B.B. King

  1. Historic KWEM Station Returns Online

    May 27, 2014 3:59 AM EDT Decades ago, unknown blues musicians paid $15 to appear on an east Arkansas radio station, hoping a few minutes of exposure would help them become the legends they now are: B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and Ike Turner. KWEM-AM ...

  2. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Louder Than Life Inks Collie Buddz, Sheila E. Releasing New Digital Album, and More

    March 06, 2014 9:07 PM EST Collie Buddz Signs With Louder Than Life Reggae artist Collie Buddz (“Come Around”) has signed with Sony Music imprint Louder Than Life, headed by producer and Sony executive VP of A&R Salaam Remi. Buddz is currently in the studio recording hi ...

  3. Joe Bihari, Co-Founder of B.B. King's First Label, Dead at 88

    December 16, 2013 8:40 AM EST Joe Bihari, the New Orleans-bred co-founder (alongside his brothers Saul and Jules) of pioneering blues and R&B labels Modern Records and RPM Records, has died at the age of 88. Bihari's work helped popularize the blues sound as well as p ...

  4. From the Billboard Archives 10/6/1973: Plastics Shortage Threatens Industry, B.B. King Gets a Diploma, Musicians Dress Up for 'The Rock Event'

    September 19, 2013 5:05 PM EDT This issue of Billboard dated Oct. 6, 1973 features a different layout from our previous From the Archive column from the issue when Dylan went electric at Newport Folk Festival, dated Aug. 7, 1965. It's headlined by an early version of our ...

  5. Chart Moves: The Doors' Sales Surge, 'Fast 6' Soundtrack Drives In, David Crowder Band's Latest Top 10

    May 31, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Daft Punk barged in at No. 1 with "Random Access Memories," selling 339,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It led a debut-filled top four, where Darius Rucker, the ...

  6. Youssou N’Dour, Kaija Saariaho To Receive the 2013 Polar Music Prize

    May 07, 2013 6:08 AM EDT Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho are the 2013 recipients of Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize. The Prize was created and funded in 1989 by Stig Andersson, the late manager of ABBA (sometimes called ABBA&# ...

  7. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  8. Aerosmith May Self-Release Future Albums If 'Band Stays Together'

    October 12, 2012 11:40 AM EDT With the upcoming Music From Another Dimension marking the end of their current deal with Columbia Records, Aerosmith may abandon the label world and take future release matters into their own hands. Asked during a conference call with reporters o ...

  9. B.B. King, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies, More Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame

    October 11, 2012 10:31 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Elvis Costello, B.B. King and Ray Davies are among the nominees for the 2013 Songwriters Hall of Fame. They're joined by a slew of top acts, including Jimmy Buffett, Vince Gill and Rod Temperton, who wrote Michael Jackson ...

  10. Don Was Confirmed For Keynote Q&A At Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 09, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Don Was, president and chief creative officer at Blue Note Records, has been confirmed for a keynote Q&A at the Billboard FutureSound conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco, CA ...

  11. Still On Top: ZZ Top Returns

    August 30, 2012 4:15 PM EDT The Texas trio makes a comeback with 'La Futura,' its new album produced by Rick Rubin. At the band's first U.S. show after a six-week tour of Europe, ZZ Top guitarist/singer Billy Gibbons didn't make a big deal out of the fact ...

  12. Chart Moves: Kimbra Debuts in Top 20 on Billboard 200, McCartney's 'Ram' Returns

    June 01, 2012 8:38 AM EDT The Billboard 200: John Mayer was the big news on the Billboard 200 this week as his Born and Raised album debuted at No. 1, selling 219,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the singer/songwriter's third chart-topper and could ...

  13. Jim McCrary, Former A&M Records, 'Tapestry' Photographer, Dies

    May 07, 2012 3:15 PM EDT (Photos: Jim McCrary) Jim McCrary, who was behind the camera for hundreds of album covers including Carole King's iconic Tapestry , but who soured on rock photography following an encounter with a young Michael Jackson, died last month at age ...

