09 Dec 2013
Turns out, the real Von Trapp family wasn't so hot on the idea of Carrie Underwood playing Maria in "The Sound of Music Live!" Myles von Trapp Derbyshire, the great grandson of Maria von Trapp, expressed his disappointment in NBC's casting to ABC News. "It's just upsetting that this could potentially be the final broadcast of our story," he said. "And although her voice is amazing, she doesn't have acting experience ... It's just the overall image, she's a country star, she won 'American Idol,' she's very public in kind of a tabloid way." Derbyshire, a 28-year-old New Yorker, said
09 Dec 2013 1:40am GMT
08 Dec 2013
English singer Lily Allen rose back to the top of Britain's singles chart on Sunday as competition for the coveted Christmas number one spot heated up. Allen's version of "Somewhere only we know", which features in a popular Christmas advertising campaign, first topped the charts two weeks ago but was beaten last week by Scottish singer Calvin Harris and Swedish DJ Alesso. Harris and DJ Alesso slipped to fourth place, behind London-based rock band Bastille.
08 Dec 2013 7:08pm GMT
'Rocket Man' singer says he was 'sad to learn' of the law banning 'propaganda of homosexuality'
08 Dec 2013 1:39pm GMT
'Wrecking Ball' singer performed at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball on Friday (December 6)
08 Dec 2013 10:58am GMT
07 Dec 2013
Miley Cyrus may not have earned any Grammy nominations, but her music videos were certainly the year's most popular. The most commonly viewed videos of 2013, according to new rankings released by Vevo, really offer few surprises. "Wrecking Ball" and "We Can't Stop" top the list, while the lascivious "Blurred Lines" and spirited "Roar" round out some of the remaining slots. Here's the top 10 for your continued viewing pleasure. 1. Miley Cyrus -- "Wrecking Ball" 2. Miley Cyrus -- "We Can't Stop" 3. will.i.am ft. Britney Spears -- "Scream & Shout" 4. Rihanna -- "Diamonds" 5. Katy Perry --
07 Dec 2013 10:18pm GMT
Carrie Underwood isn't letting the critics get her down. In fact, she's sending out positive thoughts to those who've openly criticized her Sound of Music Live! performance. "Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus," she wrote on Twitter. "They will be in my prayers tonight…"
07 Dec 2013 7:08pm GMT
07 Dec 2013 6:58pm GMT
'Because The Internet' comes alongside a 72 page script inspired by the record
07 Dec 2013 4:44pm GMT
Jack White's label will be releasing 7" records by DA Hunt, Roy Orbision and Jerry Lee Lewis
07 Dec 2013 3:29pm GMT
NEW YORK (AP) - Whew, that was nerve-wracking, right? All those kids and staircases, pillow fights, candles and dancing. But somehow the cast and crew of NBC's three-hour live telecast of "The Sound of Music" pulled it off Thursday night with only a trodden-on dress, some inconsistent sound levels and a flubbed few words. This was the first time in more than a half-century since a broadcast network dared to mount a full-scale musical for live TV and there seemed to be danger everywhere, making it impossible to stop watching in case one of the von Trapp kids tumbled into
07 Dec 2013 3:20pm GMT
The station has pulled an interview and online feature with the Take That singer
07 Dec 2013 1:23pm GMT
The Spatial AKA Orchestra played a one-off version of the track for Channel 4
07 Dec 2013 11:23am GMT
Stephen Moyer and his wife Anna Paquin are beaming about the ratings success.
07 Dec 2013 11:02am GMT
06 Dec 2013
06 Dec 2013 5:28pm GMT
05 Dec 2013
Young American Jennifer Grout doesn't speak a word of Arabic, but has taught herself to sing the Arab world's best-known, most difficult songs, and could even win its major music competition. When Egyptian film star and panel member Ahmed Helmy asked her in Arabic what her what her name was, she didn't have a clue what he was saying. But then she began to play the oud and sing a classic by Egyptian diva Umm Kalthoum, "Baeed Annak" (Far from you). She stunned the audience, enunciating every word to perfection as her voice effortlessly navigated the quarter-notes that make Arabic music so distinctive.
05 Dec 2013 1:34pm GMT
10 Oct 2013
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip-hop artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis scored the most American Music Awards nominations on Thursday with nods in six categories, followed by country-pop star Taylor Swift and singer Justin Timberlake with five each. The duo will compete in the top category, artist of the year, against singer Bruno Mars, Swift, Timberlake and pop singer Rihanna, who collected four nominations. Also getting four nominations were country music pair Florida Georgia Line and R&B singer Robin Thicke. Rapper will.i. ...
10 Oct 2013 4:14pm GMT
09 Oct 2013
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift will be honored as this year's songwriter and artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, making her the only artist to win the award six times, her record company said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old singer and writer of pop crossover hits "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" will be officially named the award's recipient on Sunday, Big Machine Records said. The annual award recognizes country music's songwriters who scored top 30 hits during the past year. ...
09 Oct 2013 10:39pm GMT
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Justin Timberlake scored his second chart-topping album this year on Wednesday as his latest record debuted at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 album chart, capping the singer's successful return to the musical spotlight. Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2," which follows the first set of 10 songs released in March this year, sold 350,000 copies in its first week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The first installment of "The 20/20 Experience" sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so ...
