1. 'SNL' 'Dead Bopz' Sketch: Watch Tupac, Roy Orbison & More Sing Today's Hits as Holograms

    May 08, 2016 7:57 PM EDT Singles by pop artists like Justin Bieber , Taylor Swift , Rihanna  and more were sung by the deceased – in hologram form – on Saturday night’s episode of SNL . Watch Alicia Keys Perform New Songs 'In Common' and 'Hallelujah' on 'SNL' In a sketch advertising a…

  2. Sun Records' Deep Catalog Gets a Spotlight in New Sync Licensing Deal

    January 25, 2016 9:00 AM EST Wanting a larger share of the sync market, Sun is offering 1,100 tracks from its historic catalog of American music. Sun Records has one of the most revered catalogs in American music. Now its songs, from the legendary Johnny Cash to forgotten musicians recorded decades ago in Memphis, are…

  3. OMI Among Shortest Names Ever to Top Hot 100: See Who Else Makes the List

    July 15, 2015 12:00 PM EDT As 'Cheerleader' rules, OMI joins acts from M to U2 to Yes in keeping it simple at No. 1. Atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week, less is more. OMI's 'Cheerleader' Leaps to No. 1 on Hot 100 As previously reported , OMI 's "Cheerleader" jumps to…

  4. Lady Gaga's Mile-High Hair-and-Makeup Session and More Insider Gossip

    February 23, 2015 12:20 PM EST Gaga's Mile-High Hair and Makeup Session All the world's a stage for Lady Gaga -- and so is a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet. On Feb. 12, the newly engaged pop star made herself at home in the business-class Mint section of a JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to New York. A fellow…

  5. Musicians Hall of Fame Induct Buddy Guy, Peter Frampton & Others

    January 29, 2014 3:14 AM EST The Musicians Hall of Fame inducted 12 new members across the genres, including bluesman Buddy Guy, British rock guitarist Peter Frampton and pedal steel player and country singer Barbara Mandrell. Also inducted during Tuesday's ceremony in Nashville were Randy Bachman from The Guess Who…

  6. k.d. lang To Hit Broadway for 'After Midnight'

    September 12, 2013 11:17 PM EDT Grammy Award-winning singer k.d. lang has sung everything from country songs to folk and torch songs. Now she's about to unleash her jazz side - on Broadway. The Canadian singer-songwriter will take over from Fantasia Barrino as the second star vocalist in "After Midnight," a…

  7. Alfie Boe Talks New 'Storyteller' Album In Chart Beat Meet & Greet (Video)

    September 10, 2013 1:45 PM EDT The English tenor discusses his newest chart hit, 'Storyteller,' and how he came to record the collection of classics "That's what our job is: to tell a story through music and singing." At a recent visit to Billboard's New York offices, renowned English tenor…

  8. Josh Groban Turns to Stevie Wonder, 'Once' on New Album

    November 29, 2012 4:50 PM EST 'All That Echoes,' His Sixth Studio Album, Arrives Feb. 5 Josh Groban has recorded covers of songs by Stevie Wonder, Glen Hansard and an obscure Danish band for his next album, "All That Echoes," which Reprise/Warner Bros. will release on Feb. 5. Groban introduced six of…

  9. 'Pretty Woman' Songwriter Bill Dees Dies

    November 01, 2012 9:15 AM EDT Bill Dees emerged from his days as an out-of-cash young songwriter to pen tunes recorded by Johnny Cash , Loretta Lynn and other country music greats, but the centerpiece of his career was his work with Roy Orbison , including co-writing the classic rock hit, "Oh, Pretty Woman."…

  10. 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…

  11. Charlie McCoy Honors Hank Williams on 'Lonesome Whistle'

    July 26, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Charlie McCoy remembers getting the call some three years ago that he would be one of three new inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It's an honor that he still can't believe at times, even today. "It's amazing," says McCoy. "Some days I wake up, and go…

  12. Q&A: Joe Walsh on 'Analog Man' and Post-Eagles Touring

    June 29, 2012 5:05 PM EDT While for many Joe Walsh is best known for his work with the Eagles, the singer/songwriter/guitarist has also enjoyed tremendous success as a member of the James Gang, and as a solo artist. He just released "Analog Man," his first solo album in 20 years, earlier this month, and will…

  13. Friday Flashback: Remembering Cindy Walker

    March 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT With the lone exception of Dolly Parton, it could be said that Cindy Walker was possibly the finest female songwriter in the history of country music. One of the more prolific writers in the format's history, she composed such classics as "Distant Drums" for Jim Reeves and …

  14. Video: Will the 'Real Mitt Romney' Please Stand Up?

    March 22, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Lawyer who created viral Eminem/Romney mashup says use of the song is fair use. Mitt Romney takes on the form of Eminem in the latest viral video burning up YouTube, a mash-up of the GOP frontrunner's speeches set to the tune of "The Real Slim Shady." The man behind it all is…

  15. Barbara Orbison Dead at 60: Icon's Wife Was Steward of His Music

    December 07, 2011 9:50 AM EST Barbara Orbison, widow of rock n' roll pioneer Roy Orbison, died Tuesday on the 23rd anniversary of her husband's death, a family spokeswoman said. She was 60. Barbara Orbison died from pancreatic cancer at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center surrounded by her sons, said publicist…

  16. 'Voice' Winner Javier Colon to Play Ray Charles on 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 9:18 PM EDT Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming episode of "The Playboy Club," singing …

  17. Miranda Lambert: How Her Chart-Topping Side Project Defies Decades of Nashville Convention

    September 06, 2011 1:05 PM EDT With the coronation of her side project, Pistol Annies' "Hell on Heels," Miranda Lambert is the first artist in the 47-year history of Billboard's Country Albums chart to have notched No. 1s solo (her first three, 2005-09) and as part of a separately-named, non-all-star…

  18. Chris Isaak Says Early Elvis Is 'In My DNA'

    August 18, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Chris Isaak says the forthcoming "Beyond The Sun" -- a collection of songs by Sun Records artists that he recorded in the famed Memphis studio -- is "an album I've been wanting to do probably my whole life." "If you asked me... If I had to be in a life or death…

  19. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Charles , Georgia; and, the Beach Boys ,…

  20. Roy Orbison's Top Hot 100 Hits: A Playlist

    April 20, 2011 5:04 PM EDT The top 10 highest-ranking songs of Roy Orbison's career span nearly three decades, from his breakthrough "Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)" in 1960 to his final smash, "You Got It," in 1989. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of his birth, Billboard.com presents a…

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