1. Tim Hauser, Founder and Singer of Manhattan Transfer, Dies at 72

    October 18, 2014 11:13 AM EDT Tim Hauser , the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer , died Thursday (Oct. 16) from cardiac arrest, band representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72. Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s and…

  2. Happy Birthday, Zac Efron: Here are 7 of His Best Musical Moments

    October 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Show of hands: Who would purchase a Zac Efron album? Everyone who saw the High School Musical films or  Hairspray knows what a great idea this is for the actor. In honor of Efron's 27th birthday today, Billboard is looking back over some of our favorite musical moments in those films,…

  3. Country Comedy Legend Ray Stevens Recalls Early Days in 'Nashville'

    October 17, 2014 9:30 PM EDT If you are looking for Ray Stevens to divulge all in his brand new book, Ray Stevens' Nashville , he tells Billboard that you might be in for a little bit of a letdown. "It's a selected memoir," says the legendary comedian. "There's a lot I left out. I wasn&…

  4. The Juice Podcast: Wiz Khalifa & Future On 'P---y Overrated' & Snoop Dogg vs. Iggy Azalea (Explicit)

    October 17, 2014 5:20 PM EDT " It's been a bad week for those who don't like misogyny ." Jason Lipshutz kicks off this week's The Juice Podcast with the true statement mentioned above, and called forth one from Claire Lobenfeld : "That’s every week." This week saw Wiz Khalifa and…

  5. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Fergie Debut

    October 17, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The duo arrives with 'Love Me Harder,' while Fergie enters with 'L.A.LOVE (la la).' As previously reported , Meghan Trainor leads an all-female top five on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-extending sixth week with "All About That Bass." Plus, Bobby…

  6. Ex-'Glee' Star Charice to Oprah: 'My Soul Is Like Male'

    October 17, 2014 4:20 PM EDT A clip has been released from former  Glee  star  Charice  Pempengco' s upcoming sit-down with Oprah Winfrey where the singer/actress -- who came out as gay in June 2013 -- said, "My soul is...male." "'I knew when I was 5," the 22-year-old singer revealed about…

  7. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  8. Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve

    October 17, 2014 2:47 PM EDT THE NASHVILLE NETWORKER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 57 TITLE: President, Spalding Entertainment STAFF : 8 CITY: Nashville COMPANY…

  9. Dave Grohl's 'Good Guy' Status Landed the President For 'Sonic Highways' Series

    October 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT Ever wanted to travel the country with the fighters/chart"> Foo Fighters and record an album with them? Well the band's new docuseries, Sonic Highways , gives fans and music lovers alike the chance to do just that. It premieres on HBO Friday (Oct. 17) and spans the country,…

  10. Watch Fall Out Boy Play Gladiators in 'Centuries' Video… With Rick Ross

    October 17, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Fall Out Boy are the sort of band that clearly loves dressing up like gladiators, and their new hit “Centuries” gave them the perfect opportunity to do that. With Patrick Stump belting the battle cry “remember me for centuries!” and the band pummeling away as if it were trying to do…

  11. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

  12. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 17, 2014 6:31 AM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music school in the impoverished South African…

  13. Free’s Paul Rodgers Tries His Hand at Memphis Soul, Admits 'I Was Intimidated'

    October 16, 2014 10:47 PM EDT Free and Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers has performed among greats for most of his professional life, singing such classics as “All Right Now,” “Bad Company,” “Shooting Star,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Rock And Roll Fantasy,” joining Jimmy Page in The Firm in 1980 and members of Queen…

  14. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  15. 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…

  16. Bobby Shmurda's Mother/Manager Explains His Rant About Not Getting Paid

    October 16, 2014 6:50 PM EDT Bobby Shmurda -- one of this year's biggest breakout stories in hip-hop -- went on an Instagram rant Tuesday, complaining he wasn't getting paid for his concerts and threatening to cease touring. The 20-year-old Brooklyn rapper pulled down his Instagram posts, but not before the…

  17. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, Childish Gambino & More

    October 16, 2014 2:56 PM EDT Big week on the Must-Hear Music podcast! We tackle Taylor Swift's "Out of the Woods" -- her epic synth-pop anthem with Bleachers' Jack Antonoff -- as well as Fall Out Boy's hair metal-esque contribution to a Disney movie, Big Hero 6 . And it just gets weirder from…

  18. Lady Gaga Approves of Young Fan's 'Applause' Choreography

    October 16, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Live for the way that you cheer and scream for him. One young boy just received the best applause of all: A Twitter lovebomb from Lady Gaga . Mother Monster had to weigh in once she saw the already-viral video of young fan Brendan Jordan flawlessly executing the "Applause"…

  19. Oxford Business Students Helped Thom Yorke's BitTorrent Release

    October 16, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Add a group of Oxford business students to the list of people who kept Thom Yorke 's new solo album a secret from the world. MBA candidates at the prestigious university worked with the Radiohead singer's management team on the experimental set, titled Tomorrow's Modern Boxes…

  20. Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump & Wife Welcome Baby Boy, Share Pic

    October 16, 2014 10:27 AM EDT It's a boy for Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump!  On Wednesday night, Ellen DeGeneres announced the news via Twitter and shared the first picture of Declan, Stump's first child with wife Elisa Yao. It’s a boy! Actually, it’s a @FallOutBoy . Congrats @PatrickStump and welcome…

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