1. Dave Davies Reflects on The Kinks' Origins, Embracing Technology & Relationship With Ray

    February 20, 2015 1:00 PM EST Of the many vital rock bands to emerge out of the '60s British Invasion, none are harder to categorize than The Kinks . Progenitors of hard rock and baroque pop -- and experts at nearly every style in between -- they hold the most eclectic catalog of any British band of the era (the…

  2. Andy Samberg on His Oscar Snub and Why 'There Is Nothing Closer to My Heart' Than The Lonely Island

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The Clown Prince Andy Samberg always wanted to be a stand-up ­comedian. But it wasn't until 2000, when the New York University graduate moved to Los Angeles with friends Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, that he started writing ­musical comedy. "We would come home after going out…

  3. Paul McCartney Gives Valentine to NYC at Irving Plaza: Concert Review

    February 15, 2015 1:40 PM EST The star took a break from arenas for a spur-of-the-moment theater show. Midmorning on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14), Paul McCartney fans got a gift they could hardly have expected. That night, the arena-accustomed star would play a semi-private show in a hall holding barely more than a…

  4. Rage Against The Machine Bassist Tim Commerford on 'Progtronic' Band Future User, Wearing a Mask and Waterboarding John McEnroe

    February 11, 2015 5:55 PM EST Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford has gone through extremes in his musical tastes of late. As he tells Billboard he went from being intimidated by the computer to only wanting to work with computers and not play with a guitarist. He finally found a happy medium though, and the…

  5. Lady Gaga in the Studio With Paul McCartney: See the Photos

    February 03, 2015 10:11 PM EST Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready also joined the duo for the 'beautiful session.' Man, this Paul McCartney guy really gets around. After his work with Kanye West and Rihanna -- including the just-released "FourFiveSeconds" video -- the Beatles legend is teaming up with…

  6. Grammy Week Parties: From Clive Davis' Bash to Billboard's Power 100 Event

    February 03, 2015 7:16 PM EST Bob Dylan's MusicCares tribute, a confab at YouTube & more events where you'll be able to rub shoulders, do business & snap selfies during Grammy Week. TUESDAY, Feb. 3 Producers & Engineers Wing Celebration, Village Studios This eighth annual event will honor three…

  7. Malcolm-Jamal Warner on His Grammy Nom, Next Album & 'Love-Hate Relationship With Hip-Hop'

    January 21, 2015 5:31 PM EST He may remain best known for playing Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show , but Malcolm-Jamal Warner is hardly living in the past. Grammy Awards 2015: All Our Coverage Fresh off a Grammy nomination for his spoken-word contribution to Robert Glasper 's Black Radio 2, Warner spoke with…

  8. Chase Bryant on Hearing Himself on the Radio: 'You Don't Know Whether to Cry or What to Do'

    January 14, 2015 7:56 PM EST Country newcomer Chase Bryant has a lot to be excited about these days -- including his new cell phone. Though the RED BOW artist considers himself an old soul in his approach to listening to music, he loves the technological advancements that make his job a little easier, including using…

  9. Flaco Jiménez to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

    January 09, 2015 11:11 AM EST Accordion great honored for pioneering bilingual “rockish” Tex-Mex music. Flaco Jiménez  -- the 73-year-old accordionist who brought Tex-Mex flavor to the music of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder and others -- will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Grammys.…

  10. George Harrison, Bee Gees & More to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

    December 18, 2014 5:09 PM EST Beloved Beatles legend George Harrison will receive yet another honor in 2015 when the Recording Academy posthumously gives him the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award . Stevie Wonder to Receive All-Star Tribute From Grammys The Bee Gees  and  Buddy Guy  will also be honored with the…

  11. Brett Eldredge Talks Inaugural American Country Countdown Awards: 'You Only Have One First Time'

    December 15, 2014 2:57 PM EST It has been nothing short of an overwhelming year for Brett Eldredge . Last week, it was announced that his single "Beat of the Music" was the No. 1 single of 2014 on the Country Airplay Songs chart. Along with his latest single, "Mean to Me," Eldredge was the only…

  12. Alice in Chains Guitarist Jerry Cantrell Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Was an Amazing Guitarist -- and an Even Better Person'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god's friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Alice in Chains guitarist…

  13. Fellow Rockers and Friends Remember 'Dimebag' Darrell on the 10th Anniversary of His Murder

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here are the highlights. 'Dimebag'…

  14. 'Dimebag' Darrell: 10 Years Later, a Look Back at the Murder of the Last Guitar God

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST On Dec. 14, 2004, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , former guitarist of influential metal band Pantera , lay in repose at the Moore Funeral home in Arlington, Texas, head resting on the pillow of the gaudy Kiss Kasket he had once asked to be buried in. A black-and-yellow Charvel "…

  15. Jamey Johnson's 'Christmas' Gift to Fans: New Music

    December 05, 2014 8:02 PM EST After a much-publicized parting of ways with Universal, Jamey Johnson is back in the music-making way. The singer has just released a new five-song EP called The Christmas Song, available at his website , iTunes and Google Play. Johnson tells Billboard it's a good feeling to have new…

  16. Exclusive: Craig Campbell Signs to RED BOW Records

    December 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST 'Keep Them Kisses Comin'' singer also just scored a song on Garth Brooks' new album. Country singer Craig Campbell is kicking off December in a big way, with the announcement of a new recording deal with RED BOW Records, a division of BBR Music Group. Campbell tells…

  17. Bob Dylan Plays 'Unbelievable' Show for One Superfan

    November 25, 2014 11:42 AM EST On Sunday (Nov. 23), Bob Dylan performed for just one person -- probably the smallest audience the singer has encountered since his days as Robert Zimmerman. Who was the lucky guy? Fredrik Wikingsson, a Swedish TV personality. He was told Dylan would play for him, but given the empty room,…

  18. Aretha Franklin Blasts Unauthorized Bio, Calls It a 'Very Trashy Book'

    November 24, 2014 7:13 PM EST The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money -- or soul -- on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. In a statement, Aretha Franklin called David Ritz 's Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin , a "trashy book." Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering '…

  19. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  20. Jeff Tweedy on Two New Wilco Releases: 'The Last Thing in the World I Wanted to Do Was to Listen Through All the Old Records'

    November 17, 2014 6:25 PM EST Though Wilco releases two major retrospectives this week to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary, Jeff Tweedy admits that he's not a guy who likes to celebrate the past.  "The last thing in the world I wanted to do was to listen through all the old records and all the old…

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