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  1. Ben Folds Campaigns to Save Nashville's Historic Studio A

    June 30, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Songwriter Ben Folds has sounded the alarms. Studio A in Nashville's old RCA Building – which Chet Atkins built in 1964, and has hosted the likes of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and George Strait – had been sold to a local developer. Folds, wh ...

  2. Bonnaroo 2014 Preview: Superfly's Jonathan Mayers on Kanye, XBox Live Stream, VIP Package

    June 09, 2014 12:32 PM EDT This 700-acre farm in rural Manchester, Tenn., will be swarmed with 80,000 euphoric Bonnaroovians by Thursday, but right now it’s a hub of productivity as Jonathan Mayers, president of Bonaroo co-producer Superfly Presents, assesses the situatio ...

  3. Dance Show 'Soul Train' May Boogie Onto Broadway

    April 15, 2014 5:31 PM EDT The groundbreaking song-and-dance show "Soul Train" is chugging toward Broadway. Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create "Rock of Ages," has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said Tuesday ...

  4. Chart Moves: Trio of Tribute Albums Arrive on Billboard 200, Luke Bryan's ACM Gain, Cyndi Lauper's 'Unusual' Returns

    April 10, 2014 9:23 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Frozen" soundtrack refused to budge from the No. 1 slot, clocking a ninth week atop the tally. The set sold 149,000 copies in the week ending April 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Five ...

  5. Pharrell Williams Tops Hot 100, Soko Surprises with Top 10 Debut

    March 19, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Williams' 'Happy' holds at No. 1 for a fourth week, while newcomer Soko's viral hit 'We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow' rockets in at No. 9. Aloe Blacc's 'The Man' also enters the top 10. Pharrell Williams&# ...

  6. Meet Ryan Tedder, the Secret King of Pop Who Doesn't Look at Royalty Checks (Cover Story)

    March 18, 2014 2:31 PM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year, but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer. Minutes after get ...

  7. Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White Headlining

    February 19, 2014 10:04 PM EST Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was unveiled through a broadcasted announcement on Wednesday night (Feb. 19). Elton John, Jack White, Lionel Richie and V ...

  8. Sting's Musical Finds a Broadway Home

    February 12, 2014 5:24 PM EST Singer-songwriter Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" has found a nice berth on Broadway. Producer Jeffrey Seller said Wednesday that the show -- inspired by Sting's memories of growing up in a shipbuilding community in northea ...

  9. Bruce Springsteen Top Hot Tours, Grossing $5.2 Million From South African Shows

    February 07, 2014 6:01 PM EST Bruce Springsteen earns this week’s No. 1 Hot Tours ranking with the first box office stats reported from his new tour that launched on Jan. 26. On the road in support of his latest album "High Hopes," released in January, the Boss opene ...

  10. Elton John, Lady Gaga Nominated for GLAAD Media Awards

    January 30, 2014 8:11 AM EST Elton John, Lady Gaga and the movie "Dallas Buyers Club" are among the nominees for awards presented by the gay advocacy group GLAAD. The 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards honor outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgend ...

  11. Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' Gallops To No. 1 On Hot 100

    January 29, 2014 12:42 PM EST The song, featuring Juicy J, becomes Perry's ninth leader and the second from her album 'PRISM,' among other notable achievements. Plus, Jason Derulo soars into the Hot 100's top 10. Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," fe ...

  12. Chart Moves: Beyonce Crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay; Aloe Blacc Bounds Up Hot 100; Hillsong United Makes History

    January 24, 2014 10:00 AM EST As previously reported , Pitbull and Ke$ha rule the Billboard Hot 100 with "Timber" and Lorde and Bastille soar into the chart's top 10. Who else scales Billboard song charts this week? -- Beyonce: In just its sixth week on R&B/ ...

  13. George Strait Begins Final Stand, Tops Hot Tours With $6.2M

    January 23, 2014 3:26 PM EST George Strait tops the weekly Hot Tours ranking with $6.2 million in ticket sales reported from the final leg of his "Cowboy Rides Away" tour that began on Jan. 9 in Louisiana. The tour’s 2014 itinerary kicked off at Bossier City, La.’s ...

