1. Doc on Legendary Bassist Jaco Pastorius to Be Official Film of Record Store Day, Compilation Planned (Exclusive)

    February 20, 2014 10:56 AM EST Stephen Kijak's documentary on the revolutionary bass guitarist Jaco Pastorius, "Jaco," will be the official film of this year's Record Store Day and Omnivore Recordings will release a collection of unissued sessions by Pasto ...

  2. Chart Moves: Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert Top Hot Country Songs; Beyonce's 'Bodied' Returns; James Wolpert Hits New 'Voice' High

    November 15, 2013 9:00 AM EST As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week and Lady Gaga debuts at No. 8 with "Dope." Who else is royalty (or at least worthy of mention …) on song charts this week?  -- Keith ...

  3. Music Biz Veteran Jerry Sharell Hospitalized After Machete Attack

    September 16, 2013 6:01 AM EDT The executive-turned-DJ, who has worked with The Carpenters and Joe Cocker, was held hostage in his new girlfriend's home early Sunday. Jerry Sharell, a music industry veteran who played a role in the careers of The Carpenters and Joe Cocke ...

  4. Kelly Rowland, 'Talk A Good Game': Track-By-Track Review

    June 17, 2013 1:20 PM EDT Kelly Rowland finally comes into her own on "Talk A Good Game," her most focused, consistent and honest album to date. Picking up where 2011’s "Here I Am" left off, the singer's new album has an additional layer of hone ...

  5. 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&# ...

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  7. Morning Fix: iTunes Launches In 56 Countries; Simon Fuller's Concord Bid; Clapton, Chris Martin Join 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit

    December 04, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters APPLE LAUNCHES ITUNES IN RUSSIA, TURKEY, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 52 ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES: Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Stor ...

  8. Ross On Radio: Has Top 40 Gotten Too Soft?

    November 21, 2012 9:30 AM EST Could top 40 become too wimpy again? And how would we know? Previous down cycles for the format were never hard to identify. There was less tempo. There was an abundance of AC-flavored ballads. Other hit records might be nominally uptempo but devo ...

  9. 'Inventing David Geffen' Draws Springsteen, Iovine, Gordy, Dr. Dre To L.A. Premiere

    November 14, 2012 2:26 PM EST Jimmy Iovine, chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records and co-founder, Beats by Dre, arriving to the premiere of 'Inventing David Geffen' held at Writer's Guild Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Michael Tran/FilmMagic) The Wri ...

  10. Jeff Castelaz Named President of Elektra Records

    October 04, 2012 11:37 AM EDT Jeff Castelaz was today named President of Elektra Records, which operates under the Atlantic Records Group where he will oversee all areas of Elektra's activities, both working with existing signings and developing new talent. Castelaz will ...

  11. 'Inventing David Geffen' Documentary Premieres at Toronto Film Festival

    September 11, 2012 4:35 PM EDT A lively account of one of the most influential careers in modern showbiz, Susan Lacy's "Inventing David Geffen" works within a familiar format to sing the praises of a man who never did. An upcoming airing on PBS's American Ma ...

  12. 2012's Brightest New Stars (So Far): Page 3

    June 01, 2012 9:55 AM EDT 0 Chart Article Emeli Sande Emeli Sande is still a new face to many American listeners, but the Scottish songstress will soon be making a splash on this side of the pond. After some guest appearances and a hit single in the U.K. in 2011, Sande's debu ...

  13. Alan Mintz -- Attorney, Manager, Label Exec -- Dead at 58

    May 04, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Alan Mintz (photo courtesy the Mintz family) Alan Mintz -- attorney, label exec, manager and musician -- died Wednesday of acute myelogenous leukemia, a rare and aggressive form of the disease, his family confirmed to Billboard.biz. He was 57. Min ...

  14. Pete Fornatale, Longtime New York Radio DJ, Dead at 66

    April 26, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Longtime New York radio disk jockey and author Pete Fornatale, best known for his long stints on WFUV-FM and WNEW-FM, died Thursday morning at the age of 66. According to New York's Daily News , He suffered a brain hemorrhage on April 15 and ...

  15. Taylor Swift as Joni Mitchell? Singer in 'Girls Like Us' Talks

    April 20, 2012 9:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift could be returning to the big screen as Joni Mitchell . According to Variety , the country star is "circling" the role of the iconic singer-songwriter in the adaptation of "Girls Like Us." The Sheila Weller book trac ...

