1. Charts

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT TobyMac Brings Christian Music Back To No. 1 For the first time since 1997-and only the third time ever-a Christian album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200. TobyMac lands his first chart-topper, "Eye on It", as it bows with 69,000 copies, ac ...

  2. Madonna, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Iron Maiden Top Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

    July 30, 2012 1:13 PM EDT Madonna's MDNA Tour continues to post big numbers, as the trek's gross rises to an overall $79.6 million from 22 reported shows. On the most recent Hot Tours chart, she ranks No. 1 with ticket sales totals reported from four sold out con ...

  3. Hot Tours: Madonna, Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw, Iron Maiden

    July 30, 2012 12:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Madonna 's MDNA Tour continues to post big numbers, as the trek's gross rises to an overall $79.6 million from 22 reported shows. On the most recent Hot Tours chart, she ranks No. 1 with ticket sales totals reported from four sold out conc ...

  4. Appeal of Small Venues Drives Midyear Success

    July 18, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Thanks to performances by newcomers, veterans and other special events, midsize venues enjoyed steady ticket sales during the midyear period. In addition to the top 10 venues recap of 15,001-plus-capacity arenas, Billboard's midyear touring c ...

  5. Rod Stewart To Release First Christmas Album This Fall

    June 28, 2012 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary singer signs with Universal Music Group for holiday set Rod Stewart has a new home at Universal Music Group. The legendary singer signed with Verve Music Group for a long-term, multi-album deal, chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge and Stewart& ...

  6. Rod Stewart Signs Long-Term Recording Agreement With Universal

    June 28, 2012 7:35 AM EDT Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart signed a long-term worldwide recording agreement with Universal Music Group yesterday (June 27). The multi-album deal sees the iconic artist working with Grammy award-winning producer, songwriter, a ...

  7. Business Matters: Spotify Does Many Things Well, But Radio Isn't One of Them

    June 19, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Spotify's Radio Problem -- Since June 2011 it has been quite easy to gauge what people think of the latest digital music service: see how much the market punished Pandora's stock. When Spotify launched on July 14, shares of Pandora fells ...

  8. Rock Hall Blames Voters for Donna Summer Snub, Calls Omission an 'Error'

    May 18, 2012 12:04 PM EDT It's a topic that's tough to avoid when discussing the accomplishments of Donna Summer, who died Thursday of cancer: Why is the legendary singer not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Donna Summer, 'Queen of Disco,' Dead at 63 ...

  9. Rock Hall Regrets Donna Summer Snub

    May 18, 2012 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 'Our Voting Group Has Failed,' Says Nominating Committee Chairman It's a topic that's hard to avoid when discussing the achievements of Donna Summer , who died Thursday of cancer : Why is the legendary singer not in the Rock and ...

  10. Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Bassist With Booker T. and the MGs, Stax, Dead at 70

    May 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT Bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers as well as a studio musician for the legendary Stax studios who played with countless m ...

  11. Verve Music Group Appoints Robert Smith as General Manager

    May 03, 2012 3:59 PM EDT 0 0 Verve Music Group today announced the appointment of Robert Smith the general manager. Smith will report to Verve chairman David Foster. In his new role, Smith will be in charge of all label operations, overseeing marketing, promotional, digital and s ...

  12. Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    April 15, 2012 10:29 AM EDT (Getty Images) Some of the key figures weren't there, but those who were present at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night delivered a heartfelt and epic celebration -- much to the delight of both the ...

  13. Rock Hall Inducts Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

    April 15, 2012 8:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Some of the key figures weren't there, but those who were present at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night delivered a heartfelt and epic celebration -- much to the delight of both the high rollers at t ...

  14. Rod Stewart To Skip Faces Reunion At Rock Hall Induction Due To Illness

    April 13, 2012 3:42 PM EDT The Faces (minus Rod Stewart) presenting a copy of Faces 1969-75 , their deluxe limited edition book published by Britain's Genesis Publications, to the Rock Hall's Library and Archives. (Photo: Gary Graff) Just like that, the Faces reun ...

  15. Rod Stewart Sick, Will Miss Faces Reunion at Rock Hall

    April 13, 2012 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Flu Keeping Singer From His Second Induction Ceremony; Simply Red's Mick Hucknall to Fill In Just like that, the Faces reunion with Rod Stewart has been called off. The remaining three members of the legendary band announced today (April 13) at ...

  16. Faces Ready to 'Cause Havoc' at Rock Hall: 'We're Naughty Little Boys, Still'

    April 12, 2012 6:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kenney Jones says that, in typical Faces fashion, the group has some work to do before being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday [April 12] in Cleveland. The drummer tells Billboard.com that he, guitarist Ronnie Wood and keyboar ...

