1. 'American Idol' Producer Hopes Jennifer Lopez Stays, But Wants New Judges Every Season

    July 23, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Nigel Lythgoe is still in negotiations to renew his deal on American Idol, but he's holding out an irrational hope that Jennifer Lopez will in fact stay with the show. Steven Tyler already has confirmed that he is leaving the show, which saw ...

  2. 'Rock of Ages': Tom Cruise Called Cameron Crowe for History Lesson

    June 11, 2012 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 At Hollywood Premiere, Cast & Crew Marvel at Actor's Transformation Into 'Sexy Rock n' Roll Monster' Hollywood transformed into an 80's version of The Sunset Strip on Friday as stars arrived for the premiere of "Roc ...

  3. Usher to Recruit Digital Dancers For American Express Unstaged Performance

    May 31, 2012 11:44 AM EDT The Tupac Hologram Effect continues: without resurrecting legendary artists, R&B song-and-dance man Usher has some tricks up his sleeve in terms of crowd-pleasing, futuristic concert antics. The singer will use digital dancers to back him up d ...

  4. Usher to Use Virtual Dancers During Concert Webcast

    May 31, 2012 10:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Viewers of the singer's June 11 webcast will get a chance to join him onstage, via virtual avatars. The Tupac Hologram Effect continues: without resurrecting legendary artists, R&B song-and-dance man Usher has some tricks up his sleeve in t ...

  5. 'Rock Of Ages' Executive Music Producer Rates Tom Cruise's Vocal Skills, Oscar Potential

    May 09, 2012 7:45 PM EDT When it comes to re-recording classic hits, music producer Adam Anders has all but turned it into a science. As "Glee's" in-house maestro of sound (along with partner Peer Åström), Anders is tasked with reimagining songs by the like ...

  6. Mary J. Blige Answers Fans In Exclusive Video Q&A

    January 20, 2012 11:05 AM EST 0 0 0 Chart Article The R&B queen speaks about 'My Life II,' her rap alter ego and more in this special Billboard.com/Amercican Express Press Pass interview. Over the course of her 20-year career, Mary J. Blige has blossomed from a raw, stre ...

  7. 'Rock of Ages' Trailer a Cheesy, A-List Strewn Romp

    December 14, 2011 8:37 AM EST 0 0 0 Warner Bros. released the first trailer for its movie musical Rock of Ages on Tuesday. The 1980s-set movie, directed by Hairspray helmer Adam Shankman, is an adaptation of the Tony-nominated Broadway musical about a small-town girl (Julianne Hough) ...

  8. 'Glee' Official: Ricky Martin & Gloria Estefan Join 'Spanglish Episode'

    December 05, 2011 5:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan are confirmed to be joining "Glee" for an episode in the new year, according to the show's executive music producer Adam Anders. "We just announced Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan for a Spanglish e ...

  9. Backbeat: Mary J. Blige Previews 'My Life II' at 'American Express Unstaged' Concert

    November 21, 2011 7:41 AM EST Nas and Busta Rhymes, both of whom are featured on Blige's new album, joined her in celebration post-concert. (Photo: Charley Gallay) Blige acknowledged her celebrity guests, including Anthony Anderson (pictured here with a guest), by shoutin ...

  10. Mary J. Blige to Perform in American Express Unstaged Series & Chat with Billboard.com

    November 10, 2011 12:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige is hitting the stage on Nov. 17 (Thursday) as the latest performer of American Express' livestream music series, "American Express Unstaged." Mary's "Unstaged" performance will be livestreamed from Club No ...

  11. Miley Cyrus to Star and Produce God-Themed Comedy

    August 02, 2011 10:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Paramount has preemptively picked up an untitled comedy pitch with Miley Cyrus attached to star and produce. Cyrus will produce with her mother Tish Cyrus via the duo's Hope Town Entertainment banner. Also producing is Andrew Panay, whose credi ...

  12. Billboard Bits: Ke$ha and Iggy Pop Fight Seal Clubbing, Justin Bieber Runs Over Paparazzo's Foot

    April 13, 2011 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Iggy Pop, Ke$ha Fight Seal Clubbing In Canada Rock veteran Iggy Pop and pop singer Ke$ha have joined a People For Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) campaign against bab ...

  13. Tom Cruise To Star in 'Rock Of Ages' Film

    February 22, 2011 12:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Tom Cruise will soon be belting some classic rock staples as the star of "Rock of Ages," an upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical which showcases popular rock songs from the 70s and 80s. According to NME , the actor will sta ...

  14. Constantine Maroulis Preps New Album During 'Rock of Ages' Tour

    November 09, 2010 3:25 PM EST 0 0 0 He may be busy on the road with the touring company of the musical "Rock of Ages," but Constantine Maroulis is also hard at work on his next album. "Sometime early next year, I'd like to start putting out some of the songs," ...

  15. Videos of the Week: Rihanna Moonwalks (Badly), Miley Cyrus Dirty Dances, Phish Covers Rolling Stones

    May 14, 2010 12:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 In this week's top viral videos that had everyone buzzing, Rihanna attempts -- and fails -- to moonwalk, Miley Cyrus dirty dances with Adam Shankman, Phish and Green Day cover the Rolling Stones , Big Boi makes salad with Martha Stewart, " ...

  16. Oscar-nominated Song Performances Cut From Show

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Some of Oscar's most memorable moments have come during performances of nominated songs. Among them: rap group Three 6 Mafia surrounded by streetwalkers as they performed "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from "Hustle & ...