1. GRAMMYs Hall of Fame: The Stories Behind 2014's Inductees

    January 17, 2014 6:04 PM EST The backstories to this year's GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees -- including music by Sam Cooke, Dolly Parton, The Drifters, and B.J. Thomas -- are as memorable as the music itself.  The legends behind some of those 27 recordings revisit their sessions chapter and verse. 56th GRAMMYs:…

  2. Paul Rodgers, 'Walk on By': Exclusive Song Premiere Off 'The Royal Sessions'

    January 14, 2014 10:49 AM EST The rock vocalist talks new album, plus Bad Company and a (not-so-welcome) boxed set from his earlier band, Free. "There's 16 different versions of 'All Right Now.' Are you kidding me? Who needs that?" If Paul Rodgers has his way, his upcoming album "The Royal…

  3. The Top 30 Jewish Musicians

    November 27, 2013 1:05 PM EST Christmas classics may vastly out-number Hanukkah hits, but there's been no shortage of Jewish artists that have topped the Billboard charts over the years. With Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, beginning on the evening of Wednesday, November 27, now is the perfect time…

  4. Lou Reed Remembered: Honoring New York City's Unofficial Mayor

    October 28, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Lou Reed was the Godfather of Punk, the grumpy older statesman of New York City rock and roll. We followed him as he emerged from under the weight of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground and took a journey through glitter and glam and heroin and speed and alcohol.  He dyed his hair…

  5. 'Kinky Boots' Kicks Up a Quick Profit on Broadway

    October 04, 2013 1:49 AM EDT Demonstrating once again that winning the Tony Award for best musical is a major asset at the box office, the hit Broadway show Kinky Boots has recouped its initial investment of $13.5 million in a remarkably swift 30 weeks of performances. Based on the 2005 Miramax film of the same name,…

  6. Ask Billboard: Will Miley Cyrus Score Her First Hot 100 No. 1?

    September 17, 2013 11:05 AM EDT In our latest mailbag, a look at acts who've notched multiple No. 2 hits, but no No. 1s, on various charts. Plus, some of the Hot 100's top current hits recall the past, while tomorrow marks a notable anniversary As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well…

  7. White House Postpones ‘Musica Latina’ Concert After Navy Yard Massacre

    September 16, 2013 11:51 PM EDT The White House decided late Monday to postpone the taping of a program celebrating Latin music, citing a morning shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left at least 12 people dead. "In light of today's tragic events at the Washington Navy Yard and out of respect for the…

  8. Frankie Valli Q&A: Looking Back at 50 Years of The Four Seasons

    September 03, 2013 4:30 PM EDT There is a scene in the hit Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" that represents the sustained success of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio and their group, the Four Seasons, for more than 50 years. It portrays a pact made by Valli, the singer, and Gaudio, a founding performer who soon stepped…

  9. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  10. Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson Perform As Legends Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss…

  11. Cyndi Lauper's 'Kinky Boots' Gets National Tour

    June 12, 2013 4:15 PM EDT "Kinky Boots" will be kicking up its glittery heels in Las Vegas. Following its triumph at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, taking home six trophies including best new musical, the Broadway production has announced plans to launch its first national tour in Sin City in September…

  12. President Barack Obama Honors 'Living Legend' Carole King At White House Concert

    May 23, 2013 12:04 AM EDT President Barack Obama, saluting Carole King's five decades as an award-winning singer-songwriter, said Wednesday that music often is a place where people seek comfort and inspiration during trying times. Two days after much of Moore, Okla., was flattened by a powerful tornado that…

  13. Jeff Buckley Musical Could Grace Broadway Stage

    April 11, 2013 5:34 AM EDT The Old Globe in San Diego will open its 2013-14 season in the fall with "The Last Goodbye," a musical conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that reimagines the conflicted love story against a soundtrack by late singer-songwriter Jeff…

  14. White House Hosts Night of Memphis Soul -- Watch Justin Timberlake Sing for Obamas

    April 10, 2013 3:45 AM EDT President Barack Obama said he'd been looking forward to a White House celebration of Memphis soul music for one reason. "Let's face it, who does not love this music?" he asked Tuesday, opening the night's concert in an East Room bathed in amber light and…

  15. Songwriting Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees: Aerosmith, Foreigner Members & More

    February 22, 2013 10:23 PM EST Tony Hatch, Holly Knight and JD Souther will also be honored at the June 13 ceremony. The Songwriting Hall of Fame's 44th annual slate of inductees have been announced: Tony Hatch, Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Steven Tyler & Joe Perry will join previous…

  16. 'Evita' to Close When Ricky Martin, Other Originals End Run

    December 12, 2012 7:35 AM EST So What Happens Now? Producers opt to end run on Jan. 26 rather than find replacements Evidently, Ricky Martin is irreplaceable. Despite previously announced plans to recast the principal roles in Evita following the exit on Jan. 26 of original stars Martin, Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris,…

  17. Ricky Martin Saying Goodbye to 'Evita'

    November 27, 2012 3:35 PM EST Ricky Martin fans have until the end of January to see the pop superstar in Broadway's "Evita." Martin will play his final performance as Che in the current revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical portrait of Eva Perón on January 26. Argentine actress Elena Roger, who…

  18. 'Take a Letter, Maria' Singer R.B. Greaves Dies at 68

    October 03, 2012 9:08 PM EDT R.B. Greaves , a smooth R&B crooner who scored a No. 2 hit in 1969 with the infectious break-up song "Take a Letter, Maria," died September 27 in Los Angeles. He was 68. The singer's son confirmed the news, according to the New York Times , but provided no other information…

  19. Macy Gray Re-Imagines Stevie Wonder's 'Talking Book'

    September 19, 2012 9:10 AM EDT Macy Gray channels Stevie Wonder for her next project, a reinterpretation of the living legend's classic album "Talking Book." The Oct. 30 release of the 429 Records/Savoy Label Group project coincides with the 40th anniversary of the original recording. The hits "Sunshine…

  20. Hal David, Songwriting Legend, Dead at 91

    September 01, 2012 7:30 PM EDT With Burt Bacharach, Wrote Slew of Hits Including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "That's What Friends Are For," "What's New, Pussycat" Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for…

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