1. Sting Reflects on Life at 63, His Own Mortality and a ‘Possible Third Act’

    October 20, 2014 1:39 AM EDT "I wouldn't normally do this," said Sting , grinning mischievously as he ambled onstage following the curtain call at the Oct. 2 preview performance of his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship . "But it's my birthday, and I always sing on my birthday." To the…

  2. Watch Sting Sing Ringtones (Stingtones?) on 'Tonight Show'

    October 17, 2014 10:25 AM EDT Remember when pop music-themed ringtones were all the rage? Sting knows it’s not 2005 anymore, but he did his best to bring it back on Thursday night's episode of The   Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon . The former Police frontman was in the mood to play along with Jimmy Fallon , who…

  3. Neil Patrick Harris to Host the 2015 Oscars

    October 15, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the 2015 Oscars, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Tonys 2014: Neil Patrick Harris Gives Sting a Lap Dance During 'Hedwig' Performance The actor has hosted the Emmy Awards twice and the Tony Awards four times. He also has performed on the…

  4. Album Review: Nico & Vinz’s Debut ‘Black Star Elephant’ Proves Doubters Right

    October 14, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Would you be wrong for thinking that Nico & Vinz could be some-thing for real? Yup. The Norwegian duo may have boasted one of the songs of the summer in "Am I Wrong," but on its debut album, Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery prove the chorus of doubters right. The LP trumpets its…

  5. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  6. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  7. Rock Hall Nominees: The Locks, the Likelys & the Longshots

    October 09, 2014 6:00 PM EDT It's a little fun for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame watchers to predict who's going to be nominated each fall. It's a lot more fun to figure out which of the nominees will actually get in.  With Green Day , nine inch nails and N.W.A. on the ballot, this year's group of…

  8. Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, the Smiths Nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    October 09, 2014 8:26 AM EDT Congrats, Billie Joe; congrats, Trent; congrats, Morrissey. And congrats to your band members, and to everyone, because today is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations day ! A 25-year period needs to have passed for acts to gain eligibility, and Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are this year&…

  9. Why 1995 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 08, 2014 10:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992  and  1993 . Today, we look at 1994 and 1995 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE Picking your favorite year in a decade of musical…

  10. Rising Australian Singer Josef Salvat: From Studying Law to Studying Sia

    October 03, 2014 7:16 PM EDT The 25-year-old is signed to Columbia and prepping an album for next year, but his new EP, 'In Your Prime,' is already gaining steam. Josef Salvat is an Australian singer-songwriter based in London who deals in soulful, and sometimes sorrowful, electro-pop. His debut EP Hustler…

  11. Gwen Stefani Finishing New Solo Album With Pharrell

    September 29, 2014 6:35 PM EDT She will perform her lead single on 'The Voice,' manager Irving Azoff says. It's been eight years since Gwen Stefani 's last solo album, 2006's The Sweet Escape , but the wait may soon be over for new music from the newly minted Voice coach. In a panel at…

  12. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Kelly Clarkson Enjoys a No. 1 'Moment'

    September 29, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2002, Clarkson notched the first Hot 100 leader by an 'American Idol' contestant. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Cher, Tony Bennett and Boyz II Men. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  13. 5 Questions with Steve Nieve, Elvis Costello's World-Class Sideman

    September 29, 2014 2:02 AM EDT There’s a case to be made for Steve Nieve as rock 'n' roll’s greatest keyboardist, at least as an accompanist. Ebony and ivory have lived together not just in perfect harmony but frenzied excitement as Nieve has been the dominant instrumental force in Elvis Costello’ s Attractions…

  14. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Beyonce Duets With Jay Z, Sting Joins No Doubt & 8 More Highlights

    September 28, 2014 1:27 AM EDT Now in its third year, the Global Citizen Festival took its ambitious name to heart during its Sept. 27 gathering on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park. In addition to show-stopping performances from Jay Z (with a two-song finale cameo from Beyonce ), No Doubt (who were at one point…

  15. Global Citizen Festival's Co-Founder Explains Its Birth & Mission

    September 26, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Prior to the launch of the Global Citizen Festival in 2012, co-founder Ryan Gall spent his time filming documentaries and hosting small charity events. Now he’s now helping organize one of the world’s largest single-day charity concerts, thanks to an inspirational moment during a Texas…

  16. Sting to Perform with No Doubt at Global Citizen Festival

    September 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Sting will join No Doubt for a special collaboration at the Global Citizen Festival, which returns to the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on Sept. 27. Details on the “must see” performance remain under tight wraps, though celebrated live event and television producer Ken Ehrlich…

  17. Green Day's 'American Idiot' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For Green Day , George W. Bush's administration wasn't much fun, but it did inspire a career revival most acts would (metaphorically) kill for. 2000's Warning was the punk band's most disappointing effort (both critically and commercially) since breaking…

  18. Bob Geldof, Eddie Izzard Plead for Scotland to Remain Part of U.K.

    September 16, 2014 12:23 PM EDT "The United Kingdom is one of the greatest ideas for the modern age," the singer tells a rally in London. Music star Bob Geldof and comedian Eddie Izzard were among those who attended a London rally organized Monday by the "Let's Stay Together" campaign, which is…

  19. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Brad Paisley & The Ever-Elusive No. 1 Album

    September 05, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Paisley, who has yet to earn a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, nets his fifth No. 2 set. Also: Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' sells a half-million & Ed Sheeran's new EP debuts. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Ariana Grande 's My Everything debuted…

  20. Sting & Al Green Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    September 04, 2014 2:35 PM EDT It's a rare honor for an artist to receive accolades from the president, let alone have him sing one of your tunes. Now Al Green can claim both, knowing that President Barack Obama is a fan. Green is among five artists receiving this year's Kennedy Center Honors, the national awards…

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