  14. B.B. King Sued Over Efforts to Stop Biographical Movie

    April 10, 2012 1:53 PM EDT A filmmaker is suing B.B. King for allegedly interfering with his autobiographical film, B.B. King and I , about his long relationship with the blues legend and his success in helping King get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. King Size Film P ...

  15. Irving Azoff's Front Line Management Hires Ron Fair, Richard Palmese

    April 02, 2012 7:16 PM EDT Front Line Management Group announced it has signed record label executives Ron Fair and Richard Palmese to consultancy jobs. Fair, a music producer, was formerly president of both A&M and Geffen Records chairman, while Palmese was executive V ...

  16. Allman Brothers Band's Beacon Run Brings Out Susan Tedeschi, Ruthie Foster, Bernie Williams

    March 23, 2012 11:29 AM EDT Derek Trucks (left) and Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band trading shots (Photo: Dan Rys) By now, catching the Allman Brothers Band during its annual Beacon Theatre run and NOT seeing a surprise guest or two waltz out on stage would be a bi ...

  17. John Mayer Unveils Tour Dates, Previews New Single 'Shadow Days'

    February 27, 2012 5:21 PM EST It's been two years since John Mayer last toured the U.S., but this April the singer/songwriter will be hitting the road in support of his upcoming album, Born and Raised . But wait there's more: Mayer posted a 60 second clip of the reco ...

  18. Web Trends: Swizz Beatz's Plans To Introduce K-Pop To America, Listen To An Unreleased Grimes Track

    February 22, 2012 4:24 PM EST Google Trends: 6. chris brown and rihanna - the former controversial couple have reunited on remixes of each other's tracks sparking more controversy 10. cm punk - the WWE champion was engaged in a "Twitter war" with Chris Brown Twi ...

  19. Watch President Obama Sing 'Sweet Home Chicago' With B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Booker T

    February 22, 2012 7:40 AM EST First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion ...

  20. Ten Lessons From Louie: Advice From Messina Group Founder Louie Messina

    August 10, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Louie Messina, founder of The Messina Group. Photograph by Matt Furman for Billboard. Louis Messina is one of the nation's most successful concert promoters, and his storied career reflects the evolution of the live music industry over four d ...

  21. Pinetop Perkins, Oldest Grammy Winner, Dead at 97

    March 22, 2011 3:33 AM EDT Pinetop Perkins , one of the last old-school bluesmen who played with Muddy Waters and became the oldest Grammy winner this year, died Monday at his home of cardiac arrest. He was 97. Perkins was having chest pains when he went to take a nap and p ...

  22. BACKBEAT: Buddy Guy And B.B. King Collaborate On New Track

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On September 13 in Las Vegas, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Grammy-winning icons Buddy Guy and B.B. King wrapped shooting the video for their historic duet “Stay Around A Little Longer” from Buddy Guy’s upcoming Silvertone/Jiv ...

  23. Finetunes Strikes Didiom Deal

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hamburg-based digital service provider Finetunes has signed a distribution deal with U.S. mobile media service Didiom. The deal, which takes immediate effect, will enable Didiom users to purchase songs from the Finetunes catalog, which includes ma ...

  24. B.B. King Returns To International Stage

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST B.B. King will return to the stage in a series of arena concerts in the U.K., three years after announcing his retirement from international touring. According to a statement, "popular demand " has led the 83-year old blues legend to sch ...

  25. Foos, Mayer Set For Grammy Nominations Show

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Foo Fighters, John Mayer and B.B. King will perform at the first Grammy Nominations Concert, to be held Dec. 3 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS. In addition to the performances, the event will reveal the nominees in several as-yet-u ...

  26. Putumayo Expands Jazz Catalog

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Putumayo World Music gets into the holiday spirit with the Oct. 28 release of “A Jazz & Blues Christmas.” Among the jazz and blues artists featured on the 10-track set are B.B. King (“Christmas Celebration”), Ray Charles (“Rudolph the Red-Nose ...

