1. Mary J. Blige Confirmed For 2010 Essence Music Fest

    January 12, 2010 11:29 AM EST 0 0 0 M ary J. Blige will return to New Orleans as this year as a headlining performer and official spokesperson of the annual Essence Music Festival, set for the weekend of July 2. Blige will be joining other entertainers, including artists, speakers, au ...

  2. Billboard Bits: The Smiths, Paula Abdul, Michael Bublé, LeToya and more

    January 11, 2010 3:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Brooklyn fans of The Smiths got a special treat over the weekend, when the band's original bassist, Andy Rourke, hopped on stage at the Bell House an ...

  3. R&B Briefs: Stevie Wonder, Akon, LeToya Luckett and More

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Stevie Wonder, Akon, Chrisette Michele, Ledisi and Jesse McCartney are among the artists performing on the United Negro College Fund's (UNCF) 31st annual "Evening of Stars" tribute to singer/songwriter Lionel Richie. The two-hour ...

  4. Best Of 2009: Part 2

    December 16, 2009 5:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: ...

  5. Pearl Jam, MMJ, Aretha Head To 2010 New Orleans Jazz Fest

    December 15, 2009 8:32 AM EST 0 0 0 P earl Jam , Aretha Franklin and, making its first appearance since February 2009, My Morning Jacket , are among the acts set for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, to take place the weekends of April 23-25 and April 29-30/May 1-2 at Fair G ...

  6. Chart Beat Wednesday: Hall & Oates Come On Over To The Country

    September 23, 2009 6:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 'SMILE,' YOU'RE ON COUNTRY SONGS: Jimmy Wayne nets the Hot Shot Debut on Country Songs with "Sara Smile," featuring the classic song's original performers, Daryl Hall & John Oates . The latter two artists, who make ...

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: Jay-Z, The Beatles, "Glee"

    September 17, 2009 1:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 RUN THIS CHART: With the 400th debut ever at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Jay-Z notches his 11th chart-topping album with "The Blueprint 3." With his grand entrance, Jay-Z passes Elvis Presley as the solo act with the most No. 1 albums in t ...

  8. DJ AM Reportedly Found Dead

    August 28, 2009 9:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 DJ AM, the sought-after disc jockey who became a celebrity in his own right with high-profile romances and a glamorous lifestyle, was found dead Friday at his apartment, which had drug paraphernalia in it, a law enforcement official said. Paramedics ...

  9. Chart Beat: Hannah Montana, Mariah Carey, Maxwell

    July 16, 2009 4:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Miley Cyrus' TV alter ego Hannah Montana claims her first Billboard Hot 100 top 10, as "He Could Be the One," co-written by "American Idol" judge (and newlywed) Kara DioGuardi, debuts at No. 10. It makes ...

  10. AEG Live CEO Discusses Michael Jackson's Memorial, Tribute Concert

    July 13, 2009 12:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Just two weeks after the death of Michael Jackson, Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, producers of what were to be Jackson’s 50 sellouts at the O2 Arena in London, still has not caught his breath. Among the most recent developments for Phillips, AEG L ...

  11. AEG Live CEO Discusses Michael Jackson's Memorial, Tribute Concert

    July 12, 2009 11:02 AM EDT 0 0 0 Just two weeks after the death of Michael Jackson , Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, producers of what were to be Jackson's 50 sellouts at the O2 Arena in London, still has not caught his breath. Among the most recent developments for Phillips, ...

  12. Michael Jackson Memorial To Be Worldwide Television Event

    July 07, 2009 6:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Talk about event television: The mega-blowout to celebrate Michael Jackson's life and music is expected to draw some of the biggest daytime audiences stateside in decades and through-the-roof ratings in Europe, where the show will air live in p ...

  13. Michael Jackson's Family Have Private Cemetery Service

    July 07, 2009 12:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 A motorcade that began at the home of Michael Jackson's parents reached a cemetery in the Hollywood Hills early Tuesday for a private service in advance of a star-studded memorial in downtown Los Angeles. Numerous vehicles under California High ...

  14. Massive Crowd Expected For Michael Jackson Memorial

    July 07, 2009 9:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 The curtain is slowly rising on Michael Jackson's last show. As in Jackson's life, Tuesday's public memorial at the downtown Staples Center includes the spectacle surrounding the show - legal drama, screaming fans, star power, live wo ...

  15. Michael Jackson Memorial Speakers, Performers Announced

    July 06, 2009 5:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mariah Carey , Jennifer Hudson , John Mayer , Lionel Richie , Smokey Robinson , Usher and Stevie Wonder are among the confirmed participants at Tuesday's public memorial service for Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Billboard ...

  16. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 4:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Clo ...

