1. 'SNL': Dakota Johnson Mocks 'Fifty Shades,' Alabama Shakes Performs New Songs (Video)

    March 01, 2015 11:10 AM EST "Birdman," "Cinderella" and Kanye West were among the episode's targets. Dakota Johnson wrapped up her stellar month by hosting Saturday Night Live , which her mom Melanie Griffith hosted in the '80s. Dakota played a introverted blogger, an ISIS recruit and even…

  2. 'Dancing With the Stars' Unveils New Cast -- Including Patti LaBelle & LMFAO's RedFoo

    February 24, 2015 10:13 AM EST Dancing With the Stars  announced its season 20 celebrity cast Tuesday on  Good Morning America , revealing 11 of 12 couples who will compete as part of the ABC reality competition's 10-year anniversary edition. In a surprise twist,  DWTS  veteran  Derek Hough --  who was believed to be…

  3. Blackberry Smoke's 'Roses' Blooms at No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    February 19, 2015 4:11 PM EST Plus: Chart action for Robert Earl Keen, Sam Hunt, Jana Kramer & more. Country/rock band Blackberry Smoke nabs its first No. 1 and biggest sales week on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with Holding All the Roses . The group's fourth studio album bows with 19,000 sold,…

  4. Zooey Deschanel Talks She & Him, 'New Girl' Season 4 & Pregnancy Discretion

    February 18, 2015 10:32 PM EST A lot of big news has come out of New Girl lately. On camera, viewers can expect to bid adieu to actor Damon Wayans Jr. (again) at the season's end. And behind the scenes, star Zooey Deschanel announced she's expecting the arrival of her first child. The latter obviously will not…

  5. 'SNL' 40th Anniversary Show: Complete Guest List With Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Jack White

    February 13, 2015 9:15 PM EST Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th anniversary this weekend with a massive three and a half hour event Sunday night that will include more than 100 guests, ranging all the way from Adam Sandler to Zach Galifianakis. Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Taylor Swift & Justin Timberlake All In…

  6. Florida Georgia Line Not Paid, Then Sued for 'Defamation' By Country Explosion Fest

    February 09, 2015 5:32 PM EST Amid the country music festival gold rush, the ongoing legal tussle around Florida Georgia Line at last summer's Country Explosion in Tooele, Utah, serves as a reminder that potential pitfalls exist as new players enter the marketplace and talent budgets hit unprecedented levels.  …

  7. Grammys 2015: The Awards You Didn't See

    February 08, 2015 6:40 PM EST Not all of the 2015 Grammys were given away on camera. Here are the prizes awarded before the ceremony hit TV. Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, Winds of Samsara Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier, The Legacy Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta Grammys…

  8. D'Angelo Launches 'Second Coming' Tour With Mesmerizing Apollo Theater Concert

    February 08, 2015 10:34 AM EST D'Angelo treated his fans with borderline cruelty by making them wait nearly 15 years for his Black Messiah album, but in many ways New Yorkers had it worst. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah,' and Why Waiting 14 Years For Music Isn't a Bad Thing Since he first began…

  9. A Long Q&A with Eddie Murphy: 'SNL,' Making Reggae Music, Hanging Out with Bowie and Michael Jackson's Spirit

    February 06, 2015 1:58 PM EST Until recently, the combination of Eddie Murphy and reggae most readily brought to mind his classic SNL sketch, " Kill the White People ." Then, without advance fanfare, the 53-year old comic legend quietly dropped "Red Light" online in late 2013. Breaking a two-decade…

  10. SXSW: Tower Records, Brian Wilson, Gloria Trevi & Jaco Pastorius Films on the Lineup

    February 03, 2015 2:54 PM EST Colin Hanks' long-awaited documentary on Tower Records, a film on the manager of the Doors and Ramones , and a rarely seen film focused on Leon Russell 's Oklahoma years in the early 1970s are among the selections this year at the South by Southwest  Film Conference and…

  11. From Aretha Franklin to Puff Daddy, Industry Heavyweights Share Inside Stories From Clive Davis' Legendary Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 02, 2015 2:25 PM EST When Clive Davis formed Arista Records in 1973, the label lacked the renown of its competitors. To level the playing field and heighten Arista's profile during Grammy season, Davis used not just his business acumen, but his love of showbiz -- and the spotlight -- to promote his new…

  12. The Weeknd's Other 'Fifty Shades' Track: Hear a Preview

    January 31, 2015 5:31 PM EST Just when you thought it was safe to listen to the Fifty Shades of Grey  soundtrack in front of your mom, The Weeknd released a sneak peek for his second soundtrack contribution, the very sexy "Where You Belong." The singer dropped the minute-long teaser on Jan. 31 and it's a…

  13. Jack Johnson, Other Acoustic Pop Singers Find Home on Pandora... When Will AC Radio Catch Up?

    January 29, 2015 1:09 PM EST It is well established that even when broadcast radio's listeners go looking for music on other platforms, they often search out the same mainstream formats they hear on FM. "All-'80s" is one exception , but that format differs mostly in its parameters; the songs played…

  14. 'American Idol' Recap: Talent Fizzles in Minneapolis

    January 22, 2015 2:03 AM EST American Idol may have spoiled viewers last Thursday.  Not only did fans have Adam Lambert sitting in at the judge's table,  but the talent was so amazing that if the live shows began next week there would be a serious competition. So what happened in Minnesota-a state that gave us…

  15. Sky Ferreira Joins Cast of 'Elvis & Nixon,' Starring Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon

    January 17, 2015 12:16 PM EST Colin Hanks, Alex Pettyfer, Johnny Knoxville, Tracy Letts and singer Sky Ferreira have joined Elvis & Nixon , the true story drama that has begun shooting in Atlanta. Catching Up with Sky Ferreira: On Recording with Primal Scream, Splitting From Troy Carter & Regaining Control of…

  16. New Signings: AM Only Signs ILoveMakonnen, Juvenile Returns to Cash Money, WME Inks Passion Pit

    January 16, 2015 8:10 AM EST Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more. RECORD LABELS -- Sub Pop Records signs psychedelic pop artist Morgan Delt and rock band Doldrums . Delt is currently…

  17. Why 'American Idol' Needs To Say Farewell (For Now)

    January 13, 2015 5:36 PM EST How does 'American Idol' battle falling ratings and a lack of innovation? By starting fresh... next decade. On the same night last week that Fox's hip-hop soap opera Empire debuted to stellar ratings , another Fox empire, American Idol , continued to slowly crumble.…

  18. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  19. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  20. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

Pages