1. Audra McDonald 'Learned So Much' From Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 7:04 PM EST The Broadway superstar worked with the late director on 'Wit.' By the time Audra McDonald got to work with Mike Nichols , she was 31 and had already won three Tony awards but had done limited work in television  or movies. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson…

  2. China Blocks Cloud Services, Thousands of Websites Ahead of Tech Conference

    November 19, 2014 9:28 AM EST The Chinese government is blocking access to thousands of sites and cloud services in the lead up to tech industry conference, reported the South China Morning Post on Tuesday.  Already trigger happy when it came to blocking websites it didn't agree with, the state Internet censor has…

  3. Album Review: TV On The Radio's 'Seeds' Makes a Giant Leap Toward the Mainstream

    November 18, 2014 2:43 PM EST More than a decade after emerging from Brooklyn as a leader of the local indie renaissance, TV on the Radio could invite the kinds of criticisms often hurled at its hometown -- that it was better when it was dirtier, edgier and a little dangerous. But few fans have griped about the band&…

  4. Garth Brooks Calls YouTube 'the Devil'

    November 18, 2014 1:04 PM EST We knew Garth Brooks had friends in low places, but this is ridiculous. Speaking with Access Hollywood , the country music legend took the "devil," also known as the "nice people" at YouTube, to task for what he calls an unfair compensation model for artists. Brooks told…

  5. The Biz of Fizz: Why Soda Brands Are Spending Millions To Promote Taylor Swift, Tiesto in 2014

    November 17, 2014 1:02 PM EST The second half of 2014 sees Big Gulp-sized soda partnerships with artists. Michael Tran/FilmMagic In 2014, 7UP doubled down on its lucky number by linking with Tiesto , Ultra, Insomniac and others for its 7x7Up initiative: seven top festivals, seven rising DJs ( Danny Avila , Disco…

  6. YouTube Music Key Debut Pushed Back to Nov. 18

    November 17, 2014 10:36 AM EST The launch of YouTube Music Key , the streaming giant's paid music subscription option, set to debut today, has been pushed back to tomorrow (Nov. 18), a Google spokesperson has confirmed to Billboard. Music Key lets users stream music ad-free, as well as listen without an internet…

  7. Exclusive: Unsigned Indie Poppers Dreamers Premiere Addictive Self-Titled EP

    November 14, 2014 12:59 PM EST Start with “Wolves,” an infectious track that would sound at home on alternative radio in-between Phoenix and Young the Giant. An awful lot of unsigned indie bands are hustling around Brooklyn, but we’ll save you the time by pointing out one that definitely deserves attention -- an…

  8. Revisionist History, Part 4: Queen Scores a Hat Trick, 'Good Riddance' to Three Dog Night

    November 13, 2014 10:09 AM EST “Number one then…and number one now!” may have been a classic top 40 stager, originally voiced by legendary radio announcer and programmer Bill Drake , but it’s also a perfect way to open our latest round of “Revisionist History,” as once again we examine how tastes have changed when it…

  9. 'Into the Woods': Original Broadway Cast Reunites With No Mention of the Movie

    November 11, 2014 3:15 PM EST Woe is the superfan when the mainstream comes calling. We’re looking at you, pre-HBO Game of Thrones cosplayers, dance music fans before EDM, and anyone who wore neoprene prior to the Alexander Wang for H&M collection. Such exposure was imminent for the community theater hoofers and…

  10. Pink Floyd: More Unreleased Music May Be Coming

    November 10, 2014 6:06 PM EST While David Gilmour and Nick Mason maintain that Pink Floyd 's new album The Endless River marks the end of brand-new music from the group, its archives may yield more unreleased material down the road. Plenty of previously unreleased Floyd material surfaced during the group's…

  11. One Direction, Bono & Ed Sheeran Among Lineup for Ebola-Fighting 'Do They Know It's Christmas'

    November 10, 2014 10:33 AM EST Bob Geldof has revealed plans for a fourth version of the U.K. charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas," designed to fight the Ebola epidemic, featuring several big stars in the latest version of Band Aid. Bono , Ellie Goulding , One Direction , Ed Sheeran , Sam Smith ,…

  12. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  13. The Who Announce New App, Preview Foray Into Virtual Reality

    November 10, 2014 8:15 AM EST Rock giants The Who today launch a 3D immersive app, developed in collaboration with their management company Trinifold, U.K. tech company Immersive and Universal Music. The app (which coincides with Universal’s just-released The Who Hits 50! compilation) is now available free, with a…

  14. Marshall Tucker Band Singer Doug Gray on the Group’s Timeless Songs, New Live Album

    November 08, 2014 11:38 AM EST San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner recently took the mound to the tune of “Fire On The Mountain,” the 1975 classic from The Marshall Tucker Band , during the baseball team’s post-season run. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed Throw in the constant inclusion of classic…

  15. Young The Giant and Alabama Shakes Mesmerize at Evolution Tour L.A. Stop

    November 07, 2014 5:30 PM EST Billed as a night of “intimate concert experiences … with music + art + technology," the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour rolled into L.A. for a private performance at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar. The penultimate stop on the nine-city trek (the final date is Nov. 23 in New Orleans…

  16. Tove Lo Feels Up a Fan’s Nipple Piercings and More Insider Scoop

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  17. Watch Miley Cyrus and the Flaming Lips Cover the Beatles on 'Conan'

    November 07, 2014 7:53 AM EST "A Day in the Life" might be an all-time classic  Beatles song, but that didn't stop the Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus from covering it on With a Little Help From My Fwends , along with the rest of  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band . Or from performing the track…

  18. New 'Into The Woods' Trailer Features Lots of Singing by Meryl Streep -- Finally!

    November 06, 2014 10:04 AM EST Happy now and happy hence and happy ever after! Fans' wishes have finally been granted! The new, full-length trailer for Into the Woods , the movie musical based on the beloved Stephen Sondheim Broadway show, has finally arrived. And unlike the first teaser , this clip gives fans a…

  19. StubHub President Chris Tsakalakis Steps Down

    November 04, 2014 7:32 PM EST Chris Tsakalakis ' sudden departure as president of StubHub, the world's largest secondary ticket marketplace, comes as executives from parent company eBay depart that company and the move was not totally unexpected, Billboard has learned. News came Tuesday (Nov. 4) that…

  20. Beyonce's Platinum Edition: Feeling a Twinge of Disappointment About The False Rumors

    November 04, 2014 6:00 PM EST Can we be blamed for feeling slightly let down that Beyonce’s repackaging of her last album isn’t a new standalone set? For a few days, we thought Beyonce had done it again. On Saturday (Nov. 1), a screenshot of a Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records memo surfaced on Twitter that…

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