1. Wade Jessen, Billboard Senior Chart Manager, Dies Aged 53

    March 05, 2015 10:27 AM EST Billboard senior chart manager, Nashville Wade Jessen died shortly after midnight March 5 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn., following a heart attack. The 53-year-old media veteran and country music champion had just observed his 20th anniversary as the head of Billboard's…

  2. 'Boogie Nights' Soundtrack Coming to Vinyl

    March 03, 2015 3:42 PM EST An 'O Brother, Where Art Thou' picture disc is on tap next. Universal Music Enterprises is continuing its rollout of soundtracks on vinyl with the March 10 release of a O Brother, Where Art Thou? picture disc, the film adaptation of Little Shop of Horrors and Silence of the Lambs .…

  3. 'Motown 25' Revisited: 10 Things to Know About the 1983 TV Special

    February 27, 2015 9:00 AM EST The special will re-air Saturday on PBS stations as part of a national pledge drive. The special that introduced TV viewers to Michael Jackson 's moonwalk and the Temptations and Four Tops ' vocal battle will air on 300 PBS stations on Saturday as part of a national pledge drive.…

  4. 'Dancing With the Stars' Unveils New Cast -- Including Patti LaBelle & LMFAO's RedFoo

    February 24, 2015 10:13 AM EST Dancing With the Stars  announced its season 20 celebrity cast Tuesday on  Good Morning America , revealing 11 of 12 couples who will compete as part of the ABC reality competition's 10-year anniversary edition. In a surprise twist,  DWTS  veteran  Derek Hough --  who was believed to be…

  5. Songwriters Hall to Induct Cyndi Lauper, Toby Keith, Jerry Garcia and Linda Perry

    February 18, 2015 12:34 PM EST Cyndi Lauper , Toby Keith and the late Jerry Garcia will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June. The organization announced Wednesday that Linda Perry , country music songwriter Bobby Braddock and "Hoochie Coochie Man" writer Willie Dixon will also be inducted on June…

  6. Bob Dylan: 'I Wasn't Dissing Merle' in MusiCares Award Speech

    February 13, 2015 7:02 PM EST Bob Dylan is downplaying his comments about Merle Haggard from his MusiCares Person of the Year Award acceptance speech last week, saying he has "the highest regard for him, his songs, his talent." In his bold speech at the gala, Dylan gave thanks to those who had his back when he…

  7. Bob Dylan's MusiCares Master Plan: Telling Alanis, Beck and Many More Exactly What to Do

    February 10, 2015 1:33 PM EST While Bob Dylan did not sing at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala in his honor, the singer had considerable sway over every note that was played. Dylan selected each performer and the song they would perform. In most cases, the songs were ones they had already recorded. Dylan then…

  8. Village People Trial Begins: Who Wrote 'Y.M.C.A.'?

    February 09, 2015 9:25 PM EST 'Cosby Show' actress Phylicia Rashad is scheduled to testify in a California courtroom. It's been a long time since The Village People were in the limelight, but on Monday, a trial opens to determine who wrote 24 of the group's songs, including "Y.M.C.A." In May…

  9. Watch Usher Cover Stevie Wonder's 'If It's Magic' at 2015 Grammys

    February 08, 2015 10:31 PM EST Usher previewed CBS' upcoming nationally-televised Stevie Wonder special by performing a Songs in the Key of Life classic. Grammys 2015: All Our Coverage For the Grammy crowd, Usher covered "If It's Magic" from Stevie's 1976 opus. His rendition stayed true to…

  10. Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, Walk the Moon Celebrate Charity at Annual Grammy Foundation Concert

    February 07, 2015 4:59 PM EST There's something slightly incestuous -- in a good way -- about a philanthropic organization putting on a tribute to other philanthropic organizations. So it was Thursday night at the Grammy Foundation's annual show at the Wilshire Ebell; celebrating a different theme each year,…

  11. Tom Morello, Bonnie Raitt Pay Tribute to Bob Dylan at MusiCares Gala

    February 07, 2015 4:34 PM EST Even though Bob Dylan opted not to play Friday night when he was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year annual dinner at the Los Angeles Convention Center, he had his hand in every performance. Billboard talked to several of the evening's performers on the red carpet about their…

  12. Bob Dylan Dazzles MusiCares Gala With Bold Speech

    February 07, 2015 12:30 PM EST It was a well-known fact that Bob Dylan was not going to perform at the MusiCares event honoring him for, in President Jimmy Carter's words, a "lifetime dedication to human rights." Still, no one expected him to give one of the greatest acceptance speeches in the 25 years of…

  13. Top 50 Love Songs of All Time

    February 05, 2015 9:00 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

  14. Grammy Week Parties: From Clive Davis' Bash to Billboard's Power 100 Event

    February 03, 2015 7:16 PM EST Bob Dylan's MusicCares tribute, a confab at YouTube & more events where you'll be able to rub shoulders, do business & snap selfies during Grammy Week. TUESDAY, Feb. 3 Producers & Engineers Wing Celebration, Village Studios This eighth annual event will honor three…

  15. SXSW: Tower Records, Brian Wilson, Gloria Trevi & Jaco Pastorius Films on the Lineup

    February 03, 2015 2:54 PM EST Colin Hanks' long-awaited documentary on Tower Records, a film on the manager of the Doors and Ramones , and a rarely seen film focused on Leon Russell 's Oklahoma years in the early 1970s are among the selections this year at the South by Southwest  Film Conference and…

  16. Exclusive: Mario Batali Shares His Patti Smith-Inspired Linguine Recipe From His New 'Feedback Kitchen' Web Series

    January 30, 2015 2:10 PM EST Mario Batali describes a good song the same way he would the perfect plate of pasta Bolognese: "delicious." When asked if music sets the tone for different meals throughout the day, the James Beard Award-winning chef rattles off a list of artists like he would the ingredients for…

  17. Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande Added to Bill for Stevie Wonder Tribute

    January 30, 2015 12:49 AM EST Lady Gaga , Ariana Grande and John Legend have been added to the group of artists set to pay tribute to Stevie Wonder next month. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that the Band Perry will also perform alongside Usher and Chris Martin at "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life…

  18. Veteran Label/Management Exec Gary Gersh Joins AEG Live

    January 27, 2015 7:57 PM EST Newly created post makes Gersh an 'excitable boy again.' Former manager and label exec Gary Gersh has joined global concert promoter AEG Live in the newly created position of president of global talent, Billboard has learned. Gersh most recently served as CEO of The Artist…

  19. 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…

  20. Meet Brooklyn Club Producer Brenmar, Freshly Signed to Fool's Gold and Ready for Center Stage

    January 23, 2015 4:03 PM EST The Brooklyn-by-way-of-Chicago producer -- and former chess champion -- released his new EP, 'Award,' on Fool's Gold this week. There's a lot you might not know about Brenmar , one of this year's breakout producers whose new EP, Award , is out this week on Fool'…

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