1. Happy Birthday, Billboard Hot 100!

    August 04, 2012 12:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fifty-four years ago today, the U.S. songs chart of record premiered. Today (Aug. 4) marks the 54th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 's 1958 launch. (Please feel free to join us for a festive, if off-key, rendition of "Happy birthday.& ...

  2. Stevie Wonder to Divorce Wife of 11 Years

    August 03, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Stevie Wonder has filed for divorce from his second wife, Kai Millard Morris, TMZ is reporting. According to divorce documents, Wonder and his wife of 11 years have been separated since 2009. Citing irreconcilable differences, Wonder is seeking join ...

  3. 40 Under 40: Ethiopia Habtemarian

    August 02, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Ethiopia Habtemarian EVP/Head of Urban Music, Universal Music Publishing Group; SVP, Motown Records Website: UMusicPub.com , Motown.com Twitter: @HaberSmasher Team Leader, On Double Duty With two high-profile jobs, Ethiopia Habtemariam, 32, might ...

  4. Berry Gordy Launches Search for Actor to Play Michael Jackson in 'Motown: The Musical'

    July 17, 2012 4:50 PM EDT No stranger to discovering raw musical talent, Berry Gordy has launched a nationwide video search for an African-American performer, aged 8-11, to play the multiple roles of the young Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Gordy himself in the upcomin ...

  5. Funk Brothers Bassist Bob Babbitt Dies at 74

    July 17, 2012 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Prominent Motown studio musician and Funk Brothers member Bob Babbitt has died. He was 74. Motown Museum chief curator Lina Stephens says the bassist died Monday in Nashville, Tenn. Babbitt's son Joe Kreinar tells The Detroit News his father ha ...

  6. Motown, Funk Brothers Bassist Bob Babbitt Dead at 74

    July 16, 2012 4:34 PM EDT Prominent Motown studio musician and Funk Brothers member Bob Babbitt, whose bass playing pounded through the Temptations hit "Ball of Confusion" and Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," has died. He was 74. Babbi ...

  7. Stevie Wonder's Cousin to Stand Trial for Video Extortion Plot

    July 13, 2012 9:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 A judge ordered Stevie Wonder 's cousin to stand trial on an extortion charge after hearing testimony that the man and his girlfriend attempted to sell a film ranting against the singer's treatment of his family for millions of dollars. Su ...

  8. American Idols Live! Tour Kicks Off with High-Energy Detroit Show

    July 07, 2012 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 The "American Idol" finalists reward after a grueling season of competition? A summer "vacation" spending 11 weeks on the road together. But at least there are no longer judges or mentors, no caustic comments, no fan votes. And R ...

  9. Backbeat: BET Host Music Matters Showcase With Leah Labelle, Stevie Wonder, Rob Light, More

    July 05, 2012 12:56 PM EDT (L-R): BET's Kelly Griffin, LaToya Jackson, BET's Stephen Hill, Katherine Jackson and Rebbie Jackson. (Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images/BET Networks) BET Awards 2012 is now part of television history. However, music still matters at BET as ...

  10. Bruce Springsteen Named 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year

    June 28, 2012 4:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bruce Springsteen is being recognized for his creative and philanthropic contributions by the group that puts on the Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy announced Thursday that Springsteen has been named its 2013 MusiCares person of the year. The B ...

  11. Listen To Alicia Keys' Triumphant New Track, 'New Day'

    June 28, 2012 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 New music from the follow-up to Alicia Keys ' 2009 disc "The Element of Freedom" has been hotly anticipated for months, and on Thursday (June 28), the R&B star finally unveiled a celebratory new cut, "New Day." As the so ...

  12. Janelle Monae Premieres Two New Tracks at Toronto Jazz Festival

    June 27, 2012 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fans may not have to wait much longer for Janelle Monae's two upcoming albums, scheduled to debut this year. Last Friday (June 22), the singer premiered two new tracks during her set at the Toronto Jazz Festival. The first track, "Dorothy ...

