1. Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight Head to 'After Midnight' on Broadway

    April 30, 2014 9:52 AM EDT The lineup of pop stars keeps coming for new Tony Award-nominated "After Midnight." Producers of the show that celebrates Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club say Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole will take turns as special guest stars this summer. Related…

  2. DJ E-Z Rock, Hip Hop Pioneer Who Recorded 'It Takes Two,' Dies At 46

    April 28, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Rodney “Skip” Bryce, the hip hop artist who as DJ E-Z Rock enjoyed a breakout in the late ‘80s with “It Takes Two”, has died at 46. At time of writing, there was no verifiable information on the cause of his death. DJ E-Z Rock had the biggest hit of his career alongside fellow Harlem artist…

  3. 'Glee' Recap: 'Opening Night' Tells Us To Never Ever Read The Comments

    April 23, 2014 5:54 AM EDT Meta might as well be "Glee’s" middle name, as the series is no stranger to commenting on itself frequently and somewhat ferociously. Last week, the gang was even watching the credits for a "Glee" episode in the loft, joking about how Season 7 is when the series gets good,…

  4. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

  5. 4 Non Blondes to Reunite at L.A. Event

    April 17, 2014 11:45 AM EDT What's up with 4 Non Blondes? How about a one-night-only reunion? The '90s rock band will perform May 10 at "An Evening With Women" to benefit the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Linda Perry, the band's former lead singer and hit songwriter, has produced the event for…

  6. Salsa Great Cheo Feliciano Dies in Car Accident

    April 17, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Police say Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano has died in a car accident in the U.S. territory. He was 78. Officer Israel Arroyo says Feliciano was alone in his Jaguar when he hit a post before dawn Thursday in the northern suburb of Cupey. Crash Scene Footage (via El Nuevo Dia )…

  7. Top 10 Pop Stars Who've Crossed Over To Latin

    April 15, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. The typical meaning of crossover is reversed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, where at this year's April 24 show Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke…

  8. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  9. Drai’s Beach Club & Night Club Las Vegas Announces Eric Prydz and More as First Residents: Exclusive

    April 10, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Rising stars take the reins as nightlife mogul Victor Drai unveils his lofty new Las Vegas Beach Club’s inaugural residency lineup. Swedish progressive patriarch Eric Prydz leads a diverse cast of younger headliners that will include Adventure Club, Showtek, and DVBBS. The lineup also…

  10. Michael Cera Readies Broadway Debut In 'This Is Our Youth'

    April 10, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, which has been a magnet for top talent since it was first produced in 1996, is headed for Broadway, with Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and fashion media darling Tavi Gevinson set to play the three adrift characters in the caustic but compassionate…

  11. ABC's 'Nashville' Shoots For Ratings Boost With Concert Tour & Soundtrack

    April 09, 2014 4:54 PM EDT The drama has an imminent three-city concert tour and fourth soundtrack as ABC hopes to convert listeners into viewers It’s a toss-up whether "Nashville" will return to Nashville. Just two months ago, the hourlong soap set in country music’s epicenter appeared destined for…

  12. Courtney Love Ordered to Pay $96K in Twitter Defamation Case

    April 08, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Here's incontrovertible proof that Courtney Love is as unique as they come: On the same day that the singer got a victory in court by denying a new trial to one person she allegedly defamed on Twitter, a judge ordered her to pay nearly $96,000 to a second person she allegedly defamed on…

  13. '78 Project,' Cash and Carter Docs on the Road to Nashville Film Festival

    April 03, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Two films that connect the roots of recorded music with contemporary performers are among the music documentaries playing the Nashville Film Festival in April. "The 78 Project Movie" and "The Winding Stream," both of which had their world premieres at SXSW and include…

  14. Gene Simmons Celebrates Kiss' 40th Anniversary With Crowdsourcing Campaign

    April 03, 2014 2:47 AM EDT Gene Simmons is looking for help celebrating the 40th anniversary of Kiss. The rocker announced Wednesday night that Kiss is launching a campaign on Tongal -- a company that pairs creatives and brands to crowdsource the pitch-and-development process -- asking content creators and fans to…

  15. 'Nashville' Cast Members Going on Tour

    March 31, 2014 4:45 PM EDT More than a year after word first leaked that the stars of country music drama "Nashville" would hit the road, ABC has made it official. The network on Monday announced that stars Charles Esten (Deacon), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and…

  16. Kate Bush Sells Out 22 London Comeback Concerts in 15 Minutes

    March 28, 2014 11:14 AM EDT English singer-songwriter Kate Bush is performing live for the first time in 35 years, so it's no surprise the tickets have turned into a hot item. Still, though, the response to Bush's Before the Dawn concert series has been astounding -- tickets to the 22 dates sold out in less…

  17. Zach Braff's New Movie To Feature The Shins, Bon Iver on Soundtrack

    March 27, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Ten years after Zach Braff's directorial debut, "Garden State," spawned one of the biggest soundtracks of last decade, the former "Scrubs" star's follow-up feature, "Wish I Was Here," will also feature some of indie rock's brightest stars on its…

  18. Leon Russell, 'Fever': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 25, 2014 12:32 PM EDT The celebrated "blueshound" talks about his new album, "Life Journey" (out April 1), and his friendship with collaborator Elton John: "He's changed my life" Though it's not a strictly collaborative effort like 2010's Grammy Award-nominated "…

  19. Danity Kane Announces 'No Filter' U.S. Tour

    March 25, 2014 12:13 PM EDT Do you happen to have a first aid kit handy? The Danity Kane comeback, announced last summer, will finally hit the road in May for the No Filter tour, it was announced on Tuesday (Mar. 25). The 13-date U.S. trek will begin in San Francisco on May 16. "The symbol for the tour is our…

  20. 'Divergent' Soundtrack: Ellie Goulding Adds Three Songs as Young-Adult Music Shifts

    March 21, 2014 3:50 PM EDT "Divergent" isn't just the third young-adult franchise to be adapted for the big screen by Summit/Lionsgate, following "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games." It's also the recently merged studio's latest bid to create an equally lucrative soundtrack…

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