1. Katy Perry's 'PRISM': The Billboard Cover Story

    September 27, 2013 11:35 AM EDT After record-setting success and personal loss, the pop queen sees the light and roars back to the top This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "Honestly, I'm just masquerading as a pop star." Coming from Katy Perry -- that…

  2. JJ Cale, Musician and 'After Midnight' Writer, Dies at 74

    July 27, 2013 11:21 AM EDT JJ Cale, the musician best known for writing the Eric Clapton hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," died Friday (July 26) at the age of 74. The singer-songwriter's official website confirms that Cale passed away at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. on Friday night…

  3. '20 Feet From Stardom' Star Merry Clayton Talks Tour, Her 'Best-Of' & New Recordings

    July 02, 2013 9:30 AM EDT A film about her career as a backup singer is what's allowing the world to remember Merry Clayton as a recording artist in her own right. Clayton tells Billboard that "20 Feet From Stardom" -- the Morgan Neville documentary about her and other notable backing vocalists that…

  4. From Backup to Big Screen: 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Has Its Moment

    June 09, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Documentaries do not have press junkets. That's for scripted studio films with stars, big budgets and the potential to pull in eight or nine figures at the box office. Yet on June 7, director Morgan Neville gathered in Los Angeles with four of the stars of "Twenty Feet From…

  5. Elton John Finishes New Album, Eyes September Release Date

    February 23, 2013 9:26 AM EST Elton John has finished what he calls "the most piano-oriented album of my career" and is looking at a release in September. Titled "The Diving Board," the 13-track album comprises songs written in two sessions with lyricist Bernie Taupin. The first was in January…

  6. George Jones on Final Tour, Album: 'It Is a Little Bittersweet'

    January 24, 2013 3:51 PM EST Country icon begins "The Grand Tour" on Feb. 2, is working with Dolly Parton on a final album: "I'm just waiting for her to tell me what to sing and when to sing it!" Over the past six decades, George Jones has performed to countless fans. On February 2 in Tunica,…

  7. 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 •…

  8. 50 Years of 'Monster Mash': The Story Behind the Halloween Hit

    October 31, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Steve Greenberg ( @steviegpro) is the founder of S-Curve Records and a Grammy winning record producer who had an integral role in developing the careers of Hanson, Joss Stone and the Jonas Brothers, among many others.Here, he reflects on the 50-year-old perennial Halloween hit "Monster…

  9. 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…

  10. MTV Movie Awards Ups the Music With Martin Solveig, Black Keys

    May 30, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Fun. and Wiz Khalifa Will Also Perform on the June 3 Show Even the MTV Movie Awards will be influenced by electronic dance music this year, as Martin Solveig join the list of musicians that will be performing at the event. The "Hello" hitmaker will be house DJ for the evening,…

  11. Dick Clark Leaves a Rockin' Legacy: An Appreciation

    April 19, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Foremost among his countless contributions to popular culture and the music business, Dick Clark took rock 'n' roll out of bedroom radios and placed it on televisions in living rooms and dens across America. Nearly five decades later, after creating and hosting game shows, the…

  12. 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…

  13. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2012

    March 09, 2012 9:00 AM EST As the concert business rebounded in 2011, touring remained the biggest source of income for the top earners in the U.S. music business. Billboard's sixth annual Money Makers ranking includes veteran road warriors U2, Kenny Chesney and Bon Jovi, as well as other artists emerging in…

  14. 'The Voice' Kicks Off Post-Super Bowl With A Blast From Christina's Past

    February 06, 2012 3:00 PM EST The second season of "The Voice" launched Sunday with the promise of making dream's come true just as they had moments earlier for the New York football Giants. The hour-long show filled the bulk of its time with exemplary auditions, bickering judges hoping to land contestants…

  15. 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…

  16. 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 ,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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