1. 'Voice' Winner Javier Colon to Play Ray Charles on 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 9:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming episo ...

  2. Javier Colon, Raphael Saadiq, Colbie Caillat Join 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 6:37 PM EDT Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming epi ...

  3. Lost Ray Charles 1961 Concerts Coming To DVD

    September 12, 2011 6:32 PM EDT Fans will soon be able to watch the legendary Ray Charles in his prime, thanks to the Oct. 25 worldwide DVD release: "Ray Charles Live in France 1961." The Eagle Rock Entertainment and Reelin' In The Years Productions project was cu ...

  4. Motown Legend Nick Ashford Dies at 70

    August 22, 2011 9:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publici ...

  5. Gene McDaniels, Sixties Soul Hitmaker, Dies at 76

    August 03, 2011 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Gene McDaniels , a hit-making machine in the 1960s and 1970s best known for writing Roberta Flack 's "Feel Like Makin' Love" and for his own soul-pop gem "Tower of Strength," died at his Maine home on Friday (July 29), ...

  6. Ask Billboard: The Republic Of Ryan Tedder

    July 22, 2011 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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 co ...

  7. Born in the U.S.A.: Top Artists by State, Readers Respond

    July 06, 2011 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 As you hopefully celebrated July 4th with friends, family, food (up-close) and fireworks (from a safe distance), Chart Beat considered the musical artists most associated with each U.S. state . Billy Joel , for example, represented New York; Ray Cha ...

  8. From Sea To Shining Sea, FM Radio Salutes America

    May 02, 2011 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 A s previously reported , following the news that U.S. forces had killed Osama Bin Laden yesterday , many New York FM radio shows this morning (May 2) reacted by airing pro-American music and commentary. Across the country, other stations in a varie ...

  9. In Wake of Osama Bin Laden's Death, New York Radio Turns Patriotic

    May 02, 2011 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Following the media-saturating news that U.S. forces had killed Osama Bin Laden yesterday , many New York FM radio shows this morning (May 2) reacted by airing pro-American songs and sentiments. Both adult pop WPLJ (95.5) and adult contemporary WWFS ...

  10. Casey Abrams Saved by Judges on 'American Idol'

    March 24, 2011 10:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 While fans expected one contestant to be sent packing on tonight's (Mar. 24) "American Idol" elimination, the episode's outcome was more about coming than going. All 11 contestants will be joining the "American Idol" to ...

  11. 1000 NUMBER ONES: THE '60s

    March 02, 2011 1:00 PM EST 0 0 Girl Groups. Beatles. Beach Boys. Elvis. Released in October 1959, Marty Robbins' Grammy Award-winning "El Paso" was the first No. 1 of the 1960s. Accompanied by Spanish guitar, the haunting song (later covered by the Grateful Dead) was ...

  12. Warren Haynes Mines His Soul Roots On 'Man in Motion' Album, Due in May

    February 24, 2011 12:28 PM EST 0 0 0 G ov't Mule co-founder and Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes will shows his roots as a soul man with the May 10 release of his fourth solo album, "Man in Motion" (Stax/Concord Music Group). The 10-song set, recorded in Will ...

  13. The Power Of Love: Analyzing The Hot 100's 1,000 No. 1s

    February 23, 2011 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 How did I spend my long weekend, plus a(n unhealthy) portion of yesterday? Analyzing the subject matter of all 1,000 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, of course! I wondered if by dissecting the content of each leading song since the Hot 100's launch Au ...

  14. 'American Idol' Top 5 Hollywood Auditions, from Casey Abrams to Ashton Jones

    February 17, 2011 11:16 PM EST 0 0 0 After a drama-filled group round last night in "Hollywood," the remaining "American Idol" hopefuls were narrowed down from 100 to 60 with their final solo auditions. It was a solid night all around, with Casey Abrams and John Way ...

  15. 29 Black Music Milestones: Ray Charles' 'Georgia' Becomes State Song

    February 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 While the song "Georgia On My Mind" had been around for thirty years when Ray Charles -- at the suggestion of his driver -- learned the words and recorded it in 1960, it wasn't until the piano man sang the tune that it became a hit... ...

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj, Wiz Khalifa, 'Glee'

    February 10, 2011 6:55 PM EST 0 0 0 NICKI OF TIME: Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" ascends to the Billboard 200 summit in its 11th week, marking the steadiest climb to No. 1 since Ray Charles ' "Genius Loves Company" reached the top spot in its 25th week dat ...

  17. Brian McKnight Returns to 'Old School R&B' on New Songs

    February 10, 2011 4:45 PM EST 0 0 0 B rian McKnight has recorded four new songs to be part of a live CD/DVD package, "Just Me," which the singer, songwriter, producer and TV personality will be releasing in April, with a first single due some time this month. "I'm ...

