Human Interest

  1. Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Sandra Bernhard Light Up Billboard Touring Awards With Humility, Humor

    November 09, 2012 11:35 AM EST Humility is a quality that becomes a legend most, and Neil Diamond showed it in spades while accepting the Legend of Live award at Billboard's Touring Awards Thursday night, honoring his more than 45 years as a performer. Roger Waters, Bruc ...

  2. Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga Among 2012 Billboard Touring Awards Winners

    November 08, 2012 9:30 PM EST Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, and Lady Antebellum were among tonight's (Nov. 8) big winners at the annual Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, h ...

  3. Madonna Celebrates 30th Anniversary On Billboard Charts: From 'Everybody' To 'Turn Up The Radio'

    November 06, 2012 1:21 PM EST Who's that girl celebrating her 30th anniversary on Billboard charts today? Madonnna Thirty years ago today, on Nov. 6, 1982, Madonna made her Billboard chart debut, entering the Dance Club Songs tally at No. 40 with "Everybody." Si ...

  4. Usher, No Doubt, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha to Perform on American Music Awards

    November 05, 2012 3:27 PM EST Usher, No Doubt, Justin Bieber and Ke$ha will perform at the 40th annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18, joining previously announced acts Pink, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Pitbull and Linkin Park. Mo ...

  5. Director Stephen Kessler Talks Documentary on ASCAP President Paul Williams (Video)

    November 05, 2012 1:16 PM EST Director Stephen Kessler struggled to get the songwriter/singer/'70s celebrity Paul Williams to cooperate with his plan to make a documentary on his life. One day Williams begrudgingly said OK and they wound up spending the next three years t ...

  6. Vicente Fernandez Cancels Remaining 2012 Shows To Undergo Surgery

    November 02, 2012 3:37 PM EDT Mexican singer Vicente Fernández, 72, has cancelled the remainder of his 2012 tour as he prepares to undergo surgery to remove a lump from his liver , according to his rep. In October, the singer announced that doctors had found a lump in his live ...

  7. Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town Win Big at CMA Awards

    November 01, 2012 11:52 PM EDT Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved to be "Nashville's Night With The Stars." The ABC network telecast, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, was a mix of the old and the new, with m ...

  8. Indie Act Alt-J Wins Mercury Prize

    November 01, 2012 8:50 PM EDT Indie pop quartet Alt-J has won Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize, beating more established acts to the 20,000 pound (roughly $32,000) prize at the Roundhouse in north London. Formed of four Leeds University students who met in 2007, the ...

  9. Catt Gravitt, Jon Stone Win Big at SESAC Nashville Music Awards

    October 29, 2012 7:56 PM EDT Women were the center of attention when SESAC kicked off Country Music Week with its annual Nashville Music Awards on Sunday night. The performing-rights organization gave its songwriter of the year trophy to Catt Gravitt, a woman who had at least ...

  10. Taylor Swift to Co-Host Grammy Nominations

    October 29, 2012 11:21 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Taylor Swift will co-host the Grammy nominations television special. Grammy officials say the pop star will join LL Cool J as hosts of the Dec. 5 special, airing live on CBS from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. This ...

  11. L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato Needle Simon Cowell, Challenge Artists: 'You'd Better Be Great in First 30 Seconds'

    October 25, 2012 5:01 PM EDT L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato on stage during their Q&A with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde (right). (Photo: Arnold Turner) Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde opened today's Q&A with "X Factor" judges L.A. Reid and ...

  12. Nicki Minaj, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift To Perform At American Music Awards

    October 24, 2012 12:22 PM EDT It'll be a little bit country and a little bit rock `n' roll onstage at next month's American Music Awards. Organizers announced Wednesday that Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Linkin Park will perform at the 40th annual ceremony on No ...

  13. Backbeat: Taylor Swift, Ross The Intern Celebrate Target's 'Red' Deluxe Edition at Taylor Swift Pop-Up Store

    October 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift with Ross Matthews (a.k.a. Ross The Intern) at an album release event for her new record Red that turned an NYC showroom into a Taylor Swift pop-up store. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Taylor Swift vividly recalls the day she told her managem ...

  14. Justin Bieber Breaks VEVO Record, Rises On Social 50 Chart

    October 19, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Whether it's surprising fans with unannounced visits or singing from balconies in France, Justin Bieber is known for devising schemes that grab attention. Reported events of a stolen laptop and leaked private photos were deemed a publicity ho ...

  15. 3BallMTY, Gerardo Ortiz Dominate Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 18, 2012 11:00 PM EDT (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images) Young talent and a bold new musical trend dominated the second annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards, with 3BallMTY, the edgy tribal music troupe, winning nine awards, including New Artist of the Year, Artist ...

  16. Barbra Streisand Sets Historic Billboard 200 Chart Records

    October 18, 2012 1:17 PM EDT Singer Nets 32nd Top 10 Album, Becomes Only Act to Score Multiple New Top 10 Albums In Each of The Last Six Decades Barbra Streisand's Release Me (above) is her 32nd top ten album. This week, Barbra Streisand becomes the first act to take mul ...

