1. 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 & ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 & ...

  11. Blues Great Bobby 'Blue' Bland Dies at 83

    June 23, 2013 11:55 PM EDT Singer Bobby "Blue" Bland, who blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as "Turn on Your Love Light" and "Further on up the Road," has died. He was 83. Bland's son Rodd said his father died about 5:30 p.m. S ...

  12. Chart Moves: The Doors' Sales Surge, 'Fast 6' Soundtrack Drives In, David Crowder Band's Latest Top 10

    May 31, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Daft Punk barged in at No. 1 with "Random Access Memories," selling 339,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It led a debut-filled top four, where Darius Rucker, the ...

  13. Youssou N’Dour, Kaija Saariaho To Receive the 2013 Polar Music Prize

    May 07, 2013 6:08 AM EDT Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho are the 2013 recipients of Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize. The Prize was created and funded in 1989 by Stig Andersson, the late manager of ABBA (sometimes called ABBA&# ...

  14. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  15. Peter Frampton Plans Summer 2013 Tour with Superstar Guitarists

    December 20, 2012 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 B.B. King is the first guest signed up for the August trek. Peter Frampton will take a collection of guitarists on tour in the summer under the title of Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus. B.B. King is the first guest signed up for the tour, partic ...

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  17. Gary Clark Jr., Reps Talk 'Blak And Blu' Debut & Career Start

    October 23, 2012 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 To an ignorant eye, it seemed to be a typical night inside Hollywood's live performance hub Hotel Cafe. The Austin guitar phenom/vocalist Gary Clark Jr. and his band exited the stage after figuratively shredding it to fractions, as they're ...

  18. Aerosmith May Self-Release Future Albums If 'Band Stays Together'

    October 12, 2012 11:40 AM EDT With the upcoming Music From Another Dimension marking the end of their current deal with Columbia Records, Aerosmith may abandon the label world and take future release matters into their own hands. Asked during a conference call with reporters o ...

  19. Aerosmith May Self-Release Albums If 'Band Stays Together'

    October 12, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 With the upcoming "Music From Another Dimension" marking the end of their current deal with Columbia Records, Aerosmith may abandon the label world and take future release matters into their own hands. Asked during a conference call with r ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Don Was Confirmed For Keynote Q&A At Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 09, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Don Was, president and chief creative officer at Blue Note Records, has been confirmed for a keynote Q&A at the Billboard FutureSound conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco, CA ...

  22. Still On Top: ZZ Top Returns

    August 30, 2012 4:15 PM EDT The Texas trio makes a comeback with 'La Futura,' its new album produced by Rick Rubin. At the band's first U.S. show after a six-week tour of Europe, ZZ Top guitarist/singer Billy Gibbons didn't make a big deal out of the fact ...

  23. Bob Birch of Elton John's Band Dead in Apparent Suicide

    August 15, 2012 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Elton John "devastated and shocked" ... "In all our years on the road he never played or sang a bad note" Bob Birch, a bass player and prolific session sideman best known as a long-time member of Elton John's band, died Wedn ...

  24. Johnny Winter Eying All-Star Guitarists for 'Roots' Sequel

    August 03, 2012 7:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 Johnny Winter plans on staying true to his "Roots" for his next album. After scoring raves for last year's "Roots" albums, which featured 11 blues staples recorded with guests such as Winter's younger brother Edgar alon ...

  25. Who Has 'Dylan Goes Electric' Guitar? Icon, PBS Disagree

    July 12, 2012 9:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Watch Bob Dylan's game-changing opening number at Newport: "Maggie's Farm" Bob Dylan and historians at PBS are in a dispute over the whereabouts of an electric guitar that the singer plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 196 ...

  26. Watch: The Making of Big K.R.I.T.'s 'Live From the Underground' Album

    June 14, 2012 12:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last Tuesday (June 5) was the day Big K.R.I.T. has been anticipating. The rapper/producer released his debut album, "Live From the Underground" after intricately lacing the debut album for two years. On the exclusive documentary above, dir ...