  17. Rock Hall: Axl Rose Will Miss Faces Reunion, Chili Peppers + More

    April 12, 2012 1:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Green Day Still Confirmed to Induct Guns N' Roses on April 14 G uns N' Roses will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend, despite Axl Rose's bombshell decision on Wednesday to boycott the event due to various gri ...

  18. Rolling Stones Entering Studio Soon

    April 10, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ronnie Wood says the Rolling Stones will meet in a recording studio later this month "to just throw some ideas around." The guitarist for the legendary rock group said Monday that he and the band just want "to get the feel again." ...

  19. Ronnie Wood: Rolling Stones To Go Into Studio Soon

    April 09, 2012 10:07 PM EDT Ronnie Wood says the Rolling Stones will meet in a recording studio later this month "to just throw some ideas around." The guitarist for the legendary rock group said Monday that he and the band just want "to get the feel again.&qu ...

  20. Madonna Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lionel Richie at No. 2

    April 03, 2012 6:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 M adonna scores her eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of her "MDNA," while Lionel Richie 's all-star country collaborations covers album "Tuskegee" bows in the runner-up slot -- his highest-chartin ...

  21. Madonna's 'MDNA' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lionel Richie Bows at No. 2

    April 03, 2012 5:56 PM EDT Madonna scores her eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of her "MDNA," while Lionel Richie's all-star country collaborations covers album "Tuskegee" bows in the runner-up slot -- his highest-chartin ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Weekly Chart Notes: Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Madonna

    March 02, 2012 2:55 PM EST 0 0 0 What goes around comes around when it comes to hit songs' borrowed lyrics. CATCH(Y)PHRASES: Sometimes a song's lyrics lift an unfamiliar expression to pop culture prominence, from R.E.M.'s 1991 hit "Losing My Religion," a So ...

  24. Backbeat: Howard Shore, Siedah Garrett, Ludovic Bource, Other Oscar Nominated Composers, Songwriters Gather Before Big Day

    February 26, 2012 8:41 AM EST Oscar nominees, from left, Brett McKenzie, Ludovic Bource, Sergio Mednes, Siedah Garrett and Alberto Iglesias chat before offical photograohs are taken as the annual Society of Composers and Lyricists pre-Oscar party. (Photo: Phil Gallo) Most of t ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Marc Anthony To Receive Founders Award At ASCAP Latin Music Awards

    January 30, 2012 7:30 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will honor Marc Anthony with its "Founders Award" during its 20th annual Latin Music Awards taking place March 20 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The awards ce ...

  28. Billboard Power 100: Dennis Arfa

    January 26, 2012 11:09 PM EST No. 57 Dennis Arfa President/CEO Artist Group International Consummate Showman... Need a concert tour gift-wrapped as a special event? Call Dennis Arfa. The president/CEO of Artist Group International has a knack for packaging. Long before multipl ...

  29. Exclusive: AGI Acquired By Yucaipa

    January 05, 2012 5:00 AM EST Artist Group International (AGI), the leading independent music booking agency whose clients include Billy Joel, Metallica, Rod Stewart, Linkin Park, Rush, Def Leppard, Rammstein, Motley Crue, Volbeat and Hollywood Undead, has been acquired by the ...

  30. Rock Hall Reactions: Beastie Boys Call It 'Crazy,' GNR Humbled, Donovan 'Pleased as Punch'

    December 08, 2011 10:20 AM EST 0 0 0 Several newly announced inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have issued gleeful reactions, including members of The Faces , The Beastie Boys and a patriotic message marking Pearl Harbor Day from the current incarnation of Guns N' Roses ...

  31. 'Drift Away' Singer Dobie Gray Dies

    December 07, 2011 11:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Soul-pop singer Dobie Gray , who had a top 5 hit in 1973 with the song "Drift Away," has died. The news came on the evening of Dec. 6 via his official website, although no cause of death was listed. He was 71 Born near Houston in 1940 to a ...

  32. Rock Hall Inductees 2012: Guns N' Roses, Beastie Boys Make Grade

    December 07, 2011 3:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Cleveland Calls Up Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faces, Laura Nyro, Donovan Ian MacLagan of the Small Faces and Faces put it best: "There's going to be some rock 'n' roll up on that stage" at the 27th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of F ...

  33. Ask Billboard: Uncovering Potentially Uncoverable Songs

    November 18, 2011 7:15 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 ...

  34. Rock Hall Nominees Include Guns N' Roses, Cure, Joan Jett & Faces

    September 27, 2011 6:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Guns N' Roses , Heart , Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and The Cure are among the first-timers on short list of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2011, joining returning hopefuls the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Pe ...

