1. J Dilla Recording Equipment Headed to the Smithsonian

    July 18, 2014 8:37 PM EDT Detroit producer's Moog synthesizer and MPC donated to National Museum of African American History and Culture J Dilla was only 32 years old when he died in 2006 , but in his too-short life, the prolific producer worked with hip-hop icons including Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, The Roots,…

  2. Mary Sarah Calls On Country Legends For Debut Album 'Bridges'

    July 10, 2014 2:15 AM EDT What does it take to get country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard on the same album? A 19-year-old newcomer named Mary Sarah. Sarah's debut album, "Bridges," features duets with their original performers including Parton and Nelson on their well-known…

  3. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  4. 615 Spotlight: Carissa Leigh Wants a 'Bad Boy'

    June 05, 2014 1:26 PM EDT It's a magical time for country newcomer Carissa Leigh: the Canada native has a new single, "Bad Boy," her first release in the U.S. "I'm one of those people that if I see an opportunity, I go for it," she tells Billboard. "Music has always been something I…

  5. 615 Spotlight: Jill & Julia Talk 'Wildfire' Single, Vegas Life

    May 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT No pun intended, but the Nevada-based sister duo known as Jill and Julia have caused a "Wildfire" with their latest single. OK, that just happens to be the title of their brand new single release. The duo's Jill told The 615 that they are happy with the attention the song has…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Kelsey Waldon Hits 'The Goldmine'

    May 21, 2014 8:48 PM EDT Kelsey Waldon says that while her style of country offers a more traditional slant, she can certainly identify with many of the lyrics on the radio these days. She just chooses to go a different route.  "I definitely know about those things," she admits. "I grew up on a dirt…

  7. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  8. 615 Spotlight: Scott Coner Enlists Tanya Tucker, T. Graham Brown on New EP

    May 14, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Music has always been very important to Indiana native Scott Coner. The singer grew up in John Mellencamp country – near Seymour, which is also down the road from a very popular country music showplace. "I lived close to a place called the Little Nashville Opry in Brown County, Indiana.…

  9. 'American Idol' Renewed for Season 14

    May 08, 2014 9:59 AM EDT "American Idol" is coming back. The singing competition series has been renewed through season 14, Fox announced Wednesday. "Idol" will hit 15 cities for auditions beginning June 18 in Minneapolis, with stops also planned in Portland, Ore., Columbus, Ohio, Kansas City, Mo.…

  10. Jaded Inc., 'Monster': Mayer Hawthorne & 14KT Snag J Dilla Beat for Debut Album

    May 05, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Being able to make an album together as Jaded Inc. would have been good enough for Mayer Hawthorne and 14KT, who grew up together in Michigan. But being able to include a track from the late J Dilla made the project a, well, "Monster" for the two music makers. "Monster"…

  11. Marshall Tucker Band Feels the Love on Both 'The Voice' and 'American Idol'

    April 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Doug Gray – founding member of The Marshall Tucker Band – recently got a reminder of how much the band's music has touched generations of music fans. Their classic "Can't You See" was covered on both FOX's "American Idol" (by C.J. Harris) and NBC's …

  12. Bruce Springsteen Covers Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ At Final Four Fest: Watch

    April 07, 2014 2:32 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen continues to embrace his inner metal-head, opening his set at the March Madness Music Festival in Dallas with a cover of Van Halen's "Jump." Springsteen's first North American show took place in the city's Reunion Park as part of the NCAA basketball…

  13. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  14. 615 Spotlight: North 40 Have 'Lived Through It All'

    March 19, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Growing up in Arizona, North 40's Paige Logan has memories of listening to her favorite songs on 8-track tapes. "I remember listening to Credence Clearwater Revival, and I was a huge Boz Scaggs fan," she says, allowing that her father also played the music of country acts such…

  15. Police Arrest Miley Cyrus Fan Who Snuck Backstage, Left Note, Tweeted About It

    March 10, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The bold fan even told Cyrus' keyboardist about his plan a day before Police say an 18-year-old Miley Cyrus fan sneaked into her dressing room a day before her Omaha concert and left a note pleading her to meet him. Omaha television station KETV says police reported that the man, Tucker…

  16. Raury Premieres New Song 'God's Whisper' & Talks 'Indigo Child' Album: Exclusive

    March 03, 2014 1:12 PM EST Raury’s hands are trembling to a small degree. Still, the 17-year-old singer's ambition is tenacious, like his talent. When visiting the Billboard New York office on Friday (Feb. 28), along with his management (LoveRenaissance) and marketing (GFCnewyork) teams, it's visible that…

  17. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more 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…

  18. Nick Jonas to Co-Star in 'Navy St.' TV Drama

    February 14, 2014 1:24 AM EST Nick Jonas is returning to the small screen full time. The singer-actor and The Glades alum Kiele Sanchez have nabbed co-starring roles in DirecTV's family MMA drama Navy St., The Hollywood Reporter has learned.  From Endemol Studios, Navy St. is a gritty drama set against the backdrop…

  19. Sting Musical Heading to Broadway

    February 12, 2014 8:30 PM EST "The Last Ship" will premiere Oct. 26, with previews beginning Sept. 30 Singer-songwriter Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" has found a nice berth on Broadway. Producer Jeffrey Seller said Wednesday that the show -- inspired by Sting's memories of growing up in…

  20. Jay Z & Beyonce Rule 'Saturday' Super Bowl Party in NYC

    February 02, 2014 10:30 AM EST Beyonce is making Super Bowl weekend performances something of a habit. A year after performing for the big game at the Superdome in New Orleans, Beyonce performed for a smaller crowd Saturday night (Feb. 1) as Jay Z brought his wife out for a surprise cameo during his concert for DirecTV&…

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