  13. Berry Gordy-Inspired 'Motown' Musical to Hit Broadway Next Year

    June 26, 2012 6:28 PM EDT A musical based on the life of legendary Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is set to open on Broadway next year. Producers said Tuesday that "Motown," with 81-year-old Gordy writing his own book, will open in the spring of 2013 at a Ned ...

  14. First Listen: Frank Ocean Previews 'Channel Orange' Album in NYC

    June 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 "I need a convertible, a lot of channel orange is convertible music. like a saab convertible," Frank Ocean tweeted on June 20, a day before previewing his debut album, "Channel Orange," at KMA Studios in New York on Thursday nigh ...

  15. Album Reviews: The Smashing Pumpkins, The dB's, Metric, Brian Culbertson

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM EDT ROCK The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania Producers: Billy Corgan, Bjorn Thorsrud Martha's Music/EMI Label Services/Caroline Distribution Release Date: June 19 When Billy Corgan sings he's "wasted along the way to reach you," one can& ...

  16. Justin Bieber Plays Unplugged Show After Apollo Power Outage

    June 19, 2012 9:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Justin Bieber had an unplugged performance at the Apollo Theater on Monday, but it wasn't intentional - a problem caused a power outage during the singing sensation's big concert. The singer was nearing the end of a private show in front o ...

  17. Justin Bieber's Apollo Show Loses Power, Continues Unplugged (Video)

    June 19, 2012 8:09 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Justin Bieber had an unplugged performance at the Apollo Theater on Monday, but it wasn't intentional -- a problem caused a power outage during the singing sensation's big concert. The singer was nearing the end of a pri ...

  18. Weekly Chart Notes: Carly Rae Jepsen, Michael Jackson, Eric Church

    June 16, 2012 2:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Calling out some quirky chart feats as Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Call Me Maybe.' A round-up of random facts in the wake of Carly Rae Jepsen now being chased by all the other boys (and girls and groups) on the Billbo ...

  19. Bonnaroo Friday: 10 Things Seen and Heard

    June 09, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Where you guys sleeping? In a field?" a curious Thom Yorke asked the Radiohead faithful during the band's headlining set at Bonnaroo on Friday night (June 8). "Do you do that here? I dunno." It was almost like Yorke and co. ...

  20. The Jubilee Bump: How The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Is Boosting UK Music Sales

    June 06, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Robbie Williams performing at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace on Monday (June 4). (Photo: Getty) As the U.K. awaited an in-depth post-match report on the effects of the four-day (June 2-5) Jubilee celebrations on ...

  21. Quincy Jones Named ASCAP Founders Honoree

    June 06, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Multi-faceted industry legend Quincy Jones will be honored with the ASCAP Founders Award during the organization's 25th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invite-only event will be held June 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angel ...

  22. Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concerts Draws UK's Largest TV Audience Year To Date, Beats Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent''

    June 05, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney performing at the Diamond Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's sixty-year reign was the UK's highest rated TV program this year. (Getty) The BBC said Tuesday that it drew the biggest British TV audience of the year ...

  23. George Marino, Legendary Mastering Engineer, Dies

    June 05, 2012 6:12 AM EDT George Marino, an engineer who mastered such classic albums as Stevie Wonder's Innervisions, John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy and Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction, died Monday after a yearlong bout with lung c ...

  24. Queen's Jubilee Highlighted By Paul McCartney, Elton John

    June 04, 2012 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 A glittering parade of artists from the 1950s to the present day - from Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones to Jessie J and Ed Sheeran - performed outside Buckingham Palace on Monday night (June 4) at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in honor of Her Maje ...

  25. Kylie Minogue's 'Timebomb' Explodes: New Single & Video Released

    May 25, 2012 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pop diva Kylie Minogue continues her year-long celebration of her 25 years in the music business with the release of her new single and video for "Timebomb." The single was released in the early hours of May 25 globally via iTunes, who is ...

