1. British Pop Star Leona Lewis to Make Film Debut

    September 24, 2013 1:48 AM EDT "X Factor U.K." winner Leona Lewis will make her big-screen debut in "Holiday!," a British musical directed by the StreetDance franchise team Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini. The movie, produced by U.K. indie production and distribution banner Vertigo Films, stars fresh…

  2. Nigel Lythgoe Angered, 'Shocked' by 'The Voice' Emmy Win

    September 23, 2013 6:17 AM EDT Nigel Lythgoe is still peeved about the Emmys' "American Idol" snub. The Fox show's former executive producer took to Twitter immediately after the award for Outstanding Reality Competition Show was handed to NBC's "The Voice." Lythgoe's "So You…

  3. Night Ranger and Loverboy Workin' to Unleash New Music Next Year

    August 30, 2013 2:00 PM EDT A pair of the 80s most successful mainstream rock acts, Night Ranger and Loverboy, are planning to add to their legacies with new material in the coming year. Night Ranger singer-bassist Jack Blades tells Billboard that his band is "about 12 songs into a new album," which will…

  4. K. Michelle Talks 'Rebellious Soul' Success & Upcoming Solo VH1 Show

    August 23, 2013 2:12 PM EDT The R&B singer's 'Rebellious Soul' debuts at No. 2 thanks to new exposure through reality TV. K. Michelle has endured personal and professional woes in her career, but this week the singer hits the Billboard 200 at No. 2 with her major-label debut, "…

  5. Simply Red's Mick Hucknall to Bare 'American Soul' on New Solo Album: Exclusive

    August 20, 2013 12:05 PM EDT Listen to the album's lead single, a version of soul classic "That's How Strong My Love Is" Mick Hucknall, the blue-eyed soul singer who has fronted legendary British bands Simply Red and, most recently, a reformed Faces, will release a new solo album this fall. "…

  6. N.W.A, 'Straight Outta Compton' at 25: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    August 08, 2013 12:43 PM EDT N.W.A formed out of the ashes of the Los Angeles electro group World Class Wrecking Cru, which counted Dr. Dre and DJ Yella among its membership. In 1987, Dre found himself in jail pleading for help from group manager Alonzo Williams, who refused to bail him out because of an unpaid debt…

  7. Tim Wright, Bassist in Avante Garde Bands Pere Ubu and DNA, Dead

    August 06, 2013 7:30 PM EDT Tim Wright, founding bassist of influential Cleveland band Pere Ubu and a transformative force in pioneering no wave band DNA, died this past Sunday from unreleased causes. The Cleveland Plain Dealer broke the news earlier today. Wright joined Pere Ubu in 1975, following the dissolution of…

  8. Jennifer Lopez on Track for 'American Idol' Return, Will.i.am Eyed for Third Slot

    August 05, 2013 8:50 AM EDT The new "American Idol" judges panel is slowly coming together. As The Hollywood Reporter first reported on July 25 , Idol alum Jennifer Lopez and hitmaker Will.I.Am are at the top of producers' wish lists for the 13th season of the Fox show, and, according to sources , are…

  9. Keith Urban Returning To 'American Idol'

    August 01, 2013 3:12 PM EDT Keith Urban will return to the "American Idol" judges table for a second season. The country star has signed on for the long-running reality show's upcoming 13th season, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Thursday (Aug. 1). At the Television Critics Association press tour,…

  10. Kevin Gates & Rep Talk 'Stranger Than Fiction' Success & Career Start

    July 26, 2013 1:49 PM EDT 'I suffer from deep depression, so my only release is music,' the rapper says. When Kevin Gates stepped out of jail in 2011, he was surprised to discover that his fan base had spilled beyond the borders of his hometown of Baton Rouge, La. The 27-year-old had toyed with rapping…

  11. Bubbling Under: Zendaya Hits 'Replay' For The First Time

    July 26, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Zendaya, Whitney Wolanin, Fortuna La Super F and Ryan Stevenson ZENDAYA Following two years of starring in "Shake It Up…

  12. ‘Psych’ Star Dule Hill to join Broadway's 'After Midnight'

    July 25, 2013 12:29 AM EDT Dule Hill will be tapping into his dancing roots when he joins Broadway's "After Midnight," a musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem. Producers said Wednesday the actor and trained tap dancer best known for starring in…

  13. Spinal Tap Making Plans for 2014

    July 22, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Spinal Tap co-founder Christopher Guest has hinted that the semi-ficticious heavy metal outfit may be reuniting in 2014. In an interview with The Observer , Guest said that "We get asked to do shows on a regular basis. But what I will say is that we're in the midst of talking…

  14. Spotify Responds to Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich Critiques

    July 15, 2013 8:24 PM EDT The Atoms for Peace members have taken to Twitter to criticize the streaming service's business model, pulling three albums. Spotify is spending Monday reacting to comments by producer Nigel Godrich that criticize the subscription service's business model. Godrich's…

  15. Radiohead Producer Nigel Godrich Trashes Spotify's Business Model

    July 15, 2013 6:24 AM EDT In a series of Tweets on Sunday, famed producer Nigel Godrich called Spotify "bad for new music" and said three of his projects had been pulled from the ad-supported subscription service.   Godrich takes issue with the economics of Spotify and the royalties that flow to artists. …

  16. 'American Idol' Names Per Blankens as New Executive Producer

    June 10, 2013 5:30 PM EDT While the future of "American Idol" is still being plotted, it seems the producers behind the Fox mainstay are looking to Europe to save the struggling show. FremantleMedia, one of three "Idol" production partners (including Fox and 19 Entertainment) today announced…

  17. Nigel Lythgoe Confirms 'American Idol' Exit

    June 09, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Nigel Lythgoe has been fired as executive producer of "American Idol." The longtime "Idol" fixture, who briefly went on hiatus from the show during its eighth and ninth seasons, confirmed the news via his @dizzyfeet handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter. "Just…

  18. Atoms For Peace Announce International Tour

    June 01, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Thom Yorke says the band will be playing cuts from 'Amok,' 'The Eraser' songs and some B-sides on tour. Southern California has been good for Thom Yorke. It's the home base for his 4-year-old band Atoms For Peace, meaning he's making occasional tough cross…

  19. Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphys, NKOTB Come Together for 'Boston Strong' Concert

    May 31, 2013 12:30 AM EDT The song "Come Together" their rallying cry, performers at a benefit concert for victims of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing had thousands of people cheering for a city that has pulled together to overcome adversity. Veteran rockers Aerosmith helped close the 5 ½ hour Boston…

  20. Watch the Boston Strong Benefit with Aerosmith & More Live Tonight (5/30) at 7pm ET

    May 30, 2013 5:28 PM EDT Watch the Boston Strong concert, which benefits Boston Marathon bombing victims, live online here 5/30 at 7pm ET. Aerosmith, Jason Aldean, James Taylor, New Kids on the Block and many more have teamed up for the Boston Strong concert today (Thursday, May 30) and you can watch the event…

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