1. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Association International have announced the inductees into the NSAI Hall of Fame, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and…

  2. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

  3. Spoon Announces New Album 'They Want My Soul' & Shares New Music

    June 05, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The band's first album since 2010 drops August 5 via Loma Vista. One of indie rock's most reliable, critically acclaimed bands is back for another go. Following an uncharacteristic four-year break between full-lengths, Spoon will release a new studio album titled "They Want My…

  4. How Marty Friedman Went From Megadeth to the 'Ryan Seacrest Of Japan'

    June 03, 2014 11:37 AM EDT "Chubo desu yo!" translates into English as “It's the Kitchen!,” and it's a mainstay of Japanese TV. Each week the show's jovial host Masaaki Sakai, a singer-comedian and household name, cooks a meal while engaging guests in humorous off-topic banter. Tonight's…

  5. Jordin Sparks' 2014 Billboard Music Awards Best Dressed List

    May 20, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Singer and 2014 BBMAs red carpet host Jordin Sparks lists her favorite looks of the night. I had such a blast co-hosting the 2014 Billboard Music Awards "Samsung (thanks for my phone!!!) Red Carpet LIVE!" with Lance Bass on Sunday! My feet still hurt! Yikes! We got to talk…

  6. Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs

    April 28, 2014 3:12 PM EDT From Girls Aloud to SWV to Electrik Red, check out Billboard's editorial countdown of underappreciated girl group tracks. Most casual pop fans can rattle off a few of the biggest girl group hits of all time -- the classic cuts by the Supremes, TLC, Destiny's Child and more --…

  7. 4 Non Blondes to Reunite at L.A. Event

    April 17, 2014 11:45 AM EDT What's up with 4 Non Blondes? How about a one-night-only reunion? The '90s rock band will perform May 10 at "An Evening With Women" to benefit the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Linda Perry, the band's former lead singer and hit songwriter, has produced the event for…

  8. Michael Cera Readies Broadway Debut In 'This Is Our Youth'

    April 10, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, which has been a magnet for top talent since it was first produced in 1996, is headed for Broadway, with Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and fashion media darling Tavi Gevinson set to play the three adrift characters in the caustic but compassionate…

  9. Spandau Ballet Makes U.S. Return With SXSW Film Premiere and Concert

    March 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wednesday's gig marked the British New Romantic band's first Statesdie performance in nearly 30 years Having finished their first performance in the U.S. in more than 28 years, Spandau Ballet will wait until George Hencken's documentary, "Soul Boys of the Western World,…

  10. 'The Smiths' at 30: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    February 20, 2014 2:20 PM EST As of Feb. 20, 2014, 54-year old Steven Patrick Morrissey is about to embark on a tour in support of an upcoming solo album , and remains one of the most iconic figures in modern rock music. Thrity years ago today, the idiosyncratic Mancunian took a major first step into the public eye…

  11. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  12. Hot Country Songs 70th Anniversary: Top No. 1s By Decade, Top No. 1 Artists & More

    January 13, 2014 3:06 PM EST In honor of country music's longevity and vaunted place in American cultural history, Billboard celebrates the 70th anniversary of the chart that's now known as Hot Country Songs by taking a look at the biggest No. 1 songs of each decade of the chart's history and the acts with…

  13. The Everly Brothers' Country Roots Run Deep: A Look at Their Hall of Fame Career

    January 05, 2014 12:24 PM EST As the music world mourns the passing of Phil Everly this past Friday, the impact of Phil and brother Don on the world of country music simply can't be ignored. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, the Everlys' roots run deep in the format. Don was born in…

  14. The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly Dead at 74

    January 03, 2014 9:10 PM EST The vocalist passed away Friday from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease January 4 / 2:15 PM EST: This article was updated with Don Everly's statement. Phil Everly, who made up one-half of iconic rock and country duo The Everly Brothers, has died. He was 74. According to the…

  15. Nelson Mandela's Impact on Music, Concerts, Movies and More

    December 05, 2013 7:30 PM EST Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist…

  16. Bono Pens Essay on Nelson Mandela: 'He Could Charm the Birds Off the Trees'

    December 05, 2013 6:53 PM EST "As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager." Bono's essay on Nelson Mandela, published by Time mere minutes after news of the South African leader's death on Thursday, is filled with reason upon reason why the U2…

  17. Gene Kelly's 'Singin' in the Rain' Suit Up For Sale

    December 03, 2013 2:44 AM EST A memorabilia collector is selling the gray wool suit Gene Kelly wore as he joyously danced in a downpour in the Hollywood musical "Singin' in the Rain." The suit is expected to sell for more than $20,000 when Heritage Auctions offers it up Friday in Dallas. Memorabilia…

  18. Selena Gomez Scraps Concerts in Russia Amid Visa Controversy

    September 19, 2013 6:16 PM EDT Selena Gomez has canceled several concert dates in eastern Europe after Russian authorities reportedly denied the pop star's visa request.  The "Come and Get It" singer was slated to perform in Minsk, Belarus today and in Kiev, Ukraine on Sept. 21, then travel to Russia for…

  19. Marian McPartland, Jazz Pianist and Radio Host, Dead at 95

    August 21, 2013 10:03 AM EDT Marian McPartland, a renowned jazz pianist and host of the National Public Radio show "Piano Jazz," has died at the age of 95, NPR said Wednesday. McPartland died of natural causes Tuesday night at her Port Washington home on Long Island, said Anna Christopher Bross, a spokeswoman…

  20. Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' Sets Record For Longest No. 1 Run On Hot Country Songs

    August 01, 2013 12:42 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line sets the all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as the duo's "Cruise" notches a 22nd cumulative week at the summit. With its latest week on top, the song passes three other titles that each led for 21…

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