1. Leonard Nimoy, Spock From 'Star Trek,' Dead at 83

    February 27, 2015 12:18 PM EST The beloved 'Star Trek' actor and occasional singer passed away Friday morning. Leonard Nimoy, the Hollywood renaissance man who fashioned a long and prosperous career as the supremely logical and cerebral science officer Mr. Spock from Star Trek , has died. He was 83. Nimoy, who…

  2. Jonathan Groff to Star in 'Hamilton'

    February 26, 2015 4:09 PM EST Hamilton has found its King George. Jonathan Groff will step into the key supporting role in Lin-Manuel Miranda's wildly acclaimed bio-musical about immigrant founding father Alexander Hamilton, beginning performances on March 3. Jonathan Groff Q&A: On 'Looking' Season 2, &…

  3. Demi Lovato Visits Hospital with Lung Infection

    February 25, 2015 11:47 AM EST Demi Lovato stopped by an emergency room on Tuesday (Feb. 24) with a lung infection, a rep for the pop star has confirmed to Billboard. According to multiple reports, Lovato was taken to Providence Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, Calif. after the 22-year-old was having difficulty breathing…

  4. Giuliana Rancic Apologizes to Zendaya, Says Her Comments 'Did Cross the Line'

    February 24, 2015 7:46 PM EST While E!'s Fashion Police is known for its shocking and blunt critiques of celebrity style, Giuliana Rancic acknowledged Tuesday (Feb. 24) that one of those critiques "did cross the line." Rancic drew the ire of Zendaya and her many supporters after commenting on…

  5. Big Sean, 'Dark Sky Paradise': Track-by-Track Review

    February 23, 2015 3:00 PM EST Close to a year ago, things weren't looking so good for Big Sean . The G.O.O.D. Music rapper was in the midst of a breakup with former fiance and Glee star Naya Rivera ; it seemed to be on the verge of getting very public and very ugly. Kendrick Lamar 's verse off "Control…

  6. Zedd Gives Selena Gomez The Perfect Muse on 'I Want You To Know': Listen

    February 23, 2015 10:50 AM EST Selena Gomez 's 2013 album Stars Dance found the former Disney star pulling a variety of levers in an effort to find a dance-floor smash; she worked with StarGate on "Come & Get It," Rock Mafia on the title track and the Cataracs on "Slow Down," among…

  7. Sony Music to Exit Old CAA Building

    February 20, 2015 8:09 PM EST Sony Music is moving onto the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City during the next two years, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter . Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton aspires to synergize the com­pany's properties within one complex, a la Disney's Burbank headquarters.…

  8. Billboard's First-Ever Double Threats Special: Jennifer Hudson, Andy Samberg, Donald Glover and More Multihyphenate Powerhouses

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST "I give 100 percent, whether it's singing or acting," says Jennifer Hudson . "I hope I never have to choose between the two." Fortunately, it's doubtful she'll ever have to: After a stint as an American Idol finalist in 2004, the Chicago native's…

  9. Freeplay Music Sues Maker Studios, Awesomeness Over Alleged Use of Unlicensed Music

    February 18, 2015 12:04 PM EST On Tuesday, Disney's Maker Studios, DreamWorks Animation's Awesomeness, Big Frame and BroadbandTV Corp. were all slammed with lawsuits that aim to rip the lid off of unlicensed music on YouTube. The copyright infringement claims against these multi-channel networks (MCNs) comes in…

  10. Drake's Surprise Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    February 18, 2015 12:00 PM EST Drake 's surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as expected , easily scoring the hip-hop star his fourth chart-topper. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric…

  11. Selena Gomez Poses Topless for V Magazine

    February 17, 2015 2:39 PM EST Selena Gomez continues to shed her Disney skin. Naked Magazine Covers: Stars Who Have Posed Nude After starring in the raunchy Spring Breakers , she's moved up to posing topless. Gomez appears on the cover the Spring 2015 issue of V magazine , in only denim shorts, a red, polka dot bow,…

  12. Los Tigres del Norte Make Disney's Latin-Tinged 'McFarland, USA' Soundtrack Real

    February 17, 2015 1:30 PM EST Album from inspirational Disney movie drops as Los Tigres tour the U.S. The great Norteño musicians and immigration activists Los Tigres del Norte bring some authenticity to the just-released McFarland, USA soundtrack album. Los Tigres' pan-Latin pride song "América" is…

  13. Jonathan Groff Q&A: On 'Looking' Season 2, 'Frozen' Musical & His Britney/Broadway Mash-Up

    February 14, 2015 1:31 AM EST What exactly is it that Jonathan Groff can't do? The Tony Award-nominated actor/singer is currently the star of HBO's critically acclaimed series Looking and played the voice of Kristoff in Walt Disney Pictures' smash hit film Frozen . Indeed, that's him singing "…

  14. At the Grammys, It's Not Just Indies vs. Majors, It's Big Names vs. No-Names

    February 13, 2015 6:57 PM EST Ziggy Marley might be an independent artist, but he & Bob Marley's other kids have taken home the best reggae album Grammy every time they're nominated since 1998. A recognizable name on a small label was a successful equation at this year's Grammy Awards . Although major…

  15. Behind The Deals That Brought Back Brooklyn's Beloved Kings Theatre

    February 13, 2015 10:48 AM EST From it's grand debut in 1929 through its last picture show in 1977, and through decades of neglect since, the Kings Theatre rose in all its ornate glory above Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. When word came of plans to restore the Kings, it brought cheers from many who grew up in the…

  16. Nick Jonas, Jessie J, Meghan Trainor Confirmed For Radio Disney Music Awards Nomination Special

    February 13, 2015 9:00 AM EST The nominees for this year's Radio Disney Music Awards will get a special broadcast all to themselves.  For the first time, the 2015 RDMAs will be announced in a 30-minute special featuring appearances by Nick Jonas, Jessie J, Meghan Trainor, Olly Murs, Becky G, Sabrina Carpenter, Fifth…

  17. Bob Dylan Announces Monthlong Spring Tour

    February 12, 2015 8:07 PM EST Bob Dylan will be hitting the road in April for a month of shows supporting his new album, Shadows in the Night .  Elvis Costello Hails Bob Dylan's Latest As 'One of the Greatest Records He's Ever Made' On Thursday music icon announced the 19-city trek, which starts with…

  18. Miley Cyrus Parts Ways With Longtime Publicist

    February 11, 2015 8:30 PM EST PMK•BNC's Meghan Prophet had represented the singer since her Disney days. Miley Cyrus and longtime publicist Meghan Prophet of PMK•BNC have parted ways, Billboard has confirmed. Cyrus is now being represented by public relations firm ID PR. Miley Cyrus Video Removed From NYC Porn Film…

  19. Grammy Breakdown By Label: Majors Sweep Major Awards, Indies Have Strong Collective Showing

    February 09, 2015 4:08 PM EST At the Grammys on Sunday evening, major labels won big across the most popular genres, and Universal Music Group nudged out Sony Music for the most wins -- 13 to 12 -- across 50 recorded music categories. Major label-associated companies brought in 17 of the 20 Grammy categories -- 85 percent…

  20. Grammys 2015: 51 Things You Didn't See on TV

    February 09, 2015 12:27 AM EST You saw Sam Smith accept four awards and dozens of performers hit the stage on Sunday's Grammy Awards telecast, but that was only part of the story. To see when Taylor Swift had to get up and dance -- and read about her surprise lovefest with Kanye West -- Billboard is here to help.…

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