  14. One Direction, Katy Perry, Elton John to Perform on 'X Factor' U.K. Finale at Wembley

    December 02, 2013 6:00 AM EST ITV has announced a star-studded lineup of guest performers for the season finale of "The X Factor," led by Elton John. Also set to appear on the season-ending episode of the Simon Cowell-created show at London's Wembley Arena are b ...

  15. The Top Hollywood Music Schools

    November 01, 2013 1:27 PM EDT The Hollywood Reporter's ranking of the top 10 music schools reveals a unique hierarchy of institutional standing. Based on a survey of academic and entertainment insiders -- including composers, arrangers, music supervisors, editors and en ...

  16. Iron Maiden tops Hot Tours with $15.2 Million, Wraps Maiden England Tour

    October 17, 2013 7:38 PM EDT Veteran English metal band Iron Maiden has ended its Maiden England world tour that began in June 2012 and played in the Americas and Europe during the past two summers. Leading this week’s Hot Tours tally with $15.2 million in ticket sales, the ...

  17. Hans Zimmer to Discuss 'Rush' at Film and TV Music Conference

    October 16, 2013 8:55 AM EDT Composer Hans Zimmer and his colleagues on “Rush” -- Peter Asher and Lorne Balfe  -- will discuss the music in the Ron Howard-directed hit film at the Billboard & Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference on Oct. 29 and 30.   “Case ...

  18. Chart Moves: Joan Jett Returns to Billboard 200, Randy Travis Album Hits Top 40 on Country Albums, Remixed Rush Debuts

    October 10, 2013 8:25 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, it was all about Justin Timberlake, as the star earned his second No. 1 album this year. His new "The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)" debuted atop the chart, selling 350,000 copies, according to ...

  19. Justin Timberlake Scores Second No. 1, Top Album Artist Of 2013 So Far

    October 09, 2013 11:08 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Justin Timberlake achieves the uncommon feat of earning two different No. 1 albums in less than a year. His new release, "The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2," starts at No. 1 with 350,000 sold in ...

  20. Chart Moves: Elton John's Top Five Feat, Nirvana's 'In Utero' Returns, 'Jon Stewart' Sends Atoms Flying

    October 04, 2013 9:07 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake led a party of debuts in the top 10, as his "Nothing Was the Same" started with 658,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His launch marked the second-largest sales week of ...

  21. In Vegas, Clubbing Almost as Popular as Gambling

    October 04, 2013 4:02 PM EDT The cannon at the Flutter Fetti booth near the front of the gambling trade show in Las Vegas last week delivered regular bursts of metallic and crepe paper cutouts, shooting them to the ceiling in big booms and carpeting the floor with shimmerin ...

  22. Kings of Leon, Cher and Elton John Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200

    September 27, 2013 9:40 PM EDT It will be busy on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as a slew of big-name acts are heading for high debuts. As previously reported  on Wednesday, Sept. 25, Drake's new album "Nothing Was the Same" is heading for a very st ...

  23. Gallo's Film/TV Briefs: Emmys Dominate Ratings with Much Music; Danny Elfman Preps Tim Burton Concerts; Tupac Biopic Gets Financing

    September 23, 2013 5:01 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Film & TV Music conference in Los Angeles Oct. 29-20 at the W Hollywood Use promo code 'BIZ13' to get a special discount. The most musical Emmy Awards telecast in recent history attracted 17 ...

  24. Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty' Tops U.K. Singles Chart, Arctic Monkeys' 'AM' Rules Again

    September 23, 2013 9:00 AM EDT In a top ten featuring six new entries, Arctic Monkeys held off all comers to start a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sept. 22) with “AM” (Domino). Jason Derulo scored his third No. 1 single in the territory as “Talk Dirty” (War ...

