1. Backstage With Billy Joel: The Billboard Cover Story Interview (Exclusive)

    January 31, 2014 11:15 AM EST Half a century into his career, Billy Joel has taken on a game-changing residency at Madison Square Garden. In a wide-ranging interview, Joel talks about why his career endures, and where it's going Some 20 years since he released his last album of new songs, Billy Joel, who marks…

  2. SXSW: Hendrix Biopic, A$AP Rocky and Stax Records Docs Among Premieres

    January 30, 2014 3:01 PM EST Documentaries on Johnny Winter, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, A$AP Rocky and the soul music of Memphis will make their world premieres at the SXSW Film Festival while the Jimi Hendrix movie featuring OutKast's Andre Benjamin will make its U.S. premiere. Fourteen films that chronicle music and…

  3. Oscars: Academy Disqualifies Best Song Nominee 'Alone Yet Not Alone'

    January 29, 2014 7:02 PM EST The Oscar nomination for an obscure song in a lightly seen film has been rescinded. The Academy’s board of governors disqualified Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel’s “Alone Yet Not Alone” after learning that Broughton, a former governor and current Music Branch executive committee member,…

  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. Sundance 2014: Watch 2 Chainz Perform 'Spend It' & Talk 2 Good 2 Be T.R.U. Tour

    January 19, 2014 7:50 PM EST "I don't know how to snowboard,” 2 Chainz joked last night (Jan. 18) on stage headlining the evening’s edition of the concert series at Park City Live during Sundance 2014. “[I] don't know how to ski. I'm just talking s**t. I was raised in the trap." Bringing on as…

  6. Oscars: 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Singer Dismisses Critics of Surprise Nomination

    January 18, 2014 8:59 AM EST Joni Eareckson Tada says allegations of backroom dealings by the song's well-connected writers are false and insists no one "pushed their influence." As a mini-controversy develops about an Oscar-nominated song from a micro-budget Christian film called 'Alone Yet Not…

  7. Oscars: Surprise Song Nom 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Riles Up Contenders

    January 17, 2014 9:29 AM EST How did a song few people have heard in a movie nearly no one has seen beat out Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Beyonce and Jay Z for an Oscar nomination? "I can't figure any of this shit out with the music branch," said someone who missed out on a best original song Oscar…

  8. Pharrell ‘Speechless’ Ahead of Oscars, GRAMMY Awards

    January 17, 2014 1:19 AM EST A week before his big night at the Grammy Awards, Pharrell is happy — and speechless — over his Oscar nomination. The producer-rapper-singer's "Happy," from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, is nominated for best original song. "Uh, speechless," Pharrell…

  9. Pharrell, U2, Karen O Score Oscar Nominations

    January 16, 2014 9:35 AM EST "Frozen" highlight "Let It Go" also scores an Academy Award nod. U2, Pharrell Williams and the bassist of Arcade Fire are all contending for trophies at the 86th annual Academy Awards -- as is a film about the singers who sang the oohs, ahs and la-la-las on thousands of…

  10. The Year In Touring 2013: Beyond The Numbers

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Live and on fire in 2013, the touring business is hottest it has been in years. For the touring industry, these are now —officially— the best of times. "The concert business is basically on fire," says veteran agent Dennis Arfa, president of Artists Group International (AGI). TOP 25…

  11. Beach Boy Biopic 'The Drummer' Back On The Shelf

    December 12, 2013 2:04 AM EST Aaron Eckhart was too exhausted from shooting "I, Frankenstein" in Australia to portray Dennis Wilson -- the Beach Boys drummer who drowned 30 years ago this month -- in a film about the musician’s final years, and left the production just before shooting was to begin in June 2012.…

  12. Lady Gaga Recruits Elton John, RuPaul for Muppets Thanksgiving Special

    November 29, 2013 7:49 PM EST “Touch me in the dark / Put your hands all over my body parts,” Lady Gaga demanded in the family special that earned the post-"Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" slot on ABC this year. But there’s getting felt up, and then there’s feeling up actual felt, which brings us to her costars,…

  13. Top 40 Slows Down The Songs

    November 15, 2013 1:05 PM EST A bevy of hit ballads is infusing the format – but is that a good thing for a format built on tempo? Selena Gomez's latest hit, "Slow Down," is another in mainstream top 40 radio's ever-replenishing arsenal of uptempo pop/dance hits, but its chorus, in which Gomez…

  14. Dido Reminisces on 'Greatest Hits,' Teaming with Eminem for 'Stan'

    November 15, 2013 10:56 AM EST Career-spanning collection due months after 'Girl Who Got Away' album. Best-of albums can be simple victory laps, but they're also a great time for personal reflection. For British adult-pop singer Dido, her upcoming "Greatest Hits" compilation has provided a…

  15. Drake Debuts 'Worst Behavior' Video: Watch

    November 11, 2013 1:20 PM EST Drake takes us to his father's hometown of Memphis, Tennessee for the music video to "Worst Behavior." Directed by Director X and Drake, the 10-minute video opens with Drake's father, Dennis Graham, reciting words from his son's "Nothing Was the Same" song…

  16. Lady Gaga's 'Do What U Want' Change-Up: The Big Bet On Her R. Kelly Duet

    October 25, 2013 2:05 PM EDT "Venus" was supposed to be the second single from "ARTPOP" -- until "Do What U Want" was released and quickly changed plans. Inside an unexpected move from one of the world's biggest pop stars. At 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday morning (Oct. 21), Lady Gaga…

  17. Drake Celebrates Birthday With Emotional Toronto Show: Live Review

    October 25, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Drake is not the type of person to say, "Birthdays? Nah, I don't like to celebrate my birthday."  Even non-diehard fans of the Toronto-born rapper know his birthday is in October — October 24, to be exact. His company brand is OVO, an acronym for October's Very Own,…

  18. Pearl Jam, 'Lightning Bolt': Track-By-Track Review With Band Commentary

    October 14, 2013 10:06 PM EDT A song-by-song look at PJ's new album with commentary from guitarists Stone Gossard & Mike McCready on many songs. It's been four years since Pearl Jam's last studio album, but the band's inspired new effort "Lightning Bolt" (out Oct. 15 on Monkeywrench…

  19. Pearl Jam's 'Lightning Bolt': Billboard Cover Story

    October 11, 2013 12:08 PM EDT Pearl Jam load the bases with an inspired new album, new tour, and a deal to soundtrack the World Series This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. The setting was perfect in ways both good and bad. About to debut songs from "Lightning…

  20. Ja Rule Returns to Acting After Two Years in Prison

    October 03, 2013 1:08 AM EDT Ja Rule, who recently spent nearly two years behind bars for illegal gun possession, landed a role in a new movie because screenwriter Galley Molina empathized with the rapper's missteps. "People used to ask, `Well, you know he's a felon?' And I would say, `Well, so am I…

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