1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Stevie Wonder Returns to Top 40 After Grammy Salute

    February 27, 2015 10:28 PM EST It’s Wonder’s first visit to the top 40 in nine years On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart, Imagine Dragons scored their first No. 1 album with their second full-length album, Smoke + Mirrors . It was the lone entry in the top 10, as the next ...

  2. Drake Tops Billboard Artist 100, Imagine Dragons Fire Up to No. 2

    February 26, 2015 1:58 PM EST 0 0 0 Drizzy's No. 1 for a second week, while Imagine Dragons roar 22-2 thanks to the start of their album 'Smoke + Mirrors.' Drake is the top artist in the U.S. for a second week, as he holds atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The rap ti ...

  3. Stevie Wonder Talks New Album, Fairness For Artists Ahead of Recording Academy Concert

    February 15, 2015 12:19 PM EST 0 0 0 When the Grammys throw a post-awards party to honor Stevie Wonder , just about everybody shows up. Watch Usher Cover Stevie Wonder's 'If It's Magic' at 2015 Grammys That's as it should be for Wonder, 64, who wanted the artis ...

  4. Aloe Blacc, Melissa Etheridge, Walk the Moon Celebrate Charity at Annual Grammy Foundation Concert

    February 07, 2015 4:59 PM EST 0 0 0 There's something slightly incestuous -- in a good way -- about a philanthropic organization putting on a tribute to other philanthropic organizations. So it was Thursday night at the Grammy Foundation's annual show at the Wilshire Ebell; ...

  5. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Britney Spears 'Hit' Number 'One' for the First 'Time'

    January 26, 2015 8:05 AM EST In 1999, Spears' debut smash topped the Hot 100. Plus, remembering chart feats by Stevie Wonder, Madonna and the Beatles. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 26, 19 ...

  6. Slash on His Famous Guns N' Roses Riff, His Grandma's Inspiration and How Les Paul Once 'Wiped the Stage' With Him

    January 23, 2015 10:48 AM EST The late guitar pioneer Les Paul once "wiped the floor" with Slash when the former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist played with the veteran instrument inventor at a New York City club some years back.  Now, on Jan. 24, at ...

  7. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was ...

  8. Stevie Wonder to Receive All-Star Tribute from Grammys, to Air on CBS

    December 15, 2014 11:18 AM EST For its second all-star Grammy salute, CBS will broadcast a two-hour concert dedicated to Stevie Wonder 's  Songs in the Key of Life on Feb. 16. Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich will executive produce the show being held at the Nokia Theater in ...

  9. Watch Stevie Wonder Speak on Ferguson, Eric Garner, Gun Control at Seattle Concert

    December 04, 2014 9:14 PM EST Following a New York grand jury's decision Wednesday not to indict an NYPD officer involved in the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner for apparently selling untaxed cigarettes, Stevie Wonder still had a show to play.  Stevie Wonder Mixes ...

  10. John Legend, G-Dragon, EXO & Top K-Pop Stars to Perform at 2014 MAMA

    December 01, 2014 9:29 PM EST The R&B superstar joins acts like Ailee, Taeyang, SISTAR and many more at one of Asia's biggest music ceremonies. UPDATE:  Watch a livestream of MAMA 2014 right here . John Legend will perform at one of the biggest nights for K-pop at ...

  11. Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel and More Honored at ASCAP's Centennial Awards Gala

    November 18, 2014 9:54 AM EST Stevie Wonder gave an emotional speech that silenced the crowd, Garth Brooks was misty eyed and Billy Joel was classic when he performed "New York State of Mind." The ASCAP Centennial Awards on Monday night honored the musical icons -- i ...

  12. Stevie Wonder Mixes Politics With Music in Tour Kickoff

    November 08, 2014 12:02 PM EST Stevie Wonder has always blended his musical genius with social activism, and as he launched his new tour, he stayed true to form, advocating gun control, pleading for an end to racism and promoting equality for those with disabilities. Stevie Won ...

  13. Stevie Wonder Reveals Two New Projects on the Way

    November 06, 2014 4:38 PM EST One is a set of orchestral remakes of his songs with David Foster. Even as he readies his anxiously awaited Songs in the Key of Life Performance tour, Stevie Wonder has two new recording projects in motion. Wonder tells Billboard that he's &q ...

  14. The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love' Back in Top 10, Thanks to Dave Koz (& Friends)

    October 24, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The iconic track ranks in the top 10 of a Billboard chart for the first time since the original in 1967, as Dave Koz's all-star cover rises on Smooth Jazz Songs. The Beatles' iconic composition "All You Need Is Love" is back in ...

