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  1. Motown, Funk Brothers Bassist Bob Babbitt Dead at 74

    July 16, 2012 4:34 PM EDT Prominent Motown studio musician and Funk Brothers member Bob Babbitt, whose bass playing pounded through the Temptations hit "Ball of Confusion" and Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," has died. He was 74. Babbi ...

  2. Backbeat: BET Host Music Matters Showcase With Leah Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Rob Light, More

    July 05, 2012 12:56 PM EDT (L-R): BET's Kelly Griffin, LaToya Jackson, BET's Stephen Hill, Katherine Jackson and Rebbie Jackson. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images/BET Networks) BET Awards 2012 is now part of television history. However, music still matters at BET as ...

  3. Berry Gordy-Inspired 'Motown' Musical to Hit Broadway Next Year

    June 26, 2012 6:28 PM EDT A musical based on the life of legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is set to open on Broadway next year. Producers said Tuesday that "Motown," with 81-year-old Gordy writing his own book, will open in the spring of 2013 at a Ned ...

  4. Album Reviews: The Smashing Pumpkins, The dB's, Metric, Brian Culbertson

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM EDT ROCK The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania Producers: Billy Corgan, Bjorn Thorsrud Martha's Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution Release Date: June 19 When Billy Corgan sings he's "wasted along the way to reach you," one can& ...

  5. Justin Bieber's Apollo Show Loses Power, Continues Unplugged (Video)

    June 19, 2012 8:09 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Justin Bieber had an unplugged performance at the Apollo Theater on Monday, but it wasn't intentional -- a problem caused a power outage during the singing sensation's big concert. The singer was nearing the end of a pri ...

  6. The Jubilee Bump: How The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Is Boosting UK Music Sales

    June 06, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Robbie Williams performing at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace on Monday (June 4). (Photo: Getty) As the U.K. awaited an in-depth post-match report on the effects of the four-day (June 2-5) Jubilee celebrations on ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concerts Draws UK's Largest TV Audience Year To Date, Beats Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent''

    June 05, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney performing at the Diamond Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's sixty-year reign was the UK's highest rated TV program this year. (Getty) The BBC said Tuesday that it drew the biggest British TV audience of the year ...

  9. George Marino, Legendary Mastering Engineer, Dies

    June 05, 2012 6:12 AM EDT George Marino, an engineer who mastered such classic albums as Stevie Wonder's Innervisions, John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy and Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction, died Monday after a yearlong bout with lung c ...

  10. Backbeat: Billboard Music Awards' Raging Afterparty, With Stevie Wonder, Jordin Sparks, Wiz Khalifa, Far East Movement, More

    May 21, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa hanging out with BBMA co-executive producer Richard Beckman at the Billboard Music Awards after-party. (Photo: Jem Aswad) For many decades, Billboard has been known for its sober and succinct analysis of the music business and its rela ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Jordin Sparks, Scooter Braun, Cherry Tree's Martin Kierszenbaum: Ten Things You Didn't See at the Billboard Music Awards

    May 21, 2012 12:10 AM EDT Nearly everyone backstage stops what they're doing when Jordin Sparks sings "I Will Always Love You" as part of the Whitney Houston tribute (Ethan Miller/Billboards2012/Getty Images for ABC) 1) Before the show started, Katy Perry an ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 2012 Billboard Music Awards Weekend Diary: Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Diplo & More

    May 20, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Billboard Battle of the Bands winners Patent Pending. (Photo: Adrian Van Anz) Speaking just for myself, the past 48 hours in Vegas have had more action than two weeks back home. The 2012 Billboard Music Awards red carpet opens in (gulp) a few hour ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 2012 Billboard Music Awards to Feature Tributes to Donna Summer and Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch

    May 18, 2012 6:52 PM EDT Billboard Music Awards co-executive producer Richard Beckman on the show's set in Las Vegas (Photo: Taylor Jones) Rihanna and Britney. Lil Wayne and Mary J. An eye-popping performance from an army of Beyonces. Last year, the return of the Bil ...

  19. Stevie Wonder to Receive Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards

    May 08, 2012 6:05 PM EDT This year's Billboard Icon Award is going to legendary singer, songwriter and producer Stevie Wonder. The honor will be presented at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, which airs live May 20 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand A ...

  20. Auditioning for 'The Voice': One Contestant's Experience

    May 08, 2012 10:40 AM EDT "They ranged in style from full-on costume with flowers and sombreros to just jeans and a t-shirt." New York-based acoustic singer/songwriter Sarah J is remembering the eclectic crowd of fellow contestants at her recent audition for NBC& ...

  21. Burt Bacharach & Hal David To Be Honored by President Obama

    May 07, 2012 6:51 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will honor songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, a duo whose pop melodies and lyrics regularly hit the charts in the 1960s and early 1970s despite competition from more so ...

