Human Interest

  1. Lawrence Barnett, president of MCA's Talent Agency in the 1960s, Dies at 98

    June 13, 2012 7:37 PM EDT Lawrence Barnett, who as president of the MCA Talent Agency in the 1960s represented the likes of Jack Benny, Marlon Brando, Judy Garland and Ronald Reagan, died June 11 in Los Angeles. He was 98. After 37 years with MCA, Barnett served as an exec ...

  2. How Whitney Houston's Death Changed the Grammys Chronicled in New Doc

    June 12, 2012 11:19 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- When Grammy Awards producers learned of Whitney Houston's death less than 24 hours before the live telecast, they scrapped parts of the script, added performances and puzzled over how best to honor the Grammy-winning singe ...

  3. 'Once' Completes Cinderella Story, Wins Eight Tony Awards

    June 11, 2012 9:27 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Once upon a time, a quirky film made on a shoestring turned into an unlikely Oscar-winner and, even more improbably, a Broadway show. Now, "Once" has completed its Cinderella story, winning the coveted best-musical Tony ...

  4. Azealia Banks Tweets About Manager Search -- And It's Not Pretty

    June 08, 2012 12:31 PM EDT Azealia Banks has taken to Twitter to address her search for a new manager, sending a series of thinly-veiled tweets alleging that a "short bald man" planted false stories and instigated cyber bullying against the rapper, and calling mus ...

  5. Grammys Restore Best Latin Jazz Album Award

    June 08, 2012 7:41 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, sparking protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians, the music organization has made more changes by adding three awards, including the reinstatement of best Latin jazz album. ...

  6. Paulina Rubio, Jenni Rivera, Miguel Bose Named For Mexico's 'The Voice'

    June 07, 2012 9:28 AM EDT Mexico's popular version of "The Voice," "La Voz Mexico," is coming back for a second season on the Televisa network, but this year with a new slate of coaches expected to mentor contestants including Spanish crooner Migue ...

  7. Carrie Underwood Wins Top Prize at CMT Music Awards

    June 07, 2012 7:56 AM EDT The CMT Music Awards proved to have something for everyone, with 80s rockers to the Presidential candidates getting air time during Wednesday night's telecast. Hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell, the show had enough to keep fans -- at home ...

  8. Grace Potter, Gary Clark Jr., Grimes to Play O Music Awards Opening for Flaming Lips' Guinness Record Run

    June 07, 2012 12:05 AM EDT The Flaming Lips will be flirting with the Guinness World Record for most live concerts within a 24 hour period (multiple cities) at this month's O Music Awards, and today Viacom Music Group announced the eclectic and exciting series of opene ...

  9. Quincy Jones Named ASCAP Founders Honoree

    June 06, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Multi-faceted industry legend Quincy Jones will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award during the organization's 25th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invite-only event will be held June 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angel ...

  10. How Prince Harry Came to Play On UK's No. 1 Album

    June 06, 2012 8:41 AM EDT For just the second time in the history of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, a member of the British royal family is heard on a No. 1 title. For only the second time in the history of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, a member of the British royal fam ...

  11. Herb Reed, Founder of The Platters, Dead at 83

    June 05, 2012 12:48 PM EDT Herb Reed, far left, points to lead tenor Tony Williams in an undated Platters photo. (Photo: Redferns) Herb Reed, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like "Only You" and "The Great ...

  12. Dima Bilan, Yolka Win At Russia's Muz-TV Awards; Lady Gaga Controversy Overshadows Show

    June 04, 2012 10:23 AM EDT MOSCOW - The 10th edition of the Muz TV awards, handed out in Moscow's Olimpiisky sports center late on Friday, June 1, brought few surprises but stirred some controversy. Dima Bilan was awarded as the best male singer, collecting the award f ...

  13. Rihanna Continues to Reign on Social 50, Lady Gaga Jumps to No. 2

    May 31, 2012 6:46 PM EDT Rihanna continues to reign supreme on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. She holds at No. 1 on the tally, reeling from media excitement generated by her film debut in "Battleship." Further, a series of remixes of her popular sin ...

