1. The Business of New Year's Eve Concerts

    December 27, 2012 8:10 AM EST On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music from their favorite artists, whether it's the rare double-billing of Coldplay and Jay-Z at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn or an intimate performance with the Black Keys at the Joint in Las Vegas.…

  2. 'Glee' Recap: Christmas Brings Marriage, Cancer, Ice Skating & 'Love Actually'

    December 14, 2012 3:15 PM EST The one truth of "Glee" is the Christmas episode always involves a plethora of holiday sweet with just a dash of WTF. Last year we had that WTF as a midpoint retro holiday special segment, and this year they're going more the holiday movie route to spread the weirdness across…

  3. 'Glee' Recap: There Are Worse Things Than a 'Grease' Episode

    November 16, 2012 10:35 AM EST Glease was the word Thursday night, with an entire episode devoted to songs from the classic musical. The music this episode is split between the general fun stuff ("Greased Lightning" the "Look At Me I'm Sandra Dee") that, while they fit, only contribute bits to the…

  4. 'Glee' Covers 'Greased Lightning': Exclusive Song Premiere

    November 01, 2012 10:05 AM EDT The cast of "Glee" will be throwing on their leather jackets and poodle skirts in a couple of weeks, when the show's "Grease"-themed episode airs Nov. 15. In anticipation of the accompanying "Glease" album, which drops on Nov. 6, Billboard has the exclusive…

  5. 'Take a Letter, Maria' Singer R.B. Greaves Dies at 68

    October 03, 2012 9:08 PM EDT R.B. Greaves , a smooth R&B crooner who scored a No. 2 hit in 1969 with the infectious break-up song "Take a Letter, Maria," died September 27 in Los Angeles. He was 68. The singer's son confirmed the news, according to the New York Times , but provided no other information…

  6. Imagine Dragons on 'It's Time,' Darren Criss and Their Next Album

    September 14, 2012 4:00 PM EDT A year-and-a-half after covering Led Zeppelin in low-rent casinos, Las Vegas rock quartet Imagine Dragons ' first album, "Night Visions," debuts at No. 2 on this week's Billboard 200, selling 83,000 copies in its initial week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The…

  7. 'Glee' Recap: Return of the Underdogs in Search for 'The New Rachel'

    September 14, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Season Four Opens With Carly Rae, Imagine Dragons Covers The return of "Glee" is something we've been wary about for months. After last year's tumultuous and often off-point episodes and more Very Special Episodes than musical standouts, it was hard to stay excited about …

  8. Dave Matthews Band, 'Away From the World': Track-By-Track Review

    September 11, 2012 11:30 AM EDT About halfway through his band's first new album in three years, Dave Matthews announces, "I'm too old to wanna be younger now." It's an apt summation of where his head's at on this 11-song set, which reunites the Dave Matthews Band with original producer Steve…

  9. Imagine Dragons 'Not Going to Win' a VMA

    September 06, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Indie Band Talks MTV VMA Nomination, Debut Album 'Night Visions,' Tour Imagine Dragons, whose debut album, "Night Visions" dropped earlier this week, are nominated for their first ever MTV Video Music Award at tonight's ceremony. They share the Best Rock Video nom for…

  10. Hal David, Songwriting Legend, Dead at 91

    September 01, 2012 7:30 PM EDT With Burt Bacharach, Wrote Slew of Hits Including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "That's What Friends Are For," "What's New, Pussycat" Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for…

  11. Vocal Problems: Why So Many Artists Struggle To Stay at Full Volume

    August 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Imagine Dragons has a hit single on rock radio and a hotly anticipated album hitting stores in less than a month. Too bad the group's singer can't utter a word. The Las Vegas alt-rock band's frontman, Dan Reynolds, underwent surgery in early August to remove a polyp on his…

  12. Guns N' Roses Announces Fall Las Vegas Residency

    August 13, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Weeks after its landmark album "Appetite for Destruction" celebrated its 25th anniversary , Guns N' Roses has announced its first-ever Las Vegas residency, dubbed "Appetite for Democracy." The 12-date run at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will start…

  13. Elle Varner & Reps Talk 'Perfectly Imperfect' Album

    August 07, 2012 4:25 PM EDT What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it... but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potentially jarring combination. People have not only…

  14. Exclusive: 'Weeds' Revives 'Little Boxes' Theme With Ben Folds, Steve Martin

    July 12, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Showtime's "Weeds" began its eighth and final season Sunday and has returned to using Malvina Reynolds ' "Little Boxes," a folk ditty written in 1962 about growing housing tracts in the San Francisco Bay area. As the show did in its second and third seasons, the…

  15. Farm Aid Concert Heading to Hershey, Pa.

    July 09, 2012 10:30 AM EDT The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming to Hershey, Pa. in September as the country's small and medium-sized farms face a shifting economic landscape, but board member Dave Matthews sees some hopeful signs in the uncertainty. Matthews, who will perform at the Hersheypark show on…

  16. Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot Among Songwriter Hall inductees

    June 15, 2012 9:54 PM EDT Stevie Nicks prefers writing a song over meeting a handsome prince. Ne-Yo claimed songwriting saved his life. And Bob Seger said writing a song is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing that he does. Converging opinions thrived at the 43rd annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in…

  17. Bob Seger, Jim Steinman, Ne-Yo Among Songwriter Hall Honorees

    June 15, 2012 9:10 AM EDT Stevie Nicks and Swizz Beatz Among Presenters Stevie Nicks prefers writing a song over meeting a handsome prince. Ne-Yo claimed songwriting saved his life. And Bob Seger said writing a song is the hardest, yet most rewarding thing that he does. Converging opinions thrived at the 43rd annual…

  18. Bubbling Under: Imagine Dragons On Fire

    May 25, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Imagine Dragons, Wolf Gang, Kristen Kelly and Kevin McCall. In just three months, Las Vegas rock band Imagine Dragons has gone…

  19. 'Glee' Recap: 'Goodbye' and Graduation... for Some

    May 23, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Have you ever wanted to watch an hour of TV of teenagers staring at each other dreamily? That's what the "Glee" season finale is, mixed with the inner monologues of the key cast of graduating seniors to narrate the journey. It's time to say "Goodbye" to the…

  20. 'Glee' Recap: Things Get 'Emotional' in Whitney Tribute

    April 25, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Even though Whitney Houston passed away more than two months ago now, the kids of "Glee" are still mourning her, locker shrine and all. This week's episode laser-focuses on the sentiment that Finn expressed last week, the desire to freeze time, or bend it, or punish yourself to…

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