1. Ray Collins of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention Dies

    December 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Ray Collins, a singer who co-founded the Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa but left when "too much comedy" started appearing in the band's songs, died on Monday at a California hospital. He was 75. The Claremont, Calif. resident h ...

  2. Mariah Carey Tops First 2012 Holiday Songs Chart

    November 29, 2012 5:11 PM EST With Black Friday behind us, the Holiday Songs chart makes its annual return to Billboard.biz. Like the Billboard Hot 100, but solely for yuletide tracks (of all eras), the 50-position-deep Holiday Songs-chart ranks the most popular seasonal songs ...

  3. Mariah Carey-Led Holiday Songs Chart Returns

    November 29, 2012 3:40 PM EST 0 0 0 'Tis the season for Billboard to resume charting the most popular holiday songs. As the weather outside gets frightful (or at least the lines at the mall…), the Holiday Songs chart makes its annual return to Billboard.com. Like the Billboard Ho ...

  4. Kem Releasing 'Sensuous' Christmas Album

    August 24, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Meanwhile, R&B star says he's one song away from wrapping up his fourth studio album Kem has a holiday album planned for the fall, and may have another present for his fans in 2013. The Detroit R&B singer will release "What Christm ...

  5. Bob Seger 'Sifting Through' 70 Songs for New Album

    June 13, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Singer Is Honored By His 'Heartening' Songwriters Hall of Fame Nod With a Songwriters Hall of Fame induction looming, Bob Seger plans to come up with more new songs as he continues to make progress on his next album. "I've go ...

  6. Accolades For Al

    June 06, 2012 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 For this special feature celebrating the accomplishments of multiple Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt, many of his renowned colleagues provided recollections and praise. Tommy LiPuma Tommy LiPuma and Al Schmitt are one of the dream te ...

  7. Jay-Z, Beyonce, U2, Lady Gaga Rank on Billboard Power 100 List

    January 27, 2012 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell Also Impact List You may not know Irving Azoff by face, or even by name, but rest assured that the chairman of Live Nation ­-- the world's largest promoter, ticketing company and artist manage ...

  8. Billboard Power 100: Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter and Beyonce Knowles

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 13 Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter & Beyoncé Knowles Artists, Founders Roc Nation; House of Dereon Twitter: @S_C and @beyonce The Power of Love... Want to talk power? Less than a week after her birth, Jay-Z and Beyonce's daughter, Blue ...

  9. Etta James, Soul Icon, Dies at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Etta James , the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera , is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Hono ...

  10. Etta James Dead at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:39 AM EST Etta James, the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera, is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Jame ...

  11. Billboard Celebrates Season With Holiday Songs Chart

    December 01, 2011 1:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard this week launches its first-ever Hot 100-style ranking of seasonal favorites with the launch of the Holiday Songs chart. Like the Hot 100, the survey ranks tracks based on a formula blending airplay, download sales and streaming data as t ...

  12. Bob Seger Mulls Fall Tour, Retiring from the Road

    May 26, 2011 3:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 As his tour enters its final weekend, Bob Seger is talking about returning in the fall -- and also about retiring for good. Because "there are so many places we didn't play" on the current 27-date run that began March 26 in Toledo, Se ...

  13. Song Premiere: Keri Hilson, "Toy Soldier"

    December 13, 2010 2:23 PM EST 0 0 0 Keri Hilson 's sophomore album, "No Boys Allowed," will be available on Dec. 21 and in anticipation of the release the R&B songstress has given The Juice readers an exclusive first listen to the track "Toy Soldier." List ...

  14. Cheryl Cole Rains On Rihanna's Chart Parade

    November 01, 2010 8:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 C heryl Cole scored her second solo U.K. No. 1 single with "Promise This" (Polydor/Universal) to hold Rihanna 's "Only Girl (In The World)" (Def Jam/Universal) to a runner-up debut. Kings of Leon 's "Come Around Su ...

