1. Live Aid Turns 30: U2, Madonna, Led Zeppelin Reunion & More Highlights

    July 13, 2015 5:13 PM EDT It’s hard to believe 30 years have passed since Live Aid. The monumental charity concert, which raised funds for famine relief in Africa, featured a laundry list of '80s artists that now reads like a music fan’s dream concert. The event was held on July 13, 1985, simultaneously in London…

  2. The Rolling Stones' Iconic 'Sticky Fingers' Reissue and 'From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971' DVD Give a Vintage Front-Row View: Review

    June 25, 2015 1:57 PM EDT The Rolling Stones are possibly the most fiscally fit rock band in history, so it's wildly out-of-character that they've been so lax about digging into their voluminous vaults. While everyone else was cleaning out their closets during the halcyon boxed set era of the 1990s, it'…

  3. Billboard Cover: Eddie Van Halen on Surviving Addiction, Why He's Still Making Music and What He Really Thinks of David Lee Roth (and Other Past Van Halen Bandmates)

    June 19, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Eddie Van Halen doesn't listen to music.  This is not a fake-out or a misdirection, nor is it a seemingly straightforward statement that actually means its opposite. Eddie Van Halen does not listen to music. “I don’t listen to anything,” he tells me from a greenish couch inside 5150, the…

  4. Lady Gaga Sings Linda Perry, Stephen Colbert Honors Toby Keith, Zac Brown Fetes the Grateful Dead At Songwriters Hall Of Fame Ceremony

    June 19, 2015 5:20 AM EDT In the men’s room of New York's Marriott Marquis hotel just before the start of the 46th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, one man said, “Anyone know any jokes?” Another replied, “I got a check from Pandora for $1.89 -- for six million plays.” He was joking, or at least…

  5. Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' No. 1 on Hot 100, OMI's 'Cheerleader' Hits Top 10

    June 17, 2015 3:15 PM EDT 'Again' leads for a ninth week, holding off Taylor Swift's former No. 1 'Bad Blood.' Plus, OMI charges into the top 10 with 'Cheerleader.' Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 soundtrack smash "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, tops the…

  6. Veteran Texas Musician Mike Flanigin Teams Up With ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons on 'The Drifter': Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 17, 2015 1:11 PM EDT Veteran Texas sideman Mike Flanigin made his first-ever solo album, The Drifter , with a little help from his friends. And after 25 years of playing, including a residency with Austin's famed Antone's house band, that list is impressive. The Drifter , due out Aug. 21, features…

  7. Rolling Stones Release Alternate 'Brown Sugar' Version Featuring Eric Clapton

    June 02, 2015 7:54 PM EDT For years Rolling Stones fans have known of a bootleg version of "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton on slide guitar, but finally the dream collaboration is getting an official release. Rolling Stones Share Alternate 'Dead Flowers' Version With Much Different…

  8. Mumford & Sons' 'Wilder Mind' Retains U.K. Chart Crown

    May 18, 2015 5:28 AM EDT Mumford & Sons secured a second week atop the U.K. album chart with Wilder Mind  (Gentlemen of the Road/Universal Island), while OMI's Felix Jaehn remix of “Cheerleader” (Ultra) leads the singles market for a third week. Last night’s (May 17) new Official Charts Company information…

  9. B.B. King Spotify Streams Jump 9,800 Percent

    May 15, 2015 6:46 PM EDT After B.B. King ’s death on Thursday, fans are flocking to rediscover the legendary blues musician’s extensive catalog. Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at 89 Global streams of the musician’s works have skyrocketed 9,800 percent on Spotify in the past 24 hours, according to the streaming…

  10. Watch Eric Clapton's Touching B.B. King Tribute Video: 'He Was a Beacon'

    May 15, 2015 11:00 AM EDT The video also comes with a listening recommendation from King’s catalog. Blues legend B.B. King died last night (May 14) in Las Vegas at the age of 89. To say goodbye and reflect on King's accomplishments, fellow guitar legend  Eric Clapton  posted a homemade video to his…

  11. 'I Intend To Do It for As Long As Possible': B.B. King Reflects on His Career (Q&A from the Archives)

    May 15, 2015 8:24 AM EDT B.B. King, who has died at age 89 , was profiled with this in-depth interview in Billboard on the occasion of his 80th birthday in 2005.   He is an icon, a musician whose first initials alone separate him from a legion of both admirers and wannabes. His name has become a brand for his own…

  12. Eric Clapton Celebrates 70th Birthday By Rocking Madison Square Garden

    May 04, 2015 1:34 AM EDT It was Eric Clapton's birthday celebration, but it was the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden that got a gift as the guitar god enthralled during a two-hour concert that included some of his biggest hits and guest stars including John Mayer . There was no cake or "Happy…

  13. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2002, Kylie Minogue Returned to the Top 10

    March 16, 2015 8:05 AM EDT Thirteen years ago, 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' brought the star back to heights she'd last reached in 1988. Plus, remembering chart feats by the Beatles, Joan Jett and Diddy. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of…

  14. Father Ray Kelly Talks YouTube Stardom & Balancing the Priesthood With Music

    January 16, 2015 11:41 AM EST Last April, a video surfaced on YouTube of an unassuming Catholic priest singing Leonard Cohen 's tragic classic "Hallelujah" at a wedding ceremony (good thing the lyrics were changed). Father Ray Kelly renders the song in near pitch-perfection, letting slip an impish grin at…

  15. Hear Eric Clapton's Gentle Tribute to Jack Bruce, 'For Jack'

    October 28, 2014 8:27 PM EDT Following the death of Cream 's Jack Bruce last week, his former bandmate Eric Clapton has shared an instrumental song dedicated to his friend.  Jack Bruce Fondly Remembered by Cream Bandmates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker Clapton posted the track to his Facebook page Sunday, along…

  16. Jack Bruce Fondly Remembered by Cream Bandmates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker

    October 26, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Following the death of Cream bassist Jack Bruce , numerous musical artists have shared their memories and condolences, including former Cream guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker . Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician: An Appreciation "He was a great…

  17. Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician: An Appreciation

    October 25, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Jack Bruce , the virtuoso bassist, bandleader, songwriter and singer best known for his tenure with Cream during the 1960s, passed away Saturday (Oct. 24) at the age of 71. Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dies at 71 A message on Bruce's official website Saturday confirmed, "It is…

  18. Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dies at 71

    October 25, 2014 12:04 PM EDT British musician Jack Bruce , best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream , has died. He was 71. Jack Bruce, 'Reach for the Night': Song Premiere From Cream Star's First Album in a Decade Publicist Claire Singers said Saturday Bruce died at his home in Suffolk,…

  19. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  20. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Justin Timberlake Brings 'SexyBack' To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2006, JT topped the Billboard Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Fergie, Mariah Carey and Eric Clapton Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Sept. 8, 2007 On break from the Black Eyed…

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