1. Eric Clapton Postpones L.A. Shows Due to 'Severe Bronchitis'

    March 24, 2017 8:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 Eric Clapton has postponed two concerts scheduled for this weekend at the Forum in Inglewood, California, due to "severe bronchitis."  "Due to severe bronchitis and under doctor’s advisement, Eric Clapton is rescheduling this weekend& ...

  2. Eric Clapton Celebrates His 50-Year Career With a Retrospective Show at Madison Square Garden: Concert Recap

    March 20, 2017 10:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 There were no surprises at Eric Clapton ’s concert at Madison Square Garden, and that’s exactly how the crowd seemed to want it. The guitar legend -- who recently announced his retirement from touring -- performed the first of only four U.S. dates S ...

  3. Fender Guitars Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Custom Shop

    March 01, 2017 9:59 AM EST 0 0 0 If the walls of the Fender Guitars Custom Shop could talk, it would tell stories about ZZ Top ’s Billy Gibbons stopping by to hang out with a case of Dad’s Root Beer, or Merle Haggard scurrying to put on a sports coat to impress the “Vice President ...

  4. Eric Clapton Doc Set for Theatrical, TV Debut

    February 10, 2017 4:04 PM EST 0 0 0 Showtime's doc arm will release "Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars" theatrically this fall before airing it in 2018. Eric Clapton is getting the documentary treatment. Showtime Documentary Films has boarded Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Ba ...

  5. Duff McKagan, Mac Miller & Ty Dolla $ign Are Playing Reborn Iconic Fender Guitars

    January 17, 2017 4:25 PM EST 0 0 0 New versions of iconic instruments will be unveiled Thursday at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. At The NAMM Show -- which willl draw legions of musical gear devotees to Anaheim, California, this week -- Fender will officially unveil striking n ...

  6. Eric Clapton Sued for Crediting 'Unplugged' Song to Wrong Blues Singer

    October 28, 2016 9:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 A traditional blues song off Eric Clapton 's 1992 Unplugged  album for MTV is at the heart of a new lawsuit claiming the rock icon, his label and others have failed to properly credit the track for 24 years and counting. "Alberta" is ...

  7. Nathan East Takes Center Stage on 'Reverence': Exclusive Song Premiere

    September 29, 2016 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Famed studio bassist announces new album & unveils first track "Feels Like Home," feat. Yolanda Adams. Thanks to a glut of material for his first solo album in 2014, bassist-to-the-stars Nathan East had a significant head-start in maki ...

  8. The Top 5 Best-Selling 'MTV Unplugged' Albums of All Time

    August 03, 2016 5:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 MTV's Unplugged is back! To celebrate MTV's 35th birthday (Aug. 1), the network rechristened the former VH1 Classic as MTV Classic and, with that, the new channel will boast encore presentations of its most memorable programming from the 1 ...

  9. Eric Clapton's Guitar Auctioned to Help Pay Medical Bills of Asleep at the Wheel Member's Wife

    July 24, 2016 11:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 A guitar owned by British singer-songwriter Eric Clapton has sold at auction for $45,000 and the proceeds will be used to pay the medical bills of a well-known Texas musician whose wife recently died of leukemia. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said in ...

  10. $1 Million a Week to Charter a Mega-Yacht? No Big Deal for Music's Biggest Stars

    May 27, 2016 2:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Yacht sales climbed 40 percent in 2015 as David Geffen, Katy Perry and other big names pay top dollar to vacation in private The hottest ticket at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival proved to be an invitation aboard Russian businessman Roman Abramovich&# ...

  11. Ariana Grande's 'Dangerous Woman' Leads Tight Race for U.K. No. 1

    May 24, 2016 3:17 AM EDT 5.152 k 0 3 Ariana Grande is battling it out with Richard Ashcroft in a tight race for the U.K. albums chart crown. Grande’s third album Dangerous Woman  (Republic) is at No. 1 on the midweek chart, just 100 sales ahead of Ashcroft’s These People ( Righte ...

  12. Eric Clapton Talks Justin Bieber, New Music and Hints at 'Saying Goodbye'

    May 18, 2016 12:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 Eric Clapton , a Belieber? The 71-year-old guitar legend has three daughters ranging in age from 11 to 14, and it's only natural they have little interest in dad's old Robert Johnson records. They're Justin Bieber fans. "I was, I ...

  13. Eric Clapton Recalls How Prince Inspired 'Holy Mother'

    April 23, 2016 6:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Eric Clapton is sharing his grief over Prince 's death, calling him "a true genius." Prince Dies at 57: Iconic Musical Genius Found Dead in Paisley Park In a Facebook post Saturday, Clapton also tells how the artist inspired him to wr ...

  14. Was Rita Coolidge Cheated Songwriting Credit on 'Layla'? (Exclusive Memoir Excerpt)

    April 06, 2016 7:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 “Until now I’ve never told of how I helped write one of the greatest rock songs ever recorded.” Over a long career in music, Rita Coolidge is known for her numerous hit songs and extensive studio work across pop, rock, country and more. Her place in ...

