1. Actress-Singer Keke Palmer to Take on Title Role in Broadway's 'Cinderella'

    August 04, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Anyone have an extra pair of glass slippers? Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella  on Broadway has found its new star: Keke Palmer will take over the title role beginning Sept. 9. Palmer can currently be seen on Showtime's  Masters of Sex , and previously appeared in projects such as…

  2. 5 Seconds of Summer: 'If Anyone Puts Us Down, We Don’t Care'

    August 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT They’d rather be known as a baby Blink-182 than a boy band. Music’s sudden sensation hits the road with a No. 1 album, screaming girls and a social media firestorm. It’s not hard to figure out where 5 Seconds of Summer is staying while on tour in Milan: Just follow the screams. Ten floors…

  3. UPDATED: 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Dies at 35

    August 02, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Michael Johns, a finalist on American Idol season seven, died on Aug. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed via multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle. The singer competed on the Fox music show in 2008 and came in eighth place. He followed with a…

  4. Iggy Azalea Means Big Business for Brands

    August 01, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Two of summer’s biggest hits could lead to a $5 million year as branding deals and a revived House of Style rev up the female rapper. Iggy Azalea has been dominating the summer, holding down the top two slots of Billboard ’s Summer Songs chart for an uninterrupted nine weeks with “Fancy” and…

  5. 'Fashion Rocks' Returns From Five-Year Hiatus Sept. 9, Mazda Unveils Music-Themed Campaign

    August 01, 2014 2:13 PM EDT After a six-year, recession-induced hiatus, “Fashion Rocks” returns Sept. 9, resurrected as New York Fashion Week’s opening act. With a new media partner (Time Inc. replacing Conde Nast), network (CBS) and parent company (creator Richard Beckman and his Three Lions Entertainment, with Ron…

  6. Exclusive: Watch Us the Duo High-Five, Pray, and Take 'Five Minutes to the Stage'

    August 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Myspace series Five Minutes to the Stage captures exactly that: the intimate, rarely recorded time before a musician steps onstage. The media platform has followed artists including Miguel, Courtney Love, Diplo, and Ty Dolla $ign, and their wide varieties of pre-show rituals. Their latest…

  7. Exclusive: The Band Perry to Play High School Concerts to Promote Safe Teen Driving

    August 01, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Winners of State Farm's Celebrate My Drive campaign will be treated to Band Perry shows. The Band Perry will be touring all fall in support of 2013's Pioneer , both on their own headlining dates and as part of Blake Shelton 's Ten Times Crazier Tour. But the country trio will…

  8. Common Returns to No. 1, 'No Flex Zone' Flies Into Top 20

    July 31, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Common leads Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'Nobody's Smiling,' while newcomers Rae Sremmurd hit the top 20 on Hot Rap Songs with 'No Flex Zone!!' Common commandeers the No. 1 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as Nobody's Smiling enters with 24,000 units sold…

  9. Nirvana's Original Drummer Chad Channing Open to Reunion

    July 31, 2014 3:55 PM EDT The last few years have seen an inventive slew of Nirvana reunions, with Paul McCartney joining forces with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear for numerous performances and an assortment of female singers (Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde) teaming up with the trio to…

  10. Festival Deaths on the Rise in the EDM World

    July 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Drug-related deaths spike along with casualties of overheating, dehydration and accidental self-immolation -- is ecstasy to blame or is it just the cost of doing EDM business? On July 18, a student was found dead of undetermined causes at Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia. In June,…

  11. Larry David to Launch Citi Comedy Series in L.A.

    July 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' mastermind will sit down with David Steinberg on Sept. 28. Larry David will make a rare public appearance when he sits down for a conversation with fellow comedian David Steinberg, exclusive to Citi cardmembers, on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. PT in the Theatre at Ace…

  12. Jhene Aiko Talks Making Of 'Souled Out' Album & Family

    July 28, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Jhene Aiko stands around 5 feet tall and weighs perhaps as much as a decaf macchiato; the 2015 Cadillac Escalade stretches 18-and-a-half feet and tips the scales at nearly 6,000 pounds. Right now, the buzz-building singer-rapper -- she has performed with her friend Drake on "Saturday…

  13. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  14. Watch: 2 Chainz Recreates Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Video In 'Freebase' Video

    July 25, 2014 2:55 PM EDT Chainz recreates Michael Jackson 's legendary music video for, "Thriller," in his new music video for "Freebase." Wearing a red leather jacket reminiscent to the one worn by late singer, 2 Chainz and his on-screen love interest are chased by zombies after his car…

  15. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  16. Is There a Backlash Against Summer Songs?

    July 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ross on Radio: The summer song is in danger of becoming more like New Year's Eve, a time of mandated enjoyment that feels forced to some people Remember when everybody loved "Blurred Lines"? It was barely more than a year ago. "Blurred Lines" was still exciting – not…

  17. Weezer Go 'Back to the Shack' on 'Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon' (Video)

    July 24, 2014 9:51 AM EDT In case you haven't yet heard Weezer's latest comeback single, you're about to get your fill over the next couple months. The veteran alt-rock band is kicking into the promo cycle for upcoming LP "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," and they gave lead single …

  18. Robin Thicke, Paula Patton List Their Hollywood Hills House for $3 Million

    July 24, 2014 3:42 AM EDT Five months after they officially separated, the "Blurred Lines" singer and his wife of nine years have put their marital home on the Bird Streets up for sale. Following months of begging for a reunion and even naming his latest album after her,Robin Thicke and his wife Paula Patton…

  19. Country Act LiveWire Revs Up With Video for New Single 'Drivin' You Outta My Mind' (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Today in The 615 spotlight, we bring you the world premiere of the video for the new single "Drivin’ You Outta My Mind" from rising country group LiveWire. "It all came together pretty quickly. We wrote it in Nashville -- Danny Bell and myself in a hotel room. He was just…

  20. Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon & More Win Big at First Alternative Press Music Awards

    July 22, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Underground's best and brightest take their talents to Cleveland for inaugural show Once its river burned, and now the city's lighting up. It's been a good month for Cleveland, which not only welcomed back their prodigal baller, but also kicked off the inaugural Alternative…

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