1. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  2. She & Him Signs With Columbia Records

    June 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A new album by the indie duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel is expected in the fall, a rep for the Sony label confirms. She & Him, the indie duo comprised of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, have just joined the majors. Columbia Records, the Sony Music subsidiary run by chairman Rob…

  3. Kanye West, Foo Fighters To Headline Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful Festival

    June 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT More than 50 acts will perform the stage during the three-day fest, scheduled for Oct. 24 to 26. The Life Is Beautiful music festival, returning for its second year to Downtown Las Vegas, has announced the lineup for the 2014 edition. Scheduled for October 24 through 26, the festival…

  4. 'Rising Star': 'It's 'Hunger Games' Meets the Coliseum in Rome' (Cover Story)

    June 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With ratings for reality-based performance shows on the decline, how can ABC's Rising Star hope to succeed? The answer may be in its eclectic and unpredictable band of on-air talent — Ludacris, Kesha, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley — and a new format. In 2012, Avi Nir had a problem. A…

  5. Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed)

    June 02, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Trent Reznor will remain with Beats Music once Apple completes its acquisition of the fledgling digital music service, Billboard has confirmed. The Nine Inch Nails frontman is currently the company's chief creative officer. Spokespersons for Reznor and for Beats have already said a…

  6. Rock Hall of Fame: Dave Grohl on Nirvana Honors, Reuniting with Courtney Love: 'It Was Beautiful'

    June 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On a chilly night in April, 20 years to the month since the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl did what many people thought was unimaginable. Taking the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at New York's Barclays Center, the 43-year-old rocker embraced Courtney…

  7. Jimmy Iovine Leaving Interscope Geffen A&M

    May 28, 2014 5:10 PM EDT John Janick to succeed Iovine as chairman and CEO of label group John Janick has been named chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M, succeeding Jimmy Iovine, the most successful head of a major label for the last 25 years. The announcement was made to coincide with the finally confirmed…

  8. Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves Take America: Inside Their TV Special, Tour (Cover Story)

    May 27, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Katy Perry is practically naked. Dress rehearsal for "Crossroads," the June 13 CMT special that pairs the pop star with country newcomer Kacey Musgraves, is an hour away, but all Perry can think about is getting undressed. Recently arrived at her trailer on-site at Sony'…

  9. Miles Davis Honored with Namesake New York City Street

    May 27, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A block on New York City's Upper West Side where Miles Davis composed some of jazz's greatest works has been renamed in his honor. Yesterday (May 26), hundreds came out for the unveiling ceremony of a street sign titled "Miles Davis Way," officially marking a stretch of…

  10. From Sound City to City Sounds: Dave Grohl Talks Risky Foo Fighters Album, HBO Project

    May 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Foo Fighters' 20th anniversary comes with an album, its own cable docuseries and an ambitious mission to tell the story of America through its indigenous music If Dave Grohl is gunning for the title of rock's top overachiever, he is well on his way. Since forming Foo Fighters in…

  11. Comedy Issue: Podcasters Marc Maron, Jimmy Pardo & Aisha Tyler Bring Laughs Home

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT A comedian craving intimacy might want to consider becoming a podcaster. “[The audience knows] you a lot better,” says Marc Maron, 50, who has helmed the twice-weekly WTF since September 2009 and announced in December it had topped 100 million downloads. Each show averages about 80 minutes in…

  12. Foo Fighters Reveal New Album Details, HBO Series

    May 15, 2014 11:25 AM EDT Frontman Dave Grohl directs the making of his band's forthcoming eighth album, which was recorded at famous studios in eight different cities with local legends sitting in A new  Foo Fighters album is due out this fall and with the as-yet-untitled effort, HBO will air a new series…

  13. NBC Announces 'Music Man' Live TV Production

    May 12, 2014 6:34 PM EDT NBC will be doing a live production of "The Music Man". Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, announced during the network's upfront presentation Monday morning that the network has closed a deal to bring a broadcast version of the 1957 musical, which won five Tony Awards…

  14. Phillip Phillips Expands His Sound on 'Behind The Light': Album Review

    May 12, 2014 1:50 PM EDT When Phillip Phillips won "American Idol" in season 11, it wasn't due to his outgoing personality. In fact, on-air interviews with the Georgia native during the Fox show's 2012 run often felt more like an exercise in single-syllable vocabulary -- as in, how many Scrabble…

  15. 'Glee's' Darren Criss Covers John Legend's 'All Of Me': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 12, 2014 12:09 PM EDT John Legend's gorgeous ballad "All Of Me" finally hit No. 1 on last week's Hot 100 chart , and on this week's season finale of "Glee," the new chart-topper is getting a makeover, courtesy of Darren Criss. Before the hits-packed episode airs on Tuesday night …

  16. Naya Rivera Dropped From Columbia Records

    May 01, 2014 7:20 PM EDT While conflicting reports surface about her "Glee" future, Rivera's relationship with her record label has ended. Update : a rep for Naya Rivera has denied that she has been dropped from Columbia Records in an online statement, but has not returned request for contact.…

  17. 'Glee' Recap: Ambition Causes Friction In 'The Back-Up Plan'

    April 30, 2014 4:17 AM EDT In the “Back-Up Plan” it is pretty evident that no one really has one, and when push comes to shove the only plan they really have is to rely on each other when their grand ambitions intersect with the sacredness of their personal relationships. Our gang might be a more loosely knit group as…

  18. Gwen Stefani Splits From Longtime Manager

    April 25, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Also: Why the No Doubt singer defected from "Rising Star" to "The Voice." This article was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard Magazine . Gwen Stefani is being wooed by multiple suitors. According to sources, the No Doubt frontwoman, 44, was close to signing…

  19. Kelis, 'FOOD': Track-By-Track Review

    April 21, 2014 1:08 PM EDT For her latest career reinvention, Kelis is trying on a rock-and-soul hybrid helmed by producer Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) with an album called "FOOD" (out Tuesday on Ninja Tune), conveniently released at the same time as she's hosting a new show for the Cooking Channel, …

  20. Coachella 2014: Arcade Fire Set Features 'Daft Punk' Surprise

    April 21, 2014 2:49 AM EDT Two robots in white join the night three headliners for the song "Get Lucky." Also: Beck makes an appearance. Coachella 2014 has featured a slew of unannounced guests over its two-weekend bow, but perhaps the biggest surprise of all came on Sunday night as Arcade Fire performed…

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