1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: J. Cole's Trio of No. 1 Albums Puts Him in Elite Hip-Hop Company

    December 19, 2014 9:49 PM EST J. Cole is one of six rap acts to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their first three full-length studio albums On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, J. Cole 's 2014 Forest Hills Drive debuted at No. 1 , his third consecutive album to reach the top slot (his entire output of…

  2. Wynonna Picks Her 5 Essential Christmas Songs

    December 19, 2014 9:24 PM EST Wynonna says that her A Simpler Christmas Tour has been quite an emotional roller coaster. "It's basically a tragic comedy," she tells Billboard . "I get to talk about very some intensely personal deep and sentimental family stuff from growing up in Appalachia. We didn&…

  3. Scott Stapp Claims That People are Trying to Kill Him in Newly Released 911 Calls

    December 17, 2014 11:53 AM EST In audio from phone calls obtained by TMZ , former Creed frontman Scott Stapp claims that people are trying to kill him and that members of the terrorist group ISIS are planning to attack Florida. Creed Frontman Scott Stapp's Wife Seeking Divorce Creed's Scott Stapp -- Shocking…

  4. Trans-Siberian Orchestra Says New 'Wizards in Winter' Christmas Lights Video is 'Beyond Words'

    December 09, 2014 8:46 PM EST You may remember the house from 2005 with a Christmas light show sequenced to Trans-Siberian Orchestra 's song "Wizards in Winter" to a nearly seizure-inducing effect. This year a neighborhood in Yucaipa, Calif. banded together to one-up that old clip and many others that…

  5. Black Label Society Leader Zakk Wylde on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Was Like the Rat Pack All in One Guy'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 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, Black Label Society leader and former Ozzy…

  6. Fellow Rockers and Friends Remember 'Dimebag' Darrell on the 10th Anniversary of His Murder

    December 08, 2014 9:00 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 are the highlights. 'Dimebag'…

  7. 'Dimebag' Darrell: 10 Years Later, a Look Back at the Murder of the Last Guitar God

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST On Dec. 14, 2004, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , former guitarist of influential metal band Pantera , lay in repose at the Moore Funeral home in Arlington, Texas, head resting on the pillow of the gaudy Kiss Kasket he had once asked to be buried in. A black-and-yellow Charvel "…

  8. Usher Uses Vagina Phone Charger, Miley Cyrus & A$AP Rocky Kick It: Art Basel's Top 5 Social Posts

    December 07, 2014 10:03 PM EST Art Basel in Miami Beach was entertainment's biggest happening this week, welcoming the likes of  Usher ,  Miley Cyrus , Kim Kardashian,  Joe Jonas ,  2 Chainz ,  Swizz Beatz , Leonardo DiCaprio and many others out for the annual the international art fair.  Joe Jonas, Usher, 2 Chainz …

  9. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  10. From Dean Martin to Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a Look at Christmas Hits By the Numbers

    December 04, 2014 11:28 AM EST The website Hit Songs Deconstructed analyzed the top 25 holiday season downloads from 2003 through 2013 and found that Santa Claus is not as popular with songwriters as he is with kids, while streaming service Slacker Radio reveals that 1,474 acts have covered “White Christmas."    …

  11. Nicki Minaj Reveals Lost Child Would Have Been 16 on 'All Things Go'

    December 03, 2014 10:50 AM EST Nicki Minaj is one to keep her private life private, but on her third studio album, The Pinkprint , the rapper is laying bare. She opens her third The Pinkprint with one of her most vulnerable and sincere songs to date, "All Things Go." "All Things Go" -- produced by Boi…

  12. Christmas in the Country: Five Essential Albums

    November 28, 2014 2:00 PM EST This week in The 615, we have taken a look at some of the holiday's top new Christmas albums in country. To close out our kick-off of the holidays, let's look back at five of the format's essential discs of the season. These are the albums that are a must for your collection,…

  13. Concert Venues Parting Ways With Promoters Are Capitalizing on Going DIY

    November 25, 2014 4:27 PM EST Friday, Nov. 14 was a sort of ­coming-out party for New York's Webster Hall, which, after 10 years as a Bowery Presents venue, celebrated its independence from the New York-based promoter with sold-out shows in each of its three music rooms. From the tiny basement Studio to the midsize…

  14. Listen to Jack White's B-Side Cover of Bandmate Dean Fertita's 'Parallel'

    November 24, 2014 9:21 PM EST Jack White 's "Would You Fight For My Love?" 7-inch vinyl single is out now and the B-side is a new Bluegrass-y cover of Dean Fertita 's "Parallel."  Jack White Speaks at Yale About (What Else?) 1920s Blues Records Fertita is bandmates with White in his touring…

  15. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  16. Mike Nichols' Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

    November 20, 2014 6:15 PM EST Mike Nichols , the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to…

  17. Bono's Cycling Injuries Were More Serious Than We Thought

    November 19, 2014 10:33 AM EST The singer's injuries include a facial fracture, fractured shoulder, and a fractured humerus. Earlier this week (Nov. 17), Jimmy Fallon had some fun impersonating his pal Bono,  who couldn’t show up on The Tonight Show after enduring a cycling accident. But all kidding aside, it turns…

  18. Berklee Announces New Online Music Degrees

    November 19, 2014 10:28 AM EST The Berklee College of Music has announced a new slate of online degree programs, including two in music creation, cementing its status as the first accredited non-profit music institution to offer Bachelor degrees on the web. Online students will soon be able to enter programs focusing…

  19. 5 Seconds of Summer's Derp Con: Navigating A Pop-Punk Boy Band Fan Convention

    November 17, 2014 1:45 PM EST Screaming teens, candy-coated pizza, mariachi bands and grateful moms: inside 5SOS's weekend fan meetup. Upon entering 5 Seconds of Summer 's world, one must come prepared. You need the uniform of knee-high socks and punk rock t-shirts, the earplugs to muffle teen girls’…

  20. Corner Office: Spirit Music Group Chairman David Renzer on Scooter Braun, Pandora Problems and How to Spend $50 Million

    November 10, 2014 10:00 AM EST To look at him, publishing veteran David Renzer is just about the last person you'd expect to have co-written a song that reached No. 4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- let alone one as funky as Con Funk Shun 's "Electric Lady." And in fact, "I…

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