1. The Massage Therapist Kanye West, Katy Perry and More Pay to Bite (Yes, Bite) Them

    July 21, 2016 5:30 PM EDT There is the deep-tissue massage and then there is what Dorothy Stein delivers to big-name music industry clientele: the bite massage. Stein, 48, who has gone by the nickname "Dr. Dot" since Frank Zappa bestowed it on her in 1988, has been delivering her unusual form of body work --…

  2. Frank Zappa's Sons Dweezil & Ahmet Trade Heated Open Letters Over Estate Dispute

    May 19, 2016 3:29 PM EDT The feud among Frank Zappa 's heirs over the rights to their father's music, the filming of a documentary about his life and other matters escalated this week when Dweezil Zappa issued a multi-thousand-word rebuttal to his brother Ahmet's open letter to him on Facebook . In…

  3. Frank Zappa Doc Nabbed by Sony Pictures Classics

    January 23, 2016 2:07 PM EST 'Eat That Question -- Frank Zappa In His Own Words' zooms in on the iconoclastic composer-musician. Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed the new documentary on Frank Zappa . Eat That Question -- Frank Zappa In His Own Words , directed by Thorsten Schutte, zooms in on the iconoclastic…

  4. Frank Zappa Documentary Gets a Director

    July 23, 2015 5:03 PM EDT The project, aiming for a 2017 release, has the blessing of the Zappa Family Trust. The ground-breaking musician Frank Zappa will be the subject of a new documentary that Alex Winter is writing and directing with the cooperation of the Zappa Family Trust. He will produce the film alongside…

  5. Rewinding the Charts: 30 Years Ago, Sheena Easton Sexed Up Pop

    February 23, 2015 11:05 AM EST In 1985, the Scottish singer's suggestive 'Sugar Walls,' written by Prince, topped the Dance Club Songs chart and helped spawn the Parental Advisory labeling system. "It was such a great groove, even in the demo," says Sheena Easton of her double-entendre-laden hit…

  6. Chuck D Assists Record Store Day In Launching an Internet Radio Station

    January 27, 2015 8:10 AM EST Record Store Day has unveiled a partnership with DJ Skee 's DASH Radio, which RSD founder Michael Kurtz announced earlier this month at a planning meeting for this year's annual celebration of all things vinyl on Apr. 18.  DJ Skee Debuts DASH Radio, Taps East Village Radio Co…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 .…

  9. John Frusciante Q&A: On His Electronic Evolution and Why He's Done With Rock Bands

    August 19, 2013 3:15 PM EDT In an exclusive interview, Frusciante talks about his new EP of abstract electronic music, why he left the Chili Peppers and the "funnest musical collaboration I've ever had with anybody in my life" Guitarist John Frusciante, absent from the stage since quitting Red Hot Chili…

  10. Jazz Keyboardist George Duke Dead at 67

    August 06, 2013 6:14 PM EDT George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67. A representative for Duke said the performer died Monday night in Los Angeles. Duke was being treated for…

  11. Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dies

    January 10, 2013 9:15 AM EST Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival said Nobs, a native of Montreux, died Thursday…

  12. Ray Collins of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention Dies

    December 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST Ray Collins, a singer who co-founded the Mothers of Invention with Frank Zappa but left when "too much comedy" started appearing in the band's songs, died on Monday at a California hospital. He was 75. The Claremont, Calif. resident had been at Pomona Valley Hospital since…

  13. Alanis Morissette Brings 'Havoc,' Her 7th Album, in August

    May 02, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Alanis Morissette's next album will be her first release outside of Warner Music Group as Collective Sounds issues "Havoc and Bright Lights" on Aug. 28. It's her seventh studio album and first release in four years. Guy Sigsworth, who has worked with Morissette, Madonna…

  14. 12 No. 12 Rock Hits for 2012

    January 24, 2012 4:15 PM EST As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 high points on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain notable. Last week, we recalled No. 12-peaking country hits, including T.G. Sheppard's novelty track "Make My Day"…

  15. Moon Unit Zappa, Matchbox Twenty Guitarist Split

    January 04, 2012 10:01 PM EST Matchbox Twenty guitarist Paul Doucette and Moon Unit Zappa have called it quits, according to TMZ . Zappa, the daughter of musician Frank Zappa, filed divorce paperwork in Los Angeles County Superior Court last week. She cited irreconcilable differences. The former couple, who have a 7-year…

  16. Captain Beefheart Rarity Gets 2012 Release Date

    December 20, 2011 6:45 PM EST Captain Beefheart 's "Bat Chain Puller" will be released in January, 36 years after its intended release date, according to the Wire . The idiosyncratic act's lost album was reportedly shelved after a disagreement between producer Frank Zappa and DiscReet Records business…

  17. Rockin' Roads: Streets Named After Famous Musicians (Map)

    October 10, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Penny Lane. Thunder Road. Highway 61 Revisited. Plenty of roads, streets, boulevards and other locations have been immortalized in music, but what about the other way around? Join Billboard.com on an interactive rock'n'roll field trip around the world to see which musicians have…

  18. Captain Beefheart Dies at Age 69

    December 17, 2010 5:11 PM EST Musician and artist Don Van Vliet, who performed a complex brand of experimental rock under the name Captain Beefheart , died Friday. He was 69. The Michael Werner Gallery in New York confirmed Van Vliet's death in California due to complications stemming from multiple sclerosis. The…

  19. Frank Zappa Honored with Bust in Baltimore

    September 20, 2010 8:23 AM EDT Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore but gained greater popular acclaim in Europe than in the United States. On Sunday (Sept. 19), devout European fans of the late musician brought his mustachioed likeness back home in the form of a bronze bust. Several hundred fans gathered on a sweltering…

  20. '60s Anti-War Rocker Tuli Kupferberg Dies

    July 13, 2010 1:34 PM EDT T uli Kupferberg , a founding member of the Fugs , one of the first underground rock groups and a staple on the anti-war protest scene in the 1960s, has died. Kupferberg, who had suffered strokes in the past year, died Monday in a Manhattan hospital, said his friend and bandmate Ed Sanders.…

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