1. 2013 Grammy Awards: Rap Song, Album Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:34 AM EST Anthems and opuses from hip-hop's big guns and breakthrough stars best RAP album Take Care Drake LABEL: Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records PRODUCERS: Noah "40" Shebib, Boi-1da, Carlo Montagnese, the Weeknd, Jamie "XX" ...

  2. Patti Smith Planning 'Just Kids' Memoir Sequel

    December 17, 2012 7:37 PM EST 0 0 0 After winning a National Book Award for Nonfiction for her 2010 memoir "Just Kids" -- which focused on her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe -- Patti Smith is planning a sequel that will flesh out and add to the story. Smith tells Bill ...

  3. Updated: Jenni Rivera Remembered by Regional Mexican Artists, Industry Execs

    December 09, 2012 11:25 PM EST Regional Mexican and Latin pop artists and members of the music industry reacted to news of singer Jenni Rivera's death with disbelief, prayers and memories of a woman they recalled as a true star, whose friendships were as strong as her reno ...

  4. A Nicki Minaj Birthday Card, from Billboard.com

    December 08, 2012 1:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Happy 30th birthday, Nicki Minaj! Here's a look back at your awesome year. As Nicki Minaj celebrates her 30th birthday on Dec. 8, we take a moment to look back at her 29th year. Dear Nicki Minaj , It's been a whirlwind year for you. From t ...

  5. Catt Gravitt, Jon Stone Win Big at SESAC Nashville Music Awards

    October 29, 2012 7:56 PM EDT Women were the center of attention when SESAC kicked off Country Music Week with its annual Nashville Music Awards on Sunday night. The performing-rights organization gave its songwriter of the year trophy to Catt Gravitt, a woman who had at least ...

  6. Backbeat: Diane Warren, Industry Execs, Songwriters and Hopefuls at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    October 26, 2012 12:24 PM EDT Happy Hour: Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren with Billboard publisher Tommy Page. (Photo: Arnold Turner ) Attendees at Billboard's 11th annual Film & TV Music Conference had numerous reasons for spending a couple of days at Hollywoo ...

  7. Queensryche to Geoff Tate: Stop Using the Name

    October 02, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the latest round of the legal battle between progressive rock band Queensryche and its former singer, Geoff Tate, the group is attempting to keep Tate from using the group's name until the case is resolved. The move comes more than three mon ...

  8. Hal David 1921 - 2012

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Hal David, who died Sept. 1 at the age of 91, was a lyricist with a unique understanding of how to partner a singer and a song. For all the adventure longtime partner Burt Bacharach infused in the melodies of the tunes they wrote together, David w ...

  9. Lollapalooza Coming to Israel in 2013

    August 06, 2012 1:56 PM EDT Lollapalooza continues to broaden its international horizons. Festival organizers announced Saturday it would hold Lollapalooza Israel in Tel Aviv next year, in what will be the country's first large-scale international music festival. Israel ...

  10. The Beat 7/25: Mariah to Judge “Idol”, Flo Rida Workout DVD in the Works, Roger Waters Talks “Wall” tour

    The Beat 7/25: Mariah to Judge “Idol”, Flo Rida Workout DVD in the Works, Roger Waters Talks “Wall” tour

    July 25, 2012 4:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Beat 7/25: Mariah to Judge “Idol”, Flo Rida Workout DVD in the Works, Roger Waters Talks “Wall” tour Flo Rida , jonathan brooks , featuredVideo1 , jackson , American Idol , amy winehouse , Roger Waters , Billboard , Mariah Carey , The Beat Video ...

  11. Universal Music's Concessions Grow in EMI Deal; Sale of Virgin U.K. Looks Likely

    July 17, 2012 11:01 PM EDT The Universal Music Group will take some extra time to prepare and submit its remedies package to the EU Commission, as part of its gambit to win regulatory approval to acquire EMI's recorded-music division. Depending on who you listen to, th ...

  12. Alan Jackson Switches Labels, Gets Emotional With 'Thirty Miles West'

    June 05, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's 8:30 on a Monday morning as Alan Jackson settles his 6-foot-4-inch frame into a chair in his manager's office. Even though, like most musicians, he often plays late into the night, he's usually an early riser. "I'm alwa ...

  13. Patti Smith Recorded 'An Unexpected Gift' for Amy Winehouse

    May 30, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 New album 'Banga' reflects on 'the state of the environment' as well Patti Smith feels like she's saying something -- or, rather, a lot of things -- on her new album, "Banga." "I have certain core things I wan ...

