1. 25 Movie Stars Turned Musicians

    February 26, 2014 5:30 PM EST First we watched them on the big screen, many of them -- like Kevins Bacon and Costner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp -- reaching mega-star success. But that wasn't enough. No, these movie stars-turned-musicians wanted to express themselves with a mic or a guitar, parlaying their…

  2. Sub Pop Opening Retail Store in Seattle Airport

    February 24, 2014 7:38 PM EST Sub Pop Records, noted for hits by Nirvana, The Shins, and the Postal Service, will open a retail store in April 2014 at Sea-Tac International Airport. The location is auditioning managers for the store, which will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (send resumes to maryw@subpop.com). It is the latest…

  3. Gregg Allman Biopic Adds Three More Actors

    February 17, 2014 3:39 AM EST Charles Dutton, Aldis Hodge and Kathy Baker have joined the cast of "Midnight Rider," the Gregg Allman biopic being made by Unclaimed Freight Productions' Randall Miller and Jody Savin. The trio join a production that sees Tyson Ritter and William Hurt portraying Allman young…

  4. NBA All-Star Weekend Preview: Inside The New Orleans Musical Programming

    February 15, 2014 1:36 PM EST An NBA exec explains why Pharrell Williams is a global superstar, and how Trombone Shorty helped organize the halftime show over GRAMMY weekend. Each year, NBA All-Star Weekend boasts an impressive lineup of musical stars delivering stylized performances in between various basketball…

  5. U2 Talks Oscars, New Manager and Where They're Headed: 'We Don't Want to Be a Heritage Act'

    February 14, 2014 1:54 PM EST And the new album "won't be ready till it's ready," Bono says. "We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good" Just after Finnegan's pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently…

  6. 20 Best Love Songs By Real-Life Couples

    February 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Whether it’s a chart-topping pop pair, an R&B/hip-hop power couple or a country king and queen, it’s the natural inclination for a musically inclined romantic couple to collaborate – or for a platonic pair of singer to find love during heated recording sessions. In honor of Valentine’s…

  7. Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

  8. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorite Beatles Songs?

    February 06, 2014 10:05 AM EST As we approach the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. arrival, 'Ask Billboard' asks you to choose your favorite Fab songs, covers and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  9. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  10. John Cacavas, Composer for 'Kojak' and 'Hawaii Five-O,' Dead at 83

    January 31, 2014 5:05 PM EST Film and TV composer John Cacavas, whose scores include the television series "Kojak" and "Hawaii Five-O," died Jan. 28 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 83.  A member of ASCAP’s Board of Directors from 1993 to 2001, Cacavas began writing for television and then…

  11. 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…

  12. Ask Billboard: Disney's Biggest Billboard Hits

    January 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST Readers check in on 'Frozen,' Aloe Blacc's fast-rising 'The Man' and the best-selling 'American Idol' singles As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  13. Black Crowes' Steve Gorman: Sports Radio Host By Day, Rock Drummer By Night

    January 26, 2014 12:00 PM EST Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman couldn't ask for a platform to launch his new national sports talk radio show. "Steve Gorman Sports!" begins Monday (Jan. 27) on the Fox Sports Radio network to take advantage of the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 2 in New Jersey.…

  14. Neil Young Honored at GRAMMY Event: 'It's Not Me. It's You'

    January 22, 2014 10:05 AM EST Legendary rock musician Neil Young was celebrated Tuesday night by the producers and engineers wing of the Recording Academy. Young, 68, received his award on stage during the group's seventh annual Grammy week celebration at The Village, a historic Los Angeles recording studio that'…

  15. Top 10 Biggest GRAMMY Upsets Of The Past 10 Years

    January 21, 2014 1:40 PM EST Esperanza Spalding, Bon Iver, Herbie Hancock and more artists who shocked the world with GRAMMY wins in the past decade. One of the more enjoyable reasons to watch the GRAMMY Awards each year is because of the shocking upset victories -- the artists, songs and albums in the running that…

  16. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Album of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:25 PM EST A closer look at the releases that earned album of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014. These five artistic statements are in the running for the album of the year honor at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26). Jump To: Song of the Year |…

  17. 'American Idol' Returns With New Judges, New Attitude in Premiere

    January 15, 2014 10:36 PM EST After securing its lowest ratings ever in a season during which the judges' feuds often took precedence over the actual raw talent, "American Idol" returned to its roots with a different panel, slightly altered production and -- perhaps most importantly -- a zeroed-in focus…

  18. Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera Head to New Orleans

    January 14, 2014 1:58 PM EST The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out, with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire among the major artists tapped to mark the event's 45th anniversary over two weekends this spring. Jazz…

  19. Paul Rodgers, 'Walk on By': Exclusive Song Premiere Off 'The Royal Sessions'

    January 14, 2014 10:49 AM EST The rock vocalist talks new album, plus Bad Company and a (not-so-welcome) boxed set from his earlier band, Free. "There's 16 different versions of 'All Right Now.' Are you kidding me? Who needs that?" If Paul Rodgers has his way, his upcoming album "The Royal…

  20. Amiri Baraka, Poet and Activist, Dead at 79

    January 09, 2014 8:02 PM EST The writer authored several nonfiction music books in addition to recording his own music Amiri Baraka, the militant man of letters and tireless agitator whose blues-based, fist-shaking poems, plays and criticism made him a provocative and groundbreaking force in American culture, has died.…

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