1. Win Tickets To See The-Dream In L.A.

    April 03, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The-Dream stays busy. While working on his upcoming album, "Love IV MMXXII" and penning classics for various artists, the singer-songwriter is trekking the U.S. for his three-week tour, 'Kill The Lights.' Billboard's 2012 SX ...

  2. Will Wilson Phillips Get a Sarah Palin Sales Bump From Their 'Today' Show Appearance?

    April 02, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Wilson Phillips who will perform on NBC's "Today" show co-hosed by former Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin on the same day their new album "Dedicated" is released. *(Photo: WilsonPhillips.com) Could Sarah Palin do f ...

  3. Madonna, Lionel Richie Aiming for Top Two on Billboard 200

    March 30, 2012 8:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 As previously reported, Madonna 's "MDNA" and Lionel Richie 's "Tuskegee" are on track to debut at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, rock band Shinedown is also on track for ...

  4. Madonna, Lionel Richie Aiming for Top Two on Billboard 200; Katy Perry Could Return to Top 10

    March 30, 2012 6:08 PM EDT As earlier reported, Madonna's "MDNA" and Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" are on track to debut at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, rock band Shinedown is also on track for a ...

  5. Ask Billboard: Happy Birthday, Celine Dion!

    March 30, 2012 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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 coun ...

  6. Madonna, Lionel Richie Set For Big Billboard 200 Debuts

    March 28, 2012 6:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna 's 12th studio album, "MDNA," is on course to easily debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell between 300,000 to 350,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, ...

  7. Madonna's 'MDNA' Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200; Lionel Richie Also Big

    March 28, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Madonna's 12th studio album, "MDNA," is on course to easily debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell between 300,000 to 350,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday ...

  8. All 12 New Spotify Apps Come From Record Labels

    March 22, 2012 1:39 PM EDT Companies that stand to benefit the most from music discovery are creating the technologies to connect Spotify listeners with their music. Record labels created or backed all 12 of the apps unveiled for Spotify's desktop client Thursday. Spot ...

  9. ASCAP To Honor Trent Reznor With Golden Note Award

    March 22, 2012 10:50 AM EDT Trent Reznor, the lead singer from Nine Inch Nails and co-composer of massive movie soundtracks such as "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning "The Social Network" score will be honored by ASCA ...

  10. How Lionel Richie Sold Nearly 20,000 Albums in an Hour on Home Shopping Network

    March 20, 2012 5:15 PM EDT As expected, Lionel Richie hit the upper limit of what the company projected he would do from the hour-long live performance broadcast by the Home Shopping Network on March 16. While Universal Music Group executives privately said they expected &q ...

  11. SXSW Video: Polica Performance & Q&A

    March 16, 2012 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 "It's moving very fast," Polica frontwoman Channy Leaneagh said backstage at Billboard's SXSW showcase on Wednesday (March 14), shortly before the Minneapolis-based, R&B-influenced indie electro quartet took the stage opening ...

  12. Mercyline 'Mike' Bernardo, Pioneering Female Music Exec, Dies

    March 16, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Pioneering female music industry executive Mercyline "Mike" Bernardo -- former VP of Andre Harrell's Uptown Records and VP of promotion at Mercury Records -- passed away on March 14 following a lengthy illness. Raised in Newark, New ...

  13. Video: The-Dream Talks 'Love IV' & Shakira at Billboard SXSW Showcase

    March 16, 2012 5:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Before taking the stage at Billboard's 2012 South By Southwest showcase at ACL Live on Wednesday night (Mar. 14), R&B maestro The-Dream chatted with Billboard.com editor Tye Comer about his forthcoming album, "Love IV MMXXII," as ...

  14. SXSW: Lionel Richie Q&A w/ Billboard 3/14/2012

    SXSW: Lionel Richie Q&A w/ Billboard 3/14/2012

    March 16, 2012 4:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Richie chats backstage the night of his SXSW Billboard showcase headlining gig, March 14, 2012. featuredVideo1 , interview , SXSW , Lionel Richie , Interview SXSW Lionel Richie Interview ...

  15. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, The-Dream, Doc McGee, David Massey, More at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 16, 2012 4:49 PM EDT Lionel Richie (left), who headlined Billboard's SXSW showcase at Austin's ACL LIve Theater, with The-Dream, who also performed. ( Photo: Misha Vladimirskiy) At first, Lionel Richie thought he'd be playing an outdoor venue. The headl ...