  22. International Jazz Day Celebrated at United Nations, New Orleans With Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Others

    May 01, 2012 6:30 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- As the morning sun spilled over the New Orleans' skyline Monday, jazz musicians Herbie Hancock, Ellis Marsalis and others kicked off International Jazz Day with a sunrise concert that included ritual drumming and a string ...

  23. Video: 10 Classic Dick Clark Moments From 'American Bandstand'

    April 18, 2012 8:04 PM EDT "American Bandstand," the bedrock of Dick Clark's iconic broadcasting career, served as a performance avenue for some of the biggest musical artists of all time. And whether he was watching the Village People guide the "Bandsta ...

  24. 'Glee' Cast Notches 200th Hit on Hot 100

    April 18, 2012 3:42 PM EDT With two more debuts this week, the cast of Fox's "Glee" ups its total of career charted songs on the Billboard Hot 100 to a milestone 200 titles. Amazingly, the TV troupe has reached the sum in less than three years. The cast fir ...

  25. Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young, Jack White Announced for 2012 Outside Lands Fest

    April 17, 2012 11:05 AM EDT (Photo: Robert Hooman) Stevie Wonder, Metallica, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jack White and the Foo Fighters lead the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, which will invade San Francisco's Golden Gate Park fr ...

  26. Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    April 15, 2012 10:29 AM EDT (Getty Images) Some of the key figures weren't there, but those who were present at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night delivered a heartfelt and epic celebration -- much to the delight of both the ...

  27. Aretha Franklin Celebrates 70th Birthday, Re-Signs With Clive Davis

    March 26, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has a lot more than her 70th birthday to celebrate: She's reuniting with one of her musical mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album. In an interview at her swanky birthday party on Saturday, Franklin said she and Davis, who help ...

  28. Whitney Houston Funeral: Family, Friends, Fans Gather to Celebrate Singer

    February 18, 2012 4:49 PM EST Clapping hands and swaying to gospel hymns in the church where Whitney Houston's powerful voice once wowed her congregation, the biggest names in entertainment sang along with the choir to remember the pop superstar at her hometown funeral Sa ...

  29. Whitney Houston Funeral Service Live Streamed Here Sat. 2/18 at 12:00 p.m. ET (Watch)

    February 17, 2012 5:30 PM EST Whitney Houston's loved ones will gather today, Saturday Feb. 18, for a private funeral service at Newark, N.J.'s New Hope Baptist Church. But fans worldwide will be able to mourn and remember the life and legacy of the music superstar v ...

  30. Web Trends: Whitney's Funeral

    February 17, 2012 4:20 PM EST Google Trends: 
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  31. Madonna Scores Record-Extending 38th Hot 100 Top 10

    February 15, 2012 9:31 PM EST Almost 30 years after her arrival on Billboard's charts, Madonna continues to feel L-U-V from her fans. On this week's Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, her latest single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'," featuring Nicki Minaj and ...

  32. Whitney Houston's Death Still Under Investigation, Police May Release More Info Today

    February 13, 2012 8:31 AM EST A makeshift Whitney Houston memorial popped on Wilshire Boulevard on Saturday night (Feb. 11) near the Beverly Hilton where the much-beloved singer passed-away. (Photo: Bill Werde) LOS ANGELES (AP) - Whitney Houston's life of glorious song an ...

  33. Backbeat: Stevie Wonder Brings the House Down @ Will.I.Am's Grammy Charity Concert

    February 10, 2012 4:05 PM EST Continent hopping: Fresh off the plane from MIDEM in France, BMG Rights Management CEO Hartwig Masuch (left) and BMG Rights Management COO of North America Laurent Hubert enjoy the show. (Photo: Mitchell Peters) The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am ...

  34. Backbeat: Grammy Camp Jazz Sessions Celebrates 20th Anniversary,

    February 10, 2012 11:00 AM EST Ron McCurdy, a professor at USC, and Grammy Camp student Ashley Levin from Augusta, Ga., prepare to listen to a recording of "Soul Fly," an original composition by McCurdy. (Photo: Justino Aguila) Paul McCartney was standing in the same ...

  35. U.K. Music Launches Equality & Diversity Charter

    February 09, 2012 1:23 PM EST Keith Harris, director of performer affairs at U.K. collecting society PPL and spokesperson for the Alliance for Diversity in Music & Media (ADMM), horrified an audience of music and media folk yesterday (Feb. 8) at the launch of the British m ...

  36. Paul McCartney To Debut New Songs On iTunes Streaming

    February 09, 2012 7:46 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Paul McCartney will debut the songs from his new album "Kisses on the Bottom" in a free live streaming performance on iTunes. The performance takes place at 10 p.m. EST Thursday from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles where m ...

