1. The Year in Country: Luke Bryan Leads Artist List, Brett Eldredge Rules Radio

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST could easily be hailed as the year of Luke Bryan . Then again, Florida Georgia Line , Brett Eldredge and Miranda Lambert scored noteworthy genre success, as well. Seel All the Year End Charts Here! Georgia native Bryan finishes the year as the top overall country artist (and the year&…

  2. The Year in Pop 2014: One Direction, 'Frozen,' & Pharrell Dominate

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST One Direction takes home the trophy as Billboard's top artist of the year for 2014. See All the Year End Charts Here! The English/Irish quintet (comprising Niall Horan , Liam Payne , Zayn Malik , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson ), is the first group to earn the top artist distinction…

  3. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  4. 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…

  5. Lady Gaga, Usher, Bruce Springsteen & More Pay Tribute to 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 08, 2014 1:40 PM EST “Tonight Washington puts the arts above politics. Because no matter what political party you belong to, everyone wants a selfie with Tom Hanks.” So declared host Stephen Colbert on Sunday night as he kicked off the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, the ultimate power mash-up of arts,…

  6. Exclusive: Ryan Bingham Premieres 'Snow Falls in June'

    December 08, 2014 11:06 AM EST Acclaimed Americana singer Ryan Bingham (he's also an Academy Award winner thanks to his work with T Bone Burnett on Crazy Heart ) is set to release his next album, Fear and Saturday Night , on Jan. 20. In advance of his latest project, Billboard is excited to exclusively premiere…

  7. Former Manager Paul Bassman Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'There Was Nobody on Planet Earth Like Him'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Today, Paul Bassman is president of Ascend Insurance Brokerage, one of the premier entertainment insurance firms in the business. Ten years ago, Bassman was the manager of Damageplan , the metal powerhouse led by "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul, both formerly…

  8. This Week in Billboard Chart History: 25 Years Ago, Billy Joel's 'Fire' Burned at No. 1

    December 08, 2014 8:05 AM EST In 1989, the Piano Man's encyclopedic anthem topped the Hot 100. Plus, recalling key chart feats for TLC, George Michael and Beyonce. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Dec. 8, 1990 Best known for uptempo…

  9. Jamey Johnson's 'Christmas' Gift to Fans: New Music

    December 05, 2014 8:02 PM EST After a much-publicized parting of ways with Universal, Jamey Johnson is back in the music-making way. The singer has just released a new five-song EP called The Christmas Song, available at his website , iTunes and Google Play. Johnson tells Billboard it's a good feeling to have new…

  10. '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…

  11. Joan Rivers & 5 More Posthumous Grammy Award Nominees

    December 05, 2014 4:09 PM EST At the 57th annual Grammy Awards , late comedy legend Joan Rivers will be up for just her second Grammy ever, following her 1984 Best Comedy Album nomination for What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? This time, she'll compete for Best Spoken Word Album with her Diary of a Mad Diva .…

  12. The Cost of Scott Stapp's Downward Spiral: Blowing Through $1.5 Million in a Year

    December 05, 2014 3:32 PM EST Creed helped fuel one of the music industry's most robust runs, selling 27 million albums in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its 1997 debut, My Own Prison . Today, frontman Scott Stapp says he's broke and homeless . But according to sources, it was only…

  13. Exclusive: John Coltrane Documentary in the Works From 'John Lennon' Director

    December 05, 2014 1:00 PM EST The story of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane , one of the last major innovators in American music, will be told through the stories of people he influenced in the next documentary from the director-writer of Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?). Director-writer…

  14. Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift on Writing Her Own Rules, Not Becoming a Cliche and the Hurdle of Going Pop

    December 05, 2014 9:00 AM EST Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, 1989 , would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own…

  15. Bill Cosby's Attorney Says New Lawsuit Follows Extortion Attempt

    December 05, 2014 1:11 AM EST A woman suing Bill Cosby for sexual battery attempted to sell a story about the comedian to a tabloid a decade ago and tried to extort money in exchange for her silence, Cosby's attorney said in a court filing Thursday. Attorney Martin Singer wrote in the filing that the lawsuit by…

  16. Billboard Women of the Year Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Ways Taylor Swift Writes Her Own Rules

    December 04, 2014 7:00 PM EST Billboard releases its annual Women in Music issue Friday, and for the second time, Taylor Swift is on the cover as Billboard's Woman of the Year. It's safe to say that's a title she's earned, considering she recently scored the best first-week sales for an album since…

  17. Tanya Tucker Calls Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit 'Overwhelming'

    December 04, 2014 6:44 PM EST When she first heard that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was interested in featuring an exhibit based on her career, Tanya Tucker says she had her doubts -- at first. "I thought it might have been a little premature because I had taken a few years off. With losing both of my…

  18. K. Michelle Opens Up About Liposuction, Upcoming TV Shows & Recording High

    December 04, 2014 10:28 AM EST There are few filters on R&B singer K. Michelle . The Memphis native, 30, chased a fiery stint on VH1's Love & Hip-Hop with an R-rated debut album, Rebellious Soul , in 2013, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. That straight-shooter attitude may be tamer on her sophomore LP…

  19. SaraBeth Talks U.K. Country Fans, Next EP & Latest Single 'Nowhere With You'

    December 03, 2014 6:13 PM EST Hearing your music on the radio for the first time is a monumental occasion. For rising country songstress SaraBeth, she recalls the moment vividly. "I was on a radio tour in Janesville, Wis., and was riding in the city and turned on the radio looking for a country station. I was with…

  20. It's Official: Scott Borchetta Joining 'American Idol' Season 14 as Mentor

    December 03, 2014 5:33 PM EST The man who discovered Taylor Swift will be the new Randy Jackson. Can the man who discovered Taylor Swift pick the next American Idol? The Fox show is banking on just that, as Scott Borchetta , the President and CEO of Big Machine Label group, will assume the position of mentor for the…

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