1. Exclusive: 'Pop Nation' Musical Celebrates '90s Boy Bands & Bubblegum Divas

    October 06, 2014 6:18 PM EDT If you've ever had a long argument about which band was better,  Backstreet Boys  or *NSYNC ,  Pop Nation  is your theatrical experience. The new show, merging music, theater and the nightclub experience, will begin performances at Hudson in New York City on Nov. 14.  Pop Nation …

  2. How Iggy Pop Inspired Music Supervisor Gary Calamar to Record His Solo EP

    October 06, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Iggy Pop provided words of encouragement to music supervisor Gary Calamar after the two collaborated on "Let's Boot and Rally" for season five of True Blood in 2012. "It might have been an off-the-cuff comment," says Calamar, "but him talking to me inspired me…

  3. 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…

  4. Courtney Love Is Going to Be in an Opera (Yes, Really)

    October 03, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Courtney Love is going to be an opera star -- an offbeat, non-traditional opera star, but an opera star nonetheless. Love has been cast in the upcoming pop opera Kansas City Choir Boy , which will present 10 shows during New York’s Prototype: Opera/Theater/Now Festival from Jan. 8 to 17. …

  5. Blondie, Pharrell Williams Honored at Sarcastic, Self-Aware Clio Awards

    October 02, 2014 11:21 PM EDT We're here to celebrate you -- you should be a little more f---ing excited!" said Whoopi Goldberg to a less-than-enthused crowd while kicking off the 55th annual Clio Awards, held at New York City's Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday night.  "It's kind of like being…

  6. Billboard and CLIO Music's Top Commercials Powered by Shazam

    October 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT For the 55 th annual CLIO Awards honoring creativity in advertising, Billboard and Shazam teamed up to create three charts that honor the best uses of music in advertising over the past year.  Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales, airplay and streaming tracked by Nielsen…

  7. Jessica Lange is Covering Lana Del Rey on 'American Horror Story'

    October 01, 2014 5:07 PM EDT American Horror Story knows its way around a shocking moment, but some things still manage to elicit gasps: For example, Jessica Lange singing Lana Del Rey . That's what fans can look forward to in the upcoming fourth season, according to creator Ryan Murphy .  @ttbradley Tina, don&…

  8. Jared Leto, Snoop Dogg Pump Dollars Into Reddit

    October 01, 2014 10:17 AM EDT Investors have put $50 million into the site, which plans to give back a percentage to community members. Reddit, the community-driven link site popular for its "ask me anything" series and abundance of NSFW material, announced this week that it has raised $50 million from…

  9. Tracy Morgan: 'Walmart Is Blaming Me for an Accident They Caused'

    September 30, 2014 4:10 PM EDT The comedian has responded to the retailer's charge that he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Tracy Morgan has responded to Walmart's claim that he's partly responsible for the injuries he suffered in an accident this June because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. Tracy Morgan…

  10. Tracy Morgan Wasn't Wearing a Seatbelt in Crash, Walmart Says

    September 29, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and other people in a limousine struck from behind by a Walmart truck on a highway in June weren't wearing seatbelts, the company said in a court filing Monday (Sept. 29). Tracy Morgan Still Struggling After Crash The filing was made in federal court in…

  11. What a VIP Concert Package Buys You: From Front-Row Paul McCartney Seats to Dance Parties With Ariana Grande's Dancers

    September 29, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Getty Images This article first appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of Billboard . Business Business Kevin Haynes Touring Touring …

  12. What the Ello Is Happening? Behind the New Social Network's Big Week and Musical Roots

    September 29, 2014 2:16 PM EDT "Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life. You are not a product." Somehow, the Vermont-based serial entrepreneur and artist behind KidRobot, a team of nine developers in Denver and a handful of designers in Boulder have…

  13. Rape Charge From Keith Urban Concert Dropped

    September 25, 2014 9:06 PM EDT Prosecutors have dropped the case against an 18-year-old Boston man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl at a Keith Urban concert at which dozens of people were treated for excessive drinking. Keith Urban 'Horrified' by Alleged Rape at Concert The Sun Chronicle reports that…

  14. Damon Dash Moves Forward in Lawsuit Against 'Butler' Director Lee Daniels

    September 23, 2014 12:33 AM EDT More details have emerged in Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit against Lee Daniels over the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's work on such films as The Butler, Precious, The Paperboy, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee . As we noted in August, Dash filed a summons…

  15. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top…

  16. Meghan Trainor: ‘I Don’t Consider Myself a Feminist’

    September 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT How Meghan Trainor, an “insecure, straight-up tomboy,” took her self-acceptance message to No. 1 Nestled on the northwest coast of Nantucket Island is an unassuming boutique named Jewel of the Isle that has been experiencing a business boom of late. Owners Gary and Kelli Trainor's…

  17. INXS Mini-Series ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ Poised for Latin America Debut

    September 22, 2014 3:30 AM EDT The TV mini-series that catapulted INXS back to the summit in their homeland is about to air in Latin America, where the Australian rockers’ flame has burned impressively bright.  “Never Tear Us Apart” begins its four-week primetime broadcast via satellite network DirecTV from Monday (Sept.…

  18. Watch: Nick Jonas Talks 'Honest' Solo Album at iHeartRadio Fest

    September 20, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Nick Jonas threw everyone for a loop when he released not one, but two, R&B-influenced tracks off his forthcoming solo record. At the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival, the 22-year-old admits he's excited people were not expecting the musical journey he's going on. "It&…

  19. Exclusive Premiere: Joe Bonamassa's 'Never Give All Your Heart'

    September 19, 2014 6:01 PM EDT During the past 25 years, Joe Bonamassa has established a solid reputation as a guitarist, singer, bandleader, producer and song interpreter. And on the new Different Shades of Blue , his 11th solo studio album, he stakes an even stronger claim as a songwriter. The diverse 11-song set, due…

  20. Nicki Minaj Gets Wig Designer's Lawsuit Dismissed

    September 18, 2014 4:09 PM EDT A federal judge in Atlanta has tossed out a lawsuit filed against rapper Nicki Minaj by her former wig designer. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video Breaks Vevo Record   In a lawsuit in February, Terrence Davidson accused Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj,…

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