  14. Grammys To Be Held February 10 in Los Angeles

    May 31, 2012 12:09 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- If you're a fan of the Grammy Awards, mark your calendar for Feb. 10 - that's when the annual event will be held next year. The Staples Center in Los Angeles will again be the stage for what's billed as "music& ...

  15. Usher to Recruit Digital Dancers For American Express Unstaged Performance

    May 31, 2012 11:44 AM EDT The Tupac Hologram Effect continues: without resurrecting legendary artists, R&B song-and-dance man Usher has some tricks up his sleeve in terms of crowd-pleasing, futuristic concert antics. The singer will use digital dancers to back him up d ...

  16. Mike Williams Named Editor of NME

    May 31, 2012 7:05 AM EDT Mike Williams has been named editor of NME, the British music weekly magazine, according to a report in Music Week . Williams will replace editor Krissi Murison who is stepping down in June. Williams, who became deputy editor of the music publicat ...

  17. Folk Musician Doc Watson Dies In NC Hospital At 89

    May 29, 2012 8:23 PM EDT Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and ...

  18. Gotye Sweeps APRA Awards

    May 29, 2012 7:43 AM EDT Gotye was the big winner Monday night at the 30th annual Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) Awards in Sydney, where he collected a hat-trick of awards including the night's top prize, for song of the year. Gotye, Kimbra in the H ...

  19. Lady Gaga Cancels Indonesian Show Citing Security Threats

    May 28, 2012 8:03 AM EDT A cancellation notice in Indonesian for Lady Gaga's June 3 show in Jakarta While the "Born This Way Ball" sold out of its 52,000 tickets for its scheduled June 3 concert in Indonesia, Lady Gaga has decided to cancel the performance ...

  20. Doc Watson, Legendary Folk Musician, Master Flatpicker, In Critical Condition

    May 25, 2012 8:10 AM EDT RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Grammy-winning folk musician Doc Watson was in critical condition Thursday at a North Carolina hospital after falling at his home in Deep Gap earlier this week. Watson's daughter, Nancy, told The Associated Press that th ...

  21. Troy Carter, Lady Gaga's Manager, Says Singer Won't Change Show For Protests

    May 25, 2012 7:57 AM EDT SINGAPORE (AP) -- Lady Gaga's manager says the pop diva has no plans to tone down her act, even if that prevents her from performing in some countries on her Asian tour. The Straits Times newspaper of Singapore reported Friday that Troy Carte ...

  22. Lady Gaga's 'Simpsons' Appearance, Tour Controversy Spark Billboard Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 24, 2012 10:09 PM EDT Lady Gaga rises makes a big jump back into the top 10 of Billboard's Social 50 chart (climbing 14-5), thanks to the momentum generated by her guest appearance on Fox TV's "The Simpsons" on May 20. The Social 50 chart ranks the ...

  23. Donald 'Duck' Dunn Remembered During Memphis' Beale Street Funeral March

    May 24, 2012 7:30 AM EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The late bass player Donald "Duck" Dunn was honored Wednesday in the city where he performed on some of R&B's best-known hits, with musicians leading a lively funeral march down Memphis' Beale Street. ...

  24. Mercury Prize Announces New Venue, Live Gigs, Broadcast Partner

    May 23, 2012 7:53 AM EDT The Barclaycard Mercury Prize has announced a new location for this year's event, as well as increased television coverage and, for the first time, a series of gigs featuring nominees for the prestigious award. The awards show itself will mov ...

  25. Lady Gaga Tweets Indonesia 'Born This Way' Show Still Up In The Air

    May 23, 2012 7:24 AM EDT The Jakarta situation is 2-fold: Indonesian authorities demand I censor the show & religious extremist separately, are threatening violence - Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 22, 2012 If the show does go on as scheduled, I will perform the BTWBall al ...

