1. Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt Discusses Writing Novels, Finding His (Singing) Voice, & Calling Time On DJing

    April 30, 2014 2:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 Best known as the male half of Everything But The Girl, the duo he formed in 1981 with Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt has many talents beyond providing the harmony to Thorn’s lead vocal. Since 1998, he has been an established presence on London’s deep house ...

  2. Neil Young Introduces PonoMusic to the World ­-- While Its CEO Raises Some Eyebrows

    March 11, 2014 8:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 In Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center, the legendary Neil Young presented his final thesis -- an oddly altruistic sales pitch may be more accurate -- on a long-simmering project: the Pono music player. Young's presentation centered on t ...

  3. Paul McCartney's Top 10 Billboard Hits

    February 06, 2014 6:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Paul McCartney is about as at home on the Hot 100 as an artist can be. From the Beatles' record-setting 71 singles on the Hot 100 chart to McCartney's nine post-Beatles No. 1s, his songs are all over the Billboard history books. The Beatle ...

  4. The Beatles’ ‘Let It Be…Naked’ Finally Arrives on iTunes

    April 03, 2013 3:03 AM EDT The Beatles’ stripped-back, Phil Spector-free version of “Let It Be” has finally made its debut on the iTunes store -– a decade after its physical release. The 11-track “Let It Be…Naked” album arrived today on Apple’s digital music service carry ...

  5. The Beatles’ ‘Let it Be…Naked’ Finally Arrives on iTunes

    April 03, 2013 2:44 AM EDT The Beatles’ stripped-back, Phil Spector-free version of “Let It Be” has finally made its debut on the iTunes store – a decade after its physical release. The 11-track “Let It Be…Naked” album arrived today on Apple’s digital music service carrying ...

  6. Rachelle Spector Slams 'Phil Spector,' Releases 'Love' Song to Husband

    March 22, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Phil Spector's wife turns their love letters into a new EP … Talks HBO movie, premiering March 24: "They made no effort to really get to know my husband" Rachelle Spector, wife of legendary ‘Wall of Sound’ producer Phil Spector is ...

  7. Lana Clarkson Publicist Pickets Screening of HBO's 'Phil Spector'

    March 15, 2013 5:09 AM EDT Friends of slain actress Lana Clarkson protested outside a screening of the HBO film Phil Spector on Thursday, charging the Al Pacino-toplined project with implying that she committed suicide. Clarkson was found dead in 2003 inside the Alhambra ma ...

  8. 'Phil Spector' Trailer Hits the Web

    February 06, 2013 5:42 AM EST HBO Films has released its first trailer promoting the upcoming Al Pacino-starring biopic on imprisoned record producer Phil Spector. In the clip, Pacino's Spector is shown in full flight, firing rounds into the ceiling of a studio, ranting i ...

  9. Searching For The Next 'Sugar Man'? Try 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'

    January 23, 2013 7:07 PM EST A woman, visibly moved by the stories in Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom," stood to ask a question of the director and five backup singers after midday screening of the documentary. She thanked them for their honesty in t ...

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  12. Weekly Chart Notes: Maroon 5, Gotye, Flo Rida

    April 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa connect to Hot 100 history through 'Payphone.' M aroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa teaming up on "Payphone" turned out to be a good call. As the pop/rock band and rapper roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3, th ...

  13. Phil Spector Seeks Supreme Court Appeal

    December 16, 2011 9:30 AM EST A lawyer for imprisoned music legend Phil Spector is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review his murder conviction, arguing his constitutional rights were violated by the trial judge. Attorney Dennis Riordan contends that Superior Court Judge Larr ...

  14. Phil Spector Seeks Supreme Court Appeal

    December 16, 2011 8:22 AM EST 0 0 0 A lawyer for imprisoned music legend Phil Spector is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review his murder conviction, arguing his constitutional rights were violated by the trial judge. Attorney Dennis Riordan contends that Superior Court Judge Larry ...

  15. Conrad Murray's Problems Mount: Lawsuits, Payments, Licensing Issues

    November 11, 2011 11:50 AM EST 0 0 0 Jail time is not the only problem looming for the doctor convicted in Michael Jackson 's death. Lawsuits, medical licensing issues and possible payments to Jackson's family await. Some of the matters have been on hold since Dr. Conrad Murr ...

  16. Richard Marx: 'The Playboy Club' Felt 'Doomed From the Start'

    October 21, 2011 4:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Richard Marx lost a high-profile gig when NBC canceled "The Playboy Club," for which he was serving as a music producer. But the singer, songwriter and performer -- who racked up eight Top 10 singles between 1987-94 and worldwide sales of ...

  17. Martin Scorsese's George Harrison Documentary Coming to HBO in October

    July 13, 2011 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 HBO has acquired the North American TV rights to Martin Scorsese's " George Harrison : Living in the Material World," and will air the documentary in two parts on Oct. 5 and 6. In the film, Scorsese traces Harrison's life from hi ...