  16. Backbeat: Bernie Finkelstein, Canadian Record Label Legend, Remembers Career at Memoir Launch

    April 19, 2012 11:44 AM EDT True North Records founder and long-time artist manager Bernie Finkelstein addresses his industry peers at the launch of his book, True North: A Life In The Music Business (Photo: Valerie Drinkwalter) Bernie Finkelstein - who built one of Canada&# ...

  17. Donovan Q&A: Catching Up With a Folk Rock Superman

    April 10, 2012 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the three months since Donovan received the news that he will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame , he has stepped up his activity in front of the film, TV and music industries. He performed at the Sundance Film Festival, made numerou ...

  18. Photos: Clive Davis, Alicia Keys, Diddy Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 12, 2012 10:11 AM EST Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Clive Davis at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton Hotel . He said the late-Whtiney Houston "wo ...

  19. Etta James, Soul Icon, Dies at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Etta James , the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera , is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Hono ...

  20. Etta James Dead at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:39 AM EST Etta James, the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera, is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Jame ...

  21. Exclusive: John Pizzarelli's New Album Mashes Beatles, Tom Waits and James Taylor With Jazz Classics

    December 14, 2011 2:36 PM EST Having explored the music of his parents; generation in recent albums, jazz guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli is turning to his older sisters' record collection for his next album. And he's still thinking about the jazz his father Bucky P ...

  22. Backbeat: Skylar Grey Talks Joni Mitchell, Trent Reznor, Appalachian Dulcimer at NYC Showcase

    December 14, 2011 8:30 AM EST Shades of Grey: Skylar Grey live at Dominion in NY. (Photo: Jeff Benjamin/Billboard) Skylar Grey held an industry-only showcase Dec. 6, 2011 at Dominion in New York. The showcase is a preview for her upcoming debut album, currently titled "In ...

  23. Tori Amos Talks New Album & 'Little Earthquakes' at 20

    September 17, 2011 12:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 A classically trained pianist and songwriter, Tori Amos has spent nearly 20 years challenging expectations and the very concept of "mainstream-friendly." As an icon of the '90s alternative boom, she sang openly about religion, rape an ...

  24. Billboard Bits: Madonna's 'Sex' Still Wanted, Lady Gaga's Prosthetic VMA Surprise

    August 31, 2011 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Madonna's 'Sex' Still Wanted 19 Years Later "Sex," Madonna 's 1992 graphic picture book, is the most sought-after out-of-print book in the U ...

  25. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals: Readers Respond, Part 2

    July 09, 2011 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and co ...

  26. Patrick Wolf Q&A: On 'Lupercalia' Inspiration, Getting Engaged & More

    June 19, 2011 11:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 English multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer Patrick Wolf started his career nearly 10 years ago, releasing a pair of critically acclaimed albums on indie label Tomlab before moving to Universal for third set "The Magic Positio ...

  27. Chaka Khan Collaborating With Steven Tyler, Akon

    June 03, 2011 5:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 C haka Khan may be a legacy artist in the industry, but that isn't to say the legendary songstress isn't as busy as ever. At the top of her list? A duets album, including a Led Zeppelin cover alongside "American Idol" judge and A ...

  28. The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle Talks 'All Eternals Deck,' Merge

    March 21, 2011 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Though he has been cited by some as one of America's best lyricists, Mountain Goats frontman/songwriter John Darnielle is also a journalist, novelist, hockey aficionado and rabid metal fan. He recently recorded a video of himself playing " ...

  29. Shania Twain Joining Joni Mitchell, Neil Young in Canadian Music Hall of Fame

    January 12, 2011 9:16 AM EST 0 0 0 S hania Twain is headed to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Not for her recent re-marriage or a new show on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, but a chart-topping music career, according to the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "H ...

  30. 'Featuring' Norah Jones Track-By-Track

    November 10, 2010 10:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Over the years, jazzy pop chanteuse and pianist Norah Jones has teamed up with many of her favorite artists, and now she's collected 18 tracks for an entire album of collaborations on her tunes, their tunes, covers and even seasonal favorites l ...

  31. Ask Billboard: Eminem's Multi-Chart Domination

    August 27, 2010 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and co ...

  32. Dixie Chicks Record New Song, Eye Future Plans

    July 22, 2010 4:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Dixie Chicks are getting together to record again -- but not like that . The Texas trio, which has been on hiatus since 2007, has been tapped by actor-comic-musician Steve Martin to sing on a track for the followup to his Grammy Award-winning 20 ...

  33. Chart Beat Thursday: A Madge-ical Week For 'Glee'

    April 29, 2010 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 NEW DIRECTIONS: On the Billboard Hot 100 dated March 18, 1989, Madonna 's "Like a Prayer" soared in as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 38. 21 years, one month and three weeks later, the song makes its second Hot 100 appearance, again as the ...

