1. Columbia to Release 'Twenty Feet from Stardom' Soundtrack feat. Film's Stars, Lou Reed, Bowie and More

    May 22, 2013 1:40 PM EDT Columbia Records will release the soundtrack for the documentary "Twenty Feet from Stardom" on June 18, four days after the film opens theatrically. The film chronicles the lives of background singers, starting with Darlene Love, movin ...

  2. No Background Check on Michael Jackson's Doctor, Says Lawyer

    May 21, 2013 9:47 PM EDT AEG Live LLC did not conduct any background checks or supervise the doctor who was later convicted of killing Michael Jackson, a corporate attorney testified Tuesday in a lawsuit claiming the concert promoter was negligent in hiring the physicia ...

  3. AEG Lawyer Revises Testimony Related to Michael Jackson 'This Is It' Tour Contract

    May 21, 2013 6:21 PM EDT A corporate lawyer for concert giant AEG Live LLC on Tuesday revised his testimony and said the tour director of Michael Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It” concerts had a signed contract. AEG Live General Counsel Shawn Trell told jurors that he ha ...

  4. AEG Spent $24 Million On Jackson Concerts Says Witness

    May 20, 2013 3:48 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An accounting executive for AEG Live LLC testified on Monday that the company spent $24 million producing Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" concerts. The tally involved expenses compiled through October ...

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Mariah Carey Adds To Hot 100 Legacy

    May 16, 2013 6:35 PM EDT With the debut of "#Beautiful," Carey pads her historic Hot 100 discography. Plus, Michael Jackson's music is reaching new generations and Rod Stewart returns As "#Beautiful" bounds onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 24, Ma ...

  6. State Attorney Urges Court to Reject Michael Jackson Doctor's Appeal

    May 14, 2013 5:47 AM EDT The involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor should not be overturned because there were no serious errors made by the judge overseeing his criminal case, a state attorney wrote in a filing urging a court to reject his ...

  7. Breakdown Led Wade Robson to Reverse on Michael Jackson Sex Abuse Claims

    May 09, 2013 10:36 AM EDT A choreographer and television personality who was a key witness in Michael Jackson's successful defense against child molestation charges is seeking permission to file a claim against the singer's estate alleging the pop superstar sexua ...

  8. Michael Jackson's Doctor Unqualified In Many Areas, Expert Says

    May 07, 2013 10:04 PM EDT Michael Jackson's doctor was not qualified to treat the singer for insomnia or drug addiction and botched resuscitation efforts, an expert cardiologist testifying for the singer's mother told a jury on Tuesday. Dr. Daniel Wohlgelernter ...

  9. Michael Jackson Refused Help for Painkillers

    May 03, 2013 9:10 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother sat in court Thursday as a police detective testified that she told him the family had tried drug interventions for the singer, believing he was addicted to painkillers. But Detective Orlando Martinez said Katherine J ...

  10. Michael Jackson Civil Trial: Jurors Hear Voicemail Saying Singer Was Sick

    May 02, 2013 7:51 PM EDT Five days before Michael Jackson died, his manager called the singer's doctor, Conrad Murray, told him Jackson was sick, and implored him to have blood tests done, according to a voicemail played Thursday in court. The message left by Frank ...

  11. Michael Jackson Doctor Had Huge Debts, Detective Says

    May 01, 2013 7:36 PM EDT The doctor convicted of involuntarily killing Michael Jackson appeared to be on trial again Wednesday as a lawyer for Jackson's mother tried to show the physician's desperate financial situation drove him to extremes in his treatment o ...

  12. Paramedic is First Witness in Michael Jackson Civil Case

    April 30, 2013 9:41 PM EDT Jurors in the civil case between Michael Jackson's mother and concert giant AEG Live got another glimpse of the singer's private life on Tuesday through the eyes of a paramedic who described the singer's bedroom and the frantic ef ...

