1. Kris Kristofferson, Beatles Honored at Special Merit Awards Ceremony

    January 26, 2014 1:19 PM EST The unofficial theme for the Recording Academy's laughter-filled Special Merit Awards ceremony could easily have been old friends. When Ringo Starr and Kris Kristofferson ran into each other on the red carpet Saturday, they bear-hugged it out. "I'm just going to hug you first,…

  2. Bonnie Raitt, Skylar Grey, Joy Williams Shine at GRAMMY Foundation's 'A Song Is Born' Event

    January 24, 2014 12:26 PM EST Songs, specifically the ones that become smash hits, were the focal point of the Grammy Foundation's "A Song is Born" program on Jan. 23. Seventeen artists, most of them writers rather than interpreters, performed an astounding number of top 40 tunes, Grammy winners and…

  3. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Thursday

    January 23, 2014 10:15 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…

  4. Ringo Starr Honored by David Lynch Foundation Ahead of the GRAMMYs

    January 21, 2014 9:25 AM EST Ringo Starr got an early start to Grammy week, with famous friends honoring him for his life and work. The former Beatle received the Lifetime of Peace and Love award from the David Lynch Foundation on Monday night during a tribute concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. In turn, Starr…

  5. Sundance Kicks Off With 'Finding Fela' and the Fela! Band

    January 18, 2014 6:10 PM EST "Finding Fela," a multi-layered documentary that focus on the music and human rights message of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, exceeded expectations on the first day of the Sundance Film festival, receiving an enthusiastic response at the premieres that extended to the Internet and,…

  6. Rock on the Range 2014: Guns N' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Kid Rock Headlining

    January 16, 2014 11:11 AM EST In its eighth year, Columbus, Ohio's Rock on the Range festival has expanded to a full three-day lineup, with Guns N' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock serving as the 2014 headliners. The full lineup for the hard rock fest, taking place from May 16-18 at Columbus Crew Stadium,…

  7. A Great Big World Studio Session: Watch 'Say Something' Performance and Q&A

    January 14, 2014 4:00 PM EST After delivering a pair of performances, the duo opens up about their unexpected smash and what they learned from Christina Aguilera. "We didn't expect it to be this big -- it's bigger than us now," says A Great Big World's Ian Axel of the duo's harrowing…

  8. Psychedelic Rock Poster Artist Gary Grimshaw Dead at 67

    January 13, 2014 5:49 PM EST The rock world lost one of its pioneering concert poster artists on Monday when Gary Grimshaw passed away at the age of 67 in his home town of Detroit after a long battle with a variety of illnesses. Grimshaw was best-known for the iconic psychedelic posters he created for concerts at…

  9. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  10. Fela! Band Bringing Afrobeat to Sundance (Exclusive)

    January 13, 2014 2:45 PM EST The Fela! band will give three performances at the Sundance Film festival to celebrate Alex Gibney's documentary "Finding Fela." The band, featuring lead singer Sahr Ngaujah and musicians associated with the musical "Fela!," will perform at the film's premiere…

  11. Beats Music Streaming Service Launching January 21

    January 11, 2014 3:56 PM EST Beats Music , the premium streaming service developed by Trent Reznor, Ian Rogers and the creators of Beats By Dre headphones, is launching on Jan. 21, with AT&T as the exclusive carrier partner, the company said. Santa Monica-based Beats will join a parade of competitors, including…

  12. Charlie Wilson to Hit Studio, May Record Own Version of Kanye West's 'Bound 2'

    January 09, 2014 11:31 AM EST "I'm really excited about working with Pharrell and Justin Timberlake again and then, of course, Kanye," the R&B legend says Charlie Wilson plans to hit the studio again this month, and the R&B veteran and former Gap Band member has big plans for his follow-up to 2013&…

  13. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Storms to Top Of Billboard 200

    January 08, 2014 11:00 AM EST "Frozen" is the fourth animated film soundtrack to reach No. 1 in the chart's 58-year history. The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" blows into the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 5, according to Nielsen…

  14. The Kinks To Reunite for 50th Anniversary?

    January 03, 2014 5:08 AM EST The Kinks could be getting back together in 2014. Though talk of a reformed Kinks seems to hit the headlines every few years, frontman Ray Davies has given a clear indicator that his band’s many patient fans could soon get their reward. This year, the Kinks hits the half-century milestone.…

  15. One Last Look Back at Country Music in 2013

    January 02, 2014 10:05 AM EST Before we put 2013 in the back of the closet, we at The 615 thought it would be a great idea to look back at ten things that we won't forget about the country music industry in 2013... and maybe a sneak peek into the crystal ball. TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Arguably the format…

  16. Buck Owens Autobiography Crafted From Tapes Left By Late Country Legend

    December 30, 2013 6:00 PM EST Much has been written about the career and life of Buck Owens over the years. However, not much has been stated from the words of the man himself. Until the release of the new autobiography, "Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens," it looked like that might never happen.…

  17. 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'…

  18. Whitney Wolanin Makes 'Run' Up AC Chart With 'Rudolph'

    December 24, 2013 11:15 AM EST The singer bullets at No. 2 for a second week with her cover of a holiday classic Five questions with Whitney Wolanin, who boasts the No. 2 title on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult Contemporary chart for a second week with "Run Run Rudolph." Her version of the song, first…

  19. 20 Best Dance Music Albums of 2013: CODE Picks

    December 20, 2013 3:40 PM EST Dance music has typically been defined by the single, but in 2013, the electronic dance music album made a comeback with a vengeance. From chart-toppers to critical darlings to fan favorites, the longplayer is alive and well. Here are the 20 Best Albums (and a few outstanding EPs) as…

  20. Demi Lovato Leaving 'X Factor’

    December 19, 2013 3:35 AM EST Demi Lovato is leaving The X Factor, the reality show she's served as a judge on for the past two seasons, series creator Simon Cowell confirmed Wednesday night. "I always knew she wasn't coming back because she's touring, so I knew that," Cowell said. Lovato…

Pages