1. A Look Back at Prince's Quirky, Idiosyncratic Paisley Park Records

    April 24, 2016 12:28 PM EDT Stax Records once delivered Southern soul music, horn sections and behind-the-beat grooves. Motown served up spirited R&B from spit-polished singers with a distinctive pop sheen as “the Sound of Young America.” From Prince & the Revolution ’s Around the World in a Day (1985) to…

  2. Coachella 2016 Friday Weekend 2 Recap: Prince Tributes by LCD Soundsystem, Jack U, Ellie Goulding & More

    April 23, 2016 5:37 AM EDT LCD Soundsystem -- the Brooklyn electro-rock band in the midst of a successful reunion tour -- may have been the headliner of the first day of the second weekend of this year's Coachella festival, but there's no question that the entire day was about Prince , the legendary musician…

  3. Farm Aid 30th Anniversary TV Special Boasts Archive Sets From Allman Brothers, B.B. King & More

    January 06, 2016 3:17 PM EST Farm Aid, the music industry’s longest-running concert for a cause, will premiere an AXS TV special Jan. 10 filmed during its 30th anniversary in Chicago this past September, with performances by Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp , Dave Matthews , Jack Johnson , Kacey Musgraves and…

  4. Imagine Dragons to Join Willie Nelson & Friends for 30th Farm Aid Concert in Chicago

    July 28, 2015 1:00 AM EDT The guiding foursome of Farm Aid -- Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews -- will celebrate a milestone for the organization that supports America's family farmers with a 30th-anniversary concert in Chicago on Sept 19, featuring  Imagine Dragons , whose album…

  5. Galactic Joins Forces With Honorable South's Ms. Charm Taylor for New Song 'Right On': Exclusive Premiere

    June 01, 2015 2:42 PM EDT Galactic is always happy to work with well-known singers -- and the band's forthcoming album, Into The Deep (due out July 17), certainly has its share of them, including Mavis Staples  and  Macy Gray . But "there's something really cool about bringing somebody out that is…

  6. Exclusive: Watch Mavis Staples & Jeff Tweedy Cover John Fogerty in 'Mavis!'

    March 13, 2015 9:05 AM EDT Jessica Edwards makes her feature-length directing debut with  Mavis!,  a documentary on the 75-year-old Staple Singers vocalist that has its world premiere March 15 at SXSW. "There was no way we were going to get everything this woman accomplished in her 75 years into a single film,…

  7. Grammy-Winning Guitarist Leo Nocentelli Allegedly Denied Entry to Travelodge Because of Race

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Chivalry may be dead, but racism in this country, unfortunately, isn't. Yesterday (Sept. 30), guitarist and composer Leo Nocentelli sued Travelodge Hotels, Inc. for race discrimination. Nocentelli, a member of New Orleans instrumental outfit the Meters who has won a Grammy Lifetime…

  8. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  9. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton Squabble Off-Camera While Shooting 'The Voice': Watch

    March 06, 2014 2:50 AM EST The latest episode of "The Voice" may have solidified Blake Shelton's spot in last place when recruiting team members during the blind auditions, but off-camera, he celebrated his victories plenty in front of the other coaches. "Do y'all have that board you can bring…

  10. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy to Appear on Upcoming Episode of 'Parks and Rec'

    February 07, 2014 9:18 PM EST Jeff Tweedy is getting into the acting game with a guest spot on "Parks and Recreation" this spring. The Wilco frontman will appear on the NBC comedy in a role as -- get this -- a musician, Entertainment Weekly reports . Tweedy will travel to Pawnee as the former lead singer of Land…

  11. Cleotha Staples of Staples Singers Dead at 78

    February 22, 2013 4:56 PM EST In a family of vocalists, it was Cleotha Staples' smooth and velvety voice that helped set apart the sound of the influential and best-selling gospel group The Staple Singers. Staples, the eldest sister and member of the group her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples started in the…

  12. Bruce Springsteen's MusiCares Tribute: Sting, Neil Young to Honor The Boss

    January 02, 2013 10:05 AM EST Other Artists to Perform at Grammy Week Event Include Kenny Chesney, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith; Jon Stewart to Host Bruce Springsteen will be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year during Grammy week with a tribute event featuring performances by some of the biggest names in music,…

  13. Dave Grohl to Host Sirius XM Radio Show

    November 27, 2012 6:00 PM EST Sirius XM Radio announced today that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will host an exclusive, limited-run show that will air on a number of SiriusXM music channels. "Dave Grohl Presents Sound City" will premiere this Thursday at 4:00 pm ET on Classic Vinyl, channel 26, in advance of…

  14. 'Love for Levon' Helm Benefit: John Mayer, Dierks Bentley + More

    August 23, 2012 9:10 AM EDT John Mayer, Gregg Allman, Dierks Bentley and several other musicians are getting together to pay tribute to the late Levon Helm . The "Love for Levon" benefit concert will be held Oct. 3 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. It will include performances from such artists as My…

  15. Los Lobos Talk 'Rubic's Cube' of Options for 40th Anniversary

    August 21, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Until then, band celebrates 20 years since release of classic "Kiko" album Los Lobos celebrates the 20th anniversary of its lauded "Kiko" album this week with three special release, but an even more important milestone -- the group's 40th -- looms next year,…

  16. VH1 Divas: Florence Welch Leads Amy Winehouse Tribute

    December 20, 2011 10:35 AM EST The stars aligned to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse at the "VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul" concert this week, with Nas, Sharon Jones and Wanda Jackson all lending their voices during the show, culminating with a stirring performance of "Back to Black" by Florence Welch of…

  17. VH1 Divas Highlighted by Winehouse Tribute, 50 Cent & Chaka Khan Pairing

    December 19, 2011 3:30 PM EST VH1 may have honored singing divas at its annual VH1 Divas special, but the night was all about collaboration. 50 Cent was hand-in-hand with Chaka Khan on the red carpet; Mavis Staples screamed her love for Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine and Ledisi gushed over meeting Martha Reeves …

  18. Austin City Limits 2011: 11 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    September 19, 2011 2:35 PM EDT Two heat-filled days and tens of bands later, Austin City Limits attendees appeared both spent and ready for another round of rain by the time Sunday (Sept. 18) rolled around. Most roughed it out in pursuit of Arcade Fire, who did not disappoint the massive crowd as the day's only…

  19. Austin City Limits 2011: 15 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    September 18, 2011 2:18 PM EDT Though Day 2 brought humidity and a veritable downpour to the Austin City Limits festival, a sold-out crowd didn't seem to mind at all, donning ponchos and the sheets they brought as picnic blankets to shield themselves and listen on. Billboard was there for some of the best -- and worst…

  20. Austin City Limits 2011: 14 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    September 17, 2011 2:16 PM EDT "Keep Austin Weird" has become something of an official tagline for Texas' capital city -- a notion that even Kanye and Coldplay tried to abide by on Friday (Sept. 16). Did the first day of the tenth annual Austin City Limits festival live up to expectations? Read onward for 14…

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