  34. Taking Peaks, Part 4: Nos. 25-1

    January 26, 2010 2:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 a ...

  35. Janet Jackson To Release 'Number Ones' Album, Book

    October 14, 2009 5:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 A new Janet Jackson greatest hits album titled "Number Ones" is due out Nov. 17 in the U.S. on A&M/UMe. Outside of America, it will be titled "Janet Jackson: The Best," and street on Nov. 23. The 34 track collection includes ...

  36. May 6, 2009

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Grant McLennan of Go-Betweens dies in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia. He is 48. 2006 – Pink Floyd reaches the staggering plane of 1,500 weeks on the Billboard charts with its 1973 album “Dark Side of the Moon.” 2005 – Audioslave ...

  37. Joni Mitchell Hopes To Spread 'Fiddle'

    February 20, 2009 3:30 PM EST 0 0 0 With "The Fiddle and the Drum," her collaboration with the Alberta Ballet, recently documented on DVD, Joni Mitchell is looking forward to spreading the piece worldwide. "The whole thing in a certain way is out of my hands," Mitc ...

  38. Warner Acts Go Covers Crazy For Compilation

    January 13, 2009 12:43 PM EST 0 0 0 A host of unusual covers can be found on "Covered, A Revolution in Sound: Warner Bros. Records," due Feb. 24. On it, 11 current Warner Music Group acts cover a classic tune from the label's back catalog. Amongst the most intriguing ar ...

  39. This Day in Music

    December 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Rapper 50 Cent and veteran modern rock act Green Day are the toast of Las Vegas, as each nab six trophies at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards. 50, who is the top finalist with mentions in eight 2005 - Rapper 50 Cent and veteran modern rock act ...

  40. This Day in Music

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Originally due in the summer of 2005, the last album from late Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard finally arrives The release date for "A Son Unique" coincides with the two-year anniversary 2006 - Originally due in the summe ...

  41. Colbie Caillat Q&A I Billboard.com

    Colbie Caillat Q&A I Billboard.com

    November 03, 2008 11:08 AM EST 0 0 0 Colbie Caillat sits down with Billboard at Women In Music to discuss her career, influences, and advice for young artists. Colbie Caillat , Women in Music , Billboard Presents , exclusive , beyonce , Jason Mraz , vuclip , taylor swift , singer-songw ...

  42. This Day in Music

    October 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2006 - Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 since 1997 with "Press Play." 2004 - For his enduring influence and contr ...

  43. This Day in Music

    August 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state-owned record company Egrem gets an international launch. Egrem enters the U.K. market with 10 CDs released through a deal with Beckenham, 2004 - For the first time in its 60-year history, ...

  44. This Day in Music

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Beyonce launches a nationwide search for an all-female band to accompany her on an upcoming tour in support of her sophomore solo effort, "B'Day." 2006 - Beyonce launches a nationwide search for an all-female band to accompany ...

  45. Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and the Journey of a Generation

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Weller's look at King, Mitchell and Simon is half collective biography, half music-industry dish about three singer-songwriters who represented a generation of women on "a course of self-discovery, ch Vanity Fair and Glamour contributor Sh ...

  46. Alicia Keys Mulls Next Album, New Single

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The 2007 chart-topping album "As I Am" is still a fresh concern for Alicia Keys, but the singer tells Billboard.com that she's already actively mulling her next record. "I've been thinking about the n The 2007 chart-topping ...

  47. Carly Simon Joins Hear Music For New Album

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Carly Simon has joined ex-paramour James Taylor, Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell on the roster of Starbucks' Hear Music label. Carly Simon has joined ex-paramour James Taylor, Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell on the roster of Starbucks' H ...

  48. Carly Simon Joins Hear Music For New Album

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Carly Simon has joined ex-paramour James Taylor, Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell on the roster of Starbucks' Hear Music label. Her first release for the company, "This Kind of Love," will be available April 29. The 13-track set has ...

  49. Winehouse, West Win Big At 50th Annual Grammys

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Alicia Keys "dueted" with a vintage performance by Frank Sinatra of "Learnin' the Blues" to kick off the 50th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but the real magic came from le Alicia Keys "duete ...

  50. This Day in Music

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST - A 29-year-old man is shot to death near a video shoot for rapper Busta Rhymes in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, N.Y. The man worked as a bodyguard at Kiss the Cactus Productions, where the 2006 - A 29-year-old man is shot to death near a ...

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