1. Fans Like The Sound Of That: Country Stays Relevant With Melodic Emphasis

    May 19, 2016 10:34 AM EDT Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Maren Morris songs exemplify singability in a rormat known for its stories. Keith Urban was specifically promoting his new album, Ripcord , when he spoke to USA Today earlier this month, but he could have easily been talking about country music as a whole. “Melody…

  2. Brian Wilson Takes 'Pet Sounds' on Tour: Embracing an Unexpected Career as a Live Artist

    March 17, 2016 6:49 PM EDT Brian Wilson will perform the landmark Pet Sounds album in its entirety on tour this year to mark the 50th anniversary of this hugely influential Beach Boys album, the latest -- and busiest -- run for an artist who has built an unexpected career as a touring artist outside his Beach Boys…

  3. 5 Best Music Movies of the Year

    December 10, 2015 9:25 PM EST This year was full of shockingly good -- and not-so-shockingly bad -- music-based films, from stellar documentaries on gone-too-soon icons to biopics that defied the often creativity-stifling genre form. And then there were the bombs -- movies so bad they only lasted two weeks before being…

  4. Lee Ann Womack's 'I Hope You Dance' Waltzes Back In With a Thanksgiving Special

    November 26, 2015 12:42 PM EST Time, according to the Lee Ann Womack crossover hit “I Hope You Dance,” is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along. When songwriter Mark D. Sanders looks back on the 15 years that have transpired since its release, he has seen “Hope” roll through numerous people’s life stories. He…

  5. Annie Lennox & Perry Farrell Kick Off Interview Series 'Riffing With' on Hulu

    October 15, 2015 6:53 PM EDT Annie Lennox , Perry Farrell , John Lydon and the Flaming Lips ’ Wayne Coyne are the first four guests on the new music interview series Riffing With , which premiered Thursday (Oct. 15) on Hulu. The show, hosted by longtime Rolling Stone writer and regular Billboard contributor Steve Baltin,…

  6. Paul Dano Jams With Brian Wilson at the L.A. Release Party for 'Love & Mercy'

    October 13, 2015 6:26 PM EDT Brian Wilson spread good vibrations at the DVD release party Monday night for Love & Mercy , the Bill Pohlad-directed biopic about the Beach Boys  singer's life, music and struggle with mental illness. Held at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz club in the Bel Air neighborhood of…

  7. Bruce Springsteen Joins Beach Boys' Brian Wilson On Stage: Watch

    July 02, 2015 7:00 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen became an honorary Beach Boy on Wednesday night when he made a surprise appearance onstage at Brian Wilson's concert in Holmdel, New Jersey. Wilson, currently on tour promoting his latest album No   Pier Pressure , welcomed Springsteen in the PNC Banks Arts Center.…

  8. Bruce Springsteen Jams With Brian Wilson in New Jersey: Watch

    July 02, 2015 12:39 AM EDT Brian Wilson fans got an extra special summer treat when Bruce Springsteen joined the musician for a pair of Beach Boys classics in New Jersey. Springsteen surprised the crowd at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel as he added harmonies to the classic, “Barbara Ann,” before the band…

  9. Why the Academy's Music Branch Tightened Up Its Live Performances Rule

    June 24, 2015 10:27 PM EDT The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday released its annual update to its "regulations concerning the promotion of films eligible for the 88th Academy Awards" -- the rules governing Oscar campaigning -- and there was only really one change from the previous…

  10. Brian Wilson's Music Genius, Mental Issues Are Focus Of 'Love & Mercy' Biopic

    June 04, 2015 11:25 PM EDT With a shuffling gait and wearing jeans, sneakers and a blue plaid shirt that matches his eyes, Brian Wilson is at the center of a Hollywood whirlwind. This day, he's been rushing to screenings, giving interviews and posing for photos at a Los Angeles hotel as his new biopic prepares to…

  11. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100, Wiz Khalifa Blasts to No. 3

    April 16, 2015 12:30 PM EDT Swift is feelin' 22 (weeks at No. 1), while Wiz Khalifa roars 23-3 as his 'See You Again' tops the Hot 100. Taylor Swift logs week No. 22, a favorite number of hers , as the top music act in the U.S., as she remains atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated April 25)…

  12. 'Love & Mercy' Trailer Highlights John Cusack & Paul Dano in Dual Brian Wilson Performances

    April 15, 2015 7:35 AM EDT A new trailer for the upcoming Brian Wilson biopic, Love & Mercy , is officially out. The trailer for the film focuses on Wilson's ( John Cusack ) courtship with his second wife Melinda Ledbetter ( Elizabeth Banks ) as well as his controlling relationship with his personal physician…

  13. Brian Wilson Has Never Heard of Punk Rock

    April 10, 2015 11:50 AM EDT Brian Wilson has been doing a fair share of press lately promoting his new studio album No Pier Pressure and biopic Love & Mercy . The legendary songsmith sat down for a Q&A with the Guardian’s Adrian Deevoy, where he gave some… well… curious responses. For one, he apparently…

  14. Album Review: Awolnation’s ‘Run’ Is More of a Technical Achievement Than an Artistic One

    March 17, 2015 4:15 PM EDT Sandwiched between hits on the rock radio stations it dominated from 2011 to 2013, Awol­nation 's blockbuster "Sail" sounds like Nine Inch Nails covering Nickelback. It's dark, with crashing synths, scary violins and lyrics about ADD. If you never listened to its…

  15. Exclusive: Watch Brian Wilson Perform New Song 'Runaway Dancer' With Capital Cities' Sebu

    March 17, 2015 3:10 PM EDT Brian Wilson is prepping a new solo album, and Billboard has an exclusive first look at the legendary  Beach Boys  singer performing one of its tracks with a very special guest:  Capital Cities ' Sebu , who stopped by Wilson's recent show at the Venetian in Las Vegas to help…

  16. Brian Wilson Tracks for the Honeys & More Get Record Store Day Release

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  17. Brian Wilson Sets U.S. Tour

    March 05, 2015 7:43 PM EST Brian Wilson will support his new album No Pier Pressure with a U.S. tour that will hit more than 15 U.S. cities. Former Beach Boys  bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin will join Wilson and his band.  The tour starts June 18 at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Calif., and is…

  18. Brian Wilson to be Honored by Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers at 'Brian Fest' Benefit Concert

    March 03, 2015 8:23 PM EST Brian Wilson will honoroed with an all-star tribute concert in Los Angeles this spring, featuring performances by Norah Jones , the Killers ' Brandon Flowers , Heart 's Ann Wilson, Wilson Phillips , former Beach Boys member Al Jardine, the Flaming Lips ' Wayne Coyne and Steve…

  19. Emile Haynie Tells the Story Behind 'We Fall' Tracks With Rufus Wainwright, Brian Wilson & More

    March 03, 2015 9:00 AM EST Producer and songwriter Emile Haynie is very excited to talk about his first album, We Fall , but not for the reasons you might expect. "It's kind of weird when you're a producer speaking on someone else's work," says Haynie, whose eye-poppingly all-star resume…

  20. Slash on His Famous Guns N' Roses Riff, His Grandma's Inspiration and How Les Paul Once 'Wiped the Stage' With Him

    January 23, 2015 10:48 AM EST The late guitar pioneer Les Paul once "wiped the floor" with Slash when the former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist played with the veteran instrument inventor at a New York City club some years back.  Now, on Jan. 24, at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., Slash…

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