1. Rewinding The Charts: USA For Africa's 'We Are The World' Tops Hot 100

    April 13, 2014 8:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 On this date 29 years ago, the all-star ensemble hit No. 1 - and helped launch a legacy of philanthropy On Dec. 20, 1984, Harry Belafonte placed a call to nonprofit consultant/music manager Ken Kragen in hopes of staging a concert to raise funds to ...

  2. Rewinding The Charts: Billboard 200 Launches, With Harry Belafonte At No. 1

    March 24, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On this date 58 years ago, the country's premier albums chart arrived as a weekly Billboard fixture On March 24, 1956, the legendary Harry Belafonte crowned Billboard's first weekly albums chart – then billed Best Selling Pop Albums in B ...

  3. Harry Belafonte Receives Honorary Doctorate From Berklee

    March 07, 2014 2:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Boston's Berklee College of Music has presented an honorary doctor of music degree to singer, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte. The entertainer was honored Thursday night during a concert in his honor. He playfully stuck out his tongue u ...

  4. Carnival Records Founder Joe Evans Dies

    January 23, 2014 3:07 AM EST Joe Evans, well-respected musician and founder of Carnival Records, died on Jan. 17 in Richmond, Virginia of undisclosed causes. He was 97 years old.  Evans established Carnival in 1961. Affiliated with more than 30 solo artists and groups, the la ...

  5. Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock Receive Kennedy Center Honors: Watch

    December 08, 2013 11:29 PM EST 0 0 0 The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," "Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday fo ...

  6. Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock Receive Kennedy Center Honors: Watch

    December 08, 2013 11:29 PM EST The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," "Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday ...

  7. Harry Belafonte Sues Martin Luther King Jr. Estate

    October 16, 2013 2:57 AM EDT Harry Belafonte sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Tuesday over the fate of three documents he tried to sell at auction. The lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration Belafonte is the rightful o ...

  8. Harry Belafonte Sues Martin Luther King Jr. Estate

    October 16, 2013 2:57 AM EDT Harry Belafonte sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Tuesday over the fate of three documents he tried to sell at auction. The lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration Belafonte is the rightful ...

  9. Aretha Franklin Not Attending Baseball Luncheon Due to Health Issues

    August 20, 2013 12:44 AM EDT Aretha Franklin will not be attending a baseball luncheon during which she was to receive a "Beacon" award for embodying the spirit of the civil rights movement, The Associated Press has learned. Franklin, 71, has already canceled severa ...

  10. Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

    November 30, 2012 10:02 AM EST As fans worldwidehe 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson's landmark album "Thriller," Billboard celebrates the late King of Pop's musical legacy. Chart Beat looks back at the astonishing dominance Jackson enjoyed ...

  11. Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

    November 30, 2012 9:05 AM EST 0 0 0 On the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Thriller,' a look back at the late King of Pop's most memorable chart reigns. • EXCLUSIVE: How 'Thriller' Changed Music • REVIEW: 'Thriller' At 30, Track By Track • GALLER ...

  12. Latin Recording Academy Honoring Luz Casal and Rita Moreno, Among Others

    September 13, 2012 6:15 PM EDT The Latin Recording Academy is honoring several artists from around the globe, including Spanish singer/songwriter Luz Casal, Argentinian crooner Leo Dan, Puerto Rican-born Rita Moreno and Brazil's Milton Nascimento during a November ceremony ...

  13. The Beat 8/20: JoBros Reunite, Beyonce Debuts 'I Was Here,' 'Hot Cheetos and Takis' Goes Viral

    The Beat 8/20: JoBros Reunite, Beyonce Debuts 'I Was Here,' 'Hot Cheetos and Takis' Goes Viral

    August 20, 2012 4:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Beat 8/20: Beyonce Debuts 'I Was Here,' JoBros Reunite, 'Hot Cheetos and Takis' Goes Viral jonathan brooks , Jay-z , Jonas Brothers , Billboard , PUSSY RIOT , beyonce , Harry Belafonte , Y.N.RichKids , The O'Jays , Hot C ...

  14. Yomo Toro, King of the Cuatro, Dead at 78.

    July 02, 2012 5:19 PM EDT Master of the cuatro, the guitar with five pairs of strings often called the national instrument of Puerto Rico, Yomo Toro brought traditional acoustic rhythms to the mainstream of popular Latin music and beyond. Toro, who died Saturday (June 30) ...

  15. Adele's '21' Hits 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 13, 2012 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 What does Adele 's "21" album now have in common with the soundtracks to "Purple Rain" and "Saturday Night Fever?" As of this week, "21" equals the two soundtracks' 24-week runs at No. 1, as Adele� ...

  16. Adele's '21' Hits 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    June 13, 2012 11:14 AM EDT What does Adele's 21 album now have in common with the soundtracks to Purple Rain and Saturday Night Fever ? As of this week, 21 equals the two soundtracks' 24-week runs at No. 1, as Adele's smash set returns to the top of the Billb ...

