1. Paul Simon and Sting Q&A: Tour Mates on Shared Music DNA and Future 'Writing'

    February 10, 2014 2:20 PM EST A conversation with Sting and Paul Simon at the launch of their On Stage Together tour Their tour is called On Stage Together, but right now Sting and Paul Simon are side by side backstage at Houston's Toyota Center after a long opening night sound check, exuding both confidence and a…

  2. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  3. 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…

  4. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Friday

    January 24, 2014 11:57 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards may not be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page as…

  5. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Thursday

    January 23, 2014 10:15 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards may not be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page as…

  6. Damon Albarn Plays New Songs at Sundance: Listen

    January 21, 2014 10:35 AM EST Frontman of Blur and Gorillaz has solo album due April 29 Damon Albarn of Blur, Gorillaz and the Good, the Bad and the Queen performed four gentle, downtempo songs from his upcoming solo album and a vintage Blur piece at a packed Sundance Channel HQ on Jan. 19. Backed by a string quartet and…

  7. Queen's Brian May Undergoing Tests for Possible Cancer

    December 31, 2013 1:29 PM EST The guitarist was admitted after experiencing severe back pain Queen guitarist Brian May is undergoing tests that could reveal whether or not he has cancer. In a post on the musician's website, it was revealed that May is taking part in a myriad of different tests, including "blood…

  8. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST As always, submit your 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 questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  9. Nirvana, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt Selected for Rock Hall of Fame Class of 2014

    December 16, 2013 11:33 PM EST Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens and the E Street Band will also be inducted April 10 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center First-time nominee Nirvana and some long-neglected icons -- KISS, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band -- will be inducted as the Rock…

  10. Beach Boy Biopic 'The Drummer' Back On The Shelf

    December 12, 2013 2:04 AM EST Aaron Eckhart was too exhausted from shooting "I, Frankenstein" in Australia to portray Dennis Wilson -- the Beach Boys drummer who drowned 30 years ago this month -- in a film about the musician’s final years, and left the production just before shooting was to begin in June 2012.…

  11. Olivia Wise, Teen Who Covered Katy Perry, Loses Battle With Brain Cancer

    November 26, 2013 3:40 PM EST -year old succumbs to an inoperable brain tumor Toronto teen Olivia Wise, whose inspirational cover of Katy Perry's "Roar" has garnered over a million YouTube views, died yesterday (Nov. 25) following a bout with an inoperable brian tumor. She was 16. Wise died "…

  12. Michael Jackson's Touring Life After Death: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 08, 2013 2:00 PM EST The inside story of why MJ's touring business is now bigger than ever This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. In the fall of 1987, not long after the release of his blockbuster album Bad, Michael Jackson and his longtime lawyer/adviser John…

  13. Roger Daltrey: The Who 'Might Do Other Things, More Experimental' After Final Tour

    October 29, 2013 11:31 AM EDT "We have to be realistic about our age," Daltrey says, responding to Pete Townshend's comments last week about a final big tour for the band, "But it's not going to be the last thing The Who will do" The Who may be eyeballing a final tour, but it has no…

  14. 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…

  15. Korn Cleans Up and Evolves on 'The Paradigm Shift,' the Band's 12th Top 10 Album

    October 17, 2013 9:05 AM EDT "We didn't calm down; it's only the destructive part we stopped," says guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, who returned to the fold last year Brian "Head" Welch says it feels good to be back in Korn. But his return didn't come easy. The…

  16. Michael Jackson Case in Jury's Hands

    September 26, 2013 10:42 PM EDT Closing arguments have finished in the five-month civil trial over the King of Pop's death. After a bitterly fought five-month trial, a negligence lawsuit by Michael Jackson's mother against his concert promoter was placed in the hands of a jury Thursday after a final plea by a…

  17. Michael Jackson ‘Was Playing Russian Roulette’ With Drugs, Lawyer Tells Jurors

    September 26, 2013 12:17 AM EDT Michael Jackson died because of his own bad choices involving the drug that killed him and the doctor who provided it, not because of anything done by AEG Live, a lawyer for the producer of Jackson's comeback concerts told jurors Wednesday. Delivering his closing argument in the long…

  18. Fun. to Perform With Queen at iHeartRadio Music Festival (Updated)

    September 19, 2013 12:17 PM EDT UPDATED: Billboard has learned that Ruess' entire band, Fun., will be performing with Queen. Queen will team up with another powerhouse singer at the iHeartRadio Music Festival this weekend. Nate Ruess of Fun. is set to take the stage with the legendary British rock group at the MGM…

  19. The Henningsens Talk 'Beautiful' Success, Pranking Paisley and New Single

    August 30, 2013 5:15 PM EDT So far, 2013 has been a year to remember for Arista's The Henningsens. The family trio watched as their debut single, "American Beautiful," climbed to the top 30 on Hot Country Songs. They also released their very first EP in May, and joined the Brad Paisley 'Beat This…

  20. Sting Goes Home With 'The Last Ship,' Talks Album Guests Including AC/DC Singer

    August 28, 2013 9:32 AM EDT For his new studio album, "The Last Ship," which is set in a shipbuilding community, Sting brought in an eclectic group of musical collaborators with ties to his native Newcastle, England. He enticed singer-actor Jimmy Nail out of retirement, brought in frequent collaborator…

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