1. Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dead at 93

    April 07, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized ball of energy who starred as Andy Hardy, America’s boy next door, in 16 films for MGM — merely one highlight in an irrepressible and unimaginable nine-decade career in show business — has died. He was 93. Rooney's wife, Jan, told The Hollywood Reporter…

  2. AmEx Taps Maroon 5 for Live-Streamed Concert, Teams With iTunes Radio

    April 02, 2014 12:01 AM EDT American Express is deepening its ties to music with a pair of new initiatives, an intimate concert with Maroon 5 and a partnership with Apple’s iTunes Radio. The Maroon 5 event will be a live-streamed concert on June 20 as part of AmEx’s Epic EveryDay GetAway, a three-day event in New York…

  3. 'Roar,' 'Royals,' 'Radioactive': Why Hit Songs Now Have One-Word Titles

    March 26, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Simply named tunes are dominating the Billboard Hot 100. "Roar." "Royals." "Timber." "Demons." "Happy." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered…

  4. Jennifer Lopez to Receive GLAAD Vanguard Award

    March 24, 2014 3:03 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards next month, the LGBT advocacy organization announced Monday. The singer, producer and "American Idol" judge will be recognized with the Vanguard Award at the ceremony, which will be held at the Beverly Hilton on April 12.…

  5. Rolling Stones Panel at SXSW Clicks Into Musical Tribute

    March 14, 2014 4:07 AM EDT The Grammy Museum extended its 50 Years of the Rolling Stones panel at SXSW to a tribute concert Thursday at the Red Eyed Fly that featured a baker's dozen acts interpreting the music of the Rolling Stones. Acts alternated between the faithful and the fully re-imagined, the sturdiest…

  6. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard's 2014 Money Makers

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT In theater, a triple threat is an artist who has the chops to sing, dance and act. It's a different ballgame in the music biz, where touring and the two avenues of sales (physical and digital) reign supreme. In that regard, there's no artist more threat-ening than pop-country…

  7. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past year. Who makes the biggest bucks in music? Billboard’s annual Money Makers ranking of the top earners is more than a little bit country (Taylor storms in at No. 1), with plenty of hip-hop and a whole lot of rock’n’roll …

  8. Pam Tillis Brings Craig Morgan and Lorrie Morgan Along for 'Hee Haw' Tribute

    March 03, 2014 6:00 PM EST Pam Tillis – the soaring voice behind hits like "Maybe It Was Memphis" and "Mi Vida Loca" is getting to showcase another side to her world-class talent. Tillis is helping to organize Tuesday night's "Pop! Goes Rochelle" benefit for Nashville's Rochelle…

  9. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  10. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Beatles Songs

    February 09, 2014 8:05 AM EST On the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. breakthrough, readers share favorite Fab Four songs, covers, solo hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  11. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  12. Justin Bieber: What's Next?

    January 31, 2014 2:49 PM EST As one of music's top earners continues to struggle in public, Justin Bieber's label boss says it's time for an intervention. For a fleeting moment on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. ET seemed like an opportune time for Justin Bieber to premiere his latest music video, "…

  13. Renee Fleming Vows To Sing National Anthem Live at Super Bowl

    January 31, 2014 1:35 AM EST Renee Fleming says she only knows how to sing the national anthem one way: live. The 53-year-old opera singer will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Sunday's Super Bowl . She said in an interview Thursday she won't sing to a pre-recorded track and that she "wouldn…

  14. Alice in Chains Announces 21-Date Spring Tour

    January 28, 2014 7:52 PM EST Band continues to tour behind No. 2-peaking "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" To continue to commemorate the release of "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here," its No. 2-peaking 2013 studio album, Seattle rockers Alice in Chains will embark on an extensive U.S. tour throughout part…

  15. Mick Jagger: Rock Memoirs a 'Glutted Market'

    January 22, 2014 9:37 PM EST Mick Jagger is best known for his musical pursuits, of course -- his accomplishments as frontman of the Rolling Stones need no introduction. But lately, the singer is turning his attention to a new medium: TV and film. And rather than split time between his pursuits, Jagger is devoting the…

  16. How Anne Hathaway, Jenny Lewis Built Johnny Flynn's Musical Identity in 'Song One'

    January 22, 2014 2:41 PM EST Among the scripted films making their premieres at Sundance, one film stands out as the most musical: "Song One." Set in Brooklyn and including cameos from locals Elizabeth Zinman of Elizabeth and the Catapult, DJ Dan Deacon and gospel-blues singer Naomi Shelton, "Song One"…

  17. Bryan Ferry Reveals Eight-Date Tour Around Coachella

    January 20, 2014 5:56 PM EST Roxy Music frontman will tour North America coinciding with festival appearance After confirming an appearance at this year's Coachella, Bryan Ferry has announced a North American tour to coincide with his festival set. According to Exclaim , the Roxy Music frontman will take the stage…

  18. 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…

  19. CODE Picks of the Week: Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway, Elizabeth Rose, and More.

    December 06, 2013 3:31 PM EST Martin Garrix & Jay Hardway, “Wizard” [Spinnin] As his first single continues to rise at radio and on the charts, Garrix’s second – a collab with fellow Dutchman Hardway – gets an official release this week and it casts a spell indeed. Elizabeth Rose, “The Good Life” (Emoh Instead …

  20. Trace Adkins Brings His Christmas Show to Chicago: Live Review

    December 06, 2013 12:20 PM EST For close to two decades, Trace Adkins has been one of country music's most entertaining artists – both from a recording and a live standpoint. However, we at The 615 have always felt Adkins to be much more than just the man behind such high octane radio hits as "Honky Tonk…

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