  18. Billy Preston Debut Re-Released for Black History Month

    February 10, 2011 12:06 PM EST 0 0 0 In recognition of Black History Month, ABKCO Records will release "16 Year Old Soul," the album that launched the career of Billy Preston , on Feb. 22. The release will mark the first time the LP is available in more than 45 years. "1 ...

  19. Nicki Minaj Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200, Crosses 1 Million Sales

    February 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 N icki Minaj crowns the Billboard 200 albums chart for the first time, as her "Pink Friday" set steps 3-1 in its 11th week on the list (45,000; up 18% per Nielsen SoundScan). "Pink" also pushes past the 1 million total sales mark ...

  20. 'American Idol' Top 5 Austin Auditions, from Casey Abrams to Janelle Arthur

    February 03, 2011 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 S teven Tyler , Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson were able to uncover a slew of talented singers -- some single, others paired with their significant other -- when "American Idol" headed to Austin on Wednesday night (Feb. 2). Country music ...

  21. 'American Idol' Hits Austin, John Wayne Schulz & Janelle Arthur Bring Country Charm

    February 02, 2011 9:15 PM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol" headed to Austin, Texas for Wednesday night's (Feb. 2) episode, and the show's third-ever trip to the city paid off, with 50 hopefuls getting tickets to Hollywood and contestants John Wayne Schulz and Janelle Arth ...

  22. 'American Idol' Premiere Plays Nice with Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler

    January 20, 2011 12:49 AM EST 0 0 0 "American Idol" returned to Fox for its 10th season premiere on Wednesday night (Jan. 19), and with new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez also making their debuts -- and the reliably affable Randy Jackson occupying Simon Cowell's ...

  23. Ask Billboard: Ke$ha, Band-Aid, Eddie Murphy

    December 17, 2010 4:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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 co ...

  24. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee' Cast, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars

    December 09, 2010 3:35 PM EST 0 0 0 'GLEE' MARKS MILESTONE: The "Glee" cast becomes the second act in the Billboard Hot 100 's 52-year history to total at least 100 chart entries. With five new titles, including the Hot Shot Debut, its rendition of Florence + ...

  25. Producer Of Ray Charles Musical Sues Investor

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST "Jersey Boys," the Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is a big hit. Why not a production based on the life of Ray Charles? After all, Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for playing the soul icon in 2005. It turns out that Os ...

  26. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Black Eyed Peas, Susan Boyle

    November 18, 2010 6:35 PM EST 0 0 0 CLASS RANK: The "Glee" cast accomplishes a feat on the Billboard Hot 100 that it couldn't quite manage at Regionals. While McKinley High School's show choir placed third in its most important singing competition to-date in the &q ...

  27. 'Featuring' Norah Jones Track-By-Track

    November 10, 2010 10:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Over the years, jazzy pop chanteuse and pianist Norah Jones has teamed up with many of her favorite artists, and now she's collected 18 tracks for an entire album of collaborations on her tunes, their tunes, covers and even seasonal favorites l ...

  28. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Lil Wayne, Tech N9ne, Trey Songz

    November 05, 2010 11:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne 's "I Am Not A Human Being" ties Alicia Keys ' "The Element Of Freedom" for the year's third longest run at No. 1 as it picks up a fifth week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Eminem 's "Recovery&quo ...

  29. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several ...

  30. Ray Charles, "Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters"

    October 29, 2010 2:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 A collection of previously unreleased tracks can sometimes feel like a mishmash of songs that have nothing in common other than never being released. But that's not the case with the new Ray Charles album, "Rare Genius." The 10-track ...

  31. Ray Charles and Johnny Cash 'Lost' Duet Surfaces

    October 22, 2010 3:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 The discovery of letters involving two icons of American music- Johnny Cash and Ray Charles -has led to the release of a "lost" duet the two recorded nearly 30 years ago. "Why Me, Lord?," written by Kris Kristofferson , was recor ...

  32. BACKBEAT: The Grammy Museum Discusses The Making Of Ray Charles' Unreleased "Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters"

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The making of Ray Charles’ previously unreleased “Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters” was the topic of conversation at the Grammy Museum’s “The Drop” series, presented by American Express, on September 21. The album, which is being released on ...

  33. 'Glee' Cast Breaks Beatles' Hot 100 Record

    October 06, 2010 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 With six debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Oct. 16, to be released Thursday (Oct. 7), the cast of Fox's "Glee" will pass the Beatles for most appearances among non-solo acts in the chart's 52-year history. The "Glee" ...

  34. 'Glee' Cast Breaks Beatles' Hot 100 Record

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With six debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Oct. 16, to be released Thursday (Oct. 7), the cast of Fox's "Glee" will pass the Beatles for most appearances among non-solo acts in the chart's 52-year history. The "Glee& ...

  35. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga Turning Meat Dress into Jerky, Drake Working with Rihanna

    September 24, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga's Meat Dress to Be Made Into Jerky Lady Gaga 's meat dress from the MTV VMAs is set to be preserved and dried in the form of jerky. The purpose of the ...

