1. Madonna, Beyonce, Usher Highlight Oprah's Final Shows

    May 18, 2011 8:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 More than 20,000 people packed Chicago's United Center to watch the celebrity-packed live taping of Oprah Winfrey's second and third final shows. Before the show even started, a man proposed to his girlfriend on-stage -- who accepted as th ...

  2. Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West To Rock 2011 Austin City Limits Fest

    May 17, 2011 1:02 AM EDT Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes and Alison Krauss & Union Station are among the top acts booked for the 2011 Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for the city's Zilker Park from Sept. 16- ...

  3. 'Glee' Sneak Peek: Rachel & Jesse Tackle Adele's 'Rolling In The Deep'

    May 10, 2011 11:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Glee": Where retired characters never seem to die ( except when they actually do, as will happen on next week's "Funeral" episode ). On tonight's "Prom Queen" episode, we see the return of Vocal Adrenaline le ...

  4. Dennis Coffey Taps Mayer Hawthorne, Paolo Nutini for Solo Album

    April 30, 2011 8:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 D ennis Coffey , the man who brought wah-wah to Motown (on the Temptations ' "Cloud Nine") and has a Hall of Fame-caliber sessions resume, brings his own music to the fore again this week with the help of some famous friends. Paolo Nu ...

  5. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears, Rihanna, Hits Of The World

    April 22, 2011 6:35 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 ...

  6. Stefano Langone: 'It's Hard to Really Show Your Chops' on 'Idol'

    April 22, 2011 2:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 Stefano Langone may have been eliminated on last night's (Apr. 21) "American Idol," but 22-year-old Seattle crooner assures fans that he's just getting started -- and that he barely showed off his talents on the show. Video: Stef ...

  7. Rihanna's 'S&M' Reigns on Hot 100, Lady Gaga's 'Judas' Debuts

    April 20, 2011 12:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 R ihanna's "S&M" rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to be released tomorrow (Apr. 21) on Billboard.com, granting the singer her 10th No. 1 on the survey and ownership of a pair of historic chart records. Having first reigned atop ...

  8. Listen: George Michael's Wedding Song for Prince William, Kate Middleton

    April 16, 2011 12:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 G eorge Michae l is giving the gift of song to Prince William and Kate Middleton - and anyone else who wants to download it. The musician is making his cover of Stevie Wonder's "You and I" available to download for free and hopes fans ...

  9. Tony Bennett Taps Amy Winehouse for 'Duets II,' Due in September

    March 25, 2011 2:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 T ony Bennett will sing alongside a laundry list of pop stars -- including the reclusive Amy Winehouse -- on "Tony Bennett: Duets II," the follow-up to his 2006 release "Duets: An American Classic." Winehouse, Lady Gaga , Carrie ...

  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. Kelly Clarkson's Fifth Album Delayed Until September

    March 16, 2011 1:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fans anxiously awaiting Kelly Clarkson 's fifth album will have to wait just a little longer. According to a recent post on the singer's official Facebook page , the currently untitled album's release has been delayed until September ...

  12. 'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    March 08, 2011 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 An era of tight playlists leaves little room for thousands of hit songs not regularly programmed on classic hits or oldies radio stations. Still, Barry Scott has fashioned an enviably fortuitous career as host of "The Lost 45s," airing &qu ...

  13. 'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Exclusive Interview with DJ Barry Scott

    March 08, 2011 12:52 PM EST DJ Barry Scott, celebrates 25 years as host of "The Lost 45s" radio show In an era of tight playlists, there is little room for thousands of hit songs not regularly programmed on classic hits or oldies radio stations. Still, Barry Scott ...

