1. Ariana Grande Denies Authenticity of Alleged Leaked Nude Photos

    August 31, 2014 11:00 PM EDT A member of Ariana Grande's team tells Billboard the photos fake. Ariana Grande and numerous other female celebrities are the target of a major hacking campaign involving alleged nude photos that have been leaked online. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her…

  2. Haim Release Full 'My Song 5' Music Video With Vanessa Bayer, Kesha, A$AP Ferg, Grimes & More

    August 19, 2014 9:50 AM EDT The Haim sisters have recruited a cool, eclectic cast of characters to join them in their new "My Song 5" music video. After teasing it with a 15-second clip on Monday, Haim released the entire video -- boasting cameos from Vanessa Bayer, Kesha, Big Sean, ASAP Ferg, Grimes, …

  3. 'SNL' Star Vanessa Bayer Battles Bands for Laughs With New YouTube Series 'Sound Advice'

    August 11, 2014 3:25 PM EDT On Saturday Night Live , Vanessa Bayer, 32, delivers a spot-on Miley Cyrus. As the inept, bitchy “media coach” Janessa Slater in her YouTube series Sound Advice , Bayer’s taking on real musicians with her brother Jonah, a music journalist and series co-writer. So far its channel, Above…

  4. TV on the Radio Announces New Album 'Seeds' With Trippy Video

    July 29, 2014 11:52 AM EDT TV on the Radio has been hinting at it for a while, but the news is finally here. The auditory magicians have a new album coming out on Harvest, their new, post-Interscope label home. Governors Ball 2014: TV on the Radio Holds Their Own Against Stiff Set Time Competition Seeds will drop…

  5. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  6. Travie McCoy Recieves 'Sound Advice' From Vanessa Bayer

    July 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT This week, musician Travie McCoy sat down with "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Vanessa Bayer, for another episode of the "Above Average" web series, “Sound Advice.” Bayer plays PR consultant, Janessa Slater, who gives terrible advice to musicians. McCoy seems less…

  7. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  8. Vanessa Carlton Announces Pregnancy, New Album In 2015

    June 26, 2014 4:22 PM EDT It’s no "ordinary day" for Vanessa Carlton, who announced on social media that she and husband John McCauley are expecting their first child. Because of the happy news, Carlton's next album, "Liberman," has been pushed to the summer of 2015. The singer/songwriter…

  9. Kanye West Retracts Negative Comments on Photographer Annie Leibovitz

    June 20, 2014 3:50 AM EDT Kanye West is back at it again, this time backtracking on recent comments he made about photographer Annie Leibovitz while speaking at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, claiming his remarks "have been taken out of context and sensationalized." He told the…

  10. TV on the Radio Receive 'Sound Advice' from 'SNL' Star Vanessa Bayer

    June 18, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Genre-spanning art rock band TV on the Radio stopped by Above Average’s web series ‘Sound Advice’ this week to talk to ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member, Vanessa Bayer.  The popular series, which last week featured Drake , stars Bayer as PR consultant Janessa Slater, giving terrible advice to…

  11. ‘After Midnight’ To Close on Broadway By End of June

    June 16, 2014 12:06 AM EDT The Broadway musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem is dancing into history: It will play its final show June 29. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number "After Midnight," a candy…

  12. Drake Gets Some 'Sound Advice' From 'SNL' Star Vanessa Bayer

    June 12, 2014 3:52 PM EDT This week, musician Drake stopped by the Above Average web series, "Sound Advice" to talk to "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Vanessa Bayer. In the series, Bayer plays PR consultant Janessa Slater, who gives hilariously bad advice to popular artists. Drake is known to…

  13. 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…

  14. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  15. 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…

  16. Mr. Scruff Talks New 'Friendly Bacteria' Album and Staying Out of the Box

    April 24, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Seated against a cozy backdrop of more vinyl records than he can count, Mr. Scruff looks right at home surrounded by his sounds. The veteran Manchester disc jockey – born Andy Carthy – has earned the smile that sits well framed by his namesake beard. His freewheeling “Keep It Unreal” DJ…

  17. Easter Meets 420: A Mixed Bag of Our Favorite Tweets

    April 20, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Every so often, holidays of various nature collide in an unexpected way -- and today (April 20) is one of those days.  While some are spending this Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection of Christ at church or a family brunch, the Cannabis crowd is taking note of the 420 holiday by…

  18. Enrique Iglesias, Wisin, Sean Paul to Perform at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 17, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Cristian Castro and Michel Teló have also been added for the April 24th show Enrique Iglesias, Wisin, Sean Paul, Cristian Castro, and Michel Teló have joined the all-star lineup set to perform at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards. The newly announced performers will join Chayanne, Marc…

  19. Are Stars Charging $20k and Up to Wear T-Shirts at Coachella? (Report)

    April 07, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Updated: Lacoste's rep tells Billboard that the story about Lea Michele is "100 percent false." Meanwhile, Aaron Paul is, according to the New York Daily News report, asking for $15,000 and at least 2 VIP festival passes. This year's Coachella tickets may have sold out…

  20. 'SNL' Recap: Pharrell's Hat Returns, Anna Kendrick Spoofs 'Little Mermaid'

    April 06, 2014 1:08 AM EDT The hat is back! Ever since its debut at the GRAMMYs last January, Pharrell Williams' hat has been linked quite heavily with, well, Pharrell Williams. So it made sense for the singer/producer, once he graced the "Saturday Night Live" stage, to don the now-famous headwear to…

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