  27. Chart Moves: Kimbra Debuts in Top 20 on Billboard 200, McCartney's 'Ram' Returns

    June 01, 2012 8:38 AM EDT The Billboard 200: John Mayer was the big news on the Billboard 200 this week as his Born and Raised album debuted at No. 1, selling 219,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the singer/songwriter's third chart-topper and could ...

  28. The Beach Boys: Fun, Fun, Fun At 50

    May 23, 2012 6:50 PM EDT 0 0 The Beach Boys have turned the group's golden anniversary into an extended period of good vibrations for fans, and for the band itself. The group is marking the milestone with a long-awaited reunion of surviving members Mike Love and Bruce Johnst ...

  29. Jim McCrary, Former A&M Records, 'Tapestry' Photographer, Dies

    May 07, 2012 3:15 PM EDT (Photos: Jim McCrary) Jim McCrary, who was behind the camera for hundreds of album covers including Carole King's iconic Tapestry , but who soured on rock photography following an encounter with a young Michael Jackson, died last month at age ...

  30. 'Tapestry' Photographer Jim McCrary Dies

    May 07, 2012 2:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jim McCrary, who was behind the camera for hundreds of album covers including Carole King's iconic "Tapestry," but who soured on rock photography following an encounter with a young Michael Jackson, died last month at age 72. His niec ...

  31. B.B. King Sued Over Efforts to Stop Biographical Movie

    April 10, 2012 1:53 PM EDT A filmmaker is suing B.B. King for allegedly interfering with his autobiographical film, B.B. King and I , about his long relationship with the blues legend and his success in helping King get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. King Size Film P ...

  32. Irving Azoff's Front Line Management Hires Ron Fair, Richard Palmese

    April 02, 2012 7:16 PM EDT Front Line Management Group announced it has signed record label executives Ron Fair and Richard Palmese to consultancy jobs. Fair, a music producer, was formerly president of both A&M and Geffen Records chairman, while Palmese was executive V ...

  33. Allman Brothers Band's Beacon Run Brings Out Susan Tedeschi, Ruthie Foster, Bernie Williams

    March 23, 2012 11:29 AM EDT Derek Trucks (left) and Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers Band trading shots (Photo: Dan Rys) By now, catching the Allman Brothers Band during its annual Beacon Theatre run and NOT seeing a surprise guest or two waltz out on stage would be a bi ...

  34. John Mayer Unveils Tour Dates, Previews New Single 'Shadow Days'

    February 27, 2012 5:21 PM EST It's been two years since John Mayer last toured the U.S., but this April the singer/songwriter will be hitting the road in support of his upcoming album, Born and Raised . But wait there's more: Mayer posted a 60 second clip of the reco ...

  35. Web Trends: Swizz Beatz's Plans To Introduce K-Pop To America, Listen To An Unreleased Grimes Track

    February 22, 2012 4:24 PM EST Google Trends: 6. chris brown and rihanna - the former controversial couple have reunited on remixes of each other's tracks sparking more controversy 10. cm punk - the WWE champion was engaged in a "Twitter war" with Chris Brown Twi ...

  36. Watch President Obama Sing 'Sweet Home Chicago' With B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Booker T

    February 22, 2012 7:40 AM EST First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion ...

  37. Obama Sings 'Sweet Home Chicago': Video

    February 21, 2012 11:10 PM EST 0 0 0 First soul, now blues. A month after enjoying his Al Green moment at a fundraising event, President Obama busted out the presidential pipes again on Tuesday (Feb. 21) and sang a few frames of "Sweet Home Chicago" during a blues explosion a ...

  38. Mick Jagger, B.B. King Ready to Sing Blues for Obama

    February 21, 2012 7:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Jeff Beck are teaming up with musical up-and-comers at the White House to celebrate the blues. Jagger tweeted that President Barack Obama popped in during a rehearsal for Tuesday's A-list concert and "seemed real ...

