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Widow of Grateful Dead's Longtime Lawyer Auctions Rare Items

The widow the Grateful Dead’s longtime lawyer is auctioning f treasures from their long strange trip with the psychedelic rock-and-roll band. Hal and Jesse Kant’s memorabilia collection includes signed artwork by the band’s late leader, Jerry Garcia, and backstage passes from concerts spanning 30 years. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports some the items are expected to

Mel Tillis, Longtime Country Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 85

Mel Tillis, a Florida native who defined the word e”ntertainer” in the field country music, died Sunday (Nov. 19) after a long illness in a Florida hospital. He was 85. One the most colorful personalities the music business has ever seen, the Country Music Hall Fame member enjoyed success as a writer, actor, and performer,

Musicians React to Mel Tillis' Death

The country music world is reacting to the death Mel Tillis, who passed away Sunday (Nov. 19) after a long illness. He was 85. Stars such as Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Crystal Gale, Charlie Daniels, and others, paid tribute to the late artist on social media. “Some my most cherished memories are the times I

J Balvin Shares What He's Learned From His Style Idol, Pharrell Williams

J Balvin proved his people are watch people as he flashed major wristwear and blazed a trail through Las Vegas all week in celebration the 2017 Latin Grammys. Balvin, a TAG Heuer brand ambassador, attended the Wednesday (Nov. 15) opening the watchmaker’s newest store — its 10th in the U.S. — at The Forum Shops at

Demo Taped Debuts Track 'Pack of Gum' & Exposes His Insecurities for the Greater Good: Interview

He tells me that one his biggest insecurities is his conversational skills, and if he hadn’t told me, I would never have guessed. It's worth mentioning because the subject matter the rest our conversation — mental health and the misunderstandings it from the outside looking in. He is Demo Taped (born Adam Alexander), a 19-year-old singer-songwriter whose music

Kanye West Is Producing Beats for All G.O.O.D Music Artists

The demand for Kanye West's return has reached a fever pitch as the rapper recently surprised a crowd at a Kid Cudi concert earlier this month after laying low for several months. And in a new interview on the Grass Roots podcast, CyHi the Prynce — an artist on West's G.O.O.D Music label — revealed that Yeezy has been hard

The Chainsmokers' Drew Taggart Co-Wrote Logic, Khalid & Alessia Cara's '1-800-273-8255': Exclusive

The same man who gave you “Closer” and “Paris” helped bring these thoughtful lyrics to life. Logic, Khalid and Alessia Cara's “1-800-273-8255” may be one the most important pop songs in modern history. People talk about using their platform as entertainers to make important statements and discernable differences in the lives their fans, but hardly

Kelela Proves Her Breakthrough Has Arrived With Transcendent Concert at NYC's Bowery Ballroom

In 2012, rising R&B singer-songwriter Kelela opened for Solange at New York City's Bowery Ballroom. On Monday night, she returned to the same stage — this time on her own headlining tour.  After releasing her commanding debut LP, Take Me Apart, early last month, Kelela has gained a larger, more mainstream following. The combination newfound fans with those who have followed her since her

Problem Talks New Album 'Selfish,' Staying Independent & Tapping Into His Vulnerable Side

“I’m just trying to do something big. Something that’s never been done by an independent.” From a short stint at a major record label to releasing 20+ projects all before the release his debut album, Problem has been putting in the work. If you’ve never heard his name, then you’ve probably heard him on some

Ray J Inks $31M Deal to Advance His Electric Transportation Brand

Ray J’s Raytroniks is getting a makeover, starting with a rebranding and a $31 million distribution deal. The R&B artist-turned-TV personality launched the Los Angeles electric transportation startup — now ficially known as Raycon — in 2016 and its initial product release, the foldable, two-wheeled Scoot-E-Bike was popularized in the electric vehicle market with help

Meek Mill Appealing Prison Sentence in Probation Violation Case, Requesting Judge's Recusal

Meek Mill is filing a motion to be released from prison and for his probation to be terminated, his lawyer confirmed with Billboard on Wednesday (Nov. 15).  The Philadelphia rapper, who was sentenced to two to four years in prison by Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley for violating probation stemming from a 2008 gun and drug case, on Tuesday

Meek Mill Bail Hearing Canceled Due to 'Administrative Error'

Update: Hours after this story was published, Meek Mill's lawyer shared an email with Billboard from the Philadelphia court system informing Mill that his bail hearing was “canceled due to an administrative error.” Billboard reached out to the Philadelphia court for clarification. After being sent away to prison for violating his probation stemming from a 2008

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Share Intimate Stories and Play 'Search Party' on 'The Tonight Show'

Country's biggest power couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw hung out with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show on Thursday (Nov. 16) and dished on plenty adorable personal stories, before sticking around for a fun game with the host.  First things first: Fallon wanted to know about the first time the two met. McGraw sets the scene

Lauv Explains How a 'Sappy Ass Movie' Inspired New Song & Opening for Ed Sheeran Has Been Life-Changing

At this point last year, a 22-year-old Lauv was watching his breakup tune “The Other” begin to take f on Spotify, nearly two years after releasing the somber dance track. Little did he know that just one year later, the song would go on to have more than 120 million streams and he’d have 20

Sam Smith on the Advice Elton John Gave Him & Where He Sees Himself at 60

Forget the sophomore slump. Sam Smith's second album, The Thrill It All, dropped Nov. 3 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. This Sunday (Nov. 19), the iHeartRadio Album Release Party With Sam Smith Presented by Ulta Beauty will bring an intimate NYC performance and Q&A with Elvis Duran to radio and streaming.