1. New Signings: Kobalt Signs Pitbull, Orchard Adds Donna Summer, Blue Note Nabs Jamie Cullum

    October 10, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Olivia Holt , the star of Disney Channel's I Didn't Do It , joins the roster of…

  2. Blake Shelton Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    October 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Country king Blake Shelton earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as his new release, Bringing Back the Sunshine , debuts atop the list. It was released on Warner Bros. Nashville Records on Sept. 30, and sold 101,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  3. CODE Guest Playlist: Decibel Festival

    September 23, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Electronic music’s growing footprint in the Pacific Northwest owes quite a bit to Decibel Festival . Since 2003, the Seattle event has consistently showcased an eclectic blend of cutting edge talent ranging from deadmau5 and Amon Tobin to Lorde and Nicolas Jaar . With a diverse lineup…

  4. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Remembered by Pitbull, Simon Cowell

    September 06, 2014 7:27 PM EDT In the wake of the news of G.R.L.'s Simon Battle's death, many of those closest to her have expressed their sadness over her reported suicide . Everyone from her fellow G.R.L. members to music producers to fellow performers have taken to social media to react to her death. Two of…

  5. G.R.L.’s Simone Battle Dies at 25

    September 06, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Law enforcement sources reportedly say she was found hanging and the death appears to be suicide. G.R.L. member Simone Battle has died at the age of 25, Billboard has confirmed. G.R.L. Drops 'Ugly Heart' Single: Listen Battle was found in her Los Angeles home on Sept. 5. A…

  6. Emma Stone Confirms Starring Role in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 21, 2014 3:47 AM EDT It was an open secret among theater insiders that Emma Stone was in negotiations to star in Cabaret when preparations were underway to bring the Roundabout Theatre Company's smash revival back to Broadway last season. But those talks fell apart due to scheduling conflicts related to The…

  7. Victoria Justice's Music Career: Why Ariana Grande's Co-Star Is Still Worth Watching

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT While Grande continues to score chart hits, Justice has struggled to kick-start a solo career. Here's why she shouldn't be counted out. To paraphrase William Carlos Williams , so much depends upon a debut single in modern pop music. Want proof? Look at the recent career trajectories…

  8. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  9. The Go-Gos, Pink Martini, Kristin Chenoweth Inducted Into Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame

    June 24, 2014 12:18 AM EDT Before a capacity house of about 17,000, Pink Martini, fronted by singer China Forbes and pianist Thomas Lauderdale, started off the night with standards including Amado Mio and Sympathique in concert with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Lauderdale took a moment on stage to recall how the band…

  10. G.R.L. Drops 'Ugly Heart' Single: Listen

    June 03, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Need a great new girl group jam in your life? G.R.L. has you covered. New girl group G.R.L. has gotten some shine by collaborating with Pitbull on the Top 40 hit "Wild Wild Love," but now, the quintet has a deeply enjoyable single of its own to flaunt. Listen to "Ugly Heart,…

  11. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  12. Jordin Sparks' 2014 Billboard Music Awards Best Dressed List

    May 20, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Singer and 2014 BBMAs red carpet host Jordin Sparks lists her favorite looks of the night. I had such a blast co-hosting the 2014 Billboard Music Awards "Samsung (thanks for my phone!!!) Red Carpet LIVE!" with Lance Bass on Sunday! My feet still hurt! Yikes! We got to talk…

  13. Seth MacFarlane Collaborates With Norah Jones, Sara Bareilles On Christmas Album

    May 16, 2014 1:00 AM EDT Go ahead and call Seth MacFarlane a renaissance man because no one fits the description better than he does. With both an Oscar and Grammy nomination under his belt, the writer/singer/actor/producer/ director has recently completed his first-ever Christmas album, which includes collaborations…

  14. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  15. From Blur to 'Bots: Damon Albarn's 15 Defining Music Moments

    April 25, 2014 5:54 PM EDT As Damon Albarn gets set to release his first proper solo album, "Everyday Robots," it's easy to forget how versatile and eclectic he's been over the course of his career. Sure he's been at the forefront of Britpop and found crossover success in the U.S. with Blur,…

  16. Damon Albarn Plays New Songs at Sundance: Listen

    January 21, 2014 10:35 AM EST Frontman of Blur and Gorillaz has solo album due April 29 Damon Albarn of Blur, Gorillaz and the Good, the Bad and the Queen performed four gentle, downtempo songs from his upcoming solo album and a vintage Blur piece at a packed Sundance Channel HQ on Jan. 19. Backed by a string quartet and…

  17. Chart Highlights: Cage The Elephant Returns To No. 1 On Rock Airplay, Alternative Songs

    November 11, 2013 7:30 PM EST Cage the Elephant hits No. 1 on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs, One Direction debuts on Pop Songs and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  18. CHVRCHES' Hype Dreams: Can Blog Buzz Produce A Hit Album?

    September 16, 2013 11:50 AM EDT The Scottish alt-pop trio captured the Internet's attention with its first singles. Next up: a Glassnote debut with high expectations. On July 18, the members of Chvrches strode onstage at the Stadio San Siro football stadium in Milan for a sold-out show with nearly 58,000 people in…

  19. Michelle Williams To Star In New Broadway Version of 'Cabaret'

    September 05, 2013 12:18 AM EDT Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut next year in a role best known by Liza Minnelli - fishnet-and-bowler hat wearing chanteuse Sally Bowles in "Cabaret." The Roundabout Theatre Company confirmed Wednesday that the former "Dawson's Creek" and "…

  20. JC Chasez Introduces Girl Radical: Watch 'Just A Girl' Music Video (Exclusive)

    August 15, 2013 12:52 PM EDT The former *N SYNC member discusses the new girl group he helped create in this exclusive Q&A. JC Chasez has entered new terrain, taking on the role of a musical "dad" to the many members of his new female pop project. The former *N SYNC member and solo artist recently…

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