  16. Video Q&A: Lionel Richie's 'Journey' to 'Tuskegee'

    March 16, 2012 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Backstage at his Billboard SXSW gig, Richie chats about the show and new album. • PHOTOS: Lionel, Friends + SXSW • Lionel Leads Billboard Showcase • Billboard's SXSW Survival Guide The Latest News From SXSW "I had so much fun!," Lione ...

  17. Lionel Richie: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 16, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Richie's TV stint kicks off March 16 with the singer launching HSN's live concert series, "HSN Live." The hour-long broadcast starts at 8 p.m. EST and will feature duet partner Kenny Rogers. Bracketing the concert: a 60-minute li ...

  18. SXSW 2012: 8 Things Seen & Heard Wednesday

    March 15, 2012 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Which R&B hitmaker is looking to collaborate with Shakira this month? How did The Staves deal with a chatty crowd at their show? Here's 8 things from Day 1 of South By Southwest 2012 that you may have missed -- even if you were there. Billb ...

  19. Lionel Richie Lights Up SXSW at Billboard Showcase

    March 15, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Lionel Richie performing at the Billboard SXSW showcase in Austin on Wednesday night (photo: Ben Sklar) With thousands of bands and fans having successfully descended upon Austin, Billboard said "Hello" to the 2012 South By Southwest Fes ...

  20. Lionel Richie Lights Up SXSW at Billboard Showcase

    March 15, 2012 9:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Performs 'Lady' With Kenny Rogers... Other Acts Include The-Dream, Polica, Vintage Trouble and Wallpaper. With thousands of bands and fans having successfully descended upon Austin, Billboard said "Hello" to the 2012 South By Sou ...

  21. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  22. Kenny Rogers to Join Lionel Richie at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 14, 2012 11:33 AM EDT When Lionel Richie hits the stage at Billboard's annual showcase at South By Southwest tonight, he'll be joined by Kenny Rogers, a man he calls his "mentor" and "the most important person" in the launching of the seco ...

  23. Kenny Rogers to Join Lionel Richie at Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 14, 2012 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Old Friends Will Play 'Lady' at Richie's SXSW Debut When Lionel Richie hits the stage at Billboard's annual showcase at South By Southwest tonight, he'll be joined by Kenny Rogers , a man he calls his "mentor" and ...

  24. Bruce Springsteen Is Boss of U.K. Charts

    March 12, 2012 9:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" crashed into the U.K. album chart at No. 1 Sunday (March 11) on opening sales of 74,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Gotye tops the singles chart for a fourth non-consecutive week with ...

  25. Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' Tops UK Charts

    March 12, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" crashed into the U.K. album chart at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) on opening sales of 74,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Gotye tops the singles chart for a fourth non-consecutive week w ...

  26. A Guide To SXSW Music: Hot Parties, Big Showcases, Can't-Miss Shows

    March 12, 2012 7:45 AM EDT SXSW Music is just about the most overwhelming festival experience the music industry serves up on a yearly basis, with thousands of bands spread across the city performing both unofficial and official SXSW events, house parties, free bar shows, b ...

  27. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  28. Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie on Board for ABC's 'Duets'

    March 08, 2012 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Three artists with Nashville connections will be lending their talents to "Duets," a brand new talent series on ABC this summer. Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, along with Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, and the legendary Lionel Richie wi ...

  29. Apollo to Induct Lionel Richie, Etta James

    March 08, 2012 12:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the Apollo Theater's hall of fame in New York City. The ceremony will be held at the historic Harlem theater on June 4. Richie performed with The Commodores at the Ap ...

  30. Lionel Richie, Etta James To Be Inducted Into Apollo Theater Hall of Fame

    March 08, 2012 11:50 AM EST NEW YORK -- Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the Apollo Theater's Hall of Fame in New York City. The ceremony will be held at the historic Harlem theater on June 4. Lionel Richie to Headline Billbo ...

  31. ABC To Air 'Duets' Singing Competition With Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke

    March 08, 2012 9:52 AM EST ABC is diving into the competitive music competition space with its own celebrity-headlined series this summer. Duets will have American Idol season one alum Kelly Clarkson as well as Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke combing the co ...

  32. Lionel Richie to Headline Billboard's SXSW Showcase

    March 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Icon Tops Austin Bill That Includes The-Dream, Polica, Wallpaper. & More Hello, Austin. We have what you're looking for. Lionel Richie , whose timeless hits include "Easy and "Endless Love," will headline Billboard 's an ...

