1. 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,…

  2. Album Review: Taylor Swift’s Pop Curveball Pays Off With ‘1989’

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Any Nashville insider will tell you that Taylor Swift started breaking up with country music long before she first stepped out with hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for three pop-leaning songs on 2012's blockbuster Red . But if her new single, "Shake It Off," was the…

  3. Listen to the Top 10 Singles of 1984

    October 23, 2014 3:48 PM EDT The top ten singles of 1984 present an interesting picture. Of course Prince clocks in at No. 1 with "When Doves Cry," which remains one of the most epic songs from his epic career. More surprisingly, three of the top ten songs came from movies -- Kenny Loggins ' "…

  4. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

  5. Billy Joel Admits He’s Not in An Album State of Mind

    October 22, 2014 6:24 AM EDT It’s been more than 20 years since Billy Joel released an album of new songs. Don’t hold your breath for the next one.  The Piano Man has told the New Yorker (of course) that he has no plan to hit the “treadmill,” that grind of a continuous album release cycle and its near-inescapable…

  6. Exclusive: 'Guardians' Soundtrack To Be Released On Cassette Tape

    October 20, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The biggest mix tape of the year will soon be available to buy on cassette tape. The Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 soundtrack will be issued on cassette Nov. 28. It was already issued earlier on compact disc, digital download and vinyl LP. Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack…

  7. Ticketmaster vs. Stubhub: Who’s Winning the Resale Battle?

    October 20, 2014 2:00 PM EDT One year after the Live Nation-owned seller shook up the $5 billion resale market, its primary rival has lowered selling fees and gone aggressive as concertgoers seek more value. While 2013 was the year that Ticketmaster and StubHub battled each other in state legislatures over resale laws…

  8. Nashville Songwriter Paul Craft Dies at 76: Report

    October 19, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Nashville songwriter and Hall of Famer Paul Craft has died in Tennessee at the age of 76. The Tennessean reported that Craft died Saturday at a Nashville hospital "after years of deteriorating health." Craft penned the words to songs made famous by the likes of Ray Stevens , Mark…

  9. 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&…

  10. Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Casts Four New Roles

    October 17, 2014 4:51 AM EDT Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has rounded out its cast, adding David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont and Wrenn Schmidt . The RatPac Entertainment and Bron Studios film will star Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen as the famed musician and his wife Audrey Mae Williams . Marc…

  11. 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…

  12. Ray Scott Talks Self-Titled Album, Brandy Clark & Tijuana Jail

    October 16, 2014 6:28 PM EDT Ray Scott has always marched to the beat of his own drummer. He tells Billboard that for him to be true to himself artistically, that's the way it has to be. "I have to do it that way. There's no need for me to even try to attempt to chase trends. I wouldn't do it anyway…

  13. Exclusive Premiere: Watch Singer-Songwriter's Halsey's Gritty 'Hurricane' Video From Her Visual 'Room 93' EP

    October 16, 2014 1:27 PM EDT The singer Halsey's life changed suddenly earlier this year. She had been playing acoustic shows as a matter of necessity, to pay her bills, and she ended up in the studio one day with a friend of a friend to record one song, "Ghost." That track has been streamed more than…

  14. B.o.B, Bun B & 2 Chainz Take Over 2014 A3C Festival

    October 15, 2014 5:19 PM EDT Hip-hop fans flocked to Atlanta this past week for the 10th annual A3C Festival, which proved to be bigger than ever. Over the course of five days (Oct. 8 through 12), the festival held keynote interviews, panels, showcases and tribute shows across the city. The festival started off strong…

  15. 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…

  16. After Ariel Pink Disses Madonna's Career, Her Manager Says They've Never Heard of Him

    October 14, 2014 8:33 PM EDT Ariel Pink may have been working on Madonna 's new album, that is until he opened his mouth and tried to explain why she might want him in a recent interview.  Ariel Pink Says He's Working on Madonna's New Album, Dismisses Most of Her Career Speaking with Faster Louder , the…

  17. Dr. Luke Claims in Defamation Lawsuit That Kesha Is Extorting Him

    October 14, 2014 5:01 PM EDT The star producer files his own lawsuit in New York, claiming that her 'false' sexual abuse allegations arise from a contract dispute. As pop superstar Kesha lobbed a bombshell lawsuit alleging disturbing sexual abuse on the part of her producer, Lukasz "Dr. Luke"…

  18. Miley Cyrus Covers 'Lilac Wine' Live in Australia

    October 14, 2014 2:01 PM EDT Miley Cyrus has recently incorporated a cover of "Lilac Wine" into her show. After performing the song in Melbourne, Australia on her Bangerz tour, the singer tweeted a link containing a recording of her live version of the track. Listen below: Better late than never... http://t…

  19. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  20. Grimes Slams Ariel Pink's 'Delusional Misogyny' After He Criticizes Madonna

    October 14, 2014 10:22 AM EDT After revealing he was asked to work on Madonna 's upcoming 2015 album and proceeding to dismiss most of her post-debut album career, Ariel Pink successfully earned the ire of Madonna fans worldwide -- including Grimes . Ariel pinks delusional misogyny is emblematic of the kind of…

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