1. Toronto's Massey Hall Set for $135M, Seven-Year Renovation

    February 23, 2015 8:15 PM EST Massey Hall, the 121-year-old Toronto live entertainment theater whose hallowed stage has been graced by such acts as Neil Young , George Gershwin, Rush , Igor Stravinsky, Bob Dylan , Luciano Pavarotti and Johnny Cash , is undergoing Phase 1 of a seven-year revitalization project, its…

  2. Clive Davis on Billboard Women in Music Honoree Aretha Franklin: ‘There Are No Pretenders to the Throne’

    December 08, 2014 11:00 AM EST The chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment writes about the enduring appeal of the Billboard Women in Music Icon honoree. Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul. It’s not the totality of who she is -- beneath her cool exterior is a remarkably warm-hearted person -- but it is a…

  3. Billboard Legend of Live Honoree Lionel Richie Remembers His Time With The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson (and His Snake)

    November 14, 2014 3:54 PM EST Lionel Richie splays his body over an armchair in his palatial Beverly Hills mansion, with a scarf wrapped around his neck and The Police playing on the sound system. "I don't need five or six homes," he says. "I just need one good one." In fact, Richie, 65, owns…

  4. Plácido Domingo Talks Passion For Soccer Ahead of World Cup Performance

    July 04, 2014 10:45 AM EDT For Placido Domingo, opera and soccer go hand in hand. The Spanish tenor has performed during almost every World Cup since 1990 and plans a July 11 concert in Rio de Janeiro, just two days before the city hosts the final game. Shakira Confirmed to Perform 'La La La' at World Cup…

  5. Plácido Domingo to Sing Before World Cup Final

    June 11, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Placido Domingo will sing before a World Cup final for the sixth time, announcing Wednesday he will perform at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on July 11. The concert featuring the 73-year-old classic musical star will take place two days before the final at Maracana Stadium. The show also…

  6. Michael Bolton Talks Memoir, Hits and What 'Jack Sparrow' Has Wrought

    September 11, 2013 12:00 PM EDT "Word is out," quipped Michael Bolton, "that I might have a sense of humor." The superstar singer who has sold out arenas was speaking Monday night in a much more intimate venue, the 92nd Street Y (92Y) on Manhattan's Upper East Side.    Bolton was describing the…

  7. Legendary Producer Phil Ramone Dies at Age 79

    March 30, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a career that stretched back to the early 1960s --…

  8. Bob Birch of Elton John's Band Dead in Apparent Suicide

    August 15, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Elton John "devastated and shocked" ... "In all our years on the road he never played or sang a bad note" Bob Birch, a bass player and prolific session sideman best known as a long-time member of Elton John's band, died Wednesday of an apparent suicide at his home in…

  9. Lady Gaga Has 'Marilyn Moment' at Bill Clinton's Concert

    October 16, 2011 10:15 PM EDT Lady Gaga was one of several musicians who performed Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl during a concert celebrating the 10th anniversary of Clinton's foundation, which has sought to improve global health, strengthen economies worldwide, promote healthier childhoods and protect the…

  10. Salvatore Licitra, Tenor Dubbed 'Pavarotti's Heir,' Dead at 43

    September 05, 2011 11:50 PM EDT Salvatore Licitra, a tenor known in his Italian homeland as the "new Pavarotti" for his potent voice and considerable stamina, died Monday at age 43 after spending nine days in a coma following a motorscooter accident in Sicily. Catania's Garibaldi Hospital, announcing the…

  11. Placido Domingo Honored As Latin Grammy Person of the Year

    November 11, 2010 11:45 AM EST Rock and pop crooners from throughout Latin America praised opera icon Plácido Domingo as an inspiration to all Hispanics during a star-studded tribute concert in Las Vegas honoring the Spanish tenor's career. Domingo, known to popular music audiences for his "Three Tenors"…

  12. Spike Lee to Direct John Legend, the Roots Live Webcast

    September 14, 2010 2:10 PM EDT Spike Lee will direct a live webcast of a concert featuring John Legend and the Roots . The concert, to be held in New York on Sept. 23, is the second part of "Unstaged," a live concert series presented by American Express Co. The first was an Arcade Fire concert, whose webcast in…

  13. Chart Beat Thursday: A Madge-ical Week For 'Glee'

    April 29, 2010 4:55 PM EDT NEW DIRECTIONS: On the Billboard Hot 100 dated March 18, 1989, Madonna 's "Like a Prayer" soared in as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 38. 21 years, one month and three weeks later, the song makes its second Hot 100 appearance, again as the chart's highest new entry . The cast…

  14. Elton John Stage Collapse In Mexico Injures Three

    April 02, 2010 11:59 AM EDT Part of the stage being set up for a weekend concert by singer Elton John at Mexico's famed Chichen Itza ruins collapsed during construction, injuring three workers, authorities said Thursday. Two of the workers were treated for slight injuries and released, and the third was…

  15. Elton John, Lady Gaga To Join Sting At Rainforest Fund Concert

    March 23, 2010 2:40 PM EDT S ting , Elton John , Lady Gaga and Dame Shirley Bassey will perform together at Carnegie Hall, as part of the bi-annual Rainforest Fund benefit concert on May 13. The event will mark the 21st birthday of the charitable organization founded by Sting and Trudie Styler to help protect and…

  16. Il Divo

    May 14, 2009 11:34 AM EDT <sub_headline>The quartet takes opera to the masses. <br /> </sub_headline> The opening chords are unmistakable. It's one of the most iconic British pop songs of the '80s, with some of the most peculiar lyrics ("Protect you from the hooded claw, keep the…

  17. Lily Allen, Springsteen Retain U.K. Chart Peaks

    February 09, 2009 11:12 AM EST Lily Allen's Allen's "The Fear" (Regal/Parlophone/EMI) and Bruce Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" (Columbia/Sony BMG) retained the No. 1 spots on the new U.K. single and album charts respectively yesterday (Feb. 8). Allen's single started a second…

  18. This Day in Music

    October 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The MTV Video Music Awards Latin America are canceled. The awards show, derailed by Hurricane Wilma, is originally scheduled to take place the day earlier, but is then moved up a day. Ultimatel 2005 - The MTV Video Music Awards Latin America are canceled. The awards show, derailed by…

  19. This Day in Music

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Canadian country manager, label owner and songwriter Don Grashey passes away at home in Thunder Bay, Ontario at the age of 79. His death coincides with the presentation of the 2005 Canadian Cou 2005 - Canadian country manager, label owner and songwriter Don Grashey passes away at home…

  20. This Day in Music

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. Speaking in Brussels after meeting European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, Bono s 2005 - U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the…

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