1. Fox Beats 'American Idol' Racism Lawsuit

    November 20, 2014 4:54 PM EST Ten African-American contestants contended that their disqualifications occurred out of racial animus. Fox Broadcasting, Fremantle and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe have prevailed over 10 former contestants on American Idol who alleged they were the victims of racial discrimination in…

  2. Taylor Swift's '1989' No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200

    November 19, 2014 4:36 PM EST Taylor Swift 's 1989 album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three weeks atop the list in 2014. Only the Frozen soundtrack, which racked 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, spent longer at the top. 1989 sold 312…

  3. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns' Cause of Death Revealed

    November 18, 2014 9:51 PM EST The season 7 star died from an enlarged heart, according to the coroner's report. New details from the Orange County Coroner's report have revealed that American Idol season 7 finalist Michael Johns died from an enlarged heart and a "fatty liver." The 35-year-old…

  4. Revisionist History, Part 4: Queen Scores a Hat Trick, 'Good Riddance' to Three Dog Night

    November 13, 2014 10:09 AM EST “Number one then…and number one now!” may have been a classic top 40 stager, originally voiced by legendary radio announcer and programmer Bill Drake , but it’s also a perfect way to open our latest round of “Revisionist History,” as once again we examine how tastes have changed when it…

  5. The Good and the Bad of Spotify Founder Daniel Ek's Streaming Defense

    November 11, 2014 8:13 PM EST Spotify CEO Daniel Ek doesn't walk away from a challenge. After Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich blasted his company's business model , Ek responded with comments on Twitter. Now, after Taylor Swift drew huge attention by pulling her catalog from Spotify, Ek posted an 1,800-word…

  6. 'Into the Woods': Original Broadway Cast Reunites With No Mention of the Movie

    November 11, 2014 3:15 PM EST Woe is the superfan when the mainstream comes calling. We’re looking at you, pre-HBO Game of Thrones cosplayers, dance music fans before EDM, and anyone who wore neoprene prior to the Alexander Wang for H&M collection. Such exposure was imminent for the community theater hoofers and…

  7. Album Review: Pink Floyd's 'The Endless River' Approaches New Age Territory

    November 11, 2014 1:00 PM EST The title of Pink Floyd 's 15th -- and, if singer-guitarist David Gilmour is to be believed, final -- studio album, The Endless River , is taken from a line in "High Hopes," the closing song on the band's last full-length effort, 1994's The Division Bell . The…

  8. Pink Floyd: More Unreleased Music May Be Coming

    November 10, 2014 6:06 PM EST While David Gilmour and Nick Mason maintain that Pink Floyd 's new album The Endless River marks the end of brand-new music from the group, its archives may yield more unreleased material down the road. Plenty of previously unreleased Floyd material surfaced during the group's…

  9. Hear Pink Floyd's Dreamy New Song, 'Allons-y (1)'

    November 03, 2014 10:03 PM EST In anticipation of Pink Floyd 's release of The Endless River next week, the prog rock legends have released a new song called "Allons-y (1)." It's a two-minute instrumental dreamscape that builds from chugging rhythms to soaring guitar work.  Listen here: Pink Floyd…

  10. Billboard Touring Awards Finalists Announced

    October 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Paul McCartney and the teams behind them to be honored at awards gala. Finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards , including One Direction , Katy Perry , Justin…

  11. 'Motown the Musical' Feels the Love Back in the Motor City

    October 22, 2014 1:58 AM EDT "The Motown family cannot NOT love each other," Berry Gordy, Jr. recently told Billboard. And there was certainly plenty of love in the room on Tuesday night when Gordy and dozens of Motown alumni -- artists, musicians executives, recording engineers, secretaries and more --…

  12. 'Spinal Tap' Actor Christopher Guest Recalls Odd Fans, Fun of Making Movie at New York Film Fest

    October 12, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Although 1984's This is Spinal Tap is one of the most-quoted movies of the past few decades, star Christopher Guest hadn't seen the cult comedy in almost 15 years before he appeared at a special 30th anniversary screening on Wednesday (Oct. 8) night at the New York Film Festival.…

  13. 'The Endless River' Will Be Pink Floyd's Final Album

    October 09, 2014 7:59 AM EDT We've known about Pink Floyd's The Endless River -- the band's first record since 1994's The Division Bell -- since summertime . The 18-song double-album is assembled from the Division Bell sessions and will land on Nov. 10 . What's new, though, is the concrete…

  14. Simple Minds Share 'Big Music' Tracklist, Post Video for 'Honest Town': Watch

    October 08, 2014 5:41 AM EDT Veteran Scottish alternative rock outfit Simple Minds will release Big Music next month, their first album of new material in five years.  The album is the result of collaborations old and new, including co-writer Iain Cook of Glasgow band Chvrches and producers Steve Osborne, Andy Wright…

  15. Daft Punk & Pharrell's 'Gust of Wind' Video Features Floating Dancers & Flying Robot Heads

    October 07, 2014 11:06 AM EDT Pharrell  and Daft Punk 's new "Gust of Wind" video -- helmed by Shaun of the Dead/Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World director Edgar Wright -- involves plenty of arty dancing and scenes that appear to be inspired by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  (Sadly, Pharrell is not the one…

  16. Rainbow Room Reopens Atop NYC's Skyline

    October 06, 2014 1:09 AM EDT The Rainbow Room reopened Sunday in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline. "It's breathtaking," guest Jamie Greenwald , one of more than 200 brunch guests who took in the sweeping views outside and the…

  17. How Thom Yorke Kept His New Album a Surprise

    October 05, 2014 11:02 PM EDT Thom Yorke jolted fans Sept. 26 with a new album. Even more startling, however, was how the Radiohead frontman chose to release Tomorrow's Modern Boxes : via peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent. Once the preferred vessel of Internet pirates, BitTorrent -- actually a privately…

  18. Details on One Direction's Secret Financial Investment in 5 Seconds of Summer

    October 03, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Welcome to the new (boy band) sharing economy. When One Direction ­members Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne tweeted at fellow boy banders 5 Seconds of Summer back in February, announcing to their millions of followers that the Aussie pop-rockers had a new single out, casual observers may have…

  19. Raul Midon Returns With 'Don't Hesitate'

    October 01, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Set includes Bill Withers co-write; cover of Who classic 'I Can See for Miles.' At one point in the insightful 2009 film Still Bill , the legendary Bill Withers is shown co-writing a song with fellow singer/songwriter/musician Raul Midón . Now the pair's collaboration is…

  20. Nicole Scherzinger Lands Role in 'Cats' Musical

    September 29, 2014 10:48 PM EDT Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger is evolving into another type of feline.  The pop singer has landed the role of the "Glamour Cat" Grizabella in Cats , Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical. She’ll perform in the famous production when it returns to London’s…

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