1. Dropkick Murphys Donate $300,000 to Boston Marathon Victims

    July 11, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Since 1996, the Dropkick Murphys have been the unofficial house band for the entire city of Boston. Their hit, "Tessie," was written for the Red Sox during their 2004 run to the World Series, when the team ended their 86-year championship "curse," making it a good luck…

  2. Nigel Lythgoe Confirms 'American Idol' Exit

    June 09, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Nigel Lythgoe has been fired as executive producer of "American Idol." The longtime "Idol" fixture, who briefly went on hiatus from the show during its eighth and ninth seasons, confirmed the news via his @dizzyfeet handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter. "Just…

  3. Chart Highlights: Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift Take 'Highway' To No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 03, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Seven years after Swift arrived with "Tim McGraw" - the song - the pair rules Country Airplay. Plus, Capital Cities take over atop Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  4. Sly Stone's Dodgy Deals & Money Problems Explored in Court Case

    June 03, 2013 5:20 AM EDT Anyone curious how a mega-successful musician -- one inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- can go 30 years nearly penniless should read a decision by a California appeals court on Thursday. The subject of the ruling is Sly Stone, born as Sylvester Stewart, who as the frontman for…

  5. Dropkick Murphys Take Aggressive Stance in Helping Boston Bombing Victims

    May 31, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Ken Casey, bassist and founding member of Boston band Dropkick Murphys, spent the first part of his day on April 15 ignoring text messages and focusing on the Celtic rock troupe's concert that evening at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, Calif. It was his birthday, so Casey figured most of…

  6. Wale Previews 'The Gifted' Album In NYC: First Listen

    May 23, 2013 2:13 PM EDT The rapper's third studio album will feature Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and more. Maybach Music Group rhymer, Wale, has finished recording the follow-up to his breakout 2011 effort “Ambition," titled,"The Gifted." While Wale's third studio album, due June 25,…

  7. Bruce Springsteen, Dropkick Murphys Team on Fundraising EP for Boston Bombing Victims

    May 16, 2013 3:55 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen and the Dropkick Murphys are releasing a re-recording of the band's song, "Rose Tattoo" on a special charity EP -- "Rose Tattoo: For Boston" -- benefiting the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on iTunes May 15, the band announced. The three…

  8. Woody Guthrie Center Opens in Tulsa

    April 27, 2013 9:02 AM EDT It took Woody Guthrie's hometown of Okemah more than 30 years after his death to finally celebrate his life and work with an annual music festival, and signs of acknowledgment in other parts of Oklahoma have been rare. Monuments and exhibits honoring Guthrie, one of America's…

  9. Rita Ora Goes Glam for Elle’s Women in Music Issue

    April 17, 2013 12:28 PM EDT Rita Ora rocks royal regalia on the May cover of Elle’s Women in Music issue. The second of three covers for Elle’s May Women in Music issue stars Rita Ora. Channeling 18th century vixens, Ora shines in a textured pink Chanel Haute Couture gown, a blossoming headpiece by Ken O’Rourke,…

  10. Flavor Flav Felony Case Heading for Las Vegas Trial

    April 10, 2013 10:16 PM EDT An evidence hearing was held on Wednesday as the MC faces charges of assault. Entertainer Flavor Flav is facing a trial on felony charges that he threatened his longtime girlfriend's 17-year-old son with a butcher knife during a family argument. The 54-year-old former rap and reality…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Oh, How The Years Go By

    March 22, 2013 10:52 AM EDT Jason Aldean's '1994' enters the Billboard Hot 100, marking the chart's latest hit whose title doubles as a year. "I was a junior in high school in '94 and Joe Diffie was huge," Jason Aldean told Billboard last year. "I went to the Cherry Blossom…

  12. The Band Perry: Billboard Cover Story

    March 15, 2013 4:30 PM EDT After 18 months and a false start with super-producer Rick Rubin, the Band Perry returns with "Pioneer" ... Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the cover shoot and making of the album This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard.…

  13. Mark Kamins, Madonna's Ex-Boyfriend, Pioneering DJ-Producer Who Helped Launch Her Career, Dies

    February 15, 2013 10:21 PM EST Pioneering DJ and producer Mark Kamins, who was instrumental in facilitating the signing of Madonna to Sire Records in 1982, has died. According to BlackBook , on Feb. 14, he suffered “a massive coronary” in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he has been teaching. A family source has confirmed…

  14. Miguel Breaks Out: Billboard Cover Story Q&A

    February 15, 2013 3:30 PM EST million viewers (and Kelly Clarkson) catch up to the best new sound in R&B Kelly Clarkson was a testament to the power of Grammy music discovery when she said during her acceptance speech for best pop vocal album at last week's Grammys, "Miguel, I don't know who the…

  15. Bruce Springsteen's Night at MusiCares: Sting, Mumford, Chesney Honor The Boss

    February 09, 2013 9:10 AM EST The power of Bruce Springsteen reached beyond the musical Friday night when he was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Before he even hit a note or anyone sang any of his songs, Springsteen made his voice heard early on during an auction of an…

  16. RISE Digital Music Festival Lineup: Knife Party, R3HAB to Headline

    February 05, 2013 11:10 AM EST Trance duo Tritonal also headlining three-day live-streamed event The lineup for RISE Digital Music Festival, a three-day (Feb. 12-14) live-streaming event featuring EDM performances from around the world, was announced today. Hosted by Mixify.com, RISE will feature sets by previously…

  17. Ke$ha's 'Crazy Beautiful Life' Documentary Coming to MTV

    January 29, 2013 10:01 PM EST The documentary series will cover the making of Ke$ha's "Warrior" in April. A documentary series on Ke$ha will air on MTV beginning in April, the singer will announce tonight on MTV’s new live late night comedy show, “Nikki & Sara Live."   “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful…

  18. 'History of the Eagles' Films to Dispel Myths About Band

    January 17, 2013 1:40 PM EST "It's a classic rock 'n' roll story," producer says, adding, "it's the Beatles story," referring to a band walking away at the peak of their powers The idea to tell the story of The Eagles came to Irving Azoff at the time they would have been…

  19. Dropkick Murphys Spill 'Blood': 'This Album Was Like Taking the Chains Off'

    January 08, 2013 11:50 AM EST On their eighth album, Dropkick Murphys are finally ready to be a radio band. The Boston-based group, which fuses elements of punk, folk and Celtic music, released "Signed and Sealed in Blood" today (Jan. 8) via its own label Born & Bred, which is handled by ADA Label Services,…

  20. 615 Spotlight: Joe Bachman Is the 'One'

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST When Joe Bachman takes to the stage, there is no place he would rather be. "I love what I do…the stage is my home…there is no place on Earth I would rather be," he states emphatically. The artist, who is promoting his debut album, "One," says that the road is not just a …

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