1. Pop Shop Podcast: Echosmith Talks 'Cool Kids,' Surprise Success & Getting Paid In Chicken

    December 04, 2014 10:55 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  2. Mariah Carey's Live 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' Performance Draws Mixed Reviews

    December 03, 2014 9:03 PM EST Plus: Matt Lauer and his co-hosts acknowledge the Eric Garner grand jury decision and nearby protests during the tree-lighting special. There are a lot of classic Christmas songs, but Mariah Carey 's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is easily the biggest holiday hit…

  3. Free Music Round-Up: PARTYNEXTDOOR, Shy Glizzy, Tunji Ige & LuiDiamonds

    December 03, 2014 5:50 PM EST Thanks to the hyperactive world of the internet, there are unknown artists catapulting onto the upper reaches of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Look at the top five right now: Makonnen at No. 2 and Bobby Shmurda at No. 3, each with their first chart hit; Rae Sremmurd at No. 4 with…

  4. Lady Gaga Discusses Rape During Howard Stern Interview

    December 02, 2014 4:22 PM EST Gaga opens up about what inspired the 'ARTPOP' cut 'Swine.' On Tuesday (Dec. 2), Lady Gaga discussed a dark part of her past during a visit to The Howard Stern Show . "I went through some horrific things," Gaga admitted when the topic of rape came up. "I&…

  5. HBO Picks Up Mick Jagger-Produced Rock Drama

    December 02, 2014 3:19 PM EST The 1970s-set series, from 'Boardwalk Empire' duo Martin Scorsese & Terence Winter, has been in development since 2011. HBO has picked up to series a rock 'n' roll drama from Boardwalk Empire 's Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter. The show is also exec produced…

  6. Watch Jane Krakowski Audition for 'Peter Pan Live!'

    December 02, 2014 12:00 PM EST Moment of silence that 30 Rock isn't on the air in the era of live television musicals.  While we'll never officially have Jenna Maroney demanding to be part of NBC's live broadcasts, fans got the next best thing: Jane Krakowski's disastrous audition for Peter Pan Live! …

  7. Why a 'Voice' Winner Is Playing 'Pippin' on Broadway Before Releasing a Single

    December 02, 2014 2:19 AM EST For the first time ever, a Voice winner is stopping by Broadway before the recording studio. Josh Kaufman , the season-six champ who touted rock, pop and soul covers while under Usher's wing, has stepped into the lead role of Pippin. Director Diane Paulus staged the Tony-winning…

  8. Tony Winner Jessie Mueller to Take 'Waitress' Job

    December 01, 2014 1:41 AM EST Jessie Mueller , the fast-rising Broadway star who won a lead actress Tony Award this year for the title role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical , may be turning her talents from songwriting to baked goods. According to an unconfirmed report in The New York Times , Mueller has identified…

  9. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Lorde’s ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack Debuts

    November 28, 2014 1:05 PM EST Plus: "Downton Abbey" Christmas and Kristin Chenoweth debut. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, One Direction made history, as the group’s Four debuted atop the list . The act is the first group to see its first four studio albums enter at No. 1. Four was released on Nov.…

  10. Flashback Friday: Lady Gaga Sings 'White Christmas' During Thanksgiving Special

    November 28, 2014 11:00 AM EST Thanksgiving is over, which means it's finally acceptable to play Christmas music, right? Take it away, Lady Gaga . In honor of Flashback Friday, we're looking back at the singer's first Thanksgiving television special, where in addition to singing jazz-y versions of her…

  11. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 10 Best Musical Moments

    November 27, 2014 12:16 PM EST When the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade hits Manhattan each year, it means one thing -- it's a miracle if you can find a New York resident anywhere near 34th Street. Locals might be scarce in Midtown Manhattan, but celebrities, Broadway dancers and musicians are available in…

  12. Revisionist History, Part 5: Bon Jovi's 'Prayer' Answered, 'Caroline' Is Sweeter Than 'Sugar'

    November 26, 2014 10:11 AM EST As we get closer to Billboard 's year-end charts for 2014, we present yet another look at how the chart champs of past years might differ based on more recent measures of popularity. We call it "Revisionist History," and here's how it works: Using a formula giving near…

  13. Watch Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Get Into the Holiday Spirit for H&M

    November 26, 2014 1:14 AM EST Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's holiday video campaign for H&M has hit the web, and boy are they ready for the holidays (aren't we all?). The "H&M Magical Holidays" clip , directed by Johan Renck , sees Gaga (with her oversized wig) and the dapper jazz singer…

  14. 'August Rush' Bound for Broadway

    November 25, 2014 8:21 PM EST The new musical is adapted from the 2007 film about a music prodigy, which starred Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. Add another title to the long list of movies getting the musical makeover treatment. The 2007 release, August Rush , which starred Freddie Highmore as an orphaned second…

  15. System of a Down Announce 2015 European Tour Dates, First Armenian Show

    November 24, 2014 9:57 PM EST System Of A Down has announced dates for a 2015 European tour, including a show at Wembley Arena and the band's first ever gig in Armenia with a free show on the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide.  The "Wake Up The Souls" tour comes in recognition of that…

  16. Pop Shop Podcast: 2014 American Music Awards Recap!

    November 24, 2014 5:40 PM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to a special episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  17. Idina Menzel to Launch World Tour Next Summer

    November 24, 2014 10:30 AM EST Billboard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Idina Menzel , who sung the smash hit "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen , is hitting the road in 2015. Starting July 7 in Richmond, Va. and continuing through October 3, Menzel will play 39 dates across the United States. Billboard 200…

  18. Sting Sets Out to Save 'The Last Ship'

    November 23, 2014 11:47 PM EST Sting is not letting The Last Ship sink without a fight. The former Police frontman, who composed the score for the Broadway musical set in his Northern English hometown, will join the cast as speculated, in a bid to lift the $15 million production's struggling box office. A story…

  19. Disney Musical 'Into the Woods' Swoops Into Awards Season -- How Far Can It Go?

    November 23, 2014 12:20 PM EST And then there was just one unseen Oscar contender. Unbroken . On Saturday evening (Nov. 22), Disney unveiled the second-to-last of the major Oscar hopefuls that had not yet been been seen by pundits, Rob Marshall 's Into the Woods , at simultaneous screenings on both coasts,…

  20. Diamond Rio Are Going Live for 25th-Anniversary Project

    November 21, 2014 6:06 PM EST There have been many milestones in the career of Diamond Rio . In 1991, the band made history with "Meet in the Middle" climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart (now called Hot Country Songs), the first time a group did so with their debut single. They have…

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