1. Idina Menzel's 'If/Then' Scores Show-Stopping Chart Debut

    June 11, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Earns highest debut for a cast recording since 1996's 'Rent' The original Broadway cast recording of "If/Then" makes a show-stopping start on the Billboard 200 chart. Debuting at No. 19, the set marks the highest debut for a cast album since 1996. The last cast effort…

  2. 'Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran': 9 Things to See in MTV's Docuseries Premiere (Video)

    June 10, 2014 9:08 PM EDT MTV's docuseries "Nine Days and Nights" kicks off on Tuesday night with its first subject: Ed Sheeran, the hit singer-songwriter whose latest turn for a touch of hip-hop has him nervous about whether he will "be a career artist, or [the guy who] had a very big album in…

  3. 'Hedwig' and 'A Gentleman's Guide' Top Music Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Performer Neil Patrick Harris wins leading actor while Jessie Mueller takes home leading actress for her portrayal of Carole King in 'Beautiful.' The show also featured onstage turns by Sting, Carole King, Idina Menzel and Gladys Knight. It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have…

  4. Jennifer Lopez Brings 15 Years of Hits Home to The Bronx (Review)

    June 05, 2014 2:31 PM EDT It's hard to believe, but Jennifer Lopez had never played a concert in The Bronx until Wednesday night (June 4). Lopez and her home neighborhood have been inextricably linked ever since the release of her debut album, "On The 6," 15 years ago exactly this week -- an…

  5. ‘Frozen’ Songwriting Team Prepare New Show

    June 04, 2014 3:38 AM EDT Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez - the Oscar-winning husband-and-wife team behind the film "Frozen" - are preparing an original romantic comedy for the stage called "Up Here." The influential California theater company La Jolla Playhouse said Tuesday that the show…

  6. Rihanna Sparkles In See-Through Gown at CFDA Awards

    June 02, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Rihanna wowed the crowds at the 2014 Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards (CFDA) Awards in New York, where she walked the red carpet in a see-through gown. RiRi, who was honored at Monday's gala with the Fashion Icon of the Year award, wore a custom Adam Selman sheer gown…

  7. Bono, The Edge Join Fender’s Board of Directors

    May 29, 2014 12:43 AM EDT Bono and the Edge have done their bit to shape popular music, and save lives with tunes. Now they’re helping guide the fortunes of Fender. The U2 founders have joined the board of directors for Fender Musical instruments Corporation, the company behind the legendary Fender guitar lines.…

  8. Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Channels Jimi Hendrix in Right-Leaning Film (Video)

    May 28, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Megadeth co-founder Dave Mustaine is marking the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with a heavy metal guitar version of his own that will appear in "America," Dinesh D'Souza's follow-up to "2016: Obama's…

  9. Vampire Weekend Talks Trilogy, New Music & 'Last U.S. Tour for a Minute'

    May 28, 2014 2:03 PM EDT It's early yet, but there's a possibility that Vampire Weekend's fourth album will start a new era of sorts for the New York quartet.  As it prepares to hit the road again May 31 to support its third album, 2013's Grammy Award-winning "Modern Vampires of the City,…

  10. Fitz & The Tantrums Singer: 'The Walker' Riff Is 'Like Crack Cocaine'

    May 27, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick discusses the success of "More Than Just a Dream" and the band's possible next singles From the time it was conceived, Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick was confident Fitz & the Tantrums had something special with "The Walker…

  11. Future Talks Tour, Pharrell's Reluctance to Doing 'Move That Dope'

    May 22, 2014 3:29 PM EDT Future will be doing plenty of rapping during his 45-date tour promoting his sophomore album, "Honest." But he plans to spend some time talking to fans, too. "I want it to be more of an intimate setting," the Atlanta MC, who hits the road on Friday in Milwaukee, tells…

  12. Miley Cyrus to Vomiting Jennifer Lawrence: 'Get It Together!' (Video)

    May 22, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Last night on "Late Night with Seth Myers" actress Jennifer Lawrence shared a scandalous story about her experience at this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Rather than attend with her family, Lawrence hung out at the 2014 Oscars with her best friend, Laura Simpson. Simpson got…

  13. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the…

  14. Pharrell Williams Plots Fall European Tour

    May 20, 2014 1:37 PM EDT Pharrell Williams' second studio album, "G I R L," is getting a proper solo tour -- in Europe, for now, at least. The "Happy" star has announced an overseas trek that kicks off on Sept. 9 in Manchester, per Capital FM . The Europe dates mark the first extended run for…

  15. 'Jem and the Holograms' Adds Juliette Lewis

    May 20, 2014 10:32 AM EDT The live-action film, directed by Jon M. Chu, is based on the popular Hasbro animated TV series Juliette Lewis has joined the cast of the live-action adaptation "Jem and the Holograms." Lewis, who most recently starred in "August: Osage County," joins Aubrey Peeples,…

  16. 'Frozen' To Become A Disney on Ice Show (Report)

    May 20, 2014 5:16 AM EDT "Frozen" has already made over $1.2 billion worldwide and is now sent to hit the road in September as a Disney on Ice show. The animated blockbuster, which helped the Walt Disney Co. beat expectations with second quarter earnings, will cash in on its popularity even more by becoming…

  17. Michael Jackson's 'Love Never Felt So Good' Gets Indian Makeover (Watch)

    May 20, 2014 3:25 AM EDT To coincide with the India release of Michael Jackson's new posthumous album, Xscape, the Justin Timberlake collaboration “Love Never Felt So Good” has been given an Indian makeover by the Bombay Flip Project. The project was supervised by Sony Music India, which released "Xscape…

  18. 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…

  19. Remembering Malik Bendjelloul, the Man Who Re-Birthed 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez

    May 14, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Rodriguez had a phrase for Malik Bendjelloul and his film "Searching for Sugar Man." He used it while we were eating lunch at SXSW in March 2012; he would use it again 11 months later over a meal in Los Angeles the day it would win one of its 32 awards. "It's his story,…

  20. Rodriguez's 'Shock' at Death of 'Sugar Man' Director: 'He Was a Very Talented Man'

    May 14, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Rodriguez paid the best possible, and unspoken, tribute he could to the late "Searching For Sugar Man" director Malik Bendjelloul on Tuesday night: He played a show. The singer-songwriter who became an international icon thanks to Bendjelloul's Academy Award-winning…

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