1. Courtney Love Joins Cast of 'Empire'

    October 24, 2014 4:44 AM EDT Courtney Love has been bitten by the TV bug. The  Hole singer and sometimes actress has booked a role on Fox's upcoming hip hop drama Empire . Considered a recurring guest star, Love takes on the role of hard rocker Elle Dallas  -- part of the titular record label's stable of…

  2. Tour of Bruce Springsteen's Rock 'N' Roll Haunts Delighted to Spot The Boss In the Flesh

    October 22, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Rock icons, they're just like us! For 15 years, Stan Goldstein has personally escorted diehard fans of Bruce Springsteen through the singer’s old and new haunts on his "Rock 'N' Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore," but he had never caught a glimpse of The Boss in the…

  3. Executive Turntable: New Faces, Promotions at Beggars, Republic Records, Capitol & More

    October 21, 2014 1:11 PM EDT -- The Beggars Group announced the following expansion and promotions within the radio department: Risa Matsuki was promoted to VP, Promotions; Brien Terranova joined as Sr. Director, Promotions; and Hector Montes rose to National Director, Promotions.  -- Republic Records announced the…

  4. Joan Rivers Cause of Death Revealed

    October 16, 2014 2:36 PM EDT The New York City Medical Examiner's Office has found that Joan Rivers died from complications due to surgery. "OCME [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers’ death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during…

  5. Garth Brooks Breaks His N. American Ticket Sales Record (That He Set Last Month)

    October 15, 2014 4:52 PM EDT The hits just keep coming for Garth Brooks , who has now broken his own North American ticket sales record for a single city, moving more than 188,000 tickets sold from 11 shows at the Target Center in Minneapolis between Nov. 6 and 15.   The personal best Brooks just beat was from his…

  6. Neil Young Readies Pono Store, Says Partnerships With Lincoln, Tesla in Works

    October 15, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Neil Young is making the media rounds this week to hype his Toblerone-sized Pono music player and its updated website, which now has a preview of how the service's music store will function when launched. The PonoMusic.com store is comprised of a simple search bar and a selection of…

  7. Album Review: Florida Georgia Line Stay a Step Ahead of the Bros on ‘Anything Goes'

    October 14, 2014 6:17 PM EDT It's appropriate that Florida Georgia Line took its name from both sides of a boundary, because the duo (Georgia-born Tyler Hubbard, 27, and Florida native Brian Kelley, 29) used its multiformat smash "Cruise," and the party-themed album Here's to the Good Times , to…

  8. Don Henley Not Taking It Easy on Pun-Loving Clothing Company

    October 10, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Don Henley is suing a Duluth Trading Company over an email advertisement that the Wisconsin-based clothing company might have figured was a harmless pun, but the singer sees as an unauthorized use of his name, trademarks and publicity rights.  The  Eagles front-man takes issue with…

  9. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  10. Take That Announces New Album, Shares First Song ‘These Days’: Listen

    October 10, 2014 3:28 AM EDT No Robbie Williams . No Jason Orange . No problem.   British boy band Take That is getting to grips with life as a trio. The pop hitmakers have announced a new album , appropriately titled III , which will drop Dec. 1 in the U.K. via Polydor. The first single, "These Days," has…

  11. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  12. Exclusive: Watch Trentemoller's Epic, Lovely 'Deceive' Sung By Beautiful Creeps

    October 06, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Danish producer Anders Trentemøller has cooked up one of the years most lovely, yet bizarre, long players with his Lost Reworks , which finds the producer revisiting material of his own and others, from the likes of Toydrum, Jenny Wilson and T.O.M. and His Computer. The record is feverishly…

  13. Muse Returns to the Studio

    October 06, 2014 5:20 AM EDT Muse is back in the studio. And they appear to be rather enjoying the experience. The British prog-rock trio has shared some images and a brief clip of the early recording sessions for their seventh studio album.  There are a few take-aways from the Instagram snaps (their only posts on…

  14. Kevin Metheny, Howard Stern Rival & Radio Executive, Dead at 60

    October 04, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Kevin Metheny, a longtime radio programmer and operations manager, has died. Metheny died Friday at the age of 60. His death was first confirmed by allaccess.com and later reported by The Chicago Tribune . The Daily News  reports he died of a heart attack. Metheny was best known to…

  15. Jack Antonoff & Lena Dunham Say They Won't Get Married Unless...

    October 03, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Jack Antonoff and Lena Dunham won't be getting married until everyone can. The revelation about the  Girls  creator and the Bleachers/fun. dude came from a Howard Stern interview with Dunham. "We're not against marriage, but I wanna wait until it's something... my sister…

  16. Mary J. Blige & Disclosure Perform 'F For You' on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

    October 03, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Mary J. Blige has been releasing songs and doing interviews at a steady clip since she announced a new album, The London Sessions , is coming this fall.   Not long ago, she performed two new songs on Later With... Jools Holland.  On Thursday night, she performed a slightly older song, "…

  17. Billboard Cover: Charli XCX on the Pop-Music ‘Machine,’ Girl Power and Her ‘Raw’ New Album

    October 03, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "Have you seen when they put the man in the box?" Charli XCX , 22, is poolside at West Hollywood's Standard Hotel, taking a drag from a Marlboro Light. The fast-rising British pop star and seasoned songwriter is in town on this Friday, Aug. 22, ahead of Sunday's…

  18. Eminem, Rihanna & More Booked for 'Valor' Concert

    October 02, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Eminem , Bruce Springsteen , Metallica and Rihanna are among the artists booked for a televised live concert from the National Mall in Washington next month to raise awareness of issues concerning veterans. Eminem, Metallica & More Make New Guiness Book of World Records The Concert for…

  19. Billboard/THR Film and TV Music Conference Expands One-on-Ones With Song Reps

    October 02, 2014 12:58 PM EDT By popular demand, the 2014 Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference has expanded its one-on-one sessions with song reps for conference attendees.   During four separate two-hour blocks at the conference on Nov. 5 and 6, attendees have the opportunity to schedule 10-minute…

  20. George M. Roberts, 'Mr. Bass Trombone,' Dies at 86

    October 01, 2014 9:15 PM EDT He recorded for Nelson Riddle, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton and John Williams and can be heard on the soundtrack for 'Jaws.' George M. Roberts , the master musician known as "Mr. Bass Trombone" whose melodic sound can be heard on Nelson Riddle -arranged albums for Frank…

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