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. Scooter Braun Teams with The CW on Music TV Drama

    December 23, 2014 12:07 AM EST The CW is getting into the music industry. The network is teaming with uber-producer Scooter Braun and Tony nominee Todd Graff to develop a music drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled entry, which has received a script commitment, is set in the ever-evolving world of music…

  4. My City: Atlanta, Featuring Raury, OG Maco & Father

    December 18, 2014 11:45 AM EST In the first of a series of videos highlighting regional hip-hop scenes titled 'My City,' Billboard's Erika Ramirez explores Atlanta's new rap scene. More than any other genre, hip-hop is strengthened by an artist's loyalty to his or her region. From the urban…

  5. Happy Birthday, Taylor Swift: 13 Things We Loved About You This Year

    December 13, 2014 11:00 AM EST It's no secret  Taylor Swift 's favorite number is 13 -- just check out her Twitter handle.  So in honor of her 25th birthday Saturday, Dec. 13, we easily thought up thirteen reasons we loved her this year, from her album release secret sessions to her excellent decision to…

  6. Radio DJ Ray Teret, Friend of Jimmy Savile, Jailed for 25 Years Over Sex Attacks

    December 11, 2014 1:44 PM EST Former radio DJ Ray Teret has been jailed for 25 years following his conviction for a series of rapes and indecent assaults on "star-struck" young girls in the 1960s and 1970s. Teret was found guilty of seven counts of rape and 11 charges of indecent assault carried out on 11…

  7. One Direction's Harry Styles Gets Cuddly with Ian McKellen: Watch

    December 11, 2014 3:38 AM EST There was a bit of magic on set when Sir Ian McKellen shared the couch with the members of One Direction for a British chat show.  The award-winning actor and gay rights activist went shoulder-to-shoulder with the history-creating boyband for a taping of The Graham Norton Show .…

  8. Watch Paul McCartney Reflect on John Lennon's Death: 'It Was So Horrific'

    December 08, 2014 12:55 PM EST Today (Dec. 8) marks the 34th anniversary of the tragic loss of John Lennon at the hands of Mark David Chapman in 1980. Paul McCartney appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show to reflect on the sudden loss of one of music's greatest icons. "It was so horrific and I couldn't take it…

  9. '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 "…

  10. Michael W. Smith Finds 'Spirit of Christmas' With Help From His Country Friends

    December 05, 2014 7:03 PM EST To Michael W. Smith , Christmas really is that most wonderful time of the year, and the three-time Grammy winner has parlayed his passion for the season into four successful holiday albums, including his latest, The Spirit of Christmas , which recently hit No. 1 on Billboard's Holiday…

  11. Rolling Stones & Lady Gaga Wrap Up Their Tours on Top

    December 05, 2014 6:44 PM EST The Rolling Stones lead the weekly slate of Hot Tours with $21.7 million in sales reported from the final four concerts on its 14 On Fire tour that played in 19 countries on 3 continents this year. The tour's final leg through seven cities in Australia and New Zealand wrapped with a…

  12. Grammys 2015: The Lowdown on the Country Music Nominations

    December 05, 2014 6:22 PM EST The nominees in the country field for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and there are interesting names among the contenders. The decision to scale back on the number of categories a few years ago by NARAS led many to believe that the organization was looking to increase…

  13. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  14. How Jimmy Iovine Made It 'A Very Special Christmas' in 1985

    November 28, 2014 10:00 AM EST Jimmy Iovine recalls the exact moment he decided to make  A Very Special Christmas . It was January 1985, the day of his father Vincent "Jimmy" Iovine's funeral. A Brooklyn longshoreman "who loved Christmas," the elder Iovine had fallen sick during the holidays and…

  15. Thanksgiving Songs: Music About Food, Giving Thanks, and the Holiday

    November 27, 2014 8:00 AM EST Songs for Thanksgiving fall into three different categories. First, there are songs recorded explicitly for the holiday. However, there are a lot fewer of these for Thanksgiving then there are for Christmas or Valentine's Day, so you have to get more creative unless you want to listen…

  16. Banks Wants to Perform for Aliens and Other Inside Scoop

    November 21, 2014 5:35 PM EST Banks Opens Up Corpse Bride  director  Tim Burton  might want to take a meeting with  Banks . The Goddess singer-songwriter (born  Jillian Banks ), 26, tells Overheard that she and her best friend have written a number of short stories based upon a character they call “Inside-Out Girl”…

  17. Rolling Stones Top Hot Tours, Grossing $23.6 Million (And Counting...) Down Under

    November 16, 2014 11:07 AM EST The Rolling Stones land on the weekly Hot Tours tally (see list below) after a four-month break from the road. The act takes the No. 1 slot with ticket sales reported from the first three cities on the 14 On Fire tour’s final leg, a trek through Australia and New Zealand. The Oceania run…

  18. Go Inside Jimmy Page's Rock All-Star Dinner With Ringo Starr, Kirk Hammett, Joe Walsh & More

    November 14, 2014 2:49 PM EST Never one for a big media blitz, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has probably done more interviews in the last six weeks promoting the Zeppelin remasters and his new book, Jimmy Page On Jimmy Page , than he did throughout the entirety of the '70s. Last night, Page put the finishing…

  19. Dancing Jesus Music Pirates Receive Jail Sentences

    November 13, 2014 8:48 AM EST Two of the individuals behind now-defunct copyright infringing music forum Dancing Jesus have been sentenced to a combined total of 53 months in prison, following a private prosecution brought about by the BPI.  The owner and administrator of the site, 26-year-old Kane Robinson , of North…

  20. Dickon Stainer Tapped to Lead Universal's Global Classics Group

    November 11, 2014 3:06 PM EST Dickon Stainer , longtime head of Decca Records Group, has been appointed president and CEO of Global Classics to spearhead all things classical music at Universal Music Group International. For this new role, which is based in London, Stainer will oversee labels Deutsche Grammophon, Decca…

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