Entertainment Weekly

  1. Mariah Carey Set To Pull In $18 Million As 'American Idol' Judge: Sources

    July 24, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Mariah Carey's status as American Idol's newest star judge will come with a pretty nice paycheck, as sources familiar with the negotiations confirmed she is set to make as much as $18 million for her services. Carey was confirmed as a ju ...

  2. Target Refuses to Stock Frank Ocean Album After iTunes Exclusive

    July 12, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Target will not be carrying Frank Ocean's debut studio album, "Channel Orange," which is projected to make an unexpectedly strong debut on the Billboard 200 next week. According to statements from the company and Ocean's manage ...

  3. Target Not Carrying Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' in Response to iTunes Exclusive, Not Ocean's Sexuality

    July 11, 2012 6:41 PM EDT Target will not be carrying Frank Ocean's debut studio album Channel Orange , in response to the label's decision to sell it ahead of its scheduled release date via iTunes -- not due to Ocean's sexuality -- according to statements f ...

  4. Donna Hilley, Former Sony ATV Nashville CEO, Dead at 65

    June 21, 2012 11:58 AM EDT Donna Hilley, who spent 31 years at Sony/ATV Nashville -- eventually becoming the company's president and CEO -- and was one of the most prominent female publishing executives in country music, died Wednesday [June 20] of an extended illness. ...

  5. Backbeat: Behind the Scenes at Jack White's 'American Express: Unstaged' With Gary Oldman

    April 30, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Jack White took his solo show on the road at New York City's Webster Hall Friday night. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images) The block in New York's East Village that houses Webster Hall was packed nearly end-to-end with enormous trucks on F ...

  6. Record Store Day Co-Founder Eric Levin on In-Stores, Exclusive Releases, Iggy Pop's Ambassadorship

    April 20, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Eric Levin is a co-founder of Record Store Day (RSD), owner of Atlanta's Criminal Records and head of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores. Though this year he's scaled back his involvement with RSD to focus on his retail business ( ...

  7. Spotify Play Button Launches, Aims For Ubiquity

    April 11, 2012 8:25 AM EDT Spotify wants to be the world's music player. Its new streaming music widget, called the Play Button, is a step in that direction. Unveiled Tuesday, the Play Button allows listeners to stream music on the Spotify desktop client via the widget ...

  8. Pulitzers Snub Pop Music, Complains Critic Ann Powers

    April 22, 2011 8:19 AM EDT NPR's pop critic Ann Powers applauds Jennifer Egan's punk music generation novel A Visit from the Goon Squad, which won the Pulitzer on Monday and is being developed as an HBO series, but she trashes the Pulitzer Prize for criticism beca ...

  9. Jennifer Lopez Shops Musical Competition to TV Networks: Report

    April 21, 2011 4:06 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has joined forces with "American Idol" creator and executive producer Simon Fuller and his company, XIX Entertainment, for a new musical competition. They are shopping a reality series, tentatively titled "Que Viva,&q ...

  10. Smith, Aswad Nab Billboard Posts

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Danyel Smith has been named editor of Billboard, where she will oversee the editorial operations of the weekly print magazine. Jem Aswad has been named editor of Billboard's business-focused website, Billboard.biz, and will oversee the site&# ...

  11. Britney Spears Out of the Gates In 2011, New Single 'Hold It Against Me' Premieres Jan. 7

    December 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears fans may still have a few months of anxious waiting before her seventh full-length's March release, but the pop star is reportedly dropping her first piece of new music in a little over a week. "Hold It Against Me," a ...

  12. Michael Jackson 'Hold My Hand' Duet with Akon Debuts

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The first official single from a controversial new Michael Jackson album was released on Monday to good initial reviews and expectations of strong digital sales. "Hold My Hand," a duet Jackson first recorded with Senegalese rapper and re ...

  13. Chelsea Handler Panned As VMA Host

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When MTV announced last month that E!'s Chelsea Handler would be hosting this year's Video Music Awards, it was met with some surprise. So how did she do Sunday on one of music's most star-studded nights? "She was among the wor ...

  14. The Legal Issues Behind The Slowed-Down Justin Bieber Track

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber's record label says it won't take action against a dramatically slowed-down version of the single “U Smile” that has become an instant Internet sensation. "No, we are not trying to take this down," said a spokesma ...

  15. 'American Idol' Returns, But How Long Can It Last?

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST TV ratings juggernaut "American Idol" returns next week for a ninth season with comedian Ellen DeGeneres joining the judging panel but a big question mark hanging over the future of the show's biggest star -- Simon Cowell. Despite s ...

  16. Adam Lambert's Sexually-Charged Act Draws Complaints

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST ABC television said on Monday it had received about 1,500 complaints about the sexually-charged performance by "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert at the American Music Awards on Sunday. Millions of viewers saw Lambert simulate oral s ...

  17. Briefs: CD Baby, Perez Hilton, Live Nation

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- This weekend, CD Baby is going to introduce a number of new features at its retail Web site: a la carte downloading, artist pages, a music uploaded and download cards. The fee for CDBaby.com downloads will be 25%, quite a bit more than its typi ...

  18. CBS Partnering With Black Eyed Peas For Marketing Campaign

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT CBS is partnering with the Black Eyed Peas to employ the group's upcoming single "I Gotta Feeling" in the network's summer marketing campaign. Starting with Sunday's telecast of the 63rd annual Tony Awards, CBS will use th ...

  19. Lambert And Allen To Sing For 'American Idol' Crown

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A showy musical theatre actor and his clean-cut acoustic guitar-playing rival get their last chance to woo viewers and votes on Tuesday night in the final performance episode of "American Idol." After 100,000 people auditioned last summe ...

  20. The Beatles To Finally Go Digital With 'Rock Band'

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Beatles will finally go digital on Sept. 9 with the release of the Fab Four edition of the popular "Rock Band" video game. In a joint statement Thursday (March 5), the Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd., Harmonic and MTV Games said that ...

  21. Another 'Idol' Exit: McPhee Leaves RCA

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Katharine McPhee has joined fellow "American Idol" contestants Taylor Hicks and Ruben Studdard as former members of the Sony BMG family. The artist has parted ways with RCA after a solitary album, a 2007 self-titled affair that debuted a ...

  22. T.I. Writing Songs While Awaiting Trial

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST T.I., who is under house arrest in Atlanta while awaiting trial on federal weapons charges, has begun writing material for his next album. The news, first reported by Entertainment Weekly, was confirmed by a T.I. spokesperson. Six songs are in the ...

  23. Report: Kelis Splits With Jive

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Quirky R&B singer Kelis has been dropped from her Jive contract, according to a published report. The artist released two albums on the label: 2003's "Tasty" spawned the hit "Milkshake" and sold 533,000 copies in the U ...

  24. ADA Spearheading Indie Rock Compilation Series

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Distributor ADA and top indie labels may be teaming to create a series of compilations modeled after the very successful "NOW That's What I Call Music" series. However, sources tell Billboard.biz the series is in the earliest discus ...

  25. Williamson Signs 'Grey Gardens'

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Williamson Music, a division of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, is now administering the score for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical "Grey Gardens," featuring music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michae Korie. Based o ...