1. Zach Sobiech, Terminally Ill Singer Who Channeled His Story Into 'Clouds', Dies at 18

    May 21, 2013 11:58 PM EDT Zach Sobiech, the aspiring young artist who recorded “Clouds,” an inspirational song which dealt with his battle against a rare and terminal form of cancer, has succumbed to his illness. Sobiech, who was just 18, finally lost his battle this week with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. But not…

  2. Shovels and Rope, Emmylou Harris Lead Americana Awards Nominees

    May 14, 2013 4:06 PM EDT Shovels & Rope, the Charleston, S.C., duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, received four nominations from the Americana Music Association at a Grammy Museum ceremony Tuesday that included performances from Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, T Bone Burnett with Lisa Marie Presley,…

  3. Youssou N’Dour & Kaija Saariaho Feted With Sweden's 2013 Polar Music Prize

    May 07, 2013 6:30 AM EDT Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho are the 2013 recipients of Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize. The Prize was created and funded in 1989 by Stig Andersson, the late manager of ABBA (sometimes called ABBA's fifth member) and the founder of two…

  4. Rolling Stones Kick Off '50 and Counting' Tour in Los Angeles

    May 04, 2013 11:54 AM EDT Stripped down and gimmick-free, the Rolling Stones' 50th anniversary trek eliminates the spectacle element that has framed their tours for the last 30-odd years. Their focus for two hour and 20 minutes Friday at Staples Center, the first night of the tour, was musical and celebratory,…

  5. TLC Plots Reunion Tour and New Music With J. Cole, Dallas Austin

    April 30, 2013 7:30 PM EDT TLC has a busy 2013 ahead, though Chili tells Billboard that contrary to reports, a Left-Eye hologram is not in the works: "It's definitely something we thought about, like years ago. But I think it's very creepy" The announcement of TLC's performance at this year…

  6. Loud Fashion: A Q&A with Stylish DJ, Mia Moretti

    April 30, 2013 12:32 PM EDT The Hook’s Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. caught up with DJ Mia Moretti to talk all things fashion and music. DJ’s are sometimes the best dressed at a party. With headphones as their main accessory, big names like Solange and Samantha Ronson rock killer threads that inspire many while…

  7. TLC Reunites For Mixtape Festival

    April 29, 2013 6:11 PM EDT Jonas Brothers, NKOTB, Train also on board for second annual fest. The annual Mixtape Festival has announced its 2013 lineup, and among the pop artists performing are the surviving members of groundbreaking girl group TLC. Eleven years after the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes,…

  8. Rolling Stones Rock Pre-Tour LA Club Gig

    April 28, 2013 12:00 PM EDT For one night only, the Rolling Stones were an up-and-coming band again. The legendary group rocked a small club in Los Angeles on Saturday night for a minuscule crowd compared to the thousands set to see them launch their "50 and Counting" anniversary tour a week later on May 3…

  9. Jenni Rivera's 'Filly Brown' Opens in Theaters, Lou Diamond Phillips and Cast Pay Tribute

    April 19, 2013 7:12 PM EDT "Fillly Brown," the film starring the late singer Jenni Rivera, opens in nearly 200 theaters today across the country. The movie, about a struggling Latina rapper played by Gina Rodriguez, features the Long Beach-born Rivera portraying the drug-addicted mother of the central…

  10. Jury Pool Trimmed As Michael Jackson Civil Trial Moves Ahead

    April 16, 2013 4:00 AM EDT The extensive connections of Michael Jackson, his family and friends became a challenge Monday for a judge trying to seat an impartial jury for his mother's wrongful death lawsuit against the company that promoted Jackson's ill-fated "This is It" concert. As individual…

  11. Brad Paisley, 'Wheelhouse': Track-By-Track Review

    April 09, 2013 11:45 AM EDT Brad Paisley tackles numerous subjects on his eighth studio album "Wheelhouse." His most controversial album to date, Paisley produced the LP himself and it features hot-button topics ranging from racism, religion, and domestic abuse. Latest Reviews: Paramore's "Paramore…

  12. Ask Billboard: Belinda's Back, JT Too, Mariah Carey's Album Sales & More

    March 31, 2013 6:05 AM EDT Belinda Carlisle releases her first single since the '90s, Justin Timberlake posts back-to-back No. 1 albums seven years apart and a look at Carey's album sales. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  13. Lisa Loeb Re-Creates Iconic 'Stay' Video At Billboard (Exclusive Video)

    March 28, 2013 10:45 AM EDT "Get me ready for my video, one take I'll shake it up on MTV, all eyes on me," Lisa Loeb sings on "The '90s," a track from her new album, "No Fairy Tale." "Those were the '90s, times flies so fast / You say you love me then, but I don'…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Oh, How The Years Go By

    March 22, 2013 10:52 AM EDT Jason Aldean's '1994' enters the Billboard Hot 100, marking the chart's latest hit whose title doubles as a year. "I was a junior in high school in '94 and Joe Diffie was huge," Jason Aldean told Billboard last year. "I went to the Cherry Blossom…

  15. David Allan Coe Injured in Florida Crash

    March 20, 2013 10:07 AM EDT Police in north Florida cited country music singer David Allan Coe for running a red light before being struck by a tractor-trailer near downtown Ocala. The Ocala Star-Banner reports the crash occurred early Tuesday. A message on his website says 73-year-old Coe is "recuperating from…

  16. 'Sunday Kind of Love' Singer Fran Warren Dies at 87

    March 20, 2013 2:36 AM EDT Fran Warren, the singer and actress whose 1947 recording of "A Sunday Kind of Love" is remembered as a classic of the Big Band era, has passed away at the age of 87. According to a statement from a representative, Warren died of natural causes on March 4 -- her birthday. Warren…

  17. Prince Gets Royal Treatment at Carnegie Hall: D'Angelo, Elvis Costello, Bettye Lavette Light Up All-Star Tribute Concert

    March 08, 2013 11:05 AM EST Tribute concerts are a tricky proposition under the best of circumstances. Not only do you need to match the right performer with the right song, you've got to learn an entire repertoire – which, if the tributee deserves an entire concert, is usually challenging on many levels -- in…

  18. What's The Most Common Hot 100 Song Title?

    February 26, 2013 11:05 AM EST Alabama Shakes debuts on the Hot 100 with the latest entry titled 'Hold On.' Is that the most common song title in the chart's more than five-decade history? Hold on a second. Or third. Or fourth ... On the latest Billboard Hot 100, Alabama Shakes debuts with "Hold On…

  19. 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week: 5 Things We Learned on Day 1

    February 08, 2013 2:29 PM EST The Hook's editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. was out on the town in NYC yesterday (Feb. 7), scoping out the latest NYFW fall runway looks and taking celeb notes along the way. What Singer Michael Kors Wants to Be As celebrities buzzed around the red carpet at the annual amfAR event…

  20. Lisa Loeb 'No Fairy Tale' Video Premiere Plus 9 Stories on What She's Been Up To

    January 31, 2013 10:08 AM EST It's been nearly nine years since Lisa Loeb last released a pop record (2004's "The Way It Really Is") -- not that she intended to take such a long gap. The singer-songwriter who made cat glasses famous with her 1994 megahit "Stay" returned to music-making…

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