  25. Britney Spears' 'Work B**ch!' Aiming for High Hot 100 Debut, Pop Radio Playing Edited Version

    September 20, 2013 5:57 PM EDT One more time, Britney Spears has caused a circus-like frenzy ahead of a new album. "Work B**ch!" introduces Spears' eighth studio set, due Dec. 3. While the track is off to a fast start at radio, its title and lyrics are causing ...

  26. How Justin Timberlake Became an Unofficial Sales Exec for iHeartRadio Fest: Q&A With Clear Channel Connections' Greg Glenday (Exclusive)

    September 20, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Tickets to Clear Channel’s third annual IHeartRadio Music Festival this weekend aren’t the only part of the two-day spectacle that are sold out -- sponsor activity is at an all-time high, too. More than 14 blue-chip brands are prepping major on ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. T Bone Burnett to Receive Maestro Award at 2013 Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Conference

    September 17, 2013 9:15 AM EDT Oscar- and multiple-Grammy-winning producer, musician and songwriter T Bone Burnett will receive the Maestro Award at the 2013 Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Burnett will be honored for his wor ...

  29. Adam Levine Film Acquired by Weinsteins; Elton John on the Emmys; Arcade Fire on 'SNL'; Cher on 'The Voice': Gallo's Film/TV Briefs

    September 09, 2013 2:36 PM EDT The Weinstein Co. Will Distribute "Can a Song Save Your Life?" The Weinstein Co. will distribute "Can a Song Save Your Life?" , director John Carney' s film about a record producer ( Mark Ruffalo ) and an aspiring musici ...

  30. Elton John Receives Inaugural Brits Icon Award

    September 04, 2013 2:38 AM EDT Rod Stewart on Monday night presented Elton John with the inaugural Brits Icon award during a gala event and concert here. The event, which ITV taped at the London Palladium for later this month, marked John's return to the stage after surg ...

  31. Lady Gaga Premieres ‘ARTPOP’ Songs at iTunes Festival: Watch

    September 01, 2013 10:58 PM EDT With flying pigs and wigs, Lady Gaga debuted her "ARTPOP" songs at the iTunes Festival. The pop star performed seven new songs, as she headlined the event at London's Roundhouse Sunday night. It is Gaga's first solo show sinc ...

  32. Norman Winter, Music Publicist for Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre and MCA/Universal Records, Dies

    August 22, 2013 9:16 PM EDT Norman Winter, who in his long Hollywood career as a music publicist represented Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan,  Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Paul Anka and many  others, died Thursday in Las Vegas due to complications from Lewy Body disease, accord ...

  33. Australia’s Billion-Dollar Live Biz Reports ‘Weaker’ 2012

    July 31, 2013 3:18 AM EDT Australia’s live music biz has had an up-and-down year, new figures reveal. Live Performance Australia’s annual “Ticket Attendance & Revenue Survey” reveals attendance slipped across the wider live entertainment market in 2012, and there was ...

  34. Elton John Convinces Judges About Uniqueness of His Love Song

    July 17, 2013 3:55 PM EDT How many ways is there to say, "I love you"? Unfortunately for a man who composed a song entitled "Natasha" and sued Elton John and Bernie Taupin for ripping it off, there's more than one. On Wednesday, the Seventh Circ ...

  35. Elton John Extends His Record For Most Adult Contemporary Hits

    July 15, 2013 2:14 PM EDT Elton John pads his mark for the most appearances in the 52-year history of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, as "Home Again" soars in at No. 21. The song marks his 69th entry on the ranking.   The start of "Home" ma ...

  36. Exclusive: Clear Channel Announces iHeartRadio Festival Sponsors; Preps First Fan Village

    July 15, 2013 8:57 AM EDT In just its third year, Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Music Festival has quickly carved out its own niche in the ever-crowding festival market by booking a lineup made up entirely of marquee, A-plus plus talent that grace its 850 stations’ airwav ...

