1. Best New Artist Nominees Bastille Are Ready to Mug Sam Smith

    February 08, 2015 4:35 PM EST The English rock band Bastille earned their Best New Artist Grammy nomination on the strength of their massive hit "Pompeii." However, in a highly competitive pool of contenders that includes Iggy Azalea , Haim , Brandy Clark and the expected winner, Sam Smith , even they are not…

  2. Billboard Cover: Mark Ronson on His Surprise No. 1 Hit, Amy Winehouse and His Neurotic Ways

    January 16, 2015 10:00 AM EST Four hours from now, Mark Ronson will learn, via text, that his song "Uptown Funk" has dislodged Taylor Swift from her perch atop the U.S. singles chart, giving him his first No. 1 hit as an artist. For now, he's in his recording studio in an industrial area of North London…

  3. Paul McCartney Releases Video, Song for 'Meat Free Mondays' With Woody Harrelson & Twiggy

    September 22, 2014 8:27 PM EDT After Paul McCartney released an "urgent call to action" video  last week for support of his Meat Free Monday environmental-awareness campaign ahead of Tuesday's United Nations Climate Summit, the former Beatle has now released an original song for the cause with a little…

  4. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  5. New York Club Owner Manny Roth Dies at 94

    August 02, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Stars such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix played Roth's Greenwich Village establishment Cafe Wha? Manny Roth, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village whose Cafe Wha? and its basement level stage was a rite of passage in the 1960s for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and many…

  6. Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' Q&A: 'I Wasn't Shy About Being a Struggling Actor Again'

    July 28, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Zach Braff is pretty confident the soundtrack to his new film, Wish I Was Here , won't be a platinum blockbuster like the one from his 2004 directorial debut, Garden State . "Selling 1.5 million copies in this day and age is ridiculous," the actor-director tells Billboard. …

  7. John Mellencamp, 'Small Town': Exclusive Premiere from His New 'Trouble No More' Live Album

    July 03, 2014 10:12 AM EDT July 4 is almost here and an all-American rock and roller is premiering a brand new cut from his upcoming live album: John Mellencamp. Billboard presents a raw, stripped-down live version of Mellencamp's heartland rock essential "Small Town," performed before a crowd of only 1…

  8. Bonnaroo: 10 Most Legendary Moments

    June 11, 2014 12:01 PM EDT From Beck's puppetry to D'Angelo's comeback to Macca's epic set, these are the 10 most unforgettable moments from the Tennessee fest. The 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival , another weekend of heat, porta-potties and hopefully great rock moments out in a field in…

  9. Tony Awards: 5 Fun Facts and Fascinating Stats About the Nominations

    April 29, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and  The Hollywood Reporter 's awards analyst dug through the Tony record books to see how this year's nominees stack up against the nominees of yesteryear. The results are fascinating. Idina Menzel,…

  10. SXSW 2014: A Look Back at the Fest's Top Films

    March 15, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Credit the last two editions of the South By Southwest Film Festival with raising the bar on music documentaries, screening the Oscar winners "Searching for Sugar Man" and "20 Feet From Stardom" early in their film festival travels. But it also offered homes for "…

  11. Pete Seeger Taught Me We Only Move Forward When We All Pull Together

    January 28, 2014 9:48 AM EST A personal tribute to the legendary folk musician and social activist We stood in a line , our feet braced against the gentle rocking of the boat, our young fingers grasping the thick, braided halyard. Then, at the directions of the crew, we tugged that line hard, hand-over-hand, and the…

  12. Pete Seeger, Legendary Folk Singer, Dies at 94

    January 28, 2014 2:26 AM EST Pete Seeger, who used his voice as a musician, folk song curator, environmentalist and humanitarian to demand justice for less-privileged, died Jan. 27 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He touched lives by singing for unions, children and presidents, performing mining camps, folk festivals…

  13. Clash Bandmates Sure Joe Strummer Would Be 'Very Proud' of New Box Set

    September 11, 2013 10:13 AM EDT Paul Simonon says he and his Clash bandmates are proud of their new "Sound System" box set for one simple reason.  "The band have actively been involved in this creation," the bassist tells Billboard. "It hasn't been put together by a record company or somebody…

  14. Donovan Q&A: Catching Up With a Folk Rock Superman

    April 10, 2012 11:15 AM EDT In the three months since Donovan received the news that he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , he has stepped up his activity in front of the film, TV and music industries. He performed at the Sundance Film Festival, made numerous private performances for music supervisors…

  15. Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 'Americana' Coming in June

    March 19, 2012 8:35 PM EDT Neil Young is turning to America's musical roots for his next album. "Americana," recorded with his reconvened longtime collaborators, Crazy Horse, is set for a June 5 release. According to Rolling Stone , the set will include folk standards including "Oh Susannah," …

  16. Peter, Paul & Mary Bassist Dick Kniss Dies

    January 27, 2012 6:00 PM EST Dick Kniss, a bassist who performed for five decades with the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary and co-wrote the John Denver hit "Sunshine on My Shoulders," has died. He was 74. Kniss died Wednesday of pulmonary disease at a hospital near their home in the Hudson Valley town of…

  17. Music & Politics: 5 Moments When They Didn't Mix

    January 24, 2012 11:25 AM EST From the protest songs of Woodie Guthrie to the streetside concerts of Occupy Wall Street, music and politics have long gone hand in hand. But the two haven't always seen eye-to-eye. Here are five moments where music and politics didn't mix so well. Ronald Reagan Pisses Off The Boss…

  18. 'New Moon' Rising: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 23, 2009 2:16 PM EDT Just in case you've been in a sight-, sound- and Twitter-deprivation tank for the past two years, here's the lowdown on the "Twilight" franchise: It's a series of four books written by Stephenie Meyer about Bella, a human girl who hearts Edward, a vampire boy. This is…

  19. Ziggy Marley Remixing Dad's Classics For Kids

    April 13, 2009 7:46 AM EDT Children's music is dominating Ziggy Marley's melody making these days -- both for himself and on behalf of his father, Bob Marley. Marley is prepping for the May 5 release of "Family Time," an album of what he refers to as "family music" that includes originals…

  20. This Day in Music

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - A cross-party collective of British politicians close the gap between parliament and the music business through a pair of initiatives. The four members of parliament make history with the rele 2005 - A cross-party collective of British politicians close the gap between parliament and…

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