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. Bonnie Raitt, Skylar Grey, Joy Williams Shine at GRAMMY Foundation's 'A Song Is Born' Event

    January 24, 2014 12:26 PM EST Songs, specifically the ones that become smash hits, were the focal point of the Grammy Foundation's "A Song is Born" program on Jan. 23. Seventeen artists, most of them writers rather than interpreters, performed an astounding number of top 40 tunes, Grammy winners and…

  3. Debbie Gibson Q&A: Celebrating 25 Years Of 'Electric Youth'

    January 24, 2014 9:05 AM EST On Jan. 24, 1989, Gibson released her sophomore album. It would spend five weeks atop the Billboard 200 and yield the Hot 100 No. 1 'Lost in Your Eyes.' On the set's 25th anniversary, Gibson reflects on its success and reveals what's ahead in 2014 Cautiously…

  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. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Howard Stern: The Billboard Cover Q&A

    January 20, 2014 11:00 AM EST When Howard Stern jumped from terrestrial to satellite radio, Sirius had half a million subscribers. Today it has 25.6 million. As he turns 60, Stern looks back at his career and sees radio on the verge of the next step in its evolution. It doesn't take long to figure out how…

  8. Sara Evans Pushes Back 'Slow Me Down' Release to March 11

    January 17, 2014 4:33 PM EST The album features collaborations with Gavin DeGraw, Vince Gill and The Fray's Isaac Slade Sara Evans continues to plan ahead for a busy 2014, with the RCA recording artist revealing new details about her upcoming seventh studio album, "Slow Me Down." The release of the album…

  9. 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…

  10. Cheap Trick, 'Dream Police' ('Guitar Center Sessions'): Exclusive Video Premiere

    January 16, 2014 10:00 AM EST Cheap Trick have still got it, and they're happy to show it off. The rock veterans deliver the goods on the season finale of "Guitar Center Sessions," with a performance of their 1979 classic "Dream Police". Billboard exclusively premieres the clip below.    "…

  11. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Lady Gaga Lands Her First No. 1 With 'Just Dance'

    January 13, 2014 8:05 AM EST Five years ago this week, Mother Monster topped the Hot 100 for the first time. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Janet and Michael Jackson, Men at Work and U2 Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 13,…

  12. VH1 Books Janelle Monae, J. Cole, Fall Out Boy for Super Bowl Concerts

    January 09, 2014 1:25 PM EST The first Super Bowl to be held in the New York City/New Jersey area will bring an equally historic volume of concerts, as the music industry looks to top recent efforts in cities like New Orleans, Indianapolis and Dallas. Leading the charge is VH1, which will kick off a series of six…

  13. 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…

  14. Sara Evans Sets Date for 'Slow Me Down' Album, Talks Duets With Gavin DeGraw & Vince Gill

    December 09, 2013 3:40 PM EST Sara Evans has been making hit music for fifteen years now, since "No Place That Far" became her initial chart-topper in 1999. Talk to her these days, and she sounds like an artist reborn. The singer announced today that she'll release her seventh RCA studio album, "Slow…

  15. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  16. Joan Jett Reflects on The Runaways, Breakup Was 'Devastating': Watch

    December 06, 2013 2:48 AM EST Guitar Center is shining a spotlight on music with its award-winning series Guitar Center Sessions. Combining an interview portion with performances, the show is now in its seventh season and boasts such diverse bookings as metal act Korn, singer Gavin DeGraw and indie darlings Ben Folds Five…

  17. Of Mice & Men Announce New Album: 'Restoring Force' Due Jan. 28

    November 27, 2013 1:01 PM EST The successful metalcore quintet Of Mice & Men are back with a new album. On Jan. 28, they'll follow 2011's "The Flood" with "Restoring Force." So far, no new music has been released, though a number of presale bundles have been announced on the band's…

  18. Will.i.am, Kylie Minogue Appointed Coaches for ‘The Voice’ Australia

    November 26, 2013 4:39 AM EST "The Voice Australia" is changing things up for its third season as the show's original coaches, Seal and Delta Goodrem, won't be returning in 2014, announced the Nine Network Nine Network on Tuesday.  Instead "The Voice U.K." coaches, Will.i.am and Kylie Minogue…

  19. American Music Awards 2013: 10 Moments That Made Us LOL, Clap, and Shake Our Heads

    November 25, 2013 1:40 AM EST Award shows are a prime oppourtunity for moments that will spark conversation on social networks and at water coolers alike for days to come. The 2013 American Music Awards were no different, with the expected acts (Hi, Gaga and Miley) giving us something to talk about. American Music Awards…

  20. Gin Blossoms, David Byrne, Journey Rise to Benefit Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

    November 22, 2013 3:45 PM EST For more than 40 years benefit concerts have served as a conduit for emergency aid to disaster-stricken areas of the world. Their success hinges on hurried planning and requires whirlwind agreements between musicians and venues, sponsors and TV networks. "Up to that time, no one really…

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