1. Billboard Bits: Alicia Keys to Honor George Harrison, Pitchfork Fest Comes to NYC

    October 12, 2011 5:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Alicia Keys' Charity to Honor George Harrison Alicia Keys' charity will pay tribute to late Beatle guitarist George Harrison with a star-studded concert in New ...

  2. Grading 'Glee': Has the Series' Music Peaked on Billboard Charts?

    September 30, 2011 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 The return of "Glee" to the small screen naturally brings the return of the "Glee" cast to the Billboard Hot 100 , as well as an extension of the troupe's record for most entries in the chart's history. The Fox ensemble ...

  3. Rihanna Roars Onto Hot 100 as LMFAO Get 'Sexy' in Top 10

    September 28, 2011 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 While Maroon 5 's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera , spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , Rihanna and LMFAO make strong cases for future chart domination with their latest singles. Rihanna charges ...

  4. Wonder Girls Voted Best Mashup Monday of 2011: Poll Results

    September 26, 2011 11:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 Last week, when we posted Parachute's take on Keri Hilson's "Pretty Girl Rock" -- the last Mashup Monday of the season -- we also posed the question, "What is the single best cover of 2011?" Among the eight amazing mont ...

  5. iHeartRadio Red Carpet Video: Jane's Addiction, Joe Jonas, Karmin and more

    September 24, 2011 2:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 iHeartRadio Music Festival, Clear Channel's two-night pop extravaganza, got off to a rousing start on Friday night (Sept. 23) with performances by Jay-Z , Coldplay , Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars , among others. The red carpet at the MGM Grand in ...

  6. iHeartRadio Fest Friday: Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Coldplay Bring the Heat to Vegas

    September 24, 2011 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Black Eyed Peas ' will.i.am said he would work with Bruno Mars , Jane's Addiction and Coldplay performed new singles and Dr. Dre caused the biggest hubbub in the audience when he and Jimmy Iovine took their seats to catch Jay-Z 's ...

  7. Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera's 'Jagger' Atop Hot 100 For Third Week

    September 21, 2011 4:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 As previously reported , the Billboard Hot 100's splashiest headline this week comes courtesy of Tony Bennett , who becomes the oldest living artist ever to appear on the tally. His duet with Amy Winehouse , "Body and Soul," enters th ...

  8. Swizz Beatz Settles Child Support Deal: Report

    September 19, 2011 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Swizz Beatz has settled a child support deal with UK based singer Zhanna " Jah'Na Sebastian " Andrianova, who he fathered a child with in 2008, according to the NY Post . Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, accompanied by his wife, ...

  9. Is Adele's 'Someone Like You' The First No. 1 Piano-And-Vocal-Only Ballad?

    September 13, 2011 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 H ello Gary! I was amazed (and very, very happy) that Adele 's wonderful and mesmerizing ballad "Someone Like You" has made it all the way to the top of the Hot 100 , helped by her incredible performance at the MTV Video Music Awards ...

  10. Fashion Week: Nicki Minaj's Gigantic Hair Bow, Plus Alicia Keys and Courtney Love at Alexander Wang

    September 11, 2011 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 As the sun set on day three of NYFW, a trio of very specific trends have emerged that can be summed up in, yes, three words: bold, soft, and neon. Even though we are only a few days into fashion week, these three trends are taking a strong and power ...

  11. Emeli Sande Trades Medicine for Music; Lands No. 2 U.K. Single, Twitter Praise From Alicia Keys

    September 01, 2011 10:21 AM EDT Slightly more than two years ago Emeli Sandé was nearing the end of an intensive six-year degree program in medicine at Scotland's Glasgow University, specializing in clinical neuroscience. Now the Scottish-born singer is lighting up the U. ...

  12. Jay-Z and Kanye West To Perform at VMAs: Report

    August 28, 2011 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 For those looking for another marquee performance to join Lady Gaga , Adele , Lil Wayne and more at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards tonight (Aug. 28), look no further than The Throne. Jay-Z and Kanye West , the co-creators of the nation's No. 1 ...

  13. Motown Legend Nick Ashford Dies at 70

    August 22, 2011 9:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publici ...

