1. GRAMMYs Hall of Fame: The Stories Behind 2014's Inductees

    January 17, 2014 6:04 PM EST The backstories to this year's GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductees -- including music by Sam Cooke, Dolly Parton, The Drifters, and B.J. Thomas -- are as memorable as the music itself.  The legends behind some of those 27 recordings revisit their sessions chapter and verse. 56th GRAMMYs:…

  2. 'Titanic' Musical Cruising Back To Broadway

    January 17, 2014 12:37 AM EST You just can't keep the "Titanic" down for long. Producers of the ambitious musical retelling of the famous 1912 sea tragedy said Thursday a revival will be steaming back to Broadway in the fall 2014, following a tune-up in Toronto over the summer. It will be directed by Thom…

  3. Sundance: 10 Must-See, Music-Related Movies Screening in Park City

    January 16, 2014 1:01 PM EST Nick Cave, Fela Kuti, Beck and Anne Hathaway highlight films with music elements at Sundance this year It’s nothing new to have musicians head by the planeload into Park City, Utah, to perform at various showcases, but this year’s line-up has a decidedly musical bent. Included are…

  4. U.K. TV Producers Plotting Drama Based on Motown Classics

    January 14, 2014 2:27 AM EST Plans are afoot for 10-part musical TV drama show "Stop! In The Name of Love," centered on the iconic sounds of Motown anthems. The show is being developed by a group of heavyweight U.K. backers and producers. British independent production banner Red Planet Pictures will make the…

  5. Neil Young Slams Canada's Leaders, Big Oil for 'Killing' First Nation Communities

    January 13, 2014 4:29 AM EST It has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood thriller: Big Oil mines Canada's vast oil reserves upstream from a First Nation community, while one man, a rock legend, spearheads a legal fight to avert environmental catastrophe. That rock legend is Neil Young, who on Sunday said Canada's…

  6. Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips to Play Amnesty International Benefit Show

    January 08, 2014 6:01 PM EST Following a successful 1986-1998 run, the event returns Feb. 5 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center The worldwide human rights organization Amnesty International has announced an arena-sized benefit show to raise money and awareness for its cause next month. Set for Feb. 5 at Brooklyn's…

  7. Ask Billboard: More No. 14 Hits For '14

    January 07, 2014 11:15 AM EST Celebrating the new year with more No. 14-peaking Hot 100 hits, from the Beatles to Britney Spears, the Cars to Coldplay and Robert Palmer to Katy Perry As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  8. KISS to Play L.A.'s First-Ever Outdoor Hockey Game at Dodger Stadium

    January 03, 2014 2:41 AM EST Gene Simmons and his rock band KISS are set to perform at Dodger Stadium as part of the NHL 2014 Coors Light Stadium Series. The first-ever outdoor hockey game in Los Angeles puts the Los Angeles Kings against the Anaheim Ducks on Jan. 25. The veteran rock act will perform before the game…

  9. Nicki Minaj Releases Remix to PTAF's 'Boss Ass Bitch': Listen

    December 30, 2013 5:29 PM EST Before ringing in the New Year, Nicki Minaj treats fans with new rhymes. The rapper-singer remixes PTAF’s (Pretty Taking All Fades) song, "Boss Ass Bitch." The remix features Nicki Minaj lending her Barbz three rules behind being a " Boss Ass Bitch ." Check it out below:…

  10. Composer Wojciech Kilar Dies at 81

    December 29, 2013 12:00 PM EST Wojciech Kilar, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, including Roman Polanski's Oscar-winning "The Pianist" and Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula," died Sunday. He was 81. The composer died in his hometown…

  11. 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'…

  12. 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…

  13. Hugh Jackman Disappears From 'Houdini' Musical

    December 24, 2013 3:57 AM EST Broadway's most bankable musical theater star, Hugh Jackman, will not be returning to the boards next season, at least not as the title character in "Houdini." Producers on Monday confirmed Jackman's exit from the long-gestating musical, to which he has been officially…

  14. Gabriella Cilmi Takes The Indie Route on 'The Sting'

    December 20, 2013 10:30 AM EST Gabriella Cilmi has undergone a world of change. The Australian singer still has that earthy, deceptively powerful voice. But much else in her life has been tweaked or shunted. After two albums recorded for one of the world’s most powerful music companies, Cilmi has independently released her…

  15. Cat Stevens 'Taken Aback' By Rock Hall Induction

    December 19, 2013 2:37 PM EST "I'm not sure I feel very comfortable being in a museum, but you can't stop life doing things to you," Yusuf Islam says of his surprise selection ... Also: a "bluesy" album is eyed for late-2014 Whether he's called Cat Stevens or Yusuf (Islam), as he'…

  16. Ex-Losprophets Singer Ian Watkins Sentenced to 29 Years for Sex Crimes

    December 18, 2013 1:23 PM EST The former lead singer of the rock band Lostprophets was sentenced Wednesday to 29 years in jail, with a British judge saying that Ian Watkins had "plumbed new depths of depravity" in committing a string of sexual offenses against very young children. Watkins, 36, pleaded guilty…

  17. Kiss Frontman Paul Stanley Hails Rock Hall 'Victory,' Talks Ace Frehley and Peter Criss

    December 17, 2013 4:56 PM EST Kiss is letting bygones be bygones with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After years of some charged rhetoric from the band members over Kiss' exclusion, Paul Stanley tells Billboard that news the group will be inducted as part of the class of 2014 is "terrific" and…

  18. Nirvana, Kiss, Linda Ronstadt Selected for Rock Hall of Fame Class of 2014

    December 16, 2013 11:33 PM EST Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Cat Stevens and the E Street Band will also be inducted April 10 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center First-time nominee Nirvana and some long-neglected icons -- KISS, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band -- will be inducted as the Rock…

  19. Red Hot Chili Peppers to Headline 'Big Hello to Brooklyn' Bash at Barclays Center

    December 16, 2013 3:16 PM EST Extravaganza comes the night before Super Bowl XLVIII takes place in nearby East Rutherford, NJ To cap off the first-ever Kickoff In Brooklyn three-day event, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline a Super Bowl weekend concert Saturday, Feb. 1 in Brooklyn's Barcays Center. Also on the…

  20. Peter Hollens Covers Ed Sheeran's 'The Hobbit' Cut 'I See Fire' and 4 Other A Cappella Acts to Check

    December 12, 2013 4:30 PM EST With ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” coming out tomorrow (Dec. 13), many “Lord of the Rings” fans are hyped about the sequel to last winter’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” To that end, meet Peter Hollens. Equipped with a Vocal Performance degree (who has that?) and more than a…

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