1. Rewinding the Charts: 25 Years Ago, Milli Vanilli Made History on the Hot 100

    November 25, 2014 11:05 AM EST The duo was famously revealed for its lip-synching and stripped of its Grammy, but not before achieving a Billboard first. MILII VANILLI – French-born Fabrice Morvan and German Rob Pilatus – was on a historic roll, as, on Nov. 25, 1989, "Blame It on the Rain" became the duo's…

  2. Broadway's 'Newsies' Ready to Hit the Road

    September 08, 2014 2:06 AM EDT The North American tour of the Broadway hit "Newsies" is about to high-kick its way from coast to coast, led by a 22-year-old actor who'll make a triumphant homecoming in Pittsburgh just in time for Thanksgiving. Dan DeLuca will be playing leading man Jack Kelly in the Tony…

  3. New York Fashion Week Preview: From Lorde to Madonna, Designers’ Front-Row Dream ‘Gets’

    August 22, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Fashion Week isn’t just about next season’s hot looks -- it’s about who is hot right now, too. From Rihanna creating a spectacle at the Paris shows in March to Kanye West making appearances for obscure fashion houses, scoring a major artist can make for a hit collection, as 10 designers…

  4. Madonna Refuses to Let Instagram Ruin Her Nipple Pic Birthday Fun

    August 18, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Instagram's infamous anti-nipple policy has a new enemy: Madonna . On the Queen of Pop's 56th birthday, she posted an image of herself in 1920s garb next to a topless (well, unless you consider a pearl necklace a top) woman. Instagram swiftly removed the nipple pic, which Madonna…

  5. Austin Mahone on Tour: Behind-The-Scenes Q&A and Live Performances

    August 14, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Eighteen-year-old Austin Mahone is in the midst of his biggest tour to date, playing sold-out shows for his “Mahomies” around the country. When Mahone hit Downtown Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, the fifth show of the 30-date run, Billboard caught up with the singer, as…

  6. Michael Alig's Next Move? 'Club Kid Killer' Seeks Post-Prison Job

    May 09, 2014 5:57 PM EDT Even before Michael Alig, 48, was released from prison on May 5, after serving 17 years for first-degree manslaughter, speculation had turned to what the most notorious club kid of the 1990s would do for his next act. Based on interviews with friends, Alig, who pleaded guilty in 1997 to…

  7. Disney Channel Greenlights 'Teen Beach Movie' Sequel

    April 27, 2014 1:41 PM EDT After months of speculation, the cable network officially orders a follow-up to last summer's hit with the original stars returning. The wait is over. After nearly a year of speculation, Disney Channel is officially moving forward with the “Teen Beach Movie” sequel. Production will begin…

  8. Madonna Apologizes For Racial Slur In Instagram Caption

    January 18, 2014 2:15 PM EST "There's no way to defend the use of the word," the singer writes after using the N-word. Madonna has issued a statement of apology after using the N-word in the caption of an Instagram photo of her son, Rocco Ritchie, on Friday (Jan. 17). The photo was a shot of the 13-year…

  9. Pearl Jam Set European Tour For Summer 2014

    December 13, 2013 5:44 AM EST Pearl Jam just finished a North American arena trek in support of recent No. 1 album "Lightning Bolt," and today (December 13) the band has added a summer 2014 tour of Europe to its schedule. The Seattle group's 11-date European tour will kick off June 16, 2014 at Amsterdam&…

  10. Madonna Visits Haiti To See Sean Penn’s Aid Work

    November 26, 2013 12:56 AM EST Madonna is in Haiti to visit humanitarian projects that ex-husband Sean Penn has been overseeing since the Caribbean nation's devastating earthquake in 2010, the actor said Monday. Penn said in a brief phone call to The Associated Press that he had invited Madonna, with whom he has "…

  11. Madonna Performs Elliott Smith's 'Between the Bars,' Mingles With Sean Penn at #secretprojectrevolution Film Launch

    September 25, 2013 10:03 AM EDT In a 2006 interview with Q magazine, Madonna was asked which song of the last 20 years she wished she'd written. Her answer: Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars," an aching ballad the late artist contributed to the "Good Will Hunting" soundtrack. On…

  12. Madonna Reveals She Cried From Exhaustion Through ‘MDNA’ Tour

    June 20, 2013 2:28 AM EDT Madonna said there were days when she was exhausted during her recent "MDNA" world tour, but she decided to press on. You won't see those behind-the-scenes battles in her new concert film, "The MDNA Tour," which premieres Saturday on the online and cable network…

  13. Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge's Hamstrung Hip-Hopera in NYC: Live Review

    May 14, 2013 3:13 PM EDT Two negotiations defined the performance of Ghostface Killah with Adrian Younge at New York’s Gramercy Theater on Monday night (May 13). One was between the performers and the audience, and the other was between the two men themselves. Ghostface and Younge are touring in support of their…

  14. Madonna in Bitter Clash With Malawi President

    April 11, 2013 1:17 PM EDT Calling recent comments by Malawi's president "lies," Madonna has pushed back at bitter criticism from officials of her recent trip to the southern African nation to view progress of her humanitarian organization, Raising Malawi. "I'm saddened that Malawi's…

  15. Ke$ha's 'Die Young' Radio Airplay Drop-Off Steadying After Initial Plunge

    December 19, 2012 7:54 PM EST As Billboard previously reported, following the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday (Dec. 14), Ke$ha 's "Die Young" has dropped in radio airplay. A look at the last two days of airplay, monitored by Nielsen…

  16. Madonna Goes Wild at U.S. Launch of MDNA Tour

    August 29, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Already thirty-four dates into the globetrotting MDNA Tour, Madonna embraced the opportunity to address her first American audience at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday (Aug. 28). Madonna Starts a Riot in Philly CHECK OUT NEW PHOTOS HERE "In my country we have freedom of…

  17. 'Baby Bieber' YouTube Star Austin Mahone Signs to Universal Republic

    August 28, 2012 9:44 PM EDT Austin Mahone, the teen YouTube star profiled in the June 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, has signed with Universal Republic Records, home to Owl City , Florence + The Machine , the late Amy Winehouse and Dev . The 16-year-old tweeted a photo of the big moment in which he is pictured…

  18. Hot Tours: Bruce Springstreen, Kenny Chesney, Franco De Vita

    June 29, 2012 2:30 PM EDT The legendary Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band take the No. 1 slot on the Hot Tours chart with ticket revenue reported from five venues as the Wrecking Ball World Tour winds its way through Europe heading into the month of July. Stadium concerts in Italy, Spain and the U.K. are…

  19. Is Madonna Targeting Guy Ritchie on New Song 'I Don't Give A'?

    March 05, 2012 5:05 PM EST Is Madonna is taking cues from Taylor Swift ? The Material Mom appears to be Pulling A Swift by taking swipes at an ex in a new song, "I Don't Give A," off her upcoming album, "MDNA." Her apparent target: former husband Guy Ritchie, whom she divorced in 2008 after…

  20. Basie Saxophonist Frank Foster Dies of Kidney Failure

    July 27, 2011 8:55 AM EDT Frank Foster , a jazz saxophonist who played with the Count Basie Orchestra and composed the band's hit, "Shiny Stockings," died Tuesday. He was 82. Foster died Tuesday morning at his home in Chesapeake, Virginia, of complications from kidney failure, according to Cecilia…

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