1. Kenny Rogers Brings The Merriment on Christmas and Hits Through The Years Tour

    December 08, 2014 7:57 PM EST In the fall of 1981, Kenny Rogers released his very first seasonal album, appropriately titled Christmas . Since then, the Country Music Hall of Fame member has released successful holiday follow-ups in 1984 ( Once Upon A Christmas , with Dolly Parton ), 1989 ( Christmas In America ) and…

  2. Peking Duk Flies ‘High,’ Eyes U.S. Success

    October 31, 2014 1:24 AM EDT For Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles , 2014 was the year the Duk landed. The Canberra, Australia-bred electronic music act, better known in clubland as Peking Duk , has enjoyed a breakout year which has included an AIR Award, an international deal with Sony Music and their first-ever nomination…

  3. Kix Brooks Is on a 'Steak Out' for the Best Steakhouse

    October 28, 2014 5:51 PM EDT Country music artist Kix Brooks will be hitting TV screens this weekend for a special that documents one of his newest passions: steak. Steak Out With Kix Brooks, which premieres Sunday on the Cooking Channel, features the performer in search of the great American steakhouse. He told…

  4. Exclusive: Hear Tommy Trash's Tour Mix With Henry Fong & Wax Motif

    October 02, 2014 5:13 PM EDT After incubating his personal party concept in Las Vegas and Miami, Tommy Trash has taken Trashed on the road. The long-locked Australian artist has been channeling his show's informal house party vibe on an 11-date North American tour, offering up a diverse musical menu with close…

  5. Hurtsmile Song Premiere: Hear a New Track from Gary Cherone’s Latest Album

    October 02, 2014 12:17 PM EDT For Extreme's Gary Cherone, a second album by his other band, Hurtsmile, was imperative to prove that Hurtsmile is, well, a real band. "If there was [only] one record it would seem like a Gary Cherone project, and this is truly a band," Cherone, who releases Hurtsmile's…

  6. Kenny Rogers to Play Country Classics & Yuletide-Themed Songs on Christmas Tour

    October 01, 2014 4:18 AM EDT Kenny Rogers will bring his own brand of Christmas cheer to audiences across North America later this year. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has announced a 25-date yuletide tour, starting Nov. 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario and wrapping Dec. 23 at Westbury, New York. Special guest…

  7. 'I Feel a Little Weird About It': What 2014's Polaris Prize Short-Listers Think About the Voting Process

    September 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT “They can just listen to the same thing we’ve listened to a bunch of times and they’ll probably hate it just as much.” Billboard told each artist about Polaris’ grand jury duty -- then asked: How does it make you feel knowing that, behind closed doors, while the gala is happening, that the…

  8. Ruby Dee to Be Memorialized By Alicia Keys, Harry Belafonte & Others at Memorial

    September 20, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ruby Dee will be remembered in poetry and song this weekend as the actress and civil rights activist is memorialized by admirers including Alicia Keys , Audra McDonald , Harry Belafonte and Angela Bassett. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91 The celebration of Dee's life will be…

  9. Alicia Keys to Sing at Ruby Dee Memorial in NYC

    September 04, 2014 3:52 PM EDT A memorial for actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee will feature music by Alicia Keys and Audra McDonald , reflections by former Mayor David Dinkins and poet Sonia Sanchez , and a eulogy by Harry Belafonte . The Terrie Williams Agency said Thursday that the celebration of Lee's…

  10. Attention, Country Music Hall of Fame Voters: Here's Who You Need to Induct

    July 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT To: The Voters for the Country Music Hall of Fame First of all, I understand the responsibility that you have to the industry and to the Hall as you go through your voting process each year. It seems that with each selection you make, the cries get louder for others to be inducted. It is a…

  11. Alabama Shakes: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:40 AM EDT Take a closer look at Alabama Shakes, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . It took only three years for Alabama Shakes to go from after-school music project to veritable stars. Formed by singer…

  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. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

    June 12, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ruby Dee, an Oscar nominated actress whose career in film spanned four decades, died on Wednesday, her agent Michael Livingston confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . She was 91. In the course of her accomplished career, Dee collected acclaim and awards including an Emmy and a Grammy. Dee…

  14. Jack White, 'Lazaretto': Track-By-Track Review

    June 03, 2014 1:15 PM EDT That rattle and clang can only mean one thing: Jack White 's comin' 'round the mountain, pushing his trusty rusty shopping cart of American musical artifacts and curiosities. This time, he's peddling his second solo album, "Lazaretto," the latest in a long line…

  15. Top 10 K-Pop Girl Groups You Need to Know

    April 30, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Whether you're a longtime fan looking for a nostalgic music trip or a curious listener kickstarting your K-pop education, these are the must-know girl groups. Girl Group Week! • Top 40 Girl Group Songs Ever • Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs • Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Videos …

  16. Adidas' Music Gamble: Why They're Betting on Pharrell Williams and Kanye West

    April 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT More than just a marketing coup, Kanye West's defection from Nike -- where he helped design the coveted Air Yeezy sneaker -- to Adidas in December signaled a redoubling of the 64-year-old publicly traded German brand's fashion-focused strategy for sneaker dominance. Although…

  17. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  18. Big Money Luxury Sneakers: The $1,000 Kicks Justin Bieber, John Legend and More Wear

    March 28, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Street meets chic as everyone from Pharrell to John Legend steps out in a new breed of luxury sneaks. Designer men's sneakers that are every bit as vibrant as the ruby-red Adidas Originals that Pharrell wore at the Academy Awards are blowing up thanks in part to their growing…

  19. Chart Highlights: Passenger, Pharrell Williams, Dierks Bentley Score New No. 1s

    March 24, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Among this week's new leaders, Passenger's 'Let Her Go' crowns AC, Williams' 'Happy' takes over atop two more tallies and Bentley parks 'I Hold On' atop Country Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  20. Rolling Stones Panel at SXSW Clicks Into Musical Tribute

    March 14, 2014 4:07 AM EDT The Grammy Museum extended its 50 Years of the Rolling Stones panel at SXSW to a tribute concert Thursday at the Red Eyed Fly that featured a baker's dozen acts interpreting the music of the Rolling Stones. Acts alternated between the faithful and the fully re-imagined, the sturdiest…

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