1. Madonna To Launch 'Rebel Heart' World Tour in August

    March 02, 2015 1:00 AM EST Madonna will embark on an international tour in support of her new album Rebel Heart , an all-arena trek that will take the artist to territories she hasn't visited in decades, if ever, Billboard has learned. An announcement from tour producer Live Nation is expected today. The Rebel…

  2. Lady Gaga Shares Photos of Charity Polar Plunge in Chicago

    March 01, 2015 3:00 PM EST Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn made plunges into the icy waters of Chicago's Lake Michigan at a fundraiser for Special Olympics. Lady Gaga's 7 Best Live Performances Special Olympics Chicago President Casey Hogan said Sunday (March 1) that Gaga did the plunge with more than 4,500 other…

  3. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato & More Weigh In on #TheDress

    February 27, 2015 10:21 AM EST Since yesterday, it's a question that's divided friends, families and strangers on the street. What color is the dress in this photo? Buzzfeed , which popularized the image, has an ongoing poll of gold and white versus blue and black, but other options are cropping up…

  4. Drake Tops Billboard Artist 100, Imagine Dragons Fire Up to No. 2

    February 26, 2015 1:58 PM EST Drizzy's No. 1 for a second week, while Imagine Dragons roar 22-2 thanks to the start of their album 'Smoke + Mirrors.' Drake is the top artist in the U.S. for a second week, as he holds atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The rap titan fends off alt-rockers Imagine Dragons,…

  5. Pop Shop Podcast: Tori Kelly Interview, Lady Gaga, Imagine Dragons & More

    February 26, 2015 10:53 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  6. Lady Gaga to Star in 'American Horror Story' Season 5

    February 25, 2015 11:37 AM EST Lady Gaga is joining the American Horror Story family. The Grammy winner has been tapped to star in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's FX anthology, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Gaga -- aka Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta -- will make her series regular acting debut on the fifth…

  7. Academy Awards-Related Music Sales Up by 184 Percent In Wake of Oscars

    February 25, 2015 11:00 AM EST Oscar-winner 'Glory' gains by 82 percent for its best sales week yet. Music featured in the 87th Academy Awards (Feb. 22) earned a 184 percent sales gain in the week ending the day of the awards, according to Nielsen Music. Collectively, the nominees for best original song (and…

  8. Madonna on Lady Gaga Feud: 'People Like to Pit Women Against Each Other'

    February 25, 2015 10:11 AM EST With the release date for Madonna 's Rebel Heart coming up fast (March 6!), the Queen of Pop is gracing the latest cover of Rolling Stone . And once again, Madge is addressing the sorta-real, mostly-hyped Lady Gaga feud. Only this time, she's putting the nail in the coffin. "We…

  9. Kim Kardashian's Forgotten 'Jam': Revisiting The Bid (Or Was It?) For Music Stardom

    February 24, 2015 5:20 PM EST The-Dream on Kim's 2011 solo single: "Thirty years from now, I can be like, 'Yeah, I did it for the Marilyn Monroe of that time.'" "Just finished my piano lesson in time to watch the Oscar's red carpet!!!" Kim Kardashian West posted to Twitter…

  10. Lady Gaga's 7 Best Live Performances

    February 24, 2015 2:00 PM EST A.K.A. those times she left us speechless. Still thinking about  Lady Gaga 's Oscar performance? Us too -- and so is the rest of the Internet. After performing a medley from The Sound of Music during Sunday's (Feb. 22) ceremony, it seemed like everyone decided that this would be…

  11. Oscars 2015: Julie Andrews 'Deeply Honored' by Lady Gaga's 'Sound of Music' Tribute

    February 23, 2015 9:29 PM EST Lady Gaga 's Sound of Music medley at Sunday's Oscars was notable for many reasons -- namely, how stripped-down the whole affair was, with the pop star's beautiful voice taking center stage instead of the theatrics of her early career. The cherry on top was when Sound of Music…

  12. Meet Phoebe Ryan: Singer-Songwriter Follows R. Kelly/Miguel Mash-Up With Amazing Debut Single

    February 23, 2015 4:25 PM EST “Every time people tell me it might not happen, I’m like, ‘Hmm, well, get out of here.’” says the promising L.A.-based newcomer. Last month, singer-songwriter Phoebe Ryan caught the attention of the music blogosphere when she released a sensual cover of R. Kelly 's "Ignition (Remix)…

  13. Lady Gaga's Comeback Plan: Remind Everyone She Can Really, Really Sing

    February 23, 2015 2:05 PM EST Her ARTPOP era firmly in the rearview mirror, Gaga's Oscars showcase may have been a turning point in her career. Lady Gaga has delivered two awards show performances in the span of one month, and the most shocking thing about each was how sedate they both were. Eye-popping…

  14. Lady Gaga's Mile-High Hair-and-Makeup Session and More Insider Gossip

    February 23, 2015 12:20 PM EST Gaga's Mile-High Hair and Makeup Session All the world's a stage for Lady Gaga -- and so is a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet. On Feb. 12, the newly engaged pop star made herself at home in the business-class Mint section of a JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to New York. A fellow…

  15. Oscars 2015: Adam Levine Tops Rita Ora, John Legend for Most Shazamed Performance

    February 23, 2015 11:18 AM EST The 87th Academy Awards had a little bit of everything: stunning fashion , rousing speeches , the host's package , not- Joan Rivers and of course, awkward John Travolta . It also benefited greatly, as all award shows tend to these days, to big-and-bold musical performances throughout the…

  16. News Anchor Inexplicably Says Lady Gaga Sings 'Jigaboo Music'

    February 23, 2015 10:50 AM EST Lady Gaga performed a medley from The Sound Of Music at last night's Oscars ceremony, wowing the audience and the film's original star, Julie Andrews . Lady Gaga Owns Oscars With 'Sound of Music' Medley Beauty queen-turned-news anchor Kristi Capel was also impressed by the…

  17. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1998, Celine Dion Sailed to No. 1

    February 23, 2015 8:05 AM EST 'My Heart Will Go On,' from 'Titanic,' debuted at the Hot 100's summit 17 years ago. Plus, remembering chart feats by Madonna, George Michael and Avril Lavigne. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  18. Oscars 2015: Did Shonda Rhimes Diss Lady Gaga's 'Sound of Music' Performance?

    February 23, 2015 12:59 AM EST It seems like Shonda Rhimes might be among the few people unimpressed with Lady Gaga 's Sound of Music tribute at the 2015 Oscars . Oscars 2015: See All of Our Coverage "That was not okay. I mean, Idina is there. She is right there. RIGHT THERE. And oh dear God, Julie had to hear…

  19. Oscars 2015: Best & Worst Moments

    February 23, 2015 12:53 AM EST It was fun, it was emotional, it was long . The 2015 Oscars are a wrap, and they seemed specially made for Billboard this year, with Broadway vet Neil Patrick Harris as host and performances from Lady Gaga , Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick -- and that's not even counting the night'…

  20. Oscars 2015: All Performances Ranked From Worst to Best

    February 23, 2015 12:20 AM EST Although the focus of the Oscars is typically on the winners and losers (and, just as important, what the winners and losers wore), the 87th Academy Awards boasted an abundance of music both classic and popular, with some of the genre's biggest stars gracing the stage reserved for…

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