1. Billboard Cover: Behind the Scenes With Katy Perry as She Rehearses for the Super Bowl -- 'The Biggest Event of My Career'

    January 30, 2015 9:00 AM EST Backstage at the top-secret rehearsals for the biggest gig in American showbiz, in a large, stuffy room marked "Wardrobe," a dozen or so half-naked female dancers wriggle into candy-colored, body-hugging costumes and pull on matching socks and sneakers. At the center…

  2. Little Jimmy Dickens, Oldest Grand Ole Opry Cast Member, Dead at 94

    January 02, 2015 8:11 PM EST Richard Nixon might have been President of the United States the last time that  Little Jimmy Dickens  appeared on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, but the veteran performer enjoyed a career that went far beyond chart statistics.  Dickens, who passed away tonight at the age of 94 due to…

  3. 'Maybe the Adrenaline Keeps Me Going': Landau Management's Barbara Carr on Working with Springsteen for 34 Years

    December 18, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Couldn't get along without you, Barb," Bruce Springsteen said of Barbara Carr when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Any Springsteen fan worth their salt knows his longtime manager and former producer, Jon Landau . Less visible (by choice) is Carr,…

  4. Exclusive: Mad Decent's Toy Selectah & Camilo Lara Reveal Star-Studded 'Compass' Album

    October 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Due in early 2015, the album features Boy George, Toots & the Maytals, Kool A.D., Sly & Robbie, and more. Billboard is excited to announce a hyper-collaborative new project featuring more than 80 collaborations from over four continents. Mad Decent's Toy Selectah has…

  5. Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dead At 82

    October 20, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Oscar de la Renta, the legendary Dominican-American fashion designer, has died at age 82, ABC News has confirmed. De la Renta had been battling cancer.  His work became the preferred wear for such first ladies as Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush, and he designed the dress worn…

  6. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  7. Lauren Bacall's Death: Stars React

    August 13, 2014 1:39 AM EDT As news broke that Hollywood great Lauren Bacall had died at the age of 89, an outpouring of condolence and respect came from the music world via electronic media.  Legendary singer and actor Barbra Streisand spoke of her shock at losing her “wise and loving friend” so soon after the…

  8. Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70

    June 27, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul singer Bobby Womack, whose music was covered by, among others, the Rolling Stones, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the news of his passing this morning to The Hollywood Reporter. He was suffering from…

  9. Decades of Grand Ole Opry Hits Highlighted in New Collection

    May 01, 2014 1:27 PM EDT For almost 90y years, the Grand Ole Opry has come to symbolize the best of what is associated with country music. A brand new four-CD set shines the spotlight on some of that illustrious musical history with the release of Grand Ole Opry By The Decades – a collection that is available…

  10. Howard Stern's 60th Bash: The Full Report From The Birthday Blowout

    February 01, 2014 11:18 AM EST Rock A-listers, among a throng of other celebrities, feted the King of All Media at his 60th-birthday celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night. In an exclusive interview with Billboard last month, Howard Stern executive producer Gary Dell'Abate noted that, last year,…

  11. Ringo Starr Honored by David Lynch Foundation Ahead of the GRAMMYs

    January 21, 2014 9:25 AM EST Ringo Starr got an early start to Grammy week, with famous friends honoring him for his life and work. The former Beatle received the Lifetime of Peace and Love award from the David Lynch Foundation on Monday night during a tribute concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. In turn, Starr…

  12. Miley Cyrus & Kanye West Among Barbara Walters’ ‘Most Fascinating People of the Year’

    December 04, 2013 2:46 AM EST Barbara Walters is ready to honor another batch of "Most Fascinating People of the Year," with 2013's list including a pop star who added "twerk" to the public lexicon and a set of reality TV breakouts who made duck hunting cool. Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lawrence and the…

  13. Truck Rides With Brad Paisley and Flowers From Charlie Daniels: Deborah Evans Price's 10 Most Memorable Interviews

    November 15, 2013 3:00 PM EST We asked Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price, who recently won the CMAs' Media Achievement Award, to reflect on her favorite interviews In 19 years of writing for Billboard, this has been my most difficult task. I've been interviewing people for more than three decades and…

  14. George Jones Funeral: Alan Jackson, Wynonna, Kid Rock, Laura Bush and More Say Goodbye at Opry Memorial

    May 02, 2013 2:08 PM EDT George Jones performed hundreds of times at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House – whether on the WSM Radio show, or appearing on such shows from the auditorium like the CMA Awards, so it's only appropriate that this morning's funeral has turned out to be a farewell fit for a…

  15. 'Wolverton Mountain' Singer Claude King Dies

    March 07, 2013 2:55 PM EST Claude King, who is best remembered for his 1962 classic "Wolverton Mountain," died this morning at his home in Shreveport, LA. King's eldest son, Duane King, said the singer was found unresponsive in his bed. He was 90. Born February 5, 1923 in Keithville, LA, King's…

  16. Charlie McCoy Honors Hank Williams on 'Lonesome Whistle'

    July 26, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Charlie McCoy remembers getting the call some three years ago that he would be one of three new inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It's an honor that he still can't believe at times, even today. "It's amazing," says McCoy. "Some days I wake up, and go…

  17. Class Notes: Country Hall of Fame Gets It Right

    March 07, 2012 1:49 PM EST When it comes to his place in the modern era of country music, Garth Brooks has no peers. After all, who has sold more records or concert tickets during his time in the spotlight? When it comes to female country performers, it could be argued that Connie Smith has few peers as well. Dolly…

  18. Bon Iver Announces U.S. Spring Tour

    February 07, 2012 11:20 AM EST Bon Iver may not be performing at the Grammys , but the indie-folk group will be performing for fans this spring. Fresh off their "Saturday Night Live" spot last week, Justin Vernon and co. have announced a short run of April tour dates surrounding Coachella. The eight-date tour…

  19. Chart Highlights: Flo Rida Flies to No. 1 on Pop Songs

    February 06, 2012 5:45 PM EST 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 charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Good Feeling" Flo Rida As…

  20. 20 Memorable CMA Awards Moments

    November 08, 2011 12:45 PM EST When Shelton And Paisley Win (2010) Two marquee acts reached career pinnacles - Blake Shelton won the Male Vocalist of the Year prize, while Brad Paisley - the artist whom Shelton unseated- won the Entertainer of the Year trophy. Alan Jackson Sings About "You" (2001) Alan Jackson…

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