1. Shakira's World Cup-Inspired 'La La La' Storms Charts

    June 20, 2014 6:12 PM EDT Shakira's "Dare (La La La)" makes great gains on Billboard's charts this week, thanks to the surging popularity of its World Cup-inspired remix and music video.  It rises 32-5 on Latin Airplay, 33-18 on Streaming Songs and jumps 83-53 on the Billboard Hot 100. (On the…

  2. 'Frozen' Character Gains Popularity as Baby Name

    June 19, 2014 3:40 AM EDT "Frozen" is a big hit—in the maternity ward. Elsa, the ice queen played by Idina Menzel in the Disney animated hit, is gaining popularity as a name for newborns, according to parenting website Babycentre.co.uk . The character name has broken into their top 100 name list for the…

  3. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  4. Chart Highlights: Brett Eldredge's 'Music' No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 16, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second leader. Plus, Godsmack and Rise Against roar back onto Rock Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  5. Kanye West's Bonnaroo Return: Minimal 'Yeezus' & Maximum Media Hate During Inspiring Set

    June 14, 2014 5:35 AM EDT "Where the press at? Fuck the press!"   This sudden outburst about halfway through Kanye West's Friday night headline performance at Bonnaroo -- during the peaceful, slow-moving outro of "Heartless," no less -- certainly grabbed the attention of this particular…

  6. Tony Awards Ratings Dip for CBS

    June 09, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The Tony Awards with hopping host Hugh Jackman couldn't leapfrog last year's show in the ratings or the NBA Finals. According to preliminary Nielsen figures released Monday, Sunday's CBS telecast crowning "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" as Broadway'…

  7. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  8. 'Hedwig' and 'A Gentleman's Guide' Top Music Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Performer Neil Patrick Harris wins leading actor while Jessie Mueller takes home leading actress for her portrayal of Carole King in 'Beautiful.' The show also featured onstage turns by Sting, Carole King, Idina Menzel and Gladys Knight. It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have…

  9. Tony Awards: 10 Things Seen and Heard on the Radio City Red Carpet

    June 08, 2014 11:37 PM EDT "Musical theater is not dead," declared "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" co-writer Steven Lutvak -- just one of the Broadway luminaries who spoke to Billboard at the star-studded event. Sunday's Tony Awards, held at New York's Radio City Music Hall, was a…

  10. Tonys: Neil Patrick Harris Gives Sting a Lap Dance During 'Hedwig' Performance

    June 08, 2014 11:31 PM EDT Neil Patrick Harris was back on the CBS airwaves during Sunday's Tony Awards broadcast -- in high heels. Introduced by RuPaul and alongside co-star Lena Hall, who won the Tony for best actress in a featured role in a musical, Harris treated Orlando Bloom a "car wash" by…

  11. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number

    June 08, 2014 9:28 PM EDT The Tony Awards kicked off with a high-energy song-and-dance spectacle on the Radio City Music Hall stage, featuring Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Barrino and the cast of “After Midnight.” Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star…

  12. BlackHawk, 'Heart With A View' Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 03, 2014 12:38 PM EDT BlackHawk, the group with one of country's most recognizable sounds of the '90s, returns with the song, "Heart With A View," which Billboard exclusively premieres today (June 3). Have a listen below. The single is from BlackHawk's forthcoming "Brothers of the…

  13. Sting, Idina Menzel To Perform at Tony Awards

    May 30, 2014 3:00 AM EDT Neil Patrick Harris, Sting, Idina Menzel, Alan Cumming and Sutton Foster - as well as the teaming up of Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia - will perform at the Tony Awards on June 8. Producers announced a music-heavy lineup that includes all the best new musical nominees - "…

  14. 'Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: To the Maks!

    May 21, 2014 4:53 AM EDT “It’s just plastic, but it means so much.” In that one sparkle-teary sentence, Maks summed up both his FINALLY completed quest to win the coveted mirrorball trophy and loyal viewers’ commitment to “Dancing With the Stars” itself. This one’s for all of us: Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy…

  15. Black Keys on Jack White: '(He) Obviously Sounds Like an A--hole'

    May 20, 2014 1:57 PM EDT White accused the Black Keys of copying his style and tried to have his children removed from classes with the children of Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach Last August, TMZ leaked e-mails sent from Jack White to his ex-wife Karen Elson that showcased his dislike for fellow retro rock…

  16. Lea Michele's Sexy Desert Romp in ‘On My Way’ Video: Watch

    May 19, 2014 8:13 PM EDT “Glee”-star-turning-pop-star Lea Michele premiered her new video for “On My Way”, showing a highly sexualized side of the 27-year-old singer.  Lea Michele Tweets Cory Monteith Birthday Tribute The clip for the second single off her debut solo album, “Louder”, opens with Michele’s well oiled…

  17. Comedy Issue: The Next Generation of Comics Answer Our Questions

    May 16, 2014 12:21 PM EDT Tig Notaro, Chris D'Elia, Nikki Glaser, Rory Scovel, Rikki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Michael Che, and Nick Kroll may have started out on the club circuit, but now they have Hollywood hot for them — and a slew of NSFW war stories. They answer a few of our questions below. Who are your comic…

  18. Kristin Chenoweth Heading Back To Broadway

    May 14, 2014 12:16 AM EDT "Glee" and "Wicked" star Kristin Chenoweth is chugging back to Broadway in the stylish screwball musical "On the Twentieth Century." Producers said Tuesday that the Tony- and Emmy-winner will co-star with Peter Gallagher in the show adapted from the 1934 film…

  19. Hugh Jackman Talks Tonys, Broadway Return

    May 09, 2014 12:00 AM EDT The Australian actor and entertainer will host the Tony Awards for a third time. Hugh Jackman is jacked to host the Tony Awards for the third time, but he's also looking forward to being onstage for a longer stint in the near future. "I'm going back to Broadway. I'm doing…

  20. Alanis Morissette Writes Campaign Song for Congressional Candidate

    May 07, 2014 10:24 AM EDT "Today" is an ode to Marianne Williamson, a long-shot House of Representatives hopeful You oughta know about United States Congress hopeful Marianne Williamson . Alanis Morissette believes in the independent candidate from California's 33rd Congressional District so much that…

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