1. Bob Crewe, Singer/Songwriter Behind Many Four Seasons Hits, Dies at 83

    September 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT He also discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and wrote disco classics including 'Lady Marmalade.' Bob Crewe -- the singer, songwriter, producer and label owner who created many of the Four Seasons ' hits, discovered Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and was…

  2. Indies Fighting Google, Amazon for Control of .Music Domain Name

    August 26, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced its support of music industry control of the domain name .music. In doing so, the coalition will go up against Google and Amazon, which are also pursuing .music for their own purposes. With the support of .music LLC's…

  3. Lyricist Gerry Goffin Dies: Carole King's Songwriting Partner Was 75

    June 19, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Lyricist Gerry Goffin , who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Halfway to Paradise" and "The Loco-Motion," died Thursday at…

  4. Sia to Perform, Michael Stipe & Demi Lovato to Appear On Logo's 'Trailblazers'

    June 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Sia, Michael Stipe, Demi Lovato, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pete Wentz are the latest confirmed appearances for "Trailblazers," a Logo TV special set to tape Monday, June 23 in New York City and air Thursday June 26 at 9 p.m. EST/PT to commemorate the one-year anniversary of…

  5. Grammy Winning Eminem Engineer Steve King Dies at 56

    June 04, 2014 9:35 PM EDT Eminem is among the many in the music and recording worlds mourning the death of Steve King, the engineer who won a Grammy in 2003 for "The Eminem Show" and also mixed the rapper's award-winning "Lose Yourself" from the "8 Mile" film soundtrack. King's…

  6. Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, Tegan and Sara Confirmed for LGBT ‘Trailblazers’ Special

    June 04, 2014 7:03 AM EDT Against Me! singer/songwriter Laura Jane Grace and Tegan and Sara are among the artists confirmed to appear on Logo TV’s "Trailblazers" special, an hour-long program that honors pioneers in the fight for LGBT rights. Brooklyn Nets’ basketballer Jason Collins -- the first male…

  7. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  8. Lil Wayne Threatens Justin Bieber's Manager Scooter Braun

    May 27, 2014 1:28 PM EDT "Anything you got to say, when you see me, say it to my motherf-in' face," the Young Money rapper says in defense of Lil Twist Lil Wayne has Lil Twist's back. The rapper recorded a message to Justin Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun, after hearing that Braun was …

  9. Rick Springfield Opens-Up On Writing, Religion, Sex & Suffering

    May 13, 2014 1:42 AM EDT When Rick Springfield arrives just before 4 p.m. for a soundcheck at the Barnes and Noble in Manhattan’s Union Square -- the location for a 7 o’clock acoustic performance and the first signing for his new book, "Magnificent Vibration" -- there are already several dozen fans in line.…

  10. Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' Video Gets 'Favorable' Reactions in Japan

    May 02, 2014 6:01 PM EDT No offense taken in Tokyo, where the controversial video has received positive reviews. While Avril Lavigne's "Hello Kitty" video has raised the hackles of plenty of Western pundits, thanks to imagery that many perceive as culturally insensitive -- robotic, creepy girls in a…

  11. Jerrod Niemann Talks New Album, Lee Brice: 'He's Saved My Neck More Than I Realize'

    March 21, 2014 6:19 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jerrod Niemann and you will find a performer who can quote country lyrics from album cuts from the 1970s or 1980s. But, just because he cherishes the history of the format doesn't mean that he feels compelled to be a clone of the artists he grew up admiring.…

  12. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Lady Gaga Lands Hot 100's 1,000th No. 1

    February 24, 2014 8:05 AM EST Three years ago this week, 'Born This Way' debuted as a landmark leader. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Celine Dion and Baauer Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Feb. 24, 1973 Roberta…

  13. Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson Lead Soul Train Awards Lineup

    October 10, 2013 10:09 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton and Smokey Robinson are among the marquee names announced today as performers for the 2013 Soul Train Awards. The fifth annual show is being taped on Nov. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. It will premiere on Centric and BET on Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET. Rounding…

  14. Amanda Palmer Gives Kickstarter Tips, Talks Haters, Feminism & Miley Cyrus at Bigsound

    September 13, 2013 4:05 AM EDT Focus on creating a clear, concise pitch video. And set a small, achievable financial target. Take note, because those are Amanda Palmer’s top tips for a winning Kickstarter project.  The Dresden Dolls co-founder, who became the crowd-sourcing standard-bearer when her campaign raised $1.2…

  15. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  16. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Every No. 1 Song (1958-2013)

    August 02, 2013 8:31 AM EDT This is the full list of every single song to ever hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, in chronological order starting with the chart's inception in 1958 through 2013. Happy 55th anniversary, Hot 100! HOT 100 55th ANNIVERSARY: ALL-TIME TOP 100 SONGS LIST Hot 100 55th Anniversary Main Page JUMP…

  17. Justin Bieber Apologizes to Bill Clinton (But What About the Bucket?)

    July 11, 2013 9:38 AM EDT Justin Bieber has gone into damage control mode after a leaked video showed him urinating into a janitor's mop bucket and yelling "F--k Bill Clinton" while defacing a photo of the former president. The pop star claims he spoke directly with Clinton on Wednesday and it can be…

  18. 'American Idol' Final Four Talk Song Choices, Challenges and Drake

    April 29, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Candace Glover, Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, and Kree Harrison told reporters that they had an inkling that something was up during the most recent "American Idol" results show, especially given the fact that the judges had failed to use their save on Janelle Arthur the week…

  19. A History Of Hit Piano Ballads On The Hot 100

    April 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Bruno Mars' new Hot 100 leader 'When I Was Your Man' joins Adele's 2011 smash 'Someone Like You' as the only piano-and-vocal-exclusive No. 1s in the chart's 54-year history. Amid a boom of hi-NRG EDM club anthems, stomp-and-clap folk/rock sing-alongs and…

  20. Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dies

    January 10, 2013 9:15 AM EST Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival said Nobs, a native of Montreux, died Thursday…

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