1. Darren Criss Shares 'Elsie Fest 2016' Playlist, From Ariana Grande to Megan Hilty: Takeover Tuesday

    August 23, 2016 11:05 PM EDT It’s Takeover Tuesday time, where Billboard taps artists and tastemakers to compile their own playlists exclusive to Billboard ’s Spotify account. We give the artists free reign to base the list on whatever subject they want and add whatever tracks they choose. The only rule? Make it as…

  2. Sara Bareilles Makes for a Big 'Little Mermaid': 13 Hollywood Bowl Takeaways

    June 05, 2016 6:55 PM EDT In the same season that Sara Bareilles gave us a singing Waitress on Broadway, she also triumphed in a theatrical context on the other side of the country by singing the role of Ariel in a concert/film production of The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl. She didn’t go full-on Ariel for the…

  3. Darren Criss Talks Mixing Cabaret With Coachella for New York's Elsie Fest

    September 11, 2015 7:04 PM EDT Darren Criss is no stranger to pop tunes and Broadway, having spent years as part of the singing-and-dancing cast of Glee, as well as starring in the musicals How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Hedwig and the Angry Inch . Pop Shop Podcast: Darren Criss Talks Elsie Fest,…

  4. Katy Perry, Beyonce, Jay Z & More: Musicians Nominated for 2015 Emmy Awards

    July 16, 2015 6:31 PM EDT The 2015 Primetime Emmy Nominations were announced on Thursday morning (July 16), and amid the many television stars nominated, there were some very familiar names to music fans. Katy Perry Nominated for an Emmy for Super Bowl Halftime Performance Below, check out seven musicians who made the…

  5. Darren Criss Apologizes for Making Caitlyn Jenner Joke on 'Hedwig' Stage

    June 26, 2015 5:39 PM EDT Hedwig and the Angry Inch star Darren Criss made a public apology early Friday (June 26) on Facebook after making an off-color remark during a June 23 performance of the Broadway musical. After the show, some audience members and fans expressed distaste over Criss' comment: “Man, woman,…

  6. 'Hedwig' Creator John Cameron Mitchell To Receive Special Tony Award

    April 28, 2015 3:57 AM EDT John Cameron Mitchell , who co-created the Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch  and then played the lead character this spring, will receive the 2015 Special Tony Award. The show -- about an East German transsexual seeking love and stardom in a retro glam-rock band -- roared onto Broadway…

  7. Lea Michele's Final 'Glee' Solo Debuts Ahead of Series Finale

    March 17, 2015 7:17 AM EDT It's almost time for Glee to take its final curtain call. Days ahead of the show's series finale, a new track, penned by castmate Darren Criss especially for the show and performed by Lea Michele , is getting an early release. "This Time" is a piano ballad on which…

  8. Darren Criss Is the First 'Glee' Star to Write Music for the Show

    February 27, 2015 5:14 PM EST Singer-actor & Broadway star becomes the first castmember to write original songs for the Fox musical. Fox's  Glee  has set another milestone. Star  Darren Criss  has become the first castmember to write (and co-write) original songs specifically for the Fox musical,  The Hollywood…

  9. Darren Criss Returns to Broadway in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    February 17, 2015 2:48 PM EST Glee star Darren Criss is planning to return to Broadway for a 12-week role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch . Happy Birthday, Darren Criss: 5 Great Performances Criss' first stint on Broadway was in 2012 when he joined the cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying . Stephen…

  10. 'Glee' Final Season: Watch the First Full Performance

    December 30, 2014 5:00 PM EST January can be a grim month. The fun of Christmas and New Year's Eve has passed, and all you've got are short days and cold nights with little to look forward to until spring -- unless you're a Glee fan, of course. The show starts up again on Jan. 9 for its sixth and final…

  11. Inside the Split-Screen Love Story of A Great Big World's 'Already Home' (Video)

    April 23, 2014 8:42 PM EDT After adding Christina Aguilera to their breakout ballad "Say Something," A Great Big World is taking fans along the ride for the ups and downs of long-distance relationships "Already Home." And the video is just as star-studded. The music video follows the sometimes…

  12. Eminem Added to MTV EMAs Lineup

    November 09, 2013 5:29 PM EST Eminem is the latest artist to join the MTV EMAs performers bill. The rapper made the stealth announcement Friday by sending out a YouTube link via Twitter to a new 16-second promo set to one of his new tracks, "Berzerk," off the recent release, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2.…

  13. Darren Criss Debuts New Music on Solo Tour Kickoff: Video + Song Reviews

    May 30, 2013 9:25 AM EDT Darren Criss' much-anticipated first solo tour kicked off last night (May 29) at The Fillmore in San Francisco to fans screaming and singing along -- for the most part. While characteristically a Criss show features fans who know every word of every tune, this time the San Francisco…

  14. Imagine Dragons on 'It's Time,' Darren Criss and Their Next Album

    September 14, 2012 4:00 PM EDT A year-and-a-half after covering Led Zeppelin in low-rent casinos, Las Vegas rock quartet Imagine Dragons ' first album, "Night Visions," debuts at No. 2 on this week's Billboard 200, selling 83,000 copies in its initial week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The…

  15. 'Glee' to Strip Down Britney Spears' '3' on Upcoming Episode

    September 07, 2012 2:55 PM EDT "Glee" is delivering another night of Britney Spears covers for the second episode of its new season, and Chord Overstreet promises a funny, dance-heavy time for fans of the Fox series. "We're doing '3,'" the actor revealed to Billboard on the MTV VMA red…

  16. Fashion's Night Out: Solange Talks Stylish Album + More Music Highlights

    September 07, 2012 11:30 AM EDT As the sun set yesterday in NYC the Empire State Building's iconic tower lights burned red in honor of the biggest evening in fashion, Fashion's Night Out. This evening of fashion splendor also ushers in the hottest in musical performances. Azealia Banks, Cyndi Lauper, Chairlift,…

  17. Day in the Life: Team StarKid (Featuring Darren Criss)

    May 31, 2012 2:30 PM EDT It's 2:30 p.m. and Team StarKid is supposed to start a rehearsal for their final Los Angeles show, but the cause of the rehearsal, Darren Criss, is a few minutes late. It's by no means a diva move on Darren's part, despite the "Glee" star being the most well known…

  18. Gotye Tries to Clarify 'Glee' Critique

    April 24, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Australian newcomer Gotye has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks thanks to his chart-topping hit, "Somebody That I Used To Know," but not all of it has been positive. Taking on the Glee cover of his song in last week's episode -- performed by Darren Criss and Matt Bomer …

  19. Foxface Q&A: Jacqueline Emerson Juggles 'Hunger' Fame, Music, School

    April 13, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Actress-Singer Releases Music Video, 'Would Love to Be on 'Glee'' Jacqueline Emerson may be in one of the biggest box office smashes of the year, but at the moment she's thinking mostly about graduating high school. As stealthy Foxface in "The Hunger Games,"…

  20. The End Is Near: Team StarKid Announce 'Apocalyptour'

    April 09, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Last time, Team StarKid journeyed to space on their tour , this time they're more earthbound with the announcement of APOCALYPTOUR, which takes the musical theater troupe from their home-base in Chicago starting May 9, weaving west to California before returning to New York for a final…

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