1. Reggae Pioneer Miss Pat Chin of VP Records Celebrates 35 Years in the U.S.

    November 26, 2014 1:09 PM EST When Patricia Chin , cofounder of Queens, N.Y.-based reggae indie VP Records, ponders the changes in the music industry since she started out six decades ago, she exudes a spirited resiliency that is inextricably linked to VP's survival for nearly 60 years in a competitive marketplace.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. '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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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 pop…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. Code Picks of the Week: Brodinski, Frank & Tony, Giraffage

    November 21, 2014 5:17 PM EST Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Brodinski ft. SD – I Can't Help Myself [Bromance] The Bromance boss does not disappoint on his forthcoming album's first single,…

  12. Tony Bennett Lends His Voice to Children's Animated Series ‘Wallykazam!’

    November 21, 2014 1:44 AM EST Tony Bennett will lend his voice to an episode of the Nickelodeon children’s animated series Wallykazam! , the New York Post reports. Gaga & Bennett's 'Cheek to Cheek': Track-by-Track Album Review Bennett will play the singing voice of a goblin named Bobgoblin during and…

  13. Nicki Minaj Set For Second ‘Saturday Night Live’ Musical Guest Appearance

    November 20, 2014 10:51 PM EST Nicki Minaj is returning to Saturday Night Live ! One Direction to Perform on 'Saturday Night Live' The rapper will serve as SNL ’s musical guest on Dec. 6 with actor James Franco taking on hosting duties.   Minaj’s SNL booking arrives ahead of her third album, The Pinkprint ,…

  14. Audra McDonald 'Learned So Much' From Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 7:04 PM EST The Broadway superstar worked with the late director on 'Wit.' By the time Audra McDonald got to work with Mike Nichols , she was 31 and had already won three Tony awards but had done limited work in television  or movies. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson…

  15. Dave Appell, Songwriter for Chubby Checker, Dies at 92

    November 20, 2014 5:20 PM EST He co-wrote 'Let’s Twist Again' and 'Limbo Rock' and produced for Tony Orlando & Dawn. Dave Appell , the Philadelphia songwriter-producer behind such 1960s rock 'n' roll hits as "Let's Twist Again" and "Limbo Rock" from Chubby…

  16. Broadway to Dim Lights for Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 2:53 PM EST The nine-time Tony Award winner died Wednesday night. Acclaimed director Mike Nichols , who won nine Tony Awards and was nominated an additional eight times, will be honored by the Broadway community on Friday night. The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed in his memory for one…

  17. John Cameron Mitchell Returning to 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    November 20, 2014 2:32 PM EST Actor will reprise the transgender rocker role he created for a limited eight-week engagement in the hit Broadway revival, starting Jan. 21. Hedwig fans rejoice. Mama's coming home. John Cameron Mitchell , co-creator and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch , will return to his…

  18. Pop Shop Podcast: Vance Joy Interview, One Direction, ‘Mockingjay’ Soundtrack & More

    November 20, 2014 10:35 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…

  19. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

    November 20, 2014 9:29 AM EST Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday. The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York State of Mind," "Allentown," …

  20. Mike Nichols, Director of 'The Graduate,' Dies at 83

    November 20, 2014 7:44 AM EST Director Mike Nichols , who made such films as The Graduate , which earned him a best director Oscar, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, has died at the age of 83. He was was married to ABC News veteran  Diane Sawyer  and was one of only a dozen people to have won at least one Emmy,…

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