1. Tom Petty Isn't 'Playing Dumb' About Church Sex Abuse Scandal on New Song

    July 21, 2014 2:46 PM EDT In a new track — and a blunt conversation — Petty won't back down when asked about a religious scandal During his hard-fought, ascendant career, Tom Petty has often been labeled as intense. The artist wouldn't disagree — and a corrosive new track called "Playing Dumb" won&…

  2. Tom Petty on the 'Good Thing About Getting Old': 'You Know What's Worth Spending Time on and What's Not'

    July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT At home in Malibu with Tom Petty, as the eternal SoCal rocker, now on his 13th album with the Heartbreakers, sounds off on the one percent, the Catholic church and the corruption of power. The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hedonists for good reason — there’s rolling…

  3. Fred Durst's Latest Gig? eHarmony Commercial Director (Watch)

    July 18, 2014 8:09 PM EDT It seems like an unlikely match, but the folks behind dating site eHarmony have hired Limp Bizkit frontman, Fred Durst, to direct three commercials for the site. The ads are titled "Caroline and Friend," "Witch/Ogre" and "Bouquet." And in addition to a more light…

  4. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  5. Johnny Ramone Tribute in Hollywood Marks 10 Year Anniversary of Guitarist's Death

    June 27, 2014 8:34 PM EDT September 15 will mark 10 years since the death of iconic guitarist Johnny Ramone, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's legacy will be celebrated with an event on August 24 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the late axeman was buried in 2004 at the age of 55. Johnny's…

  6. Grand Ole Opry Star Jimmy C. Newman Dies at 86

    June 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT The Grand Ole Opry vet died on June 21 following a brief illness at age 86 Country music has lost one of its veteran entertainers with the passing of Grand Ole Opry performer Jimmy C. Newman. The performer died on June 21 in a Nashville hospital following a brief illness. He was 86.…

  7. Cole Porter's 'The Ambassador Revue' to be Staged In New York City

    June 16, 2014 12:56 PM EDT For the first time later this month, a few lucky people will get to hear what no one in America has - a collection of lost Cole Porter songs. The one-night-only June 27 premiere of "The Ambassador Revue" at The Town Hall near Times Square will mark the first time the 1929 show has…

  8. Industry Reacts to Casey Kasem's Death

    June 15, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Just as some "Star Trek" viewers were inspired to follow science as a career or become astronauts, some of Casey Kasem’s most avid listeners pursued their dreams of working in radio. Billboard reached out to some key industry folks to find out what Kasem meant to their lives and…

  9. When I First Met Casey Kasem: A Personal Tribute

    June 15, 2014 3:06 PM EDT As a teenager, I listened to Casey Kasem, but not on American Top 40. Before he came up with the idea of doing a national countdown, he was a local DJ on KRLA, one of the two leading Top 40 stations in Los Angeles, along with KFWB. In the summer of 1963, Pasadena-based KRLA introduced Kasem…

  10. How Casey Kasem Gave Billboard A Voice

    June 15, 2014 2:27 PM EDT From the first American Top 40 countdown in 1970, the late icon brought Billboard charts to music fans worldwide Billboard had existed for more than 75 years before Casey Kasem counted down the first "American Top 40" on the weekend of July 4, 1970, but it was then that he gave…

  11. Pharrell Williams Apollo Concert Live Stream Video: Watch Tonight (June 3)

    June 03, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Right here, watch Pharrell Williams perform at the Apollo beginning at 9pm ET! Polymath music phenom Pharrell Williams is performing at Apollo Theater tonight (June 3) as part of the American Express Unstaged series, and right here, you can watch the chart-topping singer/songwriter…

  12. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  13. Dolly Parton Talks 'Blue' Album, Gay Fans and Willie Nelson's 'Dork' Days

    May 13, 2014 9:52 AM EDT "They know I understand what it's like to be me, and to fight for being myself," Parton says of why she's always had a large following in the LGBT community Dolly Parton doesn't really do "small," and that trait has informed her genre-spanning 42nd studio…

  14. Matisyahu, 'Broken Car': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 05, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Matisyahu's transformation continues on new album "Akeda" (out June 3). "There's still people who come to my shows and say, 'Man, I miss the beard.' Just the image that was tied to me, a lot of people don't want to let go of that" Akeda is a…

  15. Brian Eno & Karl Hyde Release Studio Film To Celebrate ‘Someday World’

    May 02, 2014 2:13 AM EDT Brian Eno and Karl Hyde have released a short studio film that offers a sneak-peak into the sessions for their new collaborative album "Someday World." The video follows Eno, Hyde and a cast of musos as they jam and "explore the potential of ‘Someday World’ songs in the live…

  16. Country Hall of Fame Doubles in Size, Readies New Class of Inductees

    April 21, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Last week's Grand Opening ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame was celebrated in the fashion that one might expect in Nashville – with a lot of music from some of the city’s heaviest hitters. The Hall, which has been located in its’ downtown location since 2001, commemorated a 210…

  17. 'American Idol' Alum James Durbin Ready to 'Celebrate' With Sophomore Release

    April 21, 2014 5:09 AM EDT Season 10 alum James Durbin’s second album blasts onto four Billboard charts this week, but the "American Idol" finalist started thinking about his sophomore set quite a while ago. "Celebrate" is a new entry on The Billboard 200 at No. 83, and also bows on Top Rock Albums…

  18. Black Stone Cherry, 'Me And Mary Jane': Exclusive Video Premiere

    April 16, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Black Stone Cherry is giving their fans a bite out of the Southern rock band's new album with the release of lead single "Me and Mary Jane." The new track, which Billboard exclusively premieres below, is lifted from Black Stone Cherry's fourth studio album "Magic…

  19. Ray Price's Final Recordings: 'Everyone Had the Feeling Something Special Was Happening'

    April 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Fred Foster remembers the first time he met Ray Price. "It was New Years' Eve 1953 in Washington, DC," he recalled to Billboard. "Every New Years' Eve, [promoter Connie B. Gay] would take over Capitol Arena, and put on a huge show. There was Ernest Tubb, Red Foley,…

  20. Paul Weller Talks New Menswear Line Real Stars Are Rare

    April 11, 2014 5:25 PM EDT "I thought music was complicated, but it's a f-ing breeze compared to this," says a laughing Paul Weller as he surveys the surrounding clothes rails on which hangs the debut collection of his first stand-alone menswear label, Real Stars Are Rare. It's a line heavily…

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