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. Glam Rock Giant Alvin Stardust Dies at 72

    October 24, 2014 2:37 AM EDT British glam rocker Alvin Stardust , one of the biggest pop stars of his era, has died at the age of 72. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.  Stardust, born Bernard Jewry on Sept. 27, 1942 in London, enjoyed a long line of top 10 hits in the ‘70s and early ‘80s,…

  3. Kasey Chambers Diagnosed with Vocal Cord Nodules, Postpones Tour

    October 23, 2014 4:09 AM EDT Australian country singer Kasey Chambers has been told to quieten things down for a while after she was diagnosed with small nodules and inflammation on her vocal cords.  Over the next few months, Chambers will undergo vocal therapy to repair the damage and, ultimately, avoid surgery. As a…

  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. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Jason Aldean & Sam Hunt Chart New Path With R&B-Influenced Country

    October 07, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Billboard speaks with the genre-smashing songwriters behind bold new country hits. Mainstream country music is not always known for being sonically daring, but Jason Aldean' s "Burnin' It Down" and Sam Hunt' s “Break Up In A Small Town” represent something genuinely…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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, "…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Kenny Chesney Brings 'American Kids' to 'Conan'

    September 30, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Kenny Chesney, who recently released his new album The Big Revival , stopped by Conan last night to play his latest hit, "American Kids." Watch the video below: "American Kids" peaked at No. 23 on the Hot 100 , and it's currently No. 3 on Hot Country Songs . Chesney…

  18. Bob Seger Announces 'Ride Out' Tour

    September 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The Travelin' Man is hitting the road again this fall.  Bob Seger   & the   Silver Bullet Band will kick off their Ride Out Tour 2014/2015 on Nov. 19 in Saginaw, Mich., with 23 dates announced so far through Feb. 27 in Los Angeles. Bob Seger Reveals Release Date for 'Ride Out&…

  19. Jason Orange Leaves Take That

    September 24, 2014 9:10 PM EDT Jason Orange is leaving the British pop band Take That . Orange and his former bandmates made the announcement Wednesday (Sept. 24) on the band's website . Orange said in his statement that he's been considering his departure since the group wrapped its Progress Live tour in 2011.…

  20. Snoop Dogg, Nas and Jared Leto Invest in Free Stock Trade App Robinhood

    September 24, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Snoop Dogg , Nas and Jared Leto have delivered a shot of star power to the latest round of financing for Robinhood, a new no-commission brokerage website that hopes to make trading stocks as easy as hitting "X" on Tinder. The startup announced this week that it raised $13 million…

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