1. Blessthefall Ready Tour, Release 'Off The Record' (Exclusive Video Premiere)

    May 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Weeks out from a substantial U.S. tour, Blessthefall has gone back to where it all began. The post-hardcore act has shot “Off The Record,” a two-part series that maps the paths that brought the Phoenix, AZ quintet together. In it, frontman Beau Bokan talks of his early predilection for…

  2. John Mayall, 'Why Did You Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 12:48 PM EDT John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" with "A Special Life," his first studio album in five years. Which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. "Any time I make an album, I'm…

  3. Buckwheat Groats Drops NSFW Video Praising Tom Hanks: Watch

    March 19, 2014 9:14 PM EDT We may never have asked for a rap song praising Tom Hanks, but life is but a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get. Yesterday (March 18), rap duo Buckwheat Groats filled the hole in our lives we didn't even know existed with "Tom Hanks," its new music…

  4. Hurray for the Riff Raff's Political Americana Brings Genre Back to Its Roots

    February 12, 2014 12:30 PM EST Led by a Bronx-raised, Puerto Rican ex-punk rocker, Hurray for the Riff Raff is bringing folk back home Just a few years ago, Alynda Lee Segarra, the engaging frontwoman for New Orleans folk outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff, was hitching freight trains, playing washboard in a French Quarter…

  5. 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…

  6. 56th GRAMMY Awards: Full Winners List

    January 26, 2014 11:30 PM EST Winners for the 56th GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight on CBS, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. GRAMMYs | NEWS, PHOTOS, WINNERS & MORE GRAMMYs Best & Worst Dressed Macklemore & RL, Daft Punk Win 16 Things Seen & Heard Macklemore & Madonna Perform Daft…

  7. Kris Kristofferson, Beatles Honored at Special Merit Awards Ceremony

    January 26, 2014 1:19 PM EST The unofficial theme for the Recording Academy's laughter-filled Special Merit Awards ceremony could easily have been old friends. When Ringo Starr and Kris Kristofferson ran into each other on the red carpet Saturday, they bear-hugged it out. "I'm just going to hug you first,…

  8. Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera Head to New Orleans

    January 14, 2014 1:58 PM EST The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out, with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire among the major artists tapped to mark the event's 45th anniversary over two weekends this spring. Jazz…

  9. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  10. Kenny Rogers Announces 'You Can't Make Old Friends' Album, Duet With Dolly Parton

    September 03, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Kenny Rogers is reuniting with an old friend. Actually, make that two old friends. The singer will be releasing "You Can't Make Old Friends" for Warner Brothers on Oct. 8 -- He was signed to the Warner imprint, Reprise, during his hit-making days with the First Edition back…

  11. Cherry Poppin' Daddies, 'White Teeth, Black Thoughts': Exclusive Album Premiere

    July 08, 2013 9:31 AM EDT Frontman Steve Perry talks about the Oregon band's first full-on swing outing since 1997's "Zoot Suit Riot" Though he still likes to keep his music diverse, making Cherry Poppin' Daddies' first full-on swing album since 1997's "Zoot Suit Riot"…

  12. Les Blank, Blues Documentarian, Dead at 77

    April 08, 2013 12:21 AM EDT Filmmaker Les Blank, whose documentaries about blues and jazz musicians and music of the South were widely acclaimed, died April 7 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 77; the cause of death was bladder cancer. Beginning in 1965 with a short film on Dizzy Gillespie, Blank set a new…

  13. New Orleans Jazz Fest Lineup: Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5 Performing

    January 17, 2013 1:25 AM EST lineup also includes Hall & Oates, Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer. Billy Joel, Maroon 5, Willie Nelson, Fleetwood Mac and Hall & Oates are among the acts headlining this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The outdoor spring music festival spans seven days…

  14. Rev. Jesse Jackson Hints At Protest Over Grammy Category Cuts

    January 28, 2012 10:45 AM EST The Rev. Jesse Jackson is entering the fray over The Recording Academy's cuts to its Grammy categories: He's asking to meet with the president of the organization and has raised the possibility of protests with the awards less than two weeks away. The civil rights activist sent a…

  15. New Orleans Jazz Festival to Host Eagles, Foo Fighters, Florence + the Machine

    December 14, 2011 9:05 AM EST The Eagles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Foo Fighters and John Mayer are among the headliners to perform at next year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It will be the first year the Eagles and Tom Petty play Jazz Fest, the outdoor music event that features hundreds of…

  16. Adele May Be Rolling Deep With Grammy Nominations

    November 30, 2011 8:41 PM EST She likely won't get "21," but Adele is poised to take the biggest share of nods when the Grammy nominations are announced Wednesday night. The British singer-songwriter has had a great year, thanks to her sophomore album, "21." The mournful album about a failed…

  17. GIVERS Live: Billboard Tastemakers Video

    October 13, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Our Tastemakers video series presents a closer look at -- and an exclusive performance from -- the cool artists hitting the Billboard Tastemakers chart , which brings you the top-selling albums each week based on an influential panel of indie stores and small regional chains. Load-in featured…

  18. Exclusive: Paul Simon Planning 'Graceland' Tour, Box Set

    October 11, 2011 1:15 PM EDT A 25th anniversary tour to celebrate Paul Simon 's landmark "Graceland" album next year is in the early planning stages. The tour would coincide with a "Graceland" box set that Sony Legacy will release in the late spring, most likely in May. Simon told Billboard.com…

  19. Grammys Announce Broad Overhaul of Award Categories

    April 06, 2011 12:20 PM EDT In the broadest reorganization of the Grammy Awards' 53-year history, the Recording Academy has consolidated dozens of awards categories, altered eligibility requirements and rewritten the rule on how members may vote. The impact will be immediate as next year's 54th annual Grammy…

  20. Phillip Walker, Blues Guitarist, Dies at 73

    July 23, 2010 10:36 AM EDT Blues guitarist and singer Phillip Walker , who backed such stars as Etta James and Lowell Fulson , has died. He was 73. Marc Lipkin, publicity director for Alligator Records, says Walker died Thursday of heart failure in Palm Springs. Walker performed for more than 50 years, recording many…

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