  37. This Week In Billboard History: The Day The Music Died (& The Show Went On); Motown Goes Pat Boone

    February 06, 2012 5:29 PM EST : The Day The Music Died (And The Show Went On) How did Billboard cover the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson ("The Big Bopper")? The headline on the page six story in the Feb. 9, 1959 issue reveals the angle: ...

  38. This Week in Billboard History: First Openly Gay Comedy Album Released; Is Rock Dead?

    January 24, 2012 2:30 PM EST Even before the Beatles backlash, radio programmers were resistant to "raucous" rock and roll preferring to play anodyne "sweeter, swinging sounds." - 1960: Will Rock & Roll Be Replaced by "Sensible Programming"? ...

  39. The National Association of Music Merchants Show Attracts Metal Luminaries, Newfound Kinship

    January 23, 2012 7:00 PM EST The 2012 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show saw 95,709 registered attendees checking out 1,441 exhibitors, educational seminars, jam sessions and artist signings over four days in Anaheim, California. The turnout was up from 90,11 ...

  40. S.O.B.'s Annual MLK Day Show Canceled Due to Poor Ticket Sales

    January 17, 2012 3:48 PM EST On Sunday, Jan. 15, something strange happened at S.O.B.'s: for the first time in over a decade, the lower Manhattan club did not host a showcase in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday on the night before the national holiday. A ...

  41. Backbeat: Mervyn Warren On Clearing Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Usher Songs For 'Joyful Noise' Sdtk

    January 17, 2012 11:09 AM EST Composer, pianist and singer Mervyn Warren went on a whirlwind promotional tour for the Warner Bros. film "Joyful Noise" last week flying cross-country to appear on "Late Night With David Letterman" with Dolly Parton on Thursda ...

  42. Urban Power List: Ethiopia Habtemariam

    January 14, 2012 5:05 PM EST Ethiopia Habtemariam Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records Website: MotownRecords.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Wonder Woman Without a doubt, one of this year's hottest unfolding stories is ...

  43. Blue Ivy Carter, Jay-Z and Beyonce's Daughter, Becomes Youngest Person Ever to Appear on a Billboard Chart

    January 11, 2012 3:47 PM EST If you guessed that Baby Carter would grow up to be a star because of her ubiquitous, famous parents, Jay-Z and Beyonce, you were probably right. If you anticipated her first song not being released until she was in her tweens, a la Willow Smith, ...

  44. Kelly Rowland, Sylvia Rhone Named 2012 Black Women In Music Honorees (Exclusive)

    January 09, 2012 9:50 AM EST Grammy Award nominee Kelly Rowland and music industry veteran Sylvia Rhone will be feted during Grammy week at the third annual Essence Black Women in Music event. Featuring an exclusive performance by Rowland and special guest Eve, the Feb. 8 inv ...

  45. Gil Scott-Heron Memoir Due in January

    December 16, 2011 9:10 AM EST The memoir of influential musician Gil Scott-Heron will be published on Jan. 16, 2012, The Wire reports. The posthumous text is titled "The Last Holiday" and will be released by Canongate. The date, which coincides with Martin Luther Kin ...

  46. Motown's Berry Gordy Proud of How His Offspring, LMFAO, Have Gone From 'Nothing to Everything'

    November 21, 2011 4:25 PM EST It may sound like trivia, but Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records and longtime music industry veteran, is in fact related to the guys in LMFAO. That's right, the man who discovered and nurtured the Supremes, the Jackson 5 and Stevie Wonder ...

  47. Universal Music Group Announces 'Unprecedented' Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sales Program

    November 21, 2011 1:21 PM EST In an apparent effort to compete with the DVD promotions that have dominated the front of retail outlets in recent years, Universal Music Group Distribution has announced an "unprecedented" new sales program for the Black Friday sales we ...

  48. Caribbean 'Jazz' Fest Circuit: Where Air Supply, Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie Are Still Stars

    October 07, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Bolstered by headlining sets from Stevie Wonder and Sting, the recently concluded Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival (Sept. 2-3) attracted 22,000 people over two nights, almost half of them from outside Curacao. But it was only the latest Caribbean m ...

  49. Backbeat: Arcade Fire Dazzle With 'Austin City Limits' Taping -- Throw Mic to Our Fearless Correspondent

    September 18, 2011 5:07 PM EDT (Photo: Jillian Mapes) While ACL festgoers and industry figures alike flocked to Zilker Park for a glimpse of Stevie Wonder, Billboard correspondent Jillian Mapes snuck away to the Moody Theater in the W Hotel to watch Arcade Fire's "Aus ...

  50. Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson Pay Tribute at Esther Gordy Edwards' Funeral

    August 31, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. drew knowing laughs at the funeral for his sister -- former label executive and Motown Historical Museum founder Esther Gordy Edwards, who died Aug. 24 at the age of 91 , after a long illness -- when he ackn ...

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