  17. A Song To Woody, And Others

    June 06, 2012 3:55 PM EDT 0 0 Here is a look at the honorees who will be recognized at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame gala on June 14 in New York.Woody Guthrie: Pioneer Award When two of America's greatest songwriters, Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen, gathered in ...

  18. Jamaica's Reggae Film Festival Tells Island's Rich Music Story

    May 10, 2012 7:30 AM EDT While it's unlikely any of the movies presented at the recently concluded 5th Annual Reggae Film Festival (RFF) will attract the widespread interest generated by director Kevin McDonald's "Marley" documentary, many are just as ...

  19. Adele's '21' Set for 21st Week at No. 1 With Sales of Half-Million or More

    February 16, 2012 5:35 PM EST Adele's "21" album is going to celebrate its first year on the Billboard 200 chart in grand style. Fresh off her six Grammy Award wins on Sunday (Feb. 12) night, "21" is on course to sell between 500,000 to 600,000 copies ...

  20. Adele's '21' Set for 21st Week at No. 1

    February 16, 2012 12:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Tracking to Sell Between 500-600,000 Copies... '19' Should Crack Top 5 A dele 's "21" album is going to celebrate its first year on the Billboard 200 chart in grand style. Fresh off her six Grammy Award wins on Sunday (Feb. ...

  21. Adele, Prince... and Vanilla Ice? The 20 Albums to Lead the Billboard 200 for 16 Weeks or More

    January 19, 2012 5:12 PM EST As previously reported , Adele's "21" tops the Billboard 200 album chart for a 16th week, marking the survey's longest reign since the "Titanic" soundtrack also led for 16 frames in 1998. Since the chart began appeari ...

  22. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Van Halen, Aretha Franklin

    January 19, 2012 4:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Adele's "21" becomes just the 20th album in the Billboard 200's five-decade-plus history to reign for at least 16 weeks SWEET 16: As previously reported , Adele 's "21" tops the Billboard 200 album chart for a 16th ...

  23. Pete Rugolo, Emmy-Winning Composer, Dies at 95

    October 18, 2011 6:59 PM EDT Pete Rugolo, an Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer and arranger who worked with greats such as Miles Davis and Benny Goodman, has died. He was 95. A family spokeswoman says Rugolo died Sunday in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles. Rugolo was chie ...

  24. Did Harry Belafonte Sleep Through TV Interview? Rep Says Tech Error & Meditation

    October 18, 2011 4:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Although he announced a retirement from performing in 2007, Harry Belafonte (famous for his "Day-O" chant from his trademark track "The Banana Boat Song") claims to be sharp as ever, even at age 84. Yet Belafonte was caught in an ...

  25. Web Trends: Listen To The Massive Attack/Burial Collaboration

    October 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: 2. harry belafonte : People are curious about the singer's new memoir and HBO documentary 8. cmj : The NYC music festival starts today Twitter Music Trend: MERRY BIEBMAS : Bieber dropped "Mistletoe," the first single ...

  26. Pete Rugolo, Emmy-Winning Composer, Dies at 95

    October 18, 2011 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pete Rugolo, an Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer and arranger who worked with greats such as Miles Davis and Benny Goodman, has died. He was 95. A family spokeswoman says Rugolo died Sunday in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles. Rugolo was chief ...

  27. Michael Jackson, King of Pop Charts, Remembered

    August 29, 2011 2:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Aug. 29 marks what would have been Michael Jackson 's 53rd birthday. While the King of Pop passed June 25, 2009, his legacy lives on. Here is a look at the astounding dominance that Jackson exhibited on Billboard surveys. Michael Jackson: His L ...

  28. Adele Remains Atop Hot 100, Lady Gaga Makes 'Hair'-Raising Bow

    May 25, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 A dele 's "Rolling in the Deep" maintains its hold over the chart with Airplay Gainer honors for a fourth consecutive week. The song bullets at No. 2 on Radio Songs (134 million in audience, up 14%, according to Nielsen BDS) and regis ...

  29. Weekly Chart Notes: Michael Jackson, Lonely Island, Reba McEntire

    December 23, 2010 4:35 PM EST 0 0 0 RETURN OF THE KING: The late King of Pop makes a triumphant return to Billboard's charts. While "Michael" arrives at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 behind Taylor Swift 's "Speak Now" (2-1) and Susan Boyle 's "The ...

  30. POTW: Christina Aguilera, Jay-Z, Pink, Lil Wayne

    November 19, 2010 2:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Christina Aguilera got a Hollywood star, Jay-Z chopped it up with Dr. Cornel West and Harry Belafonte , Ellen DeGeneres rubbed Pink's baby bump, Lil Wayne and Young Money president Mack Maine enjoyed a game of b-ball, Ke$ha got mohawk-tastic, N ...

  31. Jay-Z Says Oprah, Belafonte Are Inspirations During 'Decoded' Reading

    November 16, 2010 10:25 AM EST 0 0 0 Jay-Z held a book reading/signing at the New York Public Library last night (Nov. 15), moderated by Dr. Cornel West and the Director of the "Live" program at the NYPL, Paul Holdengraber. Dubbed "Jay-Z In Conversation With Dr. Cornel W ...

