1. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST 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 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  2. Washington City to Celebrate Nirvana Day This April

    December 26, 2013 4:28 PM EST Nirvana Day will be held April 10, the same day as the band's Rock Hall induction Kurt Cobain was born and raised in Aberdeen, Wash., and four miles away, another city in Washington state will honor the musician's legacy with a day in his band's name. According to Rolling Stone…

  3. Drummer Ricky Lawson Dead at 59

    December 26, 2013 10:35 AM EST Studio drummer Ricky Lawson, a collaborator with musicians including Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston, has died at a suburban Los Angeles hospital following a brain aneurism. He was 59. Lawson's uncle, Paul Riser of Detroit, said Tuesday that Lawson was…

  4. Yusuf Lateef, Jazz Legend, Dead at 93

    December 23, 2013 9:09 PM EST The multi-instrumentalist was known for a fusion of jazz and Eastern instrumentation Grammy-winning musician and composer Yusef Lateef, one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz, has died. He was 93. Lateef died Monday at his home in Shutesbury in western…

  5. Justin Timberlake On His 'Milestone' Role For 'Inside Llewyn Davis': I Got To 'Write, Sing, Act & Bring It All Together'

    December 23, 2013 3:09 AM EST Justin Timberlake, so often shuttling between movies and music, for once didn't have to choose. In the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" Timberlake plays a supporting role as a cheery, sweater-wearing 1960s folk musician. But he also collaborated with producer T Bone…

  6. Taylor Swift Collaborating Again for Fifth Album: 'I See It as an Apprenticeship'

    December 21, 2013 2:30 PM EST "It's gotten to the point where each one is a reinvention," Swifts says of her albums "Red" sparked Taylor Swift to reach out to prominent writers to expand her musical palette and she intends to keep making those calls for the follow-up. "I'm…

  7. Lauryn Hill Reschedules, Adds Upcoming Tour Dates

    December 20, 2013 8:23 PM EST The singer reschedules shows in New York and New Jersey, while adding Georgia, North Carolina and Florida dates Lauryn Hill has rescheduled multiple dates of her current tour, with additional concerts added, Billboard confirmed today (Dec. 20). The R&B singer has had to postpone three…

  8. Aretha Franklin Recording Album of Classics From Fellow Iconic Female Singers

    December 20, 2013 8:40 AM EST Franklin is working on a "concept" album with Babyface, Don Was and Clive Davis. "They're records that, musically, I respected and that I liked a lot and that I would love to have one go-'round with" The Queen of Soul plans to give the royal treatment to some…

  9. Bluesman Eric 'Guitar' Davis Murdered

    December 20, 2013 1:55 AM EST Blues guitarist Eric "Guitar" Davis, son of drumming great Bobby “Top Hat” Davis, was killed early Thursday morning in a double-shooting in Chicago’s South Side. He was 41. He was found behind the wheel of a car and was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:07 a.m., the Chicago…

  10. Donna Summer Returns 'MacArthur Park' To Top Of Dance Chart After 35 Years

    December 19, 2013 7:15 PM EST The late legend brings the song back to the summit after it first led in 1978. Plus, Neon Jungle and Hardwell debut, while Avicii continues to climb. Donna Summer returns a classic to the top of Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as "MacArthur Park 2013" rises 2-1. Summer&…

  11. Lana Del Rey's Best Song Oscar Bid Being Sabotaged: Report

    December 18, 2013 2:22 PM EST A few guns are always loaded during awards season in Hollywood to try to takedown the competition. The most common tactic is to take aim at the veracity of movies based on true stories, smear campaigns basically, against a filmmaker's interpretation of real events. This year, the…

  12. Jailed Pussy Riot Member Set for Early Release

    December 18, 2013 1:00 PM EST Jailed Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are expected to be released as early as Thursday under an amnesty marking the 20th anniversary of Russia's post-Soviet Constitution, which the Russian parliament passed Wednesday. The release of the two women, both…

  13. Chris Cagle Arrested on Drunken Driving Charge

    December 17, 2013 1:39 PM EST The country singer was previously arrested in 2008 on a domestic assault charge. Country singer Chris Cagle has been arrested in Texas on a driving while intoxicated charge. The Texas Department of Public Safety says Cagle was arrested early Sunday near Greenville, 50 miles northeast of…

  14. Eminem Debuts Career-Spanning Video for 'The Monster': Watch

    December 16, 2013 9:17 PM EST Eminem and Rihanna get into the roleplaying spirit -- he as a patient, she as his therapist -- while the rapper revisits some of his past videos in the new music video for "The Monster," dropped tonight (Dec. 16) before ESPN's "Monday Night Football." In "The…

  15. Oscars Name 75 Songs in Contention for Original Song Award

    December 16, 2013 7:30 PM EST Five songs from “The Great Gatsby,” four of the five Golden Globe nominees and another 66 recordings have been deemed eligible for the Original Song category for the 86th Academy Awards. “Great Gatsby,” the best-seller of any soundtrack released in 2013, has Jay Z’s "100$ Bill,"…

  16. British High Court Orders Paparazzi to Leave One Direction's Harry Styles Alone

    December 16, 2013 7:16 PM EST A British High Court judge has ordered paparazzi to stay away from One Direction member Harry Styles. The order from justice Nicola Davies bars several photographers from pursuing the singer by car or motorcycle, placing him under surveillance and loitering or waiting within 50 meters (164…

  17. Milk Carton Kids Aren't Buying That 'Folk Music Revival' Thing

    December 13, 2013 2:45 PM EST T Bone Burnett, a Punch Brother, half the Milk Carton Kids, Joan Baez and others celebrated the folk music that informs the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" with a screening of the Showtime concert film "Another Day, Another Time" and a Q&A. The film, which…

  18. Garth Brooks Leads Top Country Albums Chart, Jake Owen Debuts

    December 12, 2013 2:57 PM EST Garth Brooks' "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decade of Influences" leads Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for a second week with 146,000 copies, sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.   With a concurrent 3-1 second-week hop on the Billboard 200, "Roots"…

  19. P!nk's Billboard Woman of the Year Acceptance Speech: Watch Event Highlights and Interview With Andy Cohen

    December 12, 2013 1:34 PM EST This week, P!nk accepted the award for Woman of the Year at Billboard's annual Women in Music luncheon in New York City. Watch highlights from the event as well as her full interview with Bravo's Andy Cohen, further down. Below is a complete transcript of her acceptance speech. Just…

  20. Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake's 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Score Golden Globes Nominations

    December 12, 2013 11:23 AM EST Justin Timberlake's song from "Inside Llewyn Davis," Taylor Swift's track from "One Chance" and Coldplay's closing credits tune from "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" received nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globes on Thursday. Timberlake&…

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