1. Apple Buys Beats for $3 Billion; Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine Join Executive Team

    May 28, 2014 4:35 PM EDT After nearly three weeks of waiting and speculation, Apple has officially announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music in a $3 billion deal. Beats founders -- Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop producer Dr Dre -- will be joining Apple in…

  2. La Roux Returns After 'Burnout' and Vocal Problems: 'I Wasn't As Hardcore As I Thought'

    May 19, 2014 2:32 PM EDT The U.K. singer returns with a bold new look and a thrilling new sound on "Trouble in Paradise." As she glides into an East London photo studio, the first thing you notice about Elly Jackson, better-known as British electro-pop artist La Roux, is invariably her radiant auburn…

  3. Ian McLagan, 'Love Letter: Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 16, 2014 12:37 PM EDT Ian McLagan's "United States" may not be mourning his late wife Kim in quite the same was as 2009's wrenching "Never Say Never," but rest assured she's still very much a part of the 10 tracks on its successor. "There's a lot of references to Kim in…

  4. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  5. Jimmy Page To Re-Release 'Photographic Autobiography'

    May 09, 2014 5:26 AM EDT Jimmy Page will see his official autography, Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the first time, hit major bookstores in October after being published as a limited edition in 2010. It will retail at $60, but is currently available via pre…

  6. 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…

  7. Apple Closes In On Purchase of Beats (Report)

    May 08, 2014 7:27 PM EDT Apple is reportedly closing in on a deal to acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, according to a Financial Times report .  If completed at that price, the deal would be the largest ever for Apple. The deal is said to include both Beats’ music subscription service and its hardware…

  8. Meet The Empty Hearts: Members of Blondie, Cars, Romantics, Chesterfield Kings Form New Band

    May 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT With a name hand-picked by Steven Van Zandt, the new supergroup of '70s hitmakers will release debut album on Aug. 5 ... Hear an exclusive song premiere below! In the 1970s, hitmakers from the previous decade formed supergroups to continue on the arena circuit. In 2014, a quartet of…

  9. 'Glee' Recap: 'Old Dog, New Tricks' Episode Reminds Of Old 'Glee' With New Twist

    May 07, 2014 1:44 AM EDT Usually, the writer of a particular episode of "Glee" doesn’t shape the understanding of it. Sure, Ian Brennan writes more of the Sue-centric episodes, and Ryan Murphy will often write the grand, world-building ones. There are others whose particular style marks the series, but…

  10. Conan O'Brien Launches Comedy Record Label

    May 05, 2014 9:16 PM EDT Conan O'Brien is launching a record label. The first release under the Team Coco comedy record label will be a stand-up album from comedian Ian Edwards, 100% Half Assed, recorded at the La Jolla Comedy Store on March 8. The album will be released in June. Conan O'Brien to Host MTV…

  11. iHeartRadio 'Isn't Just Another Music Awards Show' Says Producer

    May 01, 2014 8:38 PM EDT Marking NBC's first major music awards show, the iHeartRadio Awards will veer away from the mainstream to "explore the genre and move the needle," revealed the producers when The Hollywood Reporter went behind the scenes before the show. The star-filled event at the historic…

  12. Tony Awards: Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris Score Nominations

    April 29, 2014 9:16 AM EDT There were a few surprises at the Tony Award nominations announcement on Tuesday morning at the Paramount Hotel in New York City—and not just among the nominees. Just as Jonathan Groff (Frozen, Looking) and Lucy Liu (Elementary) started to announce this year’s list, Hugh Jackman burst onto…

  13. Wilko Johnson's Response to Pancreatic Cancer? Album With Roger Daltrey, More on the Way

    April 29, 2014 8:45 AM EDT "I can't arrange things too far in the future 'cause I don't know whether that future will exist, so we have to do things kind of step by step," says the Dr. Feelgood alum, who was diagnosed with cancer in early '13 We may not have heard the last from Wilko…

  14. Jared Leto On Leaving Virgin, Thirty Seconds To Mars Doc 'Artifact'

    April 25, 2014 7:19 PM EDT Jared Leto is a free agent. Fresh off his Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor last month, the singer/actor is feeling freshly confident about his day job as frontman of rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars. 30STM has recently parted ways for good with Virgin Records/EMI, Leto confirms to…

  15. Inside the Split-Screen Love Story of A Great Big World's 'Already Home' (Video)

    April 23, 2014 8:42 PM EDT After adding Christina Aguilera to their breakout ballad "Say Something," A Great Big World is taking fans along the ride for the ups and downs of long-distance relationships "Already Home." And the video is just as star-studded. The music video follows the sometimes…

  16. Paolo Nutini's 'Caustic Love' Races To U.K. No. 1

    April 21, 2014 6:56 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini’s third album “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music) became his second in a row to top the U.K. chart, as the Official Charts Company published its new weekly data yesterday (April 20). Twenty-five-year-old Canadian Kiesza’s debut release “Hideaway” …

  17. Play Ball: Kings of Leon & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Talk Detroit Tigers' 2014 Season

    April 16, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and the Detroit-based indie pop duo talk Tigers April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview of…

  18. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

  19. Play Ball: Switchfoot Previews San Diego Padres' 2014 Season

    April 14, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Brothers Tim and Jon Foreman may root for San Diego, but don't call them fair weather fans April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team…

  20. Ian Anderson Releases New Solo Album, Talks 'End' of Jethro Tull

    April 14, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Stream Anderson's new album, "Homo Erraticus" A second consecutive Ian Anderson solo album -- "Homo Erraticus," due out April 15 -- is affirming to Jethro Tull fans what they mostly already suspected, that the long-lived group is effectively no more. Anderson writes…

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