  39. Paul McCartney Gets Tribute Album, Walk of Fame Star

    February 09, 2012 7:38 PM EST 0 0 0 Prepare for Paul McCartney mania in 2012 as the beloved Beatle turns 70 in June. On deck much sooner: a new solo album, "Kisses on the Bottom," released Feb. 7 by Hear Music/Concord, as well as a fully endorsed tribute record featuring cov ...

  40. Keb' Mo' Already Plotting Next Album

    January 13, 2012 6:15 PM EST 0 0 0 After a five-year gap between his last studio albums, Keb' Mo' plans to follow up last year's Grammy Award-nominated "The Reflection" in comparatively short order. "I want to get right on it," Mo' (real name: ...

  41. Not Happening: Any Outdoor Concert in Mean Irene's Path

    August 26, 2011 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hurricane Irene is wreaking havoc on just about every musical happening up and down the East Coast this weekend, including a Dave Matthews Band concert festival -- the DMB Caravan -- on Governor's Island in NYC, which canceled its Saturday and ...

  42. Ten Lessons From Louie: Advice From Messina Group Founder Louie Messina

    August 10, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Louie Messina, founder of The Messina Group. Photograph by Matt Furman for Billboard. Louis Messina is one of the nation's most successful concert promoters, and his storied career reflects the evolution of the live music industry over four d ...

  43. John Hiatt Finally Records His 10-Year-Old Song About 9/11

    August 01, 2011 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 John Hiatt 's artistic life this year has been marked by two of America's great 21st-century tragedies: the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. In May, his performance of his song "Feels Like Rain" at the New Orleans House of Blu ...

  44. Steve Cropper Taps B.B. King, Steve Winwood for 5 Royales Tribute Album

    June 30, 2011 3:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Steve Winwood , B.B. King , Sharon Jones , Bettye LaVette and Lucinda Williams are among the artists assisting guitarist Steve Cropper in his salute to the pre-rock 'n' roll band that has had a lasting effect on his career, the 5 Royales . ...

  45. U2 Rock Glastonbury Despite Tax Protesters: Video

    June 25, 2011 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Irish rockers U2 pulled it off with their Glastonbury music festival debut, critics said on Saturday, but the fallout from a protest over the band's tax status continued to rumble. Bono and co. raced through U2 classics like "Mysterious Wa ...

  46. 'The Voice': Vicci Martinez Does Florence & the Machine Proud, Plus 7 More Highlights

    June 22, 2011 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With just one week left before its inaugural season finale, "The Voice" whittled down its contestant pool to eight semi-finalists who rocked judges/coaches Christina Aguilera , Cee Lo Green , Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's worlds. Th ...

  47. Brian Wilson, The Roots, Chaka Khan Get Jazzy For Inaugural Blue Note Fest

    June 08, 2011 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With an already fantastic start featuring performances from Bobby McFerrin , George Porter Jr . and more, the first annual Blue Note Jazz Festival will continue with its wide-ranging lineup at NYC clubs through June 30. In addition to collaborating ...

  48. Dave Stewart Finds Inspiration in Nashville, Reese Witherspoon on 'Blackbird Diaries'

    May 28, 2011 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 From his legendary work with Eurythmics to his recent collaboration with Stevie Nicks on her latest album, "In Your Dreams," Dave Stewart has had a reputation for capturing magic in the studio. He does it again on his new album, "The ...

  49. Dennis Coffey Taps Mayer Hawthorne, Paolo Nutini for Solo Album

    April 30, 2011 8:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 D ennis Coffey , the man who brought wah-wah to Motown (on the Temptations ' "Cloud Nine") and has a Hall of Fame-caliber sessions resume, brings his own music to the fore again this week with the help of some famous friends. Paolo Nu ...

  50. Johnny Winter Taps All-Star Lineup for 'Roots' Album

    April 03, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It should be no surprise that Johnny Winter 's next album finds him playing the blues. But on "Roots," due out later this year, he's playing other people's blues. The veteran guitarist, singer and bandleader's first stu ...

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