1. Evan Rachel Wood to Star in John Hughes-Inspired Cabaret Musical

    January 26, 2015 2:00 PM EST Actress Evan Rachel Wood will star in the musical For the Record: Dear John Hughes , joining  Rumer Willis ( 90210 ), Tracie Thoms ( Rent ) and Lindsey Gort ( Carrie Diaries ) for a theatrical run scheduled for Feb. 6 through April 4 at West Hollywood's DBA. For the Record offers a…

  2. Alan Menken Joins Creative Team for Broadway-Bound Roy Rogers Musical

    January 25, 2015 11:38 PM EST A top-tier creative team is saddling up for the new bio-musical Happy Trails: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Song & Story , based on one of vintage Hollywood's most iconic couples and a unique part of American pop-culture history. Eight-time Oscar…

  3. Watch The Who's Retro Video for 'Get Lucky'

    November 24, 2014 7:27 PM EST The Who is looking good at 50. After releasing the Who Hits 50! 42-track compilation, charting a tour for 2015 , developing a virtual reality app and releasing catchy a new song , Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are wearing their age well. And now we get a video for that new song, "…

  4. The Case for Inducting The Oak Ridge Boys Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 21, 2014 6:24 PM EDT Three months ago, we gave you our thoughts on why Don Rich should be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 in the musicians' category. This month, we take a look at what is known as the Modern Era category. Open to acts that have been involved in the business for between…

  5. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  6. Swizz Beatz Goes Back To School

    April 28, 2014 12:04 AM EDT Kasseem Dean, better known as Swizz Beatz, the multitalented record producer/songwriter and husband of Alicia Keys, has been accepted to Harvard Business School’s nine-week Owner/President Management Extension Program, the same one attended by Antonio "L.A." Reid at the behest of…

  7. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, with a first single coming this summer.…

  8. Grand Ole Opry House Turns 40: Watch President Nixon Perform on Opening Night

    March 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A little lesson in country music history -- it's all about perspective. The Grand Ole Opry -- the radio show made famous by WSM since 1925 -- has had several homes over the years, with possibly the most iconic one being the Ryman Auditorium, which housed the show from 1943-1974, as well…

  9. Kentucky HeadHunters: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 21, 2014 3:10 PM EST Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. Kentucky HeadHunters won the GRAMMY for best country performance by a duo or group with vocal for its 1989 album, "Pickin' On Nashville." KENTUCKY…

  10. Jazz Fest 2014 Lineup: Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Christina Aguilera Head to New Orleans

    January 14, 2014 1:58 PM EST The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is out, with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish and Arcade Fire among the major artists tapped to mark the event's 45th anniversary over two weekends this spring. Jazz…

  11. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs Word Cloud, Top Artists Map & More

    August 04, 2013 2:35 PM EDT The 55th anniversary celebration of Billboard's Hot 100 rolls on today (August 4), the chart's birthday, with a visual look at the all-time top 100 songs and artists in the form of a special word cloud, map, icons and more.  HOT 100 ALL-TIME TOP 1OO SONGS: FULL LIST HOT 100…

  12. Hot 100 55th Anniversary By The Numbers: Top 100 Artists, Most No. 1s, Biggest No. 2s & More

    August 02, 2013 9:54 AM EDT In the course of charting over a half-century of music, the Billboard Hot 100 -- which now celebrates its 55th anniversary -- has seen some songs transform into hits, but it has also chronicled major chart feats. So in addition to the Hot 100 55th anniversary All-Time Top 100 Songs…

  13. 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…

  14. The Doors: A Billboard Chart History

    May 21, 2013 12:58 AM EDT Following the death of Doors keyboardist and founding member Ray Manzarek, Billboard looks back on the legendary rock band's chart legacy. Manzarek died Monday at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany. He was 74. The Doors was one of the most successful bands on the Billboard 200…

  15. Ray Manzarek of The Doors Is Dead at 74

    May 20, 2013 5:41 PM EDT Legendary keyboardist dies after battle with bile duct cancer. "I will miss my musical brother," says John Densmore Last year, as the Doors released a 40th anniversary edition of its vaunted "L.A. Woman" album, keyboardist Ray Manzarek spoke about how the then-46…

  16. Patty Griffin Puts Robert Plant Rumors to Rest, Talks Raw 'American' Album

    May 06, 2013 11:45 AM EDT "We both have similar places that we come from as singers," she says of Plant. "He inspires me. He goes far and deep" Just how intimate can this sound? That's the question Patty Griffin set forth to answer when recording her seventh solo album, "American Kid,…

  17. Bruce Springsteen's SXSW Keynote: 'Stay Hard, Stay Hungry'

    March 15, 2012 5:30 PM EDT The Boss Was in a Giving Mood, Offering Wisdom & Recounting His Own Musical Journey Declaring that "every important musician in this town is asleep -- or they will be by the time I finished this thing," Bruce Springsteen spent nearly 50 minutes early Thursday afternoon…

  18. Ray Benson Kicks Off SXSW With Birthday Bash

    March 14, 2012 10:15 AM EDT In his characteristically droll manner. Ray Benson told a crowd at Austin's Rattle Inn on Tuesday night that "this has become a yearly thing, having a birthday." But Benson has, in fact, turned his yearly celebration into one of the opening -- and overall -- highlights of the…

  19. The History of Country Music Gets an Update

    February 26, 2012 11:00 AM EST Country Music has enjoyed a rich history over the years, and the Country Music Foundation has released what many are considering to be the ultimate history book concerning the genre with the issue of The Encyclopedia of Country Music. A 626-page book of who's who, and what's what in…

  20. 'X Factor': Simon & L.A. Bicker Through the Rock Songs Round

    November 17, 2011 10:45 AM EST It may have been the week's rock theme or maybe the news that Simon Cowell had finally joined Twitter , but something got into the judges during last night's episode of "X Factor." They were extra feisty and did more arguing than they did judging during the two-hour…

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