1. Leonard Nimoy, Spock From 'Star Trek,' Dead at 83

    February 27, 2015 12:18 PM EST The beloved 'Star Trek' actor and occasional singer passed away Friday morning. Leonard Nimoy, the Hollywood renaissance man who fashioned a long and prosperous career as the supremely logical and cerebral science officer Mr. Spock from Star Trek , has died. He was 83. Nimoy, who…

  2. Kid Rock Talks Hanging Out With Eminem & Bob Seger: 'They're Both a Little Kooky'

    February 26, 2015 8:04 PM EST Kid Rock's got an eclectic group of friends these days, spanning from his Alabama neighbor Hank Williams Jr. to Axl Rose to Mitt Romney to Eminem to Lionel Richie .  In a new cover story for Rolling Stone , the rocker talks about how he gets along with some of his more celebrity…

  3. Brit Awards 2015: Ed Sheeran & Sam Smith Win Big, But Madonna & Kanye West Steal the Show

    February 25, 2015 7:25 PM EST The Brit Awards may be the biggest night in the U.K. music industry calendar, but it was U.S. stars Madonna , Taylor Swift and Kanye West who provided the show's standout moments. All three artists performed at the 35th Brit Awards, held at London's O2 arena, with Madonna's…

  4. Queen Latifah's Bessie Smith Film to Premiere May 16 on HBO

    February 24, 2015 2:45 PM EST HBO's film on blues singer Bessie Smith starring Queen Latifah will premiere on May 16. Latifah stars in Bessie as the Empress of the Blues, one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s. Latifah recorded many of Smith's better-known songs for the film, and a soundtrack…

  5. Happy 10th Lucrative Valentine's Birthday YouTube, It's Been Weird

    February 14, 2015 12:15 PM EST I don't even remember when I first met You. Maybe that is because the average human attention span has dropped from 12 seconds in the year 2000 to eight seconds now, dipping below that of goldfish. We've spent so much time together, but I still keep coming back for more. YouTube&…

  6. Grammys 2015: Joan Rivers Left Out of 'In Memoriam'

    February 08, 2015 11:41 PM EST Joan Rivers won her first Grammy Award on Sunday, but the late comedian was left out of the "In Memoriam" tribute that aired later that night. The 2015 Grammy Awards Melissa Rivers accepted her mom's prize -- best spoken word album for Diary of a Mad Diva -- at the Grammy…

  7. Grammys 2015: The Awards You Didn't See

    February 08, 2015 6:40 PM EST Not all of the 2015 Grammys were given away on camera. Here are the prizes awarded before the ceremony hit TV. Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, Winds of Samsara Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier, The Legacy Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta Grammys…

  8. Sundance 2015: New Pharrell Songs, KT Tunstall Ready to Score, Rashida Jones Sings & More

    January 30, 2015 3:13 PM EST The 2015 edition of the Sundance Film Festival was lean on music-related documentaries -- films on Nina Simone and Kurt Cobain were pretty much it -- limiting the festival's music scene to showcases, potential soundtracks and composers' scores. From a music perspective, Dope is…

  9. Michelle Williams Argues About Beyonce With Mike Huckabee on 'The View'

    January 22, 2015 3:30 PM EST Like most people considering a presidential run in 2016, Mike Huckabee appeared on The View today to argue about Beyonce with Michelle Williams. Yes, the former governor and Fox News host continued his talk-show tour to promote family values (i.e., his book) by slamming Beyonce. This time,…

  10. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 50-26

    January 20, 2015 11:05 AM 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…

  11. Watch Bruce Springsteen Perform at Light of Day 2015 Benefit in New Jersey

    January 18, 2015 3:03 PM EST There was magic in the night for the 15th anniversary of the Light of Day 2015 Winterfest, as "surprise" guest Bruce Springsteen took the stage at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, N.J. "15 years," the 65-year old rocker said wistfully as he -- and 17 other musical…

  12. Publishing Briefs: Elizabeth Matthews Rises to CEO for ASCAP, Sony/ATV Not for Sale

    January 13, 2015 5:05 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  -- Elizabeth Matthews has been tapped as the new CEO for ASCAP , the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, replacing John LoFrumento , who retired on Dec. 31. Matthews, who…

  13. The 20 Best Songs of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 12, 2015 2:15 PM EST 0 The best tracks of the half-decade so far: "We Can't Stop," "Climax," "Get Lucky" and many more. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, a decade thus far marked by fantastic popular music from sources expected (…

  14. Queen Latifah Finally Ready to Sing the Blues in 'Bessie'

    January 08, 2015 10:59 PM EST When Queen Latifah was approached 20 years ago to play Bessie Smith , she had to do some research. "I was Queen Latifah the rapper. I had no idea who Bessie Smith was," the singer-actress told the Television Critics Association on Thursday. Why Queen Latifah's Reign in…

  15. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST 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 country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  16. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  17. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best R&B Song and Best Urban Contemporary Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 5:19 PM EST BEST R&B SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Drunk In Love" Performers: Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z Songwriters: Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosley, Andre Eric Proctor, Brian Soko Publishers: Andre Eric Proctor Publishing Designee,…

  18. Grammys 2015 Preview: Beyonce, Sam Smith & Other Artists Vying for Album of the Year Honors Dish on Their Discs

    December 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Having trouble keeping track of what's nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys? Billboard breaks down the five nominees. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T. Smith, Two Inch…

  19. Coachella 2015 Wish List: 20 Possible Performers at Next Year's Festival

    December 22, 2014 3:40 PM EST Could U2, Robyn, Run The Jewels and Frank Ocean all be headed to Indio? Check out our 2015 Coachella predictions. 2015 is only a few days away, and one of the more exciting musical occasions coming in the first month of the calendar year is the annual unveiling of the Coachella Valley…

  20. Top 5 Producers Shifting the Sound of Atlanta Rap in 2014

    December 18, 2014 1:30 PM EST Super producers such as Organized Noize have paved the way for others to craft the way Atlanta is represented sonically. Now it seems that the current role of the producer in Atlanta is to dictate the way the Billboard chart sounds, with songs like "Tuesday" (produced by Metro…

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