1. AC/DC's 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' Gets Sales Bump After Murder-for-Hire News

    November 14, 2014 10:21 AM EST Well, Internet, your sick sense of irony has given AC/DC 's 1976 single "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" a sales boost following news that drummer Phil Rudd was charged with trying to procure a murder. (For the record, that charge was soon dropped . Rudd now faces charges of…

  2. AC/DC Not in Touch With Phil Rudd Since Charges

    November 13, 2014 7:07 PM EST Angus Young of AC/DC says his bandmates have not been in touch with Phil Rudd since he was charged with threatening to kill and possessing methamphetamine and marijuana last week. Young, 59, said in an interview Thursday (Nov. 13) that Rudd's behavior had been somewhat erratic during…

  3. Betty Who to Make Awards Show Debut on Logo

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  4. 'Duck Dynasty' Musical Taking Flight in Las Vegas

    November 12, 2014 9:27 PM EST Not since Fiddler on the Roof has a theatrical project involved this much facial hair. A stage musical is being developed that will center on  Duck Dynasty 's Robertson family, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The Dodgers, a New York-based theater company, and the Rio Hotel in…

  5. AC/DC is All About Balls, Bikinis, Bloopers in New Video for 'Play Ball'

    November 11, 2014 8:16 PM EST AC/DC 's video for the new song "Play Ball" is a tribute to all things sports, but with a somewhat unsettling emphasis on female athletes in bikinis.  When the clip isn't focused on the iconic Aussie rock and roll band parading around in front of a green screen…

  6. 'Annie' Director Will Gluck on How Sia Helped Bring the Movie Remake to Life

    November 10, 2014 4:54 PM EST Will Gluck, a director and screenwriter whose credits include Easy A , Friends With Benefits and several TV series, had never written a musical prior to getting the job of updating the classic Broadway hit Annie . He hired two songwriters who also had no experience in musicals: Sia Furler …

  7. Pharrell, John Mayer & More Salute Bill Clinton's Love of Jazz in L.A.

    November 10, 2014 3:37 PM EST Former president received the Thelonious Monk Institute's Maria Fisher Founder's Award on Sunday. Herbie Hancock , Kevin Spacey , Quincy Jones and a litany of major jazz musicians saluted President Bill Clinton on Sunday at L.A.'s Dolby Theater for his efforts in using jazz…

  8. Top Studio Execs Talk the 'Frozen' Effect, New Films, Breaking Into the Biz at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    November 07, 2014 8:04 AM EST "To our left is Danielle Diego , EVP of Music at 20th Century Fox, and this is Mitchell Leib ; he is known as Frozen ." Laughter kicked off the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference's high-powered discussion as Billboard's Phil Gallo introduced the Keynote Roundtable…

  9. Murder-Plot Charge Against AC/DC's Phil Rudd Dropped

    November 06, 2014 9:49 PM EST He still faces charges of threatening to kill & drug possession, but the most serious charge has been dropped. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is no longer facing a charge of hiring a hitman to carry out two killings, according to New Zealand media reports . Rudd's legal counsel Paul Mabey…

  10. AC/DC World Tour Still On After Phil Rudd's Arrest

    November 06, 2014 8:22 PM EST 'Phil's absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year,' band says in a statement. AC/DC 's 2015 Rock or Bust world tour will go ahead in 2015 with or without drummer Phil Rudd , who was arrested in New Zealand on Thursday …

  11. Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference Day One Report: Trent Reznor, Mark Mothersbaugh, and More

    November 06, 2014 7:14 AM EST At the Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference on Wednesday, the intersection of commerce and art was frequently met. The topic came up again and again in panels and discussions that included interviews with film composers and analytics measuring the life of a…

  12. AC/DC's Phil Rudd Out on Bail After Murder-Plot Arrest

    November 06, 2014 12:08 AM EST The drummer, who was ordered to have no contact with the man he allegedly hired to kill two people, is due in court Nov. 27. AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been granted bail at a court appearance in Tauranga, New Zealand, after being arrested Thursday morning (Nov. 6) local time on charges…

  13. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Charged in Murder Plot

    November 05, 2014 10:18 PM EST AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with trying to arrange a murder, BBC reports. The charges against the 60-year-old, whose house in New Zealand was raided on Thursday morning (Nov. 6), include attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and…

  14. Mark Mothersbaugh Reveals Next Project at Billboard/THR Film & TV Conference

    November 05, 2014 8:20 PM EST Composer will join frequent collborators Phil Lord & Chris Miller on 'Last Man on Earth' TV show. After scoring all of directing team Phil Lord and Chris Miller 's films so far -- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs , Lego Movie , 21 Jump Street and its sequel, 22 Jump…

  15. Gregg Alexander Talks Switch From New Radicals to 'Begin Again' at Billboard/THR Conference

    November 05, 2014 3:00 PM EST The Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference launched Wednesday with a question-and-answer session featuring composer Gregg Alexander , hosted by Billboard senior editor of film and TV, Phil Gallo. Best known to mainstream culture as frontman of the New Radicals --…

  16. Album Review: Neil Young’s Vulnerable ‘Storytone’ Sings About Love -- and Saving the Environment

    November 04, 2014 11:59 AM EST Few singers play vulnerability better than Neil Young . It's the most affecting trait of this collection of a dozen songs, presented in two separate versions: one set gussied up in formal wear, and the other kicking back in shorts and T-shirts on the back porch. Not that the section…

  17. Corner Office: ABC's Music Chief Dawn Soler on 'Nashville,' the Songs Behind 'Scandal,' and Making the Move From Movies to TV

    November 03, 2014 2:15 PM EST Burbank is a long way from Music City, but lots of things in Dawn Soler 's office show a love for Nashville, both the city and the TV show that has been in her care since its debut three seasons ago. She was the music supervisor for the first two episodes of Nashville before handing…

  18. Ex-New Radicals Frontman Gregg Alexander on Return to the Limelight With 'Begin Again': 'I'm In'

    November 03, 2014 2:06 PM EST Singer-songwriter shares ultimate Spotify playlist, plus songs that changed his life. In the 15 years following Gregg Alexander 's run in the Billboard Hot 100 with New Radicals ' ebullient pop gem "You Get What You Give" -- which peaked at No. 36 but hung in for 20…

  19. Watch Arcade Fire's Short Halloween Horror Flick, 'Festi,' With The National, Fleet Foxes

    October 31, 2014 9:39 PM EDT Arcade Fire are celebrating Halloween with a bit of a trick and a treat.   The band released a short horror film Friday called Festi , which features the band celebrating multi-instrumentalist Will Butler's 27th birthday while on tour at a festival. There's party with friends the…

  20. Billboard/THR Conference Panel to Address 'Blurred Line' Between Film & TV Music

    October 31, 2014 4:26 PM EDT For decades, composers needed to pick their medium: film or television. Today, in many ways, the independent film and high-end TV composer communities are more or less the same. A group of composers will discuss this phenomenon at BMI's panel "The Blurred Line Between Film and…

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