1. ‘Kinky Boots’ Performer Billy Porter To Release Broadway Album

    February 27, 2014 12:40 AM EST Billy Porter, who plays a drag queen on Broadway in "Kinky Boots," will be next be doing a little something more traditional - he's putting out a CD of musical theater standards. Concord Records will release "Billy's Back on Broadway" on April 15, a 10-song album…

  2. Bruce Springsteen Wraps Australia Tour With Marathon Set, Bee Gees Cover and a Group Twerk

    February 26, 2014 8:10 PM EST After all these years, Bruce Springsteen still manages to surprise. The Boss’ evangelical rock 'n' roll experience has just completed another lap of Australia, where each city has been rewarded with some rare musical gems -- not all of them his own. On this trip he’s been…

  3. 25 Movie Stars Turned Musicians

    February 26, 2014 5:30 PM EST First we watched them on the big screen, many of them -- like Kevins Bacon and Costner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp -- reaching mega-star success. But that wasn't enough. No, these movie stars-turned-musicians wanted to express themselves with a mic or a guitar, parlaying their…

  4. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Hits No. 1 On Hot 100

    February 26, 2014 1:26 PM EST After two weeks at No. 2, the song rises to the top, dethroning Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, after four weeks at the summit. Plus, John Legend lands his first top 10 Clap for Pharrell Williams, whose bouncy single "Happy" reaches the top of…

  5. Kanye West Talks Fashion, New Music, 'SNL' on 'Late Night' Appearance

    February 26, 2014 1:47 AM EST The year 2013 was full of both new music and overarching controversy for Kanye West, who released a critically lauded No. 1 album in "Yeezus" but consistently made headlines for his reputation transcending his music, from comments made on talk shows and interviews to his big…

  6. RIP Harold Ramis: Top Music Moments From the Comedy Legend

    February 25, 2014 8:45 PM EST As a writer, director, producer and actor, Harold Ramis' films had significant musical moments that live on decades after their initial release, oftentimes creating associations with certain songs that remind one of Ramis' work just as much as a given film's featured song&…

  7. Audra McDonald Returning to Broadway in Billie Holiday Musical

    February 25, 2014 4:21 PM EST Audra McDonald will return to Broadway this spring singing the blues as Billie Holiday. Producers said Tuesday that the five-time Tony Award-winner will star in Lanie Robertson's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," a musical that imagines one of Holiday's last…

  8. Ian Cuttler Sala, Grammy-Winning Art Director, Dead in Car Crash

    February 25, 2014 3:38 PM EST Grammy-winning art director and photographer Ian Cuttler Sala died on Sunday in a car crash, according to officials. Sala was a passenger in the Ford GT driven bySami Hayek, Salma Hayek's brother. The sports car collided head-on with a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in the Beverly Crest area…

  9. Kids' Choice Awards: One Direction, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande Score Nominations

    February 24, 2014 3:30 PM EST One Direction, Katy Perry and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" are among the top nominees at the 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards. This year's fan-voted event will be hosted by Mark Wahlberg,who stars in the fourth installment in the Transformers franchise. The Kids'…

  10. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry, HAIM, Pharrell & More Make Moves

    February 24, 2014 3:05 PM EST Perry sets the Pop Songs weekly plays mark with 'Dark Horse'; HAIM hits its first airplay chart; and Pharrell's 'Happy' continues its multi-format surge Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  11. NAACP Image Awards: Beyonce, John Legend Win Top Music Honors

    February 23, 2014 8:19 AM EST "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards, which honor the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The historical epic's four…

  12. Bubbling Under: Chainsmokers Get Their Shot With '#Selfie'

    February 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Chainsmokers, Snootie Wild and Sam Hunt   The Chainsmokers Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, aka the Chainsmokers, debut on Hot Dance…

  13. Buck 22, Billy Ray Cyrus' 'Achy Breaky 2' Hits Hot 100

    February 20, 2014 1:44 PM EST The rap send-up enters at No. 80, more than two decades after Cyrus' original topped Hot Country Songs. Move over, Miley. There's a new Cyrus making waves on social media … or rather, an older one: her father, Billy Ray.   On Feb. 11, rapper Buck 22 released "Achy Breaky 2,…

  14. Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White Headlining

    February 19, 2014 9:30 PM EST Lionel Richie, Phoenix, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean and a Superjam with Skrillex will also be showcased at the Tennessee fest. Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was unveiled through a broadcasted…

  15. Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' Ekes Out Hot 100 Win Over Pharrell's 'Happy'

    February 19, 2014 2:39 PM EST The songs rank at Nos. 1 and 2 again, respectively, while the former takes over atop Radio Songs and the latter crowns Digital Songs. Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, scores a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, although Pharrell Williams' "…

  16. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Talk 'Common Ground' Album, Premiere 'All By Myself' Song: Listen Exclusively

    February 19, 2014 10:25 AM EST For their first album together in 30 years, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have turned to the blues of Big Bill Broonzy. “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” will be released June 3 on Yep Roc Records, and today (Feb. 19) Billboard…

  17. Billy Corgan Putting on 8-Hour Ambient Performance in Chicago

    February 18, 2014 8:19 PM EST The eight-hour jam will be inspired by Hermann Hesse's 1922 novel "Siddartha" At the end of this month, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan will perform a concert at his Chicago teahouse -- but don't come expecting to hear "1979" or "Today." Corgan…

  18. Steve Lawrence Finds Friend in Garth Brooks on First Album Since Eydie's Passing

    February 18, 2014 11:00 AM EST Lawrence's wife and singing partner Eydie Gorme died in August. The singer talks new album "When You Come Back to Me Again," his friendship with Brooks, and why he's "not ready" to perform live. "Eydie was half of my life for 56 years" Steve Lawrence…

  19. NEEDTOBREATHE Announces Tour, Debuts New Track 'State I'm In' (Exclusive)

    February 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST When NEEDTOBREATHE kicks off their upcoming tour May 1st  at the Gillioz Theatre in Springfield, MO most fans will have no idea what a rocky road it was for the band to get there. In fact, lead vocalist Bear Rinehart admits they came very close to calling it quits, but somewhere in making…

  20. U2, Will Smith Rock Jimmy Fallon's First 'Tonight Show': Minute-By-Minute Live Taping Review

    February 18, 2014 12:00 AM EST Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga also make cameos, as Billboard offers an inside look at Fallon's first night hosting the NBC late-night institution A new era of late-night TV began just after midnight tonight (Feb. 18), when NBC aired the first "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.…

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