1. Kirk Franklin & More Gospel Chart-Toppers Coming to 'Billboard #1 Gospel Hits' Album Next Year

    December 02, 2014 8:30 PM EST A selection of Billboard Gospel Songs Chart-topping hits from throughout this decade will be getting a compilation release via eOne Music early next year, on a double-disc collection called Billboard #1 Gospel Hits .  Hezekiah Walker Completes Six Months Atop Gospel Airplay Chart The set&…

  2. Lady Gaga Discusses Rape During Howard Stern Interview

    December 02, 2014 4:22 PM EST Gaga opens up about what inspired the 'ARTPOP' cut 'Swine.' On Tuesday (Dec. 2), Lady Gaga discussed a dark part of her past during a visit to The Howard Stern Show . "I went through some horrific things," Gaga admitted when the topic of rape came up. "I&…

  3. HBO Picks Up Mick Jagger-Produced Rock Drama

    December 02, 2014 3:19 PM EST The 1970s-set series, from 'Boardwalk Empire' duo Martin Scorsese & Terence Winter, has been in development since 2011. HBO has picked up to series a rock 'n' roll drama from Boardwalk Empire 's Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter. The show is also exec produced…

  4. Robbie Williams Drops Album Surprise, Tipped to Reunite with Take That

    December 01, 2014 5:27 AM EST Robbie Williams has “done a Beyonce.” The British pop singer has released a new album, with zero fanfare, and he’s done it on the day his former band Take That  claimed the U.K. chart crown. The British pop singer has released Under the Radar Vol. 1 , an album of previously-unreleased…

  5. Take That Back on Top in U.K., Olly Murs Leads Albums Chart

    December 01, 2014 4:08 AM EST Now That’s What I Call Music! 89  (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of 2014. The latest edition of the venerable series sold 289,000 copies last week to debut at No. 1 on the Official Charts Company’s compilation chart Sunday. On the artist…

  6. Jennifer Lawrence's ‘The Hanging Tree’ Nabs Top 20 Debuts in U.K., Australia

    November 30, 2014 11:15 PM EST Jennifer Lawrence : Oscar-winner, philanthropist and now top-20 pop star. The actress’ recording of "The Hanging Tree" has landed at No. 14 on the  Official U.K. Singles Chart , published Sunday, and it's new at No. 12 on ARIA's Australian Top 50 Singles Chart . The song…

  7. Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hanging Tree' Heading for Hot 100 Chart Debut

    November 29, 2014 3:00 PM EST Jennifer Lawrence is aiming to score her first hit single on Billboard's charts. The Academy Award-winning actress is heading for the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with "The Hanging Tree," from her film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I . Listen…

  8. Reggae Pioneer Miss Pat Chin of VP Records Celebrates 35 Years in the U.S.

    November 26, 2014 1:09 PM EST When Patricia Chin , cofounder of Queens, N.Y.-based reggae indie VP Records, ponders the changes in the music industry since she started out six decades ago, she exudes a spirited resiliency that is inextricably linked to VP's survival for nearly 60 years in a competitive…

  9. Pomplamoose Breaks Down the Costs of Touring As an Independent

    November 26, 2014 10:29 AM EST Pomplamoose explains the hard work, and money, required of a "middle class" band. Jack Conte , one half of the indie duo Pomplamoose , took to the nascent publishing platform Medium yesterday to lay out the difficult financials involved in mounting a 23-city U.S. tour. The result…

  10. 'August Rush' Bound for Broadway

    November 25, 2014 8:21 PM EST The new musical is adapted from the 2007 film about a music prodigy, which starred Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. Add another title to the long list of movies getting the musical makeover treatment. The 2007 release, August Rush , which starred Freddie Highmore as an orphaned second…

  11. Who Are the British Aces Behind Mary J. Blige's 'London Sessions'?

    November 25, 2014 2:31 PM EST Mary J. Blige brought in some of the United Kingdom's hottest writers and artists to record her upcoming album The London Sessions . This connects her with a long tradition of American musicians looking overseas for new ideas: back in the '60s, for example, Jimi Hendrix left the…

  12. Bono, Robin Thicke Make GQ's List of 'Least Influential People'

    November 24, 2014 2:38 PM EST Bono just can't catch a break, can he? On the mend after suffering a nasty fall from his bike earlier this month, the rocker and his band U2 have topped GQ 's highly influential Least Influential People of 2014 list. As you can expect, the mag slices into Bono (the "Tom…

  13. What Will Upcoming Contract Negotiations Mean for Taylor Swift, Usher and Justin Timberlake?

    November 21, 2014 1:34 PM EST Megamillion-dollar label deals are a thing of the past. But with Usher, Timberlake and Swift nearing the end of their contracts, this is how majors will have to fight to keep them. Taylor Swift , Usher and Justin Timberlake are about to enter an all-too-familiar crossroads for pop…

  14. 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…

  15. Audra McDonald 'Learned So Much' From Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 7:04 PM EST The Broadway superstar worked with the late director on 'Wit.' By the time Audra McDonald got to work with Mike Nichols , she was 31 and had already won three Tony awards but had done limited work in television  or movies. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson…

  16. Fox's 'Empire' Nabs Post-'American Idol' Slot

    November 19, 2014 5:48 PM EST Hip-hop drama stars Oscar nominees Terrence Howard & Taraji P. Henson. Fox is giving midseason drama Empire as good of a launch pad as it has to offer. The network announced Wednesday (Nov. 19) that the high-profile collaboration from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong will bow after a one…

  17. YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning

    November 18, 2014 5:35 PM EST The standoff involves works by Pharrell Williams and other popular songwriters. YouTube has apparently made the decision not to remove songs composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell Williams and John Lennon , and as a result, the popular video website is being warned of…

  18. 'The Little Mermaid' 25th Anniversary: Watch Miley Cyrus, Darren Criss, And More Of Our Favorite 'Part Of Your World' Covers

    November 17, 2014 1:47 PM EST Today in You're Old: The Little Mermaid was released in theaters 25 (!) years ago today (Nov. 17), ushering in an era of children desperate to go under the sea.  The Disney film that told story of Princess Ariel was responsible for introducing children to now-classic Disney songs…

  19. 2014 Latin Grammys Announce Official Sponsors

    November 17, 2014 9:48 AM EST Awards to air live Nov. 20 7UP, Heineken, L’Oreal Paris, Las Vegas and McDonald's will all return as official sponsors of the upcoming 15th annual Latin Grammy awards. In addition, Buchanan’s Scotch Whisky comes in for the first time as the official spirit sponsor while Neutrogena…

  20. Exclusive 'The Hobbit' Song Premiere: Hear Billy Boyd's 'The Last Goodbye' From New Soundtrack

    November 14, 2014 11:58 AM EST The actor who plays Pippin sings a tune for 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.' Peter Jackson’s latest big-screen trilogy based on a J.R.R. Tolkien classic concludes next month with the epic The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies , and Lord of the Rings actor…

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