1. Leon Russell Passed Away in His Sleep at Home, Wife Says

    November 13, 2016 5:20 PM EST Influential songwriter and performer Leon Russell died at home in his sleep, according to his wife, Jan Bridges, who released a statement Sunday afternoon (Nov. 13) in appreciation of the outpouring of support after her husband’s passing. “We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers…

  2. Musicians React to Leon Russell's Death on Social Media

    November 13, 2016 1:16 PM EST Musicians and celebrities and mourning the loss of legendary songwriter and performer Leon Russell , who died in Nashville Saturday (Nov. 12) at the age of 74. In addition to recording hits like “Tight Rope” and “Lady Blue,” Russell also produced and played on recording sessions for Bob…

  3. Leon Russell, Legendary Songwriter and Performer, Dies at 74

    November 13, 2016 11:07 AM EST Leon Russell , who sang, wrote and produced some of rock 'n' roll's top records, has died. He was 74. An email from Leon Russell Records to The Associated Press says Russell died in Nashville on Saturday night (Nov. 12). The email cites Russell's wife as the source of the…

  4. Listen to Warren Haynes' 'Company Man': Exclusive Premiere

    June 15, 2015 11:56 AM EDT Ashes and Dust  may be a new release for Warren Haynes , but it features music the Gov't Mule leader and former Allman Brothers Band guitarist has been working to get out for quite some time. "I've been writing these kinds of songs my whole life, and as far back as probably six…

  5. Leon Russell, 'Fever': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 25, 2014 12:32 PM EDT The celebrated "blueshound" talks about his new album, "Life Journey" (out April 1), and his friendship with collaborator Elton John: "He's changed my life" Though it's not a strictly collaborative effort like 2010's Grammy Award-nominated "…

  6. Ravi Shankar, Sitar Maestro, Dead at 92

    December 11, 2012 11:45 PM EST Ravi Shankar, the master sitar player who earned three Grammys and left an indelible mark on generations of pop influencers including the Beatles, died on Tuesday at a hospital near his home in San Diego, his foundation and record label announced . He was 92. RAVI SHANKAR & FRIENDS •…

  7. Jamey Johnson Releasing Hank Cochran Tribute Album

    August 02, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Award-winning singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is set to release "Livin' For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran," on Oct. 16. The Buddy Cannon -produced homage to the late country great Hank Cochran , which will be available first on vinyl starting Sept. 25, features…

  8. Banjo Man: Remembering Earl Scruggs

    March 29, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Chet Atkins played the guitar. Bob Wills played the fiddle. Earl Scruggs played the banjo, and did he ever. Scruggs, who passed away yesterday at the age of 88, revolutionized the way that the banjo was played, influencing countless musicians in the process. Born January 6, 1924 in Shelby, NC…

  9. Aretha Franklin Gets Engaged, Jokes She's 'Not Pregnant'

    January 02, 2012 4:55 PM EST A retha Franklin became engaged to longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson over the holidays. The Grammy-winning singer told The Associated Press in a statement today (Jan. 2) that she and Wilkerson are considering a summer wedding, perhaps in Miami Beach, Fla. The Queen of Soul…

  10. Aretha Franklin Honored By Chaka Khan, Lauryn Hill, Temptations at Rock Hall Tribute

    November 07, 2011 11:50 AM EST The stars came to Cleveland Saturday night (Nov. 5) as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Case Western Reserve University's American Music Masters Tribute Concert to soul legend Aretha Franklin . The 16th annual concert, which has honored classic artists such as Hank Williams ,…

  11. Evanescence Nets Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 19, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Evanescence returns to the Billboard 200 chart, scoring its second No. 1 album, as its self-titled third set bows with 127,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The act, led by singer Amy Lee, last released an album in 2006, when "The Open Door" debuted at No. 1…

  12. Elton John's Grand Return to Las Vegas a Hits & Glitz-Filled Celebration

    September 29, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Monochrome does not suit Elton John well. As one of rock's most colorful performers, the mere mention of his name conjures a rainbow of visuals, especially considering the famous video screen that was a key attraction for his first Las Vegas residency that last five years, "The Red…

  13. Red Hot Chili Peppers + Ambitious Marketing = No. 2 for 'I'm With You'

    September 10, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Utilizing a comprehensive promotional strategy targeting specialized digital platforms in tandem with traditional marketing tools, Warner Bros. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are celebrating the fruits of their endeavors. While Lil Wayne may have copped the Billboard 200 crown this week , the…

  14. The Nine Collaborative Albums To Top The Billboard 200

    August 18, 2011 7:15 PM EDT The pairing of star acts on an album isn't uncommon. Last year, Elton John and Leon Russell teamed for "The Union," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Earlier in 2010, Carole King and James Taylor's "Live at the Troubadour" bowed at No. 4. In 2007, rocker…

  15. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance industries -- except, of course, some of the…

  16. Leon Russell Hits the Road After 'Union' Success

    April 11, 2011 3:29 PM EDT E lton John 's mission is accomplished. A year ago he set out to raise Leon Russell 's profile, and in the last nine months they have released "The Union," toured together and performed with the Speaking Clock Revue project of the album's producer, T Bone Burnett. In…

  17. Elton John Performs, Pokes Fun at 'Spider-Man' Musical on 'SNL'

    April 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Sir Elton John hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the first time April 2 and proved his acting chops are just as solid as his singing. The singer joked about being gay, performing at the royal wedding and being a new father in a series of skits and performances featuring guests Tom…

  18. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga 'Born' To Be At No. 1

    April 01, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. LADY GAGA '…

  19. Sound & Vision: RedOne and 10 Other Producers Ruling Music

    April 01, 2011 4:10 PM EDT They produce the songs that make the whole world sing -- and dance, and mosh, and head-bob, and do the country two-step. RedOne and 10 other producers who rule the music universe: RedOne Five years ago, the Billboard Hot 100 was a safe haven for the type of funked-up electro Timbaland was…

  20. Elton John Gets Goofy With Jason Sudeikis in 'SNL' Promos

    March 30, 2011 12:21 PM EDT E lton John is giving fans a taste of his big hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend in new promos for the show, alongside Jason Sudeikis. Watch below. Smartass funny-guy Sudeikis seems more jazzed to be there than EJ, but is that really any surprise? John will have an…

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