1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Idina Menzel & Kristin Chenoweth's 'Wicked' Reunion in the Top 40

    October 06, 2016 2:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Oct. 15), Shawn Mendes notched his second No. 1 as his new effort Illuminate bowed in the top slot. The set earned 145,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 29, according to Nielsen Music ...

  2. 'B.B. King Was The Man': Slash, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Keb' Mo' & More Salute the Blues Icon

    September 02, 2016 9:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 “I don’t think I’ve done the best I could.” So noted a reflective B.B. King in a video clip that opened Icon: The Life and Legacy of B.B. King, a live tribute concert held in Beverly Hills, California, Thursday evening. But as Slash , Keb’ Mo’ , Sus ...

  3. Slash, Keb' Mo', Derek Trucks & More to Celebrate B.B. King Legacy

    July 26, 2016 7:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 Blues pioneer B.B. King will be celebrated by Slash , Keb' Mo' , Jimmie Vaughan , Susan Tedeschi , Derek Trucks and more at Icon: The Life and Legacy of B.B. King. The live benefit tribute is set for Sept. 1 at the Wallis Annenberg Center ...

  4. B.B. King Estate, Universal Music Sued By Photographer

    July 11, 2016 8:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 A New York photographer is suing B.B. King 's estate and Universal Music Group for copyright infringement after he says his pictures of the blues legend have been used on King's albums for more than 40 years without his permission. Glen Cr ...

  5. Bonnie Raitt Gets Spring Fever: 5 Takeaways From Her Joyous Show at NYC's Beacon Theater

    April 02, 2016 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bonnie Raitt had gone for a walk in the park -- New York’s Central Park -- on this spring day, the singer told her audience at the first of her two sold-out shows Friday (April 1) at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre. This Californian marveled at how New Y ...

  6. Chris Stapleton, Bonnie Raitt & Gary Clark, Jr. Pay Tribute to B.B. King With 'The Thrill Is Gone' at Grammys

    February 15, 2016 11:02 PM EST 0 0 0 "We honor a king that we lost this year," Bonnie Raitt said in her introduction to the 2016 Grammy Awards's B.B. King tribute, a fittingly guitar-centric take on the King's classic, "The Thrill Is Gone."  Chris Stapleto ...

  7. Farm Aid 30th Anniversary TV Special Boasts Archive Sets From Allman Brothers, B.B. King & More

    January 06, 2016 3:17 PM EST 0 0 0 Farm Aid, the music industry’s longest-running concert for a cause, will premiere an AXS TV special Jan. 10 filmed during its 30th anniversary in Chicago this past September, with performances by Willie Nelson , Neil Young , John Mellencamp , Dave M ...

  8. B.B. King Gravesite Marker Dedicated in Mississippi

    December 13, 2015 3:21 PM EST 0 0 0 A black granite slab now marks the gravesite of B.B. King , the blues icon who died nearly seven months ago in Las Vegas but was returned for burial in his beloved native Mississippi as he wished. B.B. King's Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 Hits More ...

  9. B.B. King: Coroner Says There's No Evidence He Was Poisoned Before Death

    July 13, 2015 7:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 The coroner in Las Vegas says there's no evidence blues legend B.B. King was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Monday (July 13) that an autopsy sought by two of the musical icon's 11 ...

  10. Run-D.M.C. Brought Hip-Hop to the World at Live Aid 30 Years Ago Today: Watch Now

    July 13, 2015 3:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 Today marks the 30-year anniversary of one of hip-hop history's biggest moments:  Run-D.M.C. , hip-hop's first mainstream act, brought the genre to the world as the only rap group booked at 1985's monumental Live Aid benefit concert. ...

  11. 2015 BET Awards: Puffy's Salute to Bad Boy; Smokey Robinson, Janet Jackson Tributes Ring In Show's 15th Anniversary

    June 29, 2015 3:18 AM EDT 0 0 0 The BET Awards pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 15th anniversary Sunday night (June 28) at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. Between anticipated tributes to Janet Jackson and Smokey Robinson to a roof-raising tribute to 20 years of Diddy’s Ba ...