  15. Grammy-Winning Guitarist Leo Nocentelli Allegedly Denied Entry to Travelodge Because of Race

    October 01, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Chivalry may be dead, but racism in this country, unfortunately, isn't. Yesterday (Sept. 30), guitarist and composer Leo Nocentelli sued Travelodge Hotels, Inc. for race discrimination. Nocentelli, a member of New Orleans instrumental outfit ...

  16. Barbra Streisand Set for 'Tonight Show,' Her First Late-Night Spot in Decades

    September 11, 2014 5:16 AM EDT 0 0 0 Barbra Streisand is heading back to late-night TV after a very long time away. Jimmy Fallon announced on Wednesday's Tonight Show that the legendary singer and Oscar-winning actress will appear on the show as both a guest and performer on Monda ...

  17. Stevie Wonder Takes 'Songs in the Key of Life' on the Road

    September 10, 2014 4:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Legend will perform iconic double-album on 11-city Live Nation tour, kicking off Nov. 6 in New York. Stevie Wonder will hit the road this fall with the Songs in the Key of Life Performance Tour. Daft Punk Jams With Stevie Wonder, Pharrell at the Gra ...

  18. Billy Joel, Garth Brooks & More to Receive ASCAP Honors

    August 21, 2014 5:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Stevie Wonder, Joan Baez & Stephen Sondheim also among Centennial Award winners. Billy Joel , Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks are among a list of performers set to receive ASCAP Centennial Awards. Backstage With Billy Joel: The Billboard Cover St ...

  19. Danielia Cotton ft. Rachael Yamagata's 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sweet dreams are made of Eurythmics covers, from  Marilyn Manson 's grungy, simmering boil  to Korean girl group Girls' Generation 's medley of, ah,  "Sweet Dreams"  and "Get the Party Started" medley. Now, New Jer ...

  20. Exclusive: The Knocks Share Awesome Mix of Classic Songs to Fete Their "Classic" Single

    August 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The electronic duo's 40-minute mix includes jams from Paul Simon, Fatboy Slim and Daft Punk. New York electronic band The Knocks have a new single titled “ Classic ,” featuring the band Powers , that is  available to buy today through Big Beat ...

  21. Drake Manager and OVO Founder Oliver El-Khatib Started From the Bottom, Too

    June 26, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Oliver El-Khatib rarely gives interviews. The October’s Very Own (OVO) founder and Drake co-manager, who has helped turn OVO into a global brand, isn't aloof or inarticulate -- he’s just a busy guy who prefers the spotlight to be on the a ...

  22. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hil ...

  23. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hilto ...

  24. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb ...

  25. Michael Eavis, Founder of Glastonbury Festival, To Receive U.K.'s MITs Award

    May 16, 2014 2:36 AM EDT 5 1 0 Michael Eavis, the dairy farmer who turned a small concert on his property into the world-famous Glastonbury Festival, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Music Industry Trust’s Award.  Eavis will be recognized for his “outstanding contribut ...

  26. Jennifer Lopez To Receive Icon Award At 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 05, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez will be feted with the Icon Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! 
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  27. Jennifer Lopez to Receive Icon Award at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 05, 2014 9:00 AM EDT 1.011 k 808 0 Lopez will perform two songs at the May 18 event: She and Pitbull will premiere their World Cup anthem, plus Lopez will debut her new single "First Love" Jennifer Lopez will be feted with the Icon Award at the 2014 Billboard Music ...

  28. Dance Show 'Soul Train' May Boogie Onto Broadway

    April 15, 2014 5:31 PM EDT The groundbreaking song-and-dance show "Soul Train" is chugging toward Broadway. Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create "Rock of Ages," has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said Tuesday ...

  29. Third World's William 'Bunny Rugs' Clark Honored by Surviving Band Members, Others

    February 27, 2014 1:54 PM EST The life and music of William "Bunny Rugs" Clark, 65, lead singer of the evergreen reggae band Third World who passed away on Feb. 2, was celebrated on Monday, Feb. 24 at a service at Kingston's Holy Trinity Cathedral. A concert imm ...

  30. Charlie Wilson Talks New Uptempo Album & Recording With Kanye West

    February 19, 2014 1:33 PM EST 0 1 0 The singer says he's been working with Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and Wiz Khalifa. Charlie Wilson isn't stopping anytime soon. If anything, the legendary singer/songwriter is hustling harder. On the heels of his gu ...

  31. Paul Colby, Owner and Promoter Behind Landmark Greenwich Vill. Venue the Bitter End, Dies at 96

    February 18, 2014 9:57 PM EST Even though it's been a good two decades since Paul Colby was actively involved in the running of The Bitter End, one of Greenwich Village's premiere music and comedy showcases, he was still a presence in the room -- and not just because ...

  32. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Steve Harvey Taking Awards Show to Atlanta; UMGD Launches Black History Month Campaign; and More

    February 10, 2014 8:16 PM EST -- Syndicated morning radio personality/TV talk show host Steve Harvey is taking his annual Ford Neighborhood Awards and Weekend Expo to Atlanta this year. Now in its 12th year, the four-day event will mark its first time in Atlanta when it hits t ...

