1. Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall Dead at 83

    December 10, 2013 7:51 PM EST Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died early Tuesday at age 83, his wife said. Hall died in his sleep after a short illness…

  2. One Direction Joins Up With 'Anchorman' Co-Stars on 'Saturday Night Live'

    December 08, 2013 1:29 AM EST The boys of One Direction got the chance to test out their acting abilities, appearing alongside the stars of "Anchorman" on "Saturday Night Live" last night (Dec. 7). The band appeared in two sketches in addition to performing two cuts from new No. 1 album "…

  3. 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…

  4. Ask Billboard: Why Aren't Power Ballads So Powerful Anymore?

    November 29, 2013 4:05 PM EST An analysis of why slow songs ruled top 40 in the late '80s but don't, for the most part, now. Plus, Hall & Oates' top 10 hits and Tom Wopat, 'Luke Duke' himself, stops by As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  5. Holiday Gift Guide 2013: 25+ Pop Presents

    November 29, 2013 11:30 AM EST Thanksgiving is now a memory, and that means the 2013 holiday shopping season is officially underway. Rather than head to the store to pick up some forgettable, generic gift, we've got special music-related suggestions for all the many fans and listeners on your list. Among our…

  6. Miley Cyrus Leads Time's Person of the Year Voting

    November 28, 2013 7:52 AM EST UPDATED: The pop star's triumph over President Obama, the Boston bombers and several Hollywood heavyweights may be due to the work of a couple of hackers. Time magazine is holding an online vote for whom readers think should be its 2013 Person of the Year. The winner so far: Miley Cyrus,…

  7. Lady Antebellum Crafts 'Arena Hoedown' With Help of Rihanna Hit-Makers

    November 25, 2013 12:08 PM EST Lady Antebellum went way outside the box for the country trio's latest single, "Compass," an infectious burst of banjo pop written by Stargate, the Norwegian hit-makers behind Katy Perry's "Firework," Rihanna's "Diamonds" and scores of other top…

  8. Lady Gaga Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'ARTPOP'

    November 20, 2013 10:59 AM EST As forecast last week, Lady Gaga debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her new set, "ARTPOP." It sold 258,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.   It's the second No. 1 set for Gaga, who also debuted at No. 1 with her last album, 2011's…

  9. Roger Waters Talks New Album, Pink Floyd's First U.S. Gig and the Cult of Syd Barrett

    November 14, 2013 6:00 PM EST "The only other thing I would ever consider doing," said Roger Waters, the legendary Pink Floyd frontman, about pursuing a career outside of music, "is starting a church. Then you don't have to pay income tax All you need is the gift of the gab, you need to be able to…

  10. 'Always… Patsy Cline' Star Mandy Barnett Takes on Don Gibson

    November 12, 2013 1:15 PM EST Since she first gained attention for her portrayal of Patsy Cline in the Ryman Auditorium's production of "Always… Patsy Cline" in 1994, Mandy Barnett has always demonstrated a love and appreciation of classic songs – as well as classic singers. Nowhere is that more apparent…

  11. 'The Princess Bride' Being Adapted for the Stage

    November 11, 2013 11:43 PM EST "Inconceivable?" No, "As you wish." Disney Theatrical Productions has announced plans to collaborate with William Goldman on a stage work based on his 1973 fairy tale, "The Princess Bride," and on his screenplay for the beloved 1987 Rob Reiner film that became…

  12. Josh Thompson Cracks 'Cold Beer' Ahead of Second Album

    November 05, 2013 9:00 AM EST Josh Thompson's brand new single, "Cold Beer With Your Name On It" marks a return to radio for the singer, and nobody is more pumped than the singer himself. "I'm very excited to have some new music out. It's been awhile. It feels good to have a single out. You…

  13. Toby Keith Gives a Little Extra on Tornado-Delayed 'Drinks After Work'

    November 01, 2013 4:00 PM EDT "Drinks After Work," the latest release from Toby Keith, was released this past Tuesday. At a press event on release day at Nashville's BMI office, the singer said the early reception to the new music has taken him by surprise. "The scary thing is that I'm hearing…

  14. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's Doctor, Sues Texas For Yanking License

    November 01, 2013 1:08 AM EDT The Texas doctor convicted in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson is suing the state for stripping his right to practice medicine, and his attorney said Thursday that the cardiologist has former patients eager for him to work again. Conrad Murray, who was released from a California…

  15. Celine Dion Shows Edge, and Tries Out New Characters, on 'Loved Me Back to Life'

    October 29, 2013 2:00 PM EDT For her first English-language album in six years, Celine Dion has tapped current songwriters like Sia and Ne-Yo for a sound that reminds people-or at least her son-of Rihanna Celine Dion packs two ­albums right now as she travels the country, and soon Europe -- Adele's "21"…

  16. Sophia Bastian Talks Career Start & Songwriting

    October 21, 2013 11:37 AM EDT Inspired by classic jazz artist Billie Holiday and soul pioneer Ray Charles, singer/songwriter Sophia Bastian combines smoky vocals with modern, youthful lyrics to deliver something both old and new, fresh but well-practiced. Bastian loves songwriting and puts effort and thought into…

  17. 'Glee' Cast, Taylor Swift Add Hot 100 Milestones

    October 17, 2013 11:05 AM EDT The TV troupe pads its lead for the most visits in the chart's history. Meanwhile, Swift passes three legendary acts for sole possession of the 10th-most top 40 hits Two acts that didn't appear on the Billboard Hot 100 until the last decade further solidify their noteworthy…

  18. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

  19. Lady Antebellum Delay Tour Until 2014

    October 14, 2013 11:41 PM EDT Lady Antebellum is postponing the start of its 60-date concert tour. The Nashville, Tenn.-based country music trio says on its website it will now begin the 60-plus city tour Jan. 10 in Peoria, Ill. Lady A had been scheduled to start the tour Nov. 8 in Omaha, Neb., and more than a dozen…

  20. Madonna 'Banned' By Movie Chain Over Alleged Texting Incident

    October 14, 2013 3:15 PM EDT The Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain has banned Madonna from its theaters after reports that the Queen of Pop was texting during a New York Film Festival screening of 12 Years a Slave. Her Madgesty attended the festival's Tuesday screening of Fox Searchlight's Oscar hopeful,…

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