1. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  2. Vanessa Carlton Announces Pregnancy, New Album In 2015

    June 26, 2014 4:22 PM EDT It’s no "ordinary day" for Vanessa Carlton, who announced on social media that she and husband John McCauley are expecting their first child. Because of the happy news, Carlton's next album, "Liberman," has been pushed to the summer of 2015. The singer/songwriter…

  3. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  4. Gloria Estefan, Ricardo Arjona Among Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees

    April 29, 2014 3:33 PM EDT Latin music stars Ricardo Arjona, Gloria Estefan and Juan Luis Guerra are among the 2014 Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees. Related Articles Billboard Latin Music Awards Video: Red Carpet & Backstage Interviews! Marc Anthony’s Salsa Revival Sweeps Billboard Latin Music Awards…

  5. Aretha Franklin Recruits Andre 3000, Babyface For New Music

    March 23, 2014 1:22 PM EDT The fellas love Aretha Franklin: Denzel Washington helped the Queen of Soul celebrate her 72nd birthday in style, and Andre 3000 and Babyface are working on new music for the icon. Franklin held an exclusive and small party Saturday in New York City for her birthday, which is on Tuesday.…

  6. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  7. Stevie Nicks Performs Wedding Ceremony for Vanessa Carlton

    December 29, 2013 10:30 AM EST The rock icon officiated the pop singer's nuptials to musician John McCauley Vanessa Carlton's wedding ceremony was made extra special with a little help from Stevie Nicks. Carlton wed Deer Tick singer John McCauley Friday, and the Fleetwood Mac singer officiated the wedding…

  8. Deer Tick Frontman John McCauley Finds Positives In 'Negativity'

    December 17, 2013 4:46 AM EST Singer John McCauley of the rock band Deer Tick figured out how to turn his pain into something positive. McCauley used the Rhode Island-based band's latest album, "Negativity," to unleash some of the frustrations and struggles he has had over the past couple of years into a…

  9. Vanessa Carlton Cancels, Reschedules Tour Dates, Citing Surgery Complications

    November 05, 2013 7:58 PM EST Vanessa Carlton is rescheduling and outright canceling some of the shows on her upcoming tour due to complications from an ectopic pregnancy. In a post on the singer's Facebook Tuesday (Nov. 5), Carlton announced the cancellation of the first four dates of her November tour, as well as…

  10. CMJ 2013: 10 Can't Miss Acts And Panels

    October 14, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The CMJ Music Marathon can be great for discovering that hot new buzz act with the most preposterous name so you can joke about it with your friends. And yeah, there's a lot of great, you know, music , to be seen across New York City from Oct. 15 to 20. There's also an awful lot…

  11. Flume Wins Four At Australia's Independent Music Awards

    October 09, 2013 10:01 AM EDT With four trophies, electronic music producer Harley Streten -- aka Flume -- was the big winner at Australia’s eighth annual Independent Music Awards on Wednesday night. Flume’s self-titled debut won for best independent album and best independent dance/electronica album. He also went on to…

  12. MTV Video Music Awards 2013: 10 Things You Didn’t See On TV

    August 26, 2013 2:40 PM EDT The VMAs descended upon Brooklyn New York, bringing legions of folks from the surrounding neighborhood to the corners surrounding Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues hopeful to catch a glimpse of some of music’s biggest stars. 

 I happen to live nearby, and it was quite surreal seeing the…

  13. Newport Folk Festival Wrestles Weather, Evolving Legacy With Beck, Avett Brothers, Feist

    July 29, 2013 2:05 PM EDT As the summer festival economy continues to enjoy its boon era at the same time the wider music industry remains unsure what it's going to be when it grows up, every promoter has no doubt felt the pressures that force fests to either make room for outside controlling interests -- big…

  14. Deer Tick Teases Dark New Album 'Negativity'

    June 06, 2013 8:09 PM EDT Out with the old, in with the new --at least, that's what Deer Tick's doing with the band's newest album. In a video posted today, the Rhode Island five-piece announced "Negativity," its first release since 2011's "Divine Providence." The minute-long…

  15. Justin Timberlake Entertains Cannes Partygoers with Songs & Tales of '70s Excess

    May 17, 2013 2:14 AM EDT Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" had tough competition as it opened the Cannes Film Festival Wednesday night: Justin Timberlake. In an unusual show of support for a film market project, Timberlake co-hosted a bash Wednesday night at the Carlton Beach for foreign buyers to…

  16. Ask Billboard: Belinda's Back, JT Too, Mariah Carey's Album Sales & More

    March 31, 2013 6:05 AM EDT Belinda Carlisle releases her first single since the '90s, Justin Timberlake posts back-to-back No. 1 albums seven years apart and a look at Carey's album sales. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Oh, How The Years Go By

    March 22, 2013 10:52 AM EDT Jason Aldean's '1994' enters the Billboard Hot 100, marking the chart's latest hit whose title doubles as a year. "I was a junior in high school in '94 and Joe Diffie was huge," Jason Aldean told Billboard last year. "I went to the Cherry Blossom…

  18. Ask Billboard: 20 No. 13 Hits For 2013

    January 15, 2013 9:05 AM EST So many great songs have peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here's a look at 20 (plus a whole bunch more). 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…

  19. Ask Billboard: 20 No. 13 Hits For 2013

    January 15, 2013 9:05 AM EST So many great songs have peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here's a look at 20 (plus a whole bunch more). 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…

  20. Brian May Launches '40 Years of Queen' Ebook

    December 14, 2012 12:35 PM EST Brian May , legendary guitarist for rock band Queen , astrophysicist and astronomy book author, rolled up Friday to launch an ebook version of '40 Years of Queen' designed specifically for the ipad. May personally took an intimate media gathering through the interactive ebook at an…

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