1. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  2. Listen to Five Songs from Idris Elba's Nelson Mandela Tribute Album, 'mi Mandela'

    November 18, 2014 10:01 PM EST British actor Idris Elba , best known for his roles in Pacific Rim , The Wire and last year's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom , also includes musician, producer and DJ on his resume and on his newest project those worlds are colliding. It's not a part in a new film but, rather, a…

  3. Billboard Cover: Kenny Chesney on Bro-Country Songs That ‘Objectify the Hell Out Of’ Women, Reclaiming His Turf and Rattling His Fans’ Cages

    November 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST Let the younger bros sing about muddy pickups and babes in cutoffs. Country's legendary party starter returns to stadiums with a wised-up, grown-up new album and outlook. "It's about reclaiming your place in the world." Hatless, shoeless and dressed in loose-fitting…

  4. Puerto Rican Rap Legend Tego Calderon Returning With New Album

    November 13, 2014 1:10 PM EST Listen to “Dando Break,” the toke-voiced barrio poet’s first single from 'El Que Sabe, Sabe.' On “Dando Break,” the first single from Tego Calderón’s long-awaited new album, the Puerto Rican rapper and reggaetón pioneer stays true to his roots, combining slow jamming, straight-to…

  5. Latin Grammy Awards' Person of the Year Joan Manuel Serrat: 'What I Write Is What I Live'

    November 11, 2014 5:37 PM EST Outside a mountainside cafe just below Barcelona's century-old amusement park, a couple approaches Joan Manuel Serrat , the Latin Grammy Awards' 2014 Person of the Year. From afar it looks like a typical encounter with adoring fans, but it turns out these are two anxious French…

  6. Three 'Boyhood' Songs, Including Two by Ethan Hawke, Enter Oscar Race

    November 08, 2014 1:32 PM EST As the Oscar race approaches the Thanksgiving break, with only a small handful of major awards hopefuls that haven't yet screened, IFC Films' summer release Boyhood continues to look like the film to beat. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15…

  7. Eminem Honors Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Madonna Lauds Lil' Buck at Innovator Awards

    November 06, 2014 12:50 PM EST It took two forces of nature to get Eminem to New York City on Wednesday night. The rapper made a surprise appearance at WSJ. Magazine 's fourth annual Innovator Awards at MoMA in order to honor two very important people in his life: Dr. Dre (born Andre Young) and Jimmy Iovine. "…

  8. Maya Angelou’s Posthumous Album, ‘Caged Bird Songs,’ Debuts

    November 04, 2014 2:17 PM EST New album blends poet’s prose with hip-hop; Oprah Winfrey is co-producing a music video for the project Before her death at age 86 on May 28, Dr. Maya Angelou had signed off on a unique music project she had been actively involved with over the last seven years. Today (Nov. 4) marks the…

  9. Trent Reznor on Turning 50 'With Some Sense of Dread,' the Future of Nine Inch Nails and a Top-Secret Apple Project

    October 31, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Next May, Trent Reznor turns 50. "It's with some sense of dread," he says dryly. "I saw something on TV, 'If you're age 50 to 74, apply now...' -- I'm like, 'F---, I'm in that?' " As he hits the half-century mark, Reznor may have…

  10. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  11. Music Stars Look Back at 1984: Ricky Martin on Being 'Spoiled' in Menudo, Melle Mel on the Irony of 'White Lines,' Joe Perry on Reuniting With Aerosmith and More

    October 29, 2014 6:04 PM EDT "I didn't go around the world, I went around the world on a private jet. I didn't have a hotel room, we had an entire floor. We were spoiled." -- Ricky Martin on the "exhilarating" experience of being a member of Latin teenybopper group Menudo at age 12. The…

  12. Audien's Remix of Bastille's 'Pompeii' Ruled Festival Season

    October 28, 2014 10:10 AM EDT A young producer from small-town Connecticut made a viral remix that rocked Coachella, EDC and Tomorrowland. The Song of the Summer is usually based on radio and chart dominance -- this summer's crown went to Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX who ruled the airwaves with "Fancy ."…

  13. Latin Grammy Watch: Rubén Blades, Miguel Bosé, Calle 13 to Honor Joan Manuel Serrat

    October 21, 2014 8:07 PM EDT The Nov. 19 gala and musical tribute includes Tania Libertad and Joaquin Sabina. Panamanian salsa singer  Rubén Blades , Spanish crooner Miguel  Bosé and Puerto Rico's Calle 13 are among several entertainers paying tribute to Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year Joan Manuel…

  14. Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Perform at Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

    October 19, 2014 7:48 PM EDT David Bisbal, Jencarlos Canela and Diego Torres hit the stage as well, honoring Latin songwriters and Latin music champions The second annual La Musa Awards presented by the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame was an eminently musical and emotional affair whose elegant execution bodes well…

  15. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

  16. Lucinda Williams Revels In Creative Freedom: 'I'm An Optimist'

    October 14, 2014 3:08 AM EDT Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label. Problem solved. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , with 20 songs on two CDs, is available now. …

  17. Lucinda Williams Honors Ailing Dad By Putting Music to His Poem

    October 12, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Lucinda Williams says that during a recent visit her father, acclaimed poet Miller Williams, calmly told her that Alzheimer's disease had robbed him of his ability to write poetry. Her 84-year-old father's increased frailty lent new urgency to Williams' effort to pay tribute…

  18. Milky Chance, Alt-J Ascend to No. 1 on Rock Charts

    October 03, 2014 5:38 PM EDT Milky Chance tops Rock Airplay with 'Stolen Dance,' while alt-J opens atop Top Rock Albums with 'This Is All Yours.' Plus, chart action for Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp and Tweedy. Milky Chance 's "Stolen Dance" reaches the summit of Billboard's…

  19. Harry Belafonte, Oprah Winfrey Honored by Harvard

    September 30, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Oprah Winfrey and songwriter Harry Belafonte are among those honored at Harvard University for their contributions to African-American culture. Harry Belafonte Receives Honarary Doctorate From Berklee Winfrey also accepted a posthumous award at Tuesday's ceremony for poet Maya Angelou …

  20. Dean Wareham & Eleanor Friedberger Talk Live-Scoring 'Unseen Warhol Films'

    September 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Live music meets Warhol's 'home movies' at an upcoming series of shows. Jeff Koons can make statues of pop stars like Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga until the end of time, but it's safe to say no art world figure will ever mean as much to rock music as Andy Warhol . And…

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