1. Funeral Held for Fallen Poet and Activist Amiri Baraka

    January 18, 2014 6:50 PM EST A cacophony of bagpipes, African drums and jazz riffs creatively blended -- much like the elements of an Amiri Baraka poem -- at the Saturday funeral for the activist-writer and a founder of the Black Arts Movement, who died earlier this month . The service, held at Newark Symphony Hall,…

  2. Joe Henry Has New Solo Album, Johnny Cash Project Lined Up for 2014

    December 17, 2013 8:00 AM EST After spending the past few years producing albums for Bonnie Raitt, Meshell Ndegeocello, Billy Bragg, Hugh Laurie, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr, Over the Rhine and others, Joe Henry plans to return to the artist realm in 2014 with a new set called "Invisible Hour." "I'm…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. CODE First Play: MAKJ & Henry Fong, 'Encore'

    November 26, 2013 11:25 AM EST Mackenzie Johnson is on a roll. The 23 year-old DJ and producer known as MAKJ played TomorrowWorld’s main stage, opened for Bingo Players on their Rattle & Roll Tour, and wrapped up an official remix for Nervo. And that’s just since September. He teams with another rising star producer…

  6. CODE Picks of the Week: Baauer & RL Grime, HNNY and More

    November 15, 2013 3:01 PM EST Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below and tell us what you think in the comments section. Baauer & RL Grime, “Infinite Daps” [Priority Records] “Epic” and “trap” don't usually go together, but young princes…

  7. Nickel Creek Reunites to Salute 'Inside Llewyn Davis'; New Album Coming

    November 14, 2013 2:15 PM EST The three members of Nickel Creek reunited onstage Wednesday as part of CBS Films' celebration of the Coen brothers' folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" and there should be more to come. Mandolinist Chris Thile, fiddler Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins are…

  8. Holy Ghost!: Working 'Dynamics' and a Steady Career

    November 01, 2013 9:00 AM EDT A few weeks back, the audience at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles enthusiastically sang “Happy Birthday” to Holy Ghost! frontman Alex Frankel. It was a victorious moment right before the encore of a show that had the typically too-cool-for-school LA crowd dancing and singing along…

  9. Quincy Jones Files Lawsuit Over Michael Jackson's Music

    October 25, 2013 8:17 PM EDT Quincy Jones has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit in connection with Michael Jackson projects released after the singer's death. The legendary producer who has won 27 Grammy Awards and produced the King of Pop's best-selling albums including "Off the Wall,"…

  10. Marilyn Manson to Appear in TV Show 'Once Upon a Time'

    October 18, 2013 9:32 PM EDT "Once Upon a Time" is going to the dark side. Marilyn Manson will be joining ABC's fairy tale drama in the third season as a voice guest star, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. In the eighth episode, expected to air mid-November, Manson will make his "Once Upon a Time…

  11. Gimme Five: St. Lucia's Biggest Musical Influences

    October 17, 2013 11:24 AM EDT Jean-Philip Grobler breaks down the music that shaped his new album, "When The Night." The first time Jean-Philip Grobler started playing people the music he'd made as part of his project St. Lucia, many were taken aback by the "unabashed, joyful quality to it, which…

  12. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 27, 2013 11:35 AM EDT After record-setting success and personal loss, the pop queen sees the light and roars back to the top This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "Honestly, I'm just masquerading as a pop star." Coming from Katy Perry -- that…

  13. Paul Kalkbrenner Says 'Guten Tag' with New Album and Tour

    September 25, 2013 5:27 PM EDT Few DJs are as synonymous with a city’s music scene as Paul Kalkbrenner is with Berlin techno. But this December, the DJ and producer will cross the Atlantic for a six date live tour in support of his recent album, “Guten Tag.” While Kalkbrenner teased audiences with his set at Coachella…

  14. Roberto Tapia, Calibre 50 to Perform in Concert Series for Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    September 19, 2013 11:28 AM EDT Following the continued success of its Billboard En Concierto, the concert series linked to the Billboard Latin Music Awards, Billboard, Telemundo and Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) will launch a new edition of the series leading up to the Billboard Mexican Music Awards. The invitation…

  15. CBGB Film Festival Lineup Announced

    September 18, 2013 6:45 PM EDT This year's CBGB Music & Film Festival will travel from the Bowery to Broadway with "CBGB" and "Broadway Idiot," the documentary on Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and the making of the musical "American Idiot."  Taking place Oct. 8-13, about 60…

  16. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  17. Justin Bieber Instagrams 'Batman vs. Superman' Script

    September 14, 2013 4:58 PM EDT Forget Batfleck. Will Justin Bieber be the next Man of Steel sequel casting choice to set the Internet ablaze? The singer posted a photo of himself Friday night with a script for Batman VS. Superman, written by David S. Goyer and Zack Snyder. The cover page features a "Bieber"…

  18. Village People's Victor Willis Wins Copyright Victory

    September 10, 2013 8:15 PM EDT The songwriter and his lawyers says he's won a closely watched copyright case and recovered the rights to 33 of his songs. Victor Willis, the lyricist and performer of such songs as "Y.M.C.A." and "In the Navy" with the Village People, says he's reclaimed the…

  19. Billy Bragg Newly Crowned for 'Outstanding Contribution,' Vows He'll Never Quit

    September 05, 2013 6:18 AM EDT Billy Bragg has no plans to hang up his guitar. Ever. The troubadour’s great career has just been recognized by Britain’s Assn. of Independent Music, which bestowed the singer and activist with its “outstanding contribution to music” award. An “outstanding contribution” accolade from the…

  20. KCON 2013: 15 Things Seen & Heard

    August 27, 2013 10:23 PM EDT KCON was the Mecca for K-pop this past weekend. Here are 15 key sights and sounds that characterized the convention. This year, KCON -- the second annual convention devoted to all things K-pop and "Korean wave" -- promised to be bigger and better by expanding to two days and…

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