1. Tony Awards to Drop 2 Categories

    June 12, 2014 3:34 AM EDT The Tony Awards will have fewer trophies next year and Broadway's sound designers are the ones being dropped. The Tony Awards Administration Committee met Wednesday to determine the eligibility rules for the 2014-2015 season, and cut the categories of Best Sound Design of a Play and Best…

  2. Barbra Streisand Visits Capitol Hill For Women's Heart Disease Funding

    June 12, 2014 2:02 AM EDT Barbra Streisand appealed Wednesday to lawmakers on Capitol Hill for more funding and research devoted to women and heart disease, calling it the No. 1 killer of women even as most research into the disease focuses on men. "A woman's heart is different from a man's, yet women&…

  3. Mastodon, 50 Cent First Mainstream Acts to Accept Bitcoin Payments

    June 11, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Heavy metal outfit Mastodon has announced it will accept payments in the form of bitcoin for its upcoming album, “Once More ‘Round the Sun.” Bitcoin payment service provider BitPay is handling transactions. Last week, 50 Cent announced he would accept Bitcoin payments for his new album, …

  4. Idina Menzel's 'If/Then' Scores Show-Stopping Chart Debut

    June 11, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Earns highest debut for a cast recording since 1996's 'Rent' The original Broadway cast recording of "If/Then" makes a show-stopping start on the Billboard 200 chart. Debuting at No. 19, the set marks the highest debut for a cast album since 1996. The last cast effort…

  5. 'Hedwig' Digital Album Release Fast-Tracked Following Tony Wins

    June 11, 2014 2:13 AM EDT Tony Award wins are already showing their impact as the original cast recording of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" moves its digital release date to this Thursday, June 12, Atlantic Records announced on Tuesday. Physical CDs will be available July 15. The musical took home four Tonys --…

  6. Tony Awards Ratings Dip for CBS

    June 09, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The Tony Awards with hopping host Hugh Jackman couldn't leapfrog last year's show in the ratings or the NBA Finals. According to preliminary Nielsen figures released Monday, Sunday's CBS telecast crowning "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" as Broadway'…

  7. 'Hedwig' and 'A Gentleman's Guide' Top Music Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Performer Neil Patrick Harris wins leading actor while Jessie Mueller takes home leading actress for her portrayal of Carole King in 'Beautiful.' The show also featured onstage turns by Sting, Carole King, Idina Menzel and Gladys Knight. It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have…

  8. Tony Awards: 10 Things Seen and Heard on the Radio City Red Carpet

    June 08, 2014 11:37 PM EDT "Musical theater is not dead," declared "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" co-writer Steven Lutvak -- just one of the Broadway luminaries who spoke to Billboard at the star-studded event. Sunday's Tony Awards, held at New York's Radio City Music Hall, was a…

  9. Tonys: Neil Patrick Harris Gives Sting a Lap Dance During 'Hedwig' Performance

    June 08, 2014 11:31 PM EDT Neil Patrick Harris was back on the CBS airwaves during Sunday's Tony Awards broadcast -- in high heels. Introduced by RuPaul and alongside co-star Lena Hall, who won the Tony for best actress in a featured role in a musical, Harris treated Orlando Bloom a "car wash" by…

  10. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number

    June 08, 2014 9:28 PM EDT The Tony Awards kicked off with a high-energy song-and-dance spectacle on the Radio City Music Hall stage, featuring Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Barrino and the cast of “After Midnight.” Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star…

  11. Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star

    June 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Stephen Trask is adamant. "It's not stunt casting!" the composer affirms over and over about bringing the musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to Broadway with headliner Neil Patrick Harris. "There are plenty of people that if we just wanted to do stunt casting, we could…

  12. 50 Cent: G-Unit To Release New Album 'By Late November'

    June 04, 2014 5:45 PM EDT After reuniting at Hot 97's Summer Jam on Sunday (June 1), 50 Cent announces the coming of a new album from G-Unit. Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne at Summer Jam 2014: Live Blog While stopping through Fox 29's "Good Day Philadelphia," 50 Cent said fans can expect a new G…

  13. ‘Frozen’ Songwriting Team Prepare New Show

    June 04, 2014 3:38 AM EDT Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez - the Oscar-winning husband-and-wife team behind the film "Frozen" - are preparing an original romantic comedy for the stage called "Up Here." The influential California theater company La Jolla Playhouse said Tuesday that the show…

  14. Macklemore, Ryan Lewis Partner With Mothers and Sons on Broadway for 30/30 Project

    June 03, 2014 7:19 PM EDT The Seattle rap duo is heading to Broadway for a fundraiser to aid Construction for Change, an organization that helps build medical centers for victims of HIV. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, whose 30/30 Project raised more than $152,000 on Kickstarter to build healthcare centers worldwide, are…

  15. G-Unit Reunite on 'Nah I’m Talking Bout': Listen

    June 02, 2014 9:39 PM EDT The day after Sunday’s G-Unit reunion at Hot 97′s Summer Jam , the 50 Cent-fronted rap crew has released its first song in six years with the new track “Nah I’m Talking Bout”.   The song's not entirely original. It’s a remix of Hit Boy and his HS87 crew’s “Grindin My Whole Life” with 50…

  16. Chart Highlights: John Legend's 'All Of Me' Crowns Fifth Airplay Chart

    June 02, 2014 4:35 PM EDT As it rises 2-1 on Adult Contemporary, the ballad becomes one of an elite group of songs to dominate at least five singular-format radio airplay charts. Plus, new No. 1s for Justin Timberlake, Idina Menzel and Billboard Hot 100 leader Iggy Azalea Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a…

  17. Tamar Braxton Talks New Album, Motherhood & 'Braxton Family Values' Show (Exclusive)

    June 02, 2014 12:02 PM EDT A busy reality TV show schedule -- with, count 'em, three programs -- isn't keeping Tamar Braxton out of the studio. The youngest member of the singing Braxton family tells Billboard she's "more than thinking about" her follow-up to 2012's "Love and War,…

  18. Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne & More at Summer Jam 2014: Live Blog

    June 01, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Summer Jam – New York radio station Hot 97's annual celebration of hip-hop and R&B – is just getting under way at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The concert series, historically never short on big surprises, will be live-blogged here, so keep checking back for…

  19. Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Releases New Songs Ahead of Opening: Listen

    May 31, 2014 2:47 PM EDT "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the new musical inspired by Tupac Shakur, is only days away from beginning previews at New York’s Palace Theatre on June 2. 'Slam' Star Saul Williams Cast In Tupac Musical To help stir up buzz, three tracks from the Broadway show have been…

  20. Sting, Idina Menzel To Perform at Tony Awards

    May 30, 2014 3:00 AM EDT Neil Patrick Harris, Sting, Idina Menzel, Alan Cumming and Sutton Foster - as well as the teaming up of Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Fantasia - will perform at the Tony Awards on June 8. Producers announced a music-heavy lineup that includes all the best new musical nominees - "…

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