  35. Is Adele's 'Someone Like You' The First No. 1 Piano-And-Vocal-Only Ballad?

    September 13, 2011 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 H ello Gary! I was amazed (and very, very happy) that Adele 's wonderful and mesmerizing ballad "Someone Like You" has made it all the way to the top of the Hot 100 , helped by her incredible performance at the MTV Video Music Awards ...

  36. Billboard Bits: Lou Reed & Metallica Name Collaboration, 'Glee Project' Names Two Winners

    August 22, 2011 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lou Reed & Metallica Name Forthcoming Collaboration This fall's hotly anticipated mash-up of heavy metal gods Metallica and former Velvet Underground kingpin/acc ...

  37. Hot Tours: Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Rod Stewart

    June 24, 2011 5:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bon Jovi is back in a familiar spot, the No. 1 slot on Billboard's Hot Tours rankings, thanks to box office grosses from the final North American concerts on the Live 2011 Tour that began in February. The 12 concerts reported during the past we ...

  38. Keith Richards Working on X-pensive Winos Project

    May 12, 2011 12:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 K eith Richards , in his uniquely cryptic manner, has suggested that an X-pensive Winos project may come to fruition before another Rolling Stones tour, which had been expected this year. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday (May 11) on his & ...

  39. Rod Stewart To Begin Two-Year Las Vegas Residency In August

    May 10, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Rod Stewart will join Celine Dion and Elton John at Las Vegas' Colosseum at Caesars Palace, beginning a two-year residency on Aug. 24. The first 18 concerts of "Rod Stewart: The Hits" go on sale May 15. Stewart says the show will be ...

  40. Hot Tours: Justin Bieber, Keith Urban, Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks

    May 04, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 J ustin Bieber tops the Hot Tours rankings with box office grosses reported from the first two venues on the Australian leg of his My World Tour during April and May. Arenas in Brisbane and Sydney hosted the Canadian pop star with sold out crowds in ...

  41. Rod Stewart Honored at ASCAP Pop Awards

    April 28, 2011 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 While known more as an interpreter, Rod Stewart is a mean songwriter when he puts his mind to it, and he was honored Wednesday at the 28th annual ASCAP Pop Awards in Los Angeles, particularly for the string of hits he wrote in the 1970s. Stewart tol ...

  42. Rod Stewart Honored at ASCAP's Pop Music Awards

    April 28, 2011 11:28 AM EDT While known more as an interpreter, Rod Stewart is no mean songwriter when he puts his mind to it, and he was honored Wednesday at the 28th annual ASCAP Pop Awards in Los Angeles , particularly for the string of hits he wrote in the 1970s. Stewart ...

  43. Dr. Luke, Max Martin Win Songwriters of the Year at ASCAP Pop Music Awards

    April 28, 2011 8:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hitmakers and frequent collaborators Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Max Martin shared the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award, presented at the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers annual award ceremony held Wednesday night ...

  44. Stevie Nicks Calls New Album 'My Own Little 'Rumours''

    April 27, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Stevie Nicks says it wasn't her intention to take a decade between solo albums. Nicks -- whose "In Your Dreams," the follow-up to 2001's "Trouble in Shangri-La," comes out May 3 -- tells Billboard.com that she was ready ...

  45. Manny Pacquiao, Boxing Champion, to Release 'Sometimes When We Touch'

    April 22, 2011 8:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is adding another job to his resume. The welterweight champion, Filipino congressman and actor is releasing a song on April 28. Pacquiao's recording of "Sometimes When We Touch" will be released globally ...

  46. Hot Tours: U2, Elton John, Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks

    April 21, 2011 5:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 U2 tops the Hot Tours rankings with over $60 million in ticket sales from three venues on the South American leg of the band's ongoing worldwide tour. The 360° Tour that began in June 2009 made its only trek to the continent during March and Ap ...

  47. Weekly Chart Notes: Katy Perry, Beastie Boys, NKOTBSB

    April 14, 2011 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 POP AND HIP 'HOP': Astute Chart Beat reader Jonathan Gregas from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, sent the following e-mail earlier this week: "Dear Gary, Over the weekend, Katy Perry 's 'E.T.,' featuring Kanye West , was a ...

  48. Kimberly Stewart, Rod's Daughter, Expecting Baby with Benicio del Toro

    April 11, 2011 4:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kimberly Stewart -- the daughter of veteran rock crooner Rod Stewart -- is expecting her first child with actor Benicio del Toro, the actor confirmed via a statement. "Kimberly is pregnant. Benicio is the father and is very supportive," de ...

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