1. 'Empire' Ratings Explained: 'It's Broad & Niche at the Same Time'

    January 28, 2015 3:25 PM EST "People are seeing that shows with people of color can make money," Taraji P. Henson told reporters days after Empire 's second episode solidified its status as the highest-rated new series of the 2014-15 TV season. "When things make money, people are interested."…

  2. Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line to Headline Chicago's First Major Country Festival

    January 28, 2015 12:57 PM EST Brad Paisley , Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line will headline Chicago's first major country music festival, Live Nation's Windy City LakeShake, set for FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 19-21. Also on the bill are Frankie Ballard , Easton Corbin , Clare Dunn…

  3. Live Nation Country Launches Chicago Festival: Windy City LakeShake

    January 28, 2015 12:57 PM EST Brad Paisley , Dierks Bentley and Florida Georgia Line will headline Chicago's first major country music festival, Live Nation's Windy City LakeShake, set for FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island June 19-21. Also on the bill are Frankie Ballard , Easton Corbin , Clare Dunn…

  4. Nick Jonas Joins Ariana Grande in 'Scream Queens'

    January 27, 2015 4:01 PM EST The Ryan Murphy comedy for Fox also includes Lea Michele. In casting sure to make young fans scream with delight, Fox's horror comedy anthology Scream Queens is adding a Jonas brother to its ranks. Nick Jonas has booked a recurring role on the Fox series from Glee and American Horror…

  5. Chart Highlights: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Pop Songs, Dance/Mix Show Airplay

    January 26, 2015 5:05 PM EST Hot 100 leader 'Uptown Funk!' tops two more tallies. Plus, new No. 1s for Usher and Eric Church, and Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney debut. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio…

  6. Hear Wiz Khalifa Remix Fall Out Boy's 'Uma Thurman'

    January 23, 2015 4:02 PM EST Yes, Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy are touring together this summer, and no, that isn't the end of their collaboration. Wiz just dropped a remix of Fall Out Boy's Munsters theme-sampling, Pulp Fiction -referencing "Uma Thurman." Check it out below: For the first two…

  7. Fifth Harmony Ladies Have the Perfect Response to Vamps Dis

    January 22, 2015 4:29 PM EST 'The amount of sexism and immaturity is astounding,' one member tweets. Watch out: Fifth Harmony is about to take a sledgehammer to  The Vamps . In a recent interview, a fan asked Brad Simpson from  The Vamps,  "Are you and Lauren [Jauregui, from Fifth Harmony] still together…

  8. Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw & Rascal Flatts to Headline iHeartRadio Country Festival 2015

    January 21, 2015 10:01 PM EST Brad Paisley , Tim McGraw , Rascal Flatts and Brantley Gilbert will all perform at the iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin, Texas, this spring.  Tim McGraw: 'I Don't Think I'm the Best I Can Be Yet' Following last year's launch of the now-annual festival, the May…

  9. Fox Renews 'Empire' After Only Two Episodes

    January 17, 2015 3:48 PM EST Fox jumped on the TCA renewal train Saturday (Jan. 17). The network used its executive session to hand out early 2015-16 pickups to freshman dramas Empire and Gotham as well as a third run for comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine . 'Empire' Premiere: For Better or Worse, Fox's Hip-Hop…

  10. Lea Michele, Ariana Grande Join Ryan Murphy's 'Scream Queens'

    January 17, 2015 2:19 PM EST Fox and Ryan Murphy are continuing their relationship with Glee star Lea Michele . 'Glee': Watch Lea Michele's Full Performance of 'Let It Go' Michele, True Blood alum Joe Manganiello, Abigail Breslin ( Little Miss Sunshine ), Keke Palmer ( Akeelah and the Bee ) and…

  11. Reba McEntire Returns to Hot Country Songs Chart

    January 15, 2015 5:00 PM EST After a three-year absence, Reba scores a career-high debut. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood & more. Reba McEntire scores a career-high bow at No. 28 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Going Out Like That," her first single in more than three years…

  12. Late Bassist Charlie Haden Honored by Pat Metheny, Richard Lewis, More at New York Memorial

    January 14, 2015 10:12 PM EST The influential jazz player died in July at the age of 76. A large and loving gathering of friends and family honored late bassist Charlie Haden with a memorial on Tuesday night (Jan. 13), bringing together a bevy of heartfelt remembrances, music and song at New York's Town Hall. The…

  13. Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Chris Martin Split: 'Who Says I Don't Approve of Jennifer Lawrence?'

    January 14, 2015 5:09 PM EST Gwyneth Paltrow  is keeping the ex talk positive.  The actress stopped by Howard Stern's  radio show  this week, and naturally, the topic of her conscious uncoupling with  Chris Martin  came up -- specifically his on-again relationship with  Jennifer Lawrence .  "Who says I don&…

  14. One Direction Tweet Overtakes President Obama's Historic 'Four More Years' Tweet

    January 14, 2015 10:41 AM EST When we look back on this decade, what will be the events that defined America? If we're judging by Twitter stats, for a long time it was President Obama's re-election, marked by Obama's famous victory night tweet, "Four more years," alongside an old photo of him…

  15. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift's Likely-Next-Single 'Style' Debuts on Pop Songs

    January 12, 2015 6:30 PM EST The not-quite-confirmed next track from '1989' bows. Plus, Madonna and Reba McEntire each return to their longtime respective stomping grounds. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  16. The 10 Worst Songs of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 12, 2015 4:30 PM EST Woman-hating, Instagramming and Achy Breaky-ing were among the worst musical offenses of the half-decade. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, and although the half-decade has included some soaring highs for popular music, the past five years has also…

  17. Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean & Garth Brooks Scale Country Charts

    January 08, 2015 5:23 PM EST Underwood logs a fifth week at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Aldean returns to the summit on Top Country Albums & Brooks debuts. Carrie Underwood matches her second-longest stay atop Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart with "Something in the Water," which collects a fifth…

  18. Iggy Azalea, Fall Out Boy & Lady Antebellum Dominate People's Choice Awards

    January 07, 2015 11:10 PM EST Iggy Azalea might be a popular punching bag for hip-hop purists ( Azealia Banks in particular), but she's got one major force standing behind her: the people. The "Black Widow" rapper was named Favorite Hip-Hop Artist at the 2015 People's Choice Awards, beating out Jay Z…

  19. Revamped 'American Idol' Ready for Season 14

    January 07, 2015 1:02 AM EST American Idol is practicing addition and subtraction in its 14th season. Longtime judge, short-time mentor Randy Jackson is gone. Music executive Scott Borchetta , whose impressive credentials include acting as mentor to Taylor Swift , will play that role for contestants and the winner…

  20. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 100-76

    January 06, 2015 1:05 PM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

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