1. John Cacavas, Composer for 'Kojak' and 'Hawaii Five-O,' Dead at 83

    January 31, 2014 5:05 PM EST Film and TV composer John Cacavas, whose scores include the television series "Kojak" and "Hawaii Five-O," died Jan. 28 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 83.  A member of ASCAP’s Board of Directors from 1993 to 2001, Cacavas began writing for television and then…

  2. Bonnie Raitt & David Lindley, 'Everywhere I Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    January 31, 2014 11:00 AM EST This April, Bonnie Raitt will join an all-star cast of musicians -- including Bruce Springsteen and Don Henley -- paying homage to Jackson Browne on a new full-length tribute album. Just under two months before the album's official release, Billboard has the exclusive premiere…

  3. Bonnie Raitt, Skylar Grey, Joy Williams Shine at GRAMMY Foundation's 'A Song Is Born' Event

    January 24, 2014 12:26 PM EST Songs, specifically the ones that become smash hits, were the focal point of the Grammy Foundation's "A Song is Born" program on Jan. 23. Seventeen artists, most of them writers rather than interpreters, performed an astounding number of top 40 tunes, Grammy winners and…

  4. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Thursday

    January 23, 2014 10:15 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards may not be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page as…

  5. 56th GRAMMY Awards Preview: Song of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:15 PM EST A closer look at the stellar tunes that earned song of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards. These five tunes are nominated for song of the year at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26, 2014). Jump To: Album of the Year | Record of the Year BILLBOARD GRAMMY® BEST NEW…

  6. Katy Perry Announces 'Prismatic' North American Tour Dates

    January 15, 2014 2:52 PM EST Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves, Tegan and Sara to serve as opening acts. Two months after Katy Perry announced the initial dates of her international PRISMATIC tour, the pop superstar has revealed her full North America itinerary. Perry will kick off the run on June 22 in Raleigh, N…

  7. Bubbling Under: Celeste Buckingham Begins 'Run'

    January 10, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Celeste Buckingham, RAC, Que and Signature Celeste Buckingham Eighteen-year-old singer Celeste Buckingham is poised to make her airplay…

  8. William Hurt to Play Modern-Day Gregg Allman in 'Midnight Rider' Biopic

    January 06, 2014 11:18 PM EST William Hurt will play current-day Gregg Allman in the biopic “Midnight Rider” that is scheduled to begin shooting in February in Savannah, Ga. Tyson Ritter, lead singer of the All American Rejects, is playing young Gregg Allman with Wyatt Russell as guitarist Duane Allman. Hurt, most…

  9. Headstone Project Brings Recognition to Long-Forgotten Blues Musos

    December 30, 2013 3:57 AM EST Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre's royalty, from Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson. But visitors to the overgrown St. Louis cemetery where Bankhead was buried more than a decade ago would never know his…

  10. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  11. Suzy Bogguss Shines Light on Merle Haggard the Songwriter With 'Lucky' Album

    December 23, 2013 6:13 PM EST On February 4, Suzy Bogguss will release "Lucky," a collection of songs from the pen of country music legend Merle Haggard. However, don't tell her that it is a tribute record. She looks at it a little differently. "The truth is that Merle Haggard made records of his songs…

  12. Kacey Musgraves Follows Her Arrow to a Breakthrough Year, Talks Writing With Katy Perry

    December 20, 2013 3:50 PM EST It seems impossible to imagine Kacey Musgraves' breakout debut album, "Same Trailer Different Park," without "Follow Your Arrow," a button-pushing song about having a good time in one's own skin. But the track barely made the album, stemming from a last-minute…

  13. Aretha Franklin Recording Album of Classics From Fellow Iconic Female Singers

    December 20, 2013 8:40 AM EST Franklin is working on a "concept" album with Babyface, Don Was and Clive Davis. "They're records that, musically, I respected and that I liked a lot and that I would love to have one go-'round with" The Queen of Soul plans to give the royal treatment to some…

  14. Stars Pick Favorite Albums of 2013: Watch Ed Sheeran, R. Kelly, Austin Mahone & More Share

    December 19, 2013 1:36 PM EST With 2013 coming to a close, dozens of music stars (R. Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Austin Mahone, Daughtry, Stevie Nicks, Scotty McCreery, Tyga and more) from all genres revealed their favorite albums of the year for Billboard's cameras -- and you can catch all of their choices in the video…

  15. Joe Henry Has New Solo Album, Johnny Cash Project Lined Up for 2014

    December 17, 2013 8:00 AM EST After spending the past few years producing albums for Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Bragg, Hugh Laurie, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr, Over the Rhine and others, Joe Henry plans to return to the artist realm in 2014 with a new set called "Invisible Hour." "I'm…

  16. Gimme Five: AJR Lists Their Favorite Songwriting Artists

    December 16, 2013 5:23 PM EST From Sia to Simon & Garfunkel, check out the brothers' biggest songwriting influences. AJR will bestow fans with an early stocking stuffer later this week, as their five-song "6foot1" EP will be released on Dec. 20. After being endorsed on Twitter by Sia and championed…

  17. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  18. Gimme Five: Leona Lewis' Favorite Christmas Movies

    December 03, 2013 11:45 AM EST Check out the U.K. songstress' list of holiday staples -- and an explanation of her love for Macaulay Culkin. Tuesday (Dec. 3) marks Leona Lewis' long-awaited return to U.S. retailers, as the "Bleeding Love" singer has offered "Christmas, With Love," her debut…

  19. Gimme Five: Paris Hilton Lists Her Favorite Current Dance Hits

    November 12, 2013 5:55 PM EST From Martin Garrix to Fatboy Slim, see who made the DJ's cut. When she's not releasing happy-go-lucky singles on her new label home, Cash Money Records, Paris Hilton is a jet-setting DJ, with a residency in Ibiza that she will repeat next year. Hilton has played shows on nearly…

  20. American Music Awards 'Red Carpet Live' Event to Stream on Yahoo

    November 12, 2013 8:00 AM EST The red carpet will roll-out and live-stream from this year's American Music Awards. The Coca-Cola- sponsored “Red Carpet Live” will kick-start the AMA festivities on Nov. 24, and for the first time the pre-show event will be streamed live on Yahoo . American Music Awards 2013: Full…

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