  17. Chet Faker Wins Big at Australia's Independent Music Awards

    October 17, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Rising soul-tinged singer Chet Faker was the big winner Tuesday (Oct. 16) night at the Australian Independent Music Awards in Melbourne, where he converted two of his five nominations. On a night when "true independence" was challenged f ...

  18. 'X Factor' Names Khloe Kardashian, Mario Lopez Co-Hosts

    October 16, 2012 6:30 PM EDT "X Factor" fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Only two weeks before season two enters live shows, it has been announced that the series' co-hosts will be Khloe Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez. Both TV personalities tweeted t ...

  19. Neil Diamond to Be Honored as 'Legend of Live' at 2012 Billboard Touring Awards

    October 16, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Billboard announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond will receive its prestigious Legend of Live Award at the 2012 Billboard Touring Awards on Nov. 8 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Additionally, Harlem's legendary Apol ...

  20. The Smell Of Money

    October 15, 2012 8:20 AM EDT Lady Gaga is far from the only pop star to find success with a fragrance. From October 2011 to September 2012, celebrity brands accounted for $140 million of the $2.9 billion in U.S. prestige fragrance sales -- up 32% year over year, according t ...

  21. 6 Questions with Jackie Evancho

    October 15, 2012 7:10 AM EDT Every 10 years or so, classical pop artists have a major crossover breakthrough like Josh Groban, Il Divo and Andrea Bocelli. Jackie Evancho is having one of those breakthroughs. Since finishing second on NBC's "America's Got Tal ...

  22. Power Of The Pen: Songwriters & the Billboard Mexican Music Awards

    October 15, 2012 6:53 AM EDT The finalists for songwriter of the year at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards are four prolific composers who have made major contributions in the regional Mexican genre. Here are some of their accomplishments. Ariel Barreras Ariel Barreras has ...

  23. Viva Mexico!

    October 15, 2012 6:43 AM EDT Billboard and Telemundo reunite to present second Mexican music honors. For the second consecutive year, Billboard celebrates the rich diversity, quality, depth and continuing commercial success of regional Mexican music through its Premios Bill ...

  24. EMI Music Canada President Deane Cameron Steps Down

    October 11, 2012 12:09 PM EDT EMI Music Canada's long-serving president Deane Cameron stepped down last week after 35 years with the company, 24 at the helm. Cameron, who made history in 1988 when he became the youngest Canadian president of a major record label, has been ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Pepe Aguilar, La Original Banda El Limon to be Honored at Billboard Mexican Music Awards; Hosts Announced

    October 11, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The 2012 Billboard Mexican Music Awards presented by State Farm will honor the career achievements of mariachi star Pepe Aguilar, stellar banda group La Original Banda El Limon de Salvador Lizarraga, and norteño music greats Los Huracanes del Nort ...

  27. Danny Elfman to Receive Maestro Award at Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference

    October 10, 2012 2:46 PM EDT Danny Elfman will receive the Maestro Award at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference on Oct. 25 at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Originally a New Wave rock star with the seminal band Oingo Boingo, Elfman was one of the first ro ...

  28. John McBride, Clarence Spalding, Ryman And Paradigm Execs, More Honored At IEBA/CMA Touring Awards

    October 10, 2012 12:14 PM EDT Martina McBride accepted the CMA's SRO Award for Front of House Engineer for her husband, John McBride, who was in the studio and unable to attend the awards. At left are awards presenters Kix Brooks, left, and CMA CEO Steve Moore. (Photo: Ri ...

  29. Britney Spears Joins Whitney Houston Grammy Special

    October 10, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Jason Squires/WireImage Britney Spears has joined the lineup for the CBS one-hour special "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston." Register today for the Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference P ...

  30. American Music Awards 2012: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj Lead Nominees; Christina Aguilera to Perform

    October 09, 2012 1:10 PM EDT Nicki Minaj and Rihanna secured four American Music Awards nominations each Tuesday as voting booths were opened to the public for the 40th anniversary of the awards show. Christina Aguilera, the first announced performer on the show, joined produ ...

  31. 6 Questions with RICK SPRINGFIELD

    October 09, 2012 6:12 AM EDT It's been 40 years since Rick Springfield released his first album, "Beginnings" (Real Gone Music). But the real crux of his story came in 1981, when a role on TV's "General Hospital" dovetailed into that year' ...

  32. En Breve: Luz Casal, SBS Radio, TuneIn, and Mana

    October 09, 2012 6:05 AM EDT Luz CasaL inks SESAC Latina deal Spanish pop-rock singer Luz Casal, who will receive a lifetime achievement honor at the Latin Grammy Awards in November, has signed with SESAC Latina for the United States and Puerto Rico. In a statement, Casal s ...

  33. Song of the Year Nominees Highlight Latin Music's Best Writers

    October 08, 2012 1:59 PM EDT One of the biggest Latin Grammy Award honors goes to those who have created some of the most memorable songs of the year. It's a category that recognizes the creative process by honoring the songwriter, as opposed to record of the year, whi ...

