1. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in…

  2. Boxcars Lead Nominees For International Bluegrass Music Awards

    August 13, 2014 11:31 PM EDT The Boxcars, Blue Highway and The Del McCoury Band are the leading nominees in the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards . The nominations were announced Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, by the International Bluegrass Music Association, which will hold the award show on Oct. 2 in…

  3. Want to Buy Joe Strummer’s 1963 Ford Thunderbird?

    August 13, 2014 1:44 PM EDT The Clash may be known for being working-class London punks, but after over a decade of popularity, frontman Joe Strummer was living a little more comfortably. He was comfortable enough to call a 1963 Chalfont Blue Ford Thunderbird his own -- and now you can, too. The Beverly Hills Car Club…

  4. London Grammar Leads Nominations for AIM Independent Awards

    August 13, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Electro-pop band London Grammar leads the pack with four nominations at the 4th annual AIM Independent Awards. The list of indie music's brightest artists and advocates was revealed at Red Bull Studios London on Wednesday with winners to be announced at an event on Sept. 2. London…

  5. Emma Stone in Talks to Perform in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 13, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Emma Stone , who last year abandoned appearing in the Broadway revival of "Cabaret," might still be in need of fishnets and a bowler hat. Roundabout Theatre Company said Monday that Stone is in negotiations to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles. She would take over from…

  6. James Brown's Band 'Get On Up' for Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert: The Inside Story

    August 05, 2014 12:10 AM EDT To promote the James Brown biopic that opened Aug. 1, Get on Up , executive producer Peter Afterman called jazz bassist and big-time Godfather of Soul fan Christian McBride to ask if he had any ideas. McBride said he would think about it and a few minutes after hanging up, placed a call to…

  7. YouTube's Fred Beteille Elected Music Biz Chairman

    August 04, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Beteille replaces the outgoing chairman Rachelle Friedman. YouTube product manager Fred Beteille has been elected chairman of the Music Business Association (Music Biz) board of directors. The move follows the departure of longtime chair Rachelle Friedman , of J&R Music & Computer…

  8. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  9. UPDATED: 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Dies at 35

    August 02, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Michael Johns, a finalist on American Idol season seven, died on Aug. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed via multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle. The singer competed on the Fox music show in 2008 and came in eighth place. He followed with a…

  10. Nocturnal Wonderland 2014 Lineup: Martin Garrix, Glitch Mob & Flux Pavilion Among Performers

    July 29, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Martin Garrix, the Glitch Mob, Flux Pavilion and Nicky Romero, among many others, will perform at the 2014 Nocturnal Wonderland festival, to be held Sept. 5-6 at San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds in San Bernardino, Calif. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014: Photos from Vegas! This year’s 19th…

  11. 'Get On Up' Star Chadwick Boseman Initially 'Didn't Want to Try' Playing James Brown

    July 22, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The "42" star took on the daunting task of playing the Godfather of Soul by working hard and taking things "one step at a time," his co-stars and director Tate Taylor told THR at the Universal biopic's debut at Harlem's Apollo Theater. To play James Brown, the…

  12. Tom Petty Isn't 'Playing Dumb' About Church Sex Abuse Scandal on New Song

    July 21, 2014 2:46 PM EDT In a new track — and a blunt conversation — Petty won't back down when asked about a religious scandal During his hard-fought, ascendant career, Tom Petty has often been labeled as intense. The artist wouldn't disagree — and a corrosive new track called "Playing Dumb" won&…

  13. Tom Petty on the 'Good Thing About Getting Old': 'You Know What's Worth Spending Time on and What's Not'

    July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT At home in Malibu with Tom Petty, as the eternal SoCal rocker, now on his 13th album with the Heartbreakers, sounds off on the one percent, the Catholic church and the corruption of power. The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hedonists for good reason — there’s rolling…

  14. Fred Durst's Latest Gig? eHarmony Commercial Director (Watch)

    July 18, 2014 8:09 PM EDT It seems like an unlikely match, but the folks behind dating site eHarmony have hired Limp Bizkit frontman, Fred Durst, to direct three commercials for the site. The ads are titled "Caroline and Friend," "Witch/Ogre" and "Bouquet." And in addition to a more light…

  15. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  16. Johnny Ramone Tribute in Hollywood Marks 10 Year Anniversary of Guitarist's Death

    June 27, 2014 8:34 PM EDT September 15 will mark 10 years since the death of iconic guitarist Johnny Ramone, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's legacy will be celebrated with an event on August 24 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the late axeman was buried in 2004 at the age of 55. Johnny's…

  17. Grand Ole Opry Star Jimmy C. Newman Dies at 86

    June 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT The Grand Ole Opry vet died on June 21 following a brief illness at age 86 Country music has lost one of its veteran entertainers with the passing of Grand Ole Opry performer Jimmy C. Newman. The performer died on June 21 in a Nashville hospital following a brief illness. He was 86.…

  18. Cole Porter's 'The Ambassador Revue' to be Staged In New York City

    June 16, 2014 12:56 PM EDT For the first time later this month, a few lucky people will get to hear what no one in America has - a collection of lost Cole Porter songs. The one-night-only June 27 premiere of "The Ambassador Revue" at The Town Hall near Times Square will mark the first time the 1929 show has…

  19. Industry Reacts to Casey Kasem's Death

    June 15, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Just as some "Star Trek" viewers were inspired to follow science as a career or become astronauts, some of Casey Kasem’s most avid listeners pursued their dreams of working in radio. Billboard reached out to some key industry folks to find out what Kasem meant to their lives and…

  20. When I First Met Casey Kasem: A Personal Tribute

    June 15, 2014 3:06 PM EDT As a teenager, I listened to Casey Kasem, but not on American Top 40. Before he came up with the idea of doing a national countdown, he was a local DJ on KRLA, one of the two leading Top 40 stations in Los Angeles, along with KFWB. In the summer of 1963, Pasadena-based KRLA introduced Kasem…

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