1. 'American Idol' Renewed for Season 14

    May 08, 2014 9:59 AM EDT "American Idol" is coming back. The singing competition series has been renewed through season 14, Fox announced Wednesday. "Idol" will hit 15 cities for auditions beginning June 18 in Minneapolis, with stops also planned in Portland, Ore., Columbus, Ohio, Kansas City, Mo.…

  2. Gimme Five: Passenger's Biggest Influences on New 'Whispers' Album

    May 07, 2014 5:11 PM EDT The "Let Her Go" star discusses which artists inspired his next full-length. After scoring a surprise Top 5 hit with his single "Let Her Go," British singer-songwriter Passenger is readying a new batch of material, "Whispers," for a June 10 release date. The…

  3. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  4. Michael Travis, Liberace's Costume Designer, Dies at 86

    May 04, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Michael Travis, the costume designer who created the outlandish and flamboyant outfits for Liberace's stage extravaganzas, died Thursday at his home in Studio City. He was 86. Liberace Biopic 'Behind the Candelabra' Wins Big at Emmy Awards Travis recently had been hospitalized…

  5. Naya Rivera to Remain on ‘Glee,’ Fox Says

    May 04, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Naya Rivera is still a Gleek. "There is no truth to the rumor Naya has been fired from the show," the Fox network noted in a statement released to The Associated Press Saturday night, which concluded, "She remains under contract to `Glee.'" Naya Rivera Dropped From…

  6. Naya Rivera Dropped From Columbia Records

    May 01, 2014 7:20 PM EDT While conflicting reports surface about her "Glee" future, Rivera's relationship with her record label has ended. Update : a rep for Naya Rivera has denied that she has been dropped from Columbia Records in an online statement, but has not returned request for contact.…

  7. 'Glee' Recap: Ambition Causes Friction In 'The Back-Up Plan'

    April 30, 2014 4:17 AM EDT In the “Back-Up Plan” it is pretty evident that no one really has one, and when push comes to shove the only plan they really have is to rely on each other when their grand ambitions intersect with the sacredness of their personal relationships. Our gang might be a more loosely knit group as…

  8. 'Grease' Live Coming to Fox TV

    April 28, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Fox is taking a page from NBC's "The Sound of Music Live." The network has ordered a three-hour live broadcast of "Grease" set to air during 2015, Fox announced Monday. The live event will feature a young ensemble cast and be based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the…

  9. 'X Factor' Parody Musical 'I Can't Sing' To Close in London

    April 28, 2014 1:49 AM EDT There's more bad news for Simon Cowell and "X Factor." Less than three months after Fox canceled the U.S. edition of Cowell's singing competition comes word that I Can't Sing, the Cowell-backed musical parody of the show, will end its run in London's West End…

  10. Radio Disney Music Awards 2014: Selena Gomez, One Direction, Taylor Swift Among Winners

    April 27, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Other top winners were One Direction, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony and Becky G Selena Gomez was the big winner at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Saturday (April 26) at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, walking away with Song of the Year ("Come & Get It”), Best…

  11. Gwen Stefani Splits From Longtime Manager

    April 25, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Also: Why the No Doubt singer defected from "Rising Star" to "The Voice." This article was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard Magazine . Gwen Stefani is being wooed by multiple suitors. According to sources, the No Doubt frontwoman, 44, was close to signing…

  12. Bubbling Under: Oh Honey Buzzes, David Fanning Freshens Justin Timberlake's 'Drink'

    April 25, 2014 10:56 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Oh Honey, David Fanning and Jillette Johnson   Oh Honey Brooklyn's Oh Honey, aka Danielle Bouchard and Mitchy Collins, is sweetening…

  13. Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Faulkner Debut 'NY Anthem' on ESPN's 'Draft Academy'

    April 23, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Every NFL draft hopeful needs a solid theme tune, and who better to perform it than RZA from Wu-Tang Clan and rock band Faulkner? The mastermind producer teamed up with the California alt-rock quartet to create the new collaboration single "NY Anthem," which debuted on ESPN's …

  14. Yanni, 'Inspirato': Exclusive Album Premiere

    April 22, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Yanni, the globally popular composer, is back and he's brought with him some of the world greats of opera. The Greek-born musician returns with an album of his best known works, sung with newly-created lyrics by such renowned opera stars such as Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming,…

  15. Marshall Tucker Band Feels the Love on Both 'The Voice' and 'American Idol'

    April 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Doug Gray – founding member of The Marshall Tucker Band – recently got a reminder of how much the band's music has touched generations of music fans. Their classic "Can't You See" was covered on both FOX's "American Idol" (by C.J. Harris) and NBC's …

  16. Paolo Nutini's 'Caustic Love' Races To U.K. No. 1

    April 21, 2014 6:56 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini’s third album “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music) became his second in a row to top the U.K. chart, as the Official Charts Company published its new weekly data yesterday (April 20). Twenty-five-year-old Canadian Kiesza’s debut release “Hideaway” …

  17. 'American Idol' Alum James Durbin Ready to 'Celebrate' With Sophomore Release

    April 21, 2014 5:09 AM EDT Season 10 alum James Durbin’s second album blasts onto four Billboard charts this week, but the "American Idol" finalist started thinking about his sophomore set quite a while ago. "Celebrate" is a new entry on The Billboard 200 at No. 83, and also bows on Top Rock Albums…

  18. Happy Record Store Day! Tweets from Artists, Retailers, Labels and More

    April 19, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Happy 7th birthday, Record Store Day! To help celebrate the annual musical holiday, dozens of artists, music retailers, record labels and fans around the world took to Twitter today (April 19) to commemorate Record Store Day, which was founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of…

  19. CODE Picks of the Week: The Chainsmokers, Disclosure and More

    April 18, 2014 2:38 PM EDT Neon Trees, “Sleeping With a Friend” (The Chainsmokers Remix) [Island Def Jam] The New York duo that brought “#SELFIE” to your radio tuner have been on a remix kick lately. After unveiling reworks for Adventure Club, Foxes, and Chromeo in the past month, the Chainsmokers previewed their main…

  20. Passenger Live: Watch The Billboard Studio Session

    April 17, 2014 3:33 PM EDT Check out the "Let Her Go" and "Scare Away The Dark" performances, as well as a Q&A about his new album. Over the past year, Michael Rosenberg -- the British folk singer-songwriter known as Passenger -- has enjoyed the breakout moment that he has spent a decade…

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