  13. April 30, 1983: Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' Hits No. 1 On Billboard Hot 100

    April 30, 2013 11:05 AM EDT The classic, featuring Eddie Van Halen, topped the tally 30 years ago today. MJ-mania was in full effect 30 years ago today: a week after Dexy's Midnight Runners ended Michael Jackson's seven-week command of the Billboard Hot 100 with &q ...

  14. Michael Jackson's Struggle With Drugs Detailed on Opening Day of Civil Trial

    April 29, 2013 10:00 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson's struggle against drug addiction was put on display Monday during opening statements at his mother's wrongful death case against concert promoter AEG Live. Competing portraits of Jackson emerged dur ...

  15. Civil Suit Between Michael Jackson's Mother and AEG Live Could Cost Billions

    April 29, 2013 11:03 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Millions, and possibly billions, of dollars are at stake in a civil trial starting Monday over allegations from Michael Jackson's mother that the company promoting his comeback failed to properly investigate the doctor c ...

  16. Michael Jackson Civil Trial Begins, With a Fortune at Stake

    April 29, 2013 10:30 AM EDT Millions, and possibly billions, of dollars are at stake in a civil trial starting Monday over allegations from Michael Jackson's mother that the company promoting his comeback failed to properly investigate the doctor convicted in his death. ...

  17. Calvin Harris Beats Michael Jackson To Set New U.K. Chart Record

    April 23, 2013 4:54 AM EDT Calvin Harris has become a record-holder in the U.K. by clocking-up eight chart hits from the one album. The Scottish DJ and producer on Sunday saw his song “I Need Your Love” FT Ellie Goulding climb 11-7, in doing so becoming the eighth track ...

  18. Jury Pool Trimmed As Michael Jackson Civil Trial Moves Ahead

    April 16, 2013 4:00 AM EDT The extensive connections of Michael Jackson, his family and friends became a challenge Monday for a judge trying to seat an impartial jury for his mother's wrongful death lawsuit against the company that promoted Jackson's ill-fated &q ...

  19. Michael Jackson Civil Case Jury Pool Grows To 104

    April 13, 2013 11:05 AM EDT The pool of potential jurors to hear a case filed over Michael Jackson's death has grown to 104 people. Attorneys and a judge concluded their second week of hardship screening on Friday. In-person questioning of the panel will begin on Mond ...

  20. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj Matches Mariah Carey's Hot 100 Mark

    April 12, 2013 3:04 AM EDT With the debut of 'High School,' Minaj notches her 44th Hot 100 hit, equaling the output of fellow 'American Idol' judge – and rival? – Carey Perhaps another element to add to their reported rivalry as judges on "Americ ...

  21. Michael Jackson Civil Case Jury Selection Begins

    April 02, 2013 10:26 PM EDT Jury selection began Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother against the promoter of the late pop star's planned comeback concerts. Dozens of prospective jurors answered written questionnaires that gauged their ability t ...

  22. Justin Timberlake Joins Exclusive Group Of Successful Soloists

    March 27, 2013 11:30 AM EDT JT becomes just the sixth artist to have tallied at least two Billboard 200 No. 1s each in a group and as a soloist. And, half the list consists of Beatles. As previously reported , Justin Timberlake's third solo album, "The 20/20 Expe ...

  23. Cirque's Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour Tops Hot Tours

    March 08, 2013 1:12 PM EST Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, Cirque du Soleil's touring production that has been playing arenas in North America and Europe since October 2011, owns the No. 1 ranking on this week's Hot Tours tally with grosses reported fro ...

  24. 'Smoking Gun' Email Suggests Link Between AEG and Michael Jackson's Death: Reports

    March 05, 2013 5:16 AM EST 0 0 0 A “smoking gun” email that allegedly links concert promoter AEG Live to the 2009 death of Michael Jackson was revealed this week in connection with the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother and children. The exchange between AEG Live co-C ...

