1. Tommy Overstreet Takes Different 'Road' in New Book After Memoir 'Bored Me to Tears'

    February 08, 2014 9:44 AM EST In the late 1990s, veteran country performer Tommy Overstreet completed his autobiography. But, nobody ever read the book. The singer told Billboard there was a good reason for that. "After I read it, it bored me to tears," he said.  "I decided I wasn't going to do…

  2. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  3. KISS Frontman Gene Simmons To Appear in ‘CSI’

    January 30, 2014 5:13 AM EST CSI is adding a rocker. KISS frontman Gene Simmons is heading to CBS' long-running procedural during the 14th season in a cameo, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. “We're really excited to have Gene Simmons guest-starring on CSI, playing himself in a rock-and-roll…

  4. Brooks & Dunn's Ronnie Dunn: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 22, 2014 11:51 AM EST Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. Brooks & Dunn won best country vocal performance by a duo or group for 1996's "My Maria." RONNIE DUNN: “I was hesitant to record ‘My Maria’—it had…

  5. Vance Joy Makes Progress on Debut Album, Cracks U.K. Top 40

    January 14, 2014 12:36 AM EST Vance Joy’s surname pretty-well nails it. Just 12 months ago, the Australian singer-songwriter was well-off the radar in his homeland. Fast forward to now, and his young career has truly lifted off. Standing at 6’5,” Joy (real name James Keogh) had a big 2013. He signed a multi-album…

  6. Van Halen's '1984' At 30: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    January 09, 2014 3:40 PM EST Who could have imagined that a synthesizer, and not a guitar, would put Van Halen over the top? But that was indeed the case when the first blast of Oberheim OB-Xa announced the arrival of "Jump" and the quartet's leap into the rock superstar strata with the album "1984,…

  7. KISS to Play L.A.'s First-Ever Outdoor Hockey Game at Dodger Stadium

    January 03, 2014 2:41 AM EST Gene Simmons and his rock band KISS are set to perform at Dodger Stadium as part of the NHL 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series. The first-ever outdoor hockey game in Los Angeles puts the Los Angeles Kings against the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 25. The veteran rock act will perform before the game…

  8. Brantley Gilbert Hits New Country Chart Highs

    December 27, 2013 11:10 AM EST The singer is the toast of three tallies with new single "Bottoms Up" Brantley Gilbert makes his highest debuts on three Billboard song charts and posts his first No. 1 and best sales week on Country Digital Songs with "Bottoms Up," the lead single from his upcoming…

  9. Kiss Frontman Paul Stanley Hails Rock Hall 'Victory,' Talks Ace Frehley and Peter Criss

    December 17, 2013 4:56 PM EST Kiss is letting bygones be bygones with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After years of some charged rhetoric from the band members over Kiss' exclusion, Paul Stanley tells Billboard that news the group will be inducted as part of the class of 2014 is "terrific" and…

  10. '12 Years a Slave' Leads a Soundtrack Revival

    December 11, 2013 9:38 AM EST Film studios are providing a rare fourth quarter in which honest-to-god musical history is explored in fact-based scripted films. "Saving Mr. Banks," the story of how Walt Disney turned the Mary Poppins stories into a musical with Richard and Robert Sherman, and "Inside…

  11. 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…

  12. Gene Kelly's 'Singin' in the Rain' Suit Up For Sale

    December 03, 2013 2:44 AM EST A memorabilia collector is selling the gray wool suit Gene Kelly wore as he joyously danced in a downpour in the Hollywood musical "Singin' in the Rain." The suit is expected to sell for more than $20,000 when Heritage Auctions offers it up Friday in Dallas. Memorabilia…

  13. Ask Billboard: Why Aren't Power Ballads So Powerful Anymore?

    November 29, 2013 4:05 PM EST An analysis of why slow songs ruled top 40 in the late '80s but don't, for the most part, now. Plus, Hall & Oates' top 10 hits and Tom Wopat, 'Luke Duke' himself, stops by As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  14. The Top 30 Jewish Musicians

    November 27, 2013 1:05 PM EST Christmas classics may vastly out-number Hanukkah hits, but there's been no shortage of Jewish artists that have topped the Billboard charts over the years. With Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, beginning on the evening of Wednesday, November 27, now is the perfect time…

  15. Adam Levine to Be People's Sexiest Man Alive

    November 15, 2013 4:21 PM EST Adam Levine is set to be named People's Sexiest Man Alive, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The "Voice" judge and Maroon 5 lead singer will be revealed as the magazine's choice next week. Related Articles Shirtless Selfies: Pop Stars Go Topless Adam Levine is Back in…

  16. Alabama Rocks the Ryman: Live Review

    November 04, 2013 8:57 AM EST Should Alabama lead singer Randy Owen ever forget the words to any of his hit songs while on the band's 40th anniversary "Back To The Bowery" tour, he need not worry. More than likely, the audience will have his back. Sunday night, the Country Music Hall of Fame band opened…

  17. Drake's Tour Style Inspired By Marky Mark & Clouds, Says Calvin Klein's Italo Zucchelli

    October 30, 2013 4:22 PM EDT Rocking customized Calvin Klein Collection looks inspired by Italo Zucchelli’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Drake hit the stage for his Would You Like a Tour show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on October 28. The Toronto artist's sold-out show featured guests like Busta…

  18. Norah Jones And Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Prep Everly Brothers-Inspired Album

    October 23, 2013 4:45 PM EDT "Foreverly" puts a modern spin on the country folk standards from the Everly Brothers' "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us" On Nov. 25, Norah Jones and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will team up to release "Foreverly," a modern-day reworking of the Everly…

  19. Musical of 'An American in Paris' Coming to Broadway?

    October 18, 2013 12:19 AM EDT A stage musical based on the film "An American in Paris" with music by George and Ira Gershwin is aiming for Broadway in 2015 after a stop in - where else? - Paris next December. Producers said Thursday the new work will be directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and…

  20. The Rascals Q&A: On Returning to Broadway and the Genius of Steven Van Zandt

    October 09, 2013 2:30 PM EDT An announcement is expected soon that the Rascals will return to Broadway with their "Once Upon a Dream" show for a three-week run beginning Dec. 16. Before they do shows at the Marriott Marquis Theater, however, the four original members will be finishing up their first North…

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