1. Alicia Keys to Sing at Ruby Dee Memorial in NYC

    September 04, 2014 3:52 PM EDT A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald , reflections by former Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez , and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte . The Terrie Williams Agency said Thursday that the celebration of Lee's…

  2. Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

    September 04, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Joan Rivers , the blunt, tart-tongued celebrity and talk show host who reconstructed her career time and time again en route to becoming one of the most memorable female comics of all time, has died. She was 81. The breakthrough standup comic, writer, actress, fashion critic, red-carpet…

  3. Take That's Gary Barlow Vows to Settle U.K. Tax Issues

    September 04, 2014 3:30 AM EDT British music star Gary Barlow , known as a member of Take That and as a solo performer, has said on Twitter that he is working on settling U.K. tax issues. British media earlier this year reported that such stars as Barlow, Michael Caine, George Michael, David Beckham and others had…

  4. Chrissy Amphlett ‘Lane’ Gets the Go Ahead

    September 03, 2014 5:33 AM EDT The late Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett will have a lane named after her in the heart of Melbourne. The city's soon-to-become Amphlett Lane sits off Little Bourke St near Spring St and backs onto the recently closed Palace Theatre where Amphlett and the Divinyls played. Currently the…

  5. 'Cantinflas' Star Oscar Jaenada Discusses Film’s Mario Moreno-Inspired Soundtrack

    August 30, 2014 1:14 PM EDT The film's soundtrack features Latin music from Aleks Syntek to La Santa Cecilia. As the Cantinflas film is being seen across the country over Labor Day weekend, fans of the late comedic actor Mario Moreno are also being treated to the soundtrack, which sets the tone beautifully for one…

  6. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  7. Bob Dylan Releasing 'The Basement Tapes Complete' This Fall

    August 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT A six-disc set of Bob Dylan 's legendary Basement Tapes recordings with the Band from 1967 will be the next edition of Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings' Bootleg Series. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 will be released Nov. 4. Compiled from meticulously…

  8. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city,…

  9. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  10. M.I.A. Resolves NFL's War Over Super Bowl Middle Finger

    August 22, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The league sought $16.6 million in arbitration. After more than three years, a dispute over M.I.A. 's halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI has been resolved. Super Bowl Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Weighs In When the singer extended her middle finger during her performance on…

  11. Nick Cannon Confirms He and Mariah Carey Are Living Apart

    August 21, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Say it ain't so! After some rumors began floating around that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon would be divorcing in the next few weeks, Cannon himself confirmed that things are not great right now in his personal life. "There is trouble in paradise…we have been living in…

  12. Howard Shore to Receive Maestro Award at Billboard/THR Film and TV Music Conference

    August 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Composer Howard Shore will receive this year's Maestro Award at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6. Shore, who will participate in a Q&A at the conference, has an impressive slate of films this year, among them the final installment…

  13. From Dusseldorf to Denver: Spotify Map Shows Moments of Musical Serendipity

    August 21, 2014 11:22 AM EDT While you're in Anywheresville, listening to Magic 's "Rude" for the umpteenth time on Spotify, there's a possibility someone else in the whole wide world is jamming to the same chart-topping song at the same exact time... down to a fraction of a second. With over 40…

  14. Charles M. Young, Punk Rock Journalist, Dead at 63

    August 19, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Rock journalist Charles M. Young, who joined Rolling Stone magazine in 1976 and championed New York's CBGB punk scene at its inception, died of cancer on Monday, Aug. 18. Young's passing follows a year-and-a-half battle with with a stage four brain tumor, he was 63.  At Rolling…

  15. Read Ferguson Native Michael McDonald's Take On Violence, Race & Michael Brown

    August 19, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Before his time with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald learned music growing up in Ferguson, Mo., where he spent 14 years of his childhood. With the nation now watching his hometown in horror and disbelief, McDonald penned an insightful op-ed on Michael Brown's death…

  16. Exclusive: Isaac Hayes Family Pushes Legacy Into the Future With 'Unvaulted' Project

    August 18, 2014 1:18 PM EDT This week marks six years since the untimely passing of music legend Isaac Hayes , but it should also be noted as new beginning of sorts. His family has united to form the Isaac Hayes Enterprises in Atlanta, a project which honors his legacy. Though his discography includes 22 studio albums,…

  17. Gene Simmons Apologizes for Comments on Depression 'Made Without Regard for Those Who Truly Suffer'

    August 15, 2014 6:58 PM EDT After making some insensitive comments about depression as well as drug and alcohol addiction in a recent interview, KISS bassist Gene Simmons is eating his words.  Kiss' Gene Simmons: 'I'm On the Side of Donald Sterling' The question of whether he gets along with his…

  18. Rich Jacobellis Named Partner at First Artists

    August 15, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Composer and music supervisor agent Rich Jacobellis has been named partner at the music agency First Artists Management. Jacobellis' clients include Emmy-winning and nominated composers Bear McCreary ( Da Vinci's Demons ), Wendy and Lisa ( Nurse Jackie ), Nathan Barr ( The Americans…

  19. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to the 'Brilliant' Robin Williams

    August 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Robin Williams appeared in our lives like a comet streaking across the sky; a brilliant, adorable, hilarious, compassionate, vulnerable manifestation of the human condition. It was as if he had learned to bare his soul with spontaneous humor as his only defense. He was performing an amazing…

  20. Nikki Sixx Slams Gene Simmons Over ‘Moronic’ Comments on Depression

    August 15, 2014 1:21 AM EDT Gene Simmons has made a career from spouting all manner of wild stuff from his mouth. This time he’s apparently launched a vitriolic attack on folks with mental health problems, urging them “have some dignity and jump”. And it’s not going down well. The veteran rocker’s latest brush with…

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