1. Motley Crue’s Final Tour Is a Must-See: Here are Six(x) Reasons Why

    September 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT L.A.’s baddest boys are taking a full-throttle victory lap on their Final Tour. Roughly 15,000 people filled PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., on Aug. 30 to see Motley Crue before the band retires from the road. Motley Crue Reveals 'Dirt' Movie Details, Previews Final Tour &…

  2. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Katy Perry, Riff Raff, Usher, Raury & More

    August 27, 2014 5:19 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about everything from Katy Perry working with eccentric MC Riff Raff to Brad Paisley 's make-out song to insanely promising newcomers like Raury and Sofi de la Torre . We don't always agree with each other -- and…

  3. James Brown's Band 'Get On Up' for Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert: The Inside Story

    August 05, 2014 12:10 AM EDT To promote the James Brown biopic that opened Aug. 1, Get on Up , executive producer Peter Afterman called jazz bassist and big-time Godfather of Soul fan Christian McBride to ask if he had any ideas. McBride said he would think about it and a few minutes after hanging up, placed a call to…

  4. 'Get On Up' Gets James Brown's Manager Wrong

    August 03, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Warning: Spoilers ahead for the new Brown biopic. In a poignant scene in Get On Up , James Brown is shown shoveling dirt on his manager Ben Bart 's coffin. It’s a touching, rare moment in which Brown is shown caring for someone other than himself. Unfortunately, according to Bart’s son…

  5. Hundreds See James Brown Film Premiere In Augusta

    July 26, 2014 11:12 AM EDT Filmmakers and stars of the new James Brown movie have given the soul singer's hometown a first look at their finished work. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic The Augusta Chronicle reports the director and stars of the…

  6. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  7. Dire Straits Keyboardist Eyes New Music

    July 24, 2014 4:43 PM EDT "We've got an album, definitely," says Alan Clark current member of the Straits. If Alan Clark has his way, there will be more Dire Straits music in the future -- though not necessarily by Dire Straits. Clark, the group's keyboardist from 1980 until its dissolution in 1992…

  8. 'Get On Up' Star Chadwick Boseman Initially 'Didn't Want to Try' Playing James Brown

    July 22, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The "42" star took on the daunting task of playing the Godfather of Soul by working hard and taking things "one step at a time," his co-stars and director Tate Taylor told THR at the Universal biopic's debut at Harlem's Apollo Theater. To play James Brown, the…

  9. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Beck, SZA, Giorgio Moroder and More Day 1 Highlights

    July 19, 2014 9:27 AM EDT Now in its ninth year in Chicago's Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival has always been a hodgepodge of alternative music approved by the long-running reviews hub, but the 2014 incarnation boasts perhaps the most diverse lineup ever. Although the opening night of Pitchfork Fest only took…

  10. Kanye West Retracts Negative Comments on Photographer Annie Leibovitz

    June 20, 2014 3:50 AM EDT Kanye West is back at it again, this time backtracking on recent comments he made about photographer Annie Leibovitz while speaking at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, claiming his remarks "have been taken out of context and sensationalized." He told the…

  11. Kaskade Announces 'Redux' EP Digital Release: Watch Video 'Ain’t Gotta Lie' (Exclusive)

    June 10, 2014 12:00 PM EDT As much as he enjoys revisiting the past, even Kaskade can’t fully turn back time. Citing overwhelming fan demand, the American dance star today announced that his previously vinyl-only “Redux” EP would see digital release on June 24th. Mysteryland USA: Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Acres of…

  12. DJ Rashad Dead at 34 (Update)

    April 28, 2014 9:50 AM EDT UPDATE (May 1): A representative for DJ Rashad tells Billboard that the artist's cause of death is still inconclusive. Rashad's label Hyperdub indicates that a statement is forthcoming. Please hold fire on these latest reports of the causes of Rashad's death until we have an…

  13. DJ Rashad Remembered by Chance the Rapper, Jay Electronica, Disclosure, Others on Twitter

    April 27, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Following news on Saturday that Chicago footwork mastermind DJ Rashad died of a drug overdose at age 35, numerous artists have been paying their respects to the late DJ on Twitter. DJ Rashad Dies of Drug Overdose On April 26, DJ Godfather was scheduled to perform with Rashad, along with DJ…

  14. Barack Obama Pays Tribute to Frankie Knuckles In Letter to Late DJ's Family

    April 22, 2014 2:41 PM EDT Obama praised Knuckles for being a "trailblazer in his field" and helping "open minds and bring people together." Three weeks following the death of Frankie Knuckles , a letter has surfaced from President Barack Obama that pays tribute to the late Chicago DJ/producer and…

  15. Top 15 Coachella Performances Ever

    April 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 15 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals. On April 11 -- and then again on April 18 -- thousands of sun-worshipping music fans will head out to…

  16. Kaskade Remembers Frankie Knuckles, Godfather Of House: 'He Was Flawless'

    April 04, 2014 3:00 PM EDT DJ and fellow Chicagoan Kaskade remembers the man who “built the foundation” of EDM. I discovered Frankie Knuckles at age 15 when I was living in Chicago. It was around 1984 or 1985, and house music was really cutting its teeth. I had started going to these juke bars and teen bars, one of…

  17. Giorgio Moroder Talks About Daft Punk's Dedication to Him: Watch

    April 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Giorgio Moroder, the godfather of disco, took a break from the Ultra Music Festival to hang with Billboard at the Red Bull Guest House to talk to Kerri Mason about last year’s collaboration with Grammy-winning disco revivalists Daft Punk. “I was absolutely thrilled and surprised,” Moroder…

  18. Frankie Knuckles: Remembering a Chicago House Icon

    April 01, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The international dance music community is mourning the loss of one of its founders and most beloved figures today. Grammy Award-winning producer and DJ Frankie Knuckles unexpectedly died last night due to complications from diabetes. Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House, Mourned by Dance…

  19. Frankie Knuckles' Top Billboard Club Hits

    April 01, 2014 2:49 PM EDT In honor of the passing of the 'Godfather of House Music,' we've ranked his biggest hits on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart Frankie Knuckles was revered as the "Godfather of House Music," and his impressive history on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart…

  20. Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House, Mourned by Dance Community

    April 01, 2014 10:08 AM EDT DJ/ producer Frankie Knuckles, widely revered as the “Godfather of House,” passed away last night (March 31) due to complications with diabetes. Having pioneered the sound of house music with his groundbreaking productions and DJ sets at legendary venues such as Chicago's Music Box and…

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