1. Led Zeppelin Kicked Off First U.S. Tour 46 Years Ago Today

    December 26, 2014 2:50 PM EST On this day (Dec. 26) in 1968, Led Zeppelin (not to be confused with " Len Zefflin ") kicked off their first North American tour opening for psychedelic hard rock band Vanilla Fudge at Denver Auditorium in Colorado. A ticket to see them play would only set you back $5 and the…

  2. Grammys 2015 Preview: Beyonce, Sam Smith & Other Artists Vying for Album of the Year Honors Dish on Their Discs

    December 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Having trouble keeping track of what's nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys? Billboard breaks down the five nominees. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T. Smith, Two Inch…

  3. Joe Cocker, Interpreter of the Beatles, Bob Dylan & More: A History

    December 22, 2014 4:22 PM EST Joe Cocker , whose unmistakable rasp and intensity made him a singular interpreter of the Beatles , R&B and songwriters such as Bob Dylan , Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen , died at his home in Colorado on Monday (Dec. 22) after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Joe Cocker Dies at 70…

  4. Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane on His Hall of Fame Induction, Inviting Robert Plant to His Basement

    December 22, 2014 12:16 PM EST Ahead of his induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame next spring, Steve Kane talks about hitting up the record store every Saturday and his 15,000-strong music collection. Every Friday, Warner Music Canada president Steve Kane posts to his Facebook page a message like…

  5. Marty Raybon Talks Shenandoah Reunion, Working on Miranda Lambert's 'Another Sunday In the South' & More

    December 20, 2014 2:26 PM EST Country musician Marty Raybon first thought that someone was pulling a prank on him. “I got a message that Frank Liddell wanted me to call him. He was doing a record on Miranda Lambert , and he wanted me to sing on the record. I thought it was a joke,” Raybon tells Billboard. Marty Raybon…

  6. Tony Bennett Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 16, 2014 9:07 PM EST Tony Bennett is among those being honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights at a New York gala. Guests gathered at a Manhattan hotel on Tuesday evening (Dec. 16) for the organization's star-studded Ripple of Hope Award ceremony. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett…

  7. See AC/DC's Albums Ranked From Highest to Lowest Charting

    December 16, 2014 11:30 AM EST Forty-one years after AC/DC formed in Australia, the band's fifteenth studio album -- Rock Or Bust -- has debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. As one of the longest-running (not to mention most influential) hard rock bands to form in the '70s, AC/DC managed…

  8. BSBB Round 1: Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, "Black Widow" vs. Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Black Widow Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora Hot Boy Bobby Shmurda CRAIG JENKINS: “Black Widow” began life as a Katy Perry song and, as such, is designed almost entirely to buttress its titanic hook. Iggy Azalea’s just treading water…

  9. CMA CEO Sarah Trahern on Being 'Blown Away' During Her First Year on the Job

    December 12, 2014 1:06 PM EST It's been nearly a year since veteran television executive Sarah Trahern took over the role of chief executive officer at the Country Music Assn., joining the trade group from Great American Country (GAC), where she had served as senior vp/GM. While she was well qualified for the job -…

  10. Billboard Year in Music 2014: How the 'Frozen' Soundtrack Became the Top-Selling Album of 2014

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Showstoppers The Frozen Soundtrack 13 Weeks on Billboard 200 In a particularly cold climate
 for music sales, Frozen broke virtually every Hollywood rule -- no "prince charming" narrative or genre trends -- to become the year’s biggest ­phenomenon. The soundtrack moved more…

  11. Joan Rivers' Will Leaves Money for Charities

    December 11, 2014 2:37 AM EST Joan Rivers left her daughter, Melissa, in charge of her fortune and left money for some of her favorite charities, including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Jewish Guild Healthcare and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. According to Rivers' 2014 will, which was filed in New York State…

  12. Drake, FKA Twigs & A-Trak Bring Music to the Beach: Art Basel Music Roundup

    December 10, 2014 9:52 PM EST This year's Art Basel Miami Beach was a half-week whirlwind of contemporary art showcases, celebrity sightseeing and musical performances. From the bustling Wynwood Arts District to exclusive Palm Island mansion parties, Billboard takes you back to South Beach to recap some of the…

  13. 2015 Rise Above Fest: Seether Recruits Godsmack, Slash, Papa Roach for Suicide Awareness

    December 09, 2014 10:55 AM EST "It's going to be interesting to see how much better we can do," Seether's Shaun Morgan says of the third edition of the hard-rock festival. After exponential growth between its first and second editions, Seether has recruited Godsmack , Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and…

  14. Police Officer Who Shot 'Dimebag' Darrell's Killer Still in Counseling for PTSD

    December 08, 2014 9:03 PM EST Ten years after a gunman killed four people at a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub, including Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Darrell "Dimebag" Abbot, the police officer who entered the venue without backup and killed the crazed shooter says he is still in counseling and no longer a…

  15. Machine Head Holds 'Jamtera' in 'Dimebag' Darrell's Honor

    December 08, 2014 5:54 PM EST Machine Head , which is currently touring the United Kingdom, paid tribute to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott last night during its performance Sunday at the London Roadhouse. The band engaged in a 14-plus minute "Jamtera" of Pantera tunes, including such classics as  "F…

  16. Exclusive Video: 'Dimebag' Darrell Jokes Backstage About Godsmack's Sully Erna in Never-Before-Seen Clip

    December 08, 2014 4:13 PM EST Godsmack is one of many bands paying tribute to the memory of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on the 10th anniversary of the legendary guitarist's death. The Boston group’s members were longtime associates of Dimebag’s, and that meant that they either shared a drink or a jam (or both) with…

  17. Exclusive Video: Guitarists Play Their Favorite ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Riffs in Tribute and Pay Homage

    December 08, 2014 2:03 PM EST "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was a musical legend in his own time. While he was no doubt born with a gift, he honed his talent through years of constant practice. It was that dedication that made him a rare breed of performer: one who was a master at both lead and rhythm guitar parts…

  18. Steel Panther Christmas Song Premiere: Hear the Fantastically Filthy ’The Stocking Song’

    December 08, 2014 12:24 PM EST Steel Panther isn't just about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The comedic hard rockers are into Christmas, too. The Los Angeles quartet is showing its love for the Yule with "The Stocking Song," a new track recorded during the group's recent tour opening for…

  19. There's So Much Anna Kendrick Singing in 'The Last Five Years' Trailer

    December 08, 2014 12:09 PM EST Anna Kendrick 's musical 2015 continues! Taking a break from the steps of the palace , the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actress stars in the movie adaptation of  The Last Five Years , opposite  Smash  and Broadway star Jeremy Jordan -- and the first trailer for the highly anticipated…

  20. Dave Mustaine on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Would Want Us to Remember Him by Celebrating and Not Mourn'

    December 08, 2014 9:03 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine…

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