1. NAMM: A Mecca for Musical Gearheads -- Don Was To Receive The Les Paul Award

    January 20, 2016 6:00 PM EST Take any song, on any Billboard chart, in any style or genre, and the recordings have one thing in common -- top-notch musical gear created those songs. Even Pentatonix needs microphones to capture its a cappella delights. So consider the importance to the worldwide recorded music industry of…

  2. The New Thing: 5 Artists to Watch From NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016

    January 19, 2016 6:20 PM EST The NYC Winter Jazzfest, the annual summit of some of the genre’s most forward-thinking veterans and hottest up-and-comers, provides unmatched access to what’s happening in the world of improvised music today. Over the past week, festival-goers have watched everyone from The Arcade Fire and…

  3. John Mayer Talks Grateful Dead Legacy, Fare Thee Well and Learning to Play 'A Universe of Great Songs'

    August 05, 2015 3:15 PM EDT How do you get to Madison Square Garden with Dead & Company? Practice, practice, practice... Rumors of a post-Fare Thee Well incarnation of the Grateful Dead have been around since the original trio of shows featuring Phish ’s Trey Anastasio were announced back in January, but today’s …

  4. Blue Note President Don Was Remembers His Predecessor Bruce Lundvall

    May 21, 2015 5:27 PM EDT "It’s not out of line to say that there would be no Blue Note Records today without his herculean efforts to keep the label up and running during his 30 years at the helm." Bruce Lundvall, former CEO of Blue Note Records and a key figure in jazz music, died May 19 at the age of 79 .…

  5. Ryan Adams' New Romance, Bob Dylan's DVD Release and More Insider Scoop

    March 30, 2015 6:10 PM EDT He Likey Lykke Li Grammy-winning producer  Jeff Bhasker  ( Jay Z ,   Kanye West ) is dating Swedish singer  Lykke Li ,   sources tell  Billboard . The two kindled their relationship in Sweden, where Bhasker was working on  Fun   singer  Nate Ruess ' solo album. Meanwhile,  Ryan Adams  …

  6. Grammy Week Dispatch: Don Was' Star Turn with Al Pacino; Us The Duo on A&R; Midem at Soho House

    February 07, 2015 12:17 PM EST Grammy Week in Los Angeles would seem to resemble nothing so much as a fancier middle-aged SXSW. While there are dozens of worthy music events and hundreds of powerful music execs, it is only but a fraction the size of Austin's annual confab and of course far more spread out. Grammys…

  7. Watch Soulful Singer Tess Henley Collab With Don Was in Exclusive In-Studio Video & Interview

    February 06, 2015 5:07 PM EST Don Was has produced The Rolling Stones , Bob Dylan , John Mayer , and Bonnie Raitt , so when he takes on a little known artist, it's a good idea to listen up. Enter the silky smoothness of Tess Henley , a vocalist-pianist whose classy brand of soulful R&B could hold up in any era of…

  8. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  9. Ryan Adams Drops Bizarre Promos for Parakeet-Killing Album: Watch

    September 10, 2014 12:03 AM EDT Ryan Adams has released his new self-titled album today, and to get everyone excited about it, he has created two of the weirdest promotional videos known to man. Garry Shandling, Jeff Garlin, Don Was and Bob Mould join in on the bizarre videos with Shandling acting as Adams' manager and…

  10. Neil Diamond Takes Guests Down 'Melody Road' at Capitol Studios Listening Party

    September 09, 2014 1:28 AM EDT Neil Diamond's first album for Capitol Records, Melody Road , has met with approval from his co-producers and label executives, but he has a final hurdle: his mother. "She's 96," Diamond told a small gathering at Capitol's Studio A on Monday night, assembled to hear…

  11. The Beatles Celebrated in 'The Night That Changed America': Review

    February 08, 2014 8:46 PM EST The Beatles' arrival 50 years ago -- Feb. 9, 1964 -- in black and white is celebrated in musical hues of tangerine, yellow and green on "The Night That Changed America" special that airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. History weaves in and out of material from the Beatles'…

  12. Peter Frampton on Beatles Tribute: 'A Lot of Not-So-Dry Eyes'

    February 08, 2014 2:22 PM EST Guitarist participated as part of house band for "The Night That Changed America," premiering Sunday Just six weeks into the new year, Peter Frampton can say he's already had a pretty good 2014. As if being inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville just after the…

  13. Martina McBride Returns With Soulful, Self-Released Covers Set ‘Everlasting’

    January 16, 2014 1:12 AM EST When Martina McBride started looking for material for her next album, she turned to the great soul singers Aretha Franklin and Etta James for inspiration. The country singer, known for her huge soprano voice, is self-releasing "Everlasting" on March 4, an album of classic soul and…

  14. 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…

  15. John Mayer, Katy Perry Debut 'Who You Love' Video: Watch

    December 17, 2013 2:35 PM EST Perry and Mayer stopped by "Good Morning America" Tuesday (Dec. 17) to debut the video, which features different couples riding mechanical bulls in slow motion. "You love who you love," sing John Mayer and Katy Perry in their new single together, and their new video…

  16. Martina McBride Sets 'Everlasting' Album

    December 13, 2013 10:51 AM EST The country star teams with Don Was for new covers collection, out March 4 Martina McBride is no stranger to covers. Her quickest selling album yet, 2005's "Timeless," was a collection of country music classics including "Love's Gonna Live Here" and "Satin…

  17. Rolling Stones Arouse Madness in 'Doom and Gloom' Video

    November 21, 2012 10:25 AM EST Still hell raising after all these years, the Rolling Stones unleashed a rawkous video this week for their "Doom and Gloom" single. Starring "Girl With a Dragon Tattoo" actress Noomi Rapace as a zombie-shooting, breast-flashing bad girl who appears to be losing her mind,…

  18. Rolling Stones to Play Brooklyn, London in November: Source

    August 30, 2012 8:40 AM EDT The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a source tells Billboard. Richard Branson and Australian promoter Paul Dainty will promote, and the source says the Stones will be paid $25 million for the four shows…

  19. 'Love for Levon' Helm Benefit: John Mayer, Dierks Bentley + More

    August 23, 2012 9:10 AM EDT John Mayer, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley and several other musicians are getting together to pay tribute to the late Levon Helm . The "Love for Levon" benefit concert will be held Oct. 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. It will include performances from such artists as My…

  20. Anita Baker Is Back With a Hit and a Plan for Covers Album

    August 16, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Her Take on Tyrese's 'Lately' Debuts in Top 10 of Urban AC Chart Anita Baker says the prospect of her first all-new album in eight years "just kinda feels surreal." "It's kind of like I'm dreaming," Baker tells Billboard about "Only Forever,…

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