  27. Pink Floyd Welcomes Polar Music Prize

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The worlds of classical and rock music came together in Stockholm as 2008 Polar Music Prize winners Roger Waters and Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and American soprano Renée Fleming expressed appreciation for being named laureates of the award. The Pol ...

  28. Cherry Lane Inks T-Bone Walker Deal

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing has entered into a worldwide administration agreement with Lord and Walker Music Publishing for the catalog of Aaron Walker, Sr., known as T-Bone Walker. Walker, who passed away in 1975, was a pioneer on the electric g ...

  29. Blues Artist 'Weepin' Willie Dies

    December 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Weepin'" Willie Robinson, a blues singer who performed with Steven Tyler and Bonnie Raitt but also spent time homeless, has died at age 81. Robinson had been a sharecropper, an Army veteran and a friend of performers, including B.B ...

  30. It's Good To Be B.B. King

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Three months. That was the longest stretch B.B. King ever took off from the road. Six weeks in, however, that old antsy feeling came knocking. "I was married then, and I'd promised my wife I would take off for a while," King says. & ...

  31. B.B. King Blues Fest To Feature Green, James

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT B.B. King, Al Green and Etta James will embark on a 14-city trek beginning July 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Miami, and wrapping Sept. 9 at the Kautz Ironstone Vineyards Theatre in Murphys, Calif., Billboard.biz has learned. ...

  32. Hollywood Bowl Reveals Summer Line-Up

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Decemberists, Queen Latifah, Diana Krall, B.B. King, Macy Gray and Rufus Wainwright are among the artists set for Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl 2007 summer concert schedule, revealed today (March 7). The Bowl's summer session spans 14 ...

  33. Dr. Dre Signs Joel Ortiz

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Brooklyn rapper, Joel Ortiz, performed Jan. 19 at New York City's B.B. King's and announced repeatedly that he was the first "Puerto Rican from Brooklyn signed to Aftermath." Actually Dr. Dre's Aftermath label signed the r ...

  34. King, Ligeti Awarded Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    May 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=2003863">As expected</A>, blues legend B.B. King and avant-garde Hungarian composer Gy&#246;rgy Ligeti were ho As expected , blues ...

  35. King, Ligeti Awarded Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    May 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=2003863">As expected</A>, blues legend B.B. King and avant-garde Hungarian composer Gy&#246;rgy Ligeti were ho As expected , blues ...

  36. Guy, James Take Home Handy Awards

    April 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT B.B. King named blues entertainer of the year. B.B. King named blues entertainer of the year. News B.B. King ...

  37. Reunited Bow Wow Wow Sets U.S. Tour

    April 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bow Wow Wow, with original members Annabella Lwin and Leigh Gorman, will enlist No Doubt drummer Adrian Young for a string of summer shows that begins July 16 at B.B. King's in New York. The concerts Bow Wow Wow, with original members Annabel ...

  38. Sugar Ray Sweetens Reality-TV Lineup

    April 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sugar Ray's summer tour wil be chronicled for a new reality series on Spike TV, "On the Road." Spike will film Sugar Ray's 18-market U.S. tour, which kicks off April 8 at the B.B. King Blues Club in N Sugar Ray's summer to ...

  39. Sugar Ray Sweetens Reality-TV Lineup

    April 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sugar Ray's summer tour wil be chronicled for a new reality series on Spike TV, "On the Road." Spike will film Sugar Ray's 18-market U.S. tour, which kicks off April 8 at the B.B. King Blues Club in N Sugar Ray's summer to ...

  40. Ray Charles Lines Up Stars For Duets

    February 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones, B.B. King and Willie Nelson are among the artists who will team with Ray Charles for his upcoming duets album on Concord Records. Norah Jones, B.B. King and Willie Nelson are among the artists who will team with Ray Charles for his up ...