  25. Alleged 'Smoking Gun' E-mail Suggests Link Between AEG and Michael Jackson's Death

    March 04, 2013 7:19 PM EST A “smoking gun” email that allegedly links concert promoter AEG Live to the 2009 death of Michael Jackson was revealed this week in connection with the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother and children. The exchange between AEG Live co ...

  26. Weekly Chart Notes: The Eagles' Greatest Hits

    March 01, 2013 9:05 AM EST As their music re-enters the Billboard 200 following the premiere of their Showtime documentary, a look back at the Eagles' biggest group and solo Hot 100 classics. "I was really reminded of how much fun we had. You couldn't have ...

  27. Backbeat: Professor ?uestlove Teaches Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ at NYU ‘Classic Albums’ Class

    February 28, 2013 7:01 PM EST To a certain type of music obsessive, a tutorial on classic albums with ?uestlove sounds more like a fantasy date than something you might actually get college credit for. Yet such a course exists at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of ...

  28. Cirque Confirms New Michael Jackson-Themed Vegas Show

    February 22, 2013 3:58 AM EST 0 0 0 Las Vegas is combining its love of mega pop-stars and over-the-top theatrics for a new Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show opening this summer. Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre announced Thursday that the company's newest show will be call ...

  29. Cirque Confirms New Michael Jackson-Themed Vegas Show

    February 22, 2013 3:49 AM EST Las Vegas is combining its love of mega pop-stars and over-the-top theatrics for a new Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show opening this summer. Cirque du Soleil CEO Daniel Lamarre announced Thursday that the company's newest show will be ca ...

  30. Super Bowl Halftime Shows: Who Got the Biggest Sales Bumps?

    February 01, 2013 11:28 AM EST Until Michael Jackson's Super Bowl performance 20 years ago, the halftime show was more about marching bands and card stunts than headliner superstars. In 2013, the most-watched TV event in the world is a magnet for superstar talent eager t ...

  31. David Braun, Renowned Music Lawyer and Former PolyGram CEO, Dies at 81

    January 29, 2013 4:25 PM EST David Braun, a prominent music lawyer who represented such superstars as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, George Harrison and Michael Jackson, died Wednesday in Santa Barbara after a long illness. He was 81. Among his survivors is his son Lloyd Braun, th ...

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  33. Hackers Sentenced for Stealing Unreleased Material From Michael Jackson, Other Sony Artists

    January 14, 2013 11:30 AM EST A British court sentenced two hackers to 100 hours of community service on Friday for stealing a treasure trove of unreleased music - including Michael Jackson tracks - from the U.S. servers of Sony Music Entertainment. Officials said that music a ...

  34. Hackers Sentenced for Stealing Unreleased Material From Michael Jackson, Other Sony Artists

    January 13, 2013 5:05 PM EST British court sentenced two hackers to 100 hours of community service on Friday for stealing a treasure trove of unreleased music - including Michael Jackson tracks - from the U.S. servers of Sony Music Entertainment. Officials said that music afi ...

  35. Weekly Chart Notes: Pop Radio's Folk Balancing Act

    January 11, 2013 4:12 PM EST 0 0 0 With the Lumineers, Phillip Phillips and Ed Sheeran in heavy rotation, how is the format handling an influx of folk/rock strumming? After last year brought a marked shift to an acceptance of unlikely alternative hits at pop radio from the likes of G ...

  36. Elvis Presley's Billboard Chart Records

    January 08, 2013 12:05 AM EST 0 0 0 On what would've been the King of Rock & Roll's 78th birthday, a look back at some of his most impressive chart achievements. Elvis Presley wasn't just the King of Rock & Roll. He remains Billboard chart royalty. On the annive ...

  37. 'Thriller' Actress Ola Ray Paid $75,000 in Royalties Dispute: Report

    January 04, 2013 10:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Ola Ray, who played Michael Jackson's terrorized girlfriend in his iconic "Thriller" video, settled a long-simmering royalties dispute with the singer's estate last year for $75,000. According to TMZ , the former Playboy Playmate ...

