1. Big & Rich Look Back on 10 Years as They Go Indie for New Album 'Gravity'

    September 19, 2014 6:10 PM EDT has been a year of renewed energy for Big & Rich . As their current single, "Look At You," sits at No. 20 on the Hot Country Songs chart , they're not only gearing up for the release of their fifth studio album, Gravity -- they're looking back on 10 years of Big…

  2. Carole King Bio-Musical 'Beautiful' a Bona Fide Broadway Hit

    September 15, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Chalk up another victory for the Baby Boomers on Broadway. Following stellar business for Motown: The Musical the previous season, and the ongoing traction of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons story, Jersey Boys , which is still doing solid business after almost nine years, Beautiful:…

  3. Carole King Musical 'Beautiful' Sets Dates For U.S., London Run

    September 08, 2014 12:57 AM EDT The high notes of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical are set to soar beyond Broadway as the production will start its London run and U.S. tour. According to the Associated Press, a West End production of the Tony-nominated show will begin previews on Feb. 10 at the Aldwych Theatre. A U.S.…

  4. Lyricist Gerry Goffin Dies: Carole King's Songwriting Partner Was 75

    June 19, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Lyricist Gerry Goffin , who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Halfway to Paradise" and "The Loco-Motion," died Thursday at…

  5. Chicago, 'Now': Exclusive Song & Video Premiere

    June 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Chicago singer, keyboardist and co-founder Robert Lamm says that sticking the word "Now" at the front of "Chicago XXXVI's" title is no insignificant detail. And ahead of the album, due next month, Billboard exclusively premieres not only the title track but also its…

  6. Suzanne Vega Talks New Album, Performs Live In Chart Beat Meet & Greet

    March 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The folk singer/songwriter discusses her new album, 'Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles,' which includes a 50 Cent sample and a Macklemore shout-out "Every time I make an album, the idea is to mix the acoustic guitar, this beautiful, old-fashioned, almost…

  7. 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 "…

  8. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  9. Trent Reznor's 'F—k You' to CBS for Cutting GRAMMY Performance

    January 27, 2014 3:16 AM EST Trent Reznor might have chilled with age, but he’s still capable of furious anger when the moment strikes. The Nine Inch Nails leader was none too pleased that CBS cut off the GRAMMYS finale , which featured NIN, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on drums, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey…

  10. Carole King Honored by Stars at MusiCares' Person of the Year Gala

    January 25, 2014 12:42 PM EST Performances by Lady Gaga, P!nk, Kacey Musgraves & Miguel, and King herself were among the night's many highlights. Two unlikely performer pairings and songs most people do not associate with Carole King stole the show at Friday night's MusiCares Person of the Year gala…

  11. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Friday

    January 24, 2014 11:57 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…

  12. Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall Dead at 83

    December 10, 2013 7:51 PM EST Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died early Tuesday at age 83, his wife said. Hall died in his sleep after a short illness…

  13. Gene Kelly's 'Singin' in the Rain' Suit Up For Sale

    December 03, 2013 2:44 AM EST A memorabilia collector is selling the gray wool suit Gene Kelly wore as he joyously danced in a downpour in the Hollywood musical "Singin' in the Rain." The suit is expected to sell for more than $20,000 when Heritage Auctions offers it up Friday in Dallas. Memorabilia…

  14. Suzanne Vega Samples 50 Cent, New Album Coming

    November 20, 2013 1:13 AM EST Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega has seen her work sampled by rap artists many times. Now she's showing the inspiration runs both ways. The New Yorker samples 50 Cent's song, "Candy Shop" in a track featured on her upcoming album, due in February. Vega's 1987 song …

  15. Frankie Valli Q&A: Looking Back at 50 Years of The Four Seasons

    September 03, 2013 4:30 PM EDT There is a scene in the hit Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" that represents the sustained success of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio and their group, the Four Seasons, for more than 50 years. It portrays a pact made by Valli, the singer, and Gaudio, a founding performer who soon stepped…

  16. New Carole King Musical To Star Jessie Mueller

    August 12, 2013 11:38 PM EDT Jessie Mueller has nabbed a beautiful Broadway role - she'll be playing celebrated songwriter Carole King in a new musical about the woman who wrote such hits as "It's Too Late" and "You've Got a Friend." Producers said Monday that Mueller, who was last on…

  17. Singer Eydie Gorme Dead at 84

    August 10, 2013 8:24 PM EDT Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84. Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died Saturday (August 10) at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas…

  18. Muse to Perform at 'World War Z' Premiere

    May 23, 2013 9:46 PM EDT Muse, whose music is being used in Paramount's "World War Z," will perform for 15,000 fans after the premiere of the film on June 2 in London. In an unprecedented marriage of a full-scale concert and a film premiere, Muse will perform at Horse Guards Parade Ground, St. James…

  19. President Barack Obama Honors 'Living Legend' Carole King At White House Concert

    May 23, 2013 12:04 AM EDT President Barack Obama, saluting Carole King's five decades as an award-winning singer-songwriter, said Wednesday that music often is a place where people seek comfort and inspiration during trying times. Two days after much of Moore, Okla., was flattened by a powerful tornado that…

  20. Legendary Producer Phil Ramone Dies at Age 79

    March 30, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a career that stretched back to the early 1960s --…

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