  18. John Walker, Walker Brothers Singer, Dies at 67

    May 09, 2011 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 John Walker, the American-born musician who was the frontman for the Walker Brothers , one of the most successful bands of Britain's Golden Age of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 67. Walker died Saturday of liver cancer, his personal a ...

  19. California Court Rejects Phil Spector Appeal

    May 02, 2011 9:15 PM EDT A California appeals court rejected music producer Phil Spector's bid to overturn his murder conviction on Monday, saying it was permissible for prosecutors to call a parade of women who said Spector had threatened them with guns in the past. ...

  20. Phil Spector Murder Case Set for Appeals Arguments

    April 12, 2011 7:10 AM EDT While legendary music producer Phil Spector sits in prison, his lawyers are poised to urge an appellate court to throw out his second-degree murder conviction and grant a new trial on grounds of judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct. Oral ar ...

  21. 'American Idol's' Pia Toscano: 5 Theories Behind Her Elimination

    April 08, 2011 11:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 I know what you're thinking: how did this happen? Why did Pia Toscano, the frontrunner of all "American Idol" frontrunners, get sent home in ninth place? And how is it that Ryan Seacrest didn't better prepare us for the outcome? ...

  22. Rock Hall Inducts Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits

    March 15, 2011 9:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 T om Waits went for laughs, Alice Cooper for shock value, Leon Russell was quietly humble and Neil Diamond may still be talking following their induction Monday into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The acts were joined New Orleans piano maestro Dr. ...

  23. Darlene Love on Rock Hall Induction: 'People Are Hiring Me Now'

    March 14, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 D arlene Love says that her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been good for business. "Oh, yes, definitely," she tells Billboard.com. As the voice of the Phil Spector -produced holiday favorite "Christmas (Baby Please ...

  24. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Dodges Assault Charges, Ricky Martin to Release Bilingual Album

    December 14, 2010 5:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bieber Will Not Face Charges in Assault Case This past October, Justin Bieber was accused of punching a 12-year-old boy in the face during a laser-tag battle in which the ...

  25. Neon Trees Put Overseas Stardom On Their 'Wish List'

    November 30, 2010 3:14 PM EST 0 0 0 World conquest is on Neon Trees' mind these days. The Utah quartet has been riding high on the success of "Animal," the Alternative Songs chart-topping single from its debut album "Habits," and it recently returned from its ...

  26. Al Pacino To Play Phil Spector In HBO Movie: Report

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Al Pacino will play imprisoned record producer Phil Spector in an upcoming HBO Films production, according to the New York Times . Spector, 70, was convicted of second-degree murder last year and is now serving 19 years to life for murder. David M ...

  27. Dr. Luke: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 03, 2010 4:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 The doctor is in, at the tree-shrouded Conway Studios compound in Hollywood, and he won't be out any time soon. Lukasz Gottwald -- the writer/producer better-known to the explosive-chorus-loving world as Dr. Luke -- has booked all three rooms a ...

  28. Phil Spector Denied Wearing A Wig

    August 20, 2010 8:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 One of Phil Spector 's sons has praised a documentary that depicts the convicted homicidal music producer as a sociopath and a narcissist. The film, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector," is based on a three and a half hour inte ...

  29. Phil Spector Denied Wearing A Wig

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of Phil Spector's sons has praised a documentary that depicts the convicted homicidal music producer as a sociopath and a narcissist. The film, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector," is based on a three and a half hour int ...

  30. Elton John Teams With Leon Russell For 'Mature' New Album

    July 06, 2010 7:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 E lton John says his forthcoming collaboration with legendary singer, songwriter and sideman Leon Russell marks a new chapter in his recording career, saying: "I don't have to make pop records any more." Speaking at the launch of the ...

  31. Phil Spector Produces New Album -- For Wife

    May 25, 2010 7:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 Phil Spector has produced his first major recording project in 30 years -- a debut album for his wife Rachelle, her publicist said. Spector, 70, who is serving a minimum 19 years in prison for the 2003 shooting death of a Hollywood actress, produced ...

  32. Phil Spector Produces New Album -- For Wife

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Phil Spector has produced his first major recording project in 30 years -- a debut album for his wife Rachelle, her publicist said. Spector, 70, who is serving a minimum 19 years in prison for the 2003 shooting death of a Hollywood actress, produc ...

  33. Appeal Filed In Phil Spector Case

    March 12, 2010 7:12 AM EST 0 0 0 Lawyers for Phil Spector have asked an appellate court to throw out his second-degree murder conviction on grounds of judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct. In an extremely detailed 148-page brief filed Wednesday (March 10), the attorneys cite ...

