1. Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dead at 93

    April 07, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized ball of energy who starred as Andy Hardy, America’s boy next door, in 16 films for MGM — merely one highlight in an irrepressible and unimaginable nine-decade career in show business — has died. He was 93. Rooney' ...

  2. Oscars 2014: Pink Pays Tribute to 'The Wizard of Oz' With 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

    March 02, 2014 11:22 PM EST Pink had a memorable Oscar debut, paying tribute to the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz." The singer took the Academy Awards stage Sunday following an introduction from Whoopi Goldberg to perform one of Judy Garland's most m ...

  3. ‘Kinky Boots’ Performer Billy Porter To Release Broadway Album

    February 27, 2014 12:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Billy Porter, who plays a drag queen on Broadway in "Kinky Boots," will be next be doing a little something more traditional - he's putting out a CD of musical theater standards. Concord Records will release "Billy's Back on ...

  4. Whitney Houston's Billboard Chart Records

    February 11, 2014 9:52 AM EST Here's a look back at the many chart achievements that the gifted vocalist accomplished. To honor the late, great Whitney Houston on the second anniversary of her passing on Feb. 11, 2012, here's a look back at the many chart achievemen ...

  5. Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead: Inside The UK’s Bizarre Campaign To Make The Anti-Thatcher Song No. 1

    April 12, 2013 10:38 AM EDT UPDATE 4/12: BBC Radio will not play the full "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" song during the Official Chart Show on Sunday, Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper announced. Instead they will play a clip as part of a news item about the "W ...

  6. Judy Garland's 'Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead' Climbs UK Charts Following Margaret Thatcher's Death

    April 09, 2013 3:35 PM EDT Margaret Thatcher, the divisive former Prime Minister who died of a stroke on Monday afternoon, may have another musical footnote to her legacy next week: chart catalyst. A macabre Facebook campaign , titled "Make 'Ding dong the witch is ...

  7. Anti-Margaret Thatcher Campaign Drives Judy Garland's 'Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead' Up UK's Charts

    April 09, 2013 2:22 PM EDT Margaret Thatcher, the divisive former Prime Minister who died of a stroke on Monday afternoon, may have another musical footnote to her legacy next week: chart catalyst. A macabre Facebook campaign , titled "Make 'Ding dong the witch ...

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  9. David Geffen on New PBS 'American Masters' Film: 'Wow, Did I Do That?'

    September 27, 2012 3:40 PM EDT David Geffen (right) with Joni Mitchel (left) and Mama Cass (background) from the PBS American Masters program "Inventing David Geffen," which will air in November. (Photo: Henry Diltz) American Masters creator and executive producer Sus ...

  10. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Singer, Dead at 84

    September 26, 2012 10:12 AM EDT With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you wer ...

  11. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Crooner, Dies

    September 26, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren ...

  12. Faith Hill, Tim McGraw Team Up For 40-Show Vegas Run

    August 07, 2012 3:16 PM EDT LAS VEGAS - Two country superstars, 10 weekends, 40 shows, one historic location. When Faith Hill sang "Let's Go To Vegas," it's doubtful she envisioned this. Hill and husband Tim McGraw unveiled Tuesday their plans for a much- ...

  13. Tony Martin, Romantic Crooner, Dies at 98

    July 30, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Tony Martin, the romantic singer who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s and sustained a career in records, television and nightclubs from the Depression era into the 21st century, has died. He was 98. Martin died of natural cau ...

  14. Tony Martin, Romantic Crooner, Dies at 98

    July 30, 2012 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tony Martin, the romantic singer who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s and sustained a career in records, television and nightclubs from the Depression era into the 21st century, has died. He was 98. Martin died of natural cause ...

  15. Lawrence Barnett, president of MCA's Talent Agency in the 1960s, Dies at 98

    June 13, 2012 7:37 PM EDT Lawrence Barnett, who as president of the MCA Talent Agency in the 1960s represented the likes of Jack Benny, Marlon Brando, Judy Garland and Ronald Reagan, died June 11 in Los Angeles. He was 98. After 37 years with MCA, Barnett served as an exec ...

  16. Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland Music Director Mort Lindsey Dies At 89

    May 11, 2012 8:35 PM EDT Mort Lindsey, a composer and jazz pianist who was a music director for Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland, has died. He was 89. His son, Trevor, told the Los Angeles Times that Lindsey died on May 4 at his home in Malibu. Lindsey was music director ...

  17. Liza Minnelli Talks 'Live' Album, Slams Play About Her Mom

    May 10, 2012 1:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Liza is back! The long-unavailable recording of Liza Minnelli 's legendary Winter Garden concert in 1974 is available for the first time. The singer/actress, who charmingly still uses words like swell and grand, spoke to Billboard about "L ...

  18. Aretha Franklin Talks New Album, Ne-Yo and Biopic at TV Land Fete

    April 26, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 TV Land will honor Aretha Franklin this weekend when the network presents the Queen of Soul with its Music Icon Award, airing Sunday April 29 at 9 p.m. ET. John Legend was on hand to serenade and present the singer with her award during the awards&# ...

