1. Bob Seger, Jim Steinman, Ne-Yo Among Songwriter Hall Honorees

    June 15, 2012 9:10 AM EDT Stevie Nicks and Swizz Beatz Among Presenters Stevie Nicks prefers writing a song over meeting a handsome prince. Ne-Yo claimed songwriting saved his life. And Bob Seger said writing a song is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing that he does. Converging opinions thrived at the 43rd annual…

  2. Ricky Skaggs Calls 30 Years With Opry a 'Precious Gift'

    May 16, 2012 11:45 AM EDT It's been 30 years since the legendary Texas Troubadour Ernest Tubb made a young Kentucky musician's dream come true by inducting him into the Grand Ole Opry. Ricky Skaggs shared the memory on stage last night during a special Opry show celebrating his 30th anniversary with the…

  3. Macy Gray Has Metallica, Kanye 'Covered'

    February 01, 2012 10:40 PM EST For Next Album, Out March 27, Singer Tackles Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Chemical Romance & Arcade Fire Macy Gray is going the interpretive route for her next album, covering songs by the likes of Kanye West, Metallica and Radiohead. Produced by Hal Willner, 429 Records will release Gray's …

  4. Burt Bacharach Working On Memoir

    January 19, 2012 10:50 AM EST Burt Bacharach will be handling the words for his next project: a memoir. The award-winning collaborator on such hits as "I Say a Little Prayer" and "What the World Needs Now" has a deal with HarperCollins for a memoir due in November. The publisher announced Wednesday…

  5. Vocal Problems Continue to Plague Adele

    October 25, 2011 9:30 AM EDT It should have been the pinnacle of a glittering year. Since wowing fans with a mesmerizing performance at the Brit awards in February, singer Adele has achieved global fame and critical reward aplenty. But her failure to perform at the Q awards in London Monday, combined with the…

  6. It Takes Two: 10 Songwriting Duos That Rocked Music History

    August 23, 2011 6:35 PM EDT The deaths of Elton John & Bernie Taupin Classic songs: "Rocket Man," "Tiny Dancer," "Your Song" Elton John gets most of the credit, but it's the singer/songwriter's longstanding collaboration with songwriter Bernie Taupin that yielded the pair more…

  7. Last Original Member of Four Freshmen Dies

    August 23, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Ross Barbour, who was the last original member of the influential 1950s harmonizing group the Four Freshmen, has died in Southern California at 82. The current group's manager, Dina Roth, tells the Los Angeles Times that Barbour had lung cancer and died Saturday at his Ventura County…

  8. This Week in Apps: ShapeMix, MusicPound and More

    July 22, 2011 5:28 PM EDT Our weekly look at the hottest music apps available for your mobile device. Bullseye The Polyphonic Spree put out the music video for its new single "Bullseye" as an app for the iPhone and iPad. It's basically an interactive video that lets viewers navigate the environment as a…

  9. Elton John, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra & More: Stories From Adult Contemporary's Biggest Stars & Songs

    July 20, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on Whitney Houston. Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner. Kenny Rogers, himself. Plus Many More. Billboard talks to some of the biggest names in adult contemporary. Their perspectives? Crucial. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever The…

  10. Tim Robbins Talks Debut Album, 'Real Experience' of Live Shows

    July 12, 2011 3:45 PM EDT The first album from actor-director Tim Robbins grew out of an emotionally rough patch he was going through. Attempting to clear his head, Robbins retreated to his studio and penned 15 songs, which might have never seen the light of day had he not told producer Hal Wilner about them. "I…

  11. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance industries -- except, of course, some of the…

  12. Lady Gaga Honored As Style Icon at CFDA Awards

    June 07, 2011 10:35 AM EDT It seems the fashion crowd, especially when fully decked out for Monday night's Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, can be pretty intimidating: CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said so, actress Naomi Watts said so, and even Lady Gaga said so. On stage to accept her award as the…

  13. Tim Robbins to Release First Album in July

    June 01, 2011 1:52 PM EDT Actor Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band will release their first album July 19 on 429 Records and tour North America beginning July 8. Robbins, who won a supporting actor Oscar for "Mystic River," has been active musician for decades, creating the music for his film "Bob…

  14. Chiller Theatre 2011: A Video Diary

    May 03, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Attendees of Chiller Theatre 2011 enjoyed, as billed, a "monster party." The bi-annual toy, model and film expo summoned more than 100 actors, musicians and vendors (as well as assorted costumed demons threatening unsuspecting guests) to the Hilton Parsippany in Parsippany, N.J.,…

  15. Iggy Pop: 'American Idol' Contacted Me About Judge Gig

    April 11, 2011 1:45 PM EDT The world is still buzzing about his performance of Johnny O'Keefe's "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" on "American Idol" last week, but Iggy Pop says "it was just a gig" to him -- albeit a good one. "I enjoyed it," Pop tells Billboard.com. "I…

  16. Drake to be Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    March 24, 2011 12:02 PM EDT Drake will be presented with the Hal David Starlight Award at the 42nd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thurs., June 16 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. "Drake shines as a talented songwriter with a unique vision," commented Songwriters Hall of Fame…

  17. Macy Gray Aiming to Release Two Albums in 2011

    January 29, 2011 10:29 AM EST M acy Gray isn't wasting any time getting to work on a follow-up to her 2010 album "The Sellout" -- and she plans to spend a lot more time working on new music in the future. "I want to make a lot of records this year," Gray, who's had gaps of three and four…

  18. Quincy Jones Looks Back with All-Star Tribute Album

    November 15, 2010 11:10 AM EST Reflecting on his game-changing career, industry legend Quincy Jones says there's one memento he especially treasures. It's a picture Duke Ellington signed in 1973 after Jones had wrapped his first TV production: a CBS special in tribute to the pioneering jazz pianist/composer. The…

  19. Dave Koz, "Hello Tomorrow"

    October 22, 2010 11:41 AM EDT Saxophonist Dave Koz brings the funk on "Hello Tomorrow," certainly more so than the smooth jazz poster boy has on previous efforts since the 1990s. Some of that credit goes to Koz' new production team of Marcus Miller and John Burk, who surround him with stellar rhythm…

  20. Taylor Swift Among Diverse Honorees At Songwriters Hall

    June 18, 2010 8:28 AM EDT The iconic ballad "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was so stirring that even a young Paul Simon knew he was onto something special when he composed it 40 years ago. "I thought, 'Hmm. That's better than I usually write,'" Simon recalled. "I was completely…

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