  14. Dick Clark Timeline: His Life & Business

    April 20, 2012 2:27 PM EDT NOV. 30, 1929 Richard Wagstaff Clark is born in Bronxville, N.Y. His father was a salesman and, later, the manager of a radio station in Utica, N.Y. 1947 Works as an office boy and then as an announcer at the station his father managed, WRUN. 1952 ...

  15. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    April 15, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performing at Coachella (Getty) If Friday night at Coachella was all about the old-timers like Pulp, Refused, Mazzy Star and James looking for a furious comeback, the overarching theme of Saturday (April 14) was the curre ...

  16. Coachella 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    April 15, 2012 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 If Friday night at Coachella was all about the old-timers like Pulp, Refused, Mazzy Star and James looking for a furious comeback, the overarching theme of Saturday (April 14) was the current state of indie rock, with fresh faces and much-ballyhooed ...

  17. Tim McGraw Cracks Top 10, Lee Brice Scores First No. 1 on Country Songs

    April 13, 2012 6:45 AM EDT (Getty Images) Tim McGraw has competed 46 times in the top 10 on Country Songs, and nearly made it a two-fer this week, as his current solo single "Better Than I Used to Be" enters the upper tier (11-10), and a new duet with Kenny Chesne ...

  18. Tim McGraw Cracks Top 10, Lee Brice Scores First No. 1 on Country Songs

    April 12, 2012 3:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rascal Flatts Breezes to No. 1 on Country Albums Chart T im McGraw has competed 46 times in the top 10 on Country Songs , and nearly made it a two-fer this week, as his current solo single "Better Than I Used to Be" enters the upper tier ( ...

  19. Billy Gilman Enlists A-Listers for 'Choice' Charity Single

    April 09, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Keith Urban, Reba McEntire & Kenny Rogers Join Soles4Souls Project One of the more rich traditions in the history of country music is the trait of giving back. Billy Gilman knows this and appreciates it. Best known to audiences for songs like th ...

  20. Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw's 'Rock Star' Roars Onto Country Songs

    April 09, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The superstars combine for the second-best debut in the chart's 22-year Nielsen BDS era. K enny Chesney and Tim McGraw rocket onto Billboard's Country Songs chart, as "Feel Like a Rock Star" debuts at No. 13. In its first week of ...

  21. Nicki Minaj Preps Pepsi Deal, Consolidates Representation From CAA To Blueprint

    March 19, 2012 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's a busy time to be in the business of Nicki Minaj . As the rapper preps her sophomore album "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" (April 3), news of a major endorsement deal and a consolidation of her touring and business representation h ...

  22. Nicki Minaj Preps Pepsi Deal; Exits CAA and Shifts All Representation to Blueprint

    March 19, 2012 3:59 PM EDT It's a busy time to be in the business of Nicki Minaj. As the rapper preps her sophomore album "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" for release on April 3, news of a major endorsement deal and a consolidation of her touring and business re ...

  23. Janet Jackson Flirts With Joining 'X Factor'

    February 17, 2012 9:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Just one week after The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Whitney Houston was under consideration for a judge's seat on the show, reports have surfaced that another pop icon is throwing her hat in the ring. After an awkward interaction with An ...

  24. 'American Idol' Group Round: Not for the Faint of Heart

    February 16, 2012 11:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Finally, some singing! Following the most disease-stricken episode "Idol" has ever seen , the show returned Wednesday (Feb. 15) with that all-important element that sets this competition apart from, say, a straight-up reality show: talent. ...

  25. Whitney Houston Funeral to Be Aired Live

    February 16, 2012 9:40 AM EST 0 0 0 They won't be there in person, but singer Whitney Houston 's millions of fans worldwide will be able to share in her homecoming service Saturday as they watch her private funeral on the Internet. It will provide a much-needed connection fo ...

  26. Whitney Houston's Funeral To Be Live Streamed

    February 16, 2012 7:56 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - They won't be there in person, but singer Whitney Houston's millions of fans worldwide will be able to share in her homecoming service Saturday as they watch her private funeral on the Internet. It will provide a much-nee ...

  27. Backbeat: Paul McCartney Honored at MusiCares Grammy Event, Performs for a Galaxy of Stars and Execs

    February 11, 2012 7:35 PM EST Sir Paul McCartney performing onstage during the 22nd Annual MusiCares Benefit Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo: WireImage) Few events bring out more music industry executives than the annual MusiCares Pers ...