  26. Kanye West, Beyonce, Jay-Z Lead BET Award Noms; Samuel L. Jackson Tapped As Host

    May 22, 2012 5:59 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- It's a family affair at the upcoming BET Awards: Kanye West has the most nominations with seven, while his mentor, Jay-Z, earned five, and Jay-Z's wife, Beyoncé, received six. Jay-Z and West collaborated last year on the ...

  27. Billboard Music Awards Win Night for ABC Among Key Demographic

    May 22, 2012 2:25 PM EDT Justin Bieber performing on the 2012 Billboard Music Awards . (Getty Images/courtesy of ABC) Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards won the night for ABC among adults 18 to 49, according to fast affiliate numbers from Nielsen Media Research. T ...

  28. Hip Hop Hall of Fame Finds NYC Home

    May 22, 2012 8:53 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Organizers say the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum has found a home in midtown Manhattan. The Wall Street Journal, says the plans also include a restaurant, arcade, concert lounge, television studios, marquee, community and corporat ...

  29. Backbeat: Backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards With Irving Azoff, Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Others

    May 21, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Interscope's Dennis Dennehy (left) poses with Robin Thicke backstage at the Billboard Music Awards. (Photo: Jem Aswad) It's one thing to be backstage at a show where extremely famous people are bustling in and out a few feet away from yo ...

  30. Justin Bieber, Usher, Chris Brown Generate Most Social Activity During Billboard Music Awards

    May 21, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Performances by Chris Brown, Usher and Justin Bieber generated the most Twitter activity and Bieber was the most tweeted performer during the broadcast of Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards. Adele and LMFAO were the night's big winner ...

  31. Columbia, Interscope, Universal Republic Artists Top Billboard Music Award Winners List

    May 21, 2012 12:00 AM EDT The label competition to rack up wins at the Billboard Music Award Show tonight turned out to be a two-horse race between Sony Music Entertainment and the Universal Music Group. Check Out All Our Coverage of the Billboard Music Awards Right Here S ...

  32. Adele Tops Billboard Music Awards, Hot Performances By Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, Stevie Wonder, More

    May 20, 2012 11:05 PM EDT Pat Houston (left) with Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina who accepted the Billboard Millennium award for her mother following an emotional tribute by Jordin Sparks. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Billboards2012/Getty Images for ABC) Adele ha ...

  33. Billboard Music Awards: The Winners List

    May 20, 2012 11:00 PM EDT Adele was the biggest winner at tonight's Billboard Music Awards, taking home twelve trophies off the strength of her Grammy-winning album 21 and singles such as the chart-topping "Rolling in the Deep." LMFAO were the second top win ...

  34. Watch the 2012 Billboard Music Awards Livestream From Backstage, Red Carpet HERE

    May 20, 2012 7:46 AM EDT Tonight, Sunday, May 20, Billboard.biz is hosting a livestream of the Billboard Music Awards beginning at 6:30 p.m. EDT with red carpet arrivals hosted by Julie Brown where you'll see the likes of Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Usher, Stevi ...

  35. Donna Summer Dominates Social Networks After Death

    May 18, 2012 6:49 PM EDT Donna Summer died on the morning of May 17 and many people reacted by taking to the Internet and online music services. Radio Remembers Donna Summer: Songs Get Huge Airplay After News of Singer's Death According to data provided by Next Big S ...

  36. Rock Hall Blames Voters for Donna Summer Snub, Calls Omission an 'Error'

    May 18, 2012 12:04 PM EDT It's a topic that's tough to avoid when discussing the accomplishments of Donna Summer, who died Thursday of cancer: Why is the legendary singer not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Donna Summer, 'Queen of Disco,' Dead at 63 ...

  37. 2012 Billboard Music Awards -- Now With More Social Media

    May 17, 2012 5:27 PM EDT The Billboard Music Awards returned to prime-time TV after a four-year hiatus in 2011 and received a massive reception from both music fans and industry alike. The show was the highest-rated program of the evening with the three-hour telecast aver ...