  34. Appeal Filed In Phil Spector Case

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lawyers for Phil Spector have asked an appellate court to throw out his second-degree murder conviction on grounds of judicial error and prosecutorial misconduct. In an extremely detailed 148-page brief filed Wednesday (March 10), the attorneys ci ...

  35. The Decade in Music: Top 50 Moments page 2

    December 23, 2009 10:46 AM EST 0 0 0 Chart Article list divider « Previous 50-41 40-31 30-21 20-11 10-1 Next » 40 Phil Spector Guilty of Crazy Hair, Murder (May 29, 2009) Phil Spector's "wall of sound" was responsible for many '60s pop staples, but the legendary pro ...

  36. Phil Spector Phillies Catalog Finds New Home

    October 01, 2009 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Phil Spector's Philles Records catalog will now be issued by Sony Music Entertainment's Legacy Recordings label, which was home or such artists as Ronettes , the Crystals , Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans , and Lenny Bruce . The first tit ...

  37. 'Chapel of Love' Songwriter Ellie Greenwich Dies

    August 27, 2009 10:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 Songwriter Ellie Greenwich , who helped shape pop music in the 1960s with such memorable tunes as "Chapel of Love" and "Da Doo Ron Ron," died of a heart attack at a New York hospital on Wednesday, her manager said. She was 68. Th ...

  38. Bob Dylan Christmas Album Coming

    August 06, 2009 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bob Dylan is set to release an album of Christmas songs this holiday season. As first reported on the website BullyPulpit.com , at least four songs have already been recorded for the album including, "Must Be Santa," "Here Comes Santa ...

  39. Phil Spector Gets At Least 19 Years For Murder

    May 29, 2009 2:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Eccentric music producer Phil Spector was given a sentence of 19 years to life in prison on Friday for the murder of a Hollywood actress in 2003. Spector, 69, who revolutionized pop music in the 1960s with his layered "Wall of Sound" produ ...

  40. Spector Gets 19 Years To Life For Clarkson's Death

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Six years ago, Phil Spector was barely a blip on the American celebrity radar screen. Although his music lived on, his name and face were only dimly recalled by rock music aficionados until a shooting at his Alhambra mansion propelled him to notor ...

  41. Phil Spector Seeks Reduced Prison Term

    May 28, 2009 7:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 A lawyer for Phil Spector said in a court document filed Wednesday that the music producer maintains he did not kill actress Lana Clarkson and is not responsible for her death. Attorney Doron Weinberg wrote in a memorandum to the sentencing judge, h ...

  42. Update: LA Jury Convicts Phil Spector In Murder Of Actress

    April 14, 2009 8:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 Two trials involving one legendary music producer. The first jury couldn't reach an unanimous decision, but the second found Phil Spector guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. Six years after Clarkson wa ...

  43. Phil Spector Guilty Of 2nd Degree Murder

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rock music producer Phil Spector was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion six years ago. A Superior Court jury returned the verdict after an estimated 29 to 30 hours of deliberation ...

  44. Phil Spector Jury Starts Deliberating Murder Charge

    March 26, 2009 7:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 The fate of music producer Phil Spector was put in the hands of the jury on Thursday after a five month retrial on charges that he murdered a Hollywood actress in his Los Angeles home. Spector, 69, denies murdering B-movie actress Lana Clarkson, 40, ...

  45. Forensics Prove Phil Spector Innocent Of Murder: Lawyer

    March 25, 2009 8:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 Forensic evidence in music producer Phil Spector's murder retrial proves he is not guilty of the shooting death of a Hollywood actress six years ago, his lawyer told the jury on Tuesday. Making his closing arguments after a five-month long retr ...

  46. Prosecutor Calls Phil Spector 'A Demonic Maniac' In Closing Argument

    March 24, 2009 9:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 A prosecutor told a jury that Phil Spector's history of violence against women was like a game of Russian roulette that ended with the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his hilltop mansion. Deputy District Attorney Truc Do urged jurors ...

  47. Defense Rests In Phil Spector Murder Retrial

    March 13, 2009 8:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 Phil Spector's defense attorney rested his case Thursday in the music producer's murder retrial involving the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler advised Spector of his right to testify, but he c ...

  48. Ronettes Singer Estelle Bennett Dies At 67

    February 13, 2009 2:51 PM EST 0 0 0 Estelle Bennett , one of the Ronettes , the singing trio whose 1963 hit " Be My Baby " epitomized the famed "wall of sound" technique of its producer, Phil Spector, has died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67. Bennett' ...

  49. Estelle Bennett, Member Of The Ronettes, Dies

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Estelle Bennett, one of the Ronettes, the singing trio whose 1963 hit "Be My Baby" epitomized the famed "wall of sound" technique of its producer, Phil Spector, has died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67. Bennett's ...

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