1. Rewinding the Charts: 30 Years Ago, Prince Reigned With the Hot 100's Top Two

    April 22, 2016 3:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 In 1986, he led on his own and as the writer of the chart's runner-up song. Also, this week in 1990, he returned to No. 1 as a writer, thanks to Sinead O'Connor. As the world mourns Prince , who died April 21 at the age of 57 , his fans ca ...

  2. Lock of John Lennon's Hair Sells for $35,000 at Auction

    February 20, 2016 5:36 PM EST 0 0 0 A lock of John Lennon 's hair that was snipped as he prepared for a film role has sold for $35,000. John Lennon's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said Saturday that the 4-inch lock of hair was purchased by Paul Fra ...

  3. How Much Do You Think a 50-Year Old Lock of John Lennon's Hair Is Selling For?

    February 09, 2016 11:12 AM EST 0 0 0 Try more than $12,000. Today in mildly bizarre celebrity auction news, a 50-year old clump of John Lennon ’s hair is set to sell for (at least) what you’d pay for a nice, reasonably priced used compact car from a couple years ago. Rewind to 1966. Le ...

  4. David Bowie's Death Sparks Top Two Takeover on Billboard + Twitter Trending 140

    January 11, 2016 2:42 PM EST 0 0 0 David Bowie has locked up the Nos. 1 and 2 spots on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart the morning following news of his death on Sunday at age 69 . David Bowie Dies at Age 69 After Battling Cancer The veteran rock star’s latest cu ...

  5. Springsteen or McCartney? Vote For Your Favorite Classic Rock Christmas Song

    December 25, 2015 10:45 AM EST 0 0 0 For about a generation, rock and roll music had an enchanted yuletide grip on the Christmas song market. Serious artists like David Bowie and John Lennon didn’t feel like they were above writing us a holiday classic, and now we’ve got a lot of great ...

  6. Christmas With the Beatles: Listen to Solo Holiday Hits From Each Beatle

    December 25, 2015 8:00 AM EST 0 0 0 While the Beatles ' catalog just became available for streaming, the four individual Beatles -- John Lennon , Paul McCartney , George Harrison and Ringo Starr -- were already on Spotify and other services, including their solo Christmas music. ...

  7. John Fogerty and Spoon Join John Lennon's 75th Birthday Concert

    December 02, 2015 2:34 PM EST 0 0 0 Last month, AMC announced that they would be broadcasting Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert , a tribute telecast to John Lennon and his musical legacy filled with a star-studded bill of performers including  Eric Church , Sheryl Crow and Ju ...

  8. Adele's '25' On Track for U.K.'s Fastest-Selling Album Ever

    November 23, 2015 10:17 PM EST 0 0 0 Adele’s 25 (XL) is on course to become the U.K.’s fastest-selling album in history.  In just three days, the British singer’s comeback album has vaulted past 500,000 sales, the Official Charts Company reports (platinum certification in the U.K. is 3 ...

  9. Paris Attacks: 'Imagine' Pianist Reveals Moving Story Behind Le Bataclan Performance

    November 15, 2015 2:26 PM EST 0 0 0 The mysterious pianist who played John Lennon ’s “Imagine” outside of Paris’ Bataclan theatre on Saturday morning (Nov. 14) has shared the heartwarming backstory about his moving performance. Pianist Plays John Lennon's 'Imagine' Outs ...

  10. Paul McCartney Says John Lennon's 'Whole Life Was a Cry for Help'

    November 12, 2015 8:59 PM EST 0 0 0 In Billboard's Greatest of All Time cover story with Paul McCartney revealing the stories behind the Beatles ' No. 1 Hits, the rock legend noted his former partner John Lennon 's personal misery specifically surrounding the 1965 hit & ...

  11. John Lennon's Guitar Sells for $2.4M at Auction

    November 08, 2015 11:22 AM EST 0 0 0 An acoustic guitar that John Lennon used to record and write "Love Me Do," ''I Want to Hold Your Hand" and other hit songs sold for $2.4 million at auction. John Lennon's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits Julien's Auctions ...

  12. Kurt Cobain's Cardigan, Michael Jackson's Sunglasses & Elvis Presley's Guitar Pick Are For Sale

    November 03, 2015 8:38 AM EST 0 0 0 A huge collection of memorabilia from some of music's most important figures has just hit the auction block via Julien's Live , representing everyone from Michael Jackson to Kurt Cobain to One Direction . Elvis Presley Memorabilia Headline ...

  13. Did John Lennon Chant 'Let's Go Mets' on a 1972 Song?

    October 29, 2015 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Musician David Peel's “The Ballad of New York City," a track from the album "The Pope Smokes Dope," was produced by the Beatle and wife Yoko Ono. Tom Frangione, the host of Beatles radio show Things We Said Today, is a big Mets f ...

