1. Broadway to Dim Lights for Lauren Bacall

    August 15, 2014 3:08 AM EDT The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed on Friday, Aug. 15, at 7:45 p.m. for one minute, in honor of the stage and screen actress who died on Tuesday at age 89. Lauren Bacall's illustrious career includes two Tony Awards for best actress in a musical: in 1970 for Applause , the…

  2. Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

    August 12, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Hollywood's icon of cool won two Tonys for best actress in a musical. Lauren Bacall, the willowy actress whose husky voice, sultry beauty and all-too-short May-December romance with Humphrey Bogart made her an everlasting icon of Hollywood, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has…

  3. Cookies, 'Music For Touching' Song Premiere: Hear Mobius Band's Ben Sterling's New Project

    July 09, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Cookies, the inscrutable new project from Mobius Band co-founder Ben Sterling, has a captivating debut track with "Music For Touching," the title track from its upcoming debut album. Take a listen to Cookies' "Music For Touching," premiering exclusively on Billboard…

  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. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  6. Belle and Sebastian Bring 'God' to Sundance; Set to Record New Album in March

    January 21, 2014 12:48 PM EST If Stuart Murdoch had his way, at the very least, Katharine Ross's bicycle-riding scene from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" would have been beamed behind Belle and Sebastian when they performed "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" Monday night at the Sundnace…

  7. Carrie Underwood Tops Forbes List of Top-Earning 'American Idol' Alums

    January 14, 2014 5:15 PM EST And the winner is... Carrie Underwood, for being "American Idol"'s top-earning alum, according to Forbes' annual list . The country singer raked in approximately $31 million between June 2012 through June 2013, playing 100 shows on tour and signing endorsement deals with…

  8. Katharine McPhee 'Loved Every Moment' of Canceled 'Smash'

    May 11, 2013 12:42 PM EDT "Sure, I wish that it could have five more seasons, but we had two great seasons," says NBC star. Just one day before NBC officially announced the cancelation of "Smash," star Katharine McPhee talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the inevitable conclusion of the…

  9. Katharine McPhee Starts Recording Columbia Debut

    April 24, 2013 11:55 AM EDT Katharine McPhee, star of NBC's "Smash" and 2006 "American Idol" runner-up, has begun recording her new studio album. The still-untitled LP will be her debut for Columbia Records and third non-holiday LP overall. It's due out later this year and, according to a…

  10. Devin Velez Exits 'American Idol' in Another Blow to the Boys

    March 28, 2013 11:06 PM EDT Make that girls 3, boys 0. It's been a rough 12th season of "American Idol" for the show's male contestants, who have been constantly overshadowed and overhyped in favor of the ladies. On Thursday night (March 28), the guys hit their lowest point yet, with all three…

  11. 'Smash' Musical Within a Show Getting Cast Album

    January 07, 2013 9:25 AM EST The Broadway show within a show on NBC's "Smash" is getting its own cast album. NBC and Columbia Records said Sunday that a 22-song cast album for "Bombshell," the mythical Broadway play at the center of the television show "Smash," will be released on Feb.…

  12. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2012

    December 24, 2012 1:35 PM EST From Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' to Fiona Apple, your top picks for 2012. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city,…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Jordan Hill's 'Someday' Finally Arrives

    December 15, 2012 11:05 AM EST The former teen pop singer is back with her first Billboard chart entry in 13 years. Plus, 'heaven'-ly and holiday hits ascend. Jordan Hill has come home to Billboard's ROCK & ROLL 'HEAVEN': Speaking of "Too Much Heaven," a new "heaven"-ly…

  14. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Back at No. 1, Wiz Khalifa and Ke$ha Debut Top 10

    December 12, 2012 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift heads back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as her "Red" set steps 2-1 with 167,000 (up 22%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Last week's leader, Alicia Keys ' "Girl On Fire," falls to No. 7 with 77,000 (down 52%). This is "…

  15. Fashion Week NYC: Alicia Keys Wore White to Edun, A$AP Rocky Watched Alexander Wang

    September 09, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Despite the tornado warning, Saturday (Sept. 8) at New York Fashion Week saw some of the hottest collections and front row dwellers yet. Keep your eyes on The Hook to find out which trends and b eats took over the runway each day and see where stars like Alicia Keys, Natasha Bedingfield, Lil&…

  16. Ask Billboard: Olympic-Sized Gold (Medal) Records

    July 29, 2012 6:05 AM EDT The latest reader mailbag looks at Olympic theme songs, Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, No Doubt and Washington, D.C.'s best musicians. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  17. Donna Summer's Death: Music Stars React on Twitter

    May 17, 2012 1:30 PM EDT As news broke of disco queen Donna Summer's death Thursday (May 17), music celebs quickly joined the worldwide conversation. Here are 20 reactions -- ranging from sadness to shock to salutation -- from musicians via Twitter. Donna Summer Dead at 63 | Photos: Summer's Life &…

  18. Ask Billboard: What Is Going On With Madonna?

    April 15, 2012 6:05 AM EDT Some fans aren't quite pleased with the Queen of Pop's new material. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  19. 'Smash' Soundtrack Mixes Pop & Broadway Songs

    April 02, 2012 3:15 PM EDT NBC's Smash will build upon its previously released iTunes music on May 1 when the soundtrack to the Broadway drama is released. The official soundtrack will include 13 tracks, including original music created specifically for the NBC series by Tony and Grammy winners Marc Shaiman and…

  20. 'Smash' Star Megan Hilty Signs with Columbia Records

    March 28, 2012 9:30 AM EDT The NBC actress joins co-star Katharine McPhee on the Sony label After some seven years spent on Broadway (Wicked, 9 to 5) then a co-starring role on NBC's hit drama Smash, Megan Hilty can now call herself a major label recording artist. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the 30…

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