1. Exclusive: Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Sturgill Simpson to Perform at Americana Awards

    August 25, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jed Hilly , executive director of the Americana Music Association, and you will no doubt be blown away with the sense of unbridled passion and energy that he approaches his job with. A great example of such an occasion came with Americanafest NYC -- which took…

  2. Watch Ryan Adams & Elvira Team For Spook-Tacular 'Gimme Something Good' Video

    August 12, 2014 10:37 AM EDT Halloween is still a couple months away, but Ryan Adams is already in the October spirit. As the press cycle for his promising self-titled album (due Sept. 9 via Pax-Am) moves forward, the singer-songwriter shared the music video for lead single “Gimme Something Good.” It’s a grainy, mostly…

  3. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  4. Kelly Clarkson Hands Over Jane Austen's Ring

    September 27, 2013 2:06 AM EDT A Jane Austen museum said that it has raised enough money to buy the writer's ring back from pop singer Kelly Clarkson. Earlier this year, the British government placed a temporary export ban on the gold-and-turquoise ring Clarkson bought at auction in the hope that money could be…

  5. U.K. Gov't Blocks Kelly Clarkson From Taking Jane Austen's Ring Home

    August 05, 2013 3:03 AM EDT The "American Idol" winner bought the object at an auction last year for slightly more than $228,000. The British government has stepped in to stop singer Kelly Clarkson from taking a ring once owned by author Jane Austen out of the country. The American Idol winner bought the…

  6. 'Glee' Recap: 'Swan Song' Brings Second Chances

    December 07, 2012 2:05 PM EST The title "Swan Song" gives somewhat of a hint at where this week is going -- the kids are facing various aspects of their failures and are faced with the finality of their dreams. Of course, this is "Glee," and we know that every crushing failure is just a new door for…

  7. '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…

  8. 'Glee' Recap: Britney Spears, One More Time

    September 21, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Several 'Glee' characters are having a tough week, and Spears is the only way to convey that particular brand of pop misery "Glee" is cyclical, and the stories of high school kids have to follow repetitive molds -- back to school, holidays, class elections, prom, the…

  9. '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 …

  10. 'Glee' Season 4 to Cover Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Imagine Dragons

    September 06, 2012 9:15 AM EDT With "Glee" returning next week, the Fox dramedy offered loyal fans a first listen to the music from its fourth season premiere via Facebook on Wednesday. In addition to the previously reported cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," the "Glee" gang…

  11. The Fray, 'Scars and Stories': Album Preview

    January 13, 2012 1:37 PM EST The Fray Title: Scars and Stories | Release Date: Feb. 7 Recorded at Nashville's legendary Blackbird studio with producer Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Spring­steen, Pearl Jam), "Scars and Stories" looks set to build on the runaway success of the Fray 's ( @thefray ) self…

  12. Amy Winehouse's Third Album, 'Lioness,' Coming in December

    October 31, 2011 10:20 AM EDT 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures' to Feature 12 Songs, a Mix of Old and New A new album of recordings by the late soul singer Amy Winehouse will be released in December, Island Records said Monday. It said "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" will contain 12 songs - previously unreleased…

  13. Sean Kingston Expected to Fully Recover in Six Weeks

    June 01, 2011 11:41 AM EDT S ean Kingston should be healed from the injuries he sustained in a Miami jet ski crash in about six weeks, CNN reported Tuesday, citing sources. Kingston -- who remains in critical condition in the ICU -- was operating a jet ski in Miami Beach early Sunday night when the watercraft collided…

  14. Sean Kingston Still in 'Critical But Stable' Condition

    May 31, 2011 1:52 PM EDT S ean Kingston remains in "critical but stable" condition after his jet ski crashed into Miami Beach's Palm Island Bridge on Sunday (May 29). Jackson Memorial Hospital, where the 21-year-old singer was admitted after the accident, issued the following statement to Billboard.com…

  15. Prince Rolls Out 'Welcome 2 America' Tour Dates

    October 26, 2010 12:56 PM EDT P rince will kick off his Welcome 2 America tour with a string of arena dates in New York and New Jersey, marking his first run of East Coast shows since 2004. The pop-funk legend, who announced the trek's first five dates this week, will begin with a three-night stand at East Rutherford…

  16. Prince Announces 'Welcome 2 America' Tour

    October 14, 2010 7:30 PM EDT P rince held a press conference at Harlem's Apollo Theater to announce "Welcome 2 America," a forthcoming tour beginning in December 2010. The pop legend will perform and play master of ceremonies at each show, which will feature artists such as Janelle Monae , Mint Condition ,…

  17. Carlos Santana Proposes to Drummer Girlfriend Onstage

    July 12, 2010 12:28 PM EDT C arlos Santana is smooth: The guitar god has gotten engaged after proposing onstage to his girlfriend, drummer Cindy Blackman. The proposal came during a tour stop Friday (July 9) in Tinley Park, Ill., outside Chicago. His representatives say he popped the question four songs into the…

  18. Billboard Bits: T.I., The Jam, Whitney Houston, Beck, Kandi Burruss And More

    January 19, 2010 5:24 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Atlanta raper T.I ., who was released to a halfway house less than a month ago after serving seven months in prison on a gun charge, is back in the studio to lay down tracks for his next album.…

  19. Alyssa Graham

    February 24, 2009 6:14 PM EST Over the last decade, as Alyssa Graham traveled through Brazil, India, China and Europe, she saw dozens of local performances and soaked in different musical cultures. The singer's adventurous spirit also helps explain why she decided to leave Blindman's Holiday, a successful rock…

  20. Stars Salute Neil Diamond At MusiCares Event

    February 07, 2009 12:02 PM EST Good times never seemed so good for Neil Diamond as they did last night (Feb. 6). The pop icon was named MusiCares Person of the Year at the annual fundraiser for the charity, which helps musicians who have fallen on hard times. "This is a great honor, of course," Diamond said at…

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