1. Norah Jones Pays Tribute to Blue Note's Bruce Lundvall at Farm Aid Benefit

    May 20, 2015 4:17 PM EDT In a rare solo piano performance Tuesday night at New York’s City Winery , Norah Jones played a benefit to raise funds for Farm Aid, the music-industry-backed group that supports American farmers and the Good Food movement. “This is the longest solo piano gig I’ve played since college,”…

  2. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 8 Girls Keep Motown Week Swinging

    March 05, 2015 11:31 PM EST As "Motown Week" continues on American Idol , Jennifer Lopez , Keith Urban , and Harry Connick Jr . return to the Fillmore in Detroit to hear the top eight girls perform for their shot at season 14's top 12. Just as with the boys last night, Ryan Seacrest reveals who made…

  3. Veteran Concert Promoter Ron Delsener Dishes on His Milestone-Packed Career Booking David Bowie, The Beatles and More

    November 17, 2014 3:00 PM EST The recipient of Billboard's Golden Circle Award discusses his milestone-packed 50-year career as a concert promoter. What are some of the memorable shows you’ve booked? Ron Delsener: There are thousands of them: the Halloween celebrations that Frank Zappa did at the Palladium; David…

  4. Jazz Pianist Paul Smith Dies at 91

    July 03, 2013 1:17 AM EDT Paul Smith, a jazz pianist, composer and arranger who worked with such greats as Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole and Dizzy Gillespie, has died at 91. Publicist Alan Eichler tells the Los Angeles Times that Smith died Saturday at a Torrance hospital. Smith began studying classical…

  5. Katy Perry on Being Billboard's Woman of the Year: Watch

    November 29, 2012 9:30 AM EST Even after Katy Perry 's tireless run of chart-topping successes, being named Billboard's Woman of the Year came as a shock. "I thought my year was over!" she laughed in a new interview. "It does feel like this record has never ended." Katy Debuts 'Wide…

  6. Rod Stewart: I Thought Christmas Album Was 'Beneath Me'

    October 30, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Music legend's 'Merry Christmas, Baby' is out now, with one original tune, "Red-Suited Super Man." Rod Stewart says his two latest releases -- a holiday album and a memoir -- are both projects that he's been "putting off for some time" but is pleased to…

  7. Rod Stewart Returns to HSN for First Holiday Album

    September 17, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Two years ago, Rod Stewart smashed previous figures at HSN with his exclusive debut of "Fly Me to the Moon... The Great American Songbook: Volume V," moving more than 25,000 units during his hour-long performance and sales pitch, according to HSN. The singer remains the largest…

  8. Elle Varner & Reps Talk 'Perfectly Imperfect' Album

    August 07, 2012 4:25 PM EDT What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it... but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potentially jarring combination. People have not only…

  9. Op-Ed: Brian McKnight & the Fear of His Explicit Slow Jam

    May 17, 2012 11:55 AM EDT "Will he break my heart a little more by performing THAT song?" was my first, and focal, thought when attending Brian McKnight 's first night of a three-night concert series at New York City's Blue Note jazz club on Wednesday (May 16). It seemed far from a coincidence that…

  10. Etta James, Soul Icon, Dies at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:40 AM EST Etta James , the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera , is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Honoring Etta James: 7 Versions of 'At Last…

  11. Scott Weiland Honors 'The Golden Era' on Christmas Album

    November 01, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Bing Crosby , Burl Ives , Jose Feliciano and... Scott Weiland? OK, the Stone Temple Pilots frontman may not be the first name you think of when it comes to Christmas music, but with the release of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Weiland assures us that his holiday credentials…

  12. Best of Andy Rooney: Lady Gaga Who?

    September 27, 2011 11:31 PM EDT We're just now absorbing the news that Andy Rooney will rant no more following this Sunday's edition of "60 Minutes," so in celebration of 33 years of curmudgeon-y goodness, let's revisit one of his crankiest moments in recent memory. Back on May 9, 2010, the then-91…

  13. Video Premiere: Amy Winehouse & Tony Bennett's 'Body and Soul'

    September 14, 2011 9:51 AM EDT Here's your first look at what could've been. The video for "Body and Soul," Tony Bennett 's duet with Amy Winehouse , was released Wednesday, on what would have been the young singer's 28th birthday. The track, Winehouse's final recording before her death…

  14. Rolling Stones' Really Big 'Ed Sullivan' Shows Getting Released: Exclusive

    September 07, 2011 10:20 AM EDT All 17 of the Rolling Stones ' performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" will be released Nov. 1 in a deluxe package from Universal Music Enterprises and Sofa Entertainment. An abridged version of the Stones on "Sullivan" will be released Oct. 4. The deluxe edition,…

  15. Amy Winehouse VMA Tribute Led by High-Energy Bruno Mars Performance

    August 28, 2011 11:55 PM EDT MTV's VMA tribute to Amy Winehouse did not feature a certain U.K. songstress with big hair and an even bigger voice (ahem, Adele); nor did it include a certain Mother Monster, who, upon hearing of Winehouse's death, described just how much hope Amy had given her . Rather, the VMA…

  16. Smokey Robinson Tapped for ELLA Award: 'I'm Very Honored By This'

    August 09, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Smokey Robinson first met Ella Fitzgerald some 50 years ago and calls her "my mom, just such a wonderful lady. I loved her so much, and she was always so sweet to me." Now he's getting an award named in Fitzgerald's honor. The Motown legend will be the recipient of the…

  17. Billboard Bits: Gaga Fans Harass Black Keys Drummer, Coldplay Denies Plagiarism Charges

    June 07, 2011 6:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Black Keys Drummer Attacked by Lady Gaga Fans on Twitter After the Black Keys ' Patrick Carney offered jokes comparing Lady Gaga to Madonna on two different occasions, Gaga fans turned vitriolic, sending a…

  18. All Time Low Do Some 'Dirty Work' With Rivers Cuomo, The-Dream

    June 07, 2011 4:20 PM EDT A ll Time Low knows how to write a monster hook and a shout-out-loud chorus, but that doesn't mean its members can't get a few tips from the master. "Working with Rivers [Cuomo] was amazing," All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth tells Billboard.com. The outcome of that…

  19. 29 Black Music Milestones: Ray Charles' 'Georgia' Becomes State Song

    February 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST While the song "Georgia On My Mind" had been around for thirty years when Ray Charles -- at the suggestion of his driver -- learned the words and recorded it in 1960, it wasn't until the piano man sang the tune that it became a hit... and the official Georgia state song. On…

  20. Heather Williams: Artists To Watch 2011

    January 24, 2011 11:43 AM EST Heather Williams Genre: Christian Singer/songwriter Heather Williams describes her songs as "conversations" from her life. Williams grew up in poverty and suffered abuse-even being chained to a tree as punishment-before her mother gave her away when she was 11. Living with her…

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