1. Bill Withers Talks 'Blurred Lines' Verdict, Kardashian Family & More at ASCAP Expo

    May 02, 2015 12:07 PM EDT The sound bites flew fast and furious during ASCAP Expo's rollicking "Who Is He (And What Is He To You)" master class session featuring Bill Withers on Friday (May 1). The newly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoree kept interviewer and fellow singer/songwriter Aloe…

  2. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Ringo Starr, Green Day, Joan Jett at Star-Studded Ceremony

    April 19, 2015 4:22 AM EDT April 18, 2015 was a night for the young to honor the old -- and perhaps prepare for a later visit -- at the Cleveland Museum. The key to rock’s longevity is it never defines itself into irrelevance. So while there were some loud dirty guitars at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…

  3. Beck, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bill Withers, Seymour Stein Hit Rock Hall's Weekend Festivities

    April 18, 2015 2:05 AM EDT Among the pre-induction happenings: a ceremony for Ringo Starr's 1975 jumpsuit, Alice Cooper and Darlene Love make their red carpet entrance and Ray Parker, Jr. jams on "Ghostbusters." The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction festivities got under way in earnest on Friday, the…

  4. Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder & Patti Smith to Present at Rock Hall Ceremony

    March 18, 2015 5:30 AM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Paul McCartney , Stevie Wonder and Patti Smith will be among those honoring the class of 2015 at this year's induction ceremony, taking place April 18 at Cleveland's Public Hall. McCartney will present Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr with the Rock Hall'…

  5. Green Day, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan & More to Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    December 16, 2014 2:00 AM EST The punk trio Green Day is the 48th act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, joining acts such as Nirvana , R.E.M. and the Clash as first-ballot honorees. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble , Bill Withers , the Paul Butterfield Blues…

  6. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde Highlight Grammy Nominations Concert

    December 06, 2013 11:03 PM EST The Grammy Nominations Concert had its share of surprises in the shortlists for many of its big awards Friday night, but the performance aspect of the show also included a few fairly interesting collaborations and renditions of some of the year's biggest songs, providing what could be a…

  7. 'The Voice' Scores Hit With Cassadee Pope's 'Over You'

    November 28, 2012 3:35 PM EST A song from the "The Voice" is in the top 10 on the Hot Digital Songs chart for the first time since the first season's finale in June 2011. Coincidentally, the four artists with the highest charting songs were the first four to learn they were safe on the Nov. 27 episode.…

  8. Gary Clark Jr., Reps Talk 'Blak And Blu' Debut & Career Start

    October 23, 2012 2:30 PM EDT To an ignorant eye, it seemed to be a typical night inside Hollywood's live performance hub Hotel Cafe. The Austin guitar phenom/vocalist Gary Clark Jr. and his band exited the stage after figuratively shredding it to fractions, as they're prone to do. But this early-2011 exhibition…

  9. Cult Singer Rodriguez Risen in New Film 'Sugar Man'

    July 29, 2012 9:00 AM EDT "Searching for Sugar Man" is a documentary about a musician very few people had heard about prior to this year. In the last six months, film festivals from January's Sundance in Utah through the Hamptons in New York on July 21 have played a central role in introducing a…

  10. Michael Kiwanuka Talks 'Home Again' Album, Tour & Adele

    March 31, 2012 10:00 AM EDT His voice has drawn comparisons to Otis Redding and Bill Withers , but hotly buzzed-about U.K. soul singer Michael Kiwanuka says that he's keen to establish himself as a performer in his own right. "The artists that I'm compared to are people that I love and think are amazing,…

  11. Four Tops' Musical Director Dies at 61

    November 02, 2011 7:49 PM EDT LAS VEGAS - A key behind-the-scenes associate of the famed Motown quartet the Four Tops, George Rountree, has died. He was 61. The Sun reports Rountree, who worked as the group's musical director for more than 30 years, died Sunday in a Las Vegas hospital. Rountree, known simply as Tree,…

  12. Random Axe: 5 Things You Should Know About the Rap Supergroup

    June 22, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Random Axe, the hip-hop supergroup featuring Sean Price , Black Milk and Guilty Simpson , released their long-awaited self-titled debut album last Tuesday (June 14) on Duck Down Music. The 15-track album arrives after the trio first started mulling a collaborative effort in 2008, with Detroit…

  13. Hidden Beach Slates New Jill Scott Album for Spring

    April 05, 2011 1:44 PM EDT After a long hiatus, fans are being treated to a double dose of new music from Jill Scott . "The Light of the Sun" -- the singer/songwriter's first album under her recently announced distribution deal with Warner Bros. -- is due in early summer. Its first single is "Shame…

  14. Neil Diamond, "Dreams"

    November 05, 2010 4:56 PM EDT Given his role as one of pop's most respected songwriters, Neil Diamond might be expected to fill a covers album with underappreciated obscurities by tunesmiths less highly regarded than he. Well, perhaps next time. On "Dreams," Diamond hunts bigger game, offering up stripped…

  15. John Legend & ?uestlove: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 17, 2010 10:36 AM EDT "America seems to always be at war," John Legend muses as he casually plinks the keys of his piano at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. "While politicians go home safe to their families, we've got a government willing to sacrifice people's lives every day.…

  16. 'American Idol' Auditions Move to MySpace

    September 15, 2010 4:26 PM EDT To mark the 10th anniversary of "American Idol", hopeful pop stars have the chance to submit an audition video at MySpace through Oct. 6. The entries must be no longer than 40 seconds and chosen from a list of songs posted online, along with other audition guidelines, Fox said…

  17. 'American Idol' Recap: Lilly Scott Changes The Game

    March 03, 2010 9:34 PM EST I cannot even tell you how much I was creeping on Twitter this afternoon trying to find out if Crystal Bowersox had been given the medical OK to perform. With about 10 minutes before showtime, Ryan Seacrest said she had been given the thumb's up - and there was much rejoicing. And she…

  18. John Mayer / Feb. 25, 2010 / New York City (Madison Square Garden)

    March 01, 2010 6:33 PM EST John Mayer ended his Thursday night (Feb. 25) show at New York's Madison Square Garden in the same way he probably starts most conversations these days: with an apology. "I never in my entire life intended to come off as an asshole," Mayer said, referring to his controversial…

  19. Super Bowl Ads Tap KISS, Beyonce, Cheap Trick, T-Pain

    February 08, 2010 10:28 AM EST In between the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl last year and the Who rocking the big halftime show , a few good commercials featured quality music or cameos by our favorite artists in 2010. Check out some of the best music-related ads below. In this one of many Bud Light Super Bowl…

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: Lady Antebellum, Ke$ha, 'Hope for Haiti Now'

    February 04, 2010 4:45 PM EST FIRST, LADY (AND THE PRECEDENTS): Lady Antebellum begins atop the Billboard 200 and Country Albums with its sophomore set, "Need You Now." The trio's self-titled first album debuted and peaked at Nos. 4 and 1 on the respective charts in May 2008. Billboard 200 chart manager…

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