09 Oct 2013 10:14pm GMT
08 Oct 2013
LONDON (Reuters) - Guitarist Phil Chevron of the Anglo-Irish folk-punk band the Pogues died on Tuesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with cancer, the band said. Chevron joined the Pogues in 1984 and became a core member as the group made its name internationally in the 1980s and early 1990s with albums including "Rum, Sodomy and The Lash" and "If I Should Fall From Grace With God". Chevron, whose real name was Philip Ryan, wrote the band's popular ballad "Thousands Are Sailing". "He was unique. We'll miss him terribly. ...
08 Oct 2013 8:38pm GMT
By Angus MacSwan LONDON (Reuters) - Decades on from his days as an angry young rocker, a role in a Hollywood movie playing an ageing musician struggling to make a comeback has helped give a new lease of life to Graham Parker. In the movie, Judd Apatow's "This is 40", the bid fails. In the real world, however, things are going pretty well for the 62-year-old London native. He's brought out a well-received album, a documentary and a concert film with his reunited backing band, the Rumour. In late October they play their first British dates in 31 years. The London show sold out straight away. ...
08 Oct 2013 11:49am GMT
06 Oct 2013
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. rock band OneRepublic snatched the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday, edging out The Vamps in the closest race for the number one position seen all year, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday. A late surge for OneRepublic's 'Counting Stars' helped them outsell new entry 'Can We Dance' from British band The Vamps by just 1,150 copies to reach the pinnacle of the charts for the first time. Former number one 'Talk Dirty' by Jason Derulo and featuring rapper 2 Chainz fell to number three, while Katy Perry's 'Roar' dropped into fourth place. ...
06 Oct 2013 6:07pm GMT
21 Jul 2009
Danish rock duo The Raveonettes has announced the dates for a fall tour in support of its fourth studio album, Billboard.com can exclusively report.
21 Jul 2009 12:23pm GMT
Jackson Browne is hopeful that the protection of music copyrights will be bolstered by the settlement of his lawsuit against U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party over unauthorized use of one of his songs in the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign.
21 Jul 2009 10:00am GMT
Sony Corp.'s movie studio has bid $50 million to acquire the worldwide distribution rights to a film based on rehearsal footage for Michael Jackson's "This Is It" comeback concert series, according to a person familiar with the bid.
21 Jul 2009 9:27am GMT
Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award.
21 Jul 2009 9:08am GMT
Norwegian rock duo Kings Of Convenience will break a five-year silence this fall with its third studio album, "Declaration of Dependence," due Oct. 20 from Virgin.
21 Jul 2009 5:07am GMT
Sources have confirmed to Billboard that a deal between the Michael Jackson Estate, AEG Live and Sony for a theatrical release of the Michael Jackson rehearsal footage from the ill-fated This Is It concerts could close today.
21 Jul 2009 1:43am GMT
20 Jul 2009
The Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo surgery, he announced in a video posting on the group's website this morning. The band has canceled its summer tour plans and delayed the release of its forthcoming album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1," in order to allow time for his recovery.
20 Jul 2009 12:44pm GMT
JLS, the British boy band who were runners-up to Alexandra Burke in the fifth series of talent series "The X Factor" last December, scored a No. 1 U.K. single yesterday (19) with their first release, "Beat Again" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment). "The Essential Michael Jackson," also on Epic, got a third week atop the album chart.
20 Jul 2009 10:50am GMT
Prince fans from across Europe converged on Montreux for two shows by the American musician whose rare appearance on the continent stretched well into Sunday morning. The 51-year-old star closed the two-week Swiss Montreux Jazz Festival with a mix of old hits including "Little Red Corvette," "Peach" and "Purple Rain" and fresh titles such as "Elixir" from his new album with singer Bria Valente.
20 Jul 2009 9:46am GMT
For nearly a decade, the Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" has been the recording industry's ultimate evergreen release, certified by the RIAA as the all-time best-selling album in the United States. But thanks to continued robust demand for Michael Jackson's catalog since his June 25 death, "Thriller" appears on the verge of matching "Their Greatest Hits," at least in the eyes of the industry trade group.
20 Jul 2009 9:14am GMT
It's a familiar narrative: wunderkind with a gift for music takes it seriously, and lands a major-label deal before he gets his driver's license. Usher, Chris Brown and Britney Spears all fit the formula. Now, Justin Bieber can add his name to the list.
20 Jul 2009 9:03am GMT
John Fogerty's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the mythical group of his 1972 solo debut, includes guest spots from Bruce Springsteen and members of the Eagles, and features covers of songs by John Prine, Buck Owens and John Denver, among others, as well as Fogerty's own "Change in the Weather."
20 Jul 2009 3:00am GMT
19 Jul 2009
A pair of home town stadium concerts over the weekend gave Kid Rock and a couple of his support acts an opportunity to showcase new material for the 40,000 fans who attended each show.
19 Jul 2009 1:49am GMT
17 Jul 2009
Thanks to tours with The Dead and the Allman Brothers Band, a new Gov't Mule album and tour and a planned solo album, Warren Haynes is having his busiest year ever -- and is enjoying it immensely.
17 Jul 2009 11:49am GMT
On the heels of its 'Best Children's Album' Grammy win for "Here Come the 123's," They Might Be Giants is readying the release of another kid-centric set, "Here Comes Science." The album and animated DVD is due Sept. 1 on Amazon and iTunes and everywhere Sept. 22 on Disney Sound.
17 Jul 2009 11:16am GMT