American songs

  1. Prince Royce Sued by Top Stop for Breach of Contract

    September 18, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Rising bachata star Prince Royce, the most successful new Latin act in recent years, has been sued for breach of contract and unjust enrichment by his label and publishing company, indie Top Stop Music and Top Stop Music Publishing. The complaint, ...

  2. Chart Moves: 'Magic Mike' Spurs Sales Gain for Ginuwine's 'Pony,' 'Top Gun' Soundtrack Returns

    July 13, 2012 4:50 PM EDT On the Billboard 200 this past week, Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 album , as "Fortune" opened atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. In other news, Amazon MP3 stirred up some crazy moves, thanks to sale p ...

  3. This Week in Billboard History: Frank Sinatra's 'Mysterious' Record Label; Live Aid's Bootlegging Scourge

    December 06, 2011 9:30 AM EST Frank Sinatra at a recording studio with coffee and cigarette. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty ) 1960: Let's Call the Whole Thing...hmmm? Billboard revealed that the debut of a new label founded by Frank Sinatra was just two months away, though ...

  4. Backbeat: Bill Withers Talks 'Just As I Am,' Calls A&R 'Antagonism & Redundant' @ Grammy Museum

    November 29, 2011 6:45 AM EST Chilling prior to the Q&A are, from left, Universal Music Publishing Group/North America president Evan Lamberg, Universal Music Group Worldwide president/COO Zach Horowitz, Bill Withers, industry veteran Clarence Avant, and Kori Withers. UMPG ...

  5. Obituary: Nick Ashford, 1941-2011

    September 01, 2011 7:44 AM EDT With wife Valerie Simpson, the songwriter/producer/vocalist elevated the art of the duet. As tributes poured in following the Aug. 22 death of singer/songwriter Nick Ashford, the word "legend" was frequently invoked. It's a fittin ...

  6. Nick Ashford's Chart Legacy: From Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye to Method Man and Jessica Simpson

    August 24, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Within hours of the passing of songwriting legend Jerry Leiber, another of the rock era's most successful songwriters, Nickolas Ashford, died in New York City. Known worldwide as the composing partner and husband of Valerie Simpson, Ashford a ...

  7. Otis Redding Makes Record-Setting Return to Charts After 41 Years

    July 29, 2011 12:28 PM EDT Otis Redding sets the mark for the longest span between entries on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and halts the second-longest hiatus from the Billboard Hot 100, as Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Otis," on which the late ...

  8. Exclusive: Sam Cooke Biopic Moving Forward -- Screenwriters Complete Script

    March 14, 2011 7:19 PM EDT Start singing "Ain't That Good News": A Sam Cooke biopic has taken a significant step toward becoming a reality. The screenwriters behind the all-Beatles musical "Across the Universe" have finished their adaptation of Pete ...

  9. Songwriters Hall of Fame to Induct Allen Toussaint, John Bettis, Garth Brooks Leon Russell, Steinberg & Kelly

    February 22, 2011 5:00 PM EST The Songwriters Hall of Fame will induct John Bettis, Garth Brooks, Leon Russell, Billy Steinberg & Tom Kelly and Allen Toussaint at the organization's 42nd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner, to be held June 16th at the Marriott Marquis ...

  10. Web Trends: Kristy Lee Cook, Biggie Smalls, Newport Folk Fest and more

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4pm) 3. Kristy Lee Cook The former American Idol songstress has a reality TV show called “Kristy Lee Cook Goin’ Country” on Versus that follows her hunting trips. 9. T.I. and Tiny’s wedding T.I. married Tameka “Tiny” Cottle on ...

  11. Elton John Teams With Leon Russell For 'Mature' New Album

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Elton John says his forthcoming collaboration with legendary singer, songwriter and sideman Leon Russell marks a new chapter in his recording career, saying: "I don't have to make pop records any more." Speaking at the launch of the ...

  12. R. Kelly To Release 'Untitled' Album In December

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly will be releasing his tenth studio album, "Untitled," on Dec. 1 via Jive Records. First single, "Number One," featuring Keri Hilson, reached No. 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song chart and No. 68 on the Hot 100. " ...

  13. ABKCO Taps Firm For Digital Print Deal

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST ABKCO Music, Inc., a leading independent music publisher based in New York, has tapped Alfred Publishing to be exclusive licensing agent for its physical and digital print rights for the ABKCO catalog. ABKCO's catalog includes songs composed ...

  14. Wayne Brady Tunes Up the Music

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There's one thing Emmy-winning entertainer Wayne Brady wants people to know about his debut album, "A Long Time Coming" (Peak Records/Concord Music Group, Sept. 16). It's not a vanity project. "This isn't like [comedi ...

  15. SHOF Honors 'Take Me Out'

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) will be honoring "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" with the towering song award at this year's gala. The award is presented each year to the creators of an individual song that has influenced America ...

  16. Digital Briefs: Verizon, Madonna, IDJ

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Verizon hopes to bring more innovation to mobile music through its Producer in Residence program, currently featuring Timbaland. He's produced new edits of Madonna's "4 Minutes" and currently is working with Keri Hilson. Read ...

  17. Diamond Set For North American Summer Tour

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Diamond will begin a 37-city North American tour, promoted nationally by AEG Live, on July 19 in St. Paul, Minn. Tickets go on sale in some markets beginning April 28, preceded by an American Express presale. Last Tuesday, Diamond announced h ...

  18. Review: R. Kelly Holds Nothing Back on ‘Double Up’

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R. Kelly: “Double Up” Producers: various Jive/Zomba Release Date: May 29 Aside from radio-pumped singles "I'm a Flirt Remix" and "Same Girl," it's a very sexually explicit R. Kelly who greets fans on this outing. Open ...

  19. ON THE ROAD: DIXIE CHICKS TOUR STILL ROLLING

    September 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Tales of the death of the Dixie Chicks tour have been greatly exaggerated. The numbers aren't in the ballpark of the trio's 2003 tour—which grossed more than $62 million (tops for country that year) Tales of the death of the Dixie Chicks ...

  20. Songwriter Ritchie Cordell Dies, 61

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Wrote 'Mony Mony,' 'I Think We're Alone Now.' Wrote 'Mony Mony,' 'I Think We're Alone Now.' News ...

  21. Songwriter Ritchie Cordell Dies, 61

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter and producer Ritchie Cordell died in New York of pancreatic cancer on April 13. He was 61. Songwriter and producer Ritchie Cordell died in New York of pancreatic cancer on April 13. He was 61. Born Richard Joel Rosenblatt, Cordell autho ...