1. 'Rock of Ages' to Take Final Broadway Bow

    November 18, 2014 4:09 PM EST Musical will close Jan. 18 after six-year run. Rock of Ages is set to close after a six-year run on Broadway, it was announced Tuesday morning (Nov. 18). The five-time Tony-nominated musical -- which currently features original star Constantine Maroulis , YouTube personality  Chester See  …

  2. Ariana Grande Will Perform at 2014 American Music Awards

    November 18, 2014 12:00 PM EST Ariana Grande will be dominating the 2014 American Music Awards. It was announced today that the singer will perform a medley of her hits, including "Problem," "Break Free," and "Love Me Harder" at the awards show. It was also announced that Grande…

  3. J. Cole Reveals '2014 Forest Hills Drive' Album Coming By End of Year

    November 17, 2014 1:16 PM EST With almost no alert, J. Cole announced he's releasing his third studio album,  2014 Forest Hills Drive, on Dec. 9. The Internet caught drift of a pre-order Amazon link of the album just before the announcement. "What up? My New Album is finished. It's called 2014 Forest…

  4. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Wu-Tang Clan to Shawn Mendes

    November 14, 2014 6:13 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Shawn Mendes "Something Big" Island The Ed Sheeran -esque folk-pop of Shawn Mendes' "Something Big" is an awkward fit for the Vine phenomenon. Unlike the slow contemplation of debut hit "Life Of The Party,"…

  5. 15 Musician Sex-Tape Scandals, From Tommy Lee to Usher

    November 13, 2014 2:54 PM EST News got out Wednesday that a sex tape featuring Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond was stolen and being shopped around, and the  singer's legal team is hot on the case .  Usher Hunting Down Stolen Sex Tape Like the rumors of an Iggy Azalea sex tape that surfaced in September , this…

  6. Wrong Direction: Why The Wanted Never Reached The Boy Band Stratosphere

    November 12, 2014 5:35 PM EST There were sonic missteps and album delays, but the boy band war of 2012 was over before it began. In March 2012, there were not one but two U.K. male pop groups on the cover of Billboard magazine , with a story written by Steven J. Horowitz about the impending boy band boom that the…

  7. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees For 2014 American Country Countdown Awards

    November 11, 2014 10:00 AM EST Newly-crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan leads the upcoming American Country Countdown Awards with seven nominations. The ACCA awards celebrate the best in country radio. Following Bryan, Florida Georgia Line earned six nominations. The American Country Countdown Awards will air…

  8. ‘Try Me’ Rapper Dej Loaf: ‘What I’m Doing Hasn’t Been Done’

    November 10, 2014 2:45 PM EST The Detroit rappers talks 'Try Me' remixes, her upcoming 'Sell Dole' project & women in rap. This past summer, rapper Dej Loaf (real name Deja Trimble) quit her janitorial job at the Chrysler plant in her native Detroit, unsure of the future. But after she uploaded…

  9. Watch President Obama Join Willie Nelson For An Awkward Sing-Along of ‘On the Road Again’

    November 09, 2014 3:06 PM EST President Obama did his very best to keep up Willie Nelson as the country music legend sang his iconic song “On the Road Again” during a recent concert at the White House. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall The show, titled A Salute to…

  10. Emerging Picks of the Week: Nathaniel, Kehlani & Angel Olson

    November 07, 2014 5:16 PM EST Heading into the weekend, Billboard offers another triple-play of tracks to check out that all debuted on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart for the week ending Nov. 2. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Live Louder,"…

  11. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Fifth Harmony to Spandau Ballet

    November 07, 2014 3:10 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Billy Currington "Don't It" Mercury Records "Baby, don't say no so quick/This ain't about me trying to see how far that I can get," the ever-smooth Billy Currington purrs on "Don't It."…

  12. Sam Hunt Scores Country Charts Feat Last Achieved 22 Years Ago

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Newcomer Sam Hunt tops three Billboard country charts -- Top Country Albums , Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay -- as his first full-length set, Montevallo , opens with 70,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Digital sales account for a hefty 71 percent of the sum.) Sam…

  13. Album Review: Azealia Banks Surprises on 'Broke With Expensive Taste'

    November 07, 2014 1:55 PM EST Liking a project by someone as divisive as rapper Azealia Banks presents its own challenge: separating the artist from the art. Since beguiling listeners with her X-rated firestarter "212" in 2011, the Harlem, N.Y. native quickly dimmed her buzz with a spattering of public feuds…

  14. Nick Jonas Ends NYC Mini-Tour with Intimate Brooklyn Gig

    November 07, 2014 1:29 PM EST Tucked away in the industrial back room of Rough Trade, an uber-hip record store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is what looks like a small funk band setting up. Twentysomethings clad in J. Crew stand patiently in the crowd, scrolling through Instagram feeds and snapping selfies, trying to…

  15. American Music Awards Add Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons & Garth Brooks to 2014 Lineup

    November 06, 2014 11:00 AM EST The American Music Awards announced the addition of three more performers to the already star-studded 2014 lineup: Selena Gomez , Imagine Dragons , and one of the best-selling artists of all time,  Garth Brooks . Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards With Six Nominations Gomez dropped…

  16. CMA Awards 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    November 05, 2014 8:00 PM EST The 2014 CMA Awards have begun! Check back here for an updated winners list all night! CMA Awards 2014: Who Should Win/Who Will Win | Producers Give Scoop on the Show  | Live Blog Entertainer of the Year: Luke Bryan -- WINNER Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton George Strait Keith Urban Female…

  17. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Wu-Tang Clan, Fifth Harmony, Theophilus London & More

    November 05, 2014 5:00 PM EST On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about an eclectic bunch of new songs in the worlds of hip-hop, indie, R&B and pop. Since Pop-Shop's Jason Lipshutz was lucky enough to attend an advance listening session of Wu-Tang Clan 's long-awaited  A…

  18. Woman Sentenced in Stabbing of Mary J. Blige's Dad

    November 04, 2014 8:24 PM EST A woman accused of stabbing the father of R&B singer Mary J. Blige during a domestic dispute in Michigan has been sentenced to jail. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that Cheryl White of Battle Creek was sentenced Monday to a year in jail, but with 270 days already served. She'…

  19. Chart Highlights: Tove Lo's 'Habits' Hits No. 1 'High' on Pop Songs

    November 03, 2014 5:35 PM EST 'Habits (Stay High)' is the seventh Pop Songs leader by a rookie this year. Plus, Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' debuts and Imagine Dragons fire back with 'I Bet My Life.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  20. Corner Office: ABC's Music Chief Dawn Soler on 'Nashville,' the Songs Behind 'Scandal,' and Making the Move From Movies to TV

    November 03, 2014 2:15 PM EST Burbank is a long way from Music City, but lots of things in Dawn Soler 's office show a love for Nashville, both the city and the TV show that has been in her care since its debut three seasons ago. She was the music supervisor for the first two episodes of Nashville before handing…

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