1. Adam Lambert to Judge 'American Idol' New York Auditions

    September 15, 2014 11:30 PM EDT It wasn't all that long ago -- the American Idol season-12 finale in 2013 to be exact -- when Adam Lambert told The Hollywood Reporter how he would love to serve as a judge one day. "Where do I sign?" he cracked on the red carpet. Now just over a year later, Lambert will get…

  2. Riot Fest Chicago 2014: 10 Best Performances

    September 15, 2014 5:21 PM EDT To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Chicago’s Riot Fest threw a blowout bash at Humboldt Park, bringing in over 100 bands from all generations of punk and rock, from Patti Smith and Cheap Trick to Social Distortion to La Dispute . As is to be expected with such a stellar lineup, there were…

  3. How 'Pitch Perfect' Paved the Way for Pentatonix's First Major Release

    September 15, 2014 4:19 PM EDT The band Pentatonix, already swimming in brand alignments and video views, is having a moment as instrumentless interest keeps swelling. Alongside needle-moving, genre-defying priority releases on the RCA Records slate -- Sia 's 1000 Forms of Fear and "Weird Al" Yankovic '…

  4. iHeartRadio Fest Preview: Producers Discuss Whether EDM Will Get Its Own Weekend

    September 15, 2014 12:56 PM EDT It's less than 10 days until the fourth iHeartRadio Festival hits the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and Clear Channel programming chiefs John Sykes and Tom Poleman are already anticipating the "magic hour" -- when special guests pop in unexpectedly to top the previous…

  5. Exclusive: Listen to 'Vampire Diaries' star Michael Malarkey's Song 'Feed the Flames'

    September 15, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Now you can listen to Enzo whenever you want. Vampire Diaries  star Michael Malarkey is set to release a 5-song EP,  Feed the Flames , on Oct. 12; the title track will debut on iTunes Sept. 16. "As far as my songwriting goes, I became infatuated with Tom Waits after graduating high…

  6. Calvin Harris, Sam Smith Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    September 15, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Calvin Harris landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as a solo artist in five years as “Blame” (Columbia/Sony), featuring John Newman , debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 14). Sam Smith’s   In The Lonely Hour  (Capitol/Universal) continues to lead the album chart. Harris first topped the British…

  7. Tom Skeeter, Sound City Studios Owner, Dies

    September 13, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Tom Skeeter, a longtime music industry insider and owner of the legendary Sound City Studios, has died, Billboard has confirmed. A cause of death was not revealed at press time. "We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him…

  8. Does Ellie Goulding Have Royal Baby Fever?

    September 13, 2014 6:39 PM EDT Ellie Goulding's next gig just might turn into a royal affair. Just days after Prince William and Kate Middleton announced they are going to be parents again, Goulding opened up about the news. "I sent my congratulations already because I'm friends with Harry," she told Us…

  9. Lecrae Leads Busy Week for New Album Releases

    September 12, 2014 9:41 PM EDT Lecrae's new 'Anomaly' album could be one of eight debuts in the Billboard 200's top 10 next week. Rapper Lecrae is not only aiming to nab his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with Anomaly , but his album could be one of up to eight debuts in the top 10.…

  10. Did Paul Ryan Even Ever Really Like Rage Against the Machine?

    September 12, 2014 9:01 PM EDT Is it possible Congressman Paul Ryan never even liked Rage Against the Machine ? After becoming the butt of jokes and feeling the brunt of Tom Morello 's political rage two years ago when his supposed fandom was flatly denied, Ryan now claims the whole things was an "urban legend.…

  11. Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden to Play Star-Studded Bridge School Benefit

    September 12, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Pearl Jam , Tom Jones and Soundgarden will be among the typically all-star cast at this year's Bridge School Benefit Concert organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young . The iconic singer-songwriter will also perform at the annual event, which will take place Oct. 25 and 26 at the…

  12. 'Frozen' Attraction Coming to Disney's Epcot

    September 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Arendelle lands in Florida. Disney is bringing  Frozen  to Florida. A  Frozen  attraction is being planned for the Norway Pavilion in Epcot,  Tom Staggs,  chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, announced Friday. The new attraction, which will replace Maelstrom, is set in the fictional…

  13. MSG's James Dolan Opens for Eagles, Pens Songs About Eliot Spitzer & Trayvon Martin

    September 12, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Go on and blame the opening act if anything goes awry at this weekend's Eagles show in New York City. That's because billionaire Cablevision CEO James Dolan , who also runs Madison Square Garden, where the concert takes place on Saturday, has secured his own band to warm up the…

  14. Rita Ora Discusses New Album & Calvin Harris: 'I Don't Control Other People's Minds'

    September 12, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It's nearly 3 p.m. on the second day of the inaugural Los Angeles edition of Made in America Festival, and a big crowd has gathered to catch Rita Ora 's main-stage performance. It's a major upgrade -- two years ago, Ora played to a side-stage crowd three rows deep at the fest&…

  15. Lucinda Williams Song Premiere: Hear a Cover of JJ Cale's ‘Magnolia’ From Her New Double Album

    September 12, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lucinda Williams has raised some eyebrows by coming up with her first-ever double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , due Sept. 30. The kicker? There's more where that came from. "We recorded enough stuff for three albums, actually," Williams tells Billboard. "…

  16. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  17. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  18. 'Gilmore Girls' on Netflix: Here Are the Show's 8 Best Musical Moments

    September 11, 2014 7:15 PM EDT With Gilmore Girls making its Netflix debut on Oct. 1, we run down the top musical moments from the series. 8. The Shins made an appearance in the season four episode "Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist," playing at a club in Florida, where Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Paris …

  19. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara,…

  20. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

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