1. The Greatest of Oz: Concert Promoter Michael Chugg's Legendary 50 Years

    July 01, 2014 1:29 PM EDT From ABBA to Keith Urban, Australia's Michael Chugg celebrates a half-century of concert promotion. This article first appeared in the July 5th issue of Billboard Magazine . Michael Chugg has a surprising well of energy, especially for a man ...

  2. Jazz Pianist Paul Smith Dies at 91

    July 03, 2013 1:17 AM EDT Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, composer and arranger who worked with such greats as Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole and Dizzy Gillespie, has died at 91. Publicist Alan Eichler tells the Los Angeles Times that Smith died Saturday at a Torrance ...

  3. Kaye Stevens, Singer-Actress, Dies at 79

    December 30, 2011 10:55 AM EST 0 0 0 Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," has died at a central Florida hospital. She was 79. Close friend Gerry Schweitzer confirmed that Stevens ...

  4. Dean Martin Renaissance On Deck with New CD, DVD, Book Launches

    March 21, 2011 2:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hoping to extend the renaissance of Dean Martin that has occurred over the last five years, a collection of DVDs, CDs and a coffee table book will be released in late May and June, while a boxed set is in the works with an eye for a release late thi ...

  5. Remembering 15 Forgotten Hot 100 No. 1s

    March 09, 2011 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 As Billboard celebrates 1,000 No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100's storied archives , it's inevitable that certain past toppers require an extra pause before triggering recognition. Despite all 1,000 titles having earned the honor of, at leas ...

  6. Artist Vs. Label: From Petty to Nelly, Ten Infamous Music Industry Spats

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST When rapper Nelly took to Twitter on Monday (Nov. 29) to vent about lackluster sales of his latest album, "5.0," he blamed his label, thereby joining a long, distinguished line of embittered artists who've taken their record compani ...

  7. Exclusive: Michael Jackson Was Working On Two Albums

    July 02, 2009 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 At the time of Michael Jackson's death, it was well-known that he was preparing for a 50-show concert series at London's O2 Arena. What was less well-known -- and what many are now speculating about -- was what kind of recordings Jackson h ...

  8. May 16, 2009

    May 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Britney Spears’ second album, “Oops!… I Did It Again” sells 1.3 million copies in its debut week, setting a new record for highest debut by a female artist. 2000 – The Artist Formerly Known As Prince announces that he will start using his nam ...

  9. May 11, 2009

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Drummer John Rutsey, formerly of Rush, dies from a diabetes-related heart attack in his sleep at the age of 55. 2006 – Guitarist Dave Baksh announces he is leaving Sum 41 to pursue his career with his second band, Brown Brigade. 2004 – R& ...

  10. Adam Lambert Is 'Feeling Good' After 'Idol' Rat Pack Night

    April 29, 2009 8:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Paula Abdul stopped just short of declaring Adam Lambert the future winner of "American Idol." Instead, she compared him to a certain Olympic swimmer. The "Idol" judge praised yet another Lambert performance Tuesday night, tellin ...

  11. This Day in Music

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood perform a holiday show at the Palace at Auburn Hills (Mich.) to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The Country Cares concert is presented by Detroit 2005 - Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie U ...

  12. Sam Sparro

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Spin a globe and put a finger down: chances are, the wherever your finger lands, the locale loves and plays host to its own dance scenes. Having lived all over the world, Sam Sparro has absorbed so ma Spin a globe and put a finger down: chances are, ...

  13. This Day in Music

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member of the Minneapolis-based rock act Soul Asylum, dies at his home. He was 41. Diagnosed with throat cancer in May 2004, Mueller underwent radiation treat 2005 - Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member ...

  14. This Day in Music

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Maroon 5, Lil Jon and Crosby, Stills & Nash were among those honored at BMI's 54th annual Pop Awards ceremony, held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Maroon 5 takes song 2006 - Maroon 5, Lil Jon and Crosby, Stills ...

  15. Ne-Yo In A Rat Pack State Of Mind With New CD

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Barely a year after his last album, Ne-Yo will return this summer with his third release, "Year of the Gentleman." Due June 24 via Def Jam, the set is led by the Stargate-produced single "Closer," a f Barely a year after his last ...

