1. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

    November 20, 2014 9:29 AM EST Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday. The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York State of Mind," "Allentown," …

  2. Mike Nichols, Director of 'The Graduate,' Dies at 83

    November 20, 2014 7:44 AM EST Director Mike Nichols , who made such films as The Graduate , which earned him a best director Oscar, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, has died at the age of 83. He was was married to ABC News veteran  Diane Sawyer  and was one of only a dozen people to have won at least one Emmy,…

  3. Latin Grammys 2014 Preview: Who Will Win, Who Should Win

    November 19, 2014 5:06 PM EST The 15th Latin Grammy Awards are a little more than 24 hours away, with artists vying for awards in 48 categories. Here are our picks on who will nab awards this year at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. " alt="" width="510"> Enrique Iglesias (Getty…

  4. Taylor Swift's '1989' No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200

    November 19, 2014 4:36 PM EST Taylor Swift 's 1989 album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three weeks atop the list in 2014. Only the Frozen soundtrack, which racked 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, spent longer at the top. 1989 sold…

  5. Listen to Five Songs from Idris Elba's Nelson Mandela Tribute Album, 'mi Mandela'

    November 18, 2014 10:01 PM EST British actor Idris Elba , best known for his roles in Pacific Rim , The Wire and last year's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom , also includes musician, producer and DJ on his resume and on his newest project those worlds are colliding. It's not a part in a new film but, rather, a…

  6. Foo Fighters Announce 2015 North America Tour, Box Office-Only Pre-Sales

    November 18, 2014 7:18 PM EST Following news Foo Fighters will be touring Australia next spring  in support of the band's new album Sonic Highways , fans stateside have wondered when the rock icons would hit their homeland. Now the Foos have responded with 29 dates spanning four months through the U.S. and…

  7. One Direction Went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Pretended to be Wizards

    November 18, 2014 5:56 PM EST Everything about this is what makes them beautiful. One-hundred points to Gryffindor! (Clearly, all the prank-loving 1D dudes would be in Gryffindor). After stopping by Universal Orlando resort Monday to perform on the Today show , the guys of One Direction   decided to have some serious…

  8. Frankie Ballard's 'Sunshine' Dawns Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 18, 2014 10:45 AM EST Ballard becomes the first act to score his first two No. 1s this year. Plus, Brad Paisley returns to the top 10. Frankie Ballard claims his second No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Sunshine & Whiskey" rises 2-1. He first rang the top bell with "Helluva…

  9. 'The Voice' Recap: Contestants Cover Radiohead, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran & More

    November 18, 2014 9:57 AM EST Later this season on The Voice , the final singers will perform original songs, created with the help of their coach, Carson Daly announced at the beginning of Monday's episode. It will only mark the second time contestants will compete with new work -- though winners have performed…

  10. Exclusive: Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox Premiere New Orleans-Style Sam Smith Cover

    November 17, 2014 10:44 AM EST Plus a Q&A with Bradlee: 'I treat these as my originals -- originals that somebody else wrote.' Today Billboard is premiering a new video from Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox : a vintage New Orleans-Style reworking of Sam Smith 's "I'm Not The Only One…

  11. Bret Michaels Back on Stage Following Health Scare, Kidney Surgery

    November 14, 2014 7:24 PM EST Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels made a return to the stage Thursday, just one week after a string of six hospital visits and kidney surgery. The show was a kind of tuneup and test run for a charity concert that Michaels, 51, is set to do Friday night in Fort Myers, Florida, according…

  12. Billboard Cover: Kenny Chesney on Bro-Country Songs That ‘Objectify the Hell Out Of’ Women, Reclaiming His Turf and Rattling His Fans’ Cages

    November 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST Let the younger bros sing about muddy pickups and babes in cutoffs. Country's legendary party starter returns to stadiums with a wised-up, grown-up new album and outlook. "It's about reclaiming your place in the world." Hatless, shoeless and dressed in loose-fitting…

  13. Culture Club Cancels North American and U.K. Reunion Tour Dates

    November 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Back in August, Culture Club announced they’d be reforming their classic lineup for a few 2014 tour dates and a new album. Now, only half of that is true. “It is with great regret that the members of Culture Club have announced the cancellation of their tours in North America and the UK…

  14. Viacom Beats Quarterly Earnings Forecast

    November 13, 2014 9:20 AM EST Viacom , led by CEO Philippe Dauman , on Thursday reported better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter and full-year financials. Its fiscal-year earnings per share and operating profit set a company record. Net earnings of $732 million for the latest quarter were down 9 percent from $804…

  15. Irving Azoff Says YouTube Lacks Licensing Rights to 20,000 Songs (Exclusive)

    November 12, 2014 7:19 PM EST Industry heavyweight, representing Pharrell and others, believes YouTube hasn't made all necessary deals for its new subscription service & is prepared to take his clients off of the YouTube ecosystem. Many works composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell…

  16. Exclusive: Nicki Minaj's 'Only' Director Says 'Neither I Nor the Video Are Anti-Semitic'

    November 12, 2014 4:49 PM EST 'As far as applying Nazi imagery, 100% me,' Jeff Osborne says in new statement. The controversy surrounding the lyric video for Nicki Mina j's "Only" has been ongoing, and director Jeff Osborne wants to further clarify his creative intentions. Since the clip's…

  17. Mark Cline Bates Brings His West Virginia Roots to New Album

    November 12, 2014 4:40 PM EST When describing his hometown, Mark Cline Bates can't help but light up with a heavy dose of Putnam County pride. "I was raised in a little town called Hurricane, West Virginia, which until they put the Walmart in was a one-stoplight town. The town was full of very friendly people.…

  18. Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj & More Give Booty Business a Bump

    November 11, 2014 5:09 PM EST Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out. The U.S. booty business is getting a big bump. Companies are cashing in on growing…

  19. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book

    November 11, 2014 4:33 PM EST 'Writing is getting me off,' drummer says. At the recent Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles, Doors drummer John Densmore was presented with the Inspiration Award by Henry Rollins . After the ceremony, he stood outside the Avalon mere feet from ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne . It was a…

  20. Tomorrowland, Pearl Jam on Shortlist for European Festival Awards

    November 11, 2014 10:09 AM EST A shortlist of nominees has been announced for this year's European Festival Awards , set to honor the continent's best music gatherings large and small, and the artists that perform. Organizers say a record 1.2 million votes were cast for festivals in more than 35 different…

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