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. 'Into the Woods': Original Broadway Cast Reunites With No Mention of the Movie

    November 11, 2014 3:15 PM EST Woe is the superfan when the mainstream comes calling. We’re looking at you, pre-HBO Game of Thrones cosplayers, dance music fans before EDM, and anyone who wore neoprene prior to the Alexander Wang for H&M collection. Such exposure was imminent for the community theater hoofers and…

  3. 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,”…

  4. ‘Christmas At Downton Abbey’ Album Premiere: Elizabeth McGovern Talks Holiday Collection

    November 10, 2014 10:45 AM EST The new Christmas At Downton Abbey album gives a couple of the popular PBS show's cast members a chance to step out of their characters and show a different side of themselves. Listen to the album below, premiering exclusively at Billboard.com: Both Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora) and…

  5. 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. …

  6. Drake & Frank Sinatra, Kanye West & Nina Simone and More Dream Duets

    November 03, 2014 3:05 PM EST Barry Manilow 's new album, titled Dream Duets , is built around an interesting and possibly creepy premise: the singer duets with famous dead singers. This type of thing has happened before -- sort of. Justin Timberlake 's duet with Michael Jackson , "Love Never Felt So Good…

  7. Ian Fraser, Famed Composer for TV and Film, Dies at 81

    October 31, 2014 5:38 PM EDT He won 11 Emmys from 32 nominations and collaborated often with Julie Andrews. Ian Fraser , whose 11 Emmy Awards and 32 nominations for outstanding music direction made him the most honored composer/conductor in the history of television, has died. He was 81. The British native, who was…

  8. Ed Sheeran's First U.S. Arena Tour Doing Big Business

    October 30, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Ed Sheeran heads up the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $8.1 million in ticket sales reported from his first arena headlining tour in North America. On the road behind the June release of his most recent album, x , the British singer-songwriter kicked off the tour Aug. 21…

  9. Gayle Troberman Named iHeartMedia Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

    October 16, 2014 8:24 PM EDT iHeartMedia Inc. has announced Gayle Troberman will be the global media and entertainment company's new executive vice president and chief marketing officer.  Under this newly created position, Troberman will develop strategies to connect the many iHeartMedia -- formerly Clear Channel …

  10. 'Gilmore Girls' Band Hep Alien Stages One-Night-Only Reunion

    October 14, 2014 4:32 PM EDT "Eternal damnation is what I'm risking for my rock 'n roll!" -Lane Kim, Gilmore Girls Take a break from binge-watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix and delight in the fact that Hep Alien -- Lane Kim's ( Keiko Agena ) fictional band on the show -- staged a real-life…

  11. 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…

  12. Watch Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's 'But Beautiful' Studio Video

    October 13, 2014 1:49 PM EDT Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have released another video for  Cheek to Cheek . Their latest is a studio recording of "But Beautiful," which allows both Gaga and Bennett to show off in solo sections. The song has been covered by everyone from Billie Holiday to Bing Crosby to Aretha…

  13. Kanye West's Private Shopping Trip (With His Own Music as the Soundtrack) & More Insider Scoop

    October 10, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Kanye West Shops Alone Kanye West  took the idea of private showroom shopping to an extreme during Paris Fashion Week. An informed source says the rapper checked out designer lines while in the City of Light, but insisted that he spend time with the fashions completely alone -- and…

  14. 'Breaking Bad' Composer to Score 'Better Call Saul'

    October 06, 2014 5:12 PM EDT Dave Porter returns for the AMC spinoff series and its hilarious music video. Who is behind that catchy jingle for Better Call Saul ? A day after AMC released a music video for the Bob Odenkirk -led  series ,   The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Breaking Bad composer Dave Porter --…

  15. Thank Goodness! 'Gilmore Girls' on Netflix Uses the Same Theme Song

    October 01, 2014 9:39 AM EDT For everyone planning to revisit Stars Hollow, great news: Gilmore Girls on Netflix uses the same theme song as on the network broadcast.  Gilmore Girls is finally available to stream on Netflix beginning Wednesday, and it was unknown if the music might change -- other shows on Netflix,…

  16. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. More MusiCares Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By…

  17. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  18. Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden to Play Star-Studded Bridge School Benefit

    September 12, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Pearl Jam , Tom Jones and Soundgarden will be among the typically all-star cast at this year's Bridge School Benefit Concert organized by Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young . The iconic singer-songwriter will also perform at the annual event, which will take place Oct. 25 and 26 at the…

  19. 'Simpsons' Producer Al Jean Dishes on Show's Best Musical Moments

    September 12, 2014 3:00 PM EDT To close out The Simpsons binge-fest of all 552 episodes on FXX last month, the Hollywood Bowl is dedicating three nights to the beloved animated series. From Sept. 12-14, the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles will be accompanied by stars like Conan O'Brien , “Weird Al” Yankovic ,…

  20. Country Duo The Secret Sisters on Their New Extended Disc and Paying Tribute to The Everly Brothers

    August 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The Secret Sisters -- siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers -- may be a country duo, but their eclectic musical background filters into their sound. “We grew up listening from everything to classic country to bluegrass to gospel to pop," Laura tells Billboard. "Dad was big into Crosby,…

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