  37. Michael Parkinson, Celebrated British Chat Show Presenter, Diagnosed with Cancer

    July 08, 2013 1:35 AM EDT Sir Michael Parkinson, the legendary British chat show host who has championed countless musicians, has prostate cancer. The 78-year-old broadcaster, who is affectionately known in his homeland as “Parky,” was diagnosed with the disease in May f ...

  38. Mark Fisher, Set Designer for Stones, U2, Devo, AC/DC and More, Dead at 66

    June 27, 2013 6:19 PM EDT On June 25th, Mark Fisher, one of the most highly-regarded set designers in the concert business and who worked with artists like the Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, and Elton John, passed away at age 66 after a long, undisclosed illness, according t ...

  39. Berry Gordy, Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Aerosmith, More Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame Event

    June 14, 2013 6:12 PM EDT NEW YORK -- The Songwriters Hall of Fame dinner is pretty much the do of the year for the music publishing industry, and in addition to virtually everyone who’s anyone in the executive side of that world, there’s always a jaw-dropping array of l ...

  40. Class of 2013 Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:22 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was ...

  41. Queens of the Stone Age Heading for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 05, 2013 7:18 PM EDT Next week, rock band Queens of the Stone Age might get its first No. 1 album. Industry sources say the group's new release, "… Like Clockwork," could sell approximately 80,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on June 9. Th ...

  42. Justin Bieber's 'Baby' With New Streaming Data Beats Out Elton John For RIAA's Top Platinum Single of All Time

    May 17, 2013 11:26 AM EDT Bieber's song "Baby" featuring Ludacris becomes the highest-certified single in history now that the RIAA incorporates on-demand streaming numbers into its Gold and Platinum certifications for digital singles. Elton John's do ...

  43. Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Kevin Spacey, More Celebrate Phil Ramone's Life and Legacy at Memorial Concert

    May 13, 2013 12:19 PM EDT The life of legendary producer Phil Ramone was celebrated Saturday night in grand style, with performances from many of the acts he produced down through the years such as Billy Joel, Paul Simon and Tony Bennett, along with remembrances from Qui ...

  44. 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&# ...

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

    April 10, 2013 3:09 PM EDT Amid a boom of hi-NRG EDM club anthems, stomp-and-clap folk/rock sing-alongs and rapped odes to bargain-hunting, a simple piano ballad, Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man," crowns this week's Billboard Hot 100. The melancholy ...

  46. Phil Ramone's Top 50 Billboard Albums: From '52nd Street' to 'Album 1700'

    April 01, 2013 10:40 AM EDT In a career that spanned 50 years, Phil Ramone’s credit graced some of the rock era’s most celebrated albums, from Glass Houses to Graceland and from A Star Is Born to Flashdance . Ramone, who died Saturday at age 79, was an engineer in the 1960 ...

  47. Phil Ramone: A Selected Discography

    March 31, 2013 7:23 PM EDT Phil Ramone was deferential to a fault. He liked to say it was the artist, not the producer, whose name appeared on the front of the album. That’s why you won’t find mention of Ramone on the covers of CDs by Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Frank Sinat ...

  48. Phil Ramone on Film and Stage: From Bond and Madonna to 'Flashdance' and 'August Rush'

    March 30, 2013 8:27 PM EDT Phil Ramone was the rare record producer and engineer who was active and thriving in the live-performance realm  as well as film, TV and theater. He produced numerous MusiCares person of the year galas during Grammy Week, tributes to performers ...

  49. Phil Ramone Remembered by John Burk, Co-Producer of Ray Charles’ ‘Genius Loves Company’

    March 30, 2013 7:05 PM EDT John Burk and Phil Ramone produced Ray Charles' “Genius Love Company,” an album that scored five Grammys in 2005, including Album of the Year. By the time Charles signed with Concord Records, Ramone already had a history with the label as ...

  50. Elton John Finishes New Album, Eyes September Release Date

    February 22, 2013 10:25 PM EST Elton John has finished what he calls "the most piano-oriented album of my career" and is looking at a release in September. Titled "The Diving Board," the 13-track album comprises songs written in two sessions with lyricist Be ...

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