Adele's big night at the Grammys doesn't set any new records, but it does enroll the British singer in an elite club of triple-crown winners for the Recording Academy's top three awards, and artists who have dominated the show with six or more statuettes in a single evening -- and it ties her with Beyonce for most wins in a single night by a female artist.
Melodifestivalen, the local Swedish competition to select the country’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, is getting an American injection. Arkansas-born Randy Goodrum is the second American to ever enter the competition and if his song, co-written by Swedish songwriters Niclas Lundin and Maria Marcus, should win, he could end up in European spotlight.
During the week of Feb. 6 in Billboard History: The day the music died: when a plane carrying Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Big Bopper tragically crashed, the show went on -- for which Bobby Vee was grateful. Also, Motown goes country, jazz and Pat Boone; and "High School Musical" has "Glee"-like numbers pre-"Glee."
“Soul Train” creator Don Cornelius, who died early today of an apparent suicide at age 75, spoke with Billboard many times over the last 40 years. Here is a look at some highlights from those interviews.
Guess which of these things happened during the week of January 30 in Billboard history: A) Newcomer named Britney Spears in 1999 debuts atop both the album and singles charts. B) The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie," a 1964 hit song with lyrics that are all but indecipherable, is called "pornographic" by the Governor of Indiana. C) Manufacturers and merchandisers have a "brilliant" idea: the CD longbox. D) All of the above...
This Week in Billboard History: In 1960 radio programmers resistant to "raucous" sounds of rock and roll change their formats to "sweeter, swinging sounds." Also, the first album comes out of the closet in 1978; Stevie Wonder releases "Happy Birthday" for Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday in 1982.