  14. Swizz Beatz Talks 'Haute Living' at Billboard Summer Blowout: Video

    August 18, 2011 11:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper/producer Swizz Beatz pumped up the crowd at Billboard's Summer Blowout concert last Thursday (Aug. 11) by showcasing production highlights like T.I. 's "Bring Em Out," Jay-Z 's "On To the Next One" and DMX & ...

  15. Jay-Z Joins iHeartRadio Music Festival

    August 16, 2011 9:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jay-Z has been added to the lineup of Clear Channel's inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The rapper will perform solo, without Kanye West , his collaborator on their new album, "Watch the Throne." He will c ...

  16. LMFAO Keeps Katy Perry At Bay Atop Hot 100

    August 10, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 LMFAO is loving life atop the Billboard Hot 100 as "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, will continue to blare from the No. 1 slot on the ranking set to be unveiled tomorrow (Aug. 11). On Digital Songs, "Party R ...

  17. Exclusive: Peter Edge and Tom Corson Talk RCA Music Group's Future

    August 10, 2011 8:00 AM EDT With the appointment of veteran A&R executive Peter Edge as CEO of RCA Music Group , Sony Music Entertainment's leadership team under new chairman/CEO Doug Morris is coming into greater focus. Edge, who was previously president of A&R ...

  18. Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz Team Up for 'International Party' Video

    August 02, 2011 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-hop husband and wife duo Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz have teamed up in a laser-filled video for club banger "International Party," filmed for Reebok Classics' 2011 "Reethym of Lite" campaign. Watch below, as the star cou ...

  19. Lady Gaga, Coldplay Help iHeartRadio Fest Sell Out in Under 10 Minutes

    July 18, 2011 3:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 A sold out music festival is a feat in itself; but to sell out in just 10 minutes is a feat the first ever iHeartRadio Music Festival can boast. The two-day concert, taking place in Las Vegas on Sept. 23 and 24, sold out within the first 10 minutes ...

  20. Alicia Keys Celebrates 'Songs in A Minor' 10th Anniversary with NYC Show

    July 01, 2011 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Yesterday (June 30), surrounded by candles, Alicia Keys took seat before her piano at New York's Beacon Theatre for a special performance, "Piano & I: A One Night Only Event with Alicia Keys." Alicia Keys to Toast 'Songs in A ...

  21. Alicia Keys To Help Produce Broadway Play

    June 28, 2011 8:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alicia Keys is following Jay-Z and Will Smith into the world of Broadway producers. Keys, whose hits include "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth," will help produce Lydia R. Diamond's play "Stick Fly" this fal ...

  22. Alicia Keys To Help Produce Broadway Play

    June 28, 2011 8:12 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Alicia Keys is following Jay-Z and Will Smith into the world of Broadway producers. Keys, whose hits include "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth," will help produce Lydia R. Diamond's play "Stick ...

  23. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 8:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilarious ...

  24. Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Mary Mary Honored at ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

    June 27, 2011 7:00 AM EDT This past weekend (June 24), Sean "Diddy" Combs received the prestigious Founders Award and Mary Mary garnered the Golden Note Award at ASCAP's 24th Annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel ...

  25. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance ind ...

  26. Billboard Bits: 'Yakety Yak' Singer Dies, 'Glee' Wants Springsteen

    June 13, 2011 5:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Yakety Yak' Singer of The Coasters Dies Carl Gardner, lead singer of '50s group the Coasters, passed away Sunday (June 12) in Port St. Lucie, Florida afte ...

  27. Four-Play: Soulja Boy Gets 'Conceited,' Alicia Keys Talks 'Songs in A Minor' & More

    June 09, 2011 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Soulja Boy gets "Conceited," Fabolous documents his first walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, Alicia Keys celebrates the 10th anniversary of "Songs in A Minor," and Far East Movement rock out with Beats by Dr. Dre. Check out four vira ...

  28. Madonna, Beyonce, Usher Highlight Oprah's Final Shows

    May 18, 2011 8:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 More than 20,000 people packed Chicago's United Center to watch the celebrity-packed live taping of Oprah Winfrey's second and third final shows. Before the show even started, a man proposed to his girlfriend on-stage -- who accepted as th ...

