1. German Music Market Dips in First Half of 2014 as CD Format Continues to Dominate

    August 15, 2014 12:16 PM EDT The music market in Germany saw a 0.8 percent dip after a weaker performance in the first half of 2014. As the German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI) reported today, revenues from physical and digital music sales totaled $656 million euros in the first six months of 2014 -- four…

  2. 'American Idol' Alum Constantine Maroulis Returns to 'Rock of Ages'

    July 31, 2014 6:25 PM EDT The season four alum talks about the return to the role he created in the '80s rock musical, making new music and what he has in common with Adam Lambert. It's mid-July, and Constantine Maroulis is getting ready to return to Broadway in one of his most beloved roles -- Drew, the…

  3. Lily Allen No Longer Involved With 'Bridget Jones' Musical

    July 30, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Dear Diary: We aren't pleased. A moment of silence for what could have been: Lily Allen is no longer writing the music for the upcoming  Bridget Jones's Diary  musical.  Related Australian Police Investigating Prank Photo of Lily Allen in Handcuffs: Report Miley Cyrus To Bring Lily…

  4. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  5. Baek Z Young Announces Two U.S. Concerts

    July 22, 2014 9:12 PM EDT The Korean "ballad queen" will charm Los Angeles and New York before summer's end As more Korean boy bands and girl groups hold concerts in America, rarely do U.S. fans get to see singers in the ultra-popular ballad genre live. But K-pop's "ballad queen" Baek Z…

  6. Merry Clayton of 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Fame Injured in Serious Car Accident

    June 20, 2014 8:01 PM EDT A June 16 crash in Los Angeles inflicted "major trauma" on the singer, whose website notes, "We are truly grateful that our dear Merry is still with us." New Orleans-born singer Merry Clayton, whose back-up vocal work for the likes of Ray Charles and the Rolling Stones was…

  7. Pharrell Williams' 'G I R L' in Paris Exhibit Pays Tribute to Women

    June 13, 2014 9:13 PM EDT Pharrell Williams is putting on a show -- an art show in Paris, that is. Following the March release of his album, "G I R L", the singer continues to celebrate women with his new art exhibit of the same name at Galerie Perrotin in Paris. The display features 48 pieces handpicked or…

  8. Mick Jagger Sings Bob Dylan's 'Just Like a Woman' at L'Wren Scott Memorial (Updated)

    May 02, 2014 7:01 PM EDT Poems were also shared by Scott's niece, Hannah Bambrough, and Jagger's son, James Jagger. Mick Jagger sang Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" at a celebrity-filled memorial service Friday for his longtime companion, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who committed…

  9. James House Is Back With 'Broken Glass, Twisted Steel' Album, Tour

    April 30, 2014 5:21 PM EDT As an artist, James House placed nine records on the Billboard country charts between 1989 and 1996, with the biggest being 1995’s "This Is Me Missing You," which hit No. 6 in 1995 – almost two decades ago. Since that time, he has also found success as a songwriter with hits from…

  10. Billy Joel Tried Heroin, Went to Woodstock: 11 Things We Learned at his Sirius Town Hall

    April 28, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Billy Joel celebrated his 65th birthday a week early with a star studded Town Hall meeting moderated by Howard Stern and Robin Quivers. Broadcast on Sirius XM’s Howard 100 and Billy Joel channels, the event -- held at New York City’s Cutting Room on April 28 -- featured live performances by…

  11. Rihanna's Totally into Pharrell's Family

    April 25, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Following in the steps of the Justin Bieber's Throwback Wednesday , Rihanna’s created a new Instagram hashtag #FCF (Family Crush Friday) and is totally crushin’ on Pharrell Williams and his fam'. I mean, really: what’s not to love? RiRi shared a picture of Pharrell, his wife Helen…

  12. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  13. Oscars 2014: Pharrell Wears Shorts, and Yes, They're on Twitter

    March 02, 2014 8:08 PM EST Oh Pharrell, how we heart thee. The music talent is known for turning heads with his wacky yet always cool style, as evident in the now infamous Vivienne Westwood mountie hat he wore to the GRAMMYs and, uh, beyond. But the Oscar-nominated performer ditched the headgear on Sunday, instead…

  14. Def Leppard Revisits Overlooked Album: 'It Went Against the Grain'

    February 10, 2014 11:02 AM EST "Slang" (1996) gets an expanded edition... "We could've put out 'Sgt. Pepper's' and I think it would have been the same because it was Def Leppard and we had gotten lumped in with all the crap metal bands of the 80s" Nearly 18 years later, the members…

  15. Billy Joel Begins Madison Square Garden Residency

    January 28, 2014 5:44 AM EST Piano man Billy Joel began his Madison Square Garden residency Monday night with an energetic show that covered a wide swath of music from his five-decade career. Shortly before 9 p.m., Joel and his band came out to thunderous applause and launched into "Miami 2017," a song Joel…

  16. 56th GRAMMY Awards: Full Winners List

    January 26, 2014 11:30 PM EST Winners for the 56th GRAMMY Awards were announced tonight on CBS, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. GRAMMYs | NEWS, PHOTOS, WINNERS & MORE GRAMMYs Best & Worst Dressed Macklemore & RL, Daft Punk Win 16 Things Seen & Heard Macklemore & Madonna Perform Daft…

  17. Carole King Honored by Stars at MusiCares' Person of the Year Gala

    January 25, 2014 12:42 PM EST Performances by Lady Gaga, P!nk, Kacey Musgraves & Miguel, and King herself were among the night's many highlights. Two unlikely performer pairings and songs most people do not associate with Carole King stole the show at Friday night's MusiCares Person of the Year gala…

  18. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Friday

    January 24, 2014 11:57 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards may not be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page as…

  19. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Thursday

    January 23, 2014 10:15 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards may not be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page as…

  20. Mick Jagger Eyes Broadway, TV Series for '20 Feet From Stardom'

    January 22, 2014 1:00 PM EST Mick Jagger is in talks to turn Oscar-nominated documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" into a one-hour scripted TV series and a Broadway musical, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Jagger and Victoria Pearman would executive produce the TV series through their Jagged Films banner…

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