  14. John Legend, Jamie Foxx Celebrate Motown at White House

    February 25, 2011 3:25 PM EST 0 0 0 The White House reverberated like a long-ago basement sound studio in Detroit as the likes of John Legend , Seal , Jamie Foxx , Nick Jonas and Sheryl Crow channeled their inner Motown before Michelle and Barack Obama. Musical pioneers Smokey Robinso ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Rihanna Rocks NBA All-Star Game with Kanye West, Drake

    February 21, 2011 9:14 AM EST 0 0 0 With a celebrity-studded crowd looking on, Rihanna rocked the halftime show at the NBA All-Star game on her 23rd birthday. She had other big names helping her sing her hits Sunday, with Drake joining in on "What's My Name?" and workin ...

  17. 29 Black Music Milestone: Stevie Wonder is Discovered

    February 17, 2011 12:12 PM EST 0 0 0 Stevie Wonder was discovered in 1961, when his friend, Gerald White, convinced his brother Ronnie White of The Miracles to come check his talented friend out. Impressed, Ronnie White took Stevie, to Motown's Berry Gordy who signed him to Motown ...

  18. Ask Billboard: Britney Spears' '3' Decades of No. 1s

    February 11, 2011 7:25 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 ...

  19. Beyonce Headlining Glastonbury Festival

    February 10, 2011 6:15 PM EST 0 0 0 B eyonce has been confirmed as a headliner at this year's Glastonbury Festival, which will take place from June 22-26 in South West England. The R&B/pop star, who is currently working with producers like Sean Garrett on her fourth album, wi ...

  20. Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Gladys Knight Rock amfAR

    February 10, 2011 12:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week kicked off yesterday (Feb. 9) in New York City with the annual amfAR gala, held at Cipriani's downtown. The event was held in honor of President Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Taylor, Diane Von Furstenberg and Dr. Mathilde K ...

  21. 29 Black Music Milestones: Berry Gordy Starts Motown

    February 02, 2011 4:06 PM EST 0 0 0 In the late 1950s, rhythm and blues was still largely marginalized to tiny clubs in the inner cities of America. With his ear for talent and his vision for a powerhouse new label, Michigan-raised music mogul Berry Gordy would be a major force in cha ...

  22. Five More '80s Teen Pop Stars

    February 01, 2011 2:45 PM EST 0 0 0 After quite impressing the 15-year-old me by interviewing Debbie Gibson and Tiffany , as the singers promoted the Jan. 29 premiere of their tongue-in-cheek Syfy film "Mega Python Vs. Gatoroid," it dawned that fellow youthful artists enjoye ...

  23. 29 Black Music Milestones: Beyonce Serenades The Obamas

    February 01, 2011 12:56 PM EST 0 0 0 On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama became the first African-American President of the the United States. A host of celebrated artists -- Aretha Franklin , Stevie Wonder , Mary J. Blige , John Legend -- serenaded the couple throughout the Inaugural proce ...

  24. 'American Idol' Season 10 Power Players

    January 14, 2011 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Background: Forty years of superstardom don't lie -- as the frontman for iconic band Aerosmith, Steven Tyler has been rocking since the '70s and amassing a collection of hits that few modern-day artists can match. Since 1991 alone (when So ...

  25. Teena Marie Honored by Stevie Wonder, Queen Latifah at Memorial Service

    January 11, 2011 7:29 AM EST 0 0 0 Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Shanice Wilson and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. are among the luminaries who honored singer Teena Marie at a private memorial service. Gordy and Wonder spoke and Robinson and Wilson sang as they celeb ...

  26. R&B Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54

    December 26, 2010 11:14 PM EST 0 0 0 Teena Marie , the "Ivory Queen of Soul" who developed a lasting legacy with her silky soul pipes and hits like "Lovergirl," "Square Biz," and "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James , has died. She was 54. Th ...

  27. Weekly Chart Notes: Michael Jackson, Lonely Island, Reba McEntire

    December 23, 2010 4:35 PM EST 0 0 0 RETURN OF THE KING: The late King of Pop makes a triumphant return to Billboard's charts. While "Michael" arrives at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 behind Taylor Swift 's "Speak Now" (2-1) and Susan Boyle 's "The ...

