1. Happy 74th Birthday, Billboard Charts!

    July 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Seventy-four years ago today, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. In the July 27, 1940, issue, the maiden 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" paved the way for seven decades - and ...

  2. Happy Birthday, Billboard!

    November 01, 2013 9:05 AM EDT On this date in 1894, an eight-page, 10-cent issue was published, marking the debut of what has grown into today's multi-platform Billboard brand One hundred-nineteen years old, new every day. On this date in 1894, Billboard published its ...

  3. NYC's Rainbow Room will reopen to public in 2014

    September 18, 2013 5:21 AM EDT New York City's Rainbow Room, where music greats Tommy Dorsey, Guy Lombardo and others performed, will reopen to the public in the fall of 2014. The iconic nightclub at Rockefeller Center closed in 2009 amid a landlord-tenant dispute. Tishm ...

  4. Happy 118th Birthday, Billboard!

    November 01, 2012 8:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 On this date in 1894, Billboard published its first issue. From its start to 'Gangnam Style,' follow the timeline of Billboard's rich history. One hundred-eighteen years old, new every day. On this date in 1894, Billboard published it ...

  5. Lawrence Barnett, president of MCA's Talent Agency in the 1960s, Dies at 98

    June 13, 2012 7:37 PM EDT Lawrence Barnett, who as president of the MCA Talent Agency in the 1960s represented the likes of Jack Benny, Marlon Brando, Judy Garland and Ronald Reagan, died June 11 in Los Angeles. He was 98. After 37 years with MCA, Barnett served as an exec ...

  6. Scott Weiland Honors 'The Golden Era' on Christmas Album

    November 01, 2011 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bing Crosby , Burl Ives , Jose Feliciano and... Scott Weiland? OK, the Stone Temple Pilots frontman may not be the first name you think of when it comes to Christmas music, but with the release of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Wei ...

  7. Sidney Cooper, Big Band and Studio Musician, Dies at 92

    July 19, 2011 8:20 PM EDT Big band and studio musician Sidney Cooper, who played woodwinds with some of the biggest names in the business including Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey, died Monday in Lake Worth, Fla. He was 92. His daughter Carole Cooper and her husband Richard ...

  8. Joe Morello, Legendary Jazz Drummer, Dies At 82

    March 13, 2011 9:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary jazz drummer Joe Morello , whose virtuosity and command of odd time signatures made him an integral part of the Dave Brubeck Quartet on such classic recordings as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," has died at age ...

  9. Chart Beat: Best Of 2010: Part 3

    December 21, 2010 5:35 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 ...

  10. Chart Beat Thursday: Fox-TV's Lee & "Glee"

    May 20, 2010 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 LEE: Fox's Tuesday night lineup continues to impact Billboard charts. The "American Idol Season 9" soundtrack marks the ninth compilation from the series to reach the Billboard 200 . Such collections were released each year from 2002 ...

  11. This Day in Music

    November 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang tour is a big winner at the Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, based on box-office figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, 2006 - The Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang ...

  12. This Day in Music

    August 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Jazz musician John Nelson, the father of pop star Prince, dies at the age of 85. Nelson wrote several of his sons songs, including "Computer Blue," "The Ladder," "Christopher Tracy's Parade," " 2001 - J ...

  13. This Day in Music

    April 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - International pop music stars Shakira, Alejandro Sanz and Juanes are the top winners at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Shakira leads the night with five trophies, including wins for Latin po 2006 - International pop music stars Shakira, Al ...

  14. This Day in Music

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" makes history by becoming the U.K.'s first-ever No. 1 single to top the chart solely on download sales. 2006 - Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" makes history by becoming the U.K.'s firs ...

  15. This Day in Music

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST - The Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang tour is a big winner at the Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, based on box-office figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, 2006 - The Rolling Stones' Bigger Bang ...

  16. This Day in Music

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Jazz musician John Nelson, the father of pop star Prince, dies at the age of 85. Nelson wrote several of his sons songs, including "Computer Blue," "The Ladder," "Christopher Tracy's Parade," " 2001 - J ...

  17. This Day in Music

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - International pop music stars Shakira, Alejandro Sanz and Juanes are the top winners at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Shakira leads the night with five trophies, including wins for Latin po 2006 - International pop music stars Shakira, Al ...

  18. This Day in Music

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" makes history by becoming the U.K.'s first-ever No. 1 single to top the chart solely on download sales. 2006 - Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" makes history by becoming the U.K.'s firs ...

  19. Ahmet Ertegun: Reflections From A Music Icon (page 2)

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The late Ahmet Ertegun was the link, the most prominent executive of the modern-day music business who also was active at the birth of R&B, rock'n'roll and all the pop fashions since. What follows Continued from page 1 ... What did it ...

  20. Chart Beat Chat

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss his books, Fergie, Beyonce and more! NEW EDITION Hi Fred, I'm a fan of your book, "The Billboard Book of Number One Hits." You started all five editions with "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock& ...

  21. This Day in Music

    November 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>1998 - </b>Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun and Bobby "Blue" Band receive lifetime achievement awards from the Blues Foundation at a ceremony held at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.< 2004 - Kenny Chesney is ...

  22. This Day in Music

    August 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1998 - </b>It is announced that a 53-year-old Englishwoman by the name of Ingrid Pedersen has declared herself John Lennon's half-sister. "Now at last I can admit who I am - the little sis John lov 2001 - Jazz musician John ...

