1. RCA Records Hires Dan Chertoff as VP, A&R

    October 17, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Dan Chertoff has been appointed vice president A&R of RCA Records, where he'll be responsible for signing and developing new artists, the label has announced. Chartoff will work out of RCA's New York City headquarters and report to CEO Peter Edge and David Wolter , SVP of A…

  2. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

  3. Inside Kesha & Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits

    October 16, 2014 7:49 PM EDT The pop star alleges physical, verbal & sexual abuse, while the hit songwriter-producer claims it’s part of an extortion plot. Who’s telling the truth? Rape, verbal and physical abuse, indentured servitude and mental torment were but a few of the allegations put forth in a lawsuit…

  4. ‘Hideaway’ Singer Kiesza: Dyslexia 'Makes You More Creative’

    October 16, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Put Kiesza on a rooftop with a rifle and she could probably shoot you down from a block away -- not that she's planning to. Prior to her amazing one-take video for her debut single, "Hideaway," going viral (to the tune of 132 million-plus views since February), the dance-pop…

  5. Lorde & Sol3 Mio Lead NZ Music Awards Nominations

    October 16, 2014 5:23 AM EDT With five nominations each, Lorde and classical-crossover trio Sol3 Mio lead the pack heading into the 49th annual New Zealand Music Awards. Rapper David Dallas and soul singer Ladi6 are close behind with four nods each. Vodafone is once again sponsoring the country's premier music…

  6. Oscar Host Neil Patrick Harris: Watch 7 of His Musical Hosting Moments

    October 15, 2014 7:01 PM EDT No disrespect to Barney Stinson, but " Neil Patrick Harris : Awards Show Host" may just be the Emmy- and Tony-winning actor's most delightful role yet. Earlier Wednesday (Oct. 15), it was announed that Harris would finally get his shot on the biggest stage of all: He'…

  7. How Taylor Swift Got Mark Romanek to Direct 'Shake It Off'

    October 15, 2014 6:11 PM EDT In the most recent video of outtakes revealing the process behind Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" video, Swift focuses her attention on the video's director, Mark Romanek . Romanek has a star-studded resume, directing for Madonna , David Bowie , Janet Jackson , Jay Z and…

  8. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  9. Hello, World: Gigmor Wants to Be a Facebook, or LinkedIn, for Bands

    October 15, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Name: Gigmor Founder: David Baird Founded: 2011 Location: Santa Monica, CA Launched: October 2013 Business sector(s): Web, Social Media, Digital Music Key Execs: David Baird, Founder/CEO; Tracy Eumont, VP Product; Venk Tatineni, CTO; Blake Kuehn, VP Marketing Funding: $200,000 Investors: …

  10. Watch Dave Grohl & Perry Farrell Cover Bob Dylan & Rolling Stones at New York Party

    October 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Courtney Love, Michael Stipe, and Zac Brown were in the crowd. Dave Grohl sure gets around these days. Foo Fighters are in the middle of a weeklong residency on  Late Show With David Letterman , but Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins still found time for some late night covers of rock and…

  11. Simon Cowell Celebrates Being Named Personality of the Year at MIPCOM

    October 15, 2014 1:45 AM EDT If you think the deepest thing about Simon Cowell are his signature V-necks, a different man accepted MIPCOM's Personality of the Year award Tuesday night in Cannes. Cowell, who was honored for changing both the music and the TV industries when he reinvented the talent show and format…

  12. Found Star: New Radicals' Gregg Alexander Grants First Interview in 15 Years

    October 14, 2014 10:21 PM EDT The frontman of the 1990s band behind the hit single 'You Get What You Give' was lured back into the business, after a long self-imposed exile, to write the songs for 'Begin Again,' including best original song Oscar contender 'Lost Stars' t couldn't…

  13. Stream Aretha Franklin's New Album, Featuring Adele & Alicia Keys Covers

    October 14, 2014 5:39 PM EDT Back on Sept. 29, Aretha Franklin got music fans young and old talking via her rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" on The Late Show With David Letterman . That performance previewed Aretha's new album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics ; now you listen…

  14. Watch Foo Fighters & Zac Brown March Out Black Sabbath's 'War Pigs' on 'Letterman'

    October 14, 2014 12:13 PM EDT Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters  kicked off a weeklong residency at  Late Show With David Letterman on Monday, and enlisted Zac Brown to help them through their first song -- a cover of Black Sabbath’s 1970 heavy metal blueprint, “War Pigs.” Don’t think Zac Brown can’t get a little heavy.…

  15. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  16. Designer (and Music Fanatic) Tory Burch Dishes on Her Bowie Backup-Singer Dreams and Dressing Prince

    October 13, 2014 6:09 PM EDT You might not peg preppy lifestyle designer Tory Burch as a Tupac Shakur fan -- but her first book, Tory Burch: In Color ($50, Abrams), reveals that the Upper East Sider’s taste in music is as bold as her print-splashed womenswear line. Hitting shelves Oct. 14, the tome gives readers the…

  17. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift 'Shake's to Top of Pop Songs, Iggy Azalea Rules Rhythmic Songs

    October 13, 2014 4:15 PM EDT The divas take over a pair of radio charts, while Nickelback and Florida Georgia Line also add new No. 1s. Plus, AC/DC blasts back onto Mainstream Rock Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  18. Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst to Headline KCSN Benefit Concerts

    October 13, 2014 12:43 PM EDT Los Angeles public radio station KCSN will hold its annual benefit concert on two consecutive weekends in December. On the bill: Sarah McLachlan , with special guest  Laura Marling , on Dec. 5; Ryan Adams , Conor Oberst and David Gray on Dec. 12. More Radio News All-Beyonce Radio Station…

  19. Exclusive: Alicia Keys to Perform With David Byrne at Black Ball Charity Event

    October 13, 2014 11:43 AM EDT Angel Haze will also take the stage at the annual philanthropic gala. Alicia Keys will take the stage with rock legend David Byrne at Keep a Child Alive’s 11th Annual Black Ball event, a yearly gala offering first-time musical collaborations, Billboard has exclusively learned. This year’s…

  20. IFPI Appoints Lauri Rechardt Head of Licensing and Legal Policy

    October 13, 2014 11:36 AM EDT Following the departure earlier this month of legal policy chief David Carson , the IFPI has announced Lauri Rechardt will take on an expanded role with the global trade body. Based at IFPI's London headquarters, Rechardt's new title is director of licensing and legal policy. He&…

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