  12. B.B. King's Business Manager Is Made Executor Of His Estate

    June 26, 2015 4:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 B.B. King's longtime business manager was named sole executor of his estate Thursday, despite objections from a lawyer for four of the late blues icon's daughters. Clark County District Judge Gloria Sturman first refused to let prominent n ...

  13. B.B. King Estate Hearing Postponed to June 22

    June 11, 2015 9:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 An initial court date in the battle over B.B. King 's estate has been pushed back to June 22. Clark County District Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said Thursday that resetting the hearing from Friday will put the case before the judge who hea ...

  14. B.B. King's Daughters Raise the Possibility of a Second, 'Missing' Will

    June 10, 2015 6:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 Four of B.B. King 's daughters are raising the possibility that he has a second will, and they're again accusing the blues legend's longtime business manager of stealing his wealth and endangering his health in the days before he died ...

  15. Emmylou Harris and Dame Evelyn Glennie Honored with Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    June 09, 2015 11:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 A long day of celebrating the 2015 Laureates for the Polar Music Prize ended a short time ago in Stockholm, with an afternoon ceremony, an evening banquet, an after-party and plenty of love and affection for honorees Emmylou Harris and Dame Evelyn G ...

  16. B.B. King Estate Fight Looms For Family Group, Longtime Aide

    June 08, 2015 9:43 PM EDT Just days after blues legend B.B. King was laid to rest near his birthplace in the Mississippi Delta, a battle over his estate is moving from the headlines to the courthouse in Las Vegas. Attorneys for King's designated executor, LaVerne Tone ...

  17. B.B. King Estate Fight Looms For Family Group, Longtime Aide

    June 08, 2015 9:43 PM EDT Just days after blues legend B.B. King was laid to rest near his birthplace in the Mississippi Delta, a battle over his estate is moving from the headlines to the courthouse in Las Vegas. Attorneys for King's designated executor, LaVerne Tone ...

  18. B.B. King Recalled with Love, Humor at Mississippi Funeral

    May 30, 2015 9:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 B.B. King 's early life personified the blues: He was born to dirt-poor sharecroppers in the cotton country of the Mississippi Delta and left alone by the deaths of his mother and grandmother when he was a child. But he never let those circumst ...

  19. Funeral for B.B. King Held in Mississippi Delta Hometown

    May 30, 2015 4:54 PM EDT Hundreds of people filled a church in the Mississippi Delta for the funeral Saturday of B.B. King , who rose from sharecropper in the area's flat cotton fields to worldwide fame as a blues singer and guitarist who influenced generations of ...

  20. B.B. King Viewed by Thousands on Eve of Mississippi Funeral

    May 29, 2015 6:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Blues guitarist Buddy Guy says he always intended to tour the B.B. King Museum while its namesake, his longtime friend, was still living. Lawyer Says Allegations B.B. King Was Poisoned 'Ridiculous' The 78-year-old Guy was among more than 3 ...

  21. Lawyer Says Allegations B.B. King Was Poisoned 'Ridiculous'

    May 25, 2015 11:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days have accused King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate called the claims ridiculous and police sai ...

  22. Two of B.B. King's Daughters Allege Aides Poisoned Him

    May 25, 2015 6:28 PM EDT Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days are accusing King's two closest aides of poisoning him. Las Vegas police homicide detectives are investigating, Lt. Ray Steiber said Mo ...

  23. Two of B.B. King's Daughters Allege Aides Poisoned Him

    May 25, 2015 6:28 PM EDT Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days are accusing King's two closest aides of poisoning him. Las Vegas police homicide detectives are investigating, Lt. Ray Steiber said Mon ...

  24. B.B. King Memorial More Cheers Than Tears in Las Vegas

    May 24, 2015 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A standing ovation for B.B. King and more cheers than tears marked a family-and-friends memorial of the late blues great's life and legacy Saturday, May 23, in Las Vegas. B.B. King's Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 Hits "B.B. was energetic, ...