  26. Alice Cooper on Bonnaroo: 'I Can't Wait to Kill This Audience'

    May 25, 2012 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For 20 years, Alice Cooper fans have aped the "We are not worthy!" salutation from "Wayne's World." But the shock rocker is anticipating a new catch phrase taking root soon thanks to his cameo in the new film adaptation of & ...

  27. BBMAs Raise The Stakes In Vegas

    May 23, 2012 10:35 PM EDT 0 0 Backstage, young performers mixed with legends, paying tribute and trading knowledge. Onstage, it was no different: From LMFAO's fever-pitched opening hits medley - and strip tease - to Stevie Wonder's rousing show-closer "Superstition, ...

  28. What You Didn't See On TV: Backstage At The BBMAs

    May 23, 2012 10:35 PM EDT 0 0 The line between backstage and the show itself is getting thinner in the age of digital media. Dedicated fans could see Taylor Swift's dressing room and Carly Rae Jepsen's encounter with Stevie Wonder when both artists tweeted pictures durin ...

  29. The Beach Boys: Surf's Up, Again

    May 23, 2012 6:50 PM EDT 0 0 Two Fender representatives approach Al Jardine during an interview to talk guitars. They have 1962 reissue Jaguars to give to Jardine and the man who briefly replaced him in the Beach Boys, David Marks, for that day's rehearsal at Center Staging ...

  30. Stevie Wonder Backstage @ Billboard Music Awards 2012

    Stevie Wonder Backstage @ Billboard Music Awards 2012

    May 21, 2012 4:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 Stevie Wonder Backstage @ Billboard Music Awards 2012 back stage , interview , Stevie Wonder , BBMA , Interview , Stevie Wonder BBMA 2013 Interview Stevie Wonder ...

  31. Backbeat: Billboard Music Awards' Raging Afterparty, With Stevie Wonder, Jordin Sparks, Wiz Khalifa, Far East Movement, More

    May 21, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa hanging out with BBMA co-executive producer Richard Beckman at the Billboard Music Awards after-party. (Photo: Jem Aswad) For many decades, Billboard has been known for its sober and succinct analysis of the music business and its rela ...

  32. Backbeat: Backstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards With Irving Azoff, Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Others

    May 21, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Interscope's Dennis Dennehy (left) poses with Robin Thicke backstage at the Billboard Music Awards. (Photo: Jem Aswad) It's one thing to be backstage at a show where extremely famous people are bustling in and out a few feet away from yo ...

  33. Justin Bieber, Usher, Chris Brown Generate Most Social Activity During Billboard Music Awards

    May 21, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Performances by Chris Brown, Usher and Justin Bieber generated the most Twitter activity and Bieber was the most tweeted performer during the broadcast of Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards. Adele and LMFAO were the night's big winner ...

  34. Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys "Medley" LIVE @ Billboard Music Awards 2012

    Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys "Medley" LIVE @ Billboard Music Awards 2012

    May 21, 2012 12:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 The two keyboard masters joined forces for a powerful Billboard Music Awards performance, May 20, 2012. Stevie Wonder , performance , Medley , BBMA , Alicia Keys , Stevie Wonder , Alicia Keys , Performance Videos Stevie Wonder Alicia Keys Performanc ...

  35. Jordin Sparks, Scooter Braun, Cherry Tree's Martin Kierszenbaum: Ten Things You Didn't See at the Billboard Music Awards

    May 21, 2012 12:10 AM EDT Nearly everyone backstage stops what they're doing when Jordin Sparks sings "I Will Always Love You" as part of the Whitney Houston tribute (Ethan Miller/Billboards2012/Getty Images for ABC) 1) Before the show started, Katy Perry an ...

  36. Adele Tops Billboard Music Awards, Hot Performances By Justin Bieber, Jordin Sparks, Stevie Wonder, More

    May 20, 2012 11:05 PM EDT Pat Houston (left) with Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina who accepted the Billboard Millennium award for her mother following an emotional tribute by Jordin Sparks. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Billboards2012/Getty Images for ABC) Adele ha ...

