1. Nas Finds His 'Roots' in PBS Series, Discovers Ancestor's Bill of Sale

    July 23, 2014 8:39 PM EDT When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. "…

  2. Trial of Former 'X Factor U.K.' Judge Tulisa Contostavlos Nixed Over Lying Claims

    July 22, 2014 4:44 AM EDT The drug trial of a former British "X Factor" judge collapsed on Monday after the judge said the star prosecution witness, an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh," had lied under oath. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun on Sunday tabloid reported last year it had…

  3. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  4. Tevin Campbell Aims to Reignite Career at First Essence Festival Performance

    July 06, 2014 11:15 AM EDT R&B singer Tevin Campbell, who thrilled fans as a teenager when he asked "Can We Talk," has performed for the first time at the Essence Festival as he seeks to re-ignite his career. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Campbell said he's 37 now, but the voice…

  5. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "x" opens with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is Sheeran's second full-length effort, and was released June 23 through Atlantic…

  6. Jennifer Lopez's 'A.K.A.' Debut: An Icon Reaches a Crossroads

    June 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT With a lackluster sales debut for her latest album, Lopez should consider a musical makeover. Jennifer Lopez is an icon. We knew that long before she won the Icon Award last month . But musically, Lopez sounds trapped in a different era.   Her eighth studio album, "A.K.A.," starts…

  7. Sting Says His Kids Won't Inherit His $306 Million

    June 22, 2014 10:11 PM EDT Pop icon Sting says his children won't be getting trust funds from his vast fortune, assuming there's any money left in it. Tonys: Neil Patrick Harris Gives Sting a Lap Dance During 'Hedwig' Performance The 16-time Grammy Award winner and former frontman of The Police,…

  8. Sam Smith, 'In the Lonely Hour': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Not even Disclosure's rise to fame as trendsetters for last year's U.K. garage revival could overshadow Sam Smith, who lent soulful vocals to the Lawrence brother's whiplashing hit "Latch." It was impossible not to notice Smith's heart-rending range, which seemed…

  9. Neil Patrick Harris Exiting 'Hedwig' on Broadway

    June 13, 2014 12:03 AM EDT Neil Patrick Harris will leave hit Broadway show "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and Andrew Rannells will slip into his old wigs. Producers of the Tony Award-winning show said Thursday that Harris will play his final performance at the Belasco Theatre on Aug. 17. Rannells will take…

  10. Dear Daddy Playlist: 25 Songs for Father's Day

    June 12, 2014 3:05 PM EDT With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to think of the man that stood tall in your life from day one. Of course, not all us us are so lucky to have had ones. So from Jay Z and Stevie Wonder showing love to their newborn daughters to Tupac Shakur giving his pops the…

  11. Bonnaroo: 10 Most Legendary Moments

    June 11, 2014 12:01 PM EDT From Beck's puppetry to D'Angelo's comeback to Macca's epic set, these are the 10 most unforgettable moments from the Tennessee fest. The 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival , another weekend of heat, porta-potties and hopefully great rock moments out in a field in…

  12. 'Hedwig' Digital Album Release Fast-Tracked Following Tony Wins

    June 11, 2014 2:13 AM EDT Tony Award wins are already showing their impact as the original cast recording of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" moves its digital release date to this Thursday, June 12, Atlantic Records announced on Tuesday. Physical CDs will be available July 15. The musical took home four Tonys --…

  13. 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'…

  14. '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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Afrojack Stands 'Tall' On Dance, Electronic Charts

    May 30, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Afrojack enters at No. 2 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart with his debut album, "Forget the World" (8,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The set, also new at No. 32 on the Billboard 200, contains the hits "As Your Friend," featuring Chris…

  18. 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 - "…

  19. Pioneering Radio DJ Dave Herman Dies While in Federal Custody for Sex Charge

    May 29, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Dave Herman, a pioneering New York City radio personality who was in a New Jersey jail awaiting trial on charges in a child sex sting, died Thursday. He was 78. Herman died at University Hospital in Newark, attorney Marc Agnifilo said. Herman was rushed to the hospital late Wednesday from…

  20. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

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