1. Play Ball: David Nail Talks St. Louis Cardinals' 2014 Season

    April 10, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Country singer David Nail, a high school and college player himself, previews the 2013 National League champions. April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a…

  2. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott On the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: 'It's Rubbish'

    March 27, 2014 4:21 AM EDT After Joe Elliott’s 35 years fronting Def Leppard, fans might think they know the charismatic vocalist.  But there is another side to one of the most successful front men in hard rock history, one that listens to Tom Waits in the bath, would love to do an acoustic record and can barely…

  3. Smashing Pumpkins to Release Pair of 'Epic' Albums in 2015

    March 25, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins signed a new record deal and will release two new albums of "guitars, guitars, and more guitars" in 2015, frontman Billy Corgan announced Tuesday on the band's new website . Through an artist services deal with BMG, the band will release "Monuments…

  4. Martha Wainwright Working On Memoir

    March 24, 2014 12:08 AM EDT A member of folk music royalty, singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright, is working on a memoir. Wainwright has a deal with Flatiron Books for "Stories I Might Regret Telling You," set to come out in early 2016. Wainwright is the daughter of musicians Loudon Wainwright III and the late…

  5. RuPaul Messages Pirates With Decoy Album: 'You Done Stole My Album! Uh Uh, No You Better Don’t, Hooker!'

    March 04, 2014 7:28 PM EST RuPaul Charles, who has built a career on an over-the-top irreverence for convention, pulled another fast one for his latest album, "Born Naked." This time, the queen of drag turned the table on pirates by putting out a decoy album on several popular Torrent sites that traffic…

  6. Top 10 Girl Groups Of All Time

    February 12, 2014 3:07 PM EST From TLC to the Pointer Sisters, check out the top girl groups ever. On this week's Billboard 200 chart , U.K. girl group Little Mix scores a Top 10 debut with its sophomore album, "Salute," which debuts at No. 6 with 43,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. For…

  7. Quetzal: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 25, 2014 3:23 PM EST Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. Quetzal won a GRAMMY for best latin rock, urban or alternative album for 2012's "Imaginaries." QUETZAL FLORES: “We were sitting at the back of the theater…

  8. Jenni Rivera's Daughter 'Chiquis' Debuts Song In Honor of Her Late Mom

    January 17, 2014 2:44 AM EST Janney "Chiquis" Rivera, the daughter of the late regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera, has taken to YouTube to premiere "Paloma Blanca," a banda-themed song dedicated to her mother who died in 2012 when her small plane crashed while on business in Mexico.  "Paloma…

  9. The Strokes’ Fabrizio Moretti Makes His Move For Interactive Art

    October 31, 2013 6:42 AM EDT People listen - sometimes really carefully - to music, and Fabrizio Moretti, drummer of rock band The Strokes, certainly appreciates that. But, he says, it's a one-way conversation. Moretti yearned to have more of an artistic dialogue with the public, so he started one outside the Rag …

  10. New York City Opera Plans For Bankruptcy If Cash Can’t Be Raised

    September 27, 2013 1:23 AM EDT New York City Opera could be sounding its final note this weekend - at least for a while. The 70-year-old company says it plans to file for bankruptcy and scrap the bulk of its 2013-14 season unless it somehow manages to reach its fundraising goal, which it admitted is not likely. "The…

  11. CBGB Film Festival Lineup Announced

    September 18, 2013 6:45 PM EDT This year's CBGB Music & Film Festival will travel from the Bowery to Broadway with "CBGB" and "Broadway Idiot," the documentary on Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and the making of the musical "American Idiot."  Taking place Oct. 8-13, about 60…

  12. Cooking With 2 Chainz: Eating Our Way Through His 'Meal Time' Recipes

    September 18, 2013 4:40 PM EDT Chainz was my therapist this past weekend and he didn't even know it. From Friday night to Sunday night (September 13-15), omitting mornings (2 Chainz apparently sleeps through breakfast), I cooked dishes from his and Chef Aleem's cookbook, "#Meal Time." The 15…

  13. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Same Love' & Other No. 11 Hits

    September 17, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Despite stopping at No. 11, the song has become a powerful pop culture anthem For chart fans, the most frustrating positions on a tally can be Nos. 2, 11 and 41. Those are the ranks that fall just outside the more desirable Nos. 1, 10 and 40. So far in 2013, just one song has peaked at…

  14. 'Boardwalk Empire Volume 2' Soundtrack: Exclusive Album Premiere

    August 27, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Following up the Grammy-winning soundtrack to "Boardwalk Empire," HBO's acclaimed series about 1920s Atlantic City, gave the show's music guru a chance to reward fans with a "cornucopia of musical gems" from that era, which was then evolving into the jazz…

  15. ‪Blue Öyster Cult‬ Guitarist Allen Lanier Dies

    August 15, 2013 10:11 AM EDT Allen Lanier, a founding member and multi-instrumentalist with classic rock band Blue Öyster Cult, has died after a lengthy battle with lung disease, the group announced  on Wednesday. He was 67. "We've lost our friend and bandmate," the statement reads, confirming that…

  16. Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Liza Minnelli Walk Up for ‘Boardwalk Empire Volume 2’

    August 08, 2013 6:21 AM EDT Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Liza Minnelli and Rufus Wainwright are among the big names who’ve recorded cover songs for “Boardwalk Empire Volume 2.” The album arrives next month ahead of season four of HBO’s hit series. New York Dolls’ David Johansen, St. Vincent, Neko Case and The National…

  17. Diana Ross Reigns at Hollywood Bowl

    August 05, 2013 10:00 PM EDT Diana Ross's Aug. 3 performance at the Hollywood Bowl may have been relatively short (about 75 minutes). But the legendary artist -- sailing aboard a raft of songs and five costume changes -- still knows how to keep fans wanting more while also reminding them that she originally put…

  18. Taylor Swift & Carly Simon Duet to 'You're So Vain': Watch

    July 31, 2013 4:00 AM EDT For Taylor Swift, breakups aren't always a bad thing. In fact, they usually result in a hit single and another platinum plaque to add to her collection. And she's not alone. Pop music has had a long love affair with the kiss-off song, and some 40 years before Swift delivered the…

  19. Van Dyke Parks Takes Artful Approach on First Solo Album in Decades

    July 25, 2013 11:00 AM EDT On "Songs Cycled," acclaimed composer enlists artists Art Spiegelman, Klaus Voorman and others The artwork inside the booklet for Van Dyke Parks' first solo album in 20 years is as important as the music itself, the songwriter-composer arranger says. With contributions from…

  20. 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…

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