  17. Lionel Richie, Commodores Reunite At Essence Fest

    July 06, 2009 9:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lionel Richie got a little help from his former bandmates to close out the weekend's Essence Music Festival: Members of The Commodores joined him on stage to sing several of their hits, including "Brick House" and "Just to be Clo ...

  18. Michael Jackson Memorial Service Speakers Revealed

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Usher and Stevie Wonder are among the confirmed participants at Tuesday's public memorial service for Michael Jackson at Los Angeles' Staples Center. The announce ...

  19. Radio Remembers Michael Jackson

    June 26, 2009 12:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 As news broke yesterday of Michael Jackson's passing, radio reinforced its power to serve as a community forum. In New York City, several stations have since aired Jackson's myriad hits in tribute. Michael Jackson 1958-2009 Michael Jackson ...

  20. Michael Jackson Dies at 50

    June 25, 2009 5:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 The death of Michael Jackson brings to a sudden end the life of a performer who captivated pop audiences with the Jackson 5 and matured into a performer of electric charisma and unprecedented crossover appeal, before living out his final years as a ...

  21. Sara Evans, Lionel Richie Bring Songs To Soap Operas

    June 10, 2009 4:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sara Evans and Lionel Richie will be the headliners of ABC Daytime and sister cable station SOAPnet's new campaign to market music through soap operas. For the first time, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet will sponsor a tour, as they become the headline ...

  22. Sara Evans, Lionel Richie Bring Songs To Soap Operas

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sara Evans and Lionel Richie will be the headliners of ABC Daytime and sister cable station SOAPnet's new campaign to market music through soap operas. For the first time, ABC Daytime and SOAPnet will sponsor a tour, as they become the headli ...

  23. May 27, 2009

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – For the first time in their 22-year career, Red Hot Chili Peppers score a No. 1 album on The Billboard 200: The two-disc “Stadium Arcadium.” 1994 – A son, Miles Brockman, is born in Los Angeles to singer Lionel Richie and Diane Alexander. 197 ...

  24. Chart Beat: Kris Allen, SWV, Green Day, Al B. Sure!

    May 21, 2009 2:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 HE IS THE CHAMPION: In a night featuring performances from Queen, Kiss, Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Cyndi Lauper, Carlos Santana, Keith Urban, Queen Latifah, Steve Martin, David Cook, Jason Mraz and the Black Eyed Peas, owners of more than 200 combi ...

  25. Adam Lambert Defeated in 'American Idol' Upset

    May 20, 2009 10:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kris Allen's smooth vocals and boy-next-door image propelled him to "American Idol" victory Wednesday, turning the theatrical powerhouse Adam Lambert into the most unlikely of also-rans . "I'm sorry, I don't even know w ...

  26. Kris Allen Crowned 'American Idol' In Surprise Victory

    May 20, 2009 10:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kris Allen was crowned the "American Idol" Season 8 champ on Wednesday night (May 20), after nearly 100 million votes declared the 23-year-old Conway, Arkansas native the winner over runner-up Adam Lambert. During the two hour-plus season ...

  27. Lionel Richie Ready To 'Go' With Albums, Tour, Commodores Reunion

    May 18, 2009 9:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 After two albums of letting others forge his creative direction, Lionel Richie plans to take control again on his next album. For both 2006's "Going Home" and the new "Just Go," which comes out Tuesday, Richie worked with co ...

  28. May 6, 2009

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Grant McLennan of Go-Betweens dies in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia. He is 48. 2006 – Pink Floyd reaches the staggering plane of 1,500 weeks on the Billboard charts with its 1973 album “Dark Side of the Moon.” 2005 – Audioslave ...

  29. Lady GaGa Takes Top Spot On U.K. Singles Chart

    March 23, 2009 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Album releases aimed squarely at yesterday's Mothers' Day had a big impact on the new U.K. sales chart. Irish pop vocalist Ronan Keating's covers set "Songs For My Mother" (Polydor/Universal) entered at No. 1, while on the s ...

  30. American Idol

    American Idol

    March 10, 2009 5:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard talks to 'American Idol' insiders and surveys the Season 8 field and judges to delve into just how much of a chance the 2009 crop of contestants has for long-lasting fame. music , season 8 , mentors , audience , Record Labels , A ...

  31. Fox, Winehouse Win German Echo Awards

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST German hip hop newcomer Peter Fox was the big winner at the Echo awards, collecting three awards at the O2 World Arena in front of 10,000 guests in Berlin. He received the awards in the categories best national/international hip hop/urban artist, ...

  32. Richie Set For Echo Awards Honor

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST During the Feb. 21 Echo Awards at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Lionel Richie will be receiving a special award in recognition of the entire achievements of the legendary Motown label as well as his own lifetime achievements. Richie will also be p ...

