1. Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Tom Petty, Vince Gill , Cyndi Lauper , Elvis Costello and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame . The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Other performers up for the honor are Gloria…

  2. Deadmau5 Says Archenemy Disney Wanted His Help on 'Fantasia' Anniversary

    October 14, 2014 4:23 PM EDT On Monday, Deadmau5 raised new sound and fury at the U.S. Trademark Office over Disney's attempt to oppose his mark consisting of a caricature of a mouse head with black ears, black face, white eyes and white mouth. The new papers speak among other things, about what Disney has in…

  3. 35 Years Ago, Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight' Made Its First Chart Appearance

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Several years after hip-hop culture began to take shape at parties in the Bronx and Queens, Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" was released via Sugar Hill Records on Sept. 16, 1979. Nearly one month after its release, the watershed single made its first appearance on a…

  4. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your 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 country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary,…

  5. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  6. 'The Voice,' 'Idol' & 'X Factor': All 26 Judges, Ranked

    September 22, 2014 2:52 PM EDT As Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams join 'The Voice,' we rank the coaches who came before them. Starting Monday night (Sept. 22), there are two new kids on the singing-competition block: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams , who will make their debut as coaches on The Voice .…

  7. Why Deadmau5' Trademark Battle With Disney Has Cost Him Dearly

    September 12, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Deadmau5 -- aka Joel Zimmerman -- unleashed fury upon The Walt Disney Company in early September for opposing his attempt to register a trademark of the signature mouse head he wears while performing. On Twitter, the DJ told his 3 million followers how "stupid" it was that anyone…

  8. Disney Responds to Deadmau5's Cease and Desist Amid Legal Battle

    September 08, 2014 12:15 PM EDT In the midst of the trademark infringement battle between Disney and Deadmau5 , the EDM star (real name Joel Zimmerman) served Disney with a cease and desist last week when the corporation released a video of Mickey Mouse soundtracked by one of his songs, "Ghosts 'n' Stuff.…

  9. Deadmau5 Fires Back at Disney's Trademark Opposition With Cease and Desist

    September 04, 2014 9:54 PM EDT Following Disney's filing a formal opposition against EDM star Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, and his attempt to register a trademark on his mouse head caricature, Zimmerman has fired back with a cease and desist he not only sent the entertainment giant but publicly posted in…

  10. In Defense of Disney's Opposition to the Deadmau5 Trademark

    September 03, 2014 3:56 PM EDT The U.S. Trademark Office can sometimes resemble a cat-and-mouse game. Six months ago, we broke news that Disney was investigating a trademark registration filed by the company owned by EDM star Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"). Providing notice of…

  11. Pras Michel, Founding Member of the Fugees, Takes Ice Bucket Challenge in North Korea

    August 31, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Pras Michel passed on the challenge to four people, including former bandmate Lauryn Hill. It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel , a founding member of the Fugees , has done it -- getting his dousing…

  12. Reunited Ramones Estates Plan Big Comeback Including Martin Scorsese Film

    August 27, 2014 12:10 PM EDT The Johnny Ramone tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery has become a tradition. This past Sunday marked the tenth annual event honoring the late guitarist. In a marathon celebration that began before sundown diehard Ramones fans were treated to a Q&A that included Johnny’s widow Linda,…

  13. Christina Aguilera’s Top 20 Billboard Hits

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Fifteen years ago this month, Christina Aguilera successfully shed her Disney image with her sultry self-titled debut album , a No. 1 hit and a game-changing moment for the former "Mickey Mouse Club" star. The following decade-and-a-half has been full of such reinventions for…

  14. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  15. Life of Sugar Hill Records' Sylvia Robinson Heading to Big Screen

    August 19, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson was considered the mother of hip-hop. Paula Wagner , the producer who has been working on Broadway projects since splitting with former partner Tom Cruise, has acquired the film rights to the life story of the singer considered the mother of hip-hop: Sylvia Robinson .…

  16. Watch 'Black Widow' Get Taken Over by Batman, Mickey Mouse & More

    August 19, 2014 3:12 PM EDT You know a song is a hit when the parodies and homages begin -- which is exactly what is happening with Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora 's hit "Black Widow." YouTubers Danny Padilla and  Mason Sperling  are viral-ready in their latest, which has the talented duo singing "Black…

  17. Watch Lady Gaga in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Trailer

    July 28, 2014 4:07 PM EDT Lady Gaga is ready to take your order. Lady Gaga in a stylized outfit saying kooky things? It's just another day in the life for the singer, but this time, it's for a film. Lady Gaga appears in the new trailer for  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For  as a waitress giving money to Joseph…

  18. After Singer Buddy Melton's Farming Accident, Bluegrass Band Balsam Range Even "Tighter"

    July 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Buddy Melton, the lead singer for rising bluegrass band Balsam Range feels lucky to get to perform -- and not for the standard reasons. In 2012, he was involved in a 2012 farming accident that resulted in several procedures to repair his sinus cavity. Doctors were unsure whether the singer…

  19. Dire Straits Keyboardist Eyes New Music

    July 24, 2014 4:43 PM EDT "We've got an album, definitely," says Alan Clark current member of the Straits. If Alan Clark has his way, there will be more Dire Straits music in the future -- though not necessarily by Dire Straits. Clark, the group's keyboardist from 1980 until its dissolution in 1992…

  20. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 18, 2014 7:54 PM EDT Though, Jason Mraz is nipping at Al's heels with 'Yes!' Comedian and singer "Weird Al" Yankovic is on course for his first No. 1 album, as "Mandatory Fun" could debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry forecasters suggest the album, which was…

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