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  1. Essence Festival Hits Record Attendance for 20th Anniversary

    July 08, 2014 8:43 AM EDT The Essence Festival's 20th anniversary set a record for annual attendance, with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&B music, community and black culture at the New Orleans' convention center and Superdome, orga ...

  2. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:55 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who l ...

  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. Rihanna Shines Bright Atop Hot Tours with $68 Million

    November 01, 2013 2:54 PM EDT Rihanna ranks at No. 1 on Hot Tours with sales reported from her Diamonds world tour's European jaunt that spanned nine weeks from late May through the end of July. Ticket sales from the summertime swing through 14 countries totaled more th ...

  5. Outside Lands: Live Music Meets Live Hacks

    August 10, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Music hack-a-thons, a fairly common occurrence thanks to a proliferation of application programming interfaces, is taking on a twist this week at the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco -- allowing the hackers to sound out their digit ...

  6. Backbeat: Essence Festival Draws Blue Chip Sponsors for Record-Setting 19th Year

    July 08, 2013 11:33 AM EDT Now in its 19th year, the Essence Festival has often described as an event “you just need to see to believe.” The three-day conference and concert festival is massive in scale — it’s attracted more than 400,000 people over three days for years ...

  7. Big Freedia Gets Own Reality TV Show

    June 12, 2013 3:06 PM EDT The singer and dancer known as Big Freedia is taking his hypersexual, booty-shaking moves from the streets of New Orleans to cable television with a reality show in the Fuse network. The performer's real name is Freddie Ross but his Big Fre ...

  8. New Doc Premiering at SXSW Explores the Tumultuous Life of Legendary New Orleans Pianist James Booker

    March 14, 2013 11:03 AM EDT Harry Connick Jr. deciphers the work of his piano mentor James Booker in Lily Keber's film "Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker," that receives its world premiere today at SXSW. He explains in the film that Booker&# ...

  9. Arhoolie Records' 50 Years of Roots Music Celebrated in Film at SXSW

    March 12, 2013 5:58 PM EDT Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz built his label by recording blues, conjunto, Cajun music, zydeco and New Orleans brass bands in places where other producers would not go -- so it only made sense to celebrate the film about Strachwitz ...

  10. Built for Show: 17 New and Renovated Venues To Watch

    February 15, 2013 2:11 PM EST Above, the Leeds Arena in West Yorkshire, England The following appears in the latest issue of Billboard Magazine (which you can purchase here ), and includes additional exclusive content. Subscribe to Billboard Magazine right here . The strength ...

  11. Beyonce's Super Bowl Performance Boosts Her Album Sales 230% – Destiny's Child's 600%

    February 04, 2013 4:43 PM EST Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show has, predictably, sent sales of her music skyrocketing. The diva headlined the Super Bowl XLVII halftime festivities in New Orleans last night (Feb. 3), where she performed eight songs and reunited with D ...

  12. Beyonce Rocks Fierce Super Bowl Halftime Show

    February 03, 2013 9:09 PM EST A fierce and clearly possessed Beyonce emerged from a cloud of smoke and lingering suspicion about her live-singing capabilities on Sunday, answering the doubters with an inspired display of hits and multimedia indulgence during her Super Bowl XLV ...

  13. Justin Timberlake Brings New Songs (and Jay-Z) to NOLA for Pre-Super Bowl Party

    February 03, 2013 9:52 AM EST Photo: Getty Images for DirecTV Years from now, when event planners begin figuring out what might make their event talk of the town during Super Bowl week, they'll look back and cite what happened in New Orleans on Saturday night. For mor ...

  14. Will Beyonce Beat Madonna's Super Bowl Halftime Record?

    February 02, 2013 8:00 AM EST At this point, we're wondering whether there was actually more upside to Beyonce's recent national-anthem controversy than downside. Not only did she handle the situation with hater-flattening aplomb , her promise of a live performance ...

  15. Super Bowl Halftime Shows: Who Got the Biggest Sales Bumps?

    February 01, 2013 11:28 AM EST Until Michael Jackson's Super Bowl performance 20 years ago, the halftime show was more about marching bands and card stunts than headliner superstars. In 2013, the most-watched TV event in the world is a magnet for superstar talent eager t ...

  16. Beyonce: 'I Will Absolutely Be Singing Live' at Super Bowl

    January 31, 2013 4:33 PM EST Three days before her much-anticipated performance during Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Beyonce announced that she will be singing live at the halftime show during a press conference held on Thursday afternoon (Jan. 31). Wearing a short, backl ...

  17. Lil Wayne, Big Boi, More Score Lucrative Sponsored Gigs Around Super Bowl

    January 30, 2013 8:00 AM EST As thousands of football fans flock to New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, dozens of musical acts will also head to the Big Easy to collect hefty paychecks for performing at brand-sponsored events and other private parties during the wee ...

