1. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  2. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  3. Super-Humanizing: Virtual Reality, Music and the Coming Revolution

    November 20, 2014 2:55 PM EST On Monday morning I drove by Candlestick Park as the first demolition crews set to work on the grand old thing. I was on my way to the Palo Alto office of a company called Jaunt, to strap an Oculus headset to my face and watch a fabulously newfangled live concert video from Paul McCartney &…

  4. Broadway to Dim Lights for Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 2:53 PM EST The nine-time Tony Award winner died Wednesday night. Acclaimed director Mike Nichols , who won nine Tony Awards and was nominated an additional eight times, will be honored by the Broadway community on Friday night. The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed in his memory for one…

  5. Zooey Deschanel Keeps Dancing on Her Own in She & Him's 'Stay Awhile' Video

    November 19, 2014 9:37 PM EST Zooey Deschanel is a great physical actress, as evidenced by her slapstick antics on New Girl , but she clearly needs a little digital help pulling off the visual tricks in the just-released She & Him video for "Stay Awhile." How a 'Parks & Rec' EP Got She &…

  6. EDM Magnate Pasquale Rotella Talks Further Expanding Insomniac in 2015, Festival Safety

    November 19, 2014 6:56 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, Rotella says deals have been closed to host 'pop-up theme parks' in new markets. During a panel Wednesday (Nov. 19) at Billboard 's Touring Conference & Awards in New York, Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella talked about…

  7. Exclusive: Is Tropical Premiere 'On My Way,' A Song Partially Recorded on NYC Streets

    November 19, 2014 12:00 PM EST Indie/electronic quartet  Is Tropical will be releasing their third album Black Anything in 2015. Too long of a wait? Billboard has an exclusive premiere of a new song, "On My Way," right now.  "We recorded a lot of 'On My Way' outside in Manhattan," member…

  8. Bono's Cycling Injuries Were More Serious Than We Thought

    November 19, 2014 10:33 AM EST The singer's injuries include a facial fracture, fractured shoulder, and a fractured humerus. Earlier this week (Nov. 17), Jimmy Fallon had some fun impersonating his pal Bono,  who couldn’t show up on The Tonight Show after enduring a cycling accident. But all kidding aside, it turns…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Veteran Concert Promoter Ron Delsener Dishes on His Milestone-Packed Career Booking David Bowie, The Beatles and More

    November 17, 2014 3:00 PM EST The recipient of Billboard's Golden Circle Award discusses his milestone-packed 50-year career as a concert promoter. What are some of the memorable shows you’ve booked? Ron Delsener: There are thousands of them: the Halloween celebrations that Frank Zappa did at the Palladium; David…

  12. J. Cole Reveals '2014 Forest Hills Drive' Album Coming By End of Year

    November 17, 2014 1:16 PM EST With almost no alert, J. Cole announced he's releasing his third studio album,  2014 Forest Hills Drive, on Dec. 9. The Internet caught drift of a pre-order Amazon link of the album just before the announcement. "What up? My New Album is finished. It's called 2014 Forest…

  13. U2 Postpones ‘Tonight Show’ Residency After Bono’s Cycling Injury

    November 16, 2014 10:14 PM EST U2 ’s return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a week-long residency has been postponed following Bono’s cycling accident in New York, according to the band’s website . U2 Will Play 'The Tonight Show' for an Entire Week “It looks like we will have to do our Tonight…

  14. Lollapalooza South America Announces 2015 Festival Lineups For Chile, Brazil & Argentina

    November 16, 2014 8:39 PM EST Lollapalooza South America has revealed the artist lineups for the upcoming festivals in Chile, Brazil and Argentina. The three fests are scheduled to take place in March 2015. Lollapalooza Heading to Berlin in 2015 Jack White , Kings of Leon , Calvin Harris , Skrillex , Robert…

  15. BET's '106 & Park' Going Digital Only

    November 14, 2014 5:00 PM EST The show's final broadcast will air on Dec. 19. Billboard has learned that BET mainstay "106 & Park" will be moving online. Its last show will air on Dec. 19. Currently hosted by Bow Wow and Keshia Chante , "106 & Park" will be winding up a 14-year broadcast…

  16. Inside Azealia Banks' Rocky Road to Releasing 'Broke With Expensive Taste'

    November 14, 2014 2:08 PM EST Did combative New York rapper Azealia Banks "pull a Beyoncé " when she released her long-delayed debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste , on Nov. 6 with no prior setup? Not exactly. Where Beyoncé's midnight surprise in the iTunes Store was the result of a meticulously…

  17. Exclusive: Watch Billy Idol Perform 'Can't Break Me Down' for 'Guitar Center Sessions'

    November 14, 2014 11:30 AM EST Guitar Center Sessions, which airs on DirectTV Audience, has lined up a pretty impressive roster for season 9, including Linkin Park , Aloe Blacc, Ziggy Marley , Neon Trees , Big & Rich and more. Perhaps most excitingly, Billy Idol will also make an appearance. "What really sets…

  18. 2NE1's Dara & 'Walking Dead' Actor Steven Yeun Star in Web Series About Food Porn

    November 14, 2014 11:00 AM EST The K-pop singer and TV actor play a couple torn apart by food porn in 'What's Eating Steven Yeun?' 2NE1 's  Dara  gets to show off her comedy chops in a new web series co-starring Steve Yeun of  The Walking Dead . Playing themselves as boyfriend and girlfriend in What&…

  19. Azealia Banks' 'Broke' Bows at No. 2 on Rap Albums Chart

    November 13, 2014 8:47 PM EST The long-delayed album also arrives at No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Azealia Banks ' long-delayed album, Broke With Expensive Taste , bows at No. 2 on Rap Albums and No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums . The rapper's set starts with 11,000 sold in the week ending Nov. 9,…

  20. Carrie Underwood Climbs to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs Following CMA Awards

    November 13, 2014 3:15 PM EST Th award show shakes up the charts, with the co-host scoring her 14th No. 1. Carrie Underwood 's performance of "Something in the Water" on the CMA Awards Nov. 5 on ABC lifts the track 5-1 on Billboard's sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart. The song is…

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