1. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears' Career Sales

    January 14, 2011 1:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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. BRITNEY SPEARS&…

  2. Ramones, Dolly Parton Receiving Lifetime Achievement Grammys

    December 22, 2010 2:10 PM EST British actress Julie Andrews , country icon Dolly Parton , jazz drummer Roy Haynes , and punk pioneers the Ramones will receive Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement next year, organizers said on Wednesday. Recipients also include the Juilliard String Quartet, folk revivalists the Kingston…

  3. Bruce Springsteen Rocks 'Fallon' with 'Promise' Tracks, 'Whip My Hair'

    November 17, 2010 10:44 AM EST Jimmy Fallon didn't let Bruce Springsteen forget he's "The Boss" for even one second last night -- and Springsteen didn't fall short of high expectations. Celebrating his just-released package "The Promise," which features outtakes and extras from 1978'…

  4. Jason Mraz May Turn 'Tons of Material' Into Two New Albums

    August 26, 2010 10:35 AM EDT J ason Mraz says he has "tons and tons of material" for his next album -- and may, in fact, be working on two. "I've got two very different-sounding albums," Mraz, who won two Grammy awards for 2008's platinum "We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things," tells…

  5. Dwele, "W.ants W.orld W.omen (W.W.W.)"

    July 30, 2010 4:40 PM EDT Dwele - Kanye West 's vocal wingman ("Power," "Flashing Lights") and McDonald's McCafe pitchman-thematically expands his horizons on "W.ants W.orld W.omen (W.W.W.)" Dividing his fourth album into three distinct sections, the Grammy Award-nominated…

  6. Levi Johnston to Film Music Video

    July 23, 2010 5:03 PM EDT Levi Johnston will make his music video debut as a lover whose romance is thwarted by his girlfriend's disapproving mother, according to a Universal Music Group record label and Johnston's attorney. Johnston, 20, who is Bristol Palin's fiance, has agreed to appear in the video…

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: Veterans Victorious

    June 24, 2010 5:55 PM EDT ROCK OF AGES: While rookie rapper Drake rules the Billboard 200 with his debut album, "Thank Me Later," certain venerable acts aren't quite ready to cede the survey's spotlight. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers become the second group, following the Rolling Stones , to…

  8. Dwele Expands Soul Vision On 'W.W.W.'

    June 21, 2010 3:49 AM EDT Soul stylist Dwele has no problem with the "baby-making music I've been giving people" since he started releasing albums nationally in 2003. But he had a more ambitious vision for his new "W.ants. W.orld. W.omen. (W.W.W.)," which is due out on June 29. "I felt…

  9. Chick Corea Plans New Music With Freedom Band, Return to Forever

    June 16, 2010 1:56 PM EDT It looks like Return to Forever fans won't have to wait long for the jazz fusion supergroup's next reunion. The well-credentialed quartet of keyboardist Chick Corea, guitarist Al di Meola, bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White toured together for the first time in 15 years…

  10. Jimmy Page Honored At Mojo Awards

    June 11, 2010 8:02 AM EDT Led Zeppelin 's Jimmy Page was inducted into the Mojo hall of fame at a ceremony in London. The honor, supported by Universal Catalog Marketing, was presented at the Mojo Honours List ceremony at the Brewery venue in London last night (June 10). Duane Eddy also attended the seventh…

  11. Hot Tours: André Rieu, George Strait, Taylor Swift

    April 29, 2010 11:55 AM EDT Dutch violinist André Rieu tops the latest Hot Tours ranking with a heavily back-dated reported gross from 53 European concerts dating from November through February. The shows, primarily in France and Germany, were part of the classical artist¹s third 2009 trek through European venues. The…

  12. Guru of Gang Starr Dies at 43

    April 20, 2010 8:25 AM EDT Rapper Guru has died at the age of 43 after a long battle with cancer, according to a statement released by his friend and producer Solar. The New York MC - whose real name was Keith Elam - suffered cardiac arrest on March 2 and had been in a coma. Gang Starr's Guru in Coma After Heart…

  13. Hot Tours: Black Eyed Peas, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Tiësto

    February 25, 2010 11:56 AM EST Topping this week's Hot Tours tally is Grammy-winning group Black Eyed Peas with reported box office totals from seven U.S. dates on the band's E.N.D. World Tour. Promoted by Concerts West/AEG Live, the tour's 2010 schedule kicked off in Atlanta at Philips Arena on Feb. 4,…

  14. Ringo Starr Honored With Walk of Fame Star

    February 09, 2010 5:55 AM EST A star for former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday evening during a whimsical ceremony that also marked the 50th anniversary of the sidewalk attraction's groundbreaking. Starr's name was the 2,401st to be unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of…

  15. Ask Billboard: ''Taking Peaks," Nos. 100-1

    January 29, 2010 4:35 PM EST 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. TALKING PEAKS, 100 TO 1 Gary, Bravo! Well done! Every week this month I have…

  16. Hot Tours: Beyoncé, George Lopez, Lady Gaga

    January 28, 2010 10:21 AM EST Beyoncé capped off her 2009 world tour schedule with shows in the U.K. and Ireland in November, grossing more than $17 million from 10 performances. Recently reported by promoter AEG Live, the November box office totals place the R&B star at No. 1 on our latest Hot Tours rankings. The U.K…

  17. Country Music Hitmaker Carl Smith Dies At 82

    January 21, 2010 6:05 PM EST Seminal '50s honky tonk stylist and Country Music Hall of Fame member Carl Smith , 82, died Saturday (Jan. 16) at his home near Nashville in Franklin, Tenn. The specific cause of death was not made public. Smith was widely regarded as one of the most important and successful country…

  18. Taking Peaks, Part 3: Nos. 50-26

    January 19, 2010 1:55 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  19. Jaheim's 'Without You' Single Climbs R&B/Hip-Hop Chart

    January 08, 2010 4:20 PM EST One of the more refreshing songs climbing Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart is Jaheim 's "Ain't Leaving Without You." It's the lead single from the singer's Feb. 9 Divine Mill/Atlantic album, "Another Round." Like Charlie Wilson 's…

  20. Springsteen, Wonder Celebrate Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

    October 30, 2009 10:45 AM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors music's most treasured acts, but this time it was the hall's turn to be feted. Bruce Springsteen , Billy Joel , Stevie Wonder and more celebrated the hall's 25th birthday with a concert that included all-star collaborations, spellbinding…

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