  14. Yoko Ono Talks Modern Sky Festival, the Future of Plastic Ono Band & Archival Beatles Plans

    October 02, 2015 8:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 As for her favorite part of Central Park, where the fest is held, "You probably think I'm going to say Strawberry Fields, but no." Should Hurricane Joaquin skip New York City this weekend, another force of nature will perform in Centr ...

  15. Rewinding the Charts: 40 Years Ago, David Bowie Hit No. 1, With a Little Help

    September 20, 2015 4:10 PM EDT On Sept. 20, 1975, Bowie topped the Hot 100 for the first time with "Fame," the disco-soul single he co-wrote with John Lennon. IN EARLY 1975, 28-YEAR-OLD DAVID BOWIE invited John Lennon, then 34, to collaborate on the album that woul ...

  16. The Weeknd's 'Can't Feel My Face' Gives Max Martin His 21st No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

    August 11, 2015 2:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 As The Weeknd' s "Can't Feel My Face" climbs to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, its co-producer and co-writer, pop juggernaut Max Martin, earns his 21st leader as a songwriter. The Weeknd Tops Hot 100 With 'Can't ...

  17. Universal Pledges to Replace Dodgy Copies of John Lennon's 'Rock 'N' Roll' LP

    July 16, 2015 4:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 John Lennon fans who were caught out with a defective vinyl copy of the Rock ‘N’ Roll LP can now replace it with a corrected one. Rock ‘N’ Roll   was issued with the Lennon boxed set, which is said to be the first complete collection of the former B ...

  18. Abood Music Signs Deal With Downtown Music

    July 10, 2015 10:46 AM EDT 0 0 0 Downtown Music Publishing has announced a worldwide pact with Abood Music, the publishing arm of Jamdown Entertainment . The agreement brings Abood’s 7,000-song catalog of reggae and dancehall hits, by Jamaican artists including Cordell "Scatta ...

  19. Lady Gaga's Cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine' Is Stunning

    Lady Gaga's Cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine' Is Stunning

    June 26, 2015 3:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Imagine Lady Gaga singing John Lennon's "Imagine,". She did just that during the European Games opening ceremony in Baku, Azerbaijan.Gaga, who is one of only two female artists this decade with three wochit entertainment , Lady GaGa , ...

  20. Lady Gaga Covers John Lennon's 'Imagine' at European Games Opening Ceremony: Watch

    June 17, 2015 8:53 PM EDT 6.948 k 308 63 The first European Games opened in Azerbaijan on Friday, and Lady Gaga was there to help ring it in with a performance of John Lennon 's classic "Imagine." Lady Gaga Helps Open European Games in Azerbaijan A video of the perf ...

  21. Yoko Ono's First U.S. Permanent Art Installation Heading to Chicago

    June 13, 2015 11:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 Yoko Ono 's first permanent public art installation in the United States will be in Chicago, the artist announced Friday, June 12, alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The two held a news conference in Jackson Park on the city's South Side, where ...

  22. Patti Smith Gets Emotional, Yoko Misses John (and George), More Seen & Heard at Rock Hall Ceremony

    April 19, 2015 3:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 "You're recognized when you're recognized -- I'm only doing it so Paul can have a day out," cracked honoree Ringo Starr backstage at the April 18 induction event. The music world descended on Cleveland on April 18 for the 20 ...

  23. Book Review: The Godfather of Rock Criticism Looks Back With ‘Another Little Piece of My Heart’ Memoir

    April 14, 2015 5:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 In 1966, Richard Goldstein, 21 and looking 15, became America's first full-time rock critic, penning  The Village Voice 's "Pop Eye" column -- a job that was "better than sex with The Shirelles ," he writes in his vivid ...

  24. Paul McCartney Joins Alice Cooper, Joe Perry & Johnny Depp on Hollywood Vampires Sessions

    March 06, 2015 3:58 AM EST Paul McCartney only really does  "supergroups". The Beatles , Wings and… Hollywood Vampires ?! The leftie-bass player, singer and Hall of Famer is apparently joining forces with Alice Cooper , Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Johnny Depp ...

  25. John Lennon's Sister Julia Baird Talks New Doc on Liverpool's Beatleweek, 'Come Together'

    February 11, 2015 11:50 AM EST Ahead of the release of a documentary on Liverpool's "International Beatleweek," John Lennon's sister reminisces on practices in the kitchen and Beatlemania. Every August, fans from around the globe flock to the UK for a chanc ...

  26. Joe Cocker Gets Remembered and Honored Across Billboard Rock Charts

    January 02, 2015 1:40 PM EST The latest Billboard charts (dated Jan. 10) reflect the first full sales tracking week since the death of British rocker Joe Cocker , who died of lung cancer on Dec. 22 at age 70. Upon his passing, fans celebrated the legend's music in droves ...

  27. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Phil Collins Ended the '80s at No. 1

    December 22, 2014 8:05 AM EST Collins' 'Another Day in Paradise' became the last new leader of the '80s. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and two solo Beatles. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more ...

