1. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 1

    July 01, 2011 2:05 PM EDT 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. PEN PALS: READERS…

  2. Neil Young Looks Back on 'Treasure,' Aims for 'Archives 2' Release in 2012

    June 14, 2011 9:30 AM EDT Neil Young says that his latest archival album, "A Treasure," will be the first of many similar projects that will use unauthorized video material to enhance and flesh out the music that's on those releases. "Anything that anybody puts out there is fair game for me,"…

  3. Brian Wilson, The Roots, Chaka Khan Get Jazzy For Inaugural Blue Note Fest

    June 08, 2011 8:00 AM EDT With an already fantastic start featuring performances from Bobby McFerrin , George Porter Jr . and more, the first annual Blue Note Jazz Festival will continue with its wide-ranging lineup at NYC clubs through June 30. In addition to collaborating with an array of venues to showcase acts…

  4. Billboard Bits: 'Glee' Extra Fired For Tweeting Spoilers, Chiddy To Attempt Nine-Hour Rap

    April 21, 2011 4:42 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Glee' Extra Fired For Tweeting Spoilers Nicole Crowther, who has appeared frequently as an extra on " Glee ," was recently fired from the show for revealing Glee's own William McKinley…

  5. Madonna, Jennifer Lopez On 'Every Mother Counts' Documentary Soundtrack

    March 11, 2011 10:55 AM EST Starbucks will release a companion CD to Christy Turlington Burns' documentary "No Woman No Cry" that will include music from Rosanne Cash , the Dixie Chicks , Jennifer Lopez , Madonna , Sinead O'Connor , Gwyneth Paltrow and others. The "Every Mother Counts" CD…

  6. Teddy Thompson, "Bella"

    March 03, 2011 5:45 PM EST British singer/songwriter Teddy Thompson certainly has a strong musical pedigree. The son of folk-rock musicians Richard and Linda Thompson, Teddy hasn't gained much chart success in the United States, but his work has drawn positive reviews and he's collaborated with such respected…

  7. Rufus Wainwright to Perform 'Songs for Lulu,' Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall

    September 14, 2010 1:05 PM EDT Rufus Wainwright has a penchant for on-stage theatrics, ranging from operatic productions to Judy Garland tributes and everything in between. It was announced today (Sept. 14) that the singer-songwriter will combine two of his most distinct performances in one Carnegie Hall concert on…

  8. Usher Falls In Love Again On New Track

    August 25, 2010 5:07 PM EDT Usher has got fans falling in love with his dance moves again. Video: Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love Again" The "OMG" singer is all smooth moves and pop-n-lock routines as he glides through a mansion-turned-dance-club in the video for his most recent single, …

  9. Rufus Wainwright Silences Audience On Late Night Show

    August 25, 2010 1:07 PM EDT Rufus Wainwright hit Chelsea Lately last night and explained why he asks his audience to remain quite during a portion of his set while on tour. Video: Rufus Wainwright on Chelsea Lately "I sing my new album in its entirety as a song cycle and because I can," he said with a giggle…

  10. Fantasia Performs First Show Post-Overdose

    August 23, 2010 11:04 AM EDT Fantasia Barrino isn't letting a bit of bad press keep her down. Video: Fantasia's first post-suicide performance A week after being hospitalized for an aspirin overdose, the season 3 "American Idol" champ made her first public performance at Charlotte Bobcats' Tyrus…

  11. Jay-Z 'Empire' Spoof Pulled From YouTube

    August 11, 2010 7:39 AM EDT An Internet spoof version of "Empire State of Mind" that relocates the song to the South Wales city of Newport has been pulled from YouTube. The video and reworked version of the song, "Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind)," has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times…

  12. 'Glee' Gets Funky with Beck, Marky Mark, James Brown

    June 02, 2010 5:41 PM EDT "Glee" got funky Tuesday night with covers of Parliament's "Give Up the Funk" and Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good," but it was the head-scratching Beck and Marky Mark numbers and a borderline jump-the-shark teen pregnancy ballad that…

  13. Rufus Wainwright, "All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu"

    May 07, 2010 1:15 PM EDT Less than a year after the premiere of his first opera, "Prima Donna," Rufus Wainwright embarks on a simpler musical journey with his sixth studio album, "All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu." With nine original songs and three adaptations of Shakespearean sonnets,…

  14. Florence And The Machine Leads Mojo Nominations

    May 05, 2010 8:03 AM EDT London act Florence and the Machine has four Mojo music award nominations, ahead of rockers Kasabian who have three and Arctic Monkeys and Richard Hawley who both have two. The U.K. awards, organized by Mojo magazine, are decided by readers voting online. The winners will be announced on June…

  15. Rufus Wainwright Has Future In Shakespeare

    April 05, 2010 5:00 PM EDT Those three Shakespearian sonnets featured on Rufus Wainwright 's new album, "All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu," will not be the end of his interest in the bard's musical poems. Wainwright tells Billboard.com that he's writing a song cycle featuring five of the…

  16. Taking Peaks, Part 4: Nos. 25-1

    January 26, 2010 2:35 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…

  17. Ke$ha's Time Isn't Up on Hot 100; Train Rolls Into Top 10

    January 21, 2010 11:00 AM EST K e$ha 's "TiK ToK" tacks on a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 and moves into the pole position of Radio Songs (2-1), claiming the No. 1 spot with 119.7 million listener impressions. The title also maintains its perch atop Digital Songs, shifting 244,000 downloads (down 4…

  18. Canadian Folk Singer Kate McGarrigle Dies At 63

    January 19, 2010 11:56 AM EST Canadian folk singer and songwriter Kate McGarrigle , best known for performing with her sister Anna, has died of cancer. She was 63. McGarrigle's brother-in-law, Dane Lanken, said the singer died at her Montreal home Monday night surrounded by her sisters, Jane and Anna, and her…

  19. Neil Young Tribute Set For Vancouver Winter Olympics

    December 02, 2009 12:02 PM EST Members of Broken Social Scene , Iron & Wine , Sun Kil Moon , Ron Sexsmith and Joan As Police Woman are among the artists confirmed to appear at a concert celebrating the music of Neil Young as part of the upcoming Vancouver Winter Olympics. The event will be held Feb. 18 at the city'…

  20. Shirley Bassey Returns With 'The Performance'

    November 03, 2009 3:10 PM EST One of Britain's most beloved entertainers, with global career sales estimated at 135 million by her label, Shirley Bassey hardly needs to make albums anymore. But on November 9 in the United Kingdom, Geffen/Universal will release "The Performance," produced by James Bond…

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