1. Gregg Alexander Reflects on Joe Cocker's Peerless Talent & Ridiculous Rock Hall Snub

    December 23, 2014 9:50 AM EST I can still remember the first time I heard Joe Cocker sing, which is what they always say is the sign of a truly great singer or song: if you can remember the first time. I was in a "music appreciation class" (whatever the hell that is) before I even hit my teens and our teacher…

  2. Who Are the British Aces Behind Mary J. Blige's 'London Sessions'?

    November 25, 2014 2:31 PM EST Mary J. Blige brought in some of the United Kingdom's hottest writers and artists to record her upcoming album The London Sessions . This connects her with a long tradition of American musicians looking overseas for new ideas: back in the '60s, for example, Jimi Hendrix left the…

  3. Wendy Williams Literally Ate Crow Because Kim & Kanye Are Still Married

    September 16, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Wendy Williams is a woman of her word. She always said that that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's marriage wouldn't last more than 72 days (the length of Kardashian's marriage to Kris Humphries), and now that it has lasted 114 days (and counting!) Williams is ready to eat crow -…

  4. Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry: Our Fake Diss Tracks

    September 10, 2014 3:55 PM EDT We re-imagined Taylor’s “Shake It Off” and Katy’s “This Is How We Do” as personal takedowns — read the custom diss track lyrics. By all accounts, a storm is brewing between pop superstars Taylor Swift and Katy Perry . In a new interview with Rolling Stone , Swift calls out an unnamed…

  5. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  6. Peter Frampton on Beatles Tribute: 'A Lot of Not-So-Dry Eyes'

    February 08, 2014 2:22 PM EST Guitarist participated as part of house band for "The Night That Changed America," premiering Sunday Just six weeks into the new year, Peter Frampton can say he's already had a pretty good 2014. As if being inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville just after the…

  7. Rod Stewart Confirms Faces Reunion: 'We're Earmarking 2015'

    December 11, 2013 12:37 AM EST Rod Stewart, who told The Hollywood Reporter in May, "Me and Ronnie [Wood] were out plotting the Faces’ future," confirmed in a Dec. 2 interview on Boston's WZLX radio that the Faces, founded in 1965, would reunite as a live band after Wood's next tour with the Rolling…

  8. Peter Frampton Turns Eye to Humble Pie Box Set

    May 08, 2013 12:30 PM EDT From ballet to the circus to dishing up some Humble Pie, Peter Frampton has plenty on his plate these days. Perhaps the most exciting news is the impending release of some choice material from his old band's vault. Frampton and Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley are working with Omnivore…

  9. Celebrated Producer Andy Johns Dead at 61

    April 08, 2013 3:33 AM EDT Andy Johns, the veteran producer and engineer who worked on classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and many others, has died at the age of 61. The news was confirmed to Billboard.biz by guitarist Stacy Blades, who was working on an untitled…

  10. Coachella 2012: 12 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    April 14, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Pulp, Mazzy Star, James, Refused... (What Decade Is This?) Also: Scorching Rock From Black Keys & Gary Clark, Jr. on Day 1 More than the dry wit of Pulp , Swedish punk of Refused or the trippy pyrotechnics of Swedish House Mafia , the opening day of the opening weekend of Coachella 2012…

  11. Yoko Ono Talks Dance Hits, Lady Gaga, John Lennon and Twitter

    July 26, 2011 4:30 PM EDT In December 2010, the last time Yoko Ono was at Billboard, she was being honored for a whopping five consecutive No. 1s on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart . With her just-released single "Talking To The Universe" climbing the same chart, the iconoclastic veteran artist took…

  12. DJ Quik: Kids Should 'Join the Army,' Not Gangs

    March 21, 2011 1:53 PM EDT While enjoying a slice of sweet potato pie at a Los Angeles restaurant on a March afternoon, rapper/producer DJ Quik reflects on one of the most impressionable moments of his life: when fellow West Coast rapper Eazy-E died of AIDS in 1995. "That's humbling to me. I don't want…

  13. Five (Almost) Write-Offs For Tax Day

    April 14, 2010 1:55 PM EDT When finalizing your taxes, a write-off is a good thing. The more itemized deductions you can tally, the lower your taxable income. In the music business, however, the term can symbolize a less fortuitous financial situation. If an album fails to yield success upon its release, a label…

  14. May 2, 2009

    May 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Cream reunites for four shows in London’s Royal Albert Hall. 2001 – Jazz drummer Billy Higgins dies in L.A. of liver failure. He is 65. 1998 – Former X-Japan lead guitarist Hide dies in Tokyo in an apparent suicide. He is 33. 1986 – Country musician Dolly Parton opens Dollywood in…

  15. April 20, 2009

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards dies in Los Angeles of cancer. He is 78. 2002 – Singer Alan Dale dies at the age of 75 in New York City. 2001 – Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli dies of a heart attack while leading a performance of Verdi’s “Aida” in Berlin. He is 54. 2001 – Wu-Tang Clan…

  16. March 27, 2009

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – A jury convicts rapper Remy Ma of assault charges stemming from a shooting outside a Manhattan night club. 2008 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Bleeding Love,” Leona Lewis. 2007 – Singer-songwriter Faustino Oramas of the Buena Vista Social Club dies of cancer in Holguin, Cuba. He is 95.…

  17. Randy Newman / Sept. 19, 2008 / New York (Carnegie Hall)

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Only Randy Newman could humbly grace the stage of Carnegie Hall, a place where the upper class have long gone to appease highbrow tastes, and open with "It's Money That I Love," followed by the tongue Only Randy Newman could humbly grace the stage of Carnegie Hall, a place…

  18. This Day in Music

    April 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - An eclectic mix of artists are on display during the sixth annual Jammy Awards at New York's the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. A number of intriguing combinations hit the stage, including r 2006 - An eclectic mix of artists are on display during the sixth annual Jammy Awards…

  19. Sarzo Remembers Quiet Riot's DuBrow

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rudy Sarzo and Kevin DuBrow's musical relationship stretched across four decades in Quiet Riot. Rudy Sarzo and Kevin DuBrow's musical relationship stretched across four decades in Quiet Riot. With the news of DuBrow's passing still only a few days old, Sarzo offered some…

  20. This Day in Music

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - An eclectic mix of artists are on display during the sixth annual Jammy Awards at New York's the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. A number of intriguing combinations hit the stage, including r 2006 - An eclectic mix of artists are on display during the sixth annual Jammy Awards…

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