1. Tim Hauser, Founder and Singer of Manhattan Transfer, Dies at 72

    October 18, 2014 11:13 AM EDT Tim Hauser , the founder and singer of the Grammy-winning vocal troupe The Manhattan Transfer , died Thursday (Oct. 16) from cardiac arrest, band representative JoAnn Geffen said Friday. He was 72. Hauser founded Manhattan Transfer, who released their debut album in the early 1970s and…

  2. Bonnaroo 2015 Dates Are Here!

    October 16, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Mark your calendars, party people -- the dates for Bonnaroo 2015 are here. Bonnaroo announced Thursday (Oct. 16) that it will take place June 11-14, 2015, at Manchester, Tenn.'s Great Stage Park, its home since 2002. Beginning on a Thursday, the festival will again follow its typical…

  3. Joan Rivers Cause of Death Revealed

    October 16, 2014 2:36 PM EDT The New York City Medical Examiner's Office has found that Joan Rivers died from complications due to surgery. "OCME [Office of the Chief Medical Examiner] has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers’ death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during…

  4. Bill Murray Will Sing Christmas Carols in a Sofia Coppola TV Special

    October 14, 2014 6:46 AM EDT According to a new article in Variety , Lost in Translation collaborators Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will reteam for a holiday special sometime in the future. (This year? Could we be so lucky?!) The project will be made for television and will feature Murray singing some timeless…

  5. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Herb Alpert Returns After 27-Year Absence

    October 10, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Plus: the first new Christmas album of the season debuts! On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Blake Shelton scored his second No. 1 album with Bringing Back the Sunshine , as the Warner Bros. Nashville album sold 100,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 5, according to Nielsen…

  6. One Direction's Where We Are Tour Attended by 3.4 Million Fans

    October 10, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Justin Timberlake 's 20/20 Experience world tour leads the pack in this week’s ranking of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on $48.4 million in ticket sales reported from concerts in North America, Europe and Australia. Don't Look Now, But One Direction Is Making Great Rock Music…

  7. Exclusive: Watch Melissa Etheridge & Queen Latifah Cover Fleetwood Mac

    October 08, 2014 6:33 PM EDT While the Rumours -era lineup of Fleetwood Mac is out on tour, Melissa Etheridge and Queen Latifah revisited the group's lone track to feature all five members as songwriters, "The Chain." Melissa Etheridge Op-Ed: Why Auto-Tune Has No Soul The pair perform "The Chain…

  8. 'Ghostbusters' Reboot: What Woman Should Take On the Theme Song?

    October 08, 2014 5:07 PM EDT Who are they gonna call? Time to place a call: Ghostbusters is officially being rebooted with director Paul Feig and  Katie Dippold ( The Heat ) penning the script. "It's official. I'm making a new Ghostbusters & writing it with @katiedippold & yes, it will star…

  9. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

  10. Luke Bryan's Tour Has Grossed $55.5 Million (And Counting)

    October 03, 2014 5:11 PM EDT Luke Bryan takes his That's My Kind of Night tour to No. 1 on this week’s tally of Hot Tours with box office stats reported from the bulk of his 2014 trek through North American cities. Since the tour's January kick-off, Bryan's outing has been attended by 1.1 million fans…

  11. Exclusive: Ex-New Order Bassist Peter Hook Dissects Frontman Bernard Sumner’s Autobiography

    October 03, 2014 6:00 AM EDT "Book stores won’t know whether to file it under fantasy or tragedy." It’s no secret that there is love lost between estranged Joy Division and New Order founding members Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner . Ever since it was announced in a 2007 radio interview with Hook that New Order…

  12. Tina Turner Exhibit Opens at Old Tennessee School

    September 26, 2014 5:35 PM EDT A restored one-room schoolhouse where Tina Turner attended classes opened Friday (Sept. 26) as a museum honoring the singer's career and recalling her childhood in this small West Tennessee town. 'Happily Retired' Tina Turner Readies 'Love Songs' Album  More than…

  13. Emerging Picks of the Week: Bipolar Sunshine Sees Bright 'Future'

    September 26, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Just in time for the weekend, Billboard brings you another set of artists who secured noteworthy debuts on our Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart this week. These are all tracks that preview new releases. Give them a listen below, and be sure to look out for their upcoming projects.…

  14. Melissa Etheridge Op-Ed: Why Auto-Tune Has No Soul

    September 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Cutting-edge technology makes the human touch -- and sound -- even more vital, writes the singer, who releases new album 'M.E.' on Sept. 30. Ever since technology gave us the ability to put an endless number of tracks on a recording and to manipulate a voice into perfect pitch,…

  15. Rita Ora to Replace Kylie Minogue as Coach on U.K.'s 'The Voice'

    September 23, 2014 5:16 AM EDT Rita Ora , who has worked with such brands as Adidas, is joining the BBC's U.K. version of singing competition The Voice as the fourth coach on the upcoming fourth season. Kylie Minogue this year had filled that spot, but was widely expected not to continue on the show and quit this…

  16. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contracts is a deal for a catalog campaign with…

  17. Michael Jackson Immortal Tour Wraps With Eighth-Best Gross of All Time

    September 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour has wrapped after its three-year run, earning the No. 8 slot on the list of the top-grossing tours of all time with $360 million, based on Billboard Boxscore. The tour played its final performance on Aug. 31 in Guadalajara,…

  18. Top Arena Execs Dish on How They Move Ticket Sales

    September 09, 2014 6:20 PM EDT What does it take to run a successful arena in today’s competitive and volatile touring business? Venue executives from across the country will convene Sept. 14-16 in Long Beach, Ca. for the Arena Management Conference organized by the IAVM, the International Association of Venue Managers.…

  19. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  20. Cher Postpones Tour Dates Due to 'Acute Viral Infection'

    September 08, 2014 6:49 PM EDT Cher has postponed the second leg of her Dressed to Kill tour due to an "acute viral infection," according to a representative for the singer. What was supposed to be the opening show in Albany, N.Y., on Sept. 11, will now take place on Oct. 6 and the Manchester, N.H., show that…

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