1. 10 Reasons Why Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

    September 18, 2016 8:48 PM EDT The 31st annual Farm Aid concert, benefiting the nation’s family farmers, rolled into Bristow, Va., on Saturday, Sept. 17, with the organization’s guiding foursome — Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews — joined during the day-long festival at the Jiffy Lube Live…

  2. ASCAP Taps John Mellencamp for Founders Award

    March 30, 2016 8:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp will be presented with the prestigious Founders Award at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards next month in Los Angeles. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be honored at the society’s April 27 gala at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.  “For the last four decades, John Mellencamp…

  3. Farm Aid 30th Anniversary TV Special Boasts Archive Sets From Allman Brothers, B.B. King & More

    January 06, 2016 3:17 PM EST Farm Aid, the music industry’s longest-running concert for a cause, will premiere an AXS TV special Jan. 10 filmed during its 30th anniversary in Chicago this past September, with performances by Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp , Dave Matthews , Jack Johnson , Kacey Musgraves and…

  4. John Mellencamp, Kacey Musgraves and More on Willie Nelson Making a Difference With 30 Years of Farm Aid

    October 16, 2015 3:35 PM EDT Willie Nelson 's Farm Aid celebrated its 30th birthday this year with a concert held at the FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, Ill.,  on Sept. 19. To help fete the milestone,  Billboard spoke with several of this year's performers as well as Nelson's…

  5. Cee Lo Green's Pooch Appeal, Just Call Pink Alecia and More Insider Scoop

    October 16, 2015 2:40 PM EDT Cee Lo Lay Low? Hell No! The 2014 controversy over Cee Lo Green ’s tweets about date rape do not seem to have hurt the “F— You” singer’s ability to attract female attention. Nightclubbers leaving Nikki Leonti & The Honest Cheaters’ performance at The Loft atop the W Hollywood Hotel on Oct…

  6. Imagine Dragons to Join Willie Nelson & Friends for 30th Farm Aid Concert in Chicago

    July 28, 2015 1:00 AM EDT The guiding foursome of Farm Aid -- Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews -- will celebrate a milestone for the organization that supports America's family farmers with a 30th-anniversary concert in Chicago on Sept 19, featuring  Imagine Dragons , whose album…

  7. John Mellencamp: 'Taylor Swift Was Courageous' to Fight Apple Music

    June 25, 2015 4:55 PM EDT Since Taylor Swift took a stand against Apple Music until they agreed  to pay artists during the streaming service's three-month trial period, support from fellow musicians keeps pouring in. At a UJA Federation of New York luncheon honoring the charity work of Monte and Avery Lipman from…

  8. The Long Road to Completing 'John Cougar,' Keith Urban's Newest Hit

    June 25, 2015 3:01 PM EDT When Keith Urban performed with John Mellencamp during the May 21 NBC special Red Nose Day , he decided against telling Mellencamp about his next single. "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" hinges in part on the stage name that a former manager stamped on Mellencamp’s first albums,…

  9. Hot 100 Chart Moves: The Weeknd Debuts With 'Can't Feel My Face'

    June 19, 2015 12:52 PM EDT As previously reported, Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 smash "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth , tops the Billboard Hot 100 (dated June 27) for a ninth week, while OMI jumps into top 10 with "Cheerleader" (11-9). Who else are fans cheering on the Hot 100 this week?…

  10. Norah Jones Pays Tribute to Blue Note's Bruce Lundvall at Farm Aid Benefit

    May 20, 2015 4:17 PM EDT In a rare solo piano performance Tuesday night at New York’s City Winery , Norah Jones played a benefit to raise funds for Farm Aid, the music-industry-backed group that supports American farmers and the Good Food movement. “This is the longest solo piano gig I’ve played since college,”…

  11. John Mellencamp Delivers Triumphant, Career-Spanning Show at the Apollo: Concert Review

    April 24, 2015 8:11 PM EDT John Mellencamp has worn well. At age 63, the veteran rocker still has the energy to deliver rebellious numbers like "Authority Song" with urgent conviction. He has enough of a sense of humor to dutifully trot out a crowd favorite like "Jack and Diane" even while…

  12. Nile Rodgers, Roger Waters, Geddy Lee Redefine the Interview on 'Speakeasy'

    April 09, 2015 10:47 AM EDT Speakeasy , a relatively new interview series from live music broadcasting programmer Front and Center , came about somewhat serendipitously. Executive producer and industry veteran Don Maggi had already recruited Roger Waters to appear on the show, but when asked who was going to be the one…

  13. John Mellencamp Calls Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law a 'Stain' on Home State's Reputation

    April 02, 2015 4:08 PM EDT But he won't boycott his upcoming shows, he writes in Indianapolis Star op-ed. John Mellencamp stands firm against Indiana's divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act in a just-published op-ed in the Indianapolis Star -- but he stops short of canceling the upcoming shows in his…

  14. Chayanne Leads New Hot Tours Chart

    March 12, 2015 9:18 PM EDT Latin star Chayanne lands atop the weekly recap of Hot Tours (see list, below), with box office grosses totaling just over $4 million from concerts at theaters in two Mexican markets. On the road in support of his most recent album En Todo Estaré , released last August, the Latin pop…

  15. Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, Walk the Moon Celebrate Charity at Annual Grammy Foundation Concert

    February 07, 2015 4:59 PM EST There's something slightly incestuous -- in a good way -- about a philanthropic organization putting on a tribute to other philanthropic organizations. So it was Thursday night at the Grammy Foundation's annual show at the Wilshire Ebell; celebrating a different theme each year,…

  16. Milky Chance, Alt-J Ascend to No. 1 on Rock Charts

    October 03, 2014 5:38 PM EDT Milky Chance tops Rock Airplay with 'Stolen Dance,' while alt-J opens atop Top Rock Albums with 'This Is All Yours.' Plus, chart action for Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp and Tweedy. Milky Chance 's "Stolen Dance" reaches the summit of Billboard's…

  17. Willie Nelson's Farm Aid Heads South as Jack White, Gary Clark Jr. & Delta Rae Rock in Raleigh

    September 15, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Farm Aid, the annual benefit concert to support America's family farmers, headed south this year, drawing 20,000 fans to the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, and the move shaped both the music and the message of the event. Now in it's 29th year, Farm Aid is…

  18. John Mellencamp & Meg Ryan Split Up

    August 20, 2014 8:53 PM EDT The couple dated for three years. After three years of dating, John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan have called it quits, People reports. John Mellencamp Premieres 'Small Town' From Live Album The couple started dating in 2010, after Mellencamp divorced his wife of 18 years. Ryan had…

  19. John Mellencamp’s Son Faces New Alcohol Charge

    July 21, 2014 11:41 PM EDT The 20-year-old son of rock star John Mellencamp faces an underage drinking charge while awaiting resolution of charges that he and his brother seriously injured a man in a fight. John Mellencamp's Teenage Sons Face Battery Charges Monroe County court records show Hud Mellencamp of…

  20. Justin Moore's 'Night' Tops Country Airplay Chart, Kenny Chesney Returns

    June 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Moore notches his fourth No. 1, while Chesney tallies his record-extending 10th top-30 debut Justin Moore snares his fourth No. 1, and best weekly audience, on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Lettin' the Night Roll" steps 2-1. The Arkansas previously led (for a week…

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