1. Watch First Trailer for Lifetime's Whitney Houston Biopic

    December 06, 2014 3:58 PM EST 'Whitney' marks Angela Bassett's directorial debut. Whitney Houston 's impressive career highlights and turbulent personal life are at the center of Lifetime's first Whitney trailer. Whitney Houston Biopic Actor Defends Lifetime Movie The biopic tells the story of…

  2. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  3. Exclusive: John Coltrane Documentary in the Works From 'John Lennon' Director

    December 05, 2014 1:00 PM EST The story of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane , one of the last major innovators in American music, will be told through the stories of people he influenced in the next documentary from the director-writer of Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?). Director-writer…

  4. Dave Koz Partners With Spaghettini for New Restaurant & Music Venue

    December 04, 2014 3:48 PM EST Saxophonist Richard Elliot, Santana's Andy Vargas & Las Vegas headliner Matt Goss kick off performance slate. Starting Friday, live music will begin a new residency in Beverly Hills. Adopting the tagline "harmonizing fine dining with world-class musical entertainment,"…

  5. Killer Mike Pens Op-Ed on Rap Lyrics Used as Legal Evidence in Court

    December 01, 2014 8:04 PM EST If hip-hop was always taken at face value, rapper Killer Mike  of Run the Jewels might be convicted for his name alone. But that's not how our justice system works, right? Wrong, according to a new op-ed co-written by Killer Mike called "Rap's poetic (In)justice,"…

  6. Christmas Music's All-Time Biggest Earner Is Not Who You'd Expect

    December 01, 2014 11:50 AM EST Who's the all-time top-earning Christmas music artist? Elvis? Mariah? Kenny G? Nope, it's Mannheim Steamroller, with sales of $175 million. Billboard breaks down the annual six-week sales frenzy. When it comes to the holiday music business, Kenny G , 58, is a bona fide star. His…

  7. Thanksgiving Songs: Music About Food, Giving Thanks, and the Holiday

    November 27, 2014 8:00 AM EST Songs for Thanksgiving fall into three different categories. First, there are songs recorded explicitly for the holiday. However, there are a lot fewer of these for Thanksgiving then there are for Christmas or Valentine's Day, so you have to get more creative unless you want to listen…

  8. Prince Charles, Paul McCartney and Lily Allen Toast PRS For Music's Centennial

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Late last week, their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at their official London residence, Clarence House, to celebrate 100 years of U.K. collection society  PRS for Music .  Sir Paul McCartney , Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber , Ray Davies ,…

  9. 'The Voice' Recap: Top 8 Has Only One Blank Space, Baby

    November 25, 2014 9:43 PM EST Not even advice from Clive Davis, Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Christina Aguilera & Patrick Stump could save them from spending Thanksgiving at home. Despite this week's enriching guest mentorship from Clive Davis, Diana Ross , Colbie Caillat , Christina Aguilera and Patrick Stump…

  10. Rewinding the Charts: 25 Years Ago, Milli Vanilli Made History on the Hot 100

    November 25, 2014 11:05 AM EST The duo was famously revealed for its lip-synching and stripped of its Grammy, but not before achieving a Billboard first. MILII VANILLI – French-born Fabrice Morvan and German Rob Pilatus – was on a historic roll, as, on Nov. 25, 1989, "Blame It on the Rain" became the duo's…

  11. What Will Upcoming Contract Negotiations Mean for Taylor Swift, Usher and Justin Timberlake?

    November 21, 2014 1:34 PM EST Megamillion-dollar label deals are a thing of the past. But with Usher, Timberlake and Swift nearing the end of their contracts, this is how majors will have to fight to keep them. Taylor Swift , Usher and Justin Timberlake are about to enter an all-too-familiar crossroads for pop…

  12. 'I Only Blame Myself': Is Reclusive R&B Singer Jeremih Holding Back His Own Career?

    November 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Fifty-two different songs have reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. Only one of them doesn't have an official music video: Jeremih 's "Don't Tell 'Em." "I blame myself," the singer says, sitting on the rooftop of West Hollywood hotel…

  13. Woody Allen Returns to Barcelona for New Year's Concert

    November 20, 2014 5:34 PM EST Shows by Van Morrison, Bob Geldof & more to follow Allen's opening of new tourist-friendly Suite Festival BCN Music Experience. Woody Allen will revisit the scene of his movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona on New Year's Eve, when he'll give a gala performance with the Eddy…

  14. Super-Humanizing: Virtual Reality, Music and the Coming Revolution

    November 20, 2014 2:55 PM EST On Monday morning I drove by Candlestick Park as the first demolition crews set to work on the grand old thing. I was on my way to the Palo Alto office of a company called Jaunt, to strap an Oculus headset to my face and watch a fabulously newfangled live concert video from Paul McCartney &…

  15. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

    November 20, 2014 9:29 AM EST Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday. The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York State of Mind," "Allentown," …

  16. Exclusive: Bassist Nathan East Stars In Hulu Documentary

    November 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST Featuring Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins & more, the film debuts in December. While bassist Nathan East was recording his first solo album last November, a making-of documentary was also part of the mix. But little did East know he would end up starring in a full-blown film…

  17. Exclusive: Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox Premiere New Orleans-Style Sam Smith Cover

    November 17, 2014 10:44 AM EST Plus a Q&A with Bradlee: 'I treat these as my originals -- originals that somebody else wrote.' Today Billboard is premiering a new video from Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox : a vintage New Orleans-Style reworking of Sam Smith 's "I'm Not The Only One…

  18. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Lives at Full Speed Among Retirees

    November 16, 2014 1:22 PM EST TAURANGA, New Zealand -- AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was the toast of this quiet New Zealand coastal community when he celebrated the launch of his surprise solo album at his marina restaurant, Phil's Place. Even the mayor was there. AC/DC's Angus Young Says There Will Be a Drummer on…

  19. BET's '106 & Park' Going Digital Only

    November 14, 2014 5:00 PM EST The show's final broadcast will air on Dec. 19. Billboard has learned that BET mainstay "106 & Park" will be moving online. Its last show will air on Dec. 19. Currently hosted by Bow Wow and Keshia Chante , "106 & Park" will be winding up a 14-year broadcast…

  20. Carlos Santana: 'It's Time to Commit Career Suicide Again'

    November 14, 2014 4:39 PM EST Carlos Santana 's just-published memoir The Universal Tone (Nov. 4; Little, Brown and Company) may be subtitled Bringing My Story to Light , but it's hardly light reading. Besides detailed memories of his upbringing and musical achievements, the 544-page book also dives…

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