1. Chuck D Named 2014 Record Store Day Ambassador

    February 11, 2014 10:45 PM EST Public Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D has been tapped as the latest ambassador of Record Store Day 2014, which takes place on April 19. Since being founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of independent music stores around the world, RSD has boasted numerous rock star ambassadors…

  2. Lonestar at Full Strength as Acoustic Tour Revs Up

    February 11, 2014 6:00 PM EST In 2008, Richie McDonald – longtime lead singer of the group Lonestar parted ways with the group to concentrate on a solo career. Though the band pressed on with Cody Collins taking over the main vocals, McDonald's return in 2011 gave the band a well-needed shot in the arm. "It'…

  3. Kidz Bop Nation: Inside The Best-Selling Children's CD Series

    February 04, 2014 12:52 PM EST With "Kidz Bop 25" recently becoming the series' latest Top 10 album, COO Victor Zaraya discusses the franchise's decade-long dominance and touring future. In between episodes of "Spongebob Squarepants," "Rocket Power" and "Invader Zim,"…

  4. Ask Billboard: Disney's Biggest Billboard Hits

    January 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST Readers check in on 'Frozen,' Aloe Blacc's fast-rising 'The Man' and the best-selling 'American Idol' singles As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  5. DJ Jazzy Jeff: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 25, 2014 8:12 PM EST Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. DJ Jazzy Jeff won a GRAMMY for best rap performance (with Will "the Fresh Prince" Smith) for "Parents Just Don't Understand" in 1989. DJ JAZZY…

  6. Kings of Leon: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 25, 2014 5:30 PM EST Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. Kings of Leon won GRAMMYs for record of the year and best rock performance by a duo or group with vocals for "Use Somebody" in 2009 and best rock performance…

  7. Quetzal: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 25, 2014 3:23 PM EST Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. Quetzal won a GRAMMY for best latin rock, urban or alternative album for 2012's "Imaginaries." QUETZAL FLORES: “We were sitting at the back of the theater…

  8. Martina McBride: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 25, 2014 9:20 AM EST Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. Martina McBride won a GRAMMY for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album in 1996 for being a vocalist on the “Amazing Grace - A Country Salute to Gospel”…

  9. Michael McDonald: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 24, 2014 6:01 PM EST Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. As part of the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald won GRAMMYs for record of the year for 1978's "What A Fool Believes" and best pop vocal performance by a…

  10. John Mayer, Miguel Sign Deals With Lady Gaga's Former Manager

    January 10, 2014 6:47 PM EST Troy Carter’s Atom Factory has signed John Mayer and Miguel as management clients, Billboard has learned, finalizing deals that began in late 2013 with each artist. Miguel has been part of the roster since mid-November, having split with previous firm Red Light, while talks with Mayer began…

  11. Van Halen's '1984' At 30: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    January 09, 2014 3:40 PM EST Who could have imagined that a synthesizer, and not a guitar, would put Van Halen over the top? But that was indeed the case when the first blast of Oberheim OB-Xa announced the arrival of "Jump" and the quartet's leap into the rock superstar strata with the album "1984,…

  12. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST 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, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  13. Hugh Jackman Disappears From 'Houdini' Musical

    December 24, 2013 3:57 AM EST Broadway's most bankable musical theater star, Hugh Jackman, will not be returning to the boards next season, at least not as the title character in "Houdini." Producers on Monday confirmed Jackman's exit from the long-gestating musical, to which he has been officially…

  14. Joe Henry Has New Solo Album, Johnny Cash Project Lined Up for 2014

    December 17, 2013 8:00 AM EST After spending the past few years producing albums for Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Bragg, Hugh Laurie, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr, Over the Rhine and others, Joe Henry plans to return to the artist realm in 2014 with a new set called "Invisible Hour." "I'm…

  15. 'Sound of Music Live' Draws 18.5 Million

    December 06, 2013 12:45 PM EST "The Sound of Music Live!" starring Carrie Underwood attracted 18.47 million viewers and posted NBC's best ratings on a Thursday in the 18-49 demographic since the "ER" finale on April 2, 2009. In total viewers, it was NBC's best Thursday average excluding…

  16. 'Sound of Music' Live: A Few of Our Favorite Things About It

    December 06, 2013 11:04 AM EST The live television performance of "The Sound of Music" brought a cavalcade of snark to the internet on Thursday night, but for all those attitudinal jabs, there were also plenty of impressive moments to the ambitious undertaking. THR runs down five highlights from NBC's…

  17. John Mayer Parts With Michael McDonald, Manager of 13 Years

    December 05, 2013 7:43 PM EST John Mayer and longtime manager Michael McDonald of Mick Management have parted ways, according to two knowledgeable executives. The split was finalized in the midst of the second leg of the John Mayer Live In Concert tour Tuesday night (Dec. 3), at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.…

  18. Aloe Blacc on Having an Anonymous Hit With 'Wake Me Up!': 'I Like the Discovery'

    November 25, 2013 9:32 PM EST Aloe Blacc may not get a lot of credit for his biggest song, but don't fret about it -- after all, he isn't. The California singer-songwriter isn't a household name across the world just yet, but his voice is currently making the run-around globally. Blacc is the vocalist on …

  19. Daft Punk Bassist Nathan East Readies Solo Debut

    November 21, 2013 4:30 PM EST He has played and/or performed with everyone from Toto, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson to Eric Clapton, Beyoncé, Andrea Bocelli and Daft Punk. Now popular session bassist Nathan East is recording his first solo album. The yet-untitled set -- the first in a planned two-volume project -- is…

  20. Carrie Underwood 'Sound of Music' Soundtrack Seeing December Release

    November 18, 2013 7:11 PM EST Sony Masterworks will release the soundtrack to NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music” on Dec. 3, two days before the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical airs. "The Sound of Music (Music From the NBC Television Even)t" will include studio recordings of all the musical numbers…

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