  28. Lisa Marie Presley Considering Elvis Film

    February 01, 2012 7:51 PM EST Over the years, Lisa Marie Presley has become dissatisfied with movies chronicling her father's life, so she just might make a film about the rock 'n' roll icon. The daughter of Elvis Presley said she has been in talks about a movie ...

  29. Urban Power List: Cara Lewis

    January 14, 2012 4:27 PM EST Cara Lewis Agent Creative Artists Agency Website: caa.com Tour Maven Named Billboard's 14th most powerful woman in the music industry in 2011, Cara Lewis made even bigger headlines earlier this year when she jumped ship from William Morris En ...

  30. Guilty Verdict for Conrad Murray Ends Latest Saga for Michael Jackson

    November 08, 2011 9:25 AM EST 0 0 0 The single word, "Guilty," brought a muffled shriek in the gallery of the packed courtroom and tears from Michael Jackson's family, but no reaction from the doctor convicted of supplying the King of Pop with the drug he craved for sle ...

  31. #Guilty: Artists React To Conrad Murray Verdict on Twitter

    November 07, 2011 7:05 PM EST 0 0 0 As the long-awaited Conrad Murray decision was made public , crowds outside the courtroom could be heard cheering Judge Michael Pastor's "guilty" verdict. But what about the rest of the world? Billboard.com tracked down ten memorable ...

  32. Insurer Seeks to Void Policy for Michael Jackson Shows

    June 06, 2011 8:50 PM EDT The insurer of Michael Jackson's canceled comeback concerts has asked a judge to nullify a policy intended to protect concert promoters if the singer wasn't able to complete the shows. Lloyd's of London sued AEG Live and Jackson ...

  33. Update: Michael Jackson Doctor Conrad Murray Pleads Not Guilty

    January 25, 2011 12:45 PM EST 0 0 0 M ichael Jackson's doctor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop superstar's death as the case moved rapidly toward trial. "Your honor, I am an innocent man," Murray told Superior Court Judg ...

  34. Michael Jackson Autopsy Suggested Homicide: Coroner

    January 11, 2011 3:25 PM EST 0 0 0 The coroner who performed the autopsy on Michael Jackson testified Tuesday that the pop star's death would have been classified a homicide even if the singer gave himself the final dose of the anesthetic propofol. Christopher Rogers, chief of f ...

  35. Michael Jackson Dead Long Before Hospital Arrival: ER Doc

    January 07, 2011 11:29 AM EST 0 0 0 Before paramedics wheeled Michael Jackson into the emergency room, Dr. Richelle Cooper was sure he was dead. More than an hour of resuscitation efforts at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center didn't change her opinion - the King of Pop had die ...

  36. Michael Jackson Manager Seeks $2.3 Million from Estate

    September 29, 2010 11:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 M ichael Jackson's final business manager asked a judge Tuesday to unseal detailed financial records from the singer's estate, arguing that the sealing of the documents could prevent him and other creditors from being paid. Business manage ...

  37. L.A. Cemetery Welcomes Michael Jackson Fans, Bans Doves

    June 23, 2010 6:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 M ichael Jackson fans will be allowed to leave flowers near the singer's burial site on Friday's anniversary of his death, but the cemetery has banned balloons, candles and doves. Forest Lawn cemetery in the Los Angeles area said on Wednes ...

  38. Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil Show Launching in 2011

    April 20, 2010 2:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 First the Beatles and Elvis , now Michael Jackson . The acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil announced Tuesday that it will put on a live touring show featuring the songs of the King of Pop starting late next year. That will be followed by a permanent ...

  39. Witness: Michael Jackson Doctor Interrupted CPR

    March 22, 2010 10:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 M ichael Jackson 's doctor halted CPR on the dying pop star and delayed calling paramedics so he could collect drug vials at the scene, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press that shed new light on the singer's chaotic fin ...

  40. Snoop Dogg, Estelle, Alex Chilton Tribute Bring SXSW to a Close

    March 21, 2010 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 South by Southwest drew to a close on a rare rainy, frigid Saturday (March 20) in Austin, Tx. The late Alex Chilton was memorialized by colleagues, friends and admirers on Saturday at South By Southewest -- with words and, most importantly, with mus ...

  41. Patti Smith Group / Feb. 19, 2010 / Detroit (Saint Andrews Hall)

    February 24, 2010 7:06 PM EST 0 0 0 It was, to paraphrase U2 , a sort of homecoming for Patti Smith . The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and poet did, after all, live in the Detroit environs (suburban St. Clair Shores, to be precise) from 1980-96 with her late husband, ...

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