1. Paul McCartney Worked on a Song About Police Killings: 'I'm Not Giving Up On It'

    December 19, 2014 1:00 AM EST Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago for The Ed Sullivan Show , his manner informal, his build slender and well suited for jeans and…

  2. Kenny Rogers Brings The Merriment on Christmas and Hits Through The Years Tour

    December 08, 2014 7:57 PM EST In the fall of 1981, Kenny Rogers released his very first seasonal album, appropriately titled Christmas . Since then, the Country Music Hall of Fame member has released successful holiday follow-ups in 1984 ( Once Upon A Christmas , with Dolly Parton ), 1989 ( Christmas In America ) and…

  3. Music Industry Sues Chrysler, Mitsubishi Over In-Car Recording Devices

    December 03, 2014 11:55 AM EST In the U.K, several trade orgs join forces in a dispute over private copying levies. A dispute over private copying levies is heating up on both sides of the Atlantic. In the U.S., the Alliance Of Artists And Recording Companies (AARC) recently served legal papers to FIAT-owned car…

  4. Iggy Azalea's Reps Tried to Quash Racy Footage of Her Wardrobe Malfunction

    November 29, 2014 2:01 PM EST Iggy Azalea 's recent wardrobe malfunction at the L.A. bar mitzvah for Julian Kemper, son of realtor Ross Hilton Kemper and Kirk Kerkorian's daughter Linda, has left an impression. Iggy Azalea Tears Her Pants, Possibly Flashes Some Skin at Bar Mitzvah While Azalea was performing…

  5. Rewinding the Charts: 25 Years Ago, Milli Vanilli Made History on the Hot 100

    November 25, 2014 11:05 AM EST The duo was famously revealed for its lip-synching and stripped of its Grammy, but not before achieving a Billboard first. MILII VANILLI – French-born Fabrice Morvan and German Rob Pilatus – was on a historic roll, as, on Nov. 25, 1989, "Blame It on the Rain" became the duo's…

  6. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  7. Mike Nichols' Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

    November 20, 2014 6:15 PM EST Mike Nichols , the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to…

  8. Latin Grammys 2014: Meet the Best New Artist Nominees

    November 17, 2014 2:57 PM EST This year's Best New Artist nominees at the Latin Grammys -- all 10 of them -- have roots in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela. Below, we highlight their work and music and what's going on in the musical minds of these artists who'll be sharing an international…

  9. Beatles' 'Blackbird' Becomes Dad's Lullaby to Dying Newborn

    November 13, 2014 7:24 PM EST A new father -- who lost both his wife and son just days apart -- has found some solace thanks to a classic Beatles track. Chris Picco sang a tender version of "Blackbird" to his newborn son, Lennon, who was born via emergency C-section at Loma Linda University Hospital in…

  10. Juan Luis Guerra on New Sounds, New Album & Eternal Inspiration of Wife Nora

    November 12, 2014 6:58 PM EST 'Todo Tiene Su Hora' is out this week. Once upon a time, Juan Luis Guerra was a maverick star from the Dominican Republic who took bachata -- the most popular of rhythms from his home country -- and made it international. Thirty years later, bachata dominates the Billboard charts…

  11. Martina McBride Brings Her Everlasting Tour to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

    November 02, 2014 12:53 PM EST Martina McBride brought her Everlasting tour to her home base of Nashville on Saturday (Nov. 1), headlining before a capacity crowd at the Ryman Auditorium. Martina McBride, 'Everlasting': Exclusive Album Premiere The singer proved once again why she is one of three women to win…

  12. Dave Grohl Slams TV Talent Shows

    October 29, 2014 1:39 AM EDT If Dave Grohl had auditioned for American Idol , would he have snagged a golden ticket to the Hollywood rounds (coincidentally taking place this week)? Not a chance, the Foo Fighters frontman told CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday night. “I would never make it." In a candid interview…

  13. Linda Komorsky Liker, Music Industry Veteran, Dies at 70

    October 28, 2014 9:58 PM EDT She worked with Graham Nash, Randy Newman, Danny Elfman & Sting. Linda Komorsky Liker , a music publishing executive and adviser, died Sunday after being struck by a car as she crossed a street in Los Angeles. She was 70. Liker served as senior vp and GM at Dimensional Music Publishing,…

  14. Exclusive: Hemming Premieres 'Vitamins,' A Song That Made Linda Perry Cry

    October 22, 2014 12:05 PM EDT Linda Perry has worked with Pink , Gwen Stefani , the Dixie Chicks , Sugababes , and Courtney Love -- in short, she knows a good track when she hears one. Today Billboard is premiering "Vitamins" by Hemming, an artist Perry discovered on her reality TV show Make Or Break: The…

  15. 20 Things We Learned From Paul McCartney's Twitter Chat

    October 20, 2014 5:26 PM EDT In advance of two Wings reissues -- Venus and Mars and At The Speed Of Sound in November -- Paul McCartney took to Twitter to answer questions from fans young and old. Venus and Mars (1975) and At The Speed Of Sound (1976) are the fourth and fifth albums released by Wings. Both peaked at…

  16. Nashville Songwriter Paul Craft Dies at 76: Report

    October 19, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Nashville songwriter and Hall of Famer Paul Craft has died in Tennessee at the age of 76. The Tennessean reported that Craft died Saturday at a Nashville hospital "after years of deteriorating health." Craft penned the words to songs made famous by the likes of Ray Stevens , Mark…

  17. Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Tom Petty, Vince Gill , Cyndi Lauper , Elvis Costello and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame . The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Other performers up for the honor are Gloria…

  18. Rock Exhibit Coming to Country Hall of Fame

    October 13, 2014 5:53 PM EDT While country music has long been synonymous with Nashville, rock and folk musicians in the late '60s and early '70s made the Southern city the new hip spot to record. The city's talented session musicians helped create some of the seminal country-influenced rock albums of…

  19. Mary Lambert on Same-Sex Marriage Decision: 'This Is a Total Win' (Guest Column)

    October 10, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Singer broke through with the hook on Macklemore's 'Same Love.' On Tuesday, we got some badass news. The Supreme Court told all the lower courts, "Yo, don't bother us with your gay marriage stuff." Which is actually great!! A tacit win! My favorite! Five…

  20. Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    October 09, 2014 8:26 AM EDT Congrats, Billie Joe; congrats, Trent; congrats, Morrissey. And congrats to your band members, and to everyone, because today is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations day ! A 25-year period needs to have passed for acts to gain eligibility, and Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are this year&…

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