  37. Billboard Music Awards: The Winners List

    May 20, 2012 11:00 PM EDT Adele was the biggest winner at tonight's Billboard Music Awards, taking home twelve trophies off the strength of her Grammy-winning album 21 and singles such as the chart-topping "Rolling in the Deep." LMFAO were the second top win ...

  38. 2012 Billboard Music Awards Weekend Diary: Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Diplo & More

    May 20, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Billboard Battle of the Bands winners Patent Pending. (Photo: Adrian Van Anz) Speaking just for myself, the past 48 hours in Vegas have had more action than two weeks back home. The 2012 Billboard Music Awards red carpet opens in (gulp) a few hour ...

  39. Watch the 2012 Billboard Music Awards Livestream From Backstage, Red Carpet HERE

    May 20, 2012 7:46 AM EDT Tonight, Sunday, May 20, Billboard.biz is hosting a livestream of the Billboard Music Awards beginning at 6:30 p.m. EDT with red carpet arrivals hosted by Julie Brown where you'll see the likes of Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Usher, Stevi ...

  40. 2012 Billboard Music Awards to Feature Tributes to Donna Summer and Beastie Boys' Adam 'MCA' Yauch

    May 18, 2012 6:52 PM EDT Billboard Music Awards co-executive producer Richard Beckman on the show's set in Las Vegas (Photo: Taylor Jones) Rihanna and Britney. Lil Wayne and Mary J. An eye-popping performance from an army of Beyonces. Last year, the return of the Bil ...

  41. 'The Voice' Winner Crowned in Shocking Finale

    May 08, 2012 11:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 The second chapter of "The Voice" came to a shocking close on Tuesday night during a star-studded live event on NBC. Guest performances from Hall & Oates, Lady Antebellum and a young up-and-comer named Justin Bieber only delayed what t ...

  42. Stevie Wonder to Receive Icon Award at Billboard Music Awards

    May 08, 2012 6:05 PM EDT This year's Billboard Icon Award is going to legendary singer, songwriter and producer Stevie Wonder. The honor will be presented at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, which airs live May 20 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand A ...

  43. Auditioning for 'The Voice': One Contestant's Experience

    May 08, 2012 10:40 AM EDT "They ranged in style from full-on costume with flowers and sombreros to just jeans and a t-shirt." New York-based acoustic singer/songwriter Sarah J is remembering the eclectic crowd of fellow contestants at her recent audition for NBC& ...

  44. What's It Like to Audition for 'The Voice'?

    May 08, 2012 8:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ahead of tonight's season finale, singer/songwriter Sarah J takes us through the process, from signing up to singing ... and awaiting the judge's verdict. "They ranged in style from full-on costume with flowers and sombreros to just j ...

  45. Burt Bacharach & Hal David To Be Honored by President Obama

    May 07, 2012 6:51 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will honor songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David, a duo whose pop melodies and lyrics regularly hit the charts in the 1960s and early 1970s despite competition from more so ...

  46. New Kylie Minogue Greatest Hits Album Due in June

    May 04, 2012 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Pop diva Kylie Minogue continues the celebration of her 25th year in the music business with the announcement of her new greatest hits album, "The Best of Kylie Minogue." The 21-song set will be released on June 19 in the U.S. and June 4 i ...

  47. International Jazz Day Celebrated at United Nations, New Orleans With Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Others

    May 01, 2012 6:30 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- As the morning sun spilled over the New Orleans' skyline Monday, jazz musicians Herbie Hancock, Ellis Marsalis and others kicked off International Jazz Day with a sunrise concert that included ritual drumming and a string ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Video: 10 Classic Dick Clark Moments From 'American Bandstand'

    April 18, 2012 8:04 PM EDT "American Bandstand," the bedrock of Dick Clark's iconic broadcasting career, served as a performance avenue for some of the biggest musical artists of all time. And whether he was watching the Village People guide the "Bandsta ...

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