1. Exclusive: Veteran Music Exec Doug Morris To Receive Songwriting Hall's Hitmaker Award

    March 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Doug Morris is not just one of the most successful record executives in history after his record-breaking stints at Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and currently as Sony Music Entertainment ceo. Related Articles Billboard Power 100 2014: ...

  2. George Michael Announces New Album for March

    January 20, 2014 4:49 PM EST 0 0 0 "Symphonica" will hit shelves March 17 After a spell of making headlines for mishaps rather than music, George Michael is coming back with a new album. Michael announced Monday (Jan. 20) that his sixth solo album, "Symphonica," i ...

  3. Alejandro Fernandez Posts His Biggest Sales Week Ever

    September 05, 2013 2:37 AM EDT Veteran Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez notches his best sales week in his 20-plus year career as his 15th studio album, "Confidencias," out on Universal Music Latino, debuts at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums with 21,000 copies, according ...

  4. Alejandro Fernandez Posts His Biggest Sales Week Ever

    September 05, 2013 2:32 AM EDT Veteran Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez notches his best sales week in his 20-plus year career as his 15th studio album, "Confidencias," out on Universal Music Latino, debuts at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums with 21,000 copies, accordin ...

  5. Norman Winter, Music Publicist for Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre and MCA/Universal Records, Dies

    August 22, 2013 9:16 PM EDT Norman Winter, who in his long Hollywood career as a music publicist represented Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan,  Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks, Paul Anka and many  others, died Thursday in Las Vegas due to complications from Lewy Body disease, accord ...

  6. In Their Own Words: Frank Filipetti on Phil Ramone (Video)

    July 02, 2013 1:11 PM EDT At last week’s R ecording Academy Honors New York Chapter event , between foot-stomping performances by Trey Songz and Ne-Yo, Melissa Etheridge with Joan Osbourne and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson along ...

  7. Trey Songz, Melissa Etheridge, Valerie Simpson, 'Les Miserables' Honored at Recording Academy's New York Gala

    June 28, 2013 11:03 AM EDT The importance of music education was celebrated as Trey Songz, Melissa Etheridge, Joshua Bell, "Les Miserables"' composers Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Ashford & Simpson were honored at the Ne ...

  8. Class of 2013 Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:22 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was ...

  9. Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson Perform As Legends Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was fu ...

  10. Paul Simon, Quincy Jones, Kevin Spacey, More Celebrate Phil Ramone's Life and Legacy at Memorial Concert

    May 13, 2013 12:19 PM EDT The life of legendary producer Phil Ramone was celebrated Saturday night in grand style, with performances from many of the acts he produced down through the years such as Billy Joel, Paul Simon and Tony Bennett, along with remembrances from Qui ...

  11. Phil Ramone's Top 50 Billboard Albums: From '52nd Street' to 'Album 1700'

    April 01, 2013 10:40 AM EDT In a career that spanned 50 years, Phil Ramone’s credit graced some of the rock era’s most celebrated albums, from Glass Houses to Graceland and from A Star Is Born to Flashdance . Ramone, who died Saturday at age 79, was an engineer in the 1960 ...

  12. Phil Ramone: A Selected Discography

    March 31, 2013 7:23 PM EDT Phil Ramone was deferential to a fault. He liked to say it was the artist, not the producer, whose name appeared on the front of the album. That’s why you won’t find mention of Ramone on the covers of CDs by Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Frank Sinat ...

  13. Phil Ramone's Top 50 Billboard Hot 100 Hits: From Billy Joel to Paul Simon, BJ Thomas to Barbra Streisand, Many More

    March 31, 2013 12:32 AM EDT Legendary producer Phil Ramone scored 39 top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, with the '60s-'80s marking his greatest run of success Phil Ramone, who passed away today (March 30) at 79, leaves a striking legacy on the Billboard Hot 100 ...

  14. Phil Ramone Remembered by Studio Colleagues Bob Ludwig, Al Schmitt, Frank Filipetti (Updated)

    March 31, 2013 12:21 AM EDT Producers, engineers, and other audio professionals who worked with Phil Ramone, who passed away Saturday morning , remember his love of music, his pursuit of excellence, his sense of humor, his soothing presence, and his uncanny ability to sta ...

  15. Phil Ramone on Film and Stage: From Bond and Madonna to 'Flashdance' and 'August Rush'

    March 30, 2013 8:27 PM EDT Phil Ramone was the rare record producer and engineer who was active and thriving in the live-performance realm  as well as film, TV and theater. He produced numerous MusiCares person of the year galas during Grammy Week, tributes to performers ...

  16. Phil Ramone Remembered by John Burk, Co-Producer of Ray Charles’ ‘Genius Loves Company’

    March 30, 2013 7:05 PM EDT John Burk and Phil Ramone produced Ray Charles' “Genius Love Company,” an album that scored five Grammys in 2005, including Album of the Year. By the time Charles signed with Concord Records, Ramone already had a history with the label as ...

