1. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Needs to Venture Outside of Mainstream to Stay Relevant

    December 16, 2014 2:35 PM EST It's fitting that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed its Class of 2015 at midnight last night, because the list of new inductees is very sleepy. Next year, Green Day , Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble , Bill Withers , the Paul Butterfield Blues Band , Joan Jett and the…

  2. Dave Koz Partners With Spaghettini for New Restaurant & Music Venue

    December 04, 2014 3:48 PM EST Saxophonist Richard Elliot, Santana's Andy Vargas & Las Vegas headliner Matt Goss kick off performance slate. Starting Friday, live music will begin a new residency in Beverly Hills. Adopting the tagline "harmonizing fine dining with world-class musical entertainment,"…

  3. Executive Turntable: New Faces, Promotions at Beggars, Republic Records, Capitol & More

    October 21, 2014 1:11 PM EDT -- The Beggars Group announced the following expansion and promotions within the radio department: Risa Matsuki was promoted to VP, Promotions; Brien Terranova joined as Sr. Director, Promotions; and Hector Montes rose to National Director, Promotions.  -- Republic Records announced the…

  4. IFPI Appoints Lauri Rechardt Head of Licensing and Legal Policy

    October 13, 2014 11:36 AM EDT Following the departure earlier this month of legal policy chief David Carson , the IFPI has announced Lauri Rechardt will take on an expanded role with the global trade body. Based at IFPI's London headquarters, Rechardt's new title is director of licensing and legal policy. He&…

  5. Tim McGraw on Autotune, Acting and Why He & Faith Hill Are Not Like Jay Z & Beyonce: 'We Don't Really Pay That Much Attention to It'

    September 15, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Tim McGraw can put a time stamp on the moment his hustle began. Twenty years ago, the country kingpin, now 47, scored his first Billboard 200 No. 1 with "Not a Moment Too Soon" (Curb), and he hasn't let up since -- even four of his greatest-hits albums crowned the Country…

  6. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  7. Linda Ronstadt Rocks Highest-Charting Album In 24 Years

    April 18, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The pop/rock icon – and now Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – returns with 'Duets,' which spurs her best chart rank since 1990 New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt roars back onto the Billboard 200 , as her new compilation "Duets" debuts at No. 32. The bow…

  8. Linda Ronstadt on Skipping Rock Hall Ceremony: 'If You're Working for Prizes, You're in Trouble'

    April 01, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Health is the primary reason Linda Ronstadt will not be attending next week's 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn. But, the singer tells Billboard, she's really not all that chuffed about missing it. "I haven't given it one thought, I have…

  9. New Order, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Jam for Tibet

    March 12, 2014 9:50 AM EDT Fans jumped high in their seats. Others raced to the front of the stage. The rest of the audience yelled excitedly. Carnegie Hall is a seated venue, but music lovers watching Iggy Pop and members of New Order on Tuesday night were eager and lost in the music at the 24th Annual Benefit Concert…

  10. Inside the Lou Reed Tribute at SXSW: 20-Plus Acts, All-Star House Band to Create 'Austin Meets New York Street Vibe'

    March 07, 2014 9:40 AM EST Spandau Ballet, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega, Sean Lennon, Black Lips are all slated to perform at the first full-scale tribute of Reed, who died in October When Richard Barone was recruited to be part of this year's South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival, he wanted to…

  11. 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…

  12. Lou Reed Leaves Estate to Wife, Sister

    November 04, 2013 8:31 PM EST Rocker Lou Reed's life was decidedly unconventional, but he wanted his estate used for a very traditional purpose: to benefit his wife and other relatives. Reed's will was filed Monday in a New York City court. The Velvet Underground front man and "Walk on the Wild Side"…

  13. Lou Reed's Widow Pens Tribute to Late Husband

    October 31, 2013 8:13 PM EDT Plenty of Lou Reed tributes have surfaced since the icon's death Sunday (Oct. 27), but none may be as moving as the letter penned by Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson. In a piece published in the East Hampton Star newspaper on Long Island, Anderson recalls Reed's last days,…

  14. Lou Reed Remembered: Honoring New York City's Unofficial Mayor

    October 28, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Lou Reed was the Godfather of Punk, the grumpy older statesman of New York City rock and roll. We followed him as he emerged from under the weight of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground and took a journey through glitter and glam and heroin and speed and alcohol.  He dyed his hair…

  15. Lou Reed's Death: Stars React on Twitter and Facebook

    October 27, 2013 3:50 PM EDT With the sad news that rock icon Lou Reed died Sunday (October 27) at the age of 71, celebrities across genres and generations have taken to Twitter to share an outpouring of reactions expressing grief and celebrating Reed's life and long career both in the Velvet Underground and as…

  16. Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast, Dead at 71

    October 27, 2013 2:59 PM EDT The walk on the wild side has ended. And it was a wild one, indeed. Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71 at home on Long Island, was never on any kind of mission other than to satisfy his own muse. And that muse was meandering -- occasionally, and seemingly accidentally,…

  17. Tim McGraw Preps New Music, 'Tomorrowland' Movie and Faith Hill's Comeback

    September 22, 2013 5:07 PM EDT Tim McGraw may have just released his latest album, "Two Lanes of Freedom," in January -- and capped off its accompanying tour with a performance at iHeartRadio Saturday night. But he's already begun work on the next record. "I've actually been in the studio over…

  18. Hugh Laurie Makes It 'Rain': Video Interview

    August 21, 2013 11:30 AM EDT The "House" actor talks to Billboard about his new album, "Didn't It Rain," the blues and the genius of Hank Sr. Hugh Laurie's second album, "Didn’t It Rain," debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 last week, selling 14,000 copies, according to…

  19. Daft Punk's 'Colbert' Cancellation: Was The Duo Ever Scheduled To Perform?

    August 07, 2013 3:26 PM EDT The reclusive "Get Lucky" pair's "scrapped" performance may have been part of a ruse. Daft Punk cancelled their appearance on Tuesday night's episode of "The Colbert Report" due to contractual obligations to the MTV Video Music Awards… or so the story…

  20. Daft Punk Bails on 'Colbert' Over Likely MTV VMAs Appearance

    August 07, 2013 9:33 AM EDT Daft Punk was a no-show on Tuesday's installment of "The Colbert Report." The TV-shy French duo was set to appear on the Comedy Central program, but due to contractual obligations to the MTV Video Music Awards later this month, they canceled their scheduled performance. Both…

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