  23. This Day in Music

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>Carlos Rivolta, the Argentine-born bassist of Spanish band Dusminguet, is electrocuted during a concert in Guadalajara, Mexico.<br clear="none"/><br clear="none"/> 2005 - Composer John Debney ...

  24. This Day in Music

    April 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>1999 - </b>When Trisha Yearwood makes a visit to Sesame Street, the Country Music Association female vocalist of the year gets to rub shoulders with a major childhood influence. "As a child," she e 2005 - With the votes in a ...

  25. Q&A: Mel Brooks

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 He dreamed of being a big band drummer, but developed of the greatest comedy minds of our time. Much like Max Bialystock persuades Leo Bloom to help him create the greatest Broadway flop of all time in "The Producers," it was longtime prod ...

  26. This Day in Music

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>1998 - </b>Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun and Bobby "Blue" Band receive lifetime achievement awards from the Blues Foundation at a ceremony held at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.< 2004 - Kenny Chesney is ...

  27. Upcoming book releases

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Upcoming book releases Rock And Roll Archaeologist: How I Chased Down Kurt's Stratocaster, the "Layla" Guitar, and Janis's Boa Peter Blecha Sasquatch Publication Date: Nov. 9 Puccini Without Excuses William Berger Vintage Publica ...

  28. This Day in Music

    August 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>1998 - </b>It is announced that a 53-year-old Englishwoman by the name of Ingrid Pedersen has declared herself John Lennon's half-sister. "Now at last I can admit who I am - the little sis John lov 2001 - Jazz musician John ...

  29. This Day in Music

    April 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2004 - </b>Radiohead is forced to cancel its show in Melbourne after lead singer Thom Yorke develops severe problems with his voice. A local specialist diagnoses Yorke with hoarseness of voice, a s 2004 - Radiohead is forced to cancel ...

  30. This Day in Music

    April 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>2003 - </b>Soul singer Edwin Starr dies of a heart attack in Nottingham, England. He is 61. 2003 - Soul singer Edwin Starr dies of a heart attack in Nottingham, England. He is 61. 1999 - The European festival season kicks off with the ...

  31. Swing Era Bandleader Artie Shaw Dies

    December 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Artie Shaw, the brilliant clarinetist and bandleader who epitomized the Big Band era with hits such as "Begin the Beguine" and "Stardust" before abandoning the music world for writing and other pursui At his peak in the 1930s and ...

  32. Pianist, Songwriter Joe Bushkin Dead At 87

    November 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jazz pianist and songwriter Joe Bushkin, who co-wrote Frank Sinatra's first hit song and played with some of the greatest jazz legends of his time, has died. He was 87. Jazz pianist and songwriter Joe Bushkin, who co-wrote Frank Sinatra' ...

  33. This Day in Music

    November 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>1999 - </b>Following up on 22-year-old vocalist/pianist Fiona Apple's 1996 debut, the oh-so-succinctly titled "Tidal," Clean Slate/Epic releases Apple's "When The Pawn Hits The Conflicts He Thinks 1999 - Follo ...

  34. This Day in Music

    August 24, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Jazz musician John Nelson, the father of pop star Prince, dies at the age of 85. Nelson wrote several of his sons songs, including "Computer Blue," "The Ladder," "Christopher Tracy's Par 2001 - ...

  35. This Day in Music

    April 27, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2002 - </b>A Widespread Panic concert in Pelham, Ala. goes sour when young fan Erica Robins Young of Chattanooga, Tenn., collapses and dies of an apparent overdose of the drug Ecstasy. 2002 - A Widespread Panic concert in Pelham, Ala. ...

  36. This Day in Music

    April 02, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>1999 - </b>The European festival season kicks off with the start of a two-day event at the former Spanish Formula 1 racing circuit in the southern sherry-producing city of Jerez de la Frontera. Mor 1999 - The European festival season ...

  37. This Day in Music

    November 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 <b>1999 - </b>Following up on 22-year-old vocalist/pianist Fiona Apple's 1996 debut, the oh-so-succinctly titled ""Tidal,"" Clean Slate/Epic releases Apple's ""When The Pawn Hits The Conflicts He T ...

  38. Frank Sinatra in Hollywood (1940-1964)

    August 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Exquisitely presented and painstakingly assembled, this six-CD retrospective of Sinatra's contributions to the music of film is exhaustive in its completeness. Exquisitely presented and painstakingly assembled, this six-CD retrospective of Sina ...

  39. This Day in Music

    August 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 <b>2001 - </b>Jazz musician John Nelson, the father of pop star Prince, dies at the age of 85. Nelson wrote several of his sons songs, including "Computer Blue," "The Ladder," "Christopher Tracy's Par 2001 - ...

  40. Sinatra Jr. Brings Dad's Songs To Vegas

    April 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Frank Sinatra Jr. will bring his famous dad's songs back to the Las Vegas Strip next month in a show called "Sinatra Sings Sinatra." The show, which will run May 8-15 at the MGM Grand hotel/casino, wi Frank Sinatra Jr. will bring his ...

  41. 'America' Telethon To Benefit September 11th Fund

    September 20, 2001 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tomorrow night's (Sept. 21) "America: A Tribute to Heroes" fund-raising telethon -- which will be bankrolled by the four major television networks and simulcast on more than 25 broadcast and cable net Tomorrow night's (Sept. 21) ...