1. Smashing Pumpkins to Release Pair of 'Epic' Albums in 2015

    March 25, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins signed a new record deal and will release two new albums of "guitars, guitars, and more guitars" in 2015, frontman Billy Corgan announced Tuesday on the band's new website . Through an artist services deal with BMG, the band will release "Monuments…

  2. Leon Russell, 'Fever': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 25, 2014 12:32 PM EDT The celebrated "blueshound" talks about his new album, "Life Journey" (out April 1), and his friendship with collaborator Elton John: "He's changed my life" Though it's not a strictly collaborative effort like 2010's Grammy Award-nominated "…

  3. Who Are Broadway's Next Great Singers & Songwriters?: Top 10 Picks

    March 24, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Singer Idina Menzel's stage-to-screen crossover bodes well for Broadway's would-be stars, while the Lopezes scored Oscar gold for writing "Let It Go" and kicked open the door for future composers of stage and screen. Here are 10 picks for the Great White Way's…

  4. Idina Menzel's Fairy Tale Journey: From Broadway to 'Frozen' and a 'Gorgeous' Note From John Travolta (Cover Story)

    March 24, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The "Frozen" star has a top 10 hit, 'Fanzels' who follow her every move, a new Broadway smash and a name (even when mangled) that has gone household "Hey, it's me." The whistles and screams that greet this bit of dialogue are more Madison Square…

  5. Billy Joel & AC/DC's Brian Johnson Rock Surprise Duet At Madison Square Garden (Video)

    March 22, 2014 9:49 AM EDT Johnson jumped on stage during Joel's NYC show to duet with the Piano Man on AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long." In a rare and unusual mix of rock legends, AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson made a surprise appearance at Billy Joel's concert at Madison Square Garden…

  6. Bubbling Under: Birds Of Tokyo Take Flight

    March 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Birds of Tokyo, Anthony Lewis and Viennie V   Birds Of Tokyo Already a breakout hit in the band's native Australia, Birds of Tokyo&…

  7. Sheryl Crow's 'Diner' Musical to Open in Virginia

    March 19, 2014 9:55 AM EDT The doors will open on Sheryl Crow and Barry Levinson's troubled "Diner," but not on Broadway. At least not yet. Following repeat delays with the premiere production directed and choreographed by Tony-winner Kathleen Marshall, the show has locked in a plan to bow at the…

  8. Musicians Embrace Magnises, a Black Card for the Younger Set

    March 18, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland launches a high-end, low-cost version of the AmEx status symbol. Wale & French Montana are among the card-holders. Getting better access doesn’t always mean having bigger bucks. Just ask Billy McFarland, the 21-year-old college dropout who launched…

  9. Blondie, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Cee Lo Green Rock Rachael Ray's SXSW Feedback Party

    March 15, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Rain apparently does not dampen the appetite for free food and music -- at least  not when it’s the offerings at Rachael Ray’s annual Feedback party and concert. The line snaked literally the entire block around Stubbs before the gates opened Saturday morning, as Feedbackers braved off-and-on…

  10. Astrella, Donovan's Daughter, Talks Bringing Luxury Music Tees To Bloomingdale's

    March 14, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Astrella, the fashion designer and daughter of psych-pop legend Donovan, will be bringing her line of luxury music t-shirts to Bloomingdale's next month, with the tees featuring classic album covers and coming equipped with a scannable barcode that allows the buyer to download the…

  11. Johnny Winter Sets New 'Roots' Album With Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Ben Harper

    March 14, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Eric Clapton, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Mark Knopfler, Joe Perry and Dr. John are among the guests on the second edition of classic blues covers coming from legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter. The follow-up to his 2011 album "Roots," Winter's manager…

  12. Spandau Ballet Makes U.S. Return With SXSW Film Premiere and Concert

    March 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wednesday's gig marked the British New Romantic band's first Statesdie performance in nearly 30 years Having finished their first performance in the U.S. in more than 28 years, Spandau Ballet will wait until George Hencken's documentary, "Soul Boys of the Western World,…

  13. Matrimony Announces Album Title, Release Date: Hear 'Southern Skies' Song (Exclusive)

    March 10, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Listen to a new track from the group's debut Columbia full-length, premiering on Billboard.com. The alternative folk troupe Matrimony will release its debut album, "Montibello Memories," on May 6 through Columbia Records, Billboard can exclusively announce. Before the Charlotte…

  14. Cody Simpson, Big Time Rush Singer Tapped for 'Dancing With the Stars'

    March 04, 2014 12:43 PM EST "Dancing With the Stars" unveiled the 12 new couples to compete on the series when it returns for its 18th season this month. Appearing on "Good Morning America," one of the biggest names was returning pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The fan favorite is back, starting with the…

  15. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Michael Jackson Moonwalks To No. 1 With 'Billie Jean'

    March 03, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 1983, Jackson began a seven-week Hot 100 command with one of his signature songs. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Debbie Gibson and Britney Spears Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  16. 'This Is Spin̈al Tap' at 30: Top 11 Rock Clichés Skewered By The Movie

    March 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved rock mockumentary "This Is Spin̈al Tap," we're taking a 'Stonehenge'-sized look at the top music clichés skewered by the film. And yes, this list goes to 11. "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever…

  17. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  18. Oscars Performances: 10 Awesome Academy-Awards Music Moments

    February 28, 2014 3:30 PM EST When the Oscars roll out the red carpet this Sunday (March 2), it will be a show whose musical oomph is heavy. This year's awards will be packed with singing from Pharrell Williams, Karen O., and U2. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen' The…

  19. Cee Lo, Blondie and Green Day's Foxboro Hot Tubs to Rock Rachael Ray's SXSW Party

    February 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Green Day's Foxboro Hot Tubs side project, Cee Lo Green and Blondie will be partying with Rachael Ray at the syndicated TV hosts's seventh annual Feedback party during this year's South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas. The free and open to the…

  20. John Legend Delves Into 'All of Me': Video Q&A + Photo Shoot Behind-The-Scenes

    February 28, 2014 11:37 AM EST Inspired by wife Chrissy Teigen, John Legend landed the biggest, most unlikely hit of his 10-year career with “All of Me.” On Sept. 14, 2013, after seven years together, John Legend married his longtime girlfriend, Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Chrissy Teigen. A month earlier, he…

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