  16. Ne-Yo's 'Gentleman' Inspired By Davis, Sinatra

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo will release his third album titled "Year Of The Gentleman," on June 24 via Def Jam Records. The set, says the Las Vegas native, is inspired by the likes of Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. "Years a ...

  17. This Day in Music

    December 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood perform a holiday show at the Palace at Auburn Hills (Mich.) to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The Country Cares concert is presented by Detroit 2005 - Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie U ...

  18. Conga Legend Valdes Dies At 81

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Master conga player Carlos "Patato" Valdes, the man that Tito Puente once called "the greatest conguero alive," died in New York last night (Dec. 4) of lung failure. He was 81. Master conga player Carlos "Patato" Valdes ...

  19. This Day in Music

    June 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member of the Minneapolis-based rock act Soul Asylum, dies at his home. He was 41. Diagnosed with throat cancer in May 2004, Mueller underwent radiation treat 2005 - Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member ...

  20. This Day in Music

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Maroon 5, Lil Jon and Crosby, Stills & Nash were among those honored at BMI's 54th annual Pop Awards ceremony, held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Maroon 5 takes song 2006 - Maroon 5, Lil Jon and Crosby, Stills ...

  21. Hudson, Beyonce Star At Soul Train Awards

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson added another award to her trophy chest during the 21st annual Soul Train Music Awards. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson added another award to her trophy chest during the 21st annual Soul Train Music Awards. The presentatio ...

  22. Billboard Bits: Paul Anka, Black Sabbath, Sia

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Veteran entertainer Paul Anka has inked a new deal with Decca for his next album, "My Way -- Swings & Strings," Billboard.com has learned. The set is due May 1 and features a blend of new recordin Veteran entertainer Paul Anka has inke ...

  23. This Day in Music

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>Aimee Mann headlines a Seattle "release party" for Sub Pop's "Badlands: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska," issued the month before. Mann is joined by fellow contributors Damien 2005 - ...

  24. This Day in Music

    June 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1998 - </b>R&B vocalist Jody Watley says she was told "by the powers that be" at Atlantic Records that although they intend to release her album "Flowers" outside of the U.S., the label will no 2005 - Karl Muel ...

  25. This Day in Music

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1999 - </b>Paul Brandt and Claudia Church answer the call of their country when they head to Bosnia to entertain U.S. troops there. The trip is the first USO junket for both artists.<br clear="none 2004 - Indianapolis resident ...

  26. On TV

    January 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Music-related TV listings for Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2005. MONDAY, JAN. 30 "Good Morning America," ABC Featured artist(s): Leif Garrett (also scheduled: Mark DiCarlo, Garrett's mother Carolyn Stellar). "The View," ABC Featured arti ...

  27. This Day in Music

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>Sting receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The former Police frontman's star (No. 2,168) is revealed in front of the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in a ceremony att 2004 - Damageplan/Pantera guita ...

  28. Songwriter Baker Knight Dies

    October 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Prolific songwriter Baker Knight, whose hits were recorded by stars ranging from Elvis Presley to Ricky Nelson, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, has died at age 72. Prolific songwriter Baker Knight, whose hits were recorded by stars ra ...

  29. This Day in Music

    June 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>The Grand Ole Opry, carried since 1925 on WSM radio in Nashville, begins webcasting at www.opry.com or www.wsmonline.com. 2000 - The Grand Ole Opry, carried since 1925 on WSM radio in Nashville, begins webcasting at www.opr ...

  30. This Day in Music

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2004 - </b>Indianapolis residents get more than they bargain for after an unknown person empties the sewage tank from rapper Twista's tour bus onto downtown McCrea Street. The artist is in town to 2004 - Indianapolis residents ge ...

  31. Jackson Has Faith He'll Be Vindicated

    March 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Saying his child molestation trial has brought him to the lowest emotional point of his life, Michael Jackson urged his fans to pray for him, adding he has faith in God he will be vindicated. The arti Saying his child molestation trial has brought h ...

  32. The Band recorded its 1968 debut, "Music From Big

    March 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Band recorded its 1968 debut, "Music From Big Pink," in a small, rural house near Woodstock, N.Y. The Band recorded its 1968 debut, "Music From Big Pink," in a small, rural house near Woodstock, N.Y. For its second album, the ...

