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Mo Ostin, Legendary Warner Bros. Records Chief, Dies at 95

Mo Ostin, the legendary label executive who led Warner Bros. Records through a storied time of both artistic and commercial success for more than 30 years, died Sunday. He was 95. Ostin, who signed and/or worked with such acts at The Kinks, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, R.E.M., Randy Newman and many more, was […]

Country Music Hall of Fame Medallion Ceremony to Proceed Following Naomi Judd’s Death

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will go on with its medallion ceremony as planned Sunday night in Nashville following the death Saturday of Naomi Judd, who, along with her daughter Wynonna, was set to be inducted as The Judds. Wynonna Judd is expected to attend the ceremony, according to a representative for the […]

Halle Berry, H.E.R. Discuss the Power and Perseverance of “Automatic Woman” From Netflix’s ‘Bruised’

Long before Halle Berry approached H.E.R. about writing “Automatic Woman” for Berry’s directorial debut, Bruised, the actress was drawing deep inspiration from the singer-songwriter’s music. Berry felt so passionate about H.E.R.’s 2016 song “Focus” that she posted the entire song — in three parts — on her Instagram account, she says in an exclusive discussion […]

Longtime Billboard Contributor Jim Bessman Dies at 68

Jim Bessman, a beloved journalist who freelanced for Billboard for more than 20 years, died Tuesday at age 68. The cause of death was an aneurysm, according to publicist Bob Merlis, a longtime friend of Bessman’s. Bessman, who had gotten COVID-19 in December, had been in a Manhattan rehab facility for sacroiliitis but had been […]

The Most Memorable Moments From Clive Davis’ Grammy Museum Benefit With Elton John, H.E.R.

During part two of his virtual Pre-Grammy Gala Saturday night, host Clive Davis revealed something he said he’d never publicly admitted before: his favorite song. It’s a question the Sony Music chief creative officer says he gets frequently asked and always dodged — until now. Turns out he has two: Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” […]

Clive Davis’ MusiCares Benefit: Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen and More Memorable Moments

Attendees for the virtual pre-Grammy event included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Stacey Abrams, Quincy Jones, Cameron Crowe, Carl Bernstein, Don Lemon and Katie Couric.

Longtime A&M Executive Bob Garcia Dies at 82

Veteran record executive Bob Garcia, who was best known for his nearly 30-year run at A&M Records starting in 1968, where he worked in artist relations, publicity, catalog development and artist development, died April 26. He was 82.

Grammys: Producer Ken Ehrlich Explains How Kobe Bryant Tribute Came Together

Grammys 2020 executive producer Ken Ehrlich reveals how the last-minute Kobe Bryant tribute came together and responds to ousted Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan's claims of vote rigging.

Attorneys for Ousted Grammys Chief Deborah Dugan Call for Her Reinstatement

Ousted Recording Academy president-CEO Deborah Dugan’s attorneys are calling for her to be reinstated and for board chair Harvey Mason to step down if the organization is serious about reform.

Recording Academy President Placed on Administrative Leave a Week Before Grammys

Deborah Dugan, who took over as Recording Academy president/CEO on Aug. 1, has been placed on administrative leave just over a week before the 2020 Grammy Awards due to "serious concerns" brought to the board of trustees' attention, Billboard has confirmed.

Gershon Kingsley, Moog Synthesizer Pioneer, Dies at 97

Composer, conductor and electronic music pioneer Gershon Kingsley, who wrote the top 10 hit "Popcorn" and played a pivotal role in popularizing the synthesizer sound, died Tuesday in New York. He was 97.

Jay Frank, Digital Music Pioneer and UMG Senior VP, Dies at 47

Jay Frank, a digital music pioneer who created innovative approaches to developing artist careers, died Sunday of cancer. He was 47.