1. Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star

    June 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Stephen Trask is adamant. "It's not stunt casting!" the composer affirms over and over about bringing the musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to Broadway with headliner Neil Patrick Harris. "There are plenty of people that if we just wanted to do stunt casting, we could…

  2. Tracy Morgan Critically Hurt In Fatal Six-Car Pileup

    June 07, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, who hosted the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, was critically injured in a fatal six-vehicle pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, hours after performing a standup routine at a show in Delaware, authorities said. Tracy Morgan Has a Plan for the Billboard…

  3. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  4. Tomorrow's Hits: Glenn Morrison Says Hello With 'Goodbye'

    June 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Glenn Morrison, Ryan Kinder and Reykon   Glenn Morrison Canadian DJ Glenn Morrison is headed Stateside as "Goodbye" …

  5. Linkin Park to Headline MTV's First Fan Festival, Awards Show at Comic-Con

    June 06, 2014 5:33 AM EDT MTV Networks is going all in at Comic-Con. MTV is expanding its presence at the annual geekfest this July with its first fan-centric awards show and festival, tapping Linkin Park to headline the event, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The mtvU Fandom Awards and the Linkin Park-fronted…

  6. Jimmy Iovine's 'Secret iPod': How 'Jungle' Became the New Beats Song

    June 05, 2014 5:25 PM EDT While Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and a dizzying array of the globe's biggest soccer stars are featured in the new Beats promotional film short entitled “The Game Before the Game” released today, the real star of the clip, as is the case with most Beats promotional spots, is the song. The…

  7. Bob Weir and Ratdog Lead All-Star HeadCount Jam in Brooklyn

    June 05, 2014 10:24 AM EDT Bob Weir and Ratdog hit the lanes of Brooklyn Bowl last night for an intimate club gig in celebration of participatory democracy organization HeadCount's 10th Anniversary Benefit. The two sets were packed with a host of Grateful Dead classics and special guests, including appearances by…

  8. CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win

    June 05, 2014 12:26 AM EDT With thousands of country music fans in town for the CMA Music Festival, it's only right that the week needed a kick-off party – and as always, the fan-voted CMT Music Awards fit the bill offering a high-energy telecast that got the week started on the right foot, especially for Carrie…

  9. CMT Music Awards: John Legend, ZZ Top, Lzzy Hale Storm Nashville

    June 04, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Though Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards signified the kickoff of the massive CMA Music Festival, there were plenty of non-country artists shaking things up throughout the evening. This was apparent from the beginning of the telecast, as ZZ Top took to the stage first with some…

  10. 2014's Most Anticipated Dance Festival: Whose Lineup is Most Exciting? (Poll)

    June 04, 2014 2:28 PM EDT With Mysteryland USA, Movement and EDC New York in the books, summer festival season is officially upon us. Following EDC Las Vegas' lineup announcement last week, CODE takes a peek at some of the most highly anticipated upcoming festivals and offers you an opportunity to pick which…

  11. Spotlight On Big Smo

    June 01, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For someone as down-home as Big Smo, his story is as 21st century as it gets. He’s a rural-Tennessee native raised equally on country and rap; he’s a family man, a party animal and a road warrior; he’s a dirt-under-the-fingernails rocker whose paths to success were both blacktop and fiber…

  12. Coldplay Collects Third No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    May 29, 2014 5:40 PM EDT With "Ghost Stories," Coldplay returns to an old haunt, the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart for a third time, as the set starts with 383,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported , the album arrives as the group's fourth leader…

  13. Marilyn Manson Joins 'Sons of Anarchy' to Make His Father Proud

    May 29, 2014 1:59 PM EDT The rocker will play a racist on the FX show Marilyn Manson has joined the cast of FX's "Sons of Anarchy" in a recurring role. The shock-rocker will play a white supremacist named Ron Tully in the show's upcoming seventh season, set to begin in September, it was…

  14. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Soar Onto Hot Country Songs In Top Five

    May 29, 2014 11:40 AM EDT The divas blast onto the chart following their performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus, moves for Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann and Jake Worthington As previously reported , Brantley Gilbert scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as his third studio album,…

  15. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Starts at No. 1 With Biggest Debut of 2014

    May 28, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" debuts at No. 2 with the country star's best sales week. Coldplay crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with "Ghost Stories," collecting its fourth No. 1 album and the biggest sales week of the year. "Ghost…

  16. Blessthefall Ready Tour, Release 'Off The Record' (Exclusive Video Premiere)

    May 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Weeks out from a substantial U.S. tour, Blessthefall has gone back to where it all began. The post-hardcore act has shot “Off The Record,” a two-part series that maps the paths that brought the Phoenix, AZ quintet together. In it, frontman Beau Bokan talks of his early predilection for…

  17. Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

    May 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Maya Angelou, an American author and poet who documented her life in seven autobiographies and recited her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration, has died at age 86. Angelou's publicist told CNN that the renowned poet died at…

  18. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Passes Bruno Mars For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Solo Males

    May 26, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Timberlake tallies his seventh leader - and debuts with Michael Jackson on 'Love Never Felt So Good.' Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  19. Fans Mistake Meat Loaf for 'American Idol' Winner, Congratulate on Facebook

    May 23, 2014 5:11 PM EDT "You guys are funny," wrote the the singer on his Facebook page. All throughout season 13, Caleb Johnson drew comparisons to his rock doppelganger Marvin Lee Aday, otherwise known as Meat Loaf. Shortly after his American Idol win , there were plenty of kudos to Meat Loaf on his…

  20. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Sales Forecast Grows

    May 23, 2014 2:11 PM EDT The sales forecast for Coldplay's new "Ghost Stories" album has grown. The set, which was already on course for the largest sales week this year, is now aiming to sell between 370,000 and 390,000 copies in the week ending May 25 (according to industry sources). That figure…

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