  36. Weekly Chart Notes: Lil Wayne, Lady Antebellum, John Mellencamp

    August 26, 2010 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 'ABOVE' AND BEYOND: With his highest career debut as a lead artist, Lil Wayne becomes one of just 10 acts in the Billboard Hot 100 's history to make at least 60 visits to the survey. "Right Above It" soars in as the Hot 100 ...

  37. Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Katy Perry, Billy Ray Cyrus

    August 19, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 ONE OF THE BOYS: As "Recovery" spends a sixth week atop the Billboard 200 and "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna , tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth frame, Eminem joins an elite group of male artists who have led both ...

  38. Norah Jones To Release Collaborations Albums

    August 19, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Norah Jones will release "…Featuring," an album featuring her musical collaborations of the past decade. The 18-songs set will be released on Nov. 2 on EMI's Blue Note Records. Ray Charle s, Willie Nelson , Dolly Parton , Outkast and ...

  39. Chart Beat Thursday: Sugarland, Avenged Sevenfold, Usher

    August 05, 2010 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 SWEET AND STICKY: Sugarland 's "Stuck Like Glue" affixes itself to the Billboard Hot 100 , arriving as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 20. The song is the 222nd in the Hot 100's history to enter inside the top 20. (The first was Herman ...

  40. Chart Beat Thursday: Justin Bieber, 'Glee,' Shakira

    June 17, 2010 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 'KID' STUFF: It's understandable if Justin Bieber is feeling old. On "Never Say Never," which enters the Billboard Hot 100 as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 33, the 16-year-old shares the mic with featured artist Jaden Smith, who ...

  41. Fagen, McDonald, Scaggs Join Forces For Rhythm Revue Tour

    June 14, 2010 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and Steely Dan's Donald Fagen will join forces as the Dukes of September this summer when they hit the road for the 15-date (and growing) Rhythm Revue tour, starting Aug 19 in Danbury, Conn. The jaunt is an outgrowt ...

  42. Watch Hanson "Shout It Out," Hear The Full Album Early

    June 01, 2010 5:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Shout It Out," Hanson 's first album in three years, will be released on June 8, but brothers Zac, Taylor and Isaac Hanson are letting you hear the whole thing a week early for free here on Billboard.com. The trio also stopped by rec ...

  43. Ray Charles "Hit The Road Jack"

    Ray Charles "Hit The Road Jack"

    May 28, 2010 12:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ray Charles performs "Hit The Road Jack" in São Paulo, Brazil on September 22, 1963. Ray Charles , performance , featuredVideo5 , Ray Charles , Performance , Ray Charles Videos Ray Charles Performance Ray Charles ...

  44. Ray Charles "Then I'll Be Home"

    Ray Charles "Then I'll Be Home"

    May 28, 2010 12:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ray Charles performs "Then I'll Be Home" in Montreux, Switzerland on July 19, 1997 Ray Charles , performance , Ray Charles , Performance , Ray Charles Videos Ray Charles Performance Ray Charles ...

  45. Ray Charles’ Publishing Goldmine

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ray Charles is a music publisher’s dream. Not only did he write songs that stand the test of time, but his interpretations of other songwriter’s tunes could turn them into royalty-generating goldmines. Charles wrote classics like “What I’d Say” an ...

  46. Concord, Rhino Burnish Ray Charles Catalog

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With events marking the celebration of Ray Charles’ 80th birthday Sept 23, and a new Ray Charles musical bowing on Broadway this fall, executives at Concord Records, Rhino Records and the Ray Charles Foundation are gearing up for busy months ahead ...

  47. The Ray Charles Foundation Carries On Philanthropic Goals

    May 27, 2010 5:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Ray Charles died on June 10, 2004, he left behind not only a treasury of American music, but the resources to help the less fortunate, through the work of the Ray Charles Foundation. The charity launched in 1986 as a corporation called the Robi ...

  48. Six Key Ray Charles 80th Birthday Happenings

    May 27, 2010 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Several events are being held to honor the life and legacy of Ray Charles in this year that marks the 80th anniversary of his birth on Sept. 23, 1930. Rare & Unseen Ray Charles Photos | Charles: The Legend Charles on the Charts | Charles Charity ...

  49. Ray Charles On The Charts

    May 27, 2010 5:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ray Charles ' legacy on the Billboard charts stretches back to 1949, when - as part of the Maxin Trio with G.D. McKee and Milton Garred - he charted his first single with "Confession Blues." The cut reached No. 2 on what was then call ...

  50. Web Exclusives: The Legacy of Ray Charles

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Concord, Rhino Burnish Ray Charles Catalog With events marking the celebration of Ray Charles’ 80th birthday Sept 23, and a new Ray Charles musical bowing on Broadway this fall, executives at Concord Records, Rhino Records and the Ray Charles Foun ...

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