1. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Reunion, Taylor Swift, One Direction Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 11, 2015 3:04 PM EST Grateful Dead’s "Fare Thee Well" tops all, though Taylor Swift, U2, Billy Joel, Kenny Chesney perform well. As the sun began to set on Chicago’s Soldier Field, the positive vibe was palpable as more than 70,000 fans -- most of them clutching American Beauty roses -- settled in for…

  2. Billboard Women in Music 'Powerhouse' Brittany Howard on Success: 'Maybe It Hasn't All Sunk In, or Maybe I'm Just In Shock'

    December 03, 2015 5:51 PM EST As lead singer/guitarist of Alabama Shakes , Brittany Howard, 27, has established herself as a mighty live performer -- a soul-baring vocalist with the delivery of a cyclone. In April, her Southern-rock band earned its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sophomore full-length Sound &…

  3. Gatlin Brothers Defend Controversial Songs About Guns, Religion: 'Everybody Is So Sensitive'

    November 20, 2015 5:41 PM EST "Young Jewish Lawyer" & "An American With a Remington," from new album "The Gospel According to Gatlin," have raised eyebrows. The latest album from Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers is called The Gospel According to Gatlin, and as the title of the Curb…

  4. Paul McCartney Says John Lennon's 'Whole Life Was a Cry for Help'

    November 12, 2015 8:59 PM EST In Billboard's Greatest of All Time cover story with Paul McCartney revealing the stories behind the Beatles ' No. 1 Hits, the rock legend noted his former partner John Lennon 's personal misery specifically surrounding the 1965 hit "Help!" Greatest Hot 100 Songs &…

  5. Billboard Cover: Paul McCartney Reveals the Stories Behind The Beatles' No. 1 Hits

    November 12, 2015 9:00 AM EST The rock legend tells Billboard the origin stories -- some moving, some bawdy -- behind eight of The Beatles' record-breaking 20 No. 1 hits. THIS COVER STORY FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE HERE OR SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE More than 50 years after the…

  6. Allen Toussaint's Death Mourned by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones & More

    November 10, 2015 4:16 PM EST The music world lost a giant on Monday: Allen Toussaint  was not only a music legend, but a friend and inspiration to many other artists. The songwriter, composer, producer and musician died at age 77 in Madrid. Remembering Allen Toussaint: 10 Essential Recordings Those lucky enough to call…

  7. Allen Toussaint, Legendary New Orleans Producer, Songwriter & Performer, Dies at 77

    November 10, 2015 7:10 AM EST Allen Toussaint, whose work as a songwriter, producer, and performer helped define the sound of soul and R&B in New Orleans and beyond, died following a performance in Madrid last night (Nov. 9), his family confirmed to New Orleans CBS affiliate  WWL . He was 77.  Remembering Allen…

  8. Paul McCartney Debuts 'Say, Say, Say' Remix Video Featuring New Michael Jackson Vocals: Watch

    October 06, 2015 5:21 PM EDT It’s hard to believe that this month marks the 32nd anniversary of the monster collaboration between Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson , but McCartney is bringing “Say, Say, Say” back in a brand-new way. In 1983, following their playful single “The Girl Is Mine” on Jackson’s Thriller , the…

  9. James Taylor Talks Beatles, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Kimmel & More at Grammy Museum

    September 26, 2015 3:30 PM EDT Capping a whirlwind week in Los Angeles appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live! -- plus taping an episode of DirecTV’s Guitar Center Sessions -- James Taylor regaled a packed house Saturday night (Sept. 25) at the Grammy Museum. The occasion: an intimate conversation…

  10. The Weeknd's 'Can't Feel My Face' Gives Max Martin His 21st No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

    August 11, 2015 2:05 PM EDT As The Weeknd' s "Can't Feel My Face" climbs to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, its co-producer and co-writer, pop juggernaut Max Martin, earns his 21st leader as a songwriter. The Weeknd Tops Hot 100 With 'Can't Feel My Face,' One Direction Debuts at…

