1. Madonna Movie 'Adé: A Love Story' Finds Its Writer

    November 18, 2014 5:00 PM EST Dianne Houston ('Take the Lead') has signed on to adapt Rebecca Walker’s memoir for a film that is now seeking financial backers. The Madonna movie Adé: A Love Story has found its writer. Dianne Houston ( Take the Lead ) has signed on to adapt Rebecca Walker ’s memoir for the big…

  2. Pharrell, John Mayer & More Salute Bill Clinton's Love of Jazz in L.A.

    November 10, 2014 3:37 PM EST Former president received the Thelonious Monk Institute's Maria Fisher Founder's Award on Sunday. Herbie Hancock , Kevin Spacey , Quincy Jones and a litany of major jazz musicians saluted President Bill Clinton on Sunday at L.A.'s Dolby Theater for his efforts in using jazz…

  3. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  4. Calvin Harris & Big Sean's 'Open Wide' Video: Guns, Blood & Ballet

    October 27, 2014 3:24 PM EDT With a week to go until Calvin Harris ' star-studded fourth studio album Motion hits, the Scottish superstar DJ has shared a new video for his Big Sean collaboration "Open Wide." "Open Wide" is essentially the same track as "C.U.B.A.," a demo he teased…

  5. 'Motown the Musical' Feels the Love Back in the Motor City

    October 22, 2014 1:58 AM EDT "The Motown family cannot NOT love each other," Berry Gordy, Jr. recently told Billboard. And there was certainly plenty of love in the room on Tuesday night when Gordy and dozens of Motown alumni -- artists, musicians executives, recording engineers, secretaries and more --…

  6. Raul Midon Returns With 'Don't Hesitate'

    October 01, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Set includes Bill Withers co-write; cover of Who classic 'I Can See for Miles.' At one point in the insightful 2009 film Still Bill , the legendary Bill Withers is shown co-writing a song with fellow singer/songwriter/musician Raul Midón . Now the pair's collaboration is…

  7. Why the Replacements Went Home to Minneapolis After 23 Years

    September 19, 2014 5:19 PM EDT When the front desk person at the Marriott hotel in downtown Minneapolis asked, "What brings you to town?," I would have won instant acceptance, or at least comprehension, if I had answered "a secret Prince concert." Or better yet: "The Vikings game. Hurts about…

  8. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  9. Chicago Radio Personality Roy Leonard Dies at 83

    September 05, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Longtime Chicago radio and TV personality Roy Leonard , who introduced listeners and viewers to some of America's biggest celebrities as they were just getting started, has died. He was 83. Leonard was well known around the Midwest for his decades of talk radio, celebrity interviews and…

  10. Country Legend Ronnie Milsap Releasing 21-Disc Box Set

    September 05, 2014 5:37 PM EDT This fall promises to be a monumental one for Ronnie Milsap . Next week will see the Academy of Country Music give him a Career Achievement Award at the ACM Honors ceremony in Nashville, and in October, the singer will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame's 2014 class,…

  11. Wayne Haun Leads GMA Dove Awards Nominees

    August 13, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Gospel awards air Oct. 7 from Nashville. The Gospel Music Association announced the nominations for the 45th annual GMA Dove Awards on Wednesday (Aug. 13). The awards show will take place Oct. 7 at Allen Arena in Nashville at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network.…

  12. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  13. Al Jarreau Salutes George Duke on New Star-Packed Album

    August 05, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The late musician’s influential legacy is saluted on 'My Old Friend,' featuring guests Lalah Hathaway, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Albright and more. It’s a year to the day (Aug. 5) since the untimely death of revered Grammy-winning keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke .…

  14. A Tribute to Country Crooner Jim Reeves on the 50th Anniversary of His Death

    August 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Jim Reeves was at the top of his game. He was moving up the charts with his latest RCA Victor single, ‘I Guess I’m Crazy,” and was returning from a business trip to Batesville, Ark., on July 31, 1964. At the controls of his Beechcraft Debonair, he made contact with airport officials, telling…

  15. Hilary Duff Plays the Adorkable Card in 'Chasing The Sun' Video: Watch

    July 29, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Hilary Duff has officially returned after a seven-year break from music with "Chasing The Sun," which received an aw-shucks cute clip on Tuesday (July 29) in which the 26-year-old daydreams about rollicking on the beach while stuck in a cramped cubicle. With glasses, a polka dot…

  16. Singer-Songwriter Dale Watson: Trucking Music Isn't Dead

    July 28, 2014 4:20 PM EDT If you're thinking of calling Dale Watson a country singer, think again. On the cover of the singer-songwriter's recently released 3-CD box set entitled  The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy  is a sticker that says “File Under Ameripolitan.” So, what exactly does that mean? “I don’t even…

  17. Hilary Duff Teases New Single ‘Chasing the Sun’ with Beach Photos, Skywriting Promo: Listen

    July 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Newly signed RCA Records artist Hilary Duff took advantage of the lovely summer weather on Saturday (July 26) by sharing an adorable video of her son dancing on the beach to a snippet of her upcoming new single “Chasing the Sun.” Hilary Duff Signs to RCA Records The brief Instagram video …

  18. Hilary Duff Signs to RCA Records

    July 23, 2014 7:29 PM EDT First single, "Chasing the Sun," set to bow July 29, album due out in fall. Following in the footsteps of her former Disney labelmate Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff has signed a recording deal with RCA Records. Her first single "Chasing the Sun," written by Colbie Caillat,…

  19. 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…

  20. Fantasia Q&A: 'Still Full of Joy' Ten Years In, Talks Fifth Album & 'After Midnight'

    June 18, 2014 11:15 AM EDT It's been a busy seven months for Fantasia . The singer/songwriter began starring in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical "After Midnight," which bowed last November. Then she and the cast — with Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle —  opened the Tony Awards . "I was so happy…

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