  29. Chris Brown Leads BET Awards Nominations

    May 18, 2011 8:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown performed an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson . It marked the beginning of a comeback for the embattled pop star. This year, Brown is the top contender at the award show with six nominations. Brown is up ...

  30. 'Women Who Rock' Exhibit Opens, Features Lady Gaga's Meat Dress

    May 13, 2011 8:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dubbed "the meat dress," Lady Gaga's provocative ensemble from the 2010 MTV VMAs went down in history almost instantaneously, sparking public discussion over how, exactly, one wears an outfit made of raw meat. Now, in a new exhibit op ...

  31. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, 'Glee' Cast, Aretha Franklin

    May 12, 2011 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 ALL ABOUT ADELE: As Adele spends a seventh week atop the Billboard 200 with her sophomore set "21," the album's lead single, "Rolling in the Deep," becomes the singer/songwriter's first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 . (As for ...

  32. EMI, Rico Love, 'Need You Now' Win Big at 2011 SESAC Awards -- Check Out Photos

    May 12, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Winning Smiles: President COO of SESAC Pat Collins, Award Winners Bryan-Michael Cox, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Rico Love and Swizz Beatz at the 2011 SESAC Awards (Photo: Johnny Nunez) NEW YORK - EMI Foray Music and songwriters Rico Love an ...

  33. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Beastie Boys, NKOTBSB

    April 14, 2011 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 POP AND HIP 'HOP': Astute Chart Beat reader Jonathan Gregas from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, sent the following e-mail earlier this week: "Dear Gary, Over the weekend, Katy Perry 's 'E.T.,' featuring Kanye West , was a ...

  34. Alicia Keys Celebrates 10th Anniversary of 'songs in A minor'

    April 12, 2011 7:38 PM EDT Time indeed flies: 10 years have passed since the release of Alicia Keys' multi-platinum debut album, "songs in A minor." To celebrate that milestone, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer is releasing Deluxe and Colle ...

  35. Alicia Keys to Toast 'Songs in A Minor' Anniversary with Deluxe Release, Concert

    April 12, 2011 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Time indeed flies: 10 years have passed since the release of Alicia Keys' multi-platinum debut album, "Songs in A Minor." To celebrate that milestone, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer will release deluxe and collect ...

  36. Jessie J Aims for Stadium Status with 'Who You Are'

    April 12, 2011 10:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's not often that one's music career becomes a matter of life and death. But for burgeoning U.K. singer/songwriter Jessie J , the limelight has bordered on harrowing. "We finished a tour stop in Bristol [England] last night and ther ...

  37. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Tommy Shaw

    March 31, 2011 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 ALL FOUR ONE: Thanks to a space-age love song, Katy Perry blasts into rarified chart air, as her "Teenage Dream" album becomes only the ninth set to generate four No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history. The collection' ...

  38. Drake to be Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    March 24, 2011 12:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Drake will be presented with the Hal David Starlight Award at the 42nd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thurs., June 16 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. "Drake shines as a talented songwriter with a unique vision,&qu ...

  39. Sneak Peek of Beyoncé and Alicia Keys 'Love Song' Video

    March 10, 2011 11:32 AM EST 0 0 0 A 43 second-long teaser for Alicia Keys and Beyoncé 's "Put it in a Love Song" video finally hit the net. The full clip was allegedly shot almost a year ago in Brazil, but for some unknown reason, it was shelved until now. The full ve ...

  40. Billboard Bits: Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records, MTV Denies Banning Kanye's 'Monster' Video

    March 07, 2011 6:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Gwyneth Paltrow In Talks With Atlantic Records Following her performance in "Country Strong" and guest appearances on "Glee," Gwyneth Paltrow is in ta ...

  41. The Power Of Love: Analyzing The Hot 100's 1,000 No. 1s

    February 23, 2011 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 How did I spend my long weekend, plus a(n unhealthy) portion of yesterday? Analyzing the subject matter of all 1,000 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, of course! I wondered if by dissecting the content of each leading song since the Hot 100's launch Au ...

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