1. Why 'Footloose' Inspired 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn

    October 28, 2014 12:49 PM EDT In a key scene in 2014's top-grossing movie, Guardians of the Galaxy , Chris Pratt 's character Peter Quill tells the interstellar assassin and wallflower Gamora ( Zoe Saldana ) of a legend on Earth called Footloose , in which "a great hero named Kevin Bacon teaches an entire…

  2. Nick Jonas' 'Kingdom' Costar Frank Grillo Refused to Work With Him, At First

    October 28, 2014 7:39 AM EDT Actor Frank Grillo ( Warrior, The Purge: Anarchy ) has a new drama about mixed martial arts, Kingdom , airing on DirecTV. His costar, 22-year-old Nick Jonas , wasn't exactly welcome initially. "People are very surprised because there's a Jonas Brother in it and he fights,…

  3. Documentary Director Alex Gibney Tackles Frank Sinatra Film & Mick Jagger-Produced James Brown Project

    October 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT When The Eagles were looking for a documentary filmmaker for their History of the Eagles , guitarist Glenn Frey says they went with director Alex Gibney because his work "jumped off the [screen] ... It was so riveting." Rewinding The Charts: Eagles' 'Hotel California&…

  4. Here's Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Sung in 20 Different Styles in 5 Minutes

    October 27, 2014 4:04 PM EDT What if we told you someone could perform Michael Jackson 's "Thriller" in 20 different styles in less than 5 minutes? Would you scoff and say, "It can't be done"? Probably not, because you've likely encountered the viral sensation 10 Second Songs aka…

  5. Exclusive: Downtown Records Launches Immortal Music Publishing

    October 27, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Downtown Records’ co-founders Josh Deutsh and Terence Lam are rebuilding the empire with the launch of a new music publishing division. The New York-based execs have established Immortal Music Publishing, and announced its first signings. Almost two years have passed since Downtown Music…

  6. Shakira Partners With Fisher Price on Range of Baby Toys, Web Series for Moms

    October 26, 2014 10:16 PM EDT Shakira is partnering with Fisher-Price to launch a line of baby toys as well as a Web series for moms. The Mattel, Inc.-owned company announced Friday that the First Steps collection of toys and baby gear would be available in November. Shakira co-developed six products, including a…

  7. Ask Billboard: World Series Edition

    October 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, more baseball hits, John Legend's history-making week and Glen Campbell's touching return. 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…

  8. Glen Campbell to Receive Lifetime Honor at Hollywood Music in Media Awards

    October 24, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Glen Campbell is being honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 5th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards, set for Nov. 4 at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 Years Campbell recently…

  9. Bret Easton Ellis Regrets Linking Huey Lewis and the News to 'American Psycho'

    October 24, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Since Bret Easton Ellis made the protagonist of his 1991 novel American Psycho , Patrick Bateman, an investment banker serial killer with a fondness for Huey Lewis and the News , the association has taken on a life of its own. The 2000 film adaptation of the book, which was directed and…

  10. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways…

  11. Lachie Rutherford, President, Warner Music Asia Pacific, Will Retire at End of Year

    October 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has announced that Lachie Rutherford , president, Warner Music Asia Pacific, will retire at the end of the year and Simon Robson , who is currently COO and CFO of Warner Music UK, will fill the position. Robson will report to Stu Bergen , president, international, Warner…

  12. 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,…

  13. Inside Grammy U Competition Winner Kirkland Lynch's Incredible Day at the Capitol Records Tower

    October 22, 2014 1:59 PM EDT After winning Grammy U's music business plan competition, Kirkland Lynch found himself in Los Angeles, getting picked up by the chairman of Capitol Records. October 9, 2014 marked the best day of my life thus far. That was the day that Grammy U introduced me to Steve Barnett , CEO of…

  14. Kate Bush Shares Heartwarming Open Letter to Fans After Performance Comeback

    October 22, 2014 11:15 AM EDT This year, the ever-enchanting Kate Bush returned to the stage following a 35-year absence from live music. Now that her Before the Dawn tour is all over, the British singer decided to open her heart and share a delightful letter with her fans. “Now all the shows are over, it's pretty…

  15. 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…

  16. Fighting for the Greek: Behind Nederlander/AEG and Live Nation’s War for the Iconic L.A. Theater

    October 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A modern day Trojan War is underway in Los Angeles as the world's largest promoters, Live Nation and AEG Live in partnership with the Nederlander Organization, battle for possession of a trophy itself inspired by antiquity: the city's iconic Greek Theatre. At stake is a…

  17. 10 Things We Learned from Joe Perry's Reddit AMA

    October 17, 2014 10:06 PM EDT The guitar-slinging Aerosmith co-founder Joe Perry has been rocking hard for 40 years and lately he's been making a victory lap of sorts, celebrating his achievements with a new book, Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith .  Friday Perry joined Reddit fans for an Ask Me Anything (AMA)…

  18. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Taylor Swift to David Bowie

    October 17, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Taylor Swift "Out Of The Woods" Big Machine/Republic The vast chorus of Taylor Swift's new single combusts like the closing sequence of a 1980s action movie, a muscular chant that finds Swift asking, "Are we out of the woods yet? Are we in the clear yet?"…

  19. Exclusive: Guy Oseary, Ashton Kutcher's Tech Fund A-Grade Valued at $150 Million

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A-Grade Investments, a venture capital fund founded in 2010 by Guy Oseary , Ashton Kutcher and Ron Burkle , has a new valuation: $150 million, as Billboard announces in a new cover story detailing Oseary's new management consortium Maverick . The fund had most recently been valued at…

  20. 14 New Zealand Acts You Need to Know About

    October 17, 2014 5:17 AM EDT New Zealand has been punching well above its weight in recent years. Think Lorde . Think The Naked and the Famous , Broods , Gin Wigmore , Ladyhawke   and  Kimbra (oh, and don't forget   Flight of the Conchords ). If you figured that’s it, think again. With the nominations announced…

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