1. Spandau Ballet Makes U.S. Return With SXSW Film Premiere and Concert

    March 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wednesday's gig marked the British New Romantic band's first Statesdie performance in nearly 30 years Having finished their first performance in the U.S. in more than 28 years, Spandau Ballet will wait until George Hencken's documentary, "Soul Boys of the Western World,…

  2. 615 Spotlight: Mark Box Talks 'Fields of Home' EP

    March 12, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Country newcomer Mark Box knows there is at least one person who is not a huge fan of at least one of the songs on his new release: his mother. "My mom doesn't like the song 'The Man My Mama Tried To Raise' too much," he says with a laugh. "She said 'For one…

  3. Paul Stanley Q&A: Kiss Frontman On 'Destructive' Childhood, New Book and Why the Rock Hall Is Like a 'Distorted Bar Mitzvah'

    March 11, 2014 10:50 AM EDT In April, Stanley embarks on a book tour for his memoir "Face the Music: A Life Exposed"… The rocker talks why he finally put his life on paper, the inaccuracies of Gene Simmons' own book, and what actually went down with the Rock Hall of Fame Few bands know how to celebrate…

  4. Mel Tillis Recovering from Heart Surgery

    March 10, 2014 11:51 PM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame singer Mel Tillis is recovering in Nashville after heart surgery over the weekend. According to a statement from his daughter, Pam Tillis, the 81-year-old singer required a "routine heart procedure," but is expected to make a full recovery. "In…

  5. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard's 2014 Money Makers

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT In theater, a triple threat is an artist who has the chops to sing, dance and act. It's a different ballgame in the music biz, where touring and the two avenues of sales (physical and digital) reign supreme. In that regard, there's no artist more threat-ening than pop-country…

  6. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past year. Who makes the biggest bucks in music? Billboard’s annual Money Makers ranking of the top earners is more than a little bit country (Taylor storms in at No. 1), with plenty of hip-hop and a whole lot of rock’n’roll …

  7. Inside the Hendrix Film's Beatles Coup and Why They 'Bet the House' on Andre Benjamin

    March 09, 2014 4:46 PM EDT The Beatles, Cream, the Animals, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones play roles in the development of Jimi Hendrix in 1966 and 1967, a 12-month period that saw the guitarist emerge from Curtis Knight's rhythm section to form the Experience and take a starring role in the Monterey Pop…

  8. ACM Awards: Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton Set to Perform

    March 06, 2014 1:06 PM EST The first round of performers for next month's ACM Awards has been announced, and there's no shortage of star-wattage for the annual country music blowout. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban and The Band Perry -- all nominees this…

  9. KXM, 'Rescue Me': Video Premiere From Korn, King's X, Lynch Mob Members

    March 06, 2014 12:12 PM EST A one-year-old's birthday party gave birth to rock's latest "supergroup" collaboration. Doug "dUg" Pinnick of King's X and Lynch Mob's George Lynch, formerly of Dokken, were guests at the bash last year for Korn drummer Ray Luzier's son. "It…

  10. 'Annie' Trailer Appears Online: Watch

    March 06, 2014 4:07 AM EST     Quvenzhane Wallis, Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz get the unenviable task of updating the classic musical. It's a hard knock life -- for die-hard Annie fans.   The first trailer for Columbia's modern-day update of the classic musical debuted Wednesday, offering a preview of what…

  11. George Strait, Martina McBride Turn New Jersey Into Cowboy Country: Live Review

    March 03, 2014 5:51 PM EST The Prudential Center’s massive exterior LED screen announced “George Strait: Sold Out.” And the streets of Newark, N.J., have likely never seen so many cowboy hats, most pulled low against the cold March winds, as urban cowboys held their cowgirls close Saturday night and headed toward the…

  12. Shakira to Perform on 'The Voice U.K.'

    March 03, 2014 4:57 AM EST Shakira will perform on an upcoming live show of "The Voice U.K." on the BBC, producers have announced.  The music star, who became a coach on the U.S. version of the singing competition in 2012, will sing on the March 29 episode. Shakira will perform current single "Can't…

  13. Tourist Announces US Tour, Confirms EP Release Date

    February 28, 2014 1:26 PM EST Last December, an unassuming but polished young man stepped onto the stage at L.A.’s Lyric Theatre and slowly, before a crowd of about 50-60 people, single-handedly built a live electronic soundscape rooted in house music but firmly thrust into the future. Soon it became clear: Those…

  14. John Oates on New EP Series: 'It Came Together Out of Necessity'

    February 27, 2014 9:33 PM EST John Oates would love to tell you that there is some kind of master plan behind the upcoming release of "Good Road To Follow," his forthcoming three-EP set, which is due March 18 on PS / Elektra. Honestly -- he would love to. “It came together out of necessity,” he tells Billboard. …

  15. Movie History First: This Week's No. 1 Song and Album Both From Animated Films

    February 27, 2014 7:39 PM EST For the first time in history, both the No. 1 song and album in the U.S. are from animated films. Pharrell's single "Happy," from "Despicable Me 2," reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, while Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack album…

  16. Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire to Perform at Johnny Cash Music Festival

    February 27, 2014 11:30 AM EST On the evening of August 15, three Country Music Hall of Fame members will take to the stage at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center in Jonesboro, AR to salute another Hall of Fame member: "The Man In Black."  Reba McEntire, Bobby Bare and Loretta Lynn will perform at…

  17. 25 Movie Stars Turned Musicians

    February 26, 2014 5:30 PM EST First we watched them on the big screen, many of them -- like Kevins Bacon and Costner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp -- reaching mega-star success. But that wasn't enough. No, these movie stars-turned-musicians wanted to express themselves with a mic or a guitar, parlaying their…

  18. Country Radio's Gerry House on Blake Shelton, Reba and Why 'Country Music Broke My Brain'

    February 25, 2014 2:48 PM EST For well over 25 years, the voice of Gerry House kept country music listeners entertained over the radio airwaves of WSIX / Nashville. The legendary personality-comedian-songwriter-singer (Does 1992's timeless Bull count?) documents many of his favorite memories from his career in "…

  19. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry, HAIM, Pharrell & More Make Moves

    February 24, 2014 3:05 PM EST Perry sets the Pop Songs weekly plays mark with 'Dark Horse'; HAIM hits its first airplay chart; and Pharrell's 'Happy' continues its multi-format surge Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  20. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

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