  33. Chart Highlights: Pop Radio Is Having Some fun. With 'We Are Young'

    March 05, 2012 4:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Debuts this week include Lionel Richie and Shania Twain's remake of "Endless Love" and new tracks from John Mayer, Slash and Carrie Underwood Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Fin ...

  34. Vince Gill Announces He's No Longer With Universal Music

    February 24, 2012 8:00 AM EST Amid the excitement of George Strait and Lionel Richie's surprise appearances Wednesday during Universal Music Group's luncheon at the Ryman Auditorium during the Country Radio Seminar, a different newsflash was overlooked by many: Vince ...

  35. Mike Dungan Leaving Capitol Nashville for Universal

    February 23, 2012 5:54 PM EST Multiple sources tell Billboard.biz that Capitol's President/CEO Mike Dungan - no. 85 on Billboard's recent "Power 100" list -- will soon be moving over to Universal Nashville. Sources close to the deal confirmed the move, and ...

  36. Backbeat: Lionel Richie, George Strait, Play Surprise Sets At UMG Nashville CRS Showcase

    February 23, 2012 2:32 PM EST Lionel Richie (left) and George Strait who bookended performances at the Universal Music Group Nashville's third annual artist showcase at the Country Music Seminar. (Photo: Dirk Vanoucek) In what has become a recent highlight of Country Radi ...

  37. Lionel Richie, George Strait Light Up CRS in Nashville

    February 23, 2012 2:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Day one of the 2012 Country Radio Seminar is in the books. The day started with the opening ceremonies at the Nashville Convention Center with the presentation of the annual Humanitarian Awards to stations in small, medium, and large markets followi ...

  38. Backbeat: George Strait, Bob Pittman, Gary Overton at Country Radio Seminar Day One

    February 23, 2012 1:44 PM EST The Ryman Room was overflowing with CRS attendees when Tenacity Records threw its first CRS bash. Keeping it all about the music, Tenacity artists Bill Gentry and Darryl Worley performed their new music and kept the party going well into the night ...

  39. Lionel Richie Taking Country Album, Live Concert, Kenny Rogers to Home Shopping Network

    February 16, 2012 1:58 PM EST The Home Shopping Network (HSN) is launching a live concert series on March 16, and they've enlisted Lionel Richie to help them kick it off. For the "Say You, Say Me" singer-songwriter, the first "HSN Live" concert is an o ...

  40. Lionel Richie Takes Country Album to HSN for Live Concert

    February 16, 2012 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 'Hello' Singer Says 'Tuskegee' Could Be First in Line of Genre Albums HSN, the shop-from-home network, is launching a live concert series on March 16, and they've enlisted Lionel Richie to help them kick it off. For the &quo ...

  41. Whitney Houston Remembered at Cash Money Pre-Grammy Party

    February 12, 2012 10:14 AM EST 0 0 0 As artists gathered in Los Angeles for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, all thoughts were centered on the sudden passing of R&B icon Whitney Houston. The tone of Pre-Grammy events around the city changed from one of celebration to mourning and rem ...

  42. Beyonce's 'Top'-of-Mind at R&B, But Is Her Album '4' Too Soulful for Pop?

    February 03, 2012 6:53 PM EST While Beyonce's album 4 has yet to notch a top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100, the set continues to rack hits on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. "Love on Top" ascends 13-9 on the latter list, securing Beyonce her third top 10 from 4 on ...

  43. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean Score Big With ACM Nominations

    January 26, 2012 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 It was a big morning for Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean as the nominations for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Award were announced. Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy& ...

  44. 12 No. 12 Rock Hits for 2012

    January 24, 2012 4:15 PM EST 0 0 0 As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking country hits, including T.G. Sheppard' ...

  45. Ask Billboard: Say Good 'Night' to Gaga's Streak?

    January 15, 2012 6:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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 coun ...

  46. ACM Awards: Blake Shelton & Reba McEntire Returning as Hosts

    January 11, 2012 9:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Get ready for another dose of Blake Shelton as country's hottest leading man joins Reba McEntire again this year as co-host of The Academy of Country Music Awards. The 47th annual show will be held Sunday, April 1, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas ...

  47. Blake Shelton Returns to Co-host Academy of Country Music Awards with Reba McEntire

    January 10, 2012 9:45 PM EST Get ready for another dose of Blake Shelton as country's hottest leading man joins Reba McEntire again this year as co-host of The Academy of Country Music Awards. The 47th annual show will be held Sunday, April 1, at the MGM Grand in Las Veg ...

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