  18. 2013 Grammy Awards: Record of the Year

    December 21, 2012 11:23 AM EST five singular sensations go for the gold "Lonely Boy" The Black Keys Producers: The Black Keys, Danger Mouse Engineers/Mixers: Tom Elmhirst, Kennie Takahashi, Brian Lucey From: El Camino Label: Nonesuch "Lonely Boy" is the lead ...

  19. 2013 Grammy Awards: Best New Artist

    December 21, 2012 11:09 AM EST the breakout stars who shined brightest this year Alabama Shakes Mixing blues-rock and Southern soul, Alabama Shakes began building major buzz following a glowing New York Times review about its 2011 performance at the CMJ Music Marathon. In the m ...

  20. Backbeat: Grammy Nominations Pre-Concert Reception With Scott Borchetta, LL Cool J, Taylor Swift

    December 06, 2012 4:23 PM EST From left: Crissy Haslam, Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, Big Machine Records' Scott Borchetta and Sandy Borchetta at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live pre-show reception at Nashville's Brid ...

  21. Nokia Music to Premiere Six Films Focusing on U.S. Cities' Music Scenes

    November 26, 2012 1:15 PM EST Nokia Entertainment vice president Jyrki Rosenberg (left) and Sundance Partnerships vice president Lee Sparer in West Hollywood, Calif. Nokia Music is producing a series of six short films about music scenes in six U.S. cities that will air on the ...

  22. Justin Bieber, Bruce Springsteen Top This Week's Hot Tours

    October 30, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Justin Bieber lands at No. 1 in this week's ranking of top-grossing tours with ticket sales reported from seven sold out performances on the Believe Tour's trek through the U.S. and Canada. The tour began in Phoenix at the end of Septemb ...

  23. It's Official: Beyonce To Perform At Super Bowl Halftime Show

    October 16, 2012 11:35 AM EDT (Photo: Beyonce's Tumblr ) All the single ladies will be watching the upcoming Super Bowl along with football lovers. That's because Beyonce is the halftime show performer. A source familiar with Super Bowl XLVII told The Associated Pres ...

  24. Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Tour Shoots To No. 1 on Hot Tours Chart

    October 15, 2012 8:19 AM EDT Hanging Out: Justin Bieber performing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena aon Sept. 30, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images) With the launch of the Believe Tour, Justin Bieber earns the No. 1 ranking on this week's slate of ...

  25. Six Questions with James Dolan

    October 10, 2012 6:43 AM EDT He's a blues musician who opens for the Eagles, gets covered by Willie Nelson and is managed by Irving Azoff. And he also happens to have a day job running Cablevision, the Madison Square Garden Co., the New York Knicks and the New York Ran ...

  26. Morning Fix: BET Brawl Video; Artists Protest Parlophone Sale; Big Album Debuts; Jay-Z Opens Barclays

    October 01, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters BET HIP-HOP AWARDS MARRED BY SCUFFLE: Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards though no arr ...

  27. Kanye West Sued Over Song Sampling

    September 28, 2012 4:00 PM EDT A record label is suing Kanye West for what it claims are illegal song samples on the rapper's latest album. TufAmerica says two tracks on West's 2010 disc "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" include a bit from of "Hook an ...

  28. Backbeat: The Killers Thrill NYC For 'American Express: Unstaged' Concert With Werner Herzog

    September 19, 2012 5:36 PM EDT Brandon Flowers of the Killers on stage at the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx. (Photo: Getty: Donald Bowers / American Express Unstaged) "Hello! We're The Killers , brought to you by way of fabulous Las Vegas. This one goes out to Planet ...

  29. Avicii: Looking For The Next Level

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Based on the worldwide smash 'Le7els,' Avicii has become one of the most recognizable names and sounds in EDM. Now a new endorsement deal means he may be the music's best-known face as well. Sundown was no relief from the heavy heat ...

  30. Robert F.X. Sillerman's Empire State of Mind

    August 30, 2012 5:55 PM EDT After conquering both radio and live music, Robert F.X. Sillerman now has $1 billion to spend and his sights set on electronic dance music's explosive live space. Bob Sillerman is laying on a black marble countertop, against a black brocade w ...

  31. Album Reviews: Little Big Town, Dwele, Dispatch & Jessie Ware

    August 30, 2012 12:45 PM EDT LITTLE BIG TOWN Tornado Producer: Jay Joyce Capitol Nashville Release Date: Sept. 11 This co-ed Nashville quartet turned in one of the strongest-and most polished-performances on Lionel Richie's recent country duets album, "Tuskegee" ...

  32. Lisa Marie Presley to Debut Collaboration With Elvis Tonight in Memphis

    August 16, 2012 12:35 PM EDT Lisa Marie Presley has planned a special treat for fans of her father. In honor of the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, she will debut a new collaboration with the King of Rock 'n' Roll at Thursday night's tribute con ...

  33. 40 Under 40: Jonathan Mayers

    August 02, 2012 3:02 PM EDT Jonathan Mayers Co-Founder, Superfly Presents Website: superflypresents.com Twitter: @Bonnaroo Tastemaker On The Road The first Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., in 2000 sold out 70,000 tickets in 11 days over the Internet. ...

