Katy Perry Makes Billboard History; ‘Glee Live! 3D’ Hits Movie Theaters Soon

Katy Perry Makes Billboard History This week, Katy Perry becomes the second artist in the history of Billboard’s Pop Songs chart to take five tracks from a single album to Number One.  She achieved the feat with “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” the latest hit from her Teenage Dream album.  Michael Jackson’s 1987 album, Bad, also

Sudden Internet Fame Helps Croatian Cellists Snag US Record Deal

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser achieved near instant fame soon after they uploaded an inexpensively-made video of themselves playing Michael Jackson’s 1987 hit “Smooth Criminal.” The video went viral, garnering three million hits on YouTube in three days. Shortly afterward, the young Croatian cellists received a telephone call from Sir Elton John inviting them on

Former ‘Idol’ Jordin Sparks Gets Personal on New Album

Singing star Jordin Sparks rose to fame in 2007 on the popular television show American Idol.  After winning the title at age 17 Jordin has scored three Top 10 Billboard Chart hits and appeared in a Broadway musical.  Now at 21 Jordin is putting the final touches on her third album.  Many artists who gain

Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Planned; Winehouse Makes Billboard Comeback

Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Planned Michael Jackson’s siblings Marlon, Jackie, Tito and La Toya recently held a press conference with their mother Katherine to announce an upcoming tribute concert.  “Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert” is scheduled to take place in Cardiff, Wales on October 8.  Tito Jackson said, “I know my brother would be very,

Remembering Folk Artist Bill Morrissey

Singer-songwriter Bill Morrissey, 59,  died on July 23, but his death hasn’t received the same attention as that of Amy Winehouse on the same day. Based in the northeastern state of New Hampshire, Morrissey was well known to folk music fans, releasing 10 studio albums and earning two Grammy nominations. One of Bill Morrissey’s Grammy

R. Kelly Hospitalized; Pollstar Reports Higher Concert Ticket Sales

R. Kelly Hospitalized R&B singer R. Kelly was admitted to a Chicago, Illinois hospital on July 19 after complaining of throat pain.  Doctors drained an abscess on one of his tonsils and released him two days later.  The Grammy-winning singer is recuperating at his Chicago home.  Kelly recently wrapped up a U.S. tour in support

Latest Billy Ray Cyrus Album Salutes US Troops

Throughout his two-decade career, Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus has honored U.S. soldiers with his music.  “I’m American,” is his latest patriotic salute to our troops. Billy Ray Cyrus says the inspiration for his new album came in 2009, when he performed for U.S. military troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The album features seven new

British Singer Amy Winehouse Found Dead at 27

Police in Britain say music star Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in north London. A police statement said at this time the death is being treated as “unexplained.” Winehouse, 27, underwent several rounds of treatment for drug addiction, the latest in May. The singer, known for her heavy tattoos and exaggerated

Somalia’s ’11 Brothers’ Sing Refugee Rhythm and Blues

A group of Somali friends who have fled their country have reassembled as a rhythm and blues and hip-hop band in South Africa.  But even in their new country, where they are living as refugees, they also face threats to their lives. Somali refugees clap, dance and practice a karaoke song in a tightly secured

Grammy Camp Helps Young Musicians Fine-Tune Skills

How do aspiring stars break into the music business?  More than 100 young musicians at a recent summer camp got tips from music professionals, including teen star Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.  The annual program in Los Angeles is run by the people behind the music industry’s Grammy awards, and is part of the