1. Rewinding the Charts: 44 Years Ago, Creedence Clearwater Revival Topped the Beatles

    December 26, 2014 9:05 AM EST In 1970, John Fogerty's band reigned as the top album artist in Billboard's first year-end spotlight. ON DEC. 26, 1970, BILLBOARD published its first dedicated review – dubbed "Talent in Action" – of the previous 12 months' biggest acts, albums and songs. That year,…

  2. 'School of Rock' Graduates to Broadway

    December 22, 2014 12:53 AM EST In the words of Dewey Finn : "God of Rock, thank you for this chance to kick ass." That failed rock star, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and attempts to form a band out of his class, will become the protagonist of the Broadway-bound School of Rock -…

  3. Madonna Bests Paul McCartney As World's Richest Recording Artist

    December 02, 2014 1:43 PM EST Madonna tops a new list of the world's wealthiest recording artists, besting fellow 1 percenters Paul McCartney and Dr. Dre . According to Wealth-X's net worth valuation of the pop queen, Madge is worth a staggering $800 million. That's significantly less than the one billion…

  4. Prince Charles, Paul McCartney and Lily Allen Toast PRS For Music's Centennial

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Late last week, their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at their official London residence, Clarence House, to celebrate 100 years of U.K. collection society  PRS for Music .  Sir Paul McCartney , Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber , Ray Davies ,…

  5. Jessie J on Digging Deep for Her New Album: ‘I’m Not Afraid of the Pain’

    October 10, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Jessie J is trying something new: not oversharing. On the phone from Hong Kong, where she recently wrapped a series of shows, the singer is expressing regrets about comments she made earlier this year to The Mirror about her bisexuality. ("It was a phase," she said then.) …

  6. Nicole Scherzinger Lands Role in 'Cats' Musical

    September 29, 2014 10:48 PM EDT Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger is evolving into another type of feline.  The pop singer has landed the role of the "Glamour Cat" Grizabella in Cats , Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical. She’ll perform in the famous production when it returns to London’s…

  7. Mick Jagger, Sting Urge Scotland to Stay in U.K.

    August 07, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Mick Jagger , Judi Dench and Stephen Hawking are among dozens of celebrities and public figures in Britain who have signed a petition appealing to Scottish voters to vote to stay in the United Kingdom in a referendum in September. More on Scotland Scotland's T in the Park Relocating to…

  8. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Company Suing Over Canceled 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Tour

    July 29, 2014 3:21 PM EDT U.S. tour was canceled days before it was set to premiere. The story surrounding the U.S. production of Jesus Christ Superstar -- which was canceled days before its official U.S. premiere -- just got messier. Andrew Lloyd Webber 's Really Useful Group production company is taking legal…

  9. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Tour Failed Due to 'Horrific' Ticket Sales, Says Promoter

    June 06, 2014 3:29 PM EDT “We realized we had a problem the day we went on sale,” reflects Michael Cohl . It had been four days since he officially pulled the plug on the "Jesus Christ Superstar" Arena Spectacular tour before the cast could do its first show, which had been scheduled for June 9 in New…

  10. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Promoter Cites Low Ticket Sales for Arena Tour Cancellation: Update

    May 31, 2014 9:13 PM EDT "It became obvious the shows were in trouble, but we tried until the last moment to give it every chance to turn around" Following news last night that the star-studded, multimillion-dollar production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar"…

  11. Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour is Cancelled

    May 30, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Producers of the star-studded “Jesus Christ Superstar” arena tour have cancelled the 51-city tour that was scheduled to start at New Orleans' Lakefront Arena on June 9. The "Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour” included in its cast Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, John…

  12. Michael Eavis, Founder of Glastonbury Festival, To Receive U.K.'s MITs Award

    May 16, 2014 2:36 AM EDT Michael Eavis, the dairy farmer who turned a small concert on his property into the world-famous Glastonbury Festival, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Music Industry Trust’s Award.  Eavis will be recognized for his “outstanding contribution to the U.K.’s live music industry and…

  13. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Tour Starring Michelle Williams, Brandon Boyd

    April 04, 2014 10:40 AM EDT "Jesus Christ Superstar" is hitting the road. The new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber rock musical is kicking off a 50-city, North American arena tour on June 9 in New Orleans, starring Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams and N'…

  14. 'Phantom Of The Opera' Musical Welcomes First Black Lead

    March 21, 2014 3:29 AM EDT Norm Lewis has been tapped to be Broadway's next Phantom in the megahit "The Phantom of the Opera," a move that makes him the first African-American to slip behind the famous mask on the Great White Way. Producers said Thursday the Tony Award nominee, who brought his deep and…

  15. Elton John's Film Company Acquires Rights to Animated 'Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' Film

    February 05, 2014 7:37 PM EST Elton John's Rocket Pictures has acquired the film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's global hit play "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and will adapt it as an animated family feature in association with Webber's the Really Useful Group. Based…

  16. Andrew Lloyd Webber's New Musical Explores the Swinging ‘60s, Sex and Scandal

    October 01, 2013 12:24 AM EDT He's done the Bible, felines, operatic phantoms and Argentine politics. So what is Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical about? Sex - as well as politics, spying, social revolution and the Cold War. "Stephen Ward" centers on a sensational real-life scandal, the 1963…

  17. Former ‘Idol’ Clay Aiken Shines in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'

    August 08, 2013 2:26 AM EDT Behold: Clay Aiken in Technicolor. The 34-year-old American Idol alum is letting it all hang out in a rainbow of glory in this new photo released by the Ogunquit Playhouse , a theater in Maine where Aiken is currently starring in the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Joseph…

  18. Andrew Lloyd Webber to Bring 'School of Rock' to the Stage

    April 10, 2013 10:22 AM EDT Musical theatre icon Andrew Lloyd Webber has secured the theatrical rights to produce a stage version of the film "School of Rock," about a group of privileged kids learning to rock under the tutelage of slacker Jack Black. Lloyd Webber told CBC Radio recently that he's "…

  19. 'Evita' to Close When Ricky Martin, Other Originals End Run

    December 12, 2012 7:35 AM EST So What Happens Now? Producers opt to end run on Jan. 26 rather than find replacements Evidently, Ricky Martin is irreplaceable. Despite previously announced plans to recast the principal roles in Evita following the exit on Jan. 26 of original stars Martin, Elena Roger and Michael Cerveris,…

  20. Ricky Martin Saying Goodbye to 'Evita'

    November 27, 2012 3:35 PM EST Ricky Martin fans have until the end of January to see the pop superstar in Broadway's "Evita." Martin will play his final performance as Che in the current revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical portrait of Eva Perón on January 26. Argentine actress Elena Roger, who…

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