  28. Aretha Franklin: 'I Feel Great'

    December 17, 2010 11:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Soul legend Aretha Franklin says she feels "great" and is "piddling around the house" as she follows doctors orders to rest at home after surgery two weeks ago. "I feel great," Franklin told JET magazine in her first in ...

  29. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 2

    December 15, 2010 2:35 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 2010. From "Empire State of Mind" to "California Gurls," Lady Gaga to Lady Antebellum, B.o.B to "OMG," &q ...

  30. Weekly Chart Notes: Rihanna, Gwyneth Paltrow, the Beatles

    November 24, 2010 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 FOUR-MIDABLE: Having set the record for most No. 1s in the 18-year history of Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, Rihanna continues her winning week, lifting 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Only Girl (In the World)" and debu ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Ask Billboard: Lil Wayne Infects The Hot 100

    October 08, 2010 6:35 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 ...

  34. '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" ...

  35. Billboard Bits: MGMT Denies Being Hit with Urine, Obama Talks Rap Music

    September 28, 2010 6:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. MGMT Denies Being Pelted with Urine After claims that MGMT drummer Will Berman was hit with a glass full of urine at the band's Manchester, England show last night ( ...

  36. Iggy Pop, Sonic Youth Set to Rock 3rd ATP NY Festival

    August 30, 2010 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The end of the U.S. summer festival season is more or less upon us: we already know what Lady Gaga wore at Lollapalooza, how Pavement sounded at Sasquatch!, and what classics Stevie Wonder knocked out of the park at Bonnaroo. For a select few, howev ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Ask Billboard: Featuring More Un-Featured Artists

    August 20, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Recently, Chart Beat and Ask Billboard have spotlighted songs that were successful as covers, but not as well-known in their original versions, as well as songs that sported high-profile guests that were not officially credited as featured artists o ...

  39. Martina McBride, Stevie Wonder Join For Cancer Event

    August 19, 2010 11:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Martina McBride , Natasha Bedingfield , Queen Latifah , Aaron Neville , Dave Stewart and Stevie Wonder are among the many celebrities joining forces for "Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)," the fundraiser aimed at raising money for cancer research ...

  40. Stevie Wonder, Dave Stewart To Perform On Cancer Telecast

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder will join Natasha Bedingfield, Queen Latifah, Martina McBride, Aaron Neville and Dave Stewart for a performance on the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) TV fundraiser at 8pm ET on Sept. 10. The collaboration will be part of an "extraord ...

  41. Un-Featured Featured Artists, Part 1

    August 11, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Love the Way You Lie," by Eminem featuring Rihanna , is the 46th Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 since 2000 specifically sporting a "featuring" artist credit. Between 1958 and 1999, just 18 such titles reigned. Still, high-profile acts ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Chart Beat Wednesday: Carrie Underwood, Ke$ha, Rod Stewart

    July 28, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 'IT'S' NO. 1: Carrie Underwood collects her 10th No. 1 on Country Songs, as "Undo It" lifts 2-1. The song is the third leader from Underwood's "Play On" album, following "Cowboy Casanova" and "T ...

  44. Q&A: Paul McCartney on Playing the White House

    July 26, 2010 4:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Perhaps only Paul McCartney could call a performance at the White House a little club gig. In June, McCartney was awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an honor bestowed by the Library of Congress. Accepting it, McCartney performed in the Eas ...

  45. Ask Billboard: Rating Rihanna

    July 23, 2010 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. GOOD GIRL NOT GONE TO NO. 1 Dear ...

  46. Jack White Covers Beatles' 'Mother Nature's Son' at White House

    July 22, 2010 2:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 We've already seen video of Paul McCartney's "Hey Jude" singalong with President Obama, Kevin Jonas and others at the White House, where the former Beatle was honored June 2 with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize. Now, anoth ...

  47. Eminem Holds Off Scissor Sisters On U.K. Chart

    July 05, 2010 7:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Eminem 's "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) started a second week as the U.K.'s No. 1 album and Katy Perry a second atop the singles chart with "California Gurls" (Virgin/EMI), featuring Snoop Dogg. "Recovery" ...

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