1. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  2. Lifetime Faces Skeptical Fans, Angry Family For Aaliyah, Whitney Houston Biopics

    June 27, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Lifetime is hoping fans of the late Aaliyah and Whitney Houston will deliver ratings gold when the network airs biopics about the singers’ lives and tragic deaths in the coming year. Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, 17, best known for her work on the hit Disney show "Shake It Up"…

  3. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  4. Sam Smith, 'In the Lonely Hour': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Not even Disclosure's rise to fame as trendsetters for last year's U.K. garage revival could overshadow Sam Smith, who lent soulful vocals to the Lawrence brother's whiplashing hit "Latch." It was impossible not to notice Smith's heart-rending range, which seemed…

  5. Meet Erykah Badu's Favorite Jewelry Designer, Lillian Shalom

    June 13, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Picture this: You're a jewelry designer who displays her work on Instagram, and a famous singer-songwriter's friend stumbles across your account and starts following you. Then, that particular pal shows your photos to her friend, who happens to be Erykah Badu , and it turns out she&…

  6. John Legend Sings ‘All of Me’ During Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's Wedding Reception (Report)

    May 25, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's wedding was indeed a musical affair. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Marry In Italy It started with Lana Del Rey performing three songs at the couple's wedding rehearsal at the Palace of Versailles in France on Friday night. The next day, Italian tenor…

  7. Kanye West's 2014 Album: Everything We Know So Far

    May 22, 2014 2:13 PM EDT "Yeezy season approaching/ Fuck whatever y'all been hearing." Last year, Kanye West dropped his left-field, sixth studio album, "Yeezus" with little notice and minimal marketing. Since November, when West first shared his plans to release his seventh studio album…

  8. David Bisbal vs. Luis Fonsi: Battle Of Leading Men at Billboard Latin Music Concert

    April 23, 2014 4:00 PM EDT The Billboard Latin Music Conference’s 25th anniversary concert, which is open to attendees, will bring together two of Latin pop’s leading men: David Bisbal and Luis Fonsi. The two stars will co-headline a performance at the LIV Nightclub at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami tonight (April 23…

  9. The Soul of 'Scandal': How Shonda Rhimes Soundtracks TV's Most Dramatic Show

    April 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT "Finding that moment where you placed that perfect song -- there's nothing like it," Rhimes tells Billboard. During season three of ABC's hit show "Scandal," a montage scene closes out the eighth episode, "Vermont Is For Lovers, Too," where we see a…

  10. 'Scandal' Character Playlist: 10 Songs For Season 3

    April 16, 2014 2:20 PM EDT It's been a jaw-dropping ride for Gladiators. The third season of ABC's "Scandal" comes to an end Thursday night (April 17), and it's bound to shock and pull at the strings of avid viewers. The season has left many at the edge of their couches with wine glasses…

  11. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott On the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: 'It's Rubbish'

    March 27, 2014 4:21 AM EDT After Joe Elliott’s 35 years fronting Def Leppard, fans might think they know the charismatic vocalist.  But there is another side to one of the most successful front men in hard rock history, one that listens to Tom Waits in the bath, would love to do an acoustic record and can barely…

  12. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  13. Red Bull Guest House in Miami Announces Lineup: Skrillex, Giorgio Moroder and More

    March 19, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Artists have been revealed for Red Bull’s second installment of its Miami Beach hotel takeover during the weekend of Ultra Music Festival, March 27-30. As previously announced , labels like Skrillex’s OWSLA and Richie Hawtin’s M-nus Records have been tapped to curate a slate of artists for…

  14. Skrillex Announces Mothership Tour 2014, New Album (Updated)

    March 10, 2014 9:17 PM EDT Update: In addition to revealing the dates for his upcoming Mothership Tour 2014, Skrillex has confirmed a new album for 2014. The album, "Recess," was confirmed via a new app, Alien Ride, the producer released on his website. According to Consequence of Sound , the app revealed a…

  15. Shinedown's Smith & Myers Cover Adele's 'Someone Like You': Exclusive Premiere

    March 07, 2014 1:12 PM EST Shinedown's Brent Smith and Zach Myers are ready to drop another slate of classic covers -- this time including Adele's wrenching breakup classic "Someone Like You." The award-winning song is part of Smith & Myers' "Acoustic Sessions" project,…

  16. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  17. Bonnie Raitt, Skylar Grey, Joy Williams Shine at GRAMMY Foundation's 'A Song Is Born' Event

    January 24, 2014 12:26 PM EST Songs, specifically the ones that become smash hits, were the focal point of the Grammy Foundation's "A Song is Born" program on Jan. 23. Seventeen artists, most of them writers rather than interpreters, performed an astounding number of top 40 tunes, Grammy winners and…

  18. 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…

  19. Shinedown's Smith & Myers Go 'Acoustic' on New EP; Exclusive Video Premiere

    January 21, 2014 1:00 PM EST The duo recorded acoustic versions of classic songs for an EP due out Jan. 28; Watch the premiere of The Clash's "London Calling" While Shinedown occupies itself making a new album and film, frontman Brent Smith and guitarist Zach Myers will give fans something to tide them…

  20. Martina McBride Returns With Soulful, Self-Released Covers Set ‘Everlasting’

    January 16, 2014 1:12 AM EST When Martina McBride started looking for material for her next album, she turned to the great soul singers Aretha Franklin and Etta James for inspiration. The country singer, known for her huge soprano voice, is self-releasing "Everlasting" on March 4, an album of classic soul and…

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