1. Morrissey Announces 33-City U.S. Tour

    June 18, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Morrissey is taking the stage once again for a U.S. tour that kicks off Oct. 5 in Boston. The former Smiths frontman will include both his greatest hits and new, unreleased songs on his tour setlist. Iggy and the Stooges are set to open one date of the trek, the Nov. 24 show at L.A.'s…

  2. 'Once' Wins Best Musical at Tony Awards

    June 10, 2012 11:55 PM EDT The bittersweet romantic musical "Once" has won the best musical prize at the Tony Awards. The musical is based on the documentary-style 2006 film about an unlikely love affair between a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician in Dublin. Both the film and musical use songs…

  3. Day in the Life: Team StarKid (Featuring Darren Criss)

    May 31, 2012 2:30 PM EDT It's 2:30 p.m. and Team StarKid is supposed to start a rehearsal for their final Los Angeles show, but the cause of the rehearsal, Darren Criss, is a few minutes late. It's by no means a diva move on Darren's part, despite the "Glee" star being the most well known…

  4. Jury Begins Deliberating in Jennifer Hudson Family Killings

    May 09, 2012 8:38 PM EDT Jurors in the case of the man accused of killing relatives of Jennifer Hudson began deliberations late Wednesday afternoon after prosecutors trying to counter defense claims of a weak case insisted that "a tsunami of evidence" linked him to the crime. The defense told jurors during…

  5. Jennifer Hudson Takes Stand at Family Murder Trial

    April 23, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Jennifer Hudson says her family didn't want her sister to marry the man now accused of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew. Hudson's voice broke Monday as she testified on the stand about how she reacted when her sister told her she was going to marry William Balfour.…

  6. The End Is Near: Team StarKid Announce 'Apocalyptour'

    April 09, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Last time, Team StarKid journeyed to space on their tour , this time they're more earthbound with the announcement of APOCALYPTOUR, which takes the musical theater troupe from their home-base in Chicago starting May 9, weaving west to California before returning to New York for a final…

  7. Nanci Griffith's 'Hell No' Connects With Occupy Movement

    March 16, 2012 7:30 PM EDT Nanci Griffith says her forthcoming new album, "Intersection," is perhaps "the most personal" of her career. But she's finding that at least one of its songs -- the buoyant protest anthem "Hell No (I'm Not Alright)" -- already has universal appeal. …

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Beyonce, Robin Thicke, Paul McCartney

    February 03, 2012 3:15 PM EST Beyonce continues to tally hits on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs from her album "4," even if pop audiences don't seem to be equally enthralled. '4' = 0: While ROCKIN' ROBIN: Robin Thicke registers his second No. 1 on the Adult R&B airplay chart, as "Love After…

  9. Trial Set for Man Accused in Jennifer Hudson Family Slayings

    January 19, 2012 6:23 PM EST A judge on Thursday ordered a man charged in the 2008 Chicago slayings of Jennifer Hudson 's mother and two other family members to stand trial in April, despite the objections of his attorney, who said she was not ready. After listening to William Balfour's attorney say she's…

  10. Paul McCartney, 'Kisses On The Bottom': Album Preview

    January 17, 2012 12:00 PM EST Paul McCartney Title: Kisses On The Bottom | Release Date: Feb. 7 Paul McCartney 's follow-up to "Memory Almost Full" has been described as a collection of classic songs that inspired the songwriting of the Beatles legend, and on "Kisses On The Bottom," the singer…

  11. Paul McCartney Reveals 'Kisses On The Bottom' Track List

    January 09, 2012 1:00 PM EST Paul McCartney has revealed the full track list to "Kisses On The Bottom," the singer-songwriter's first album since 2007 that is set for a Feb. 7 release on Hear Music/Concord Records. McCartney's follow-up to "Memory Almost Full" has been described as a…

  12. Kaye Stevens, Singer-Actress, Dies at 79

    December 30, 2011 10:55 AM EST Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, who performed with the Rat Pack and was a frequent guest on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show," has died at a central Florida hospital. She was 79. Close friend Gerry Schweitzer confirmed that Stevens died Wednesday at the Villages Hospital…

  13. Darren Criss Plays Secret Show in NYC

    December 19, 2011 12:15 PM EST In Town for Broadway Run, 'Glee' Star Performs at Benefit Events, Forgets Lyrics Ever since Darren Criss surged into public consciousness last year on "Glee," the actor-musician-composer hasn't done much in half-measures, and his arrival in New York for a run in the…

  14. Inside Darren Criss' Team StarKid: From 'A Very Potter Musical' to SPACE Tour

    November 28, 2011 3:30 PM EST As Team StarKid took the stage Saturday night (Nov. 26) at Irving Plaza, they did so in a cheeky parody of 'N Sync's second-ever American tour -- something many fans in the room were too young to remember. On that tour 'N Sync entered in slow motion and wearing space helmets --…

  15. Hot Tours: Sade, Peter Kay, Dolly Parton

    November 04, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Sade scores a No. 1 ranking on the latest Hot Tours tally with ticket sales reported from the final North American leg of the act's world tour. The combined gross from the 12 venues included in this week's recap is $12.4 million from 152,119 sold tickets. Two of the venues hosted…

  16. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Bon Jovi, Take That Are Top Finalists

    November 04, 2011 10:50 AM EDT U2, Bon Jovi, Take That, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Usher are among the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards , set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York City. The awards are primarily based on box office numbers reported to Billboard Boxscore from Oct. 1,…

  17. Portishead, Jeff Mangum, Public Enemy Highlight ATP Music Fest

    October 04, 2011 11:30 AM EDT The fourth edition of All Tomorrow's Parties' annual East Coast music festival was one big greeting from Asbury Park. After three years of setting up shop on the charmingly dilapidated grounds of Kutsher's Country Club in New York's Castskills area, ATP's 2011 "I…

  18. Q&A: DJ Drama Talks Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa & The Mixtape's Future

    October 02, 2011 10:00 AM EDT With roughly 100 mixtapes to his credit since his first, "Illadelph" in 1995, DJ Drama is regarded as the leading hip-hop mixtape DJ of the past 10 years. Through his signature "Gangsta Grillz" mixtape series, the Philadelphia-born, Atlanta-based DJ has helped break the…

  19. 'Pearl Jam Twenty' Book Excerpt: '1994'

    September 13, 2011 7:15 PM EDT Pearl Jam celebrates 20 years of music making this month with the 1-2-3 punch of Cameron Crowe's Sept. 20 March Pearl Jam announces its intention to keep ticket prices for its upcoming summer tour below $20. In doing so, the band challenges what it feels are unjust service fees being…

  20. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga & Cher Collaborate, Public Enemy To Play ATP, Pearl Jam Unveils Scavenger Hunt

    August 17, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga and Cher's 'Greatest Thing' Coming in September Cher revealed on Twitter that "The Greatest Thing," her forthcoming collaboration with Lady Gaga, will be released in September.…

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