1. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Top Jazz Digital Songs Chart, Again

    August 11, 2014 6:19 AM EDT Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have teamed up for a second No. 1 on Billboard's Jazz Digital Songs chart, as “Anything Goes” debuts atop the list. The song sold 16,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the first offering from the duo’s upcoming…

  2. Glen Hansard Surprises 'Once' Audience at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater

    August 10, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Hansard was in Los Angeles for a concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 10. Glen Hansard surprised the audience attending the Aug. 8 performance of the stage version of "Once" at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, joining the cast of the musical for an impromptu performance of a…

  3. Not Made In The U.S.A.: Where Today's Hits Are Coming From

    August 08, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Fans and execs are looking globally for new hitmakers. There's a new British invasion on the Hot 100 . And, an Australian Invasion. A Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish one, too. The upper ranks of the Hot 100 of late have belonged to acts from outside the U.S., from Canada ( MAGIC! &…

  4. Country's Chaotic Summer: Investigating the Death, Rape and Arrests

    August 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT A death, an alleged rape and arrests mar a season in which acts like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are drawing massive crowds. What will Nashville do? After a string of ugly, alcohol-fueled mishaps at major concerts, country music seems to be stumbling into the final weeks of the summer touring…

  5. ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' Musical Heading to Broadway

    August 08, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Looks like it’s time for a little twang on Broadway. With a book by Larry L. King and Pete Masterson , and music and lyrics by Carol Hall , The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is set to open in 2015 in a new production directed and choreographed by Tony, Emmy and Olivier winner Rob Ashford .…

  6. Christian Borle Joins Cast of NBC's 'Peter Pan Live'

    August 07, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Christian Borle will be part of NBC's  Peter Pan Live! , a tweet from producers confirmed Wednesday night. The Tony-winning actor, who portrayed Max Detweiler in last year's Carrie Underwood-led  Sound of Music Live!,  will portray both Mr. Darling as well as Captain Hook's…

  7. Morrissey Blasts Harvest Records, Fox News and Missing Planes in Latest Rant

    August 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT He also announced a tour date. Morrissey is up on his soapbox yet again. In a statement posted to True to You, Morrissey began by praising a trio of fan-made videos for his song “World Peace Is None Of Your Business,” but quickly slipped into a sweeping, vitriolic and barely comprehensible…

  8. Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 06, 2014 11:14 AM EDT After a nearly 37-year wait, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . The band's new Hypnotic Eye arrives atop the chart, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best debut sales…

  9. Bishop Allen Video Premiere: Watch The 'Why I Had To Go' Clip

    August 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Indie-pop quartet Bishop Allen has ended a five-year studio break with Lights Out , their fourth full-length, due out Aug. 19 on Dead Oceans. The group released the catchy track "Why I Had To Go" last month, and the song has received a captivating music video, which Billboard.com is…

  10. Gospel Singer Joseph Habedank's Journey Through Addiction, Towards His New Record

    August 05, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Joseph Habedank -- longtime member of the successful gospel group The Perrys -- is branching out on his own with a new solo album, Welcome Home , that was created as he emerged from the crucible of addiction (to pain medication) that eventually saw him check into Nashville-area treatment…

  11. Sherri Shepherd to Join Cast of Broadway's 'Cinderella'

    August 05, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Sherri Shepherd as a wicked stepmother? It's possible! The former  View  co-host will take over the role of Cinderella's stepmother, Madame, in  Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella  on Broadway beginning Sept. 9. This follows  yesterday's news  that Keke Palmer will…

  12. Drake Welcomes Usher, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill And Many More To Fifth Annual OVO Fest

    August 05, 2014 4:37 AM EDT Drake’s OVO Festival is like hip-hop Christmas in Toronto – you anticipate it every year but you never know what you’re gonna get. Prior years have brought surprise cameos from the likes of Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg , or Diddy, Mase, Kanye West and Lil Wayne , and this year’s…

  13. Actress-Singer Keke Palmer to Take on Title Role in Broadway's 'Cinderella'

    August 04, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Anyone have an extra pair of glass slippers? Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella  on Broadway has found its new star: Keke Palmer will take over the title role beginning Sept. 9. Palmer can currently be seen on Showtime's  Masters of Sex , and previously appeared in projects such as…

  14. Q&A: Above & Beyond Talk Forthcoming Album, 'WALL-E'-Inspired Video ' Backstage at Lollapalooza 2014 (Watch)

    August 02, 2014 6:39 PM EDT Two thirds of UK electronic band Above and Beyond stopped by Billboard's tent in advance of their set at Lollapalooza, which is in full swing in Grant Park in Chicago this weekend, to chat about the latest additions to their musical repertoire, including their forthcoming as-yet-untitled…

  15. 'American Idol' Alum Constantine Maroulis Returns to 'Rock of Ages'

    July 31, 2014 6:25 PM EDT The season four alum talks about the return to the role he created in the '80s rock musical, making new music and what he has in common with Adam Lambert. It's mid-July, and Constantine Maroulis is getting ready to return to Broadway in one of his most beloved roles -- Drew, the…

  16. New Podcast Alert! Must-Hear Music: Chatting New Songs From Minaj, Gaga & More

    July 31, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Billboard is unveiling the debut episode of a new podcast, Must-Hear Music, where Billboard staffers sit down to chat compelling new songs that you must hear (thus the name, Must-Hear Music). Two-thirds of the people on this podcast are familiar faces (or rather, familiar voices): Jason…

  17. Lady Gaga (Plus Her Dog) Covers 'Harper's Bazaar'

    July 31, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Talk about a bad rawr-mance Round of applause for Lady Gaga , please.  Lady Gaga is on the cover of  Harper's Bazaar 's September issue, and the fashion magazine mainstay is shaking things up this time around. Clad in a pink Chanel suit (and that hair!), she's joined by her…

  18. Chronixx Tops Reggae Album Chart Following 'Tonight Show' & Central Park Performances

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Two recent high-profile performances in New York City by Jamaica's most talked about reggae artist, Chronixx, have resulted in a sales surge and significant international career boost for the 21-year-old Rastafarian sing-jay. Chronixx (b. Jamar McNaughton) and his band Zinc Fence…

  19. 'Girls' Star Allison Williams Playing 'Peter Pan' in NBC's Live Production

    July 30, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The network's "Sound of Music" follow-up will be broadcast live Dec. 4. NBC has found its Peter Pan: Allison Williams.  The Girls actress will star in the title role of the live The Sound of Music follow-up, which NBC will broadcast on Dec. 4, NBC announced Wednesday morning…

  20. Audra McDonald Helps 'Lady Day' Turn a Profit

    July 29, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Audra McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability. Producers of the play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill said Tuesday that they have recouped their $2.6 million initial investment. Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts at Once In the show, McDonald portrays…

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