  17. Phil Ramone Looks Back at His Legendary Career in Expansive 1996 Billboard Interview

    March 30, 2013 2:20 PM EDT Legendary producer Phil Ramone -- who helmed classic albums by Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Carly Simon and many others over a career that reached back to the early 1960s -- died this mor ...

  18. Producer Phil Ramone Dead at 79

    March 30, 2013 12:36 PM EDT 8 1.564 k 115 20 0 Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a c ...

  19. Phil Ramone in Critical Care at NYC Hospital

    March 01, 2013 11:23 AM EST 0 0 0 Award-winning music producer Phil Ramone has been hospitalized in New York City, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The 72-year-old suffered an aortic aneurysm and is in critical care. Ramone is best known for his work with such top-tier vocalists ...

  20. Music Vets Launch Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame

    November 12, 2012 11:12 PM EST A group of veteran music industry professionals have created the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame and will announce 24 nominees on Nov. 27, according to a spokesperson for the newly established nonprofit. The Miami-based organization, being led by a ...

  21. Accolades For Al

    June 06, 2012 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 For this special feature celebrating the accomplishments of multiple Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Al Schmitt, many of his renowned colleagues provided recollections and praise. Tommy LiPuma Tommy LiPuma and Al Schmitt are one of the dream te ...

  22. Backbeat: Dionne Warwick Celebrates 50-Year Career At Grammy Museum With Clive Davis, Neil Portnow, More

    March 28, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Dionne Warwick shares a laugh with Clive Davis onstage at the Clive Davis Theater inside the Grammy Museum. Save for a reference during a brief remark from Davis about legendary singers and a clip showing Whitney Houston singing "That's ...

  23. BeBe Winans: Upcoming Tour Will Be 'Last Go-Round' with Sister CeCe

    March 10, 2011 1:22 PM EST 0 0 0 He knows some people might be skeptical, but BeBe Winans is adamant that the upcoming Still Something Big tour will be his last with sister CeCe Winans . "I feel on the inside that this is our last go-round," Winans, who's been record ...

  24. Boy George Talks New Culture Club Album, Barack Obama Influence

    February 22, 2011 2:45 PM EST 0 0 0 The chameleonic karma of Boy George 's life these days is good, thanks to the recent release of "Ordinary Alien," his first artist album in more than 10 years, and a Culture Club 30th anniversary album and tour plan for 2012. "Ma ...

  25. Taylor Swift Among Diverse Honorees At Songwriters Hall

    June 18, 2010 8:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 The iconic ballad "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was so stirring that even a young Paul Simon knew he was onto something special when he composed it 40 years ago. "I thought, 'Hmm. That's better than I usually write,'&quo ...

  26. Business Matters: CMA, Country Music Market Research, 'American Idol,' FCC Chairman

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- The Country Music Association (CMA) has released follow-up findings from the market research study it conducted in 2008. A few highlights: Country fans dropped slightly to 37% in 2009 from 39% in 2008; 40% of fans feel better about country musi ...

  27. Olympic Anthem Tops Billboard Canadian Hot 100

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Teen singer Nikki Yanofsky's "I Believe" (Decca/Universal Music), which is the official Winter Olympics theme used in broadcaster CTV's coverage, has moved 44-1 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. "I Believe" topped th ...

  28. Kenny Rankin Dies At 69

    June 08, 2009 8:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kenny Rankin, a brilliant pop vocalist and highly regarded musician-songwriter whose stylings ranged from jazz to pop to the world music influences he picked up as a child in New York, has died of complications related to lung cancer, his record com ...

  29. Stevie Wonder To Receive Gershwin Prize

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Legendary singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder has been chosen as the second recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award presentation will take place in the Library's Gr Legendary singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder h ...

  30. MusiCares Honors Aretha In Los Angeles

    February 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Some call her the Queen of Soul. Others refer to her as Re Re or Sister Re. Everyone calls her Aretha. And last night (Feb. 8), Aretha Franklin was known as the MusiCares Person of the Year at a benef Some call her the Queen of Soul. Others refer to ...

  31. Anne Still Can

    January 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 She may have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, but after her last album in 2005, veteran singer Anne Murray pretty much retired. She may have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, but after her last album in 2005, veteran singer Anne ...

  32. Ramone To Narrate 'Recording'

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST LRSmedia has started production on "Recording: The History of Recorded Music," an eight-part documentary series that will be narrated by Phil Ramone. The series will be a chronological exploration of how technology and music have interac ...

  33. Lynne Does Springfield On New Album

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Shelby Lynne delves into the Dusty Springfield songbook on her new album, "Just a Little Lovin'," due Feb. 5. Nine of the 10 tracks were recorded by Springfield, including "Breakfast in Bed," "Anyone Shelby Lynne delves ...