  11. Lollapalooza Draws 300,000 to Chicago

    August 05, 2015 2:54 PM EDT While Lollapalooza 2015 might most be remembered for a final-day evacuation due to a storm that narrowly missed the festival site at Chicago’s Grant Park, the festival put up record numbers this year with headliners Paul McCartney , Metallica and Florence + The Machine headlining the July 29…

  12. U2 Closes N. American Leg of Innocence + Experience With 150,000 New York Fans

    August 04, 2015 3:55 PM EDT North American leg churns $76 million -- now Europe's on tap. U2 wrapped the North American leg of the Innocence + Experience tour in stunning fashion with an eight-night, sold-out stand at Madison Square Garden in New York City that grossed nearly $20 million from the attendance of…

  13. Lollapalooza 2015's Top 10 Performances: How Did A$AP Rocky, Paul McCartney & More Stack Up?

    August 04, 2015 2:00 PM EDT From July 31 to Aug. 2 Lollapalooza's 2015 edition brought a varied bill of rock, dance, hip-hop, pop, and more to Chicago's Grant Park. After a weekend on the scene, Billboard's writers pick the 10 best sets. 10. Of Monsters and Men Five-member Icelandic band Of Monsters and…

  14. Lollapalooza 2015 Friday Recap: The Weeknd Grooves, Paul McCartney Plays the Hits... With Surprises

    August 01, 2015 3:06 AM EDT Lollapalooza 2015 kicked off yesterday (July 31), with a killer day of superstar DJs, classic rock standards, alternative cool kids, and much more. Here’s Billboard’s hour-by-hour recap of the day’s highlights. 1:41 PM: A University of North Carolina Chapel Hill flag flies loud and proud at…

  15. Paul McCartney Does Rare 'FourFiveSeconds' Performance, Collabs With Brittany Howard at Lollapalooza: Watch

    August 01, 2015 12:30 AM EDT According to Setlist.fm, this is the first time Macca has performed the song without Kanye West and Rihanna. Paul McCartney didn't bring out Kanye West or Rihanna for "Four Five Seconds," but he still enlisted a pretty awesome musician for a collaboration at…

  16. New York State Capital's Times Union Center, 25 Years Young, Undergoes a $15.7 Million Renovation

    July 31, 2015 10:22 AM EDT The crowd was old for Beatlemania-style hysterics. But when Paul McCartney played the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y., last July, grown-ups were reduced to tears. “I saw older men who were sitting in their seats and crying,” recalls arena general manager Bob Belber of the July 5, 2014,…

  17. Lady Gaga Joins U2 on Stage at Madison Square Garden

    July 27, 2015 1:52 AM EDT U2’s epic eight-night stand at the Madison Square Garden has become something of a celebrity parade with stars filling the stage and the seats. Last night was no different with Lady Gaga joining the Irish rock legends for a surprise collaboration. 35 Years Of U2  Gaga joined U2 on Sunday …

  18. Jimmy Fallon and The Roots Join U2 at Madison Square Garden

    July 23, 2015 1:55 AM EDT Other celebs in attendance included Sir Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys and Nile Rodgers Night three of U2’s eight-night stand at Madison Square Garden was filled with surprises as Jimmy Fallon and The Roots joined the band Wednesday night (July 23). Fallon -- who held a sign in front of his face…

  19. Slipknot's Corey Taylor Thinks the Backlash to His Kanye West 'Rock Star' Rant Is 'Funny'

    July 14, 2015 4:44 PM EDT Corey Taylor is discovering the cost of taking Kanye West to task. "People are ripping me to shreds," he tells Billboard. And he finds that pretty amusing.  Slipknot's Corey Taylor to Kanye West: 'You Are Not the Greatest Living Rock Star' Promoting his just-published…

  20. Paul McCartney Speaks in Support of Britain's Hunting Ban

    July 10, 2015 3:27 PM EDT Here's some free political advice from Paul McCartney to Prime Minister David Cameron: Don't mess with the fox hunting ban. The former Beatle said Friday that any move to reintroduce hunting would be unpopular. Ringo Starr's Jacket From The Beatles' 'Help!' Tops…

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