  34. Latin Music's Big Night

    October 08, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Nominations expanded in key categories as Latin Grammys return to Las Vegas. The 13th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards returns to Las Vegas this year and will air live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Univision on Nov. 15. The Span ...

  35. Rising Stars: Latin Grammy Best New Artists

    October 08, 2012 1:48 PM EDT Varied Latin lands put forth best new artist contenders. This year's best new artist Latin Grammy Award nominees originate from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Venezuela and the United States. Each contender qualifies for ...

  36. Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Band Perry Added To CMA Awards Lineup

    October 08, 2012 10:27 AM EDT Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and the Band Perry have joined the roster of performers at the 46th Annual CMA Awards on November 1. Register today for the Billboard Touring Conference & Awards November 7-8 in New York City and Sa ...

  37. Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, NWA, The Meters Among Rock Hall Nominees

    October 04, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Rush and Deep Purple, long considered glaring oversights for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are among the finalists on this year's ballot, joining several returning names and a pair of groundbreaking rap groups. Also among the first-time nom ...

  38. Rush, Deep Purple, Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, NWA, The Meters Among Rock Hall Nominees

    October 04, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Deep Purple and Rush, long considered glaring oversights for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are among the finalists on this year's ballot, joining several returning names and a pair of groundbreaking rap groups. Also among the first-time nom ...

  39. Spanish Singer Luz Casal Signs with SESAC Latina (Exclusive)

    October 03, 2012 7:54 PM EDT Spanish singer Luz Casal, who will be given a lifetime achievement prize by the Latin Recording Academy in November, has signed with SESAC Latina, according to an official with the performance rights organization. SESAC Latina will represent Casal ...

  40. Benjamin Grosvenor Youngest To Scoop Classic BRIT Critics' Award

    October 03, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Twenty year-old Essex pianist Benjamin Grosvenor became the youngest male recipient of a Classic BRIT Award last night, snatching the Critics' Award from Sir Simon Rattle and Jirí Belohlávek at the ceremony which took place at London's A ...

  41. Gwyneth Paltrow in Talks to Produce Musical Based on The Go-Go's

    October 03, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Movie star, singer, Glee co-star, healthy chef, director of the Goop website -- Gwyneth Paltrow is a multihyphenate to say the least. Now it looks like we can add "producer of musicals" to the list. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter th ...

  42. 3BallMTY, Pepe Aguilar, Julion Alvarez y su Norteno Banda To Perform at Billboard Mexican Music Awards.

    October 01, 2012 3:12 PM EDT BallMTY attend the 2011 Billboard Mexican Music Awards on Oct. 20 in Los Angeles (Getty Images) Performers at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards will include 3BallMTY, the group of young DJs that leads the finalists for the awards with nods in 12 ...

  43. Raylene Rankin, Member Of Celtic Folk Group The Rankin Family, Dead At 52

    October 01, 2012 1:04 PM EDT Raylene Rankin of top-selling Celtic-folk group The Rankin Family, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. She was 52. The Rankin Family sold more than two million albums, won 15 East Coast Music Awards, six Juno Awards, four SOCAN Awards and ...

  44. BET Hip-Hop Awards Marred by Backstage Scuffle

    September 30, 2012 12:10 PM EDT Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in th ...

  45. Bubbling Under: Kathy Griffin Sings It With 'I'll Say It' on Dance/Club Play Songs

    September 28, 2012 1:18 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Kathy Griffin, Benjamin Gibbard, Joanna Smith and the Gaslamp Killer Kathy Griffin ...

  46. PSY Rules at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart for Fifth Week

    September 28, 2012 11:36 AM EDT PSY continues to dominate Billboard's Social 50 chart, keeping a firm foothold in the No. 1 spot for a fifth straight week. With so many television and festival appearances directing online attention, one wonders when he finds time to sleep. ...

  47. Benjamin Grosvenor, UK Pianist, Becomes Youngest To Win Double Gramophone Awards

    September 28, 2012 9:26 AM EDT British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has become the youngest artist to achieve double-award win at the Gramophone Awards. The 20-year-old (who was also the youngest soloist to open the BBC Proms and the youngest pianist ever to be signed by Decca) w ...

  48. Backbeat: Carly Rae Jepsen Hangs With Cody Simpson, Scooter Braun, Interscope Execs At Album Launch Party

    September 26, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen signs autographs for fans outside the event. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Carly Rae Jepsen celebrated the release of Kiss last Thursday with family and industry friends at her West Hollywood release party. The paparazzi swarmed outside o ...

  49. Juan Luis Guerra Leads Latin Grammy Nominations

    September 25, 2012 1:20 PM EDT A slew of Latin artists, from pop star Ricardo Arjona to Brazilian icons Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval and rockers Carla Morrison and Juanes, are nominated for Album of the Year for the 13th annual Latin Grammy Awards, ...

  50. Morning Fix: The Lyor Cohen Exec Shuffle; MySpace Eye Candy; Psy's Topless Promise

    September 25, 2012 7:44 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. LYOR COHEN, POST WARNER MUSIC: WHO WILL REPLACE HIM, AND WHAT'S HIS NEXT MOVE? The announcement of Lyor Cohen's imminent departure from Warner Music Group sent a ...

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