1. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  2. Megan Washington Wins Settlement With Qantas

    July 14, 2014 1:55 AM EDT Megan Washington has landed a "significant sum" from Australia’s Qantas after she argued the airline had used one of her performances without permission. The singer-songwriter had performed the carrier’s theme song “I Still Call Australia Home” during its 90th birthday celebrations…

  3. 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…

  4. 'Rising Star': Kesha on Not Swearing on Live TV or 'Shitting on People's Dreams'

    June 30, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Ludacris reveals why rappers have less of a chance of success on the ABC show, and Brad Paisley advises upcoming hopefuls to go with a hot Disney track. Of the three "Rising Star" experts, Kesha seems much more constrained in her commentary in comparison to Ludacris and Brad Paisley…

  5. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  6. Chart Highlights: Brett Eldredge's 'Music' No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 16, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second leader. Plus, Godsmack and Rise Against roar back onto Rock Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  7. Bob Weir and Ratdog Lead All-Star HeadCount Jam in Brooklyn

    June 05, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Bob Weir and Ratdog hit the lanes of Brooklyn Bowl last night for an intimate club gig in celebration of participatory democracy organization HeadCount's 10th Anniversary Benefit. The two sets were packed with a host of Grateful Dead classics and special guests, including appearances by…

  8. Gregg Allman, Filmmakers Sued Over 'Midnight Rider' Train Death

    May 22, 2014 1:41 AM EDT Singer Gregg Allman was sued Wednesday along with movie producers, a railroad company and others accused of being responsible for the February death of a young camera assistant when a freight train slammed into a film crew in southeast Georgia. The lawsuit filed in Chatham County State Court…

  9. Roscolusa Songwriters Festival: 'It's How Music Begins'

    May 20, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Founder and singer/songwriter Kimberly Paige previews the May 24 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., festival: 'Music begins with a song. Songwriters plant the seed' On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, for the…

  10. CODE First Play: Claude VonStroke, 'Urban Animal' Remixes

    April 30, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Claude VonStroke always has an ear to the ground for forward-thinking sounds, and the forthcoming remix package for his third album “Urban Animal” reflects it. The Dirtybird boss tapped Berlin-based Detroit product Jimmy Edgar to rework “Lay it Down Re-Smoked,” the bumping track by DJ Nehpets…

  11. What was Coachella 2014’s Best Dance Music Moment? (Poll)

    April 21, 2014 2:20 PM EDT Once confined to smaller stages, dance music has occupied an increasingly growing footprint at the desert music festival. This year’s edition was no exception to this trend, as Coachella featured some of the most exciting dance artists in the game playing on marquee stages. COACHELLA 2014:…

  12. Black Stone Cherry, 'Me And Mary Jane': Exclusive Video Premiere

    April 16, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Black Stone Cherry is giving their fans a bite out of the Southern rock band's new album with the release of lead single "Me and Mary Jane." The new track, which Billboard exclusively premieres below, is lifted from Black Stone Cherry's fourth studio album "Magic…

  13. The Who’s Roger Daltrey To Attend IndyCar at Long Beach

    April 13, 2014 11:42 PM EDT Who's next at Long Beach? Just the lead singer of The Who, Roger Daltrey. Daltrey's latest amazing journey takes him to the streets of Long Beach, where the famed frontman will mix racing with philanthropy at the Toyota Grand Prix. Roger Daltrey: The Who 'Might Do Other Things,…

  14. Jake Bugg Benefits From ‘American Idol’ Appearance, Describes the Format As ‘Cruel’

    March 10, 2014 4:51 AM EDT UNGRACIOUS: You don’t have to dig very deep to find the irony when it comes to Jake Bugg’s guest appearance on last week’s American Idol results show. Largely unknown in the United States, Bugg was asked to be the first new artist featured on the Fox series this season. Born in Clifton,…

  15. Maceo Plex, Dixon, Maya Jane Coles and More Headline DJ-Focused APEX Tour

    March 07, 2014 1:17 PM EST There’s an unspoken irony in America’s EDM explosion: many of the most popular DJs are more popular for their work as producers than their DJing. Launching this April, the 10-city APEX tour from Embrace Presents and the Liaison Artists agency aims to reconnect to the roots of dance music by…

  16. Movement Detroit Announces Second Phase of Lineup: Exclusive

    February 05, 2014 11:41 AM EST Movement, Detroit’s long-running electronic music festival, announces the second phase of its roster today, adding Baauer, Boys Noize, Claude VonStroke, Green Velvet, Just Blaze, Ryan Hemsworth, Tourist and more to a previously announced list that includes Pete Tong, Jamie Jones, Richie…

  17. 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…

  18. Jon Pardi Keeps Country's Good Times Rolling With 'Up All Night'

    December 06, 2013 11:45 AM EST Earlier this year, after his first single, "Missin' You Crazy," fizzled out at No. 25 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, developing Capitol Nashville singer/songwriter Jon Pardi went to Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN) chairman/CEO Mike Dungan with a big question.…

  19. Sound Selectors: The Top 10 Producers in Music

    October 21, 2013 12:10 PM EDT From an indie-rap hero’s surprise takeover to a hard rocker’s Nashville power move, our top 10 producers broke big boundaries and crafted even bigger hits. Here, we head behind the boards and profile the soundmen who ruled the charts. 10 Alex Da Kid “I want to make music that has no…

  20. Matt Redman, TobyMac & Jason Crabb Win Big at Dove Awards

    October 16, 2013 6:12 AM EDT Matt Redman, TobyMac and Jason Crabb were the top winners at the 44th annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards held last night (10/15) in Nashville at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University. Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin hosted the show, which was taped to air on Up! Oct. 21 at…

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