1. Watch Kristen Bell as a Musical (And Political) Mary Poppins

    July 24, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Actress advocates for raising the federal minimum wage in Funny or Die clip. A spoonful of sugar has nothing on raising the federal minimum wage. That's the message of a new Funny or Die political parody starring Frozen and Veronica Mars fave Kristen Bell as one fed-up Mary Poppins. …

  2. The Veronicas Sign Global Deal With Sony Music, New Album Coming

    April 28, 2014 5:49 AM EDT The Veronicas are making a comeback. The Australian sibling pop duo will release a third studio album later this year, through a new global deal with Sony Music Entertainment. Twenty-nine-year-old twins Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso formed the Veronicas in Brisbane, Australia back in…

  3. Andrea Bocelli Marries Longtime Partner Veronica Berti

    March 25, 2014 12:06 AM EDT Andrea Bocelli has wed longtime companion Veronica Berti. A Monday news release says the couple married Friday at the Sanctuary of Montenero in central Italy. The couple chose the day because it is the start of spring and the second birthday of their daughter, Virginia. Andrea Bocelli to…

  4. 'Divergent' Soundtrack Features Ellie Goulding, M83, Tame Impala/Kendrick Lamar Collaboration

    February 24, 2014 4:00 PM EST After a pair of tracks from the upcoming "Divergent" soundtrack, Zedd's "Find You" and Ellie Goulding's "Beating Heart," were announced last month , the full track list was revealed on Monday (Feb. 24), and it's a doozy. Goulding pops up thrice on…

  5. 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…

  6. Ellie Goulding, Zedd Tapped For 'Divergent' Soundtrack

    January 23, 2014 4:23 PM EST Ellie Goulding and Zedd have been confirmed to be contributing material to the soundtrack to "Divergent," the highly-anticipated upcoming film adaptation of Veronica Roth's best-selling dystopian novel. "Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," due out Mar. 11,…

  7. Chart Highlights: Avril Lavigne Tells Husband Chad Kroeger, 'Let Me Go'; Kacey Musgraves' 'Arrow' Lands On Country Airplay

    October 21, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Lavigne and Kroeger chart their first collaboration on Adult Pop Songs, while Kacey Musgraves' same-sex relationship equality anthem finds support at country Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  8. CMJ 2013: 10 Can't Miss Acts And Panels

    October 14, 2013 12:30 PM EDT The CMJ Music Marathon can be great for discovering that hot new buzz act with the most preposterous name so you can joke about it with your friends. And yeah, there's a lot of great, you know, music , to be seen across New York City from Oct. 15 to 20. There's also an awful lot…

  9. Franz Ferdinand Take 'Right' Turn With Album That Almost Didn't Happen

    August 27, 2013 4:13 PM EDT Glasgow, Scotland, dance-rock act Franz Ferdinand is back with its first album in four-and-a-half years. But singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos admits the comeback almost didn't happen. "I met up with (bassist) Bob (Hardy) before we started this record and had a very forthright…

  10. Selena Gomez's Back Catalog: Her Top 10 Pre-'Stars Dance' Highlights

    July 19, 2013 11:58 AM EDT For a pop star still a couple days away from drinking age -- she turns 21 on Monday, so get your birthday cards ready this weekend -- Selena Gomez has already amassed a fairly impressive back catalog, having released three full-length albums with her former backing band The Scene as well…

  11. Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes to Perform at CMT Music Awards

    May 13, 2013 10:40 AM EDT Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Pistol Annies will don their best cowboy boots for their live performances at the 2013 CMT Music Awards. Beside being the night's entertainment, Underwood, Hayes, Little Big Town, Bryan and Swift are among the nominees for…

  12. Adam Yauch Park Dedicated in Brooklyn

    May 04, 2013 8:40 AM EDT One day before the first anniversary of the death of Adam Yauch, (aka MCA of the Beastie Boys), a park in Brooklyn Heights has been renamed in his honor. On Friday, Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn parks commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, Beasties member Adam Horovitz and Yauch…

  13. Chart Highlights: Blake Shelton's 'Cool' Crowns Country Airplay

    March 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Plus, Little Mix's "Wings" flies onto Pop Songs, Miguel enters R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Tamela Mann leads Gospel Songs for a 20th week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  14. 25 Valentine's Day Drops: Tiesto, Flux Pavilion and More Pick Their Favorite Love Songs

    February 14, 2013 12:00 PM EST Tiësto, Flosstradamus, Flux Pavilion and 22 more DJs pick their favorite V-Day tracks, ones they'll be bumping during their sets and maybe in the bedrooms, too. Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day makes us all pull a Celine Dion. That is, talk about love (and occasionally beat our…

  15. Ask Billboard: Solo Duets, Readers Respond

    February 01, 2013 7:45 PM EST Readers offer more examples of duets that officially aren’t. I.e., songs that sound like duets but, for various label/legal reasons, were credited only to one act. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  16. Tegan & Sara Talk 'Heartthrob,' Their 'Most Personal' Record Yet: Video

    January 26, 2013 8:22 AM EST It's just a pop song: an uptempo ditty about fun-loving lust, with a chorus that would inspire as much pogoing as singing along. But for Tegan & Sara, "Closer," the first single from their seventh studio album, "Heartthrob" (Jan. 29, Warner Bros.), is a whole new…

  17. Boston Business, Not Beyonce, Gets 'Blue Ivy' Trademark

    October 22, 2012 8:55 PM EDT It may be the baby name heard 'round the hip-hop world, but Jay-Z and Beyonce won't be able to trademark "Blue Ivy" -- at least not for their next bash. Instead, according to the Boston Herald , a wedding and event planning business of the same name has won trademark…

  18. Chris Lighty's Funeral Draws Hip-Hop Royalty

    September 05, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Diddy, Grandmaster Flash, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons Among Mourners in NYC LL Cool J and Sean "Diddy" Combs were among the stars who packed a standing-room-only funeral chapel Wednesday to pay their respects to music-industry mogul Chris Lighty. Mourners at the Manhattan funeral…

  19. Chris Lighty Death Ruled a Suicide

    August 31, 2012 8:34 PM EDT The New York City medical examiner's office has ruled the death of hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty a suicide. The 44-year-old manager of Mariah Carey, Sean "Diddy" Combs and 50 Cent was found dead in his Bronx apartment Thursday with a gunshot wound to the head. A 9 mm handgun was…

  20. Guns N' Roses Have 'No Real Plans' For Rock Hall Performance

    March 22, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Nobody, it seems -- including current and former band members -- know whether Guns N' Roses will wind up playing at their April 12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in Cleveland. But they'll certainly be in close enough proximity to talk about it. "We're all sitting at…

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