  34. Latifah, Buble Lend New Covers To Ella Tribute Album

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Artists from Michael Buble to k.d. lang to Queen Latifah have leant their interpretations of Ella Fitzgerald songs to upcoming compilation "We All Love Ella: A Celebration of the First Lady of Song." Artists from Michael Buble to k.d. lang ...

  35. New Label Launches With Target Exclusives

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A new label is launching a branded music series by providing Target with a one-year exclusive to carry the line. A new label is launching a branded music series by providing Target with a one-year exclusive to carry the line. The label, 180 Music, w ...

  36. Rodgers, Ramone Line-Up For 'Production Magic'

    September 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Legendary producers Niles Rodgers and Phil Ramone are among the keynote speakers for "Production Magic," a Nov. 11 discussion forum in London focused on the role of producers in the changing recorded- Legendary producers Niles Rodgers an ...

  37. Tony On TV

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Columbia Records is celebrating Tony Bennett's 80th birthday with an album release and marketing strategy worthy of the milestone. Columbia Records is celebrating Tony Bennett's 80th birthday with an album release and marketing strategy wo ...

  38. Gladys Knight Salutes Ella, Duke, Sammy

    March 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 R&B veteran Gladys Knight will honor a host of legendary vocalists with the release of a covers album, "Before Me." R&B veteran Gladys Knight will honor a host of legendary vocalists with the release of a covers album, "Before ...

  39. Stars Align For Bennett Birthday Album

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 By 11 a.m. the morning after the Grammy Awards, while other winners were undoubtedly still sleeping off the night before, Tony Bennett was doing what he does best: singing. By 11 a.m. the morning after the Grammy Awards, while other winners were und ...

  40. Billboard Bits: Simon/Hancock, 'Not Alone,' Bon Jovi

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 News on Paul Simon/Herbie Hancock, 'Not Alone,' Bon Jovi Paul Simon and Herbie Hancock will headline the Berklee College of Music's 60th anniversary concert, to be held Jan. 28 at Boston's Wang Theatre. The show will be produced ...

  41. Koz & Friends Plan 'Smooth Summer' Tour

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 For the fourth year in a row, several contemporary jazz artists will join forces under the Dave Koz & Friends banner for the latest edition of the A Smooth Summer Night tour. For the fourth year in a row, several contemporary jazz artists will j ...

  42. Studio Monitor

    February 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Phil Ramone and loudspeaker manufacturer JBL Professional will take home technical Grammy Awards this year. Read Chris Walsh's column. Phil Ramone and loudspeaker manufacturer JBL Professional will take home technical Grammy Awards this year. ...

  43. 47th Annual Grammy Awards Winners

    February 13, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Winners of the 47th annual Grammy Awards, presented Feb. 13, 2005, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Staples Center. Below are the winners of the 47th annual Grammy Awards, presented Feb. 13, 2005, at the Los Angeles Convention Center and ...

  44. Recording Academy Names 2005 Lifetime Honorees

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin, jazz great Art Blakey and pioneering country music act the Carter Family are among the artists who will receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement award. T Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin, jazz gre ...

  45. Actor Spacey Becomes Darin

    October 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. The weight of the Bobby Darin biopic "Beyond the Sea" rests greatly on Kevin Spacey's shoulders. Not only did the Academy Award-winning actor star, direct and co-produce the movie, he als ...

  46. Hot Product

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Will & Grace 'Grace' Under Pressure The makers of "Will & Grace: Let the Music Out!" insist that it not be called a soundtrack. Rather, they describe it as a companion album to the TV series, which kicks off its seventh s ...

  47. Manilow Records 'Copa,' 'Harmony' Scores

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Veteran singer/songwriter Barry Manilow is recording music he's written for a pair of stage projects as his next studio album. Veteran singer/songwriter Barry Manilow is recording music he's written for a pair of stage projects as his next ...

  48. A Q&A With Phil Ramone

    December 17, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. Chances are Phil Ramone has produced the soundtrack to your life -- literally. Dubbed the Pope of Pop by his peers, the nine-time Grammy Award winner is one of the modern music era's most enduring, ...

  49. As Time Goes By . . . The Great American Songbook Vol. II

    November 01, 2003 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Last year, Rod Stewart stepped back in time with "It Had to Be You . . . The Great American Songbook." The collection of pop standards debuted at No. Last year, Rod Stewart stepped back in time with "It Had to Be You . . . The Great A ...

  50. Hot Product

    October 20, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rod Stewart 'Song' Sung Blue total of 14 songs have made the cut for "The Great American Songbook: Volume II," Rod Stewart's second J Records collection of standards. The follow-up to 2002's successful "It Had To B ...

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