1. James Talks Death (And Orgasm)-Inspired New Album 'La Petite Mort'

    October 30, 2014 11:41 AM EDT "It's like an affirmation of life, an affirmation of being present, but allowing death to be there because it can help you live." Death is all over James’ new album, La Petite Mort (out Sept. 16 in North America), but you wouldn’t know it from a cursory listen. It’s a…

  2. Happy Birthday, Matthew Morrison! Check out 5 of His Best 'Glee' Musical Moments

    October 30, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Happy Birthday, Matthew Morrison ! The Glee choir teacher to us all/solo recording artist turns 36 today, which is the perfect opportunity to re-watch some old Glee videos, if that's something you're into. We rounded up five of his best performances from six seasons of the Fox…

  3. Pitbull Developing Two Reality Series for The Weinstein Co.

    October 29, 2014 3:28 AM EDT Pitbull has his sights on expanding his TV presence. The Miami rapper, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez , has teamed with The Weinstein Co. via his Honey I'm Home shingle to produce two unscripted series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Pitbull: The Lyfe will offer a…

  4. Dave Grohl Slams TV Talent Shows

    October 29, 2014 1:39 AM EDT If Dave Grohl had auditioned for American Idol , would he have snagged a golden ticket to the Hollywood rounds (coincidentally taking place this week)? Not a chance, the Foo Fighters frontman told CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday night. “I would never make it." In a candid interview…

  5. Jane Lynch & Wife Finalize Divorce

    October 28, 2014 10:40 PM EDT A judge has finalized Jane Lynch's divorce from her wife more than four years after the couple were married. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ralph C. Hofer approved the pair's divorce judgment on Monday. The agreement calls for Dr. Lara Embry, a clinical psychologist, to receive…

  6. Watch Joan Jett, Sia, Others Sing 'Bad Reputation' For Women's Rights in Midterm Elections

    October 28, 2014 9:17 PM EDT Joan Jett has teamed with an ensemble cast of collaborators to get out the vote for women's rights in next week's midterm elections, showing them singing along to her hit "Bad Reputation."  The video features  Sia ,  Carrie Brownstein  of Sleater Kinney and  Portlandia ,…

  7. Kiss' Gene Simmons Tells Women: 'Stop Depending on Men'

    October 28, 2014 12:46 AM EDT Gene Simmons expressed some very opinionated advice for women when he sat down with Fox News host Andrea Tantaros to promote his new book, Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business . "Let's all agree that women should not depend…

  8. Taylor Swift's '1989' Liner Note Messages & Reference Guide

    October 27, 2014 2:45 AM EDT It's (finally) here!  Taylor Swift 's fifth studio album, 1989 , officially dropped in the dead of night at midnight on Monday (Oct. 27). Anticipation had been rapidly building for quite some time: Besides lead single "Shake It Off," Swift also teased album songs "…

  9. Watch Intense New Trailer for Fox's Hip-Hop Drama 'Empire'

    October 25, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson star in Lee Daniels' midseason soap. Fox used Game 3 of the World Series to ramp up midseason hip-hop drama Empire . Courtney Love Joins Cast of 'Empire' From The Butler 's Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, Empire stars Taraji P. Henson…

  10. After Romeo Gets 'Love' on Billboard + Twitter Charts

    October 24, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Look out, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer -- there’s a new group ready to dominate the music scene. Los Angeles based quintet After Romeo arrived on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 this week with “LOL (Love on Lock)” an energetic pop track laced with R&B influences…

  11. Deezer Acquires Podcast App Stitcher

    October 24, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Paris-based music streaming service Deezer announced Friday it has acquired Stitcher, an app that streams, organizes and recommends podcasts. The acquisition will allow Deezer to offer 35,000 radio shows and podcasts along with its catalog of over 35 million music tracks to its 16 million…

  12. 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…

  13. Pandora Revenue Up 40 Percent, Listening Growth Softens

    October 23, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Pandora, the world's biggest Internet radio company, achieved big revenue gains in the third quarter in spite of a softening in its listener metrics. The company posted a $2 million net loss, an improvement from the $4.1 million loss a year earlier, on record revenue of $239.6 million,…

  14. 'Back to The Future' 30th Anniversary Reissue to Include Live Orchestra Accompaniment

    October 23, 2014 1:55 AM EDT Where they’re going, they don’t need roads — but, as it turns out, full orchestral accompaniment is a whole other story. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the much-loved time travel adventure Back to the Future , the Robert Zemeckis -directed film is headed back in a way most would never…

  15. Vice Media the Driving Force Behind Underground Venue Closures

    October 22, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Vice Media is behind the closure of Williamsburg venues Death by Audio and likely Glasslands, Billboard has learned. Valued at $2.5 billion , the media behemoth revealed plans to move into a 60,000 square foot warehouse space on the corner of S 2nd Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, a…

  16. Pandora Now Sharing Listener Data With Artists

    October 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Starting Wednesday, Pandora will provide artists with data and visualization tools to provide insight into their audiences. Called Pandora AMP , the suite of tools is intended to provide artists with the data for such tasks as picking singles, crafting set lists and routing tours. "…

  17. Why SoulCycle Is the Hot New Way to Break a Hit

    October 21, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Nicole Scherzinger (right) previewed her new album at a SoulCycle ride in New York on Oct. 2 On a recent Thursday night in New York, the scene inside SoulCycle's Leroy Street studio was a departure from the usual 45-minute spinning class: Singer Nicole Scherzinger was hosting a private…

  18. Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

    October 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT 0 Chance and the Social Experiment are aiming to drop 'Surf' for free by the end of the year. In the year and a half since he released his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap , Chance the Rapper has charted a remarkable course. Forgoing signing with a major label, the Chicago…

  19. Brooklyn's Glasslands Closing: Another Iconic Williamsburg Venue Bites the Dust

    October 21, 2014 11:27 AM EDT A little over a month after Brooklyn venue Death by Audio revealed that it would be closing its doors in November, its neighboring performance space Glasslands has announced its closure as well.  It's Megaclub Mania in Williamsburg, Brooklyn "Dearest friends," begins the post…

  20. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

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