  28. Paul McCartney Worked on a Song About Police Killings: 'I'm Not Giving Up On It'

    December 19, 2014 1:00 AM EST Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago for The Ed Sullivan Show , his manner informal, his ...

  29. Watch Paul McCartney Reflect on John Lennon's Death: 'It Was So Horrific'

    December 08, 2014 12:55 PM EST Today (Dec. 8) marks the 34th anniversary of the tragic loss of John Lennon at the hands of Mark David Chapman in 1980. Paul McCartney appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show to reflect on the sudden loss of one of music's greatest icons. "It ...

  30. The Gifts That Keep on Giving: Biggest Radio and Album Hits of the Holidays

    December 01, 2014 2:19 PM EST From Burl Ives to 'N Sync, some of the biggest hits of recent memory. They are the gifts that keep on giving for the artists that record them, the labels that release them and the radio stations and streaming services that play them. The firs ...

  31. Watch Katy Perry, Will.i.am, Adam Lambert, Others Sing 'Imagine' for UNICEF

    November 21, 2014 8:23 PM EST To celebrate the 25th anniversary of United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has teamed up with Yoko Ono and David Guetta to assemble a star cast to cover John Lennon 's beloved "Imagine" for what they ...

  32. Hear Yoko Ono & the Flaming Lips Cover John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'

    November 20, 2014 4:44 PM EST Around this time of year, John Lennon 's 1971 song "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" becomes one of the most-covered songs on radio -- but we've got a promising one here with some strong connections to the original. Flaming Lips,  ...

  33. Prague's John Lennon Wall Painted Over

    November 18, 2014 4:07 PM EST Prague's colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over, leaving just a single message: "Wall is over!" The wall, located at the heart of the Czech capital in the picturesque Little Quarter neighborhood, ...

  34. Rewinding the Charts: 40 Years Ago, A Solo John Lennon Hit No. 1

    November 16, 2014 9:05 AM EST The ex-Beatle topped the Hot 100 with 'Whatever Gets You Thru the Night' and, after losing a bet with Elton John, made his last live concert appearance. ELTON JOHN knew a No. 1 hit when he heard one. In the summer of 1974, the 27-year- ...

  35. Instant Karma: John Lennon's Full Catalog Now on Spotify

    October 07, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Imagine all the streaming... Spotify has snagged its elusive fourth Beatle , with today's (Oct. 7) announcement of John Lennon 's solo catalog on the popular streaming music service. From 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band to 1984& ...

  36. Obama Immigration Policy Rooted in John Lennon Deportation Case

    September 04, 2014 12:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Imagine. The argument over President Barack Obama 's legal authority to defer deportations begins 42 years ago with a bit of hashish, a dogged lawyer and, yes, John Lennon and Yoko Ono . President Richard Nixon was seeking re-election, "Am ...

  37. John Lennon's Killer Admits He’s ‘An Idiot’

    August 28, 2014 12:16 AM EDT 3 0 0 John Lennon's imprisoned killer says he still gets letters about the pain he caused in his pursuit of notoriety nearly 34 years ago. "I am sorry for causing that type of pain," Mark David Chapman told a parole board last week, accordi ...

  38. Parole Denied Yet Again for John Lennon's Killer

    August 22, 2014 3:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 A parole board has again declined to release John Lennon 's killer. It's the eighth time 59-year-old Mark David Chapman has been denied parole. New York corrections officials announced the decision Friday (Aug. 22). They say a three-member ...

  39. Eddie Vedder Covers John Lennon's 'Imagine' Live: Watch

    July 20, 2014 6:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last week Eddie Vedder posted an unapologetic essay on the Pearl Jam website, which opened with the iconic quote from John Lennon's "Imagine" -- "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" -- and responde ...

  40. 'Like a Rolling Stone' Brings $2M at Auction (Update)

    June 24, 2014 1:48 PM EDT UPDATE: According to a tweet from the Associated Press , "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for $2 million. Sotheby's called it a record for a pop manuscript.  One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rollin ...

  41. NBC's Beatles Series Tripped Up Over Music Rights, Competing Project

    June 20, 2014 1:08 PM EDT News leaked June 13 that NBC has a team developing an eight-part mini-series on The Beatles . At the outset, it has two big challenges: no music rights and a competing project at Sony Pictures Television. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Mu ...

  42. NBC's Beatles Series Tripped Up Over Music Rights, Competing Project

    June 20, 2014 12:23 PM EDT 5 0 0 News leaked June 13 that NBC has a team developing an eight-part mini-series on The Beatles . At the outset, it has two big challenges: no music rights and a competing project at Sony Pictures Television. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Musi ...

  43. Epic Rights Secures John Lennon Licensing

    June 17, 2014 9:33 PM EDT John Lennon is the latest iconic personality to secure a worldwide licensing, global branding and rights management agreement with Epic Rights. Yoko Ono has pacted with Epic Rights ceo Dell Furano to develop a worldwide initiative encompassing the ...

  44. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include yo ...

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