Singer John Legend is teaming up with Step Up: All In screenwriter John Swetnam to executive produce his first feature film. Swetnam will make his feature directorial debut with the movie, titled Breaking Through, which is expected to begin shooting this summer (14), according to Deadline.com.
The project has been billed as a "documentary-style dance drama for the YouTube generation".
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds is set to receive the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award at the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. The Radioactive hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Taylor Swift and John Legend when he is feted with the prize, which was created in 2004 and named in honour of Hall of Fame Chairman Emeritus Hal David to celebrate the work of young songwriters.
Current organisation chairman Jimmy Webb says, "Dan Reynolds is a dream ticket for the Songwriters Hall of Fame Starlight Award.
"He has helped create truly contemporary rock 'n' roll with the band Imagine Dragons. A sound at once musically literate and issue driven yet founded on solid composition and songwriting. We are extremely happy to join Dan with the other distinguished alumni who have received the Starlight."
The Kinks frontman Ray Davies, Scottish singer Donovan and 10cc rocker Graham Gouldman are among the stars who will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2014, while another top accolade, the Johnny Mercer Award, will be presented to music duo Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, and industry mogul Doug Morris will receive the Hitmaker Award.
The presentations will take place in New York on 12 June (14).
Pop singer Ariana Grande is set to receive the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the Music Biz 2014 Awards. The Way hitmaker will be honoured by officials at the Music Business Association on 8 May (14) during a ceremony in Los Angeles.
Grande, who first made a name for herself as a star on Nickelodeon's popular kids' show Victorious, will be feted for her standout achievements as a singer over the past year, including a number one record on the U.S. charts with her debut album, Yours Truly.
Grande, 20, expresses her gratitude for the prize in a statement which reads: "Music has always been my first love, so receiving this Award is a true honour for me. I've been pursuing a career as a singer since I was eight, and it's a great feeling to know that the industry has embraced me with open arms."
Previous recipients of the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award have included Emeli Sande, Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Carrie Underwood.
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider will also be honoured at the event for his philanthropic work with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award.
Lorde and Imagine Dragons look set to dominate the 2014 Billboard Music Awards after landing 12 nominations each. The Royals hitmaker will compete for the title of Top Female Artist alongside Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Rihanna, and she is also aiming to take home trophies for Top Rock Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist.
Imagine Dragons will fight it out with Florida Georgia Line, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction and OneRepublic for Top Duo/Group, and they also landed nods for Top Rock Album and Top Hot 100 Song.
Justin Timberlake follows with 11 nominations including Top Male Artist, Top R&B Artist and Top Artist.
In addition, Luke Bryan, Drake, Eminem, Bruno Mars and Timberlake will compete for Top Male Artist, and Bastille, Capital Cities, Ariana Grande, Lorde and Passenger will vie for Top New Artist.
Top Artist nominees include Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Imagine Dragons, while John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding, Carrie Underwood and Imagine Dragons are the six Milestone Award finalists.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony in Las Vegas on 18 May (14).
Singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth is set to be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. The Tony and Emmy Award winner will be the 43rd performer to receive the honour on 21 June (14), when she performs at the fabled Los Angeles venue for the opening night concert of the 2014 summer season.
Chenoweth's two-night residency at the Bowl last year (13) spawned a viral video when she invited a random member of the audience to join her onstage for an impromptu duet of the song For Good from Wicked. The fan, a teacher, just happened to be a trained singer and the duet left fans - and Chenoweth - stunned.
Last year's (13) Hall of Fame inductees were Patti Austen, John Legend and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
U.S. singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc has scored his first solo number one in the U.K. after topping the British singles chart with The Man on Sunday (06Apr14). The hitmaker, real name Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, hit the top of the countdown last year (13) with his Avicii collaboration Wake Me Up, and now he has his first solo number one thanks to his homage to Elton John's first U.K. top 10 single, Your Song.
Meanwhile, John Legend finds himself a runner-up on both sides of the Atlantic - his All Of Me climbs up the chart to two as the same track stays put in second place behind Pharrell Williams' Happy in America.
Duke Dumont's I Got U rounds out the new top three.
On the U.K album chart, the Kaiser Chiefs debut at one with their fifth album Education, Education, Education & War, while last week's chart-topper, Sam Bailey's The Power Of Love falls to two and George Michael's Symphonica rounds out the top three.
Punk icon John Lydon is set to hit the stage again as biblical villain King Herod in a North American arena tour of hit musical Jesus Christ Superstar. The former Sex Pistols star will join Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd and ex-Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams for the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage spectacular, which will begin a 50-city trek in New Orleans, Louisiana on 9 June (14).
The show will also feature former 'NSYNC star JC Chasez as Pontius Pilate and Ben Forster, who won his role as Jesus in the London revival of the musical on British TV talent show Superstar.
Announcing the news of the tour on U.S. TV show Good Morning America on Friday (04Apr14), Boyd said, "It's an incredible show. I'm so excited to be part of it."
Confirming his part in the show, Lydon took to his website and wrote: "I'm here to sing with the King of the Jews, who could ask for anything more?"
The Frozen soundtrack has iced an eighth week at the top of the U.S. album chart. No release has spent more time at number one since Adele hit the top spot 24 times with 21 in 2011 and 2012.
The soundtrack, which features songs by the movie's stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, has now sold over 1.8 million copies in America.
Shakira debuted her self-titled album at two with 84,000 first-week sales, and late country legend Johnny Cash returned to the chart at three with Out Among the Stars, an album that was originally scheduled for release in 1984.
It's Cash's sixth top 10 album.
Rockers Memphis May Fire's Unconditional entered at four and Pharrell Williams' G I R L climbed back into the top five at five.
Williams also ruled the Billboard Hot 100 singles countdown for a sixth week with Happy. The feat helps the hitmaker jump ahead of Elvis Presley among male artists with the most weeks at number one in the chart's 55-year history - his four chart-toppers have kept him at number one for a combined 23 weeks; one more than Presley.
Williams now ties 50 Cent and Nelly for 10th place among men with the most weeks at number one. Usher leads all solo males with 47 weeks at the top, while Mariah Carey leads all artists with 79 - 20 more than The Beatles and 26 more than Rihanna.
Meanwhile, John Legend's All of Me stayed put at two on the new chart and Katy Perry's Dark Horse held steady at three.
Carrie Underwood, Onerepublic and John Legend will compete with Ellie Goulding, Imagine Dragons and Luke Bryan for the Milestone Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The winner will decided by a fan vote and unveiled during the Las Vegas prizegiving on 18 May (14).
The Killers star Brandon Flowers, Local Natives and Father John Misty have joined forces to feature in a new short film about country legend Johnny Cash's new posthumous album Out Among The Stars. The 15-minute long film features the acts talking about their love for Cash's songs prior to performances of covers of I Came To Believe, Baby Ride Easy and Out Among the Stars, which all feature on the new release.