1. IMS Engage 2015 Announces Lyor Cohen, Jake Udell, Seth Troxler and Chuck D for Unmoderated Debate

    February 17, 2015 12:38 PM EST After a heated 2014 conference, the International Music Summit's L.A. installment announces a panel of notoriously 'outspoken' industry leaders. IMS Engage, the annual electronic music conference hosted by the International Music Summit, will return to Hollywood for its third…

  2. SXSW: Tower Records, Brian Wilson, Gloria Trevi & Jaco Pastorius Films on the Lineup

    February 03, 2015 2:54 PM EST Colin Hanks' long-awaited documentary on Tower Records, a film on the manager of the Doors and Ramones , and a rarely seen film focused on Leon Russell 's Oklahoma years in the early 1970s are among the selections this year at the South by Southwest  Film Conference and…

  3. Billboard Cover: Behind the Scenes With Katy Perry as She Rehearses for the Super Bowl -- 'The Biggest Event of My Career'

    January 30, 2015 9:00 AM EST Backstage at the top-secret rehearsals for the biggest gig in American showbiz, in a large, stuffy room marked "Wardrobe," a dozen or so half-naked female dancers wriggle into candy-colored, body-hugging costumes and pull on matching socks and sneakers. At the center…

  4. One Direction, Lucian Grainge, Calvin Harris Make List Of Top 500 Influential Brits

    January 27, 2015 1:17 AM EST Pop stars One Direction , Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran join Simon Cowell and Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge among the music biz players who cracked the annual Debrett's 500 list of the most influential people in the U.K. Also making the list are electronic music producers Calvin…

  5. Jennifer Hudson Is Heading to Broadway

    January 09, 2015 5:30 PM EST The Oscar and Grammy winner will play the role of flamboyant juke-joint singer Shug Avery in 'The Color Purple' Jennifer Hudson will be singing and shimmying on Broadway this fall. The Oscar winner and American Idol season 3 alum will star as juke-joint singer Shug Avery in a New…

  6. Happy Birthday, David Bowie! Celebrate By Revisiting 10 Classic Tracks

    January 08, 2015 11:23 AM EST In an interview with Russell Harty in 1973, David Bowie was asked what he thought of David Bowie. "I'm a collector. I collect personalities, ideas. I seem to draw a lot of fantasies out of people," Bowie said. He later spoke to Playboy in 1976 about his often questioned…

  7. 'Side Show' Packs Up Its Tent Early on Broadway

    December 12, 2014 11:12 AM EST Seventeen years to the day since its original production closed after a commercially disastrous run of just three and a half months, the lavish Broadway reboot of Side Show will make an even swifter exit. Producers have confirmed a Jan. 4 closing date for the bio-musical about the search…

  8. Tony Winner Jessie Mueller to Take 'Waitress' Job

    December 01, 2014 1:41 AM EST Jessie Mueller , the fast-rising Broadway star who won a lead actress Tony Award this year for the title role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical , may be turning her talents from songwriting to baked goods. According to an unconfirmed report in The New York Times , Mueller has identified…

  9. 'August Rush' Bound for Broadway

    November 25, 2014 8:21 PM EST The new musical is adapted from the 2007 film about a music prodigy, which starred Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. Add another title to the long list of movies getting the musical makeover treatment. The 2007 release, August Rush , which starred Freddie Highmore as an orphaned second…

  10. Ferguson Decision: Hip-Hop Community & Other Artists React

    November 24, 2014 10:17 PM EST Rihanna, Katy Perry, Killer Mike, Q-Tip, Hayley Williams, Alicia Keys and many more speak out. The death of Michael Brown has been a rallying cry in the hip-hop community since the unarmed teen was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer back in August. Monday night (Nov. 24)…

  11. Exclusive Sneak Peek From The Rolling Stones' $10,000 Photo Book

    November 14, 2014 5:10 PM EST The Rolling Stones are not just the world's greatest rock 'n, roll band, they also are its most well-documented. That's not just a mattter of longevity (52 years and counting). The Stones recognized the power of the camera right from the start: the U.K. cover of their…

  12. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  13. Houses of the Holy: Where the Music Biz Celebrates the Jewish High Holidays

    September 23, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Tonight we're gonna party like it's 5775. Here's where some of the music machers and/or mensches celebrate the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Sept. 24-26 and Yom Kippur (day of atonement) Oct. 3-4. Nashuva (Founder’s Church of Religious Science, 3281 W.…

  14. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  15. Radio One, REVOLT, Motown Execs Among Living Legends Foundation Honorees

    August 12, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Radio One/TV One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes, REVOLT Media & TV CEO Keith Clinkscales and Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam, are among those named to be receive honors at this year's Living Legends Foundation Awards Celebration. The show will be held on Oct. 3 at…

  16. Shooting Death of Unarmed Youth, an Aspiring Musician, Triggers Looting in Missouri

    August 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday…

  17. Hiding No More: Kiesza Crashes Top 10 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    July 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The singer climbs with her debut hit 'Hideaway.' Plus, action for Borgore, Martin Garrix, Bingo Players and Christian music icon Amy Grant. Kiesza enters the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10, as her breakthrough hit "Hideaway" hikes 11-9. The Calgary native's early-&…

  18. EDM Power Players: The Executives

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Pasquale Rotella Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events More than a year ago, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to buy a piece of Insomniac Events,…

  19. Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70

    June 27, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul singer Bobby Womack, whose music was covered by, among others, the Rolling Stones, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the news of his passing this morning to The Hollywood Reporter. He was suffering from…

  20. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. We reflect on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT understanding, acceptance and…

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