1. Top 10 Rock/Alternative Christmas Songs That Don't Suck

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST …And one Hanukkah Song (we did our best!) Let’s get this out of the way: there are an awful lot of terrible rock covers of Christmas songs. Lots of genres are guilty of this, but being that Relient K and Bowling For Soup have both done entire Christmas albums, modern guitar music needs to…

  2. Exclusive: Marley Brothers Premiere New Reggae Comp 'Set Up Shop Vol. 2'

    December 22, 2014 12:17 PM EST "Whether it's about love, struggle or strife on a personal level or global scale, all of these songs carry a message," Stephen "Ragga" Marley tells Billboard . "We wanted a compilation that touches on relevant issues and gives some newfound perspective, the…

  3. Chris Brown's Bodyguard Sentenced for Assault

    December 16, 2014 5:47 PM EST A judge who convicted singer Chris Brown 's bodyguard of punching a man in Washington last year has given him a sentence that will keep him out of jail. Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault in Washington D.C. Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn sentenced Christopher Hollosy to 90…

  4. Hear Christopher Lee's Latest Metal Christmas Carol

    December 09, 2014 5:50 PM EST Acting legend Sir Christopher Lee -- never forget the Sir -- is 92 years old and more metal than you. Back in 2012, he became the oldest living performer to enter the Billboard charts with a metal Christmas carol called “Jingle Hell” and he’s back in the pummeling, yuletide spirit this year…

  5. 'Peter Pan Live' Pulls in Half the Audience of 'Sound of Music' for NBC

    December 05, 2014 12:40 PM EST The audience for Peter Pan Live! was half the size of the last year's Sound of Music Live , but NBC brass expressed satisfaction with the viewership levels. Peter Pan Live!, starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, was watched by 9.1 million viewers, 2.9 million of which are…

  6. 'Peter Pan Live!': Watch the 5 Musical Performances Everyone Is Talking About

    December 05, 2014 9:59 AM EST Peter Pan Live! , starring Allison Williams,  Christopher Walken , and Nana the Dog, aired on NBC Thursday night (Dec. 4). Missed the production? Check out some of the highlight performances below, with plenty of flying, sword fighting, and tap dancing to go around.   5. "Tender…

  7. 'Peter Pan Live!': Talk About It Here!

    December 04, 2014 7:00 PM EST Peter Pan Live! is live on NBC now! What will fans make of Christopher Walken's dancing? When Allison Williams' Peter Pan takes flight, will it be thrilling or cheesy...or BOTH!? So many questions! (You've checked out Billboard 's Peter Pan Live! drinking game , right?) …

  8. Dave Koz Partners With Spaghettini for New Restaurant & Music Venue

    December 04, 2014 3:48 PM EST Saxophonist Richard Elliot, Santana's Andy Vargas & Las Vegas headliner Matt Goss kick off performance slate. Starting Friday, live music will begin a new residency in Beverly Hills. Adopting the tagline "harmonizing fine dining with world-class musical entertainment,"…

  9. 'Peter Pan Live!': Here's the Drinking Game!

    December 04, 2014 12:25 PM EST Drink if you believe in fairies! The world can be divided into two groups of people: Those that have had tonight's (Dec. 4) production of Peter Pan Live! on NBC marked on their calendars for months, and those that have somehow missed that Christopher Walken will be Captain Hook on…

  10. James Bond Wish List: 5 Artists Who Should Sing 'Spectre' Title Song

    December 04, 2014 10:20 AM EST Like diamonds, James Bond may as well be forever. Skyfall director Sam Mendes revealed the title of the 24th canonical installment in the Bond franchise is titled Spectre and will come out in fall 2015. For the fourth time, Daniel Craig -- the sixth actor to portray Bond on the big screen …

  11. Lana Del Rey Shares 'Big Eyes' & 'I Can Fly' From New Tim Burton Film

    December 03, 2014 4:35 PM EST Remember back when the haters doubted Lana Del Rey would be here to stay? Those early post-"Video Games" backlash days seem like the distant past, as Lana continues to add résumé points to her smashing 2014. A pair of Lana songs from Tim Burton's forthcoming film Big Eyes hit…

  12. King of Spain Pays Bertelsmann HQ a Visit

    December 02, 2014 12:18 PM EST King Felipe VI of Spain visited the German media company Bertelsmann in Guetersloh on Tuesday and met the owning family, the Mohns. Family spokesperson Liz Mohn , Bertelsmann's Supervisory Board Chairman Christoph Mohn , and Chairman & CEO Thomas Rabe welcomed Felipe de Borbón y…

  13. Why 'Interstellar's' Unorthodox Sound Mixing Could Win It an Oscar

    November 30, 2014 12:02 PM EST The Academy moved beyond recognizing primarily orchestral work when voters rewarded Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' electronic score for The Social Network four years ago. A couple of this year's choices tread even fresher ground: Hans Zimmer 's largely pipe organ–based music…

  14. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 10 Best Musical Moments

    November 27, 2014 12:16 PM EST When the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade hits Manhattan each year, it means one thing -- it's a miracle if you can find a New York resident anywhere near 34th Street. Locals might be scarce in Midtown Manhattan, but celebrities, Broadway dancers and musicians are available in…

  15. Reggae Pioneer Miss Pat Chin of VP Records Celebrates 35 Years in the U.S.

    November 26, 2014 1:09 PM EST When Patricia Chin , cofounder of Queens, N.Y.-based reggae indie VP Records, ponders the changes in the music industry since she started out six decades ago, she exudes a spirited resiliency that is inextricably linked to VP's survival for nearly 60 years in a competitive…

  16. Firechat May Soon Solve Your Texting Woes at Crowded Events

    November 25, 2014 4:00 PM EST A technology that hasn't been practical until recently may be the new solution for jam-packed data networks at large events. Cell phone communication has always been a problem for music festival goers. With upwards of 90,000 people all gathered in one small area, cell phone towers…

  17. 'Big Eyes': The Story Behind Lana Del Rey's Stunning Secret Songs

    November 18, 2014 2:37 PM EST Will two tracks from the Tim Burton film double her chances for an Oscar nomination? Lana Del Rey hit the top 10 last year with "Summertime Sadness," and this winter, she'll be giving a voice to the sadness of Amy Adams ' character in Big Eyes , the Tim Burton film that…

  18. Watch Allison Williams Sing & Fly in New 'Peter Pan Live!' Promo

    November 17, 2014 4:13 PM EST Allison Williams has gifted everyone with her singing voice as Marnie on Girls multiple times, and now we can hear what the actress sounds like singing as the boy who will never grow up. 'Peter Pan Live!' Promo: Allison Williams & Christopher Walken Face Off In the newest…

  19. Corner Office: Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree, on Working with Lady Gaga, A&R'ing Sting and the Streaming Debate

    November 17, 2014 12:39 PM EST On his label's 10th anniversary, the man behind breakouts by Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Dislosure on juggling two titles, A&R'ing Sting and the streaming debate: "The equation has to be fair." For Martin Kierszenbaum -- Cherrytree Records founder, Interscope…

  20. Christopher Nolan Breaks Silence on 'Interstellar' Sound

    November 16, 2014 12:28 PM EST The director says the movie's "adventurous and creative" sound is "the right approach for this experiential film." “I’ve always loved films that approach sound in an impressionistic way and that is an unusual approach for a mainstream blockbuster, but I feel it'…

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