With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a few stars chose to go out. On the road. In stadiums.
On Dec, 23, the long-running Finnish rock band will release a limited edition box set called "Lashes To Ashes, Lust To Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective '96-'03." Amongst all the goodies inside, the main attraction is their rare 1996 EP "666 Ways To Love: Prologue" on 180 gram heavy weight vinyl for the first time ever. Billboard is premiering the newly remastered version of its opening track.
Communications agency Fenton has new ownership and a new leader: Bill Werde, former editorial director of Billboard, who plans on using the position get mainstream artists back into the political conversation.
The Raptors “Drake Night” couldn’t have gone any better last night at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre when the NBA team took on the Brooklyn Nets for the first time since the U.S. team knocked them out of the first-round playoffs this spring in Game 7 by just one point. Rap superstar Drake, the Raptors’ “global ambassador” since Sept. 2013, was there courtside, jumping in excitement when the game ended in a 105-89 win.
Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs are placed against each other in head-to-head battles until one song emerges victorious! Each match-up is determined by the individual votes of a collection of music writers and critics, who have sounded off and helped us determine the collective choice for the strongest pop song of the year.