opera "Quadrophenia" with them. Surviving original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey announced the tour -- a 36-date…

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