1. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Lives at Full Speed Among Retirees

    November 16, 2014 1:22 PM EST TAURANGA, New Zealand -- AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was the toast of this quiet New Zealand coastal community when he celebrated the launch of his surprise solo album at his marina restaurant, Phil's Place. Even the mayor was there. AC/DC's Angus Young Says There Will Be a Drummer on…

  2. Hollywood Film Awards: Winners List

    November 14, 2014 8:46 PM EST Robert Duvall and Keira Knightley are early winners Friday's  Hollywood Film Awards  saw  David  Fincher 's  Gone Girl  take home the top prize. Accepting the award, star  Ben Affleck  thanked his director for keeping the shoot cold during a controversial scene in which you (…

  3. Flashback Friday: Beyonce & Solange Dance It Out

    November 14, 2014 5:05 PM EST If you believe the tabloids,  Solange  is getting married this weekend to longtime boyfriend  Alan Ferguson . Naturally, big sister  Beyonce ,  who actually is also quite famous ,  is expected to attend. As soon as we heard that, we couldn't help but think of all the stellar dancing…

  4. Exclusive: PTTOW! Appoints Bob Pittman, Jay Brown to Cultural Advisory Board Ahead of First Music Summit

    November 13, 2014 10:18 AM EST PTTOW!, an invite-only community for marketers and executives seeking to shape the next generation of consumers (aged 14 to 34), has helped broker music-marketing partnerships and recognize artists like Kaskade and Will.i.am alongside top executives from many of the world's biggest…

  5. #Bedstock Exclusive: Musicians Go Under Covers for Online Festival Benefiting Kids With Cancer

    November 13, 2014 10:00 AM EST Regina Ellis witnessed firsthand the healing power of music when her daughter, Alexandra, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age three and a half. "Music transformed many moments in the hospital," she tells Billboard. "We found ourselves battling for her life in a hospital,…

  6. 'The Voice' Recap: Top 12 Revealed

    November 12, 2014 9:21 PM EST The top 12 have been revealed on The Voice -- after some struggle. "I didn't know they would all rise to the occasion," admitted  Pharrell Williams of his first playoffs on Tuesday night , after which America picks two from each team to move forward, and a coach picks one…

  7. Carrie Underwood Pens Sentimental Essay for Veterans Day

    November 11, 2014 6:50 PM EST "The only stories I love more than the ones I get to write and sing about are the ones that I hear from those who listen my songs," writes Carrie Underwood in a Veterans Day essay for TIME , detailing an experience she said has changed the way she sings "See You Again."…

  8. Skylar Grey on Nicki Minaj Collaboration 'Bed Of Lies': 'It's a Nice Contrast to Her Other Singles'

    November 11, 2014 5:25 PM EST Skylar Grey is understandably exhausted. She is sitting at LAX after a ten-hour flight, waiting to go home following four whirlwind days in Glasgow bookended by her surprise appearance with MTV EMAs host Nicki Minaj . The two debuted Minaj’s new single, “ Bed Of Lies .” No stranger to…

  9. Ask Billboard: All-Taylor Swift Edition

    November 11, 2014 11:05 AM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT SHOULD THE NEXT SINGLES BE FROM 1989 ? This mailbag&…

  10. Six-Year-Olds Are Partying at Kiddie Raves in New York City

    November 10, 2014 5:16 PM EST With glow sticks, pacifiers, strobe lights and face paint, the monthly parties hosted by CirKiz look a lot like raves, but with a few key differences: They’re totally legal, they’re during the day, and the average attendee is about 8 years old.  CirKiz was founded by husband and wife…

  11. Listen to Sweet Lullaby Kelly Rowland Wrote for Her Son

    November 10, 2014 4:00 PM EST Aww:  Kelly Rowland has written a lullaby for newborn son, Titan Jewell Witherspoon, and fans get to hear the result. "I've waited all my life to see ya/ I've been dreaming about you," she sings on "Mommy's Little Baby." "I wondered what you'd be…

  12. Marilyn Manson Announces New Album 'The Pale Emperor' Coming in 2015

    November 10, 2014 10:48 AM EST Star Wars already has a pale emperor , and now music has one, too. Marilyn Manson today (Nov. 10) announced that his new studio album will be titled just that, and will hit stores on Jan. 20. The Pale Emperor features ten songs, including the brooding “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge,”…

  13. Ed Sheeran's Terminally Ill 'Fiancé' Fan Has Died

    November 07, 2014 7:24 PM EST Ed Sheeran 's terminally ill 19-year-old fan who a week ago proposed to the pop star has passed away. Sheeran shared the sad news on Twitter Friday: So devastated to hear Katie has passed away. Prayers are with her family. — Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) November 7, 2014   Katie Papworth…

  14. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Returns, Imagine Dragons Debut

    November 07, 2014 6:22 PM EST Halloween classic makes its annual resurgence, while Imagine Dragons preview their next album. Plus, chart action for Rae Sremmurd, Meghan Trainor & Ella Henderson. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" returns to the Billboard Hot 100 's…

  15. Neil Young Bassist Rick Rosas Dead

    November 07, 2014 4:35 PM EST Longtime Neil Young bassist Rick Rosas has passed away at age 65, according to several sources . Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina first posted the news on his Facebook page, followed by Neil Young's unofficial fan page Thrasher's Wheat . Rosas cause of death is not yet known. …

  16. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

  17. Top Studio Execs Talk the 'Frozen' Effect, New Films, Breaking Into the Biz at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    November 07, 2014 8:04 AM EST "To our left is Danielle Diego , EVP of Music at 20th Century Fox, and this is Mitchell Leib ; he is known as Frozen ." Laughter kicked off the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference's high-powered discussion as Billboard's Phil Gallo introduced the Keynote Roundtable…

  18. Fugees' Pras Michel on Hitting Up Eurythmics, Tears for Fears & Seal for Film Music

    November 06, 2014 6:32 PM EST His political documentary 'Sweet Mickey for President' is due next year. At Thursday's (Nov. 6) Music for Documentaries panel at the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference , it took no less a figure than a Fugee to illustrate the difficulty of…

  19. Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull Concerts Heat Up Hot Tours Chart

    November 06, 2014 4:46 PM EST Topping the weekly tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) are Enrique Iglesias and rapper Pitbull with $25.7 million in ticket sales from the 2014 leg of their joint tour through U.S. and Canadian markets. Promoted by Concerts West, a division of AEG Live, the tour visited 21 cities during…

  20. Layoffs Hit Capitol Music Group

    November 06, 2014 2:29 PM EST A round of layoffs has hit Capitol Music Group, Billboard has confirmed. A source with knowledge of the situation tells Billboard that a dozen staffers were let go today (Nov. 6) as part of a restructuring at Capitol Music Group. Those twelve include J.R. Rich , Gihan Salem , Heidi Anne…

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