1. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  2. 15-Year-Old Missing After Warped Tour Stop in Toronto

    July 08, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Concert-goers, promoters, crew, vendors and bands from Toronto’s Vans Warped Tour stop July 4 are being asked to come forward if they remember seeing someone fitting the description of Hannah Batty, or to check their cell phones for inadvertently snapped photos or videos that she…

  3. 'Ghostbusters' At 30: A Soundtrack Appreciation

    June 08, 2014 9:10 AM EDT It's spooky and it's kooky...and, no, we're not talking about the Addams Family. Thirty years ago this weekend on June 8, 1984, the world got its first taste of "Ghostbusters" -- the Ivan Reitman film starring Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis (who co-wrote the script) as…

  4. Michael Alig's Next Move? 'Club Kid Killer' Seeks Post-Prison Job

    May 09, 2014 5:57 PM EDT Even before Michael Alig, 48, was released from prison on May 5, after serving 17 years for first-degree manslaughter, speculation had turned to what the most notorious club kid of the 1990s would do for his next act. Based on interviews with friends, Alig, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to…

  5. 'Club Kid Killer' Michael Alig Celebrates Prison Release With Low-Key Affair in New York

    May 06, 2014 10:09 PM EDT After serving a 17-year sentence, the notorious 'Party Monster' reconnected with friends on a sober evening in Manhattan Michael Alig won’t be enjoying New York nightlife anytime soon. When the most infamous club kid of the 1990s was released from prison on Monday, after serving…

  6. DJ E-Z Rock, The Sugarhill Gang & More to Be Honored at Hip Hop Hall of Fame 2014

    May 06, 2014 10:48 AM EDT The Hip Hop Hall of Fame will honor a handful of legends at its awards show on Monday, May 19. The honorees to be inducted this year include The Sugar Hill Gang, Charles Ahearn and the film, "Wildstyle," Mr. Magic, Busy Bee, Spoonie G & The Treacherous Three, Sequence, Cornbread…

  7. Cage the Elephant, 'Come A Little Closer' Acoustic: Exclusive Video

    April 30, 2014 12:42 PM EDT The alt-rockers stop by Ernie Ball's Los Angeles showroom for an acoustic take of their No. 1 single Kentucky-based alt-rockers Cage the Elephant are still hard at work promoting last year's full length "Melophobia." They stopped by Los Angeles' Ernie Ball Showroom…

  8. 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Make First Billboard Hot 100 Appearance

    January 18, 2014 1:45 AM EST On Jan. 18, 1964, the Fab Four graced the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time, as 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' entered the Hot 100 at No. 45. Music, and our charts, would never be the same Fifty years ago today, the Beatles appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the…

  9. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  10. Yusuf Lateef, Jazz Legend, Dead at 93

    December 23, 2013 9:09 PM EST The multi-instrumentalist was known for a fusion of jazz and Eastern instrumentation Grammy-winning musician and composer Yusef Lateef, one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz, has died. He was 93. Lateef died Monday at his home in Shutesbury in western…

  11. Loretta Lynn Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom: 'She Gave Voice to a Generation'

    November 20, 2013 5:32 PM EST Loretta Lynn visited the White House on Wednesday and came away with the nation's highest civilian honor. President Barack Obama presented the Kentucky native, whose string of country hits include "The Pill" and "Fist City," with the Presidential Medal of…

  12. Kix Brooks Takes Turn as Leading Man in 'Ambush At Dark Canyon'

    November 11, 2013 4:50 PM EST Kix Brooks says there's an undeniable tie between the average country music demographic and westerns. "I think a lot of us grew up being fans of westerns and those old TV shows," he related to Billboard. "It's the cowboy hat, jeans, and boots, and it goes along with…

  13. Eddie Vedder Talks Cubs, the World Series and Giving His Boyhood Mitt to Ernie Banks

    October 23, 2013 1:00 PM EDT "I'm going to go to a Cubs World Series game -- and I'm taking care of my health in order to do so," the Pearl Jam frontman vows It's no secret that Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is a lifelong baseball fan, and when the singer recently spoke to Billboard for a…

  14. Pearl Jam Earns Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    October 23, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney, the Avett Brothers and more score Top 10 debuts Pearl Jam captures its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Lightning Bolt" strikes atop the chart, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pearl Jam's '…

  15. Pearl Jam to Soundtrack the World Series (Exclusive)

    October 11, 2013 12:12 PM EDT Pearl Jam's epic, rain-delayed set at Chicago's Wrigley Field in July won't be the only time the band connects with baseball in 2013. A partnership with Fox Sports will include extensive use of 48 Pearl Jam songs across the promotional and music beds for this month's…

  16. Pearl Jam's 'Lightning Bolt': Billboard Cover Story

    October 11, 2013 12:08 PM EDT Pearl Jam load the bases with an inspired new album, new tour, and a deal to soundtrack the World Series This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. The setting was perfect in ways both good and bad. About to debut songs from "Lightning…

  17. America's Labor Party: 26 Country Songs for the American Worker

    September 01, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Within this article you'll find a playlist of every song mentioned within -- 26 in all -- that we hope will give an appropriate spin to your Labor Day. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsletter, which you can subscribe to right here . When…

  18. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  19. MLB To Fete Aretha Franklin at ‘Beacon Awards’

    July 25, 2013 11:53 PM EDT Aretha Franklin and Bo Jackson will be honored at the 2013 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon next month. Major League Baseball announced Thursday that Franklin and Jackson will receive awards on Aug. 24 at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile before the annual Civil Rights Game. The White Sox…

  20. Pearl Jam Rocks Wrigley Field, Debuts New Songs Despite Rain Delay

    July 20, 2013 3:10 PM EDT After the rain, PJ played until 2am, debuted two new songs from upcoming album, "Lightning Bolt," and singer Eddie Vedder crowdsurfed. What began at 8:20pm as "An Evening With Pearl Jam" at the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field on Friday (July 19) stretched into an…

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