1. Polite Guy Andrew Rannells Ready to Get His Hedwig On

    August 21, 2014 11:46 PM EDT Andrew Rannells says he never dreamed of becoming a rock star while growing up. What he hoped for was a part on Broadway. Now he's getting both at the same time - and a load of mascara as well. Starting Wednesday, the Tony Award-nominated star of The Book of Mormon  on Broadway and HBO&…

  2. 'The Voice' Season 7 Trailer Features Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Lovefest

    August 21, 2014 9:49 PM EDT Newest coaches don't miss a beat with Adam Levine, Blake Shelton in new trailer. Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani haven't made their debut on The Voice yet, but a new trailer reveals that the duo seem to be feeling right at home. The two music powerhouses join veteran Voice…

  3. Pete Wentz Welcomes Baby Boy

    August 21, 2014 8:46 PM EDT Saint Lazslo is the Fall Out Boy bassist's second son. Pete Wentz and his girlfriend of three years, Meagan Camper, welcomed a baby boy on Wednesday, People reports. They've named the baby Saint Lazslo. Pete Wentz Relaunching His Label as DCD2 It's the second child for Wentz --…

  4. Ariana Grande Knows How Frankie Can Win 'Big Brother'

    August 21, 2014 8:13 PM EDT 'It's been amazing to watch him, but it's been frustrating,' she tells Billboard of her brother's time on the show. If you follow Ariana Grande on Twitter , you know she is fully immersed in the game of Big Brother and fiercely backing up big bro Frankie to win it…

  5. Super Bowl Halftime Pay-to-Play Reports: Grammys Producer Weighs In

    August 21, 2014 6:56 PM EDT 'I don't know that a Super Bowl performance, other than exposing an artist to a larger audience, does as much as the right performance on 'Saturday Night Live' or the right moment on the Grammys,' Ken Ehrlich tells Billboard. The NFL is making headlines this week for…

  6. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: Diplo Got Drunk With Madonna and 4 Other Details on Their Upcoming Collaboration

    August 21, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Diplo is one of the most in-demand producers on the planet. Who else but the 35-year-old DJ could knock out "four or five" songs for Usher's next album in a week's time, work on new tunes with both  Ty Dolla $ign  and  Lorde  and gather 30 new tracks for  Major Lazer &…

  7. Big 'Break': Ariana Grande Gets First No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    August 21, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Plus, action for Porter Robinson, FKA Twigs & Beyonce. Ariana Grande earns her first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd , flies to the top (3-1). It's also the first No. 1 for Zedd, who reached No. 2 with his smashes…

  8. SPICA Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Bandmates?': Video

    August 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Watching SPICA   onstage at KCON 2014 , the girl group seem like they're cut from the same cloth of K-pop star: gorgeous gals all carrying big, soulful voices. But how well have the soul sisters gotten to know one another in their two years together? Backstage at the L.A. festival, the K…

  9. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT The former college QB huddles in the chart's upper ranks with his debut EP. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, FGL & Darius Rucker. Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song,…

  10. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  11. Trans World Entertainment Doubles Losses in Second Quarter

    August 21, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Trans World Entertainment has lost $5.1 million on revenues of $71.9 million, or 16 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Aug. 2. That loss is double the $2.54 million, or 8 cents per share, in red ink the company posted last year in the corresponding period when its revenues were $80.8…

  12. Howard Shore to Receive Maestro Award at Billboard/THR Film and TV Music Conference

    August 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Composer Howard Shore will receive this year's Maestro Award at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference being held Nov. 5 and 6. Shore, who will participate in a Q&A at the conference, has an impressive slate of films this year, among them the final installment…

  13. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Deal heralds expanded mobile offerings and the evolution of the in-venue experience -- like settling bar tabs in the app -- for fans and promoters. San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for…

  14. Watch The Roots Rap About Summer Movies From 'Guardians' to 'Fault In Our Stars'

    August 21, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Wednesday night saw the return of Suggestion Box on The Tonight Show (how else would Lindsay Lohan have completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ?) It was also an excuse to check in with The Roots. An audience member was dying to hear a rap about all the big summer movies -- Guardians of the…

  15. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  16. Exclusive: Ferry Corsten 'Hyper Love' Song Premiere

    August 21, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Dutch producer Ferry Corsten has been a fixture on Europe’s dance music scene for decades. Largely considered one of trance music’s pioneers, he helped usher the genre from its club roots to major festivals and arena shows. His new single, “Hyper Love," is a big, radio-friendly…

  17. Ariana Grande Crowns Billboard Artist 100

    August 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Spurred by the success of four current hits, the diva logs her first week at No. 1. Ariana Grande is the top artist in the U.S. this week, as she vaults 4-1 on the  Billboard Artist 100  chart, marking her first week atop the ranking. She also becomes the first female artist to lead the…

  18. Revenues Plunge at 'American Idol' Parent Company FremantleMedia

    August 21, 2014 8:51 AM EDT Revenues and profits at reality TV giant FremantleMedia, producers of X Factor , American Idol and America's Got Talent , dipped sharply in the first half of this year. Operating profits at Fremantle, which is owned by European broadcaster RTL Group, plunged to $38 million (€29 million)…

  19. Louis Vuitton to Invest $80 Million in K-Pop Culture Factory YG Entertainment

    August 20, 2014 8:47 PM EDT Louis Vuitton is getting into the K-Pop business. The world's largest luxury brand's private equity arm, LVMH, announced Wednesday it will invest up to $80 million in South Korea's YG Entertainment Inc., the record label and talent agency behind some of the genre's…

  20. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

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