  19. Analysis: Whitney Houston's Billboard Chart Records

    February 11, 2012 10:45 PM EST Following the news of Whitney Houston's passing today (Feb. 11), here is a look back at the many chart achievements that the gifted vocalist accomplished. * The Houston-led soundtrack to "The Bodyguard" stands as the longest-reignin ...

  20. TV On The Radio, Battles, Gotye Featured @ 2012 SXSW Film

    February 08, 2012 4:58 PM EST Short films about TV on the Radio, a Chopin piano competition and a lyrical absurdist who the Beatles signed to Apple Records in the 1960s will be screened during the SXSW Film festival in Austin, Texas, March 9-17. The Film Conference and Festiva ...

  21. 'Glee' Recap: Anything But a Silent Night

    December 14, 2011 9:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Show Crams In as Much Holiday Cheer as It Can, With Mixed Results Sometimes "Glee" is the best when it's equal parts spun sugar and insanity, and we get a dose of both in the annual holiday special, when the club learns valuable lesso ...

  22. Taylor Swift: Birthday Girl, By-The-Numbers

    December 13, 2011 10:05 AM EST 0 0 0 "I'm so 22 right now," birthday girl Taylor Swift Tweeted this morning (Dec. 13). In honor of her special day, Chart Beat spotlights a host of the chart records that Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year and the top country artist o ...

  23. Scott Weiland Honors 'The Golden Era' on Christmas Album

    November 01, 2011 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bing Crosby , Burl Ives , Jose Feliciano and... Scott Weiland? OK, the Stone Temple Pilots frontman may not be the first name you think of when it comes to Christmas music, but with the release of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Wei ...

  24. Barry Feinstein, Bob Dylan/Janis Joplin Photographer, Dies at 80

    October 21, 2011 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Photographer Barry Feinstein, who captured behind-the-scenes images from rock's golden age and shot iconic album covers for Bob Dylan and George Harrison, died in upstate New York on Thursday. He was 80. Agent Dave Brolan said Feinstein, who li ...

  25. Billboard Bits: Nirvana Bassist To Throw 'Nevermind' Show, T-Swift Song Hits 'True Blood'

    August 18, 2011 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Nirvana Bassist to Perform 'Nevermind' for Album's 20th Anniversary Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is planning a Seattle tribute concert on September 20 t ...

  26. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, John Rich, Blondie

    May 26, 2011 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 '21' = 9: Lady Gaga is on the edge of Billboard 200 glory, as her "Born This Way" is set to storm the summit of next week's chart. Until then, Adele continues her impressive run at No. 1. The soulful singer/songwriter's ...

  27. Lady Gaga 'Born This Way': Track-By-Track Review

    May 23, 2011 6:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 L ady Gaga's "Born This Way" album is her first as an international superstar -- and in her mind, as queen leader to a needy coven of "little monsters," outsiders who for one reason or another don't fit into the mainstr ...

  28. Arcade Fire, Lady Antebellum, Esperanza Spalding Were Least Likely Grammy Winners, Based On Chart History

    February 15, 2011 1:43 PM EST There's been a lot of talk about the surprises at Sunday's Grammy Awards , from Lady Gaga's egg-cellent adventure to the big wins for the Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding . While the charts obviously can't have foretold much ...

  29. Did The Charts Predict This Year's Grammy Award Winners?

    February 15, 2011 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 From such surprise honorees as Arcade Fire and Esperanza Spalding to Lady Gaga 's egg-shell-ent adventure, the 53rd Grammy Awards offered a host of highlights . Did the victors' Billboard chart performances, however, foretell their fortune ...

  30. Weekly Chart Notes: Amos Lee, Far*East Movement, Kelly Clarkson

    February 03, 2011 4:15 PM EST 0 0 0 'MISSION' ACCOMPLISHMENT: A week after the Decemberists became just the 16th act to rule the Billboard 200 album chart without a Billboard Hot 100 song on their chart resume, singer/songwriter Amos Lee repeats the feat, as "Mission Be ...

  31. KEZE/Spokane, Wash. Rocks The Holidays

    December 07, 2010 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 This time of year, nearly all the reporters to Billboard's Adult Contemporary radio airplay chart transform their airwaves into a non-stop winter wonderland of holiday music. Standards from Ray Conniff , Frank Sinatra and Andy Williams temporar ...

  32. Taylor Swift: By-The-Numbers

    October 26, 2010 9:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Upon the release of Taylor Swift 's third studio album, "Speak Now," Chart Beat looks at the numerous records that the star country singer/songwriter/producer has already set since her arrival just more than four years ago. Swift firs ...

  33. Rufus Wainwright to Perform 'Songs for Lulu,' Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall

    September 14, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rufus Wainwright has a penchant for on-stage theatrics, ranging from operatic productions to Judy Garland tributes and everything in between. It was announced today (Sept. 14) that the singer-songwriter will combine two of his most distinct performa ...

  34. Janelle Monae Makes MJ Fave By Charlie Chaplin "Smile"

    June 21, 2010 9:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Said to be one of Michael Jackson 's favorite songs, and sung lovingly at his memorial a year ago almost exactly by his brother Jermaine , this week's Mashup Monday goes all the way back to 1936 to famed silent film comedian Charlie Chapli ...