  33. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Beatles Songs

    February 09, 2014 8:05 AM EST On the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. breakthrough, readers share favorite Fab Four songs, covers, solo hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Pl ...

  34. Third World Reggae Star William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke Dead at 65

    February 05, 2014 12:07 PM EST William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke, the husky-voiced lead singer of internationally popular reggae band Third World, died of leukemia at his home in Florida, longtime friends and colleagues said Monday. He was 65. Former bandmate Colin Leslie s ...

  35. Grammy Awards Rock Charts, Daft Punk Returns to Top 10 on Billboard 200

    February 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST Now that a full week has passed since the Grammy Awards, the Billboard charts are properly rocked by the show and its many winners and performers. (The latest Nielsen SoundScan sales tracking week ended on February 2. It captures the first seven d ...

  36. Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' Gallops To No. 1 On Hot 100

    January 29, 2014 12:42 PM EST The song, featuring Juicy J, becomes Perry's ninth leader and the second from her album 'PRISM,' among other notable achievements. Plus, Jason Derulo soars into the Hot 100's top 10. Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," fe ...

  37. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr Reunite for Beatles TV Special

    January 28, 2014 4:40 AM EST No one plays a Beatles song quite like a Beatle. That lesson was learned Monday night when a reunion of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr concluded a tribute to the Beatles that CBS will air on Feb. 9, the 50th anniversary of their first appearance o ...

  38. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Britney Spears Scores Her First No. 1

    January 27, 2014 8:05 AM EST Fifteen years ago this week, Spears topped the Hot 100 for the first time. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Stevie Wonder, Alan Jackson and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billbo ...

  39. Madonna Could Be Performing With Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at GRAMMYs

    January 25, 2014 4:58 PM EST 0 0 0 The singer may sing "Same Love" with the rap duo Yesterday, it was confirmed that Madonna will be making an appearance onstage at the 56th GRAMMYs tomorrow (Jan. 26). Now, in the spirit of intriguing collaborations the ceremony generally p ...

  40. Daft Punk to Wear Star Wars Helmets During GRAMMY Performance

    January 25, 2014 2:53 PM EST 0 0 0 French duo will perform with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Nile Rodgers Rehearsals for the 56th annual GRAMMYs are well underway at multiple locations around Los Angeles, which means details are starting to emerge about Sunday night's all-star pe ...

  41. New Barbra Streisand Duets Album Coming Soon, With Beyonce & Lady Gaga?

    January 25, 2014 2:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Album could also include Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder and more Superstar diva Barbra Streisand is preparing a new duets album, and it may feature the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Blake Shelton. Her publicist confirmed the forthcoming duets set tod ...

  42. Macklemore, Daft Punk, Lorde, Jay Z & Beyonce: Retailers Predict This Year’s Grammys Bump

    January 23, 2014 2:03 PM EST With the GRAMMYs coming up this Sunday, industry prognosticators are laying down their bets on who could be the big sales winners at the show. The industry consensus appears to be that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde have the best chance to ...

  43. Carnival Records Founder Joe Evans Dies

    January 23, 2014 3:07 AM EST Joe Evans, well-respected musician and founder of Carnival Records, died on Jan. 17 in Richmond, Virginia of undisclosed causes. He was 97 years old.  Evans established Carnival in 1961. Affiliated with more than 30 solo artists and groups, the la ...

  44. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Taylor Swift to Perform at Grammy Awards

    January 14, 2014 12:23 PM EST A pair of Fab rock legends will perform at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. It was announced today that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who with the Beatles are this year's recipients of the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, will pe ...

  45. Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder to Team Up at Grammy Awards

    January 05, 2014 8:28 PM EST 2.938 k 294 2 The electronic duo will also pair with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and "Random Access Memories" session musicians Continuing the awards show's precedent of intriguing mashups in addition to showcasing some of the top songs ...

  46. Richie Sambora On Rejoining Bon Jovi In 2014: 'I Would Think About It'

    December 12, 2013 5:12 AM EST 0 0 0 For 30 years, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora lived his life on the rock 'n' roll treadmill of writing, recording, and touring until 2013 when the Woodbridge, NJ native did the unimaginable: he quit. “We were the hardest working band in ...

  47. INFINITE, Icona Pop, Ylvis & East Meet West Collabs Rock 2013 MAMAs: Video Highlights

    November 25, 2013 8:20 PM EST 0 0 0 From CL joining Icona Pop's girl power to Crayon Pop and Ylvis teaming for onstage antics, here's five must-see MAMA performances. The early planning stages of the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs) revealed an emphasis on culture-mashin ...

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