1. 'Drift Away' Singer Dobie Gray Dies

    December 07, 2011 11:40 AM EST Soul-pop singer Dobie Gray , who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song "Drift Away," has died. The news came on the evening of Dec. 6 via his official website, although no cause of death was listed. He was 71 Born near Houston in 1940 to a family of sharecroppers, Gray, whose real…

  2. Anthony Hamilton Taps Babyface, Keri Hilson For 'Back To Love' Album

    December 05, 2011 3:30 PM EST "I don't always want to be known as the sad cat," Grammy Award-winning soul singer/songwriter Anthony Hamilton says with a laugh. Hamilton may be best-known for his hit ballads ("Charlene," "Can't Let Go") and powerful albums, typified by his 2003…

  3. Grammy Hall of Fame Adds Tina Turner, Paul Simon Hits

    November 21, 2011 3:15 PM EST Three of the biggest musical moments of the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen's album "Born in the U.S.A.," Paul Simon's "Graceland" and Tina Turner's single "What's Love Got to Do With It," are among the 25 recordings being inducted into the 2012…

  4. Shakira Honored as Latin Grammy Person of the Year

    November 10, 2011 1:25 PM EST Colombian superstar Shakira was feted Wednesday night by a wide of array of performers, including her father, at what may have been the best-attended Person of the Year event in the 12 years since the Latin Grammys kicked off. Shakira, decked in a long, Grecian-themed blue dress, arrived at…

  5. Madonna, Manager Respond to 'Give Me All Your Love' Single Leak

    November 09, 2011 1:20 PM EST In response to the leak of a demo of Madonna 's new single, "Give Me All Your Love," the diva says, "My true fans wouldn't do this." She said that to her manager, Guy Oseary, who took to his Twitter account ( @guyoseary ) today (Nov. 9) to address the leak.…

  6. Evanescence Nets Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 19, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Evanescence returns to the Billboard 200 chart, scoring its second No. 1 album, as its self-titled third set bows with 127,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The act, led by singer Amy Lee, last released an album in 2006, when "The Open Door" debuted at No. 1…

  7. Marc Anthony, Toby Keith, Drake, Coldplay Score Landmark No. 1s

    October 03, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Four superstar acts add impressive milestones to their already distinguished careers with new No. 1s on Nielsen BDS-based Billboard airplay charts this week. Marc Anthony Anthony collects his 20th No. 1 on Tropical Songs, as "Rain Over Me," on which he's featured, rises 4-1.…

  8. Johnnie Wright, Country Star & Kitty Wells' Husband, Dies at 97

    September 27, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Nashville lost one of its oldest links to Country Music's past with the passing of Johnnie Wright Tuesday morning (Sept. 27) at the age of 97. Wright, along with Jack Anglin, formed the duo Johnnie & Jack in 1939. The two created a unique sound that influenced many of Country Music&…

  9. Elvis Presley Movie Based on Bodyguard's Book Due in 2012

    September 06, 2011 8:25 AM EDT A documentary filmmaker is riding with the King. John Scheinfeld, who has chronicled the lives of John Lennon , Harry Nilsson and others in documentaries, will direct the first-ever feature film based on the life of Elvis Presley. RLF Victor Productions has brought in Scheinfeld to direct and…

  10. Reality Star Will Young Clocks Third No. 1 on U.K. Charts

    August 29, 2011 10:01 AM EDT Former reality show winners rule the new U.K. sales charts, in a double victory for Sony Music Entertainment. Original "Pop Idol" victor Will Young 's "Echoes" album (RCA/Sony) entered at No. 1 and his "Jealousy" single at No. 5, while 2009 "X Factor…

  11. The 30 Best Music Videos Ever: Poll Results

    August 01, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Three weeks ago, in anticipation of MTV's 30th birthday today (Aug. 1), we asked our readers to celebrate three decades of music television by voting on the best videos of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, each week in a separate poll. Now, we are proud to present the top ten of each decade,…

  12. Who Won the Billboard Chart Battle: 'Idol' or 'The Voice'?

    July 07, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Which TV reality singing competition made a bigger impact with music consumers this season, Fox's venerable "American Idol" or NBC's upstart "The Voice"? Let's look at the numbers logged by both "Idol" contestants and judges and "Voice"…

  13. Arcade Fire & the Weeknd Lead Polaris Prize Nominees, Founder Comments on Picks

    July 07, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Yesterday (July 6), the short list of nominees for the coveted Polaris Music Prize, an award that honors the best album of the year made by a Canadian artist, were officially announced. The list of albums includes Destroyer's acclaimed "Kaputt," Arcade Fire's grammy…

  14. LMFAO Brings the 'Party' to Top of Hot 100

    July 06, 2011 12:55 PM EDT LMFAO leaps to its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (July 7) on Billboard.com, as "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, lifts 3-1 with Digital Gainer honors. Original songs and covers by contestants from NBC's "The Voice…

  15. Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A word that captures Jill Scott's vibe of late? "Free." "That's the word I've been using," Scott says with a laugh. She's calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her new album, "The Light of the Sun."…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Beyonce

    June 02, 2011 6:45 PM EDT THE START OF SOMETHING 'BIG': After a one-year break, the annual "American Idol" coronation single returns to the Billboard Hot 100 's top 15. Newly-crowned "Idol" champion Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" blasts in at No. 11, making…

  17. Ask Billboard: Can A Ballad Still Top The Hot 100?

    May 27, 2011 4:05 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. CAN A BALLAD…

  18. Lady Gaga's 'Born' and Brad Paisley's 'Country': The Fans Weigh In

    May 27, 2011 1:30 PM EDT When Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and Brad Paisley's "This Is Country" albums hit stores this week, Billboard.com offered our Twitter-length track-by-track reviews of each album, then we asked fans of the pop and country megastars to send us their own 140…

  19. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 20, 2011 3:05 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. READERS'…

  20. Bela Fleck Reunites Original Flecktones for 'Rocket Sciences'

    May 17, 2011 2:00 PM EDT B ela Fleck has put the band back together -- literally. "Rocket Science," which is out today (May 17), marks the first recording by the original Flecktones lineup -- with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy rejoining Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten and percussionist Ray "…

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