  15. New Eric Clapton Album to Feature George Harrison's Vocals and Guitar

    February 19, 2016 12:34 PM EST Eric Clapton has announced a new studio album for this spring, and it will include contributions from and old friend. The new set I Still Do drops May 20 and features acoustic guitar and vocals on the track “I Will Be There” from a musician named ...

  16. Robert Stigwood, Former Bee Gees Manager & 'Grease' Producer, Dies at 81

    January 04, 2016 7:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Robert Stigwood , who acted as manager of Cream and the Bee Gees before producing some of the all time great rock musicals including Saturday Night Fever and Grease , has died. He was 81.  The Australian born Stigwood's first major career succe ...

  17. That Time Bill Murray Taught Eric Clapton to Play 'Gloria'

    December 02, 2015 1:10 PM EST 0 0 0 In the dramedy  Rock the Kasbah  (recently in theaters), Bill Murray stars as a talent manager who risks his life to help a Pashtun singer realize her dream of becoming the first woman to sing on Afghanistan's  American Idol  equivalent. The sc ...

  18. Allen Toussaint, Legendary New Orleans Producer, Songwriter & Performer, Dies at 77

    November 10, 2015 7:10 AM EST 0 0 0 Allen Toussaint, whose work as a songwriter, producer, and performer helped define the sound of soul and R&B in New Orleans and beyond, died following a performance in Madrid last night (Nov. 9), his family confirmed to New Orleans CBS affiliate ...

  19. Live Aid Turns 30: U2, Madonna, Led Zeppelin Reunion & More Highlights

    July 13, 2015 5:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 It’s hard to believe 30 years have passed since Live Aid. The monumental charity concert, which raised funds for famine relief in Africa, featured a laundry list of '80s artists that now reads like a music fan’s dream concert. The event was hel ...

  20. The Rolling Stones' Iconic 'Sticky Fingers' Reissue and 'From The Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971' DVD Give a Vintage Front-Row View: Review

    June 25, 2015 1:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Rolling Stones are possibly the most fiscally fit rock band in history, so it's wildly out-of-character that they've been so lax about digging into their voluminous vaults. While everyone else was cleaning out their closets during the ...

  21. Billboard Cover: Eddie Van Halen on Surviving Addiction, Why He's Still Making Music and What He Really Thinks of David Lee Roth (and Other Past Van Halen Bandmates)

    June 19, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Eddie Van Halen doesn't listen to music.  This is not a fake-out or a misdirection, nor is it a seemingly straightforward statement that actually means its opposite. Eddie Van Halen does not listen to music. “I don’t listen to anything,” he tel ...

  22. Lady Gaga Sings Linda Perry, Stephen Colbert Honors Toby Keith, Zac Brown Fetes the Grateful Dead At Songwriters Hall Of Fame Ceremony

    June 19, 2015 5:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the men’s room of New York's Marriott Marquis hotel just before the start of the 46th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, one man said, “Anyone know any jokes?” Another replied, “I got a check from Pandora for $1.89 -- for six million ...

  23. Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' No. 1 on Hot 100, OMI's 'Cheerleader' Hits Top 10

    June 17, 2015 3:15 PM EDT .299 k 117 'Again' leads for a ninth week, holding off Taylor Swift's former No. 1 'Bad Blood.' Plus, OMI charges into the top 10 with 'Cheerleader.' Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 soundtrack smash "See You Agai ...

  24. Veteran Texas Musician Mike Flanigin Teams Up With ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons on 'The Drifter': Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 17, 2015 1:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Veteran Texas sideman Mike Flanigin made his first-ever solo album, The Drifter , with a little help from his friends. And after 25 years of playing, including a residency with Austin's famed Antone's house band, that list is impressive. T ...

  25. Rolling Stones Release Alternate 'Brown Sugar' Version Featuring Eric Clapton

    June 02, 2015 7:54 PM EDT 1.144 k 131 1 For years Rolling Stones fans have known of a bootleg version of "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton on slide guitar, but finally the dream collaboration is getting an official release. Rolling Stones Share Alternate 'Dead Fl ...

  26. Mumford & Sons' 'Wilder Mind' Retains U.K. Chart Crown

    May 18, 2015 5:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mumford & Sons secured a second week atop the U.K. album chart with Wilder Mind  (Gentlemen of the Road/Universal Island), while OMI's Felix Jaehn remix of “Cheerleader” (Ultra) leads the singles market for a third week. Last night’s (May 1 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. '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. ...

  30. Eric Clapton Celebrates 70th Birthday By Rocking Madison Square Garden

    May 04, 2015 1:34 AM EDT It was Eric Clapton's birthday celebration, but it was the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden that got a gift as the guitar god enthralled during a two-hour concert that included some of his biggest hits and guest stars including John Ma ...

