1. Women in Film Launches Music Committee With Help From Melissa Etheridge & Rita Wilson

    May 09, 2016 7:54 PM EDT Women scored fewer than 2 percent of the top 500 films in 2015, a minuscule improvement from 1 percent in 2014.  To help improve those dismal stats, advocacy group Women in Film has formed a new music committee, chaired by music supervisor Tracy McKnight. The committee launched Saturday…

  2. From Snoop Dogg to Willie Nelson, Pot Industry Tries to Build Brands

    January 02, 2016 11:57 AM EST Snoop Dogg has his own line of marijuana. So does Willie Nelson . Melissa Etheridge has a marijuana-infused wine. As the fast-growing marijuana industry emerges from the black market and starts looking like a mainstream industry, there’s a scramble to brand and trademark pot products.…

  3. Tom Hanks, Melissa Etheridge and More Reflect on Bruce Springsteen's Reissued 'The River'

    December 04, 2015 2:49 PM EST In 1980, Bruce Springsteen released The River , a landmark double album that solidified his role as a star chronicler of America's ­working class. Weaving his tales of blue-collar joy and heartbreak with The E Street Band's bar-band-on-steroids sound, it was home to his first smash…

  4. Melissa Etheridge Sings for Inmates at Ohio Women's Prison

    October 08, 2015 8:54 PM EDT A video of female inmates singing one of her songs led to Melissa Etheridge performing with the group at an Ohio prison. The singer performed solo Wednesday for about 2,300 inmates at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, The Columbus Dispatch reported. They sat on a recreation field at the…

  5. Watch Melissa Etheridge Sing Janis Joplin's 'Mercedes Benz' at CLIO Awards

    October 01, 2015 6:21 PM EDT The relationship between advertising and music has never been stronger, and Melissa Etheridge has a pretty good idea where it began. At Wednesday night's (Oct. 1) CLIO Awards -- honoring the year's best and most creative advertising -- the rocker took the stage to present the Grand…

  6. Melissa Etheridge Offers Soccer Star Abby Wambach & Wife Concert Tickets for 'True Love'

    July 09, 2015 3:39 PM EDT Abby Wambach's post-game kiss with her wife, Sarah Huffman (also a professional soccer player), wasn't just the perfect way to celebrate the U.S. team winning the Women's World Cup; it was also a poignant way to commemorate the recent Supreme Court decision that made marriage…

  7. Melissa Etheridge on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: 'Hate Doesn't Win Out Over Love' (Guest Column)

    June 26, 2015 10:30 PM EDT On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states . Below, Melissa Etheridge shares her thoughts on the landmark ruling. Twenty years ago, 10 years ago, we knew there would have to be that case that was brought in front of the Supreme Court because you're…

  8. Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, Walk the Moon Celebrate Charity at Annual Grammy Foundation Concert

    February 07, 2015 4:59 PM EST There's something slightly incestuous -- in a good way -- about a philanthropic organization putting on a tribute to other philanthropic organizations. So it was Thursday night at the Grammy Foundation's annual show at the Wilshire Ebell; celebrating a different theme each year,…

  9. Exclusive: Watch Melissa Etheridge & Queen Latifah Cover Fleetwood Mac

    October 08, 2014 6:33 PM EDT While the Rumours -era lineup of Fleetwood Mac is out on tour, Melissa Etheridge and Queen Latifah revisited the group's lone track to feature all five members as songwriters, "The Chain." Melissa Etheridge Op-Ed: Why Auto-Tune Has No Soul The pair perform "The Chain…

  10. Barack Obama Salutes ‘Women of Soul,’ Struggles To Spell ‘Respect’: Watch

    March 09, 2014 11:51 PM EDT He bobbled the spelling, but President Barack Obama had nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the "women of soul" who shook and rattled the rafters of the White House. "What a lineup!" Obama declared Thursday at the outset of a concert that featured a generations-spanning array of…

  11. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History On Alternative Songs With 'Invisible'

    February 10, 2014 6:05 PM EST The band rewrites the mark for the most entries in the chart's 25-year archives. Plus, new No. 1s for Katy Perry and Yandel, and Miranda Lambert returns Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  12. 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…

  13. Ladysmith Black Mambazo Experimenting with Gospel Music

    February 15, 2012 11:25 AM EST Ladysmith Black Mambazo has covered a broad range of music during its 40-plus years together, from indigenous South African styles to the children's music of last year's Grammy Award-nominated "Songs From a Zulu Farm." Now the vocal group has some a bit more spiritual in…

  14. Tom Petty Talks New Album, Tour, Sandwiches in Twitter Q&A

    December 15, 2011 7:32 PM EST There were a few modest news flashes from Tom Petty during a Q&A session on his official Twitter page ( @tompetty ) on Thursday. Petty told Billboard.com that a new album is planned "but too soon to know details. it`s early days." He did, however, tell a fan asking about his…

  15. 'Glee' Recap: The Kids Are Alright, But Those Adults ...

    November 30, 2011 9:45 AM EST We return from a brief holiday week hiatus to a "Glee" that stumbles as much as it shines, with two plotlines-worth of structure that make sense, and two that fall completely flat. It's a glass half empty or half full situation, and we'll try to look on the bright, gay…

  16. Melissa Etheridge Lands Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

    September 28, 2011 9:55 AM EDT Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor, has received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. Tuesday's ceremony in front of the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood also marked the launch of Hard Rock's monthlong Pinktober campaign, a series of concerts…

  17. Billboard Bits: Sly Stone Homeless, Melissa Etheridge Caught in Custody Battle

    September 26, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Psychedelic Legend Sly Stone Revealed To Be Homeless Sly Stone, ringleader of rock-funk fusion act Sly and the Family Stone is reportedly homeless, living out of a van parked in Los Angeles' rough Crenshaw…

  18. Sammy Hagar: Chickenfoot Is No Joke (But Van Halen Is)

    August 23, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Sammy Hagar says he didn't exactly plan to record and release the all-star Chickenfoot 's second album this year. "The reason Chickenfoot had to go in was because of Chad," Hagar tells Billboard.com, meaning drummer Chad Smith, who was also busy recording the Red Hot Chili…

  19. 'The Voice' Debuts Live with Team Aguilera Vs. Team Shelton

    June 08, 2011 1:08 PM EDT C hristina Aguilera was a ball of energy backstage Tuesday (June 7) when "The Voice" wrapped its first live show, as the singer shared her thoughts on her team's performance with a crammed line of journalists. "Tonight I saw enormous growth," Aguilera told Billboard…

  20. Melissa Etheridge to Step Into Armstrong's 'American Idiot' Role

    January 18, 2011 3:22 PM EST M elissa Etheridge is about to get in touch with her punk side. The Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer will temporarily step in for Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong while he takes a break from performing in his Broadway musical , "American Idiot." Etheridge, best known for her…

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