1. Joe Cocker, Interpreter of the Beatles, Bob Dylan & More: A History

    December 22, 2014 4:22 PM EST Joe Cocker , whose unmistakable rasp and intensity made him a singular interpreter of the Beatles , R&B and songwriters such as Bob Dylan , Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen , died at his home in Colorado on Monday (Dec. 22) after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Joe Cocker Dies at 70…

  2. Thanksgiving Songs: Music About Food, Giving Thanks, and the Holiday

    November 27, 2014 8:00 AM EST Songs for Thanksgiving fall into three different categories. First, there are songs recorded explicitly for the holiday. However, there are a lot fewer of these for Thanksgiving then there are for Christmas or Valentine's Day, so you have to get more creative unless you want to listen…

  3. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack

    November 26, 2014 12:05 PM EST Never mind the meal. What's on the musical menu for Thanksgiving? Billboard has all the ingredients for a satisfying Turkey Day soundtrack. We trust that, at this point, you've planned the details of cooking your Thanksgiving dinner. (Or, perhaps smarter, that you've…

  4. Rapper Big K.R.I.T. Says His Track ‘King of the South’ Is 'No Disrespect’ to T.I.

    November 17, 2014 3:31 PM EST Nice guys finish last, as they say, and Big K.R.I.T . wants to win. The Mississippi rapper-producer, 28, has released several excellent mixtapes and a solid debut LP, 2012's Live From the Underground , but has yet to garner commercial success to match his critical raves. For his second…

  5. Move Over, Drake, The NBA Has a New Superfan: Taylor Swift

    November 13, 2014 10:36 AM EST Taylor Swift showed up courtside at another Knicks game last night -- this time in the company of Kate Upton and Amanda Seyfried.   Knicks. Una foto pubblicata da Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:42 PST Rock Stars Courtside: Taylor Swift, Beyonce & More Celeb NBA Fan…

  6. Big K.R.I.T. on Calling Himself 'King of the South': 'I Stand By What I Say'

    November 11, 2014 12:35 PM EST The rapper/producer talks the making of his sophomore album, 'Cadillactica.' Nice guys finish last, as they say, and Big K.R.I.T. wants to win. Since 2010, the understated Mississippi rapper-producer, 28, quietly produced three excellent mixtapes and a solid debut album, 2012'…

  7. Temptations & Four Tops Heading to Broadway

    November 05, 2014 5:12 PM EST Motown groups will play a special one-week double-bill engagement at the Palace Theatre in Times Square this holiday season. Broadway has been grooving to the Detroit sound since Motown the Musical opened in spring 2013. But before that show wraps its initial run on Jan. 18, it will get a…

  8. Kim Gordon's 'Girl in a Band' Memoir Has 2015 Street Date

    October 09, 2014 6:33 AM EDT Kim Gordon is ready to tell her side of the story.  The Sonic Youth co-founder will share insights into her band’s rise and fall -- and her split with Thurston Moore -- when her autobiography Girl in a Band hits the shelves on Feb. 24, 2015. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore Opens-Up on…

  9. Lupe Fiasco-Produced Sports Doc 'Little Ballers' to Air in November

    October 06, 2014 11:50 PM EDT Nickelodeon has set an airdate for Little Ballers . The sports documentary -- centering on a group of 11-year-old basketball players in New York City's Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent -- will air on Nicktoons on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., during the…

  10. Big K.R.I.T. Releases 'See Me On Top Vol. 4' Mixtape: Listen

    September 16, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. , who hardly ever abandons his style, shows the virtues of persistence and consistency. He's been releasing mixtapes since 2005 -- some of these, like 2011's Return of 4 Eva , are potent -- carrying the torch for an older tradition of southern rap that draws its…

  11. Pioneering Rumba King Peret Dead at 79

    August 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Barcelona bids goodbye to the father of its urban gypsy sound. Peret, the singer and guitarist known as the king of the Catalan rumba -- Barcelona's original party music -- died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 79. Peret once described the rumba catalana as a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban…

  12. Kate Bush Makes Live Return Following 35 Year Hiatus: Review

    August 26, 2014 11:34 PM EDT Thirty-five years after making her last live performance, Kate Bush finally delivered what many of her fans thought they would never get to see: a triumphant, hit-filled and characteristically theatrical return to the stage. Appearing at London’s Hammersmith Apollo -- the scene of her last…

  13. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Keeps Bounding

    August 15, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The song achieves a feat last managed almost two decades ago. Plus, a new (literally) Katy Perry fan spurs a rebound for 'Dark Horse.' As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Rude" and Charli XCX charges into the top 10 with "…

  14. IU Talks First US Performance, New Album & 'Modern Family' at KCON 2014: Video Interview

    August 13, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Without a doubt, one of the most exciting aspects of KCON 2014 was K-pop's solo superstar IU  performing her first-ever performance in America. Backstage at the festival, the K-Pop Hot 100 all-time leader  talks to Billboard about her experience. More IU Read About IU's KCON…

  15. Watch Lady Gaga in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Trailer

    July 28, 2014 4:07 PM EDT Lady Gaga is ready to take your order. Lady Gaga in a stylized outfit saying kooky things? It's just another day in the life for the singer, but this time, it's for a film. Lady Gaga appears in the new trailer for  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For  as a waitress giving money to Joseph…

  16. Bose Accuses Beats of Patent Infringement

    July 25, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Bose has brought a complaint against Beats Electronics in Delaware today (July 25th), where both companies are incorporated -- Bose also names Beats Electronic International Limited, an arm of the company incorporated in Ireland, a common tactic for businesses to lower their tax burden --…

  17. Will.i.am Celebrates 'Birthday' No. 1 in U.K., Ed Sheeran's 'X' Retains Albums Crown

    July 14, 2014 5:52 AM EDT will.i.am has landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as headline artist and tenth overall. “It’s My Birthday” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Cody Wise, arrived at the summit yesterday (July 13), as Ed Sheeran began a third week atop the album chart with “X” (Asylum/Warner Music). “It’s My…

  18. Tito 'El Bambino' Hits No. 1, Ricky Martin Cracks Top 10 on Latin Charts

    June 12, 2014 4:23 PM EDT Tito "El Bambino" scores his eighth No. 1 on Billboard's Tropical Airplay chart and Ricky Martin bounds 23-5 on Latin Airplay with "Vida." Tito "El Bambino" scores his eighth No. 1 on Billboard's Tropical Airplay chart, as "El Gran Perdedor"…

  19. Kelly Rowland, Spike Lee Featured on Soccer-Themed Visual Album

    May 12, 2014 10:12 AM EDT "Beats of the Beautiful Game," curated by Pepsi, will be released June 10 ahead of the World Cup Pepsi is pairing singers and filmmakers to release a visual album that celebrates soccer during the World Cup. Spike Lee, Timbaland, Idris Elba and Kelly Rowland are some of the artists…

  20. Yanni, 'Inspirato': Exclusive Album Premiere

    April 22, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Yanni, the globally popular composer, is back and he's brought with him some of the world greats of opera. The Greek-born musician returns with an album of his best known works, sung with newly-created lyrics by such renowned opera stars such as Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming,…

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