1. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  2. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  3. Bob Seger Opens Tour With Some New and Some 'Old Time Rock & Roll'

    November 20, 2014 9:17 PM EST Nobody could complain about seeing the same old Bob Seger show after the Detroit rocker and his Silver Bullet Band opened their latest tour on Wednesday night (Nov. 19) at the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Mich. Before a packed house of partisan home state fans -- who braved a bitter chill…

  4. Charlie Daniels' Holiday Season Starts With Christmas 4 Kids Concert

    November 20, 2014 7:51 PM EST The legendary Charlie Daniels is proud of his longtime association with the annual benefit concert Christmas 4 Kids . "It's a concert with a heart," the southern rocker tells Billboard . "It's a very special thing. People are basically pretty doggone good and pretty…

  5. Art Garfunkel Remembers Mike Nichols: 'He Was the Most Sparkling Man Among Us'

    November 20, 2014 4:23 PM EST Famed director  Mike Nichols died at the age of 83 this week, and friends and colleagues are remembering the famed director.  Mike Nichols, Director of 'The Graduate,' Dies at 83 Art Garfunkel , who appeared in Nichols' films  Catch-22  and  Carnal Knowledge and contributed…

  6. 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 &…

  7. Joan Manuel Serrat Celebrated at Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year Event

    November 20, 2014 11:25 AM EST Juanes, Vicentico, Diego Torres, Ruben Blades, Calle 13, Pablo Alboran, Miguel Bose and more perform in his honor. At one point during the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year dinner in honor of Spanish singer/songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat on Wednesday night, a video was shown…

  8. 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," …

  9. Interpol Snowed in on New York Highway, Cancels Canada Shows

    November 19, 2014 6:47 PM EST After more than 15 years of action, by now Interpol are veteran road warriors. But even experience is no match for a blizzard, as the dark rockers have now been stranded for two days on a western New York highway, stuck in a sea of white.  Watch Interpol Drink the Pain Away in 'My…

  10. Fox's 'Empire' Nabs Post-'American Idol' Slot

    November 19, 2014 5:48 PM EST Hip-hop drama stars Oscar nominees Terrence Howard & Taraji P. Henson. Fox is giving midseason drama Empire as good of a launch pad as it has to offer. The network announced Wednesday (Nov. 19) that the high-profile collaboration from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong will bow after a one…

  11. David Guetta's 'Sun Goes Down' feat. Magic!: Exclusive Song Premiere & Showtek Q&A

    November 19, 2014 4:52 PM EST The Dutch production duo dish on Guetta's pickup lines & mile-high collaborations. Showtek have become a marquee DJ's favorite partners in crime. After sharing the studio with the likes of Tiësto and Hardwell , the Dutch duo were a natural collaborator choice for David Guetta…

  12. Nicki Lee Barbour Foster, Daughter of Peggy Lee, Dies at 71

    November 18, 2014 6:49 PM EST Her father was guitarist, composer & bandleader Dave Barbour. Nicki Lee Barbour Foster , the daughter of legendary singer Peggy Lee and guitarist Dave Barbour , died Friday of complications from a stroke at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. She was 71.…

  13. Sinéad O'Connor Says U2's iTunes Release Was 'Almost Terrorist'

    November 17, 2014 8:03 PM EST Sinéad O'Connor is the latest to in a growing list of musicians to criticize the release of U2 's latest album, Songs of Innocence , calling the decision to automatically upload it to people's iTunes account without option a "badly judged move."  The Irish singer…

  14. Tunde Adebimpe Considered Ending TV On the Radio Prior to New Album 'Seeds'

    November 17, 2014 6:50 PM EST In April of 2011, New York alternative heroes TV On The Radio released their fourth studio album, Nine Types Of Light . Just nine days later, bassist Gerard Smith passed away from lung cancer. Despite the tragedy, the band went out and completed a worldwide tour for the critically acclaimed…

  15. Olly Murs on His 'Disco-y' New Single & Band Aid 30's 'Do They Know It’s Christmas?'

    November 17, 2014 6:37 PM EST 'I just really hope people around the world get behind the song,' he says of the latest Band Aid effort. "It's fun, it's happy, it's cheeky, it's feel-good," Olly Murs says about his new single, "Wrapped Up," which was released Monday (Nov…

  16. Trisha Yearwood on 'Prizefighter' Album: 'It Feels Like a Long Time Coming'

    November 17, 2014 3:56 PM EST Today marks the release of Prizefighter: Hit After Hit, the new release from Trisha Yearwood . It's her first musical project since 2007's Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, and she's happy the wait is finally over. "It feels like a long time coming. There's a…

  17. 'Beyond the Lights' Star Gugu Mbatha-Raw on Rihanna, Lauryn Hill and Judy Garland Inspiring Her Big-Screen Role

    November 17, 2014 3:24 PM EST The rise to pop stardom can be a rough business -- just ask Justin Bieber or Britney Spears . English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw captures that fraught journey convincingly in buzzed-about film Beyond the Lights (in theaters now through Relativity Media). The 31-year-old portrays Noni, a singer…

  18. Neil Young Urges Starbucks Boycott

    November 17, 2014 11:22 AM EST Neil Young 's latest album, Storytone , contains a song titled "Who's Gonna Stand Up." "Who's gonna take on the big machine?" Young wonders. "Who's gonna stand up and save the earth?" For some musicians, political songs may be more about…

  19. Chopin's Preserved Heart Exhumed in Secret

    November 17, 2014 10:18 AM EST As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland. He wanted the symbol of his soul to rest in the native land he pined for from self-imposed exile in France…

  20. 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B': TV Review

    November 15, 2014 6:02 PM EST The controversial TV movie finally gets its premiere Based on Christopher John Farley 's book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman , Lifetime's Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B follows the meteoric rise of the young singer, who was tragically killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001. …

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