  31. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2002, Kylie Minogue Returned to the Top 10

    March 16, 2015 8:05 AM EDT Thirteen years ago, 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' brought the star back to heights she'd last reached in 1988. Plus, remembering chart feats by the Beatles, Joan Jett and Diddy. Your weekly recap celebrating significant miles ...

  32. Father Ray Kelly Talks YouTube Stardom & Balancing the Priesthood With Music

    January 16, 2015 11:41 AM EST Last April, a video surfaced on YouTube of an unassuming Catholic priest singing Leonard Cohen 's tragic classic "Hallelujah" at a wedding ceremony (good thing the lyrics were changed). Father Ray Kelly renders the song in near pitc ...

  33. Hear Eric Clapton's Gentle Tribute to Jack Bruce, 'For Jack'

    October 28, 2014 8:27 PM EDT Following the death of Cream 's Jack Bruce last week, his former bandmate Eric Clapton has shared an instrumental song dedicated to his friend.  Jack Bruce Fondly Remembered by Cream Bandmates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker Clapton posted the ...

  34. Jack Bruce Fondly Remembered by Cream Bandmates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker

    October 26, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Following the death of Cream bassist Jack Bruce , numerous musical artists have shared their memories and condolences, including former Cream guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker . Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician ...

  35. Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician: An Appreciation

    October 25, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Jack Bruce , the virtuoso bassist, bandleader, songwriter and singer best known for his tenure with Cream during the 1960s, passed away Saturday (Oct. 24) at the age of 71. Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dies at 71 A message on Bruce's offici ...

  36. Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dies at 71

    October 25, 2014 12:04 PM EDT British musician Jack Bruce , best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream , has died. He was 71. Jack Bruce, 'Reach for the Night': Song Premiere From Cream Star's First Album in a Decade Publicist Claire Singers said Satur ...

  37. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbea ...

  38. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Justin Timberlake Brings 'SexyBack' To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 8:05 AM EDT 3.532 k 635 146 This week in 2006, JT topped the Billboard Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Fergie, Mariah Carey and Eric Clapton Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Se ...

  39. Eric Clapton, Shawn Mendes Aiming for Top Five Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 01, 2014 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The legendary guitarist is heading for his 14th top 10 album, while YouTube phenom Mendes’ debut is set for a handsome bow. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton is aiming for his 14th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 , as The Breeze: An Appreci ...

  40. Eric Clapton Records JJ Cale Tribute Album With Tom Petty, Willie Nelson & More

    April 30, 2014 2:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 A year after Cale's death, Clapton pays tribute to one of his greatest influences Legendary guitarist JJ Cale is best known for pioneering the Tulsa Sound and writing two songs ("After Midnight" and "Cocaine") that Eric Clap ...

  41. This Week In Billboard Chart History: 'Penny Lane' Marks Beatles' Route To No. 1

    March 17, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1967, the Fab Four beat a path to the top of the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Wilson Phillips, Joan Jett and Diddy Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart ...

  42. Eric Clapton Postpones Thailand Concert Due to Political Unrest

    February 26, 2014 4:22 PM EST 0 0 0 Eric Clapton has canceled his concert in Bangkok, as political violence in the Thai capital continues to worsen. "Due to recent events, Eric Clapton’s management has decided to postpone his Bangkok concert this Sunday," said local concert ...

  43. Eric Clapton Cancels Concert in Thailand Amid Escalating Political Violence

    February 26, 2014 3:27 PM EST As gun battles are now a near nightly occurrence on the streets of Bangkok, the rock legend decided to give the city a miss. Eric Clapton has canceled his concert in Bangkok, as political violence in the Thai capital continues to worsen. “Due to r ...

  44. Bob Dylan's Fender Strat From Famed Newport Show Fetches Nearly $1 Million

    December 07, 2013 8:08 AM EST Like Elvis' no-hips-allowed appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," or the Beatles' arrival in America, or Woodstock, it is considered one of the milestone moments in rock history: Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Fol ...

  45. Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's 'Red' Spends Year on the Charts, Eric Clapton's 'Unplugged' Returns

    October 25, 2013 3:52 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Pearl Jam claimed its fifth No. 1 album with the arrival of "Lightning Bolt." The set logged the largest debut this year for a rock album, starting with 166,000 sold, according to Nielsen So ...

  46. Diarmuid Quinn, Former Top Exec at Warner Bros & Reprise, Joins Kobalt Label Services

    September 18, 2013 5:44 AM EDT Veteran music biz executive Diarmuid Quinn has joined Kobalt Label Services (KLS) in the role as president, North America. Quinn’s tasks include leading and staffing-up Kobalt’s expanding label services operations in the U.S., signing artists fo ...

  47. Chart Highlights: 'Ooh' She Did It Again ... Britney Spears Debuts On Pop Songs

    June 24, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Spears' 'Smurfs 2' single blasts onto the radio airplay tally at No. 22. Plus, new No. 1s for P!nk, Demi Lovato, J. Cole, Jake Owen and Marc Anthony Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every ...

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