1. Joe Cocker, Interpreter of the Beatles, Bob Dylan & More: A History

    December 22, 2014 4:22 PM EST Joe Cocker , whose unmistakable rasp and intensity made him a singular interpreter of the Beatles , R&B and songwriters such as Bob Dylan , Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen , died at his home in Colorado on Monday (Dec. 22) after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Joe Cocker Dies at 70…

  2. Audiam Raises Additional $1 Million From Music Biz Investors

    December 15, 2014 7:30 AM EST Audiam, the company started by Tunecore co-founders Jeff Price and Peter Wells to serve publishers and publishing administrators to get them paid accurately from interactive streaming music services, has just raised an additional $1 million in funding from a group of individual strategic…

  3. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of…

  4. Beck Warms Up 2014 ACL Music Festival With Rocking Performance at Stubb’s

    October 04, 2014 10:13 AM EDT The 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival launched on Friday (Oct. 3) just as the heat from the hot Texas summer finally broke, with acts like Chvrches , Childish Gambino , Sam Smith and Outkast delighting the massive crowds. ACL Music Festival 2014 Preview: Double Weekends, Cashless…

  5. Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 55th Anniversary

    July 26, 2014 10:33 AM EDT The Newport Folk Festival has kicked off three days of music to a sold-out crowd. The festival began Friday with a lineup that includes Ryan Adams, Jimmy Cliff and Band of Horses, along with some lesser-known acts including Rhode Island-based Death Vessel. Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport…

  6. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  7. Blur’s 'Parklife' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Because Oasis wrote songs reminiscent of “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be,” they went over huge in America. Blur, their chief rivals in the Britpop wars of the mid-‘90s, were more like the Beatles in terms of inventiveness and musical ability, but they didn’t write universal anthems everyone could…

  8. Play Ball: Asher Roth Previews Philadelphia Phillies' 2014 Season

    April 05, 2014 1:55 PM EDT This Philadelphia area native talks Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, the 1993 World Series and more April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team…

  9. RIP Harold Ramis: Top Music Moments From the Comedy Legend

    February 25, 2014 8:45 PM EST As a writer, director, producer and actor, Harold Ramis' films had significant musical moments that live on decades after their initial release, oftentimes creating associations with certain songs that remind one of Ramis' work just as much as a given film's featured song&…

  10. Ask Billboard: Disney's Biggest Billboard Hits

    January 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST Readers check in on 'Frozen,' Aloe Blacc's fast-rising 'The Man' and the best-selling 'American Idol' singles As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  11. Meet Pawws, A Former Backing Musician Making Gorgeous Pop Music On Her Own

    January 27, 2014 4:17 PM EST The classically trained flute player has impressed the blogosphere with affable pop tunes. Last July, Lucy Taylor -- the U.K. singer-songwriter who plays under the name Pawws -- played a show at Birthdays, a 250-capacity venue in east London that opened in May 2012. At that point, Taylor had…

  12. What Tessanne Chin's 'Voice' Win Means for the Jamaican Music Scene

    January 03, 2014 4:15 PM EST Jamaican songstress Tessanne Chin's stratospheric ascent from relative obscurity, even in her birthplace, to international fame via her Dec. 17 triumph on NBC's singing competition "The Voice" is undoubtedly the island's biggest music story of 2013. Displaying…

  13. Tessanne Chin Wins 'The Voice' Season 5

    December 17, 2013 11:23 PM EST Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin sang landmark songs associated with the Beatles and Whitney Houston for her final performance on "The Voice" and walked away with the season five crown. New Jersey teenager Jacquie Lee came in second, journeyman musician Will Champlin was third in…

  14. Entering Finale, 'The Voice' Contestants Turn in Top Performances

    December 17, 2013 2:01 PM EST Finalists Will Champlin, Jacquie Lee call their finale performances the best they've done. Season five of "The Voice" comes to a close tonight with the final three contestants resembling previous winners. Will Champlin, a journeyman musician who has yet to get his break, fits…

  15. Beyonce Rocks Fierce Super Bowl Halftime Show

    February 03, 2013 9:30 PM EST Destiny's Child reunites; Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson handle pre-game; Music takes center stage during Super Bowl Week in New Orleans A fierce and clearly possessed Beyonce emerged from a cloud of smoke and lingering suspicion about her live-singing capabilities on Sunday,…

  16. Dave Matthews Band to Raise $1 Million at Sandy Relief Concert

    November 14, 2012 10:05 AM EST Group turns Nov. 30 tour opener in New Jersey into a benefit event Dave Matthews is turning his band's tour opener in New Jersey at the end of the month into a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims, pledging $1 million to regional recovery efforts. According to a statement , all…

  17. Zac Brown Band Joins Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters at DeLuna Fest

    June 18, 2012 9:48 PM EDT Zac Brown Band will bring a dose of country to the beach at the DeLuna Fest this fall. The band is the latest headliner to join the three-day Pensacola Beach, Fla., festival, joining Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters at the top of the bill. More new additions to the seaside weekend fest, set for…

  18. SXSW 2012: 9 Things Seen, Heard & Thrown Saturday

    March 18, 2012 3:00 PM EDT A drunken brawl at the A$AP Rocky Show... a throbbing set by Skrillex... Matthew McConaughey playing his beloved congas... Here are 10 things from Saturday's South By Southwest that you might have missed -- even if you were in the audience. 1. An all-out brawl ensued at the Vice Kills…

  19. Paul Simon Doc Wins SXSW's Audience Award

    March 18, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Joe Berlinger's documentary on Paul Simon's return to South Africa 25 years after the recording of "Graceland" won the SXSW Audience Award in the 24 Beats per Second Category. "Under African Skies" is the only music film to win an Audience Award. Next up for the…

  20. Bruce Springsteen Captures SXSW With Epic, Raucous Revue

    March 16, 2012 10:20 AM EDT In Nearly 3-Hour Set, The Boss and His Army (Including Tom Morello, Eric Burdon, Arcade Fire) Deliver Night of Live Magic B ruce Springsteen came to South By Southwest to make a speech . He wound up making history -- at least by the standards of his storied live performance legacy. His show…

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