1. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  2. 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…

  3. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 'Mandatory Fun': Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 15, 2014 3:26 PM EDT It's hard out there for a professional parodist: nowadays, any idiot with a webcam can post his or her version of "Fancy" on YouTube, and if a master idiot like "Weird Al" Yankovic wants to get us tweeting about his send-ups, he'd better make them extra…

  4. 'Weird Al' Yankovic On Getting Pharrell's Permission: 'He Could Not Have Been Nicer'

    July 15, 2014 1:09 PM EDT "This is the first time where I've gotten everybody that I wanted, and I couldn't be happier about it," says Yankovic of new album "Mandatory Fun." "Weird Al" Yankovic is pleased to report that he had no issues with the artists whose songs he parodies…

  5. Nothing More: Texas Rockers Persevere With Hit Single 'This Is The Time (Ballast)'

    July 07, 2014 5:06 PM EDT When Nothing More singer/percussionist Jonny Hawkins was in grade school, his tiny class of a dozen students all tried out for the choir. When only Hawkins and one other child weren't accepted, it made a painful impression on him. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm not a…

  6. Slipknot's U.S. Knotfest Lineup: Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Tech N9ne

    July 07, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Slipknot's hard-charging Knotfest will return to the U.S. this October, touching down in San Bernardino, Calif. for the first time. The three-day festival will be held at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds from Oct. 24-26. Slipknot will headline the main stage on the second and…

  7. Corner Office: BET CEO Debra Lee Talks Classic BET Awards Moments, Chris Brown & More

    June 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Three decades is a mighty long timeto be in any industry, which makes Debra L. Lee, 58, chairman/CEO of BET Networks, even more of a wonder to behold, having survived and thrived while building the leading cable TV network targeting African-Americans. “I grew up with a small room and a little…

  8. Michelle Obama to Deliver Keynote At Grammy Museum Luncheon in L.A.

    June 25, 2014 6:10 AM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama will be back in Los Angeles on July 16 as the keynote speaker for the Grammy Museum's first inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, which recognizes teachers who make outstanding use of music in their classroom instruction. The award was created by the…

  9. Pete Seeger Honored at First Clearwater Festival Since His Death

    June 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Music luminaries honored Pete Seeger on the shore of the Hudson River at Saturday's Clearwater Festival, the first of the annual music and environmental program he started to be held after his death. Pete Seeger, Legendary Folk Singer, Dies at 94 Pete Seeger Taught Me We Only Move…

  10. Luis Miguel Announces West Coast Tour with SBS Entertainment

    June 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Latin pop star Luis Miguel, who earlier this year took home the Billboard Latin Music Award for Tour of the Year, is teaming up with SBS Entertainment for a 5-city west coast tour launching Sept. 17 in Phoenix, Ariz. The 44-year-old Grammy winning singer is also scheduled to perform shows in…

  11. Paul Oakenfold Covers Trance Classics on 'Trance Mission' Album: Listen to Mini-Mix (Exclusive)

    June 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Paul Oakenfold has never suffered from a shortage of ambition. The English dance veteran brought acid house to Ibiza and helped turn an obscure Iberian backwater into a global clubbing mecca. He became the first DJ to play the main stage at Glastonbury, and his chart-conquering remixes have…

  12. Kanye West Charms Cannes With His Moral Take on Brands and Culture

    June 18, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit of it in deeply moral terms. For Jobs, that…

  13. The Juice Podcast: Trey Songz Plays Love Doctor; Talks 'Trigga' Album, Nicki Minaj & Justin Bieber

    June 06, 2014 2:23 PM EDT The singer-songwriter shares that he's five songs into his next album and hints on its title. For this week's episode of The Juice Podcast, Trey Songz stopped by the Billboard NYC studio to offer love and sex advice and insight on his upcoming album, "Trigga" (July 1).…

  14. Bob Weir and Ratdog Lead All-Star HeadCount Jam in Brooklyn

    June 05, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Bob Weir and Ratdog hit the lanes of Brooklyn Bowl last night for an intimate club gig in celebration of participatory democracy organization HeadCount's 10th Anniversary Benefit. The two sets were packed with a host of Grateful Dead classics and special guests, including appearances by…

  15. Macklemore, Ryan Lewis Partner With Mothers and Sons on Broadway for 30/30 Project

    June 03, 2014 7:19 PM EDT The Seattle rap duo is heading to Broadway for a fundraiser to aid Construction for Change, an organization that helps build medical centers for victims of HIV. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, whose 30/30 Project raised more than $152,000 on Kickstarter to build healthcare centers worldwide, are…

  16. Adult Swim's Single Series Features Giorgio Moroder, Future, Diarrhea Planet

    June 02, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Adult Swim Singles today announced its 2014 series, featuring a slate of artists new and old, including new tracks by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder, reformed stoner metal band Sleep and hip-hop artist Future, among others. For the series' fifth season, which begins June 9 with…

  17. 'American Idol' Alum David Archuleta to Fans: 'I'm Not Dead' (Watch)

    June 02, 2014 1:55 AM EDT American Idol alum David Archuleta has a message for his fans: “I’m not dead.” The season seven runner-up, who recently returned from a mission in Chile with his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted a new vlog on YouTube to discuss his new path in the music…

  18. Banda Singer 'Tito Torbellino' Shot to Death in Sonora, Mexico

    May 30, 2014 9:25 PM EDT A U.S.-born singer of northern Mexican "banda" music has been shot to death at a restaurant in the border state of Sonora. State police in Sonora said Tomas Tovar Rascon was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and was shot several times at the restaurant in Ciudad Obregon. Tovar Rascon, 33,…

  19. Russia Launches Song Contests As 'Alternative' To Eurovision

    May 27, 2014 12:13 AM EDT In the wake of this year's Eurovision win by cross-dresser Conchita Wurst, Russia's defense ministry is running a children and youth song contest, billed as "an alternative to bearded Eurovision," while another song contest, seen as having a similar mission, will take…

  20. Brad Paisley Traveling with President Obama to Visit U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

    May 25, 2014 12:44 PM EDT President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war. Brad Paisley's New Album Has a Name: 'Moonshine In the Trunk' (Exclusive) Air Force…

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