1. Common, Aloe Blacc & Erykah Badu Celebrate Nina Simone at Sundance Concert

    January 26, 2015 12:20 PM EST The Sundance Institute pulled off the near-impossible at its annual Celebration of Music in Film concert Jan. 25 at the Park City venue the Shop. The artists assembled -- Common , Erykah Badu , Aloe Blacc and more -- evoked the soul and power of the iconoclastic Nina Simone , working her…

  2. Annie Lennox Says 'Strange Fruit' Criticism Was 'Painful'

    January 20, 2015 10:35 PM EST Annie Lennox says online criticism leveled at her remarks about the anti-lynching song "Strange Fruit" was hurtful and unfair. "It was so painful. I can't even begin to tell you. I'm the last person who would disrespect that history," Lennox said. Annie Lennox…

  3. Statler Brothers Celebrate 50 Years in the Business -- And Retirement

    January 16, 2015 6:35 PM EST For Country Music Hall of Fame members the Statler Brothers , 2015 is a year of celebration: It marks five decades since the Virginia-based quartet first released Tom T. Hall 's "The Ballad of Billy Christian." Wait. You haven't heard of it? Well, unless you have their…

  4. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  5. Billy Corgan: 'I'm a Rock Star Because I'm a Great F---ing Musician'

    December 19, 2014 4:40 PM EST When it comes to the state of the music industry (or anything else for that matter),  Smashing Pumpkins  mastermind and frontman  Billy Corgan  has no problem speaking his mind. Billboard sat down with the musician in his dressing room at the recent KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas event in Los…

  6. 10 Things We Learned From Billy Corgan's Reddit AMA

    December 10, 2014 12:00 PM EST With a new Smashing Pumpkins album Monuments to an Elegy out this week, Billy Corgan  made time to answer questions about "anything" on Reddit yesterday. With a cup of tea in hand, obviously. Here’s what we learned: 1. The shortest (5 minutes) and the longest (5 months) amount of…

  7. Billy Corgan Says Next Smashing Pumpkins Album Is 'The End,' He's 'Over Rock & Roll'

    December 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST Poor Billy Corgan . The Smashing Pumpkins only released their new album yesterday, and it sounds like he’s losing some of that ‘90s guitar god enthusiasm. Or a lot of it. In a Dec. 9 interview with the Wall Street Journal , Corgan hinted that the Pumpkins’ expected 2015 album Day For Night …

  8. Thanksgiving Songs: Music About Food, Giving Thanks, and the Holiday

    November 27, 2014 8:00 AM EST Songs for Thanksgiving fall into three different categories. First, there are songs recorded explicitly for the holiday. However, there are a lot fewer of these for Thanksgiving then there are for Christmas or Valentine's Day, so you have to get more creative unless you want to listen…

  9. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  10. Why 1999 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade --  1998  and  1999 . POP SHOP…

  11. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

  12. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  13. Exclusive: Annie Lennox Talks Return to Music With 'Nostalgia' Album, Reveals Cover, Track List & More

    August 14, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Annie Lennox is taking a trip back. Nostalgia , her first non-holiday album in seven years, is a collection of the iconic singer's impassioned takes on standards primarily from the 1930s and 1940s, many of them popularized by the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Jo Stafford and…

  14. 20 Most Forced Rhymes In Pop Music History

    August 08, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Ariana Grande's "Break Free" isn't the only offender: here are the 20 most awesomely awkward rhymes in popular music. "I fought him on it the whole time...'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It&…

  15. Audra McDonald Helps 'Lady Day' Turn a Profit

    July 29, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Audra McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability. Producers of the play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill said Tuesday that they have recouped their $2.6 million initial investment. Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts at Once In the show, McDonald portrays…

  16. Dwight Yoakam Confirms Return To Warner, Releases New Single

    July 14, 2014 11:54 PM EDT Dwight Yoakam has signed a new worldwide recording deal with Warner Bros./Reprise Records, marking a return to the label and a reunion with company head Cameron Strang, who originally inked him to indie New West Records. The artist had discussed the re-signing to the label at last month’s…

  17. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  18. How Marty Friedman Went From Megadeth to the 'Ryan Seacrest Of Japan'

    June 03, 2014 11:37 AM EDT "Chubo desu yo!" translates into English as “It's the Kitchen!,” and it's a mainstay of Japanese TV. Each week the show's jovial host Masaaki Sakai, a singer-comedian and household name, cooks a meal while engaging guests in humorous off-topic banter. Tonight's…

  19. 'This Is Spin̈al Tap' at 30: Top 11 Rock Clichés Skewered By The Movie

    March 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved rock mockumentary "This Is Spin̈al Tap," we're taking a 'Stonehenge'-sized look at the top music clichés skewered by the film. And yes, this list goes to 11. "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever…

  20. Top 50 Movie Songs Of All Time

    February 27, 2014 4:45 PM EST In honor of the Oscars, we've ranked the biggest film songs to ever hit the Hot 100. Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images. Whether a film is a tear-jerking drama, an action-packed thriller or a side-splitting comedy,…

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