  38. Jay-Z, Coldplay Ring In 2013 With Epic Brooklyn Show

    January 01, 2013 7:40 AM EST 1 0 0 Jay-Z took the stage at Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Barclays Center at 11:59pm on New Year's Eve Monday night and rang in 2013 with Coldplay's Chris Martin singing along to "Auld Lang Syne." The singer and the rapper hugged, and then t ...

  39. New Year's Eve Without Dick Clark: Ryan Seacrest, 'Rockin' Eve' Execs Reflect

    December 31, 2012 11:20 AM EST Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006 (Photo: Getty Images) (Fred Bronson is a long-time Billboard contributor who has written for Dick Clark Productions for an even longer time. He writes for the American Music Award ...

  40. Morning Fix: Holiday Music Sales Drop; MP3 Player Sales Dwindle; Fiscal Cliff Nears; Britney Spears Exiting 'X Factor'?

    December 28, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters HOLIDAY BLUES: MUSIC SALES DOWN 10%: In the absence of a steady-selling blockbuster title like Adele 's "21" or Michael Buble ...

  41. Reggae Grammy Nominations Honor Veteran Acts, Snub Emerging Talent

    December 26, 2012 4:00 PM EST The nominations for the 2013 Best Reggae Album Grammy, as in previous years, acknowledge the genre's veteran acts while overlooking popular releases by a younger generation of artists. The nominees are Jimmy Cliff's "Rebirth" ( ...

  42. 2013 Grammy Awards: From The Editor

    December 21, 2012 11:45 AM EST What an amazing year it was for music! In reviewing the charts and essays in our just-published year-end double issue, it was hard to pick a favorite. Taylor Swift's Red sold 1.2 million copies its first week. Adele sold her 10 millionth copy ...

  43. The Grammys Go DIY: Social Media An Emphasis For 2013

    December 21, 2012 11:12 AM EST Despite the ongoing downward trend of TV ratings and pressures on the music industry, the Grammys are bigger than ever. Last year's ceremony, the 54th in the Recording Academy's history, drew nearly 40 million viewers to CBS, according t ...

  44. The Year In Chart Headlines, Part 2

    December 21, 2012 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Taylor Swift broke a longstanding record on Country Songs, as did Lil Wayne on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, new artists continued to break through. Before we move on to 2013, here's a chronological look back at the biggest Billboard chart headl ...

  45. One Direction Scores Second Million-Selling Album This Year With 'Take Me Home'

    December 19, 2012 7:49 PM EST This week, One Direction becomes the first act since 2005 to have two newly-released albums sell more than a million in a calendar year. In other words: They have released two albums since January, and both have already sold a million before the y ...

  46. One Direction Scores Second Million-Selling Album

    December 19, 2012 7:43 PM EST 0 0 0 This week, One Direction becomes the first act since 2005 to have two newly-released albums sell more than a million in a calendar year. In other words: They have released two albums since January, and both have already sold a million before the yea ...

  47. L.A. Reid to Be Honored at Pre-Grammy Gala; Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt at P&E Wing Event

    December 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. As part of the ...

  48. Top 25 Tours of 2012

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Chart Article Artists are ranked by gross, compiled from Billboard Boxscores reported from Nov. 9, 2011, to Nov. 13, 2012. The Best of 2012: The Year in Music | The Year in Touring 1 Madonna Total Gross: $228,406,085 Number of Shows: 72 Total Attend ...

  49. The Year In Pop 2012: Adele Repeats as Top Artist, Gotye Scores No. 1 Hot 100 Song

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After her watershed success in 2011, Adele triumphs again in 2012. She becomes the only act to be both the top artist of the year and have the No. 1 Billboard 200 album ("21") two years in a row. In 2011, she was the first woman to notch t ...

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