  33. CHART BEAT BONUS

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred Bronson reports on chart activities relating to 50 Cent, Olivia, the Game, Los Lonely Boys, Green Day and Josh Gracin. 'CANDY' MAN: 50 Cent earns his third No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 this week with "Candy Shop" (Shady ...

  34. Usher, Ciara Lead 'Soul Train' Nominees

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Usher and Ciara lead the field for the 19th annual Soul Train Awards, pulling down five and four nominations, respectively. Ciara's "Goodies" is up for best R&B/soul single, female and best R& Usher and Ciara lead the field fo ...

  35. Rascal Flatts 'Feels Like' No. 1

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rascal Flatts becomes only the second country <I>group</I> to top The Billboard 200 this week as its third Hollywood set, "Feels Like Today," debuts at No. 1. With U.S. sales of 201,000 copies, accord Rascal Flatts becomes only ...

  36. This Day in Music

    December 08, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>Aimee Mann headlines a Seattle "release party" for Sub Pop's "Badlands: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska," issued the month before. Mann is joined by fellow contributors Damien 2000 - ...

  37. 'Rat Pack' Remembered On CD, DVD

    August 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Reprise is preparing a two-disc CD/DVD release featuring rare concert recordings of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. -- aka the Rat Pack. Due Oct. 14, "Live & Swingin': The Ultimate Reprise is preparing a two-disc CD/DVD ...

  38. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 18, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson discusses Madonna, trivia and "American Idol" with readers. 'HOLLYWOOD'S' RECORD Fred, I hear "Hollywood" is Madonna's 30th No. 1 dance/club hit. How does this total stack up against other dance m ...

  39. This Day in Music

    June 17, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>The Grand Ole Opry, carried since 1925 on WSM radio in Nashville, begins webcasting at www.opry.com or www.wsmonline.com. 2000 - The Grand Ole Opry, carried since 1925 on WSM radio in Nashville, begins webcasting at www.opr ...

  40. This Day in Music

    May 16, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>The Artist Formerly Known As Prince announces that he will start using his name again. The singer says the reason for switching back is because his publishing contract with Warner/Chappe 2000 - The Artist Formerly Known As ...

  41. Ashanti, B2K, Musiq Snag Soul Train Awards Pairs

    March 03, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Ashanti, B2K, and Musiq were the big winners at Saturday's (March 1) 17th annual Soul Train Awards, tying with two honors each. Ashanti won best R&B/soul single, female and best R&B/soul album Ashanti, B2K, and Musiq were the big winner ...

  42. This Day in Music

    December 08, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2000 - </b>Aimee Mann headlines a Seattle ""release party"" for Sub Pop's ""Badlands: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska,"" issued the month before. Mann is joined by fellow con ...

  43. Michael Jackson Brands Recording Industry As Racist

    July 08, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Michael Jackson, already feuding with his record company, charged Saturday that the recording industry was a racist conspiracy that turns profits at the expense of performers -- particularly minority Michael Jackson, already feuding with his record ...

  44. Keys, Isleys Top Soul Train Awards

    March 21, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Newcomer Alicia Keys and veteran act the Isley Brothers each took home a pair of trophies last night (March 20) from the 16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards. Newcomer Alicia Keys and veteran act the Isley Brothers each took home a pair of trophies l ...

  45. Robbie Turns Back The Clock With 'Swing'

    October 11, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 London's Royal Albert Hall was reminiscent of a bygone age last night (Oct. 10) as former boy-band sensation Robbie Williams entertained an adoring sell-out crowd with his versions of swing classics. London's Royal Albert Hall was reminisc ...

  46. R. Kelly, Jagged Edge Top Soul Train Award Winners

    March 01, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Both R. Kelly and Jagged Edge were double winners at the 15th annual Soul Train Music Awards, taped last night (Feb. 28) at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. The two-hour syndicated television special i Both R. Kelly and Jagged Edge were double w ...

  47. Dre & Beyonce Lead Grammy Nominees

    January 03, 2001 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Dr. Dre and Destiny's Child member Beyonce Knowles each grabbed five nominations for the 43rd annual Grammy Awards. Dr. Dre and Destiny's Child member Beyonce Knowles each grabbed five nominations for the 43rd annual Grammy Awards. Dre net ...