  34. Guest Opinion: Proposed Universal Acquisition Is a Positive Development for EMI and for Music

    July 16, 2012 4:15 PM EDT The proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division by Universal Music Group continues to inspire debate. This is a guest post from Vernon Brown is Chairman and CEO of V. Brown & Company, Inc. and a Professor of Entertainment Law at ...

  35. Too Pop For Comfort?

    July 12, 2012 7:20 PM EDT When Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 this week, he also logged an unexpected accomplishment. The singer/songwriter became the second R&B hitmaker in a month to bow at No. 1 with a comparably soft launch. Brown&# ...

  36. R&B Favorite D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT On the evening of July 6, without any introduction, Michael Eugene Archer, better-known as D'Angelo, stepped onstage at the Essence Music Festival. The neo-soul singer performed a 75-minute set, filled with funky guitar riffs, tight harmonies ...

  37. Essence Fest Draws 413K, Record Sponsorship, Men; Announces 2013 Dates

    July 12, 2012 1:02 PM EDT The Essence of Essence (from left): Kimberly Paige: Associate Vice President African-American Marketing, Coca-Cola; comedian Kevin Hart; and Essence Communications president Michelle Ebanks. (Photo: Walik Goshorn) The Essence Music Festival wrappe ...

  38. Road Work: Beirut, Antibalas, and Grizzly Bear Hit The Road

    July 12, 2012 12:15 PM EDT A wave of a tour: Beirut will launch its North American outing with an appearance at the Quebec City International Summer Festival (July 13). Frontman Zach Condon and company will then play the Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 26) and the Orpheum ...

  39. Cash Money: The Billboard Cover Story, Birdman & Slim Video Interview

    June 29, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Read an excerpt from the cover story of Billboard's Urban Power issue Spend any time talking to Bryan "Birdman" Williams about his business these days and you'll quickly come to understand that he has two immediate goals: Relea ...

  40. MTV O Music Awards: Recapping 23 Awards In 24 Hours As The Flaming Lips Break A World Record

    June 29, 2012 3:35 PM EDT MTV's quirky award show, the O Music Awards, set out to be even quirkier and more ambitious with their latest "ceremony." As with the show's previous installations, this iteration focused on setting a Guinness World Record. Thi ...

  41. Flaming Lips Set Guinness World Record at O Music Awards

    June 29, 2012 9:06 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It's official: The Flaming Lips are the music world's road warriors. The psychedelic rockers from Oklahoma set a new Guinness World Record for most live shows in a 24-hour period, finishing off their feat of eight per ...

  42. MTV Hive to Premiere New Video Series 'STOP/WATCH' During O Music Awards

    June 26, 2012 7:00 AM EDT MTV has a habit of using their semi-annual O Music Awards to push the boundaries of what is possible -- just look at their continual efforts to break Guinness World Records for evidence of that. And while the Flaming Lips are attempting to break J ...

  43. Exclusive: 'R&B Divas' With Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Syleena Johnson To Premiere on TV One

    June 25, 2012 8:02 AM EDT "R&B Divas" (Photo: Alex Martinez) R&B stars Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Keke Wyatt, Syleena Johnson, and Monifah Carter are joining the reality show circuit. "R&B Divas" will premiere on cable network TV One on Aug ...

  44. Lil Wayne Scores 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    June 21, 2012 10:58 AM EDT Lil Wayne, the ubiquitous rapper and founder of Young Money Entertainment, earns his 100th entry on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. By joining Rick Ross and Drake as featured artists on French Montana's "Pop That," ...

  45. Single Reviews: The Wanted, Diplo Featuring Nicky Da B, Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM EDT POP THE WANTED Chasing the Sun (3:16) Producer: Alex Smith Writers: A. Smith, E. Gleave Publishers: Metrophonic Music/Puregroove Publishing (ASCAP) Global Talent/Mercury/IDJMG U.K. boy band the Wanted stormed the Billboard Hot 100 with its first U ...

  46. Avicii Tour Slammed As Overly Ambitious (At Best) at EDMBiz

    June 08, 2012 4:42 PM EDT It was the Swedish elephant in the room: Amid conversations about the explosive success of dance music and the industry's bright future, Avicii's floundering Le7els Tour was on the minds of many at Insomniac's EDMbiz conference. And ...

  47. Mystery Jets, Childish Gambino, Soul Rebels, Los Campesinos! and Nero Tour Information

    June 07, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Jet sets: Despite the recent departure of bassist Kai Fish, English psychedelic rockers Mystery Jets are ­flying high in support of fourth album "Radlands" (Rough Trade). Following several dates in Europe, the band will touch down states ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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. ...

  50. Justin Timberlake Making Music Return with 'The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea' Score

    May 23, 2012 9:49 PM EDT Justin Timberlake is set to make music once again -- but don't look for a new album yet. The singer will compose the score, his first, for the film "The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea," according to The Hollywood Reporter . The New Orle ...

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