1. Wynton Marsalis To Christen St. Louis Jazz Center

    September 27, 2014 6:13 PM EDT ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis will help christen a new St. Louis jazz center that organizers hope will serve as a venue worthy of the genre's top acts while inspiring the next generation of jazz greats from an area that has produced Miles Davis, Clark Terry and David…

  2. Godsmack Premieres Exclusive Behind the Scenes Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival Video Tour Diary

    September 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Also, drummer Shannon Larkin shares an exclusive tour diary entry The members of Godsmack are Ozzfest veterans, so they definitely know how to have a good time on tour. Billboard has some video evidence. Currently on the Rockstar Energy Uproar tour, Godsmack has been filming video diaries,…

  3. Taylor Swift vs. Katy Perry: Our Fake Diss Tracks

    September 10, 2014 3:55 PM EDT We re-imagined Taylor’s “Shake It Off” and Katy’s “This Is How We Do” as personal takedowns — read the custom diss track lyrics. By all accounts, a storm is brewing between pop superstars Taylor Swift and Katy Perry . In a new interview with Rolling Stone , Swift calls out an unnamed…

  4. What Are Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Fighting About? 5 (Silly!) Theories!

    September 10, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Don't you think 24 is too young to be messed with? Red alert:  Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are fighting -- or, at least, shading the hell out of each other. Wednesday, the NY Post said the feud, which Swift was careful to point out was mostly professional, not personal, notes that…

  5. Taylor Swift's Five Most Personal Lyrics

    September 09, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Your move, 'Bad Blood.' The Taylor Swift   Lyric Guessing Game for 1989 began in earnest Monday, when Swift talked to Rolling Stone about her new song "Bad Blood," which addresses an unidentified female celebrity who stabbed her in the back. The Internet zeroed in on Katy…

  6. Exclusive: Veteran Marsha Vlasic to Bring Deep Client Roster to Artist Group International

    September 09, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Marsha Vlasic will join Artist Group International (AGI) as president, less than a week after news broke that she was leaving ICM Partners. All of her clients, including Neil Young , Elvis Costello , Regina Spektor , Cage The Elephant , Muse , the Strokes , Moby , Band Of Horses , Silversun…

  7. Did Katy Perry Confirm Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Song Is About Her?

    September 09, 2014 9:59 AM EDT If you're going to insult Katy Perry , expect some serious shade in return. A quick primer: Yesterday, Taylor Swift 's Rolling Stone  profile found her discussing a new song off 1989 called "Bad Blood," which is about an unnamed female celebrity who was, you know, "…

  8. Late Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly to Receive Honor at Hip-Hop Gala

    September 06, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Proceeds will go to music scholarships for students at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Former Kriss Kross rapper Chris Kelly will be honored at the first annual Live and Die for Hip-Hop Black Out gala. Chris Kelly of Kris Kross Died of Drug Overdose: Medical Examiner The event will…

  9. Pemberton Music Festival: Police Investigating Suspicious Death of Young Man (Updated)

    July 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The cause of death of a young man who died at the Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia on July 18 still hasn’t been determined, but authorities have ruled out foul play. The victim, identified as 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath, was discovered near a row of portable toilets on July 18,…

  10. Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos Dies at 103

    July 19, 2014 11:10 AM EDT He was believed to be the oldest working jazz musician who performed regularly until last year. Centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos has died at his home in New Orleans. He was 103. Family friend Regina Dillings says the trumpeter died Saturday morning surrounded by friends and family.…

  11. 2014 BET Awards: Top 5 Fashion Trends

    June 30, 2014 1:20 PM EDT The 2014 BET Awards offered pretty fashion-wise. Pharrell Williams wasn’t the only man rocking a noteworthy hat. Both white and black made for strong looks. And floral bloomed as well. Check out who was doing what and most importantly, what trends highlighted the evening. Classic White The…

  12. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  13. Lil Wayne Rocks into 'Believe Me' at 2014 BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Lil Wayne followed Pharrell Williams as the 2014 BET Awards’ second performer. It was a decidedly more aggressive turn for the evening. In a floppy hat, open red oversized plaid shirt, sunglasses, and grey shorts, Weezy debuted rock track "Krazy," viciously spitting his lyrics as…

  14. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  15. 'Orange is the New Black' Receiving Official Soundtrack

    April 01, 2014 9:00 PM EDT The female inmates are still stuck in prison, but the sounds of "Orange Is the New Black" are being readied for release. "Music From the Original Series Orange Is the New Black" will be available on May 13, Universal Music Enterprises announced on Tuesday. The full track…

  16. Regina Spektor Gives Birth to Son

    April 01, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Regina Spektor is officially a mom. The New York-based singer-songwriter announced today (April 1) on her Facebook that she's had her first child, a son, with fellow singer-songwriter Jack Dishel. "I wanted to let you know that Jack and I have been happily hanging out with our new…

  17. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  18. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more 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…

  19. Movie History First: This Week's No. 1 Song and Album Both From Animated Films

    February 27, 2014 7:39 PM EST For the first time in history, both the No. 1 song and album in the U.S. are from animated films. Pharrell's single "Happy," from "Despicable Me 2," reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, while Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack album…

  20. NAACP Image Awards: Beyonce, John Legend Win Top Music Honors

    February 23, 2014 8:19 AM EST "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards, which honor the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The historical epic's four…

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