1. Billy Joel Wins High Honor From U.S. Government

    July 22, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Billy Joel has joined the ranks of Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon as a recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington broke the news today (July 22) via press statement , calling the highly-decorated 65-year…

  2. Eric Clapton's 'Don't Wait' Feat. John Mayer Exclusive Premiere: Listen

    July 22, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Eric Clapton says there's more JJ Cale music in his future even after the July 29 release of his upcoming "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale."  The 16-track set -- which includes collaborations with fellow Cale admirers Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, John Mayer,…

  3. Tomorrow's Hits: The Griswolds, Meghan Trainor & Chase Bryant

    July 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: alt rockers the Griswolds, pop singer/songwriter Trainor and rising country singer Bryant The Griswolds Australian band the Griswolds,…

  4. Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

    July 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award winner died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Elaine Stritch, the tough and salty broad whose throaty singing voice and torrid Broadway performances made a New York legend, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.,…

  5. Will.i.am Celebrates 'Birthday' No. 1 in U.K., Ed Sheeran's 'X' Retains Albums Crown

    July 14, 2014 5:52 AM EDT will.i.am has landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as headline artist and tenth overall. “It’s My Birthday” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Cody Wise, arrived at the summit yesterday (July 13), as Ed Sheeran began a third week atop the album chart with “X” (Asylum/Warner Music). “It’s My…

  6. Simon Cowell's Lucky Streak Rolls On

    July 13, 2014 11:37 PM EDT Life is good these days for Simon Cowell. "America's Got Talent," which he created and produces, reigns as summer's top-rated program and was renewed Sunday for a 10th season by NBC. It's part of a "Got Talent" franchise seen in 62 countries which, according…

  7. 'Rising Star': What to Expect During the Duels

    July 12, 2014 8:30 AM EDT After downloading the app, repeatedly checking in and casting real-time votes, America raised the Wall for 20 singers on “Rising Star.” 'Rising Star': The Billboard Cover Shoot Next up on the ABC singing show? The "duels," but don't be mistaken: the upcoming round isn…

  8. 20 Awesome 'America' Songs

    July 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT It's impossible to live in the 50 states and not know about schoolhouse classics like "The Star Spangled Banner" and "This Land Is Your Land," but those famous patriotic odes aren't the only way to give a musical shout-out to America. To celebrate the 4th of…

  9. Bon Iver Releases New Song 'Heavenly Father'

    June 30, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Back in March, it was revealed that the soundtrack to Zach Braff's new film, "Wish I Was Here," would feature artists including the Shins, the Head and the Heart, Paul Simon, and Coldplay's Chris Martin, who collaborated with Cat Power on the title track. On June 20, NPR…

  10. The Sun Sets On ‘Californication’: David Duchovny Discusses the Show’s Rock n’ Roll Connection (Q&A)

    June 27, 2014 12:59 PM EDT This Sunday night (June 29th at 9:30p ET/PT), after seven memorable seasons, Hank Moody and his very distinctive ‘Californication’ crew will say farewell. When the credits come up on that last episode of the popular Showtime series, it will also mark the end of one of the most authentically…

  11. Josh Groban Working on Two Albums During 'Rising Star' (Exclusive)

    June 25, 2014 2:04 PM EDT Josh Groban will be working on two albums simultaneously while hosting “Rising Star” on ABC this summer. One will be a standard Groban album, a collection of originals and covers; the other will explore the music of film and the stage. "Rising Star": Josh Groban Photos “Since I…

  12. Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban Confirmed To Join Harry Connick Jr., Ryan Seacrest in 'American Idol' Return

    June 24, 2014 2:28 AM EDT American Idol has locked down talent for its upcoming 14th season. The long-running singing competition series is bringing back its trio of judges, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban, along with host Ryan Seacrest. The news follows the April announcement that Fox’s reality…

  13. 'Rising Star': Ludacris on Voting Honestly, 'I Ain't Afraid!'

    June 23, 2014 7:59 PM EDT While not all of "Rising Star"'s first crop of contestants won over America with a qualifying vote, one expert in particular might be rubbing audiences the wrong way: Ludacris. And he doesn't mind at all. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It…

  14. 30 Years Ago Today: Duran Duran's 'The Reflex' Hit No. 1 on the Hot 100

    June 23, 2014 6:07 PM EDT years ago today -- on June 23, 1984 -- Duran Duran earned its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "The Reflex." The single's success was due in large part to a remix produced by Nile Rodgers. The mega-producer reworked the original album version -- as heard on …

  15. Emblem3 Down to 2 as Member Drew Chadwick Leaves the Group

    June 22, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The "X Factor" alums' album, 2013's "Nothing to Lose," debuted at No.7 on the Billboard 200 It looks like Emblem3 may have to consider changing its name to Emblem2. The pop group announced on its website on Saturday that founding member Drew Chadwick has left…

  16. Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence': The 5 Most Tragic Lyrics on the Abum

    June 18, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Even when she’s singing about Coca Cola, prom queens, Hollywood, and video games—stuff Americans are supposed to like—Lana Del Rey has a way of bumming everyone out. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review Her 2012 breakthrough, “Born to Die,” more than lived up…

  17. Charges Against Paul Simon, Edie Brickell Dropped

    June 17, 2014 1:36 PM EDT A Connecticut prosecutor is dropping a disorderly conduct case against Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell. The 72-year-old Simon and 48-year-old Brickell had been scheduled to be in court Tuesday, but they did not appear. Police say the couple fought during an April 26 argument inside a…

  18. Billy Idol to Release First New Album In Nearly A Decade

    June 16, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Punk rock veteran Billy Idol will release his first new album of original material in October through his own BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services. Produced by Trevor Horn, the as-yet untitled album will be released around the same time as “Dancing with Myself," Idol’s self-penned…

  19. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 16, 2014 2:25 PM EDT After the critical drubbing she withstood from late 2011 through early 2012, Lana Del Rey would have been well justified in packing up her party dresses and heart-shaped sunglasses and secluding herself in some Hollywood mansion, "Sunset Boulevard"-style. Branded an…

  20. Industry Reacts to Casey Kasem's Death

    June 15, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Just as some "Star Trek" viewers were inspired to follow science as a career or become astronauts, some of Casey Kasem’s most avid listeners pursued their dreams of working in radio. Billboard reached out to some key industry folks to find out what Kasem meant to their lives and…

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