1. Janelle Monae Performs at Hollywood Fundraiser, 'Relaxed' Barack Obama Joins the Party

    July 24, 2014 2:26 AM EDT Barack Obama took the stage shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday at Shonda Rhimes' Hancock Park-area home, where the Scandal creator praised the president for "doing his job like a boss." "Nice-looking crowd," Obama joked, looking out into the star-studded audience. "…

  2. Hilary Duff Signs to RCA Records

    July 23, 2014 7:29 PM EDT First single, "Chasing the Sun," set to bow July 29, album due out in fall. Following in the footsteps of her former Disney labelmate Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff has signed a recording deal with RCA Records. Her first single "Chasing the Sun," written by Colbie Caillat,…

  3. U.S.-Based Iraqi Metal Band Acrassicauda Raises Funds on Kickstarter to Record Debut Album

    July 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT When Acrassicauda drummer Marwan Hussein found out on July 9 that his heavy-metal band had successfully raised $37,383 via Kickstarter to record its first full-length album, he says his reaction was elation tempered by “a sense of guilt.”   The elation: Acrassicauda’s three original members…

  4. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 18, 2014 7:54 PM EDT Though, Jason Mraz is nipping at Al's heels with 'Yes!' Comedian and singer "Weird Al" Yankovic is on course for his first No. 1 album, as "Mandatory Fun" could debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry forecasters suggest the album, which was…

  5. First Look at Neil Patrick Harris' Replacement in 'Hedwig And The Angry Inch'

    July 18, 2014 1:31 PM EDT Andrew Rannells from 'The Book of Mormon' takes over the role this fall Break out your most sparkly eyeliner -- the first look at Andrew Rannells in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is here. The poster, featuring Rannells in glam, messy makeup, gives fans the first image of…

  6. Nico Vega Premieres Hook-Filled New LP 'Lead to Light' (Listen)

    July 18, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Nico Vega's sophomore album features some of the most unstoppable pop-rock hooks heard all year and Billboard presents an exclusive early listen to "Lead to Light" in its entirety. Hailing from Los Angeles, Nico Vega are led by frontmwoman Aja Volkman, whose commanding vocals…

  7. Hiding No More: Kiesza Crashes Top 10 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    July 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The singer climbs with her debut hit 'Hideaway.' Plus, action for Borgore, Martin Garrix, Bingo Players and Christian music icon Amy Grant. Kiesza enters the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10, as her breakthrough hit "Hideaway" hikes 11-9. The Calgary native's early-&…

  8. Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

    July 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award winner died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Elaine Stritch, the tough and salty broad whose throaty singing voice and torrid Broadway performances made a New York legend, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.,…

  9. David Bowie Promises ‘More Music Soon’

    July 17, 2014 5:07 AM EDT When David Bowie last shared some new music, it came as a surprise to almost everyone. This time he’s giving a heads-up.  It’s been roughly 16 months since “The Next Day” (Iso/Columbia Records) crashed sales charts around the globe. Now, the Thin White Duke has hinted there will be “more…

  10. 'Weird Al' vs Jason Mraz For No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart

    July 16, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Two artists are vying for their first No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, as both Jason Mraz and "Weird Al" Yankovic are aiming for the top slot next week. Industry forecasters project Mraz's "Yes!" and Yankovic's "Mandatory Fun" to each sell…

  11. 'Rocky' Musical Knocked Out On Broadway

    July 16, 2014 12:51 AM EDT The Broadway musical "Rocky" is hanging up its gloves after being battered at the box office. Producers said Tuesday that the show will play its final performance at the Winter Garden Theatre on Aug. 17, after playing 28 previews and 188 regular performances. 'Rocky'…

  12. 'American Psycho' Musical to Make U.S. Run

    July 15, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Patrick Bateman is bound for New York. The musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel American Psycho, about the arrogant Wall Street broker by day and sexually deranged serial killer by night, will make its U.S. debut this season, Second Stage Theatre announced…

  13. Tupac Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Meets Swift Demise on Broadway

    July 14, 2014 8:42 PM EDT After opening to disastrous business and poor reviews on June 19, the urban rap musical inspired by the lyrics and poetry of Tupac Shakur will close next Sunday. The 2014-15 Broadway season is barely underway, but it already has a major casualty that seems likely to earn a place among the…

  14. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  15. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    July 11, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Before you hear "Mandatory Fun," listen to the 10 biggest hits so far in the parody master's amazing career. As pop music evolves and artists come and go, one man has endured over the past three decades: the one making fun of everyone else. "Weird Al" Yankovic has…

  16. Babyface Working On New Album, Eyeing Valentine's Day Release

    July 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT "It's not necessarily a completely slow album. It's got a groove to it," the R&B legend tells Billboard. Hot off his successful collaboration with Toni Braxton on "Love, Marriage & Divorce," Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is readying his first solo…

  17. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up…

  18. John Spinks, Guitarist and Songwriter for The Outfield, Dead at 60

    July 09, 2014 8:25 PM EDT John Spinks, guitarist and songwriter for British pop rock trio The Outfield, died Wednesday following a fight with liver cancer. He was 60.  The Outfield charted eight Billboard Hot 100 hits in 1986-92, led by its No. 6 debut smash "Your Love." The band's debut album, "…

  19. Idina Menzel, Imagine Dragons To Perform During MLB All-Star Weekend

    July 08, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Panic! at the Disco and Aloe Blacc will also show up during baseball's big weekend. Idina Menzel is bringing Broadway to baseball. The Tony-winning performer will sing the national anthem at the MLB All-Star Game on July 15 in Minneapolis. Menzel will also perform during the pre-game…

  20. Hi-Five Singer Russell Neal In Custody After Wife Found Dead

    July 04, 2014 3:57 AM EDT Russell Neal, vocalist with 1990s R&B Group Hi-Five, is under police custody following the death of his wife.  According to reports, Neal voluntarily walked into the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas, on the evening of Wednesday July 2 and told police that his wife, identified…

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