1. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  2. Honoring Etta James: 7 Famous Covers of 'At Last'

    January 20, 2012 11:50 AM EST Etta James ' passing has reminded music fans of the wealth of R&B and blues classics the singer released, with none more timeless than her version of Mack Gordon and Harry Warren's "At Last." Since James originally married her soaring vocals to the wistful track in…

  3. Etta James, Soul Icon, Dies at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:40 AM EST Etta James , the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera , is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Honoring Etta James: 7 Versions of 'At Last…

  4. Tim McGraw, 'Emotional Traffic': Album Preview

    January 17, 2012 10:44 AM EST Tim McGraw Title: Emotional Traffic | Release Date: Jan. 24 For better or worse, the two decade musical union between Tim McGraw and Curb Records comes to an end. But, it ends with quite a musical bang. The uplifting "Better Than I Used To Be" has already made an impact at radio and…

  5. Warren Haynes on the Current State of Rock: Q&A

    January 12, 2012 9:00 AM EST Warren Haynes remains the rock'n'roll iron man, an inventive, versatile musician, singer and songwriter in high demand, whether it's with his Warren Haynes Band and Gov't Mule, the Allman Brothers Band, or various other outfits ranging from Frogwing to the Dead. Haynes&…

  6. Celebrities Congratulate Beyonce & Jay-Z on Their Baby's Birth

    January 09, 2012 12:55 PM EST Beyoncé and Jay-Z took Twitter by storm on Sat. night (Jan. 7) when the news broke of their first child's birth. Seconds after their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, arrived into the world, she became the No. 1 worldwide trending topic. Family and close friends took to Twitter to congratulate…

  7. Rapper Sues Wiz Khalifa Over 'Black and Yellow' Song

    January 05, 2012 6:10 PM EST Pittsburgh rapper, Max Warren, is suing Wiz Khalifa for $2.3 million over allegations that he stole his hit, "Black and Yellow." Max Warren performs under the stage name Maxamillion. He says Khalifa's Hot 100 No. 1 "Black and Yellow" was lifted from his own song "…

  8. Fred Milano of Dion & the Belmonts Dies

    January 03, 2012 4:30 PM EST Sang on 'A Teenager in Love' & 'Where or When' for the Doo-Wop Group Fred Milano, who made rock and roll history on doo-wop hits with Dion and the Belmonts in the 1950s and continued to perform while starting a late-in-life career with the New York City Department of…

  9. Tim McGraw's 'Emotional Traffic' Arrives Jan. 24

    January 03, 2012 9:45 AM EST Though it had a volatile end a few weeks ago, the partnership between Tim McGraw and Curb Records definitely qualified as one of Nashville's most successful. On January 24, the label will release "Emotional Traffic," the final McGraw disc for the label. The disc already…

  10. 1000 No. 1s: Watch Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Chat About Topping The Hot 100

    December 27, 2011 10:10 AM EST chartArticle_ignore 1000 No. 1s Video Series Day 27: Steven Tyler Talks About Aerosmith Topping the Hot 100 2011 was the year that Billboard celebrated the 1000th No. 1 song on the Hot 100. As we look back on this year in music, we're celebrating that milestone with a month-long series…

  11. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Lead Nominations

    November 30, 2011 11:10 PM EST Bruno Mars Up for Biggest Awards; Bon Iver & Skrillex Huge Surprises | SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED MAJOR NOMINEES LIST Album Of The Year: "21" -- Adele "Wasting Light" -- Foo Fighters "Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" -- Bruno Mars …

  12. 615 Spotlight: Darren Warren Sees Cancer Fight as Stepping Stone

    November 30, 2011 12:45 PM EST When you hear "Cowboy Up and Party Down," the latest single from newcomer Darren Warren, you might think the Kentucky-born singer doesn't have a care in the world. While he admits he tries to live his life with a smile now, there was a time where things were much different. …

  13. Beyonce Debuts 'I Was Here' Live Video

    November 17, 2011 10:15 AM EST Singer Shares Memories, First Glimpse of Wedding Dress in Clip Beyoncé has a live DVD coming out soon, so to whet our appetites the singer has released a nostalgia-soaked clip for the track "I Was Here (Live at Roseland)." The deluxe DVD, "Live at Roseland: Elements of 4,"…

  14. Brad Paisley Branches Out With a Book

    November 03, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Having written the bulk of his hit records since breaking into the limelight with 1999's "Who Needs Pictures," Brad Paisley is no stranger to success as a writer. However, this week he crosses into another level of the craft, releasing his very first book, "Diary Of A…

  15. House Band: Martha's Trouble Makes Itself at (Fans') Home(s)

    November 01, 2011 1:05 PM EDT How does an indie folk band expand its fanbase in 2011? Catchy hooks, hard work and a unique tour. Plus, a little help from Starship. An A&T commercial on TV of late finds a less-than-enthusiastic contest winner scoring "an entire day with '70s rocker Edgar Winter," as she&…

  16. Ricky Skaggs Inspires Top Wins at ICM Awards

    October 31, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Faith, family and country music were celebrated Friday night (Oct. 28) at the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Ricky Skaggs was the evening's top winner, claiming the Entertainer of the Year award as well as the trophy…

  17. Album Review: Jack's Mannequin, 'People and Things'

    October 27, 2011 8:30 AM EDT JACK'S MANNEQUIN People and Things Producers: Jim Scott, Rob Cavallo, Andrew McMahon Sire Records Release Date: Oct. 4 "People, Running." "Amelia Jean." "Amy, I." It isn't hard to figure out why Andrew McMahon called the new Jack's Mannequin album …

  18. Rockin' Roads: Streets Named After Famous Musicians (Map)

    October 10, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Penny Lane. Thunder Road. Highway 61 Revisited. Plenty of roads, streets, boulevards and other locations have been immortalized in music, but what about the other way around? Join Billboard.com on an interactive rock'n'roll field trip around the world to see which musicians have…

  19. Tom Jones Joins 'House's' Hugh Laurie to Celebrate Album Release

    October 03, 2011 10:50 AM EDT When in doubt, Tom Jones told the 200 people sardined into the tiny Mint nightclub Friday night to see "House" star Hugh Laurie interpret vintage blues, go with "Great Balls of Fire." Jones joined Laurie at the end of his hourlong record release performance for "Let…

  20. Usher Accused of Stealing 'Burn' From Songwriter

    September 21, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Usher is on the verge of facing a song theft dispute over allegations of stealing material for his Hot 100 No. 1, "Burn," from a songwriter named Ernest Lee Straughter. Last month, a California federal judge found there to be sufficient possibility that Usher and co-defendants who…

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