1. Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock Receive Kennedy Center Honors: Watch

    December 08, 2013 11:29 PM EST The "Piano Man" who became one of the world's best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," "Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" was awarded the nation's highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the…

  2. Nelson Mandela's Impact on Music, Concerts, Movies and More

    December 05, 2013 7:30 PM EST Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist…

  3. Bob Dylan Receives France's Legion of Honor Following Controversy

    November 17, 2013 11:32 PM EST Famed pacifist Bob Dylan is now an officer. The singer became a member of France's Legion of Honor, the highest military and civil honor in France. He has been in the French capital of Paris for a series of concerts. During the private ceremony, culture minister Aurelie Filippetti…

  4. Don Cheadle to Play Miles Davis in Biopic

    November 13, 2013 2:30 PM EST Don Cheadle will play Miles Davis in a biopic the actor has long planned on the innovative jazz pioneer. BiFrost Pictures told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it will finance and produce "Kill the Trumpet Player," with Cheadle also making his directorial debut. Cheadle has…

  5. Human Rights Take Center Stage on Massive New Concert DVD Set

    October 08, 2013 11:00 AM EDT "Released!," a six-disc DVD and 2-disc CD set of highlights from the Amnesty International benefit concerts from 1986 through 1998, will be released Nov. 5 by Shout Factory. Featuring performances and appearances by U2, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell,Miles…

  6. Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford Lead Night of 'OMG Moments' at 'Inside llewyn Davis' Concert

    September 30, 2013 9:35 AM EDT When Justin Timberlake couldn't make Sunday's concert celebrating the music of the new Coen Brother's movie, "Inside Llewyn Davis," master of ceremonies John Goodman told the crowd Timberlake's understudy would perform instead. Then he introduced Elvis Costello…

  7. Jazz Keyboardist George Duke Dead at 67

    August 06, 2013 6:14 PM EDT George Duke, the Grammy-winning jazz keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career, has died. He was 67. A representative for Duke said the performer died Monday night in Los Angeles. Duke was being treated for…

  8. Randy Travis 'Responding Well to Voices,' Says Fiancee

    July 15, 2013 6:55 PM EDT Doctors and fiancée Mary Davis give update on singer, who is awake but remains in critical condition Country music star Randy Travis is awake and making progress as he recovers from surgery following a stroke. A news release and video from the Texas hospital where the 54-year-old singer is…

  9. 'Tonight Show' Drummer Ed Shaughnessy Dead at 84

    May 26, 2013 2:32 PM EDT Shaughnessy performed with 'The Tonight Show' band from 1963 to 1992. Ed Shaughnessy, a longtime drummer for The Tonight Show band, died at age 84 of a heart attack while at home Friday (May 24) in Calabasas, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports . The jazz drummer played in Doc…

  10. SZA Talks Quitting Her Day Job, Working With Holy Other & Emile Haynie

    May 23, 2013 12:03 PM EDT SZA, a gifted St. Louis bred R&B/pop singer, can hold a tune a lot better than she can a job. Since graduating a year ago, the 23-year old has been let go from one customer service gig after another— the cost of pursuing a full-time career in music. So far, the investment seems to…

  11. Hendrix Telegram to McCartney: 'How About Coming in to Play Bass'?

    May 10, 2013 10:27 AM EDT Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles. Fans of the late trumpet and guitar masters have long known that Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix had been making plans to record together in the year before Hendrix's sudden death in 1970. But less attention has been paid to the bass player they were trying…

  12. Quincy Jones Video Q&A: The Legend At 80

    March 14, 2013 4:06 PM EDT The maestro looks forward (and back). Q reflects on working with Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and more, embracing a milestone birthday while his creativity continues apace. Stop. It’s the one concept Quincy Jones steers clear of while reflecting on his storied career on the eve of his…

  13. Stanley Snadowsky, Co-Founder of N.Y.'s The Bottom Line, Dies at 70

    March 03, 2013 8:25 PM EST Stanley Snadowsky, a co-founder and the co-operator of The Bottom Line nightclub in New York's Greenwich Village during its eclectic three-decade run, died Feb. 25 of diabetic complications in Las Vegas. He was 70. The well-respected attorney, who also was one of the first managers…

  14. Questlove at Billboard's Party: Watch Him Talk About His Prince Charity Show and More

    February 26, 2013 2:00 PM EST Last week the Roots drummer talked about how he rocks a party and prepping for his big Prince-dedicated show. Between performances from Timeflies, Neon Trees and Ludacris at Billboard’s relaunch party at New York City’s Stage 48 last Thursday, Questlove’s DJing kept feet on the dance floor…

  15. Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dies

    January 10, 2013 9:15 AM EST Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival said Nobs, a native of Montreux, died Thursday…

  16. Rolling Stones Review: Raucous, Star- Filled Tour Closer

    December 16, 2012 12:00 PM EST To Be Continued NEWARK, N.J. -- The Rolling Stones blew the roof of The Rock last night, putting a capper on their brief 2012 50th Anniversary run of dates, but seemingly setting the stage for more shows in 2013. ROLL WITH IT • Best '50' Tour Photos • Mick Jagger on Newtown •…

  17. Bassist Marcus Miller Injured in Fatal Bus Crash

    November 25, 2012 6:00 PM EST Grammy-winning jazz bassist Marcus Miller and several members of his band were injured when their bus overturned Sunday on a busy highway in Switzerland, killing the driver, police said. The German-registered private bus tipped over as it drove into a bend on the A2 highway in central…

  18. Obama's iPod: From Jay-Z to John Coltrane

    October 29, 2012 9:07 PM EDT President Barack Obama's iPod could pass for a voter outreach tool. Interviewed Monday on Cincinnati radio station WIZF, Obama ran through his musical tastes, an eclectic and all-encompassing list of artists and tracks that reflect the varied coalition of voters he is seeking to attract.…

  19. Chart Highlights: Aerosmith Returns To AC Chart

    October 29, 2012 3:55 PM EDT The group charts its first entry on the tally since 1998 - while one of its classics receives a Latin makeover. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  20. Carlos Santana to Pen Memoir

    September 13, 2012 8:58 PM EDT Carlos Santana is ready for the ultimate riff: a memoir. The Grammy-winning superstar has an agreement with Little, Brown and Co. to tell his life story. The publisher, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced Thursday that the book is scheduled for release in 2014. It doesn't yet…

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