1. Vanessa Hudgens Confirmed for Broadway in 'Gigi'

    January 14, 2015 5:06 PM EST It's official: Vanessa Hudgens is coming to Broadway in Gigi . On the eve of the show's tryout engagement -- which begins performances Jan. 16 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with an official opening set for Jan. 29 -- producers have confirmed plans to open in New York…

  2. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran Bounds Back Into Top Three

    January 09, 2015 10:31 PM EST On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift 's 1989 collected an eighth nonconsecutive week atop the list , moving 244,000 equivalent units in the week ending Jan. 4, according to Nielsen Music. (That figure was comprised of 172,000 in pure album sales, with the rest…

  3. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 100-76

    January 06, 2015 1:05 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  4. Watch Courtney Love Perform a Song From Her Upcoming Stage Musical

    January 06, 2015 12:25 PM EST Musical theater is the place to be these days for rock royalty: Bono and the Edge were involved in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark , and Sting wrote -- and recently took the stage in -- the Broadway musical The Last Ship . Courtney Love is joining the fun as the lead in Kansas City Choir…

  5. Sting's 'Last Ship' Getting Scrapped on Broadway

    January 06, 2015 8:39 AM EST The Last Ship is set to sail off into the distance. The producers behind the Sting -penned musical said the Broadway production will close on Jan. 24, The New York Times reported. The news of the closure comes despite Sting joining the cast last month in a late effort to boost flagging…

  6. Broadway Box Offices Bulging with Holiday Profits

    December 31, 2014 11:24 PM EST Theater-goers were generous to Broadway producers this holiday season, with 19 of the current 36 shows breaking the $1 million mark for the week and almost 30,000 more people in the seats than last Christmastime. The Broadway League said Monday that shows on the Great White Way pulled in …

  7. Gustavo Cerati: A Personal Tribute

    December 30, 2014 6:47 PM EST Remembering Cerati, Soda Stereo & my days in 'La Ciudad de la Furia.' After all the personal prayers, massive hopes, musicians' tributes and fans' tweets of #vuelvecerati, Gustavo Cerati did not return. He died on Sept. 4, 2014. With Cerati's death came a…

  8. 'Saturday Night Live' Christmas Music: 5 Great Moments

    December 21, 2014 11:15 AM EST From musical numbers about hooking up in your childhood bedroom to PAUL MCCARTNEY, 'Saturday Night Live' Christmas regularly gives fans perfect music moments. Saturday Night Live 's Christmas shows are always extra special. The festive spirit means even higher energy than…

  9. 'Maybe the Adrenaline Keeps Me Going': Landau Management's Barbara Carr on Working with Springsteen for 34 Years

    December 18, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Couldn't get along without you, Barb," Bruce Springsteen said of Barbara Carr when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Any Springsteen fan worth their salt knows his longtime manager and former producer, Jon Landau . Less visible (by choice) is Carr,…

  10. Refurbished L.A. Forum Off to Strong Start in First Year Back in Action

    December 16, 2014 3:16 PM EST Irving Azoff's pet venue has its Southern California competition paying attention. The refurbished 18,000-seat Los Angeles Forum has yet to celebrate its first full year of operation, but it already is having an impact on Southern California’s live entertainment scene. Statistics…

  11. Green Day, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan & More to Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    December 16, 2014 2:00 AM EST The punk trio Green Day is the 48th act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, joining acts such as Nirvana , R.E.M. and the Clash as first-ballot honorees. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble , Bill Withers , the Paul Butterfield Blues…

  12. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

  13. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  14. BSBB Round 4: Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Shake It Off Taylor Swift Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith CRAIG JENKINS: Yo Taylor I'ma let you finish, but Mariah and Jermaine had the best "Shake It Off" of all time. T-Swift's ode to the cathartic power…

  15. BSBB Round 1: Nico & Vinz, "Am I Wrong" vs. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz Shake It Off Taylor Swift CHRIS PAYNE: My love of “Am I Wrong” perplexed me throughout 2014. Why was I so entranced by a song that seems like some Sting-influenced post-Maroon 5 radio schlock,…

  16. 'Side Show' Packs Up Its Tent Early on Broadway

    December 12, 2014 11:12 AM EST Seventeen years to the day since its original production closed after a commercially disastrous run of just three and a half months, the lavish Broadway reboot of Side Show will make an even swifter exit. Producers have confirmed a Jan. 4 closing date for the bio-musical about the search…

  17. Sting Joins Cast of 'The Last Ship,' Receives Standing Ovation

    December 10, 2014 10:56 PM EST Grammy Award-winner Sting jumped aboard his Broadway musical The Last Ship  as its newest star Tuesday night, hoping to help right a show that's been listing dangerously at the box office. A bearded Sting got a standing ovation -- and a bouquet of white roses -- at the Neil Simon…

  18. Lady Gaga, Usher, Bruce Springsteen & More Pay Tribute to 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 08, 2014 1:40 PM EST “Tonight Washington puts the arts above politics. Because no matter what political party you belong to, everyone wants a selfie with Tom Hanks.” So declared host Stephen Colbert on Sunday night as he kicked off the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, the ultimate power mash-up of arts,…

  19. Behind the Credit Card Wars to Ink Deals With Artists Including Beyonce and Sam Smith

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST On Nov. 24, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff took center stage with an on-camera appearance in a new 30-second commercial for JPMorgan Chase. The spot -- the bank's first TV campaign in support of Apple Pay -- came complete with a performance of the band's current single, "…

  20. Sting, Al Green Among Five Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 07, 2014 12:50 PM EST Top performers and power players from Hollywood, Broadway and the nation's capital are gathering this weekend to honor five artists who will receive this year's Kennedy Center Honors. This year's honorees are Tom Hanks, Sting , Lily Tomlin, singer Al Green and one of the…

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