1. Joanne Borgella, Former 'American Idol' Contestant,' Dead at 32

    October 18, 2014 7:47 PM EDT Joanne Borgella , a singer and model who competed on American Idol in 2008, has died at the age of 32 from Endometrial Cancer. The news was confirmed by her family on her Facebook page on Saturday (Oct. 18). "With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our…

  2. Rascal Flatts Playing NFL Pre-Game Show to Promote Carnival Cruise Lines Concert Series

    October 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Look for Rascal Flatts to entertain Dallas Cowboys fans at AT&T Stadium Sunday (Oct. 19) in a special pre-game Carnival Live concert before the Cowboys take on the New York Giants. Martina McBride Dazzles with Hits, R&B Standards During Carnival Cruise Concert Series Carnival has…

  3. Watch: Pearl Jam Debuts New Song ‘Moline’ at Illinois Concert

    October 18, 2014 2:31 PM EDT “Moline" was written just minutes before the band walked on stage. Pearl Jam unexpectedly debuted a new song during its sold-out concert at the iWireless Center in Moline, Ill., on Friday (Oct. 17). Eddie Vedder Dedicates Song to Isaiah 'Ikey' Owens Pearl Jam frontman Eddie…

  4. Eric Church Brings the Outsiders Tour to New York's Madison Square Garden

    October 18, 2014 11:50 AM EDT A few songs into his set at Madison Square Garden Friday (Oct. 17) night, Eric Church stopped to reflect briefly on his ascent from playing bars and clubs to headlining arenas. He's played MSG once before, he noted, and he remembers the exact date: eight years and three days ago. Back…

  5. 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)…

  6. 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&…

  7. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  8. Quotes of the Week: Selena Gomez Is Happy to Bare It All, Nicki Minaj Wants to Rule the World and More

    October 17, 2014 6:10 PM EDT "I can, like, walk around naked now!" -- SELENA GOMEZ The pop star  during an appearance on Ellen , speaking about the benefits of living solo in her new apartment. "I want to build my empire. I have always seen men do it -- from Diddy to Dr. Dre to Jay Z . Now it's a…

  9. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Fergie Debut

    October 17, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The duo arrives with 'Love Me Harder,' while Fergie enters with 'L.A.LOVE (la la).' As previously reported , Meghan Trainor leads an all-female top five on the Billboard Hot 100 for a record-extending sixth week with "All About That Bass." Plus, Bobby…

  10. From Beyonce’s Surprise to Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Gamble, It’s Been a Game-Changing Grammy Year

    October 17, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Beyoncé to Bruce to Bono: An analysis of the dark horses and big bangs as the qualification period ­closes, and the competition heats up. The 12 months covered by this year's Grammy Awards (from Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014) revealed a music community that was prepared to try just…

  11. Adam Leber, Tech Visionary for Miley and Britney, Is 'Not an Ego Guy'

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT MEET BRITNEY AND MILEY'S TECH GURU This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 37 TITLE: Co-owner, Reign Deer Entertainment STAFF : 12 CITY: Los…

  12. Ron Laffitte Is the 'Secret Weapon’ for Mega-Management Co. Maverick

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT METALHEAD GOES POP This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 47 TITLE: Founder, Laffitte Management Group STAFF : 14 CITY: Los Angeles COMPANY FOUNDED IN…

  13. Randy Houser, O.A.R., Al Kooper Added to Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Concert

    October 17, 2014 1:41 PM EDT More artists have been added to the upcoming star-studded tribute to southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd , set to invade Atlanta's Fox Theatre on Nov. 12. Randy Houser , O.A.R. and Al Kooper , who discovered Skynyrd and produced many of their hits, are the newest additions to "…

  14. Jimmy Page Talks New Music, Led Zeppelin's Future & Why He Has No Interest Being in a 'Tribute Band'

    October 17, 2014 1:25 PM EDT In his 70 years, it's fair to say that Jimmy Page has seen and experienced more than most. A hell of a lot more. Nevertheless, even he fails to hide the look of astonishment and boyish wonder that lights up his face upon exploring the Gothic splendor of "The Tudor Room" at…

  15. Taylor Swift Shares New '1989' Lyric, Lena Dunham Calls It 'Someday Wedding Song'

    October 17, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Special perk of having Taylor Swift as one of your good friends? She can write your wedding song. That's what Lena Dunham is saying on Twitter, after Swift -- as is her recent policy -- tweeted out a lyric from a  1989 song, in this case, a bonus track.   Loading Bonus track …

  16. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

  17. Bridges for Music: How Nonprofit is Harnessing EDM’s Power for Positive Change

    October 17, 2014 6:31 AM EDT When twenty-five cyclists arrived in Amsterdam this week, their focus was not on the long trek from London, but what it would mean for the township of Langa. At time of press, the riders had raised more than £95,000 ($152,000) to build a music school in the impoverished South African…

  18. 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…

  19. Gimme Five: B1A4's Biggest Musical Inspirations

    October 16, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Earlier this month, U.S. fans got to see  B1A4  up close with their first set of headlining concerts in America. From the tour's kickoff in New York , the K-pop quintet saw their super-supportive stateside fanbase hollering for them whether they were belting, rapping or showcasing a…

  20. Free’s Paul Rodgers Tries His Hand at Memphis Soul, Admits 'I Was Intimidated'

    October 16, 2014 10:47 PM EDT Free and Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers has performed among greats for most of his professional life, singing such classics as “All Right Now,” “Bad Company,” “Shooting Star,” “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Rock And Roll Fantasy,” joining Jimmy Page in The Firm in 1980 and members of Queen…

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