1. Kris Kristofferson, Beatles Honored at Special Merit Awards Ceremony

    January 26, 2014 1:19 PM EST The unofficial theme for the Recording Academy's laughter-filled Special Merit Awards ceremony could easily have been old friends. When Ringo Starr and Kris Kristofferson ran into each other on the red carpet Saturday, they bear-hugged it out. "I'm just going to hug you first,…

  2. Jennifer Hudson Headlining Carnival Cruise Concert Series

    January 22, 2014 7:47 PM EST Chicago, Foreigner, Daughtry also set to perform during concert series Back when she was a nobody, long before she blasted to stardom on "American Idol" and "Dreamgirls," Jennifer Hudson sang on a cruise ship. And on Wednesday, the singer said she would do it again -- this…

  3. Ringo Starr Honored by David Lynch Foundation Ahead of the GRAMMYs

    January 21, 2014 9:25 AM EST Ringo Starr got an early start to Grammy week, with famous friends honoring him for his life and work. The former Beatle received the Lifetime of Peace and Love award from the David Lynch Foundation on Monday night during a tribute concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. In turn, Starr…

  4. Leona Lewis Sets U.K. Chart Record

    December 17, 2013 12:50 AM EST Christmas has come early for Leona Lewis. The pop singer has set a new chart record by becoming the first British female solo artist to score eight U.K. top 5 singles. The pop artist’s latest single “One More Sleep” (Syco Music) opened at No. 3 on the latest Official U.K. Singles Chart,…

  5. Olivia Wise, Teen Who Covered Katy Perry, Loses Battle With Brain Cancer

    November 26, 2013 3:40 PM EST -year old succumbs to an inoperable brain tumor Toronto teen Olivia Wise, whose inspirational cover of Katy Perry's "Roar" has garnered over a million YouTube views, died yesterday (Nov. 25) following a bout with an inoperable brian tumor. She was 16. Wise died "…

  6. Olivia Wise, 16 and Terminally Ill, Inspires With Katy Perry Cover

    November 03, 2013 2:03 PM EST Since finding its way online in mid-October, a video of terminally ill teen Olivia Wise singing Katy Perry's "Roar" has been seen more than half a million times on YouTube. The video, shot in September in a Toronto recording studio , is a touching document of Wise's…

  7. Kanye West, Selena Gomez Among Artists in 30 Seconds to Mars' 'City of Angels': Watch

    October 29, 2013 8:07 PM EDT Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, James Franco and Selena Gomez are among the famous faces waxing poetic about Los Angeles in "City of Angels," a 10-minute short directed by 30 Seconds To Mars' Jared Leto. With clips spliced between performance shots of the band, Hollywood icons --…

  8. Christie's Offering Andy Warhol Collection in Online Auction

    October 16, 2013 7:41 PM EDT Andy Warhol enthusiasts and art collectors, take note: Christie's has a new auction that might be of interest. Starting today (Oct. 16), the U.K.-based auction house has for sale over 120 photographs, drawings and prints that the legendary artist created, including works involving Mick…

  9. Stevie Wonder Speaks Out, Bono Surprises at Global Citizen Festival

    September 29, 2013 12:00 PM EDT An impassioned speech on guns by Wonder and slick sets by Alicia Keys, John Mayer and Kings of Leon highlight a day of doing right in Central Park Stevie Wonder made believers out of a youthful crowd of 60,000-plus at the Global Citizen Festival , held Saturday in New York City's…

  10. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Madonna & Katy Perry

    September 27, 2013 1:37 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Madonna Posing alongside ex-husband Sean Penn, Madonna stunned in black while debuting her latest film project, "SecretProjectRevolution," at the Gagosian Gallery on…

  11. Electric Zoo Fest Deaths Ruled Drug Overdoses

    September 13, 2013 2:23 AM EDT The New York City medical examiner's office has ruled that two concert-goers who died at an electronic music festival overdosed from MDMA or ecstasy. The medical examiner's office ruled Thursday that 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo and 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ died from an overdose…

  12. New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 Runway Jams: Day 5

    September 10, 2013 12:36 PM EDT The Hook columnist Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. is exploring the beats of the season and compiling a list of songs heard on Spring NYFW runways. Check back in daily as he updates with the hottest cuts. Show: Tommy Hilfiger Song: The Beach Boys, “Surfin' USA” “Melrose to Malibu” was the…

  13. Electric Zoo Announces Refunds Following Last-Minute Cancellation

    September 03, 2013 2:39 PM EDT New York's Electric Zoo festival has announced ticket refund rates after its last-minute cancellation of Sunday's schedule, the result of two drug-related deaths at the fest. According to the Electric Zoo website , refunds will be automatically distributed to those who purchased…

  14. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorite Madonna Songs?

    September 03, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Readers rank the Material Girl's best material. Plus, a trip through AC chart history and more songs that became hits three times 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,…

  15. Electric Zoo Festival Canceled After Two Deaths

    September 01, 2013 11:01 AM EDT The third day of the Electric Zoo Festival today (September 1) has been canceled due to “serious health risks,” a statement from the New York City government announced and a posting from the festival confirmed. The release on NYC.gov states that two fans had died and at least four…

  16. John Mayer's New York 'Born and Raised' Concert Reveals Beefed Up Classics and Precious Newbies

    August 29, 2013 4:34 PM EDT John Mayer's thoughtful songs have grown stronger and stretched out a bit, too. There’s a popular analogy musicians run to when promoting their new albums. A journalist asks the artist what their favorite song is on their new set. Their response goes a little something like, “Um, that…

  17. Dead Man Found at Olivia Newton-John's House

    August 20, 2013 8:23 PM EDT The singer is "in shock" over the death, which occurred as Newton-John and her husband were away from the Florida home. A 42-year-old man was found dead in Olivia Newton-John's Florida home, authorities told the Palm Beach Post . According to the newspaper, the unidentified…

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: The 27 Songs To Spend At Least 10 Weeks Atop The Hot 100

    August 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' is the latest such lengthy leader. Chart Beat analyzes the characteristics of these monster hits. Plus, radio gets in on the Katy Perry/Sara Bareilles similarities and the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart celebrates a birthday The latest chart…

  19. Goldfrapp Tells New 'Tales' After Feeling Rushed on Previous Album

    August 15, 2013 5:41 PM EDT Alison Goldfrapp will be the first to say 2010's "Head First" wasn't her band's best work. A product of pressure from her label Mute's then-parent EMI, the nine-track collection was a synth-coated ode to Olivia Newton-John-esque '80s pop that failed to…

  20. Robin Thicke's Rare Double No. 1 Album, No. 1 Song

    August 09, 2013 4:00 PM EDT This week, Robin Thicke scores the uncommon feat of having both the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 song and Billboard Hot 100 charts, with "Blurred Lines." He's the first artist to concurrently reign at No. 1 on both lists since the Dec. 8, 2012-dated charts,…

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