1. Bob Dylan Giving AARP Magazine Subscribers Free Copy of Latest Album

    January 25, 2015 10:54 PM EST One of the caveats attached by Bob Dylan to his one and only interview in support of new album Shadows in the Night was that 50,000 copies of the album, out Feb. 3, be freely distributed. And so, next week, that number of randomly chosen AARP The Magazine subscribers will receive something…

  2. Primary Wave Merges Talent Management Division With Intellectual Artists Management

    January 19, 2015 7:49 PM EST Independent music marketing, talent management and music publishing company Primary Wave has merged its talent management division with full-service talent and literary management, media and content production company Intellectual Artists Management, it was announced Monday. Primary Wave…

  3. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and…

  4. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 100-76

    January 06, 2015 1:05 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  5. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Idina Menzel: ‘I Worked My Whole Life to Have a Crossover Song’

    December 05, 2014 5:14 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Breakthrough Artist honoree talks about the phenomenon of 'Frozen' and the blessing of John Travolta mispronouncing her name at the Oscars. Just after 10 p.m. one November night, Idina Menzel  is winding down from her workday. The 43-year-old is…

  6. Exclusive: Alexander Cardinale Premieres Heartwarming 'Made For You' Video

    December 03, 2014 12:00 PM EST Inspiration strikes artists in different ways at different times. The singer-songwriter Alexander Cardinale is at his most creative when he's barely conscious. "A lot of ideas seem to come to me in a half-asleep fogginess," he tells Billboard. "Music, too. It seems so…

  7. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  8. Executive Turntable: Def Jam Promotes Rob Caiaffa, Sony Music Nashville Appoints Fount Lynch, 'El Gato' to WRMA in Miami

    November 11, 2014 12:51 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Def Jam, Sony Music Nashville, MSG and many more. -- Def Jam Recordings promoted Rob Caiaffa to vice president, marketing. Caiaffa previously served as senior director, marketing & development. -- Sony Music Nashville…

  9. Primary Wave Acquires Evolution Management

    November 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Primary Wave has acquired Evolution Management and will merge the company into its talent management division,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The combined personnel — which will include film and TV talent and literary managers — will move to expanded offices next year. Related…

  10. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Herb Alpert Returns After 27-Year Absence

    October 10, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Plus: the first new Christmas album of the season debuts! On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Blake Shelton scored his second No. 1 album with Bringing Back the Sunshine , as the Warner Bros. Nashville album sold 100,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  11. 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…

  12. Tina Turner Exhibit Opens at Old Tennessee School

    September 26, 2014 5:35 PM EDT A restored one-room schoolhouse where Tina Turner attended classes opened Friday (Sept. 26) as a museum honoring the singer's career and recalling her childhood in this small West Tennessee town. 'Happily Retired' Tina Turner Readies 'Love Songs' Album  More than…

  13. Melissa Etheridge Op-Ed: Why Auto-Tune Has No Soul

    September 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Cutting-edge technology makes the human touch -- and sound -- even more vital, writes the singer, who releases new album 'M.E.' on Sept. 30. Ever since technology gave us the ability to put an endless number of tracks on a recording and to manipulate a voice into perfect pitch,…

  14. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contracts is a deal for a catalog campaign with…

  15. Rick Parashar, Producer For Pearl Jam & Alice in Chains, Dies at 50

    August 17, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Veteran Seattle music producer Rick Parashar, who produced Peal Jam’s seminal 1991 album Ten , died of natural causes on Aug. 14. He was 50. Parashar passed away from natural causes stemming from a pulmonary embolism in his lower extremities at his home in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood,…

  16. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts." Noting 6 million American school…

  17. Jessica Simpson Marries Eric Johnson in California

    July 05, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Felicitations are in order for Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson: the couple of four years, 33 and 34 respectively, married earlier tonight in an outdoor ceremony in Santa Barbara County. Jessica Simpson Gives Birth to Second Baby "We are overwhelmed with complete happiness and love…

  18. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. We reflect on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT understanding, acceptance and…

  19. Melissa Etheridge Marries Partner Linda Wallem

    May 31, 2014 9:44 PM EDT The couple of four years tie the knot in an intimate ceremony in Montecito, California Melissa Etheridge married Linda Wallem, her partner of four years, in an intimate outdoor ceremony Saturday night (May 31). People reports that the ceremony, which included Etheridge's four children,…

  20. Billy Joel Tried Heroin, Went to Woodstock: 11 Things We Learned at his Sirius Town Hall

    April 28, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Billy Joel celebrated his 65th birthday a week early with a star studded Town Hall meeting moderated by Howard Stern and Robin Quivers. Broadcast on Sirius XM’s Howard 100 and Billy Joel channels, the event -- held at New York City’s Cutting Room on April 28 -- featured live performances by…

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