1. Alexandra Shipp to Play Aaliyah in Lifetime Biopic

    July 18, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Wendy Williams to executive produce. Lifetime is back in business with its Aaliyah biopic. Nickelodeon actress Alexandra Shipp has been tapped to play the R&B singer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Wendy Williams, who has boarded the TV movie as an executive producer, first…

  2. ESPYs Host Drake Lights Up Global Twitter Streams Causing More Than 1.1 Million Tweets

    July 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT On Wednesday (July 16), the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards (or ESPYs) on ESPN lit up Twitter feeds around the globe, with more than 1.1 million tweets sent during the show. The show was hosted by Drake – Toronto Raptors global ambassador and recording artist – whose parody…

  3. Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

    July 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award winner died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Elaine Stritch, the tough and salty broad whose throaty singing voice and torrid Broadway performances made a New York legend, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.,…

  4. Attention, Country Music Hall of Fame Voters: Here's Who You Need to Induct

    July 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT To: The Voters for the Country Music Hall of Fame First of all, I understand the responsibility that you have to the industry and to the Hall as you go through your voting process each year. It seems that with each selection you make, the cries get louder for others to be inducted. It is a…

  5. New James Blake Song Debuted by The xx's Jamie xx: Listen

    July 17, 2014 10:30 AM EDT James Blake has a lot of new music on the way. His third studio album is nearing completion and at Bonnaroo last month, he told Billboard he's been collaborating with Kanye West and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. More on James Blake: Governors Ball 2014: James Blake Entrances the Crowd…

  6. The Five Best Drake Moments At The ESPY Awards

    July 16, 2014 11:45 PM EDT From a Chris Brown cameo to a 'Frozen' cover, here are Drake's five best moments as host of the 2014 ESPY Awards Normal 0 0 1 106 607 5 1 745 11.1539 0 0 0 Started from the bottom and now Drake’s hosting the ESPYs.  Drake put his considerable charisma on display Wednesday…

  7. Rihanna, Swizz Beatz & More Weigh In on Israel-Palestine Conflict

    July 16, 2014 6:15 PM EDT As the Israel-Palestine conflict intensifies, people are turning to Twitter—where else?—to vent frustrations, offer prayers and debate opinions. The music world is no exception. Just Tuesday, Rihanna tweeted "#FreePalestine" but soon deleted it. Sources claimed she accidentally…

  8. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Tops Hot 100; Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Falls to No. 2

    July 16, 2014 12:06 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group ends Iggy Azalea's seven-week reign with 'Fancy.' Plus, Disclosure's 'Latch,' featuring Sam Smith, reaches the top 10 Maybe this will finally impress the father in the song?   MAGIC!'s "Rude," the Canadian pop…

  9. Rihanna Prays for 'Swift End' to Conflict After Deleting '#FreePalestine' Tweet

    July 16, 2014 10:13 AM EDT The pop star denies she's taking sides in the Israel-Palestine conflict Despite being one of today's most outspoken, IDGAF pop stars, Rihanna would like to apologize for a recent controversial tweet. Not long after "#FreePalestine" got blasted out to her 36.4 million…

  10. Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

    July 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles as a live act, tracing their days from the clubs of Liverpool, England, and Hamburg, Germany, to their final appearance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Apple Corps Ltd., Imagine Entertainment and Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse…

  11. Billy Joel’s Mother Dies At 92

    July 16, 2014 12:37 AM EDT Billy Joel's mother, who inspired him to write "Rosalinda's Eyes," has died in New York at age 92. Rosalind Nyman Joel died Sunday on Long Island, said Claire Mercuri, a spokeswoman for the singer and songwriter. The Billboard Cover Story - Billy Joel: A Song About Coming…

  12. Simon Cowell's Lucky Streak Rolls On

    July 13, 2014 11:37 PM EDT Life is good these days for Simon Cowell. "America's Got Talent," which he created and produces, reigns as summer's top-rated program and was renewed Sunday for a 10th season by NBC. It's part of a "Got Talent" franchise seen in 62 countries which, according…

  13. Justin Bieber Pleads No Contest in Egg-Throwing Vandalism Case

    July 09, 2014 9:31 PM EDT Justin Bieber must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home. Bieber also was ordered to complete five days of community labor and a 12-week anger-management program…

  14. George Michael, Arctic Monkeys and Katie Melua Implicated In Tax Avoidance Scheme

    July 09, 2014 6:48 AM EDT A number of high profile music figures, including George Michael and all four members of British band Arctic Monkeys, are among 1,600 people who collectively tried to shelter £1.2 billion ($2 billion) in a tax avoidance scheme, reports The Times .  Investors in the Liberty tax strategy also…

  15. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  16. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  17. Jessica Simpson Marries Eric Johnson in California

    July 05, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Felicitations are in order for Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson: the couple of four years, 33 and 34 respectively, married earlier tonight in an outdoor ceremony in Santa Barbara County. Jessica Simpson Gives Birth to Second Baby "We are overwhelmed with complete happiness and love…

  18. Disclosure Teases Usher Collaboration

    July 02, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Oh, those feisty Disclosure lads. Less than a week after gracing the cover of Billboard, Howard and Guy Lawrence have hinted at their latest superstar collaboration by putting their signature white outline over Usher's face. The Instagram post, which includes the caption "Tomorrow…,…

  19. Alabama Shakes: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:40 AM EDT Take a closer look at Alabama Shakes, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . It took only three years for Alabama Shakes to go from after-school music project to veritable stars. Formed by singer…

  20. EDM Power Players: The DJs

    June 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Skrillex DJ; founder, Owsla Skrillex At this point, Skrillex — born Sonny John Moore in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles — isn’t just…

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