  35. Grammy Winners On The Charts

    February 02, 2010 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Highlighted by Lady Gaga 's show-opening duet with Elton John , Beyonce 's cover of Alanis Morissette 's "You Oughta Know" and Pink taking her acrobatic act previously performed on last year's MTV Music Video Awards to ...

  36. Chart Beat Thursday: Vampire Weekend, Train, Shakira

    January 21, 2010 5:55 PM EST 0 0 0 VAMPIRE STATE OF MIND: New York indie rock band Vampire Weekend enjoys its first taste of the Billboard 200 summit, as "Contra" debuts at No. 1. The group's self-titled first set debuted and peaked at No. 17 on the chart dated Feb. 16 ...

  37. Chart Beat Wednesday: Tim McGraw, Michael Buble, Owl City

    January 20, 2010 1:10 PM EST 0 0 0 RAISING HIS 'VOICE': Tim McGraw takes over the top spot on Country Songs (to be refreshed, along with all Billboard charts, tomorrow on billboard.com), as "Southern Voice" rises 3-1. The song is McGraw's first leader on the ...

  38. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Cast, Colbie Caillat, Sade

    December 10, 2009 5:29 PM EST 0 0 0 'LAST'-ING IMPRESSIONS: Although it has become a modern-day holiday standard - it ranks at No. 13 on this week's Holiday Songs chart, between carols by Paul McCartney and Gene Autry - Wham! 's "Last Christmas" never cha ...

  39. Brian Setzer Sings Cinematic On 'Lonely Avenue'

    November 16, 2009 12:46 PM EST 0 0 0 B rian Setzer 's new album, "Songs From Lonely Avenue," was inspired by film noir themes from the '40s and '50s. Now he'd love to see someone make a movie based on the record. "I'd love Quentin Tarantino to ta ...

  40. Rufus Wainwright Channels Puccini For New Opera, Releases Live Set

    October 07, 2009 12:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Singer and songwriter Rufus Wainwright is known for navigating the border between classical and pop. Now his longtime obsession with opera has led him to write one of his own. Wainwright composed the score and wrote French lyrics for his debut class ...

  41. May 29, 2009

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Oscar Brown Jr., singer, composer, lyricist, dies in Chicago from complications from a blood infection in the lower spine. He is 78. 1999 – The remains of Iron Butterfly’s Philip Taylor Kramer are found in at the bottom of Decker Canyon near ...

  42. March 12, 2009

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Matchbook Romance announces it is taking an indefinite hiatus after 10 years. 2007 – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Patti Smith, R.E.M., the Ronettes and Van Halen are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 2001 – Vince Gill ...

  43. Chart Beat: AI, Taylor Swift, Annie Lennox

    February 26, 2009 5:14 PM EST 0 0 0 ADULT EDUCATION: Ever since Kelly Clarkson made her first appearance on a Billboard chart, finalists from "American Idol" have been showing up on surveys that cross all genres -- pop, R&B, country, rock, Christian, reggae... O.K., not ...

  44. Chart Beat: Flo Rida, Atlantic, Mac McAnally

    February 19, 2009 4:11 PM EST 0 0 0 SPINNING THE 'RIGHT' STUFF: If it had happened less than two years ago, this week's 58-1 leap for Flo Rida's "Right Round" (Poe Boy/Atlantic) would have set the record for the biggest jump to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot ...

  45. Chart Beat: Eminem, Melinda Doolittle, Chris Sligh, Jennifer Hudson

    February 12, 2009 12:54 PM EST 0 0 0 'BOTTLE' ROCKETS TO NO. 1: The calendar year isn't even two months old, but for the second time in 2009, a song has catapulted to No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 from the bottom 25 positions. Just two weeks after Kelly Clarkson set the ...

  46. Chart Beat: Christopher Cross, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift

    January 22, 2009 2:03 PM EST 0 0 0 DOUBLE CROSS: Christopher Cross returns to Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with his second title to appear on this chart. Yes, that's pop star Christopher Cross, not hip-hop duo Kris Kross of "Jump" fame, who last appeared on this tally 11- ...

  47. This Day in Music

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young are joined by Dave Matthews, Steel Pulse, Gov't Mule, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gov't Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer for the orga 2006 - Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nel ...

  48. This Day in Music

    June 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Mexican pop star Juan Gabriel is arrested in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua for alleged income tax evasion. The 55-year-old crooner of such popular songs as "Hasta que te Conoci" and " 2005 - Mexican pop star Juan Gabr ...

  49. This Day in Music

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Oscar Brown Jr., singer, composer, lyricist, playwright and black culture activist, dies in Chicago from complications from a blood infection in the lower spine. He is 78. 2005 - Oscar Brown Jr., singer, composer, lyricist, playwright and bla ...

  50. Chart Beat Chat

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss The Eagles, kenny Chesney, Jennifer Hudson and more! GOING BY THE BOOK Dear Fred, About four years ago I wrote to you with a prediction that legal digital downloads would eventually help drive the Hot 100, as 45 rpm reco ...

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