  25. B.B. King Memorial Celebrates Late Musician with More Cheers than Tears in Las Vegas

    May 23, 2015 7:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 A standing ovation for B.B. King and more cheers than tears marked a family-and-friends memorial of the late blues great's life and legacy Saturday in Las Vegas. "B.B. was energetic, Amen?" Pastor Pamela Myrtis Mason said to open the ...

  26. B.B. King Homecoming Festival to Honor Blues Legend

    May 23, 2015 3:18 PM EDT Hundreds of music fans are expected to let the good times roll Sunday, May 24, at the 35th annual B.B. King Homecoming Festival, a free gathering that the legendary bluesman started in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi. Performers this year ...

  27. B.B. King Memorial: Hundreds Line Up in Las Vegas Public Viewing

    May 22, 2015 9:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Marilyn and Tommy Burress knew when they heard blues legend B.B. King had died that they had to pay their final respects. "My father played with B.B. back in the early days," said Tommy Burress, adding that his dad was a guitarist known as ...

  28. B.B. King's Autobiography Co-Author Remembers His Humility and Lasting Legacy: 'He's Among the Most Decent Human Beings' (Exclusive)

    May 22, 2015 11:58 AM EDT 1.032 k 102 2 The co-author of the blues legend's acclaimed autobiography recounts their first meeting at a spa (seriously!), as he grew to admire the musician's striking graciousness, humility and humor. I n the early 1990s I was working with E ...

  29. B.B. King's Daughter to Host Free Musical Tribute to Dad in Las Vegas

    May 21, 2015 5:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 B.B. King 's eldest daughter says she'll host a free musical tribute event at a Las Vegas Strip venue after a public viewing of her father's body at a funeral chapel. Shirley King says when people are done mourning her dad's deat ...

  30. Jason Isbell Pays Tribute to B.B. King in Concert With Soulful 'The Thrill Is Gone' Cover: Watch

    May 19, 2015 9:12 PM EDT Jason Isbell and his band the 400 Unit payed tribute to B.B. King who died last Thursday with a soulful performance of King's biggest hit, "The Thrill Is Gone," for an Orlando audience.  B.B. King Public Viewing to Be held Friday i ...

  31. B.B. King Public Viewing to Be held Friday in Las Vegas

    May 18, 2015 10:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 Blues legend B.B. King will be buried in Mississippi, but a public viewing and a private service for family members will be held in Las Vegas before his body is sent home. King died Thursday at home in Las Vegas at age 89. B.B. King's Top 10 Bi ...

  32. Watch U2 Honor B.B. King In Concert

    May 16, 2015 6:17 PM EDT 1.225 k 412 1 On the second stop on their Innocence + Experience tour in Vancouver on Friday (May 15), U2 took some time out of their set to pay tribute to B.B. King , who died on Thursday at the age of 89. The rock band, who toured and recorded with the ...

  33. B.B. King Spotify Streams Jump 9,800 Percent

    May 15, 2015 6:46 PM EDT 7.104 k 117 0 After B.B. King ’s death on Thursday, fans are flocking to rediscover the legendary blues musician’s extensive catalog. Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at 89 Global streams of the musician’s works have skyrocketed 9,800 percent on Spotify in the ...

  34. CEO of Gibson, Long-Time Guitar Home of B.B. King, Remembers the Legend: 'He Was Truly a King'

    May 15, 2015 4:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 The head of Gibson Brands remembers B.B. King's decades-long relationship with the guitar manufacturer. One name will always be associated with B.B. King: Lucille, the name he gave to his guitar. King got the  name  from an incident at a club i ...

  35. Watch Eric Clapton's Touching B.B. King Tribute Video: 'He Was a Beacon'

    May 15, 2015 11:00 AM EDT 3.643 k 56 133 The video also comes with a listening recommendation from King’s catalog. Blues legend B.B. King died last night (May 14) in Las Vegas at the age of 89. To say goodbye and reflect on King's accomplishments, fellow guitar legend  Eric C ...