  15. Chart Beat Thursday: Bon Jovi, Jay-Z, Bad Lieutenant

    November 19, 2009 2:51 PM EST 0 0 0 BORN TO LEAD, NOT FOLLOW: Bon Jovi collects its fourth No. 1 and 10th top 10 on the Billboard 200, as "The Circle" rolls in at the summit. The set also starts atop Rock Albums and Digital Albums. With its last Billboard 200 entry, "Lo ...

  16. Cheryl Cole Owns U.K. Singles, Albums Charts

    November 02, 2009 10:39 AM EST 0 0 0 C heryl Cole joined the select band of solo female artists to achieve simultaneous U.K. No. 1 singles and albums yesterday. The Girls Aloud member and "X Factor" judge's debut solo album "3 Words" (Fascination/Polydor/Univer ...

  17. Chart Beat: Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses chart action from Capitol Records, Cyndi Lauper, Sergio Mendes, Emmylou Harris and more! THE STATE OF CAPITOL: The stars have aligned for the Hollywood-and-Vine label. With Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" moving up one rung f ...

  18. Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson Dies At 82

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Oscar Peterson, whose early talent, speedy fingers and musical genius made him one of the world's best known jazz pianists, has died. He was 82. Peterson died yesterday (Dec. 23) at his home in the To Oscar Peterson, whose early talent, speedy ...

  19. Seger Not Extending Tour Into Summer

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Don't sit around waiting for those rumored Bob Seger summer tour dates, because they're not going to happen, according to the Ramblin' Gamblin' Man himself. Don't sit around waiting for those rumored Bob Seger summer tour da ...

  20. Chrisette Michele

    January 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 It was after church on a Sunday, and Chrisette Michele had God and hip-hop on her mind. The 23-year-old Long Islander was on her way to a studio to write and record the hook for "Lost One," the first It was after church on a Sunday, and Ch ...

  21. CHART BEAT

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Mariah Carey, Gretchen Wilson, Bellamy Brothers, Josh Gracin, Babyface, Natasha Bedingfield, Sugarland, the Rolling Stones and more. DOUBLE DIGITS: Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" ...

  22. CHART BEAT CHAT

    February 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred Bronson chats about single-letter song titles, Nat King Cole, Anne Murray and Rascal Flatts. NOT THE THEME TO A CIRQUE DE SOLEIL SHOW Dear Fred, Doesn't "O" by Omarion become the first one-letter title to reach the Hot 100? " ...

  23. CHART BEAT CHAT

    November 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred Bronson discusses parents and children on the charts, No. 1 singles and song remakes with readers. FATHER AND SON Fred: With the debut of "Bridging the Gap" by Nas featuring Olu Dara on the Hot 100, the chart is once again experiencin ...

  24. Exodus

    December 20, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Riding the crest of the boy-band phenomenon, Plus One debuted in 2000 with "The Promise," quickly becoming Christian music's best-selling new act as well as the 2001 Dove Award winner for new artist o Riding the crest of the boy-band ...

  25. Diana Krall's 'Look Of Love'

    September 17, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Diana Krall, revered by critics and consumers alike as one of today's preeminent jazz singers, returns Sept. 18 with "The Look of Love" -- a Verve release that strives to broaden her creative palette Diana Krall, revered by critics an ...

  26. 5th Dimension Singer Townson Dies

    August 03, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ron Townson, centerpiece singer for the Grammy-winning pop group the 5th Dimension, died yesterday (Aug. 2) at his home in Las Vegas. He was 68. The singer suffered renal failure as a result of a four Ron Townson, centerpiece singer for the Grammy-w ...

  27. Hot Product

    April 16, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Previewing upcoming albums from the Billboard 2001 Latin Music Awards, Angie Martinez, David Gray, MJ Cole, Brooks & Dunn, and more. Hot Latin Sounds Christina Aguilera, Christian Castro, Luis Miguel, Carlos Vives, Son By Four, and Paulina Rubio ...