1. Oscars 2015: Watch Jennifer Hudson Sing 'In Memoriam' Song on 'Smash'

    February 22, 2015 11:13 PM EST Recognize the song that Jennifer Hudson performed after the "In Memoriam" tribute at Sunday's Oscars ? Then you must be a Smash fan. 2015 Oscars "I Can't Let Go" is an original song written for season 2 of the NBC musical TV series. In the show, the song was…

  2. Watch Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Open 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Show

    February 15, 2015 9:43 PM EST The Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary celebration opened Sunday night (Feb. 15) with Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon rapping about tons of famous SNL sketches over the years. Watch Kanye West Crash Matt Lauer's 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Introduction The massive three-and-a…

  3. Grammys 'In Memoriam': GWAR Singer & More Left Out, Jimmy Scott Widow 'Heartbroken' Over Snub

    February 09, 2015 8:36 PM EST Count Tangerine Dream 's Edgar Froese, Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, Memphis guitarist Teenie Hodges and former Grateful Dead manager Rock Scully among the many music luminaries omitted from the Grammys ' "in memoriam" segment Sunday. 2015 Grammys The omissions that…

  4. Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Co-Writer William Phillips Talks Dance Project Tourist, Grammy Nom

    February 06, 2015 5:40 PM EST Billboard can exclusively reveal that Tourist's debut album, 'U,' is coming this summer. Versatility has never been more valuable for musicians than it is now. If you can thrive in pop's mainstream and also work on its fringes, you're all but guaranteed to have a long…

  5. Don Covay, Hitmaking R&B Singer/Songwriter, Has Died

    February 03, 2015 8:36 PM EST R&B singer and songwriter Don Covay , who wrote songs popularized by The Rolling Stones , Aretha Franklin and Little Richard has died. According to EurWeb.com , Covay died in his sleep on Saturday morning, Jan. 31, following two decades of battling with debilitating illness resulting…

  6. T. Graham Brown on His First Album in Nine Years -- And His First Grammy Nod

    January 29, 2015 10:32 PM EST Veteran country performer T. Graham Brown -- the soulful voice behind such radio staples as "I Tell It Like It Used to Be" and "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" -- returns to the record-making fold this week with Forever Changed, his first set in nine years. …

  7. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  8. Watch Tess Henley Bring Soulful Style and Steamy Piano Love to 'Kimmel'

    January 22, 2015 11:45 AM EST Sometimes you need soulful piano vibes to cap off your night. Stylish pianist Tess Henley did just that yesterday (Jan. 21) evening, stopping by Jimmy Kimmel Live! for her first national television performance. Henley performed a pair of songs from her forthcoming Feb. 10 Wonderland EP,…

  9. Madeon's Debut Album 'Adventure' to Feature Collabs With Passion Pit, Bastille Members

    January 19, 2015 10:00 AM EST France native Hugo Pierre Leclercq, who performs under the stage name Madeon (aka Nantes), may only be 20 years old. But his debut album, Adventure , due March 31 on Columbia Records, is more than three years in the making. Madeon: 21 Under 21 (2014) The electronic producer was signed by…

  10. Freddie Gibbs on ESPN's Stuart Scott: 'He Might've Saved My Life'

    January 12, 2015 4:21 PM EST 'Stuart Scott was a hero,' Gibbs says of the late ESPN anchor. ESPN's Stuart Scott, who brought hip-hop to sports' national airwaves, attention to the fight against cancer, and joy to countless sports fans' days, died Sunday, Jan. 4. In what turned out to be his…

  11. Watch Ghostface Killah Rock 'Tonight Show' With 'Love Don't Live Here No More'

    January 09, 2015 10:00 AM EST Jimmy Fallon , what a life! Two days ago, he was kicking it with indie comedy kingpins Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia, and last night (Jan. 8), he welcomed the honorable Ghostface Killah to the show. Swagged out in a leather bucket hat, Big Ghost delivered a soulful…

  12. Exclusive: Sharon Jones Premieres 'Little Boys With Shiny Toys' & Talks First Grammy Nom

    January 07, 2015 11:50 AM EST In the last decade, America has a made a habit out of importing soul music from England: think of Duffy , Amy Winehouse , Adele , and Sam Smith . These singers have enjoyed immense success repackaging motifs from late '60s, early '70s black pop -- when studios like Motown and…

  13. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 100-76

    January 06, 2015 1:05 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  14. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best R&B Song and Best Urban Contemporary Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 5:19 PM EST BEST R&B SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Drunk In Love" Performers: Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z Songwriters: Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosley, Andre Eric Proctor, Brian Soko Publishers: Andre Eric Proctor Publishing Designee,…

  15. Grammys 2015 Preview: Beyonce, Sam Smith & Other Artists Vying for Album of the Year Honors Dish on Their Discs

    December 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Having trouble keeping track of what's nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys? Billboard breaks down the five nominees. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T. Smith, Two Inch…

  16. Top 10 Rock/Alternative Christmas Songs That Don't Suck

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST …And one Hanukkah Song (we did our best!) Let’s get this out of the way: there are an awful lot of terrible rock covers of Christmas songs. Lots of genres are guilty of this, but being that Relient K and Bowling For Soup have both done entire Christmas albums, modern guitar music needs to…

  17. The Clash's 'London Calling' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    December 13, 2014 2:30 PM EST Any punk band worth its leather and studs can do dystopian, apocalyptic angst. The world is always ending, and after garbage men and plumbers, angry young guitar players have some of the best job security around. The trick is to rage in your own unique way. On the opening title track of its…

  18. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  19. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Jessie J: Whitney Houston 'Gave Me So Much Courage to Be Loud and Bold'

    December 08, 2014 5:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Powerhouse honoree talks about her girl crush on the legendary diva and the fierce female singers she admires. Jessie J started this year fearing she had already peaked. The 26-year-old British singer-songwriter's last top 10 U.S. single as a solo artist,…

  20. Rob Halford on His Close Friendship With 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'I've Got Wonderful Memories'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god's friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder's death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Judas Priest frontman…

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