1. Darrell Hammond Named 'SNL' Announcer After Don Pardo's Death

    September 18, 2014 10:56 AM EDT "It can't be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition," Lorne Michaels tells USA Today. Darrell Hammond is rejoining Saturday Night Live as the show's new announcer, after longtime voice Don Pardo passed away in August at 96. Hammond will introduce the…

  2. Exclusive: Coachella and Firefly Founders Team Up on Joint Venture

    September 17, 2014 5:43 PM EDT The deal brings together Goldenvoice, the U.S.' most successful festival producer, with Red Frog, the company behind our fastest-growing fest. Goldenvoice, creators of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., has entered into a joint venture with Red Frog Events to…

  3. Samsung's Sitcom About Samsung Will Feature K-Pop Stars

    September 17, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Samsung is putting its own spin on the workplace sitcom with the release next month of The Best Future , a six-episode web series about how sweet it is to work at the South Korea-based electronics giant. According to ZDNet Korea , the hour-long show will tell the story of a young woman who…

  4. 10 Taylor Swift Lyrics That Purr-fectly Encapsulate Her Cute Cat-Walking Photo

    September 16, 2014 6:34 PM EDT Olivia Benson hits the streets of NYC. Is  Taylor Swift  channeling a supervillain these days? Of course not, but the paparazzi "caught" Swift during a particularly cute moment earlier Tuesday (Sept. 16) when she walked out of her apartment with her sweet cat Olivia Benson. There&…

  5. Snoop Dogg Narrates Footage of a Crocodile Eating a Wildebeest on 'Kimmel'

    September 16, 2014 12:05 PM EDT "I don't wanna be a wildebeest, they just dumb as a motherf---er," are not words you expect to hear from Snoop Dogg . But the rapper has always shown an ambitious versatility that belied his laid-back persona. He helped bring melody to rap in the early '90s, expanded his…

  6. Common's Father Dies at 71

    September 16, 2014 9:26 AM EDT Lonnie Lynn, known to hip-hop fans for his soulful spoken-word poems on rapper son Common 's albums, has died. Lynn died at age 71 on Friday, Common said in an interview Monday in Los Angeles. He gave no further details. Lynn was a star high school basketball player in Chicago and played…

  7. Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Redman & Method Man Perform At One Music Fest 2014: Live Review

    September 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Saturday, Sept. 13, music fans flocked to Atlanta's Aaron's Amphitheatre for One Music Fest. The day-long festival featured three stages: Zeus (main stage), Hercules (small stage) and the DJ stage, Soulection. After Atlanta's own Cody ChesnuTT kicked off the afternoon,…

  8. Lorde Dazzles at New York City's Pier 97, Covers Kanye West & Bon Iver

    September 15, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Lorde is at a crossroads. A lot of kids her age are drifting between high school and college; Ella Yelich-O'Connor likely fancies herself sort of like Kanye West between College Dropout and Late Registration . On tour with Majical Cloudz, she’s in a space where she can still bask in the…

  9. Chris Brown, 'X': Track-by-Track Review

    September 15, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Who needs haters when you're your own worst enemy? Chris Brown has been a self-saboteur since his infamous 2009 assault of Rihanna -- a talent whose skill for hit singles and agile performances is only matched by his knack for cannonballing into career-threatening pools of legal…

  10. Calvin Harris, Sam Smith Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    September 15, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Calvin Harris landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as a solo artist in five years as “Blame” (Columbia/Sony), featuring John Newman , debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 14). Sam Smith’s   In The Lonely Hour  (Capitol/Universal) continues to lead the album chart. Harris first topped the British…

  11. Paul McCartney and His Daughter Front Row at Hunter's Show

    September 13, 2014 1:56 PM EDT It's not every day that you see not just one, but two McCartneys on the front row. Watch Paul McCartney & Johnny Depp's Half-Hour Blues Jam Session Paul McCartney and his fashion designer daughter Stella caused a stir as they sat down to watch the catwalk show staged Saturday by…

  12. 'Simpsons' Producer Al Jean Dishes on Show's Best Musical Moments

    September 12, 2014 3:00 PM EDT To close out The Simpsons binge-fest of all 552 episodes on FXX last month, the Hollywood Bowl is dedicating three nights to the beloved animated series. From Sept. 12-14, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will be accompanied by stars like Conan O'Brien , “Weird Al” Yankovic ,…

  13. Arcade Fire's 'Funeral' Turns 10: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Arcade Fire's sprawling set-up is like a small community onstage, but at its core, the band is the songwriting duo of husband and wife Win Butler and Régine Chassagne . Both lost a grandparent during the recording of their debut album, and the theme of death dominates Funeral , released…

  14. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  15. Sonia Leigh Calls Support From Jake Owen & More 'Humbling'

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Sonia Leigh has returned with a new single, "Put It in Your Pocket," and she tells Billboard that getting to share new music with her fans is a very rewarding feeling. "I love sharing how I've grown as an artist, and sharing new music…

  16. Student Disappointed Special Guest Is President Obama, Not Beyonce

    September 12, 2014 11:24 AM EDT Who among us doesn't hear "VIP Guest" and secretly hope it's  Beyonce ?  In honor of Sept. 11, The President and First Lady stopped by an elementary school in D.C. Thursday to participate in the National Day of Service. When the President was placed next to sixth grader…

  17. Move Over Elvis: Tiesto to Score Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas

    September 12, 2014 9:39 AM EDT Las Vegas' Bellagio Fountains are about to get "Maximal Crazy," thanks to Tiesto . The electronic music producer will debut a score for the Sin City attraction, which features choreographed water sequences set to lights and music -- usually from the likes of Frank Sinatra and…

  18. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  19. 'Gilmore Girls' on Netflix: Here Are the Show's 8 Best Musical Moments

    September 11, 2014 7:15 PM EDT With Gilmore Girls making its Netflix debut on Oct. 1, we run down the top musical moments from the series. 8. The Shins made an appearance in the season four episode "Girls in Bikinis, Boys Doin' the Twist," playing at a club in Florida, where Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Paris …

  20. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara,…

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