  33. Usher, Etheridge, Death Cab Rock Inaugural CD/DVD

    January 13, 2009 6:24 PM EST 0 0 0 "Change Is Now" Features Top Artists, Obama Speeches. Stevie Wonder, will.i.am, Melissa Etheridge, Jennifer Hudson, Death Cab For Cutie and Usher are among the artists featured on "Change Is Now: Renewing America's Promise," ...

  34. This Day in Music

    December 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Natalie Merchant is the subject of a televised concert on the Oxygen network. "Up Close And Personal With Natalie Merchant," which is aired and streamed on the network's Web site simultaneously 2001 - Natalie Merchant is the su ...

  35. Simon Says: Five Hints About 'Idol' '09

    December 17, 2008 2:03 PM EST 0 0 0 In a conference call with reporters this morning (Dec. 17), surly-as-ever "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell revealed some highlights for the forthcoming eighth season of the show, which begins Jan. 13 on Fox. And don't worry Paula -- ...

  36. This Day in Music

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Music veteran Bert Reid dies at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York of lung cancer. He is 48. 2004 - Music veteran Bert Reid dies at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York of lung cancer. He is 48. 2001 - Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic f ...

  37. Lionel Richie Back With New Studio Album

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Lionel Richie is a man who can't slow down. In addition to his upcoming appearance on Dick Clark's ABC-TV special, "New Year's Rockin' Eve," the singer/songwriter is shifting into promotion mode for his next Island Re ...

  38. Fallout From Terror Attacks For India's Live Biz

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST At a time when some international recording artists are looking to include India in their Asian touring itineraries, the late November terrorist attacks in Mumbai could have a damaging impact on the country's emerging live entertainment busin ...

  39. Chart Beat Chat

    November 26, 2008 2:28 PM EST 0 0 0 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Hello Fred, I'm afraid it might get lost in the shuffle but it certainly was a milestone at the time. But it is just 10 years since the Hot 100 dropped its rule of commercial availability. On Dec. 5, 1998, the Hot 100 featured ...

  40. Nov 26th 2008

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST – Tony Sylvester, founding member of the R&B trio Main Ingredient, dies in New York at the age of 66. 2006 – Raul Velasco, the legendary host of Mexican TV show "Siempre En Domingo" and champion of countless artists, dies of natur ...

  41. This Day in Music

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Tony Sylvester, founding member of the R&B trio Main Ingredient, dies in New York at the age of 66. 2006 - Tony Sylvester, founding member of the R&B trio Main Ingredient, dies in New York at the age of 66. 2006 - Raul Velasco, the le ...

  42. Hallmark, Motown Link For Valentine's Day CD

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Hallmark Cards Inc. will extend its lineup of seasonal and themed CDs with "Heart & Soul--Celebrating 50 Years of Motown," Billboard.biz has learned exclusively. The 2009 Valentine's Day CD will offer a selection of 10 classic s ...

  43. David Cook, "David Cook"

    November 21, 2008 6:13 PM EST 0 0 0 In just a few short months, David Cook went from no-name aspiring singer/songwriter to household-name "American Idol" winner. He went from zero chart ink to having a whopping 11 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 at once, the highest since the ...

  44. Cook-ing With Gas

    November 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 In just a few short months, David Cook went from no-name aspiring singer/songwriter to household-name "American Idol" winner. In just a few short months, David Cook went from no-name aspiring singer/songwriter to household-name "Ameri ...

  45. This Day in Music

    November 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Pink Floyd, the Kinks and the Eurythmics are among the honorees inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. The second annual show, which takes place in a ceremony at London's Alexandra Palace, 2005 - Pink Floyd, the Kinks and the Eurythm ...

  46. This Day in Music

    November 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST - French female artist Camille receives the Prix Constantin during a show held at the Olympia venue in Paris. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter wins for her second album "Le Fil" (Virgin). The p 2005 - French female artist Camille rec ...

  47. Akon's New 'Freedom' Comes With Fresh Sound

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Although there are some signature "Konvict" songs on his forthcoming album "Freedom," Akon says his fans should expect a new style on the Konvict/Upfront/SRC/Universal Records set, due Dec. 2. "Now we Although there are some ...

  48. Akon, Ne-Yo Give Lionel Richie A Lift

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Lionel Richie has Akon and Ne-Yo in his corner on his new studio album, "Just Go," due Feb. 17 via Island. First single "Good Morning," produced by the Movement, arrives at urban AC stations today. Lionel Richie has Akon and Ne-Y ...

  49. Motown Collects Every No. 1 On Boxed Set

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Motown will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a mammoth boxed set, "Motown: The Complete No. 1's," due Dec. 9. Motown will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a mammoth boxed set, "Motown: The Complete No. 1's," due D ...

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