1. LAPD Investigating Michael Brown Parody Song at Retired Cop's Party

    December 26, 2014 12:44 PM EST Although Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO, the Los Angeles Police Department is now investigating a situation pertaining to his controversial death after TMZ released a horrifying video taken at a former cop's party. TMZ uploaded some extremely troubling…

  2. 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debuts at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    December 24, 2014 2:33 PM EST Craig Wayne Boyd , the seventh-season winner of NBC's The Voice , rockets onto Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart at No. 1 with his coronation single "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face." Boyd becomes just the second artist to launch at No. 1 since Hot…

  3. From Okra Soup to Fried Seafood: Darius Rucker, Chase Bryant and Many More Country Stars Talk Favorite Holiday Dishes

    December 24, 2014 12:19 PM EST When it comes to celebrating the holidays country style, good food is a major part of the equation. From fried turkey to the perfect sugar cookie, every household has its Christmas traditions and certain dishes that are essential to the celebration. Billboard asked country artists to share…

  4. Taylor Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Nicki Minaj Debuts at No. 2

    December 24, 2014 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift makes an expected return to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, as her 1989 album hops up one rung, bringing its total (nonconsecutive) weeks atop the list to six. The set shifted 375,000 equivalent units in the week ending Dec. 21 (up 16 percent), according to Nielsen Music. …

  5. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was 1970. Now, in 2014, outrage over police…

  6. 'American Idol' Alums Casey Abrams, Taylor Hicks, More Remember Joe Cocker

    December 23, 2014 6:38 PM EST "To make a hit that was already a hit ... an even bigger hit, that's hard to do," said Phillip Phillips of the late singer. When Casey Abrams competed on the tenth season of American Idol , he was asked to perform music inspired by their own musical idols. Abrams didn’t even…

  7. CBGB: 10 Classic Moments That Helped Define the Birthplace of Punk



    December 23, 2014 1:15 PM EST Fotrty-one years have passed since iconic music club CBGB (aka the undisputed birthplace of punk) opened its doors. And even though only a handful of artifacts remain at the site of the club that once hosted music legends including the Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Guns N’ Roses and…

  8. Touring in 2014: Stadium Shows Dominate, Garth Returns, Springsteen's Epic Run and More

    December 23, 2014 11:12 AM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  9. Gregg Alexander Reflects on Joe Cocker's Peerless Talent & Ridiculous Rock Hall Snub

    December 23, 2014 9:50 AM EST I can still remember the first time I heard Joe Cocker sing, which is what they always say is the sign of a truly great singer or song: if you can remember the first time. I was in a "music appreciation class" (whatever the hell that is) before I even hit my teens and our teacher…

  10. Renee Fleming to Make Broadway Debut

    December 23, 2014 1:21 AM EST Renee Fleming is no stranger to the Metropolitan Opera or Carnegie Hall stages. But the world-renowned soprano and four-time Grammy winner will venture for the first time to Broadway in the spring, when she'll star as -- what else? -- a celebrated diva in Joe DiPietro's new comedy…

  11. Joe Cocker: Looking Back at 50 Years of Music, In His Own Words

    December 22, 2014 6:54 PM EST A few years back, Joe Cocker took a minute to mull over the longview of a career that stretched back into the early 1960s.  "You know, now that I'm getting older, when I do a two-hour show I feel it's kind of precious," he said. "As I'm getting to the back…

  12. The Making of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah': A Q&A With Engineer Russell Elevado

    December 22, 2014 4:52 PM EST For D'Angelo fans, Christmas came early last week: The singer unexpectedly released Black Messiah , his first full-length since 2000. One of the many things that sets the album apart is its sound: dense and deep, full of intricate details, somehow welcoming and warm and vicious all at…

  13. R.I.P. Joe Cocker: 7 Essential Moments, From Woodstock to 'SNL'

    December 22, 2014 3:14 PM EST Joe Cocker -- the British singer possessing one of the most distinctive voices in rock history -- has died at age 70 . His agent said Cocker died of an undisclosed illness, although he'd reportedly been battling lung cancer for some time. Ringo Starr, Tom Morello & More Remember…

  14. Music in TV and Film, 2014: 'Frozen' Dominates, Singing Battles Go Lukewarm

    December 22, 2014 12:58 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  15. Estranged AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd: 'I Want My Job Back'

    December 22, 2014 12:30 PM EST Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd -- who's been estranged from the band since being hit with charges of threatening to kill a man in Rudd's employ for three years -- wants back in the band. “I’m going back to work with AC/DC and I don’t care who likes it or who doesn’t,” Rudd told…

  16. Justin Timberlake Duets With Garth Brooks on 'Friends In Low Places' in Nashville

    December 22, 2014 11:15 AM EST During a performance in Nashville on Friday (Dec. 19th), Justin Timberlake surprised the crowd with a very special guest: Garth Brooks , the man who has sold more albums than any other artist during the Neilsen Soundscan Era (post-1991). Together, the two singers performed one of Brooks&…

  17. Madonna's MDNA Tour Wrapped 2 Years Ago Today: Our 5 Favorite Moments

    December 22, 2014 10:40 AM EST This past weekend,  Madonna  delighted fans by releasing six new songs off of Rebel Heart after several songs from the upcoming album leaked. In an exclusive Q&A with Billboard , Madge commented on the leak and her new material, calling it "rebellious and romantic." But let&…

  18. Ezra Koenig's Ray-Bans get Dissed in ILoveMakonnen's 'Down 4 So Long' Remix

    December 22, 2014 10:23 AM EST Is there anyone getting as many remix requests right now as ILoveMakonnen ? These remixes work two ways: through association with a rising youngster from Atlanta, an established rapper -- take, for example, Wiz Khalifa -- gets to boost his credibility and prove he keeps his ears open.…

  19. The Game, Azealia Banks, Lecrae & More React to NYPD Officer Killings in Brooklyn

    December 21, 2014 2:22 PM EST Members of the hip-hop community are sharing their thoughts on social media following the shooting of two NYPD officers who were killed on Saturday (Dec. 20) in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown Rappers like The Game ,…

  20. Sony Hack Was Not All That Sophisticated, Cybersecurity Experts Say

    December 21, 2014 10:30 AM EST The Sony hack is a hydra-headed monster of a story, emerging from the sea late last month to descend on Los Angeles before going on to smash across the country, sprouting new heads as it went, dragging the badly battered body of a colossal global corporation in its dust. A previously…

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