  32. NBA's Dwight Howard Tries to Score with Kids Album

    October 29, 2010 12:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Dwight Howard may be the NBA's Superman, but when it comes to making music, he'll admit to having at least one flaw. "I'm not good at rapping, I'll say that," he says. "But singing, I can hold a note. I'm pret ...

  33. Eminem Rolls A Seven On Billboard 200

    August 25, 2010 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 A s previously reported , Eminem spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Recovery." Where does such a reign stack up against other long-lasting leaders since the album chart converted to Nielsen SoundScan point-of-sale da ...

  34. Ask Billboard: As Years Go By

    August 06, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 co ...

  35. Chart Beat Thursday: Fox-TV's Lee & "Glee"

    May 20, 2010 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 LEE: Fox's Tuesday night lineup continues to impact Billboard charts. The "American Idol Season 9" soundtrack marks the ninth compilation from the series to reach the Billboard 200 . Such collections were released each year from 2002 ...

  36. Album, Rock Charts Celebrate Anniversaries

    March 23, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 LONG PLAY: 54 years ago this week, the Billboard 200 began its storied history. In the issue dated March 24, 1956, the 10-position Best Selling Pop Albums survey appeared, marking the chart's launch on a weekly basis. Billboard had printed albu ...

  37. Chart Beat: Michael Jackson

    June 26, 2009 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 As music fans mourn the loss of the King of Pop, we offer a special tribute edition of Chart Beat. Below are some examples of the astounding dominance of Michael Jackson on Billboard surveys. NO. 1 FROM THE START : Jackson was on his way to chart ro ...

  38. April 24, 2009

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Country singer Bonnie Owens dies of Alzheimer’s disease in Bakersfield, Calif., at the age of 76. 2002 – Pop singer Jewel breaks a collarbone and a rib when she is thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray. ...

  39. Folk Legend Odetta Dies At 77

    December 03, 2008 2:53 AM EST 0 0 0 Odetta, the folk singer with the powerful voice who moved audiences and influenced fellow musicians for a half-century, has died. She was 77. Odetta died Tuesday (Dec. 2) of heart disease at New York's Lenox Hill Hospital, said her manager of 1 ...

  40. American Folk Legend Odetta Dies At 77

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Odetta, the folk singer with the powerful voice who moved audiences and influenced fellow musicians for a half-century, has died. She was 77. Odetta died Tuesday (Dec. 2) of heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital, said her manager of 12 years, Doug ...

  41. South African Singer Miriam Makeba Dies

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 South Africans are mourning the loss of Grammy-winning singer Miriam Makeba, who died in Italy last night (Nov. 9). South Africans are mourning the loss of Grammy-winning singer Miriam Makeba, who died in Italy last night (Nov. 9). The singer has be ...

  42. Nas / July 15, 2008 / New York (Blender Theatre)

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After rocking the music world with his new album's original title, "N*gger," Nas celebrated the disc's release with a sweaty performance punctuated by live skits. After rocking the music world with his new album's original t ...

  43. This Day in Music

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Pop singer Jewel breaks a collarbone and a rib, and suffers bumps and bruises when she is thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray. 2002 - Pop singer Jewel breaks a collarbone and a rib, and suffers bumps ...

  44. This Day in Music

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai. 2006 - The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai. 2001 - Violinist Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, dies while performing at ...

  45. This Day in Music

    April 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Pitney dies in Wales at the age of 65. 2006 - Singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Pitney dies in Wales at the age of 65. 2005 - The Library of Congress announces the th ...

  46. Montreal Concert Producer Sam Gesser Dies

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Montreal concert producer Sam Gesser, best known for bringing names like Janis Joplin, Joan Baez and Pete Seeger to the city, died yesterday of cancer. He was 78. Harry Belafonte once described Gesser as the best impresario in North America, his c ...

  47. This Day in Music

    March 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Doreen Waddell, a former vocalist with the group Soul II Soul, dies after fleeing from a store where she had been accused of shoplifting and being struck by cars on a highway outside in Shoreha 2002 - Doreen Waddell, a former vocalist with th ...

  48. Chart Beat Chat

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Nana Mouskouri, Hot Country Songs chart, Joe Dowell's "Muss I Denn" and more! WAS NANA A VISITOR TO THE BILLBOARD 200? Hi Fred! I came across an online article from the Oiko Times that said Greek singer Na ...

  49. Tunes On TV

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music on television for the week of September 10 - 16. MONDAY, Sept. 10 "The Sauce," Fuse Featured artist(s): The Used. "Access Granted,"BET Featured artist(s): Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, Akon, Niia. "The Late Show With David L ...

  50. This Day in Music

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Pop singer Jewel breaks a collarbone and a rib, and suffers bumps and bruises when she is thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend, rodeo star Ty Murray. 2002 - Pop singer Jewel breaks a collarbone and a rib, and suffers bumps ...

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