  38. Adele, PJ Harvey, Lana Del Rey Win at 57th Ivor Novello Awards

    May 17, 2012 2:54 PM EDT British hit machine Adele continued to roll in the accolades when she collected two awards today (May 17) at the 57th Ivor Novello Awards, which recognizes the best songwriters and composers in the U.K. and Ireland. Adele won two, for Songwriter o ...

  39. Pavarotti Manager Herbert Breslin Dead At 87

    May 17, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Herbert Breslin, the hard-driving manager who helped propel Luciano Pavarotti to international fame during the 36 years they worked together, has died, his wife said Thursday. He was 87. Breslin collapsed at his hotel in Nice, France, on Wednesday ...

  40. Tributes For Donna Summer: Questlove, Nile Rodgers, Sheila E., George Clinton, More React

    May 17, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Donna Summer died this morning after a battle with cancer at the age of 63. Her fantastic success as the 'Queen of Disco' saw her hit the Billboard Hot 100 32 times, including 14 No. 1 hits. Tributes have been coming in from the music co ...

  41. Donna Summer, 'Queen of Disco,' Dead at 63

    May 17, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Donna Summer, the 'Queen of Disco,' died today of cancer. She was 63. Summer is perhaps best known for her mid-70s tracks "Love to Love You Baby," produced by Giorgio Moroder which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 19 ...

  42. Pitbull, Ester Dean, Benny Blanco Share Writer Honor At BMI Pop Awards

    May 16, 2012 12:24 PM EDT (L-R): Vice President and General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations Los Angeles Barbara Cane, BMI Pop Icon Award recipient Carole King, and BMI President and CEO Del Bryant attend the 60th annual BMI Pop Awards. (Photo: Lester Cohen/Wire Image) ...

  43. ABC Announces Two Country Music Shows 'Nashville,' 'Malibu Country' With Reba McEntire (Video)

    May 16, 2012 9:49 AM EDT The cast of ABC's new show "Nashville." After announcing the return of its TGIF franchise and moving soapy drama "Revenge" to Sundays as part of its 2012-13 schedule, ABC released trailers for its nine new series, which in ...

  44. Marianas Trench Leads Drake, Justin Bieber With Seven Noms in Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards

    May 15, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Pop band Marianas Trench has emerged with seven nominations for the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards, topping other nominees such as Drake, Justin Bieber, Nickelback and Simple Plan. The annual awards will be broadcast live June 17 at MuchMusic, housed ...

  45. Univision, Telemundo Announce Competing Television Programming in Upfronts

    May 15, 2012 6:04 PM EDT Competing Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Univision announced several musical additions to their programming during their upfronts this week in New York. Most notably, the Telemundo Network will add music reality competition series "L ...

  46. Whitney Houston to be Honored at Billboard Music Awards With Tribute by Jordin Sparks & John Legend

    May 15, 2012 1:03 PM EDT Whitney Houston will be honored with the Billboard Millennium Award in a tribute performed by Jordin Sparks and John Legend at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (May 20), it was announced Tuesday. Houston's daughter, Bobb ...

  47. Bret Michaels Settles Lawsuit With Tony Awards Over Head Injury

    May 15, 2012 10:18 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Bret Michaels and organizers of the Tony Awards have settled a lawsuit filed by the rocker after a 2009 incident in which he was hit in the head with a set piece and suffered injuries that he claimed contributed to a brain hemorrha ...

  48. Teyana Taylor Signs to G.O.O.D. Music

    May 14, 2012 5:46 PM EDT Teyana Taylor, better known to most music fans as the voice behind some of the hooks on Kanye West's Grammy-winning album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy , will again be linking up with Mr. West after signing to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint, ...

  49. Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood to Perform at CMT Awards

    May 14, 2012 12:04 PM EDT The CMT Awards today announced some of the country music superstars set to perform on the awards show in Nashville June 6. Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, The Wanted to Perform at Billboard Music Awards The 3rd Annual Billboard Country Mus ...

  50. Donald 'Duck' Dunn, Bassist With Booker T. and the MGs, Stax, Dead at 70

    May 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT Bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers as well as a studio musician for the legendary Stax studios who played with countless m ...

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