1. Backstage With Billy Joel: The Billboard Cover Story Interview (Exclusive)

    January 31, 2014 11:15 AM EST Half a century into his career, Billy Joel has taken on a game-changing residency at Madison Square Garden. In a wide-ranging interview, Joel talks about why his career endures, and where it's going Some 20 years since he released his last album of new songs, Billy Joel, who marks…

  2. SXSW: Hendrix Biopic, A$AP Rocky and Stax Records Docs Among Premieres

    January 30, 2014 3:01 PM EST Documentaries on Johnny Winter, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, A$AP Rocky and the soul music of Memphis will make their world premieres at the SXSW Film Festival while the Jimi Hendrix movie featuring OutKast's Andre Benjamin will make its U.S. premiere. Fourteen films that chronicle music and…

  3. Oscars: Academy Disqualifies Best Song Nominee 'Alone Yet Not Alone'

    January 29, 2014 7:02 PM EST The Oscar nomination for an obscure song in a lightly seen film has been rescinded. The Academy’s board of governors disqualified Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel’s “Alone Yet Not Alone” after learning that Broughton, a former governor and current Music Branch executive committee member,…

  4. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Thursday

    January 23, 2014 10:15 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards may not be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page as…

  5. Oscars: 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Singer Dismisses Critics of Surprise Nomination

    January 18, 2014 8:59 AM EST Joni Eareckson Tada says allegations of backroom dealings by the song's well-connected writers are false and insists no one "pushed their influence." As a mini-controversy develops about an Oscar-nominated song from a micro-budget Christian film called 'Alone Yet Not…

  6. GRAMMYs Hall of Fame: The Stories Behind 2014's Inductees

    January 17, 2014 6:04 PM EST The backstories to this year's GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees -- including music by Sam Cooke, Dolly Parton, The Drifters, and B.J. Thomas -- are as memorable as the music itself.  The legends behind some of those 27 recordings revisit their sessions chapter and verse. 56th GRAMMYs:…

  7. Oscars: Surprise Song Nom 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Riles Up Contenders

    January 17, 2014 9:29 AM EST How did a song few people have heard in a movie nearly no one has seen beat out Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Beyonce and Jay Z for an Oscar nomination? "I can't figure any of this shit out with the music branch," said someone who missed out on a best original song Oscar…

  8. Pharrell ‘Speechless’ Ahead of Oscars, GRAMMY Awards

    January 17, 2014 1:19 AM EST A week before his big night at the Grammy Awards, Pharrell is happy — and speechless — over his Oscar nomination. The producer-rapper-singer's "Happy," from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, is nominated for best original song. "Uh, speechless," Pharrell…

  9. Chris Brown Assault Case Sparks Internal Affairs Probe

    January 16, 2014 11:34 PM EST District of Columbia police have opened an internal affairs investigation into statements made by a police officer who responded to reports that singer Chris Brown had punched a man outside a Washington hotel. The investigation centers on a disputed conversation between the officer and an…

  10. Pharrell, U2, Karen O Score Oscar Nominations

    January 16, 2014 9:35 AM EST "Frozen" highlight "Let It Go" also scores an Academy Award nod. U2, Pharrell Williams and the bassist of Arcade Fire are all contending for trophies at the 86th annual Academy Awards -- as is a film about the singers who sang the oohs, ahs and la-la-las on thousands of…

  11. Everly Brothers' Song Sales Up 696% Following Death of Phil Everly

    January 09, 2014 10:00 AM EST "The Very Best of the Everly Brothers" hits No. 8 on Country Catalog Albums chart The death of Phil Everly -- one-half of the singing duo the Everly Brothers -- resonates on the charts this week. Everly passed away on on Jan. 3 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74.…

  12. The Everly Brothers' Country Roots Run Deep: A Look at Their Hall of Fame Career

    January 05, 2014 12:24 PM EST As the music world mourns the passing of Phil Everly this past Friday, the impact of Phil and brother Don on the world of country music simply can't be ignored. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, the Everlys' roots run deep in the format. Don was born in…

  13. The Everly Brothers' 20 Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    January 04, 2014 12:14 PM EST In honor of the Everly Brothers, following the passing yesterday (Jan. 3) of Phil Everly , Billboard has ranked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo's 20 biggest Billboard Hot 100 chart hits. The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly Dead at 74 PHOTOS: The Everly Brothers The Everly Brothers…

  14. The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly Dead at 74

    January 03, 2014 9:10 PM EST The vocalist passed away Friday from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease January 4 / 2:15 PM EST: This article was updated with Don Everly's statement. Phil Everly, who made up one-half of iconic rock and country duo The Everly Brothers, has died. He was 74. According to the…

  15. The Year In Touring 2013: Beyond The Numbers

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Live and on fire in 2013, the touring business is hottest it has been in years. For the touring industry, these are now —officially— the best of times. "The concert business is basically on fire," says veteran agent Dennis Arfa, president of Artists Group International (AGI). TOP 25…

  16. Beach Boy Biopic 'The Drummer' Back On The Shelf

    December 12, 2013 2:04 AM EST Aaron Eckhart was too exhausted from shooting "I, Frankenstein" in Australia to portray Dennis Wilson -- the Beach Boys drummer who drowned 30 years ago this month -- in a film about the musician’s final years, and left the production just before shooting was to begin in June 2012.…

  17. Sharon Jones On Returning To Music After Cancer Surgery: 'I'm Ready To Go'

    November 15, 2013 4:19 PM EST Amid cancer treatment, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings plot comeback with new album and major TV performances. Sharon Jones is feeling great today. The singer has just taken a seat in the kitchen at a friend's house in upstate New York, where she's been charting her progress day…

  18. Top 40 Slows Down The Songs

    November 15, 2013 1:05 PM EST A bevy of hit ballads is infusing the format – but is that a good thing for a format built on tempo? Selena Gomez's latest hit, "Slow Down," is another in mainstream top 40 radio's ever-replenishing arsenal of uptempo pop/dance hits, but its chorus, in which Gomez…

  19. Dido Reminisces on 'Greatest Hits,' Teaming with Eminem for 'Stan'

    November 15, 2013 10:56 AM EST Career-spanning collection due months after 'Girl Who Got Away' album. Best-of albums can be simple victory laps, but they're also a great time for personal reflection. For British adult-pop singer Dido, her upcoming "Greatest Hits" compilation has provided a…

  20. Drake Debuts 'Worst Behavior' Video: Watch

    November 11, 2013 1:20 PM EST Drake takes us to his father's hometown of Memphis, Tennessee for the music video to "Worst Behavior." Directed by Director X and Drake, the 10-minute video opens with Drake's father, Dennis Graham, reciting words from his son's "Nothing Was the Same" song…

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