  36. 'I Intend To Do It for As Long As Possible': B.B. King Reflects on His Career (Q&A from the Archives)

    May 15, 2015 8:24 AM EDT 0 0 0 B.B. King, who has died at age 89 , was profiled with this in-depth interview in Billboard on the occasion of his 80th birthday in 2005.   He is an icon, a musician whose first initials alone separate him from a legion of both admirers and wannabes. ...

  37. Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at 89

    May 15, 2015 1:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Mississippi guitar aficionado and father of Lucille was a tireless road warrior. B.B. King , the last of the Southern-born blues musicians who defined modern electric blues in the 1950s and would influence scores of rock and blues guitarists, ha ...

  38. Blue Note Offers Trips to Cuba

    April 10, 2015 4:21 AM EDT Entertainment company launches music travel division, announces upcoming Cuba trips Blue Note Entertainment Group has launched a new music travel division with a line-up of spring and summer cultural trips to Cuba. The company, whose properties i ...

  39. B.B. King Rushed to Las Vegas Hospital: Report

    April 06, 2015 6:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital over the weekend, according to a report from TMZ. The report says the 89-year-old was treated for diabetes-related symptoms. After experiencing health problems in late 2014, King ...

  40. B.B. King Cancels Shows After Falling Ill in Chicago

    October 05, 2014 1:59 PM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is 89 and has released over 50 albums. Blues guitarist B.B. King has canceled the remaining eight performances of his current tour after being diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion. B.B. King Apologizes for & ...

  41. Historic KWEM Station Returns Online

    May 27, 2014 3:59 AM EDT Decades ago, unknown blues musicians paid $15 to appear on an east Arkansas radio station, hoping a few minutes of exposure would help them become the legends they now are: B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson and Ike Turner. KWEM-AM ...

  42. B.B. King Apologizes for 'Bad Night' in St. Louis

    April 15, 2014 2:24 PM EDT B.B. King was a rambling man at a recent concert date in St. Louis, and now the blues legend is saying sorry. King's erratic performance on April 4 at the Peabody Opera House included long-winded stories and a 15-minute sing-along of "You ...

  43. B.B. King Heckled at Bizarre St. Louis Show

    April 07, 2014 4:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Some St. Louis music fans are singing the blues after an erratic weekend performance by 88-year-old guitar legend B.B. King led to a stream of early departures and audience catcalls. Concertgoers say King's rambling Friday night set at the Peab ...

  44. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Louder Than Life Inks Collie Buddz, Sheila E. Releasing New Digital Album, and More

    March 06, 2014 9:07 PM EST Collie Buddz Signs With Louder Than Life Reggae artist Collie Buddz (“Come Around”) has signed with Sony Music imprint Louder Than Life, headed by producer and Sony executive VP of A&R Salaam Remi. Buddz is currently in the studio recording hi ...

  45. 5 Most Musical Presidents: From Barack Obama to Thomas Jefferson

    February 17, 2014 8:20 AM EST President Obama has made the Internet collectively squeal by simply singing a few lines of "Let's Stay Together" and "Sweet Home Chicago" in the past, but he isn't the only president with minor musical chops up his su ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Former 'Idol' Elise Testone Looks Ahead to Debut Album 'In This Life'

    August 09, 2013 12:10 AM EDT "American Idol" alum Elise Testone makes her home in Charleston, South Carolina, but last week, she returned to her New Jersey roots to celebrate a special occasion: her 30th birthday. The season 11 finalist ushered in the milestone with ...

  49. Buddy Guy Wants Radio To Tune Into the Blues

    August 01, 2013 12:34 AM EDT Buddy Guy knows that blues music isn't the taste of today's youth, but the Chicago guitar legend wants to show directors at radio stations and aspiring musicians that the classic sound is still alive with his new album, "Rhythm & ...

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