1. Behind the Credit Card Wars to Ink Deals With Artists Including Beyonce and Sam Smith

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST On Nov. 24, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff took center stage with an on-camera appearance in a new 30-second commercial for JPMorgan Chase. The spot -- the bank's first TV campaign in support of Apple Pay -- came complete with a performance of the band's current single, "…

  2. If Mick Jagger Doesn't Like Singing, Why Is He So Good at It?

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST On this day in 1969, the Rolling Stones frontman made a strong statement. Now, we debunk it. On this day in 1969 (Dec. 8), Mick Jagger was quoted saying, "I don't really like singing very much, I enjoy playing the guitar more than I enjoy singing and I can't play the guitar…

  3. Corner Office: Lava Records Founder/CEO Jason Flom on Discovering Katy Perry, Lorde’s Genius and His Label’s Sale

    December 08, 2014 10:08 AM EST The hair-metal whisperer turned pop-star finder on discovering Katy Perry, Lorde's genius and his label's sale. In an industry teeming with tenacious characters, Jason Flom ’s track record speaks for itself. During the past three decades, he has signed Katy Perry , Tori Amos and…

  4. Book Author Recalls the 'Genuine Heroes' Who Were Murdered the Night 'Dimebag' Darrell Died

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Jeff Thompson. Erin Halk. Nathan Bray. These three men aren’t famous like “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , but Dec. 8 is a day to honor their memories as well. Thompson, Halk and Bray are the other victims who were killed at Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. In the aftermath of the murders, their…

  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. '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 "…

  7. Libertines Sign With Virgin EMI, Comeback Album is ‘Going To Happen’

    December 08, 2014 5:31 AM EST The Libertines , one of the most enigmatic of all British bands during its brief lifetime, is inching ever closer to a comeback after signing with Virgin EMI. The group, founded by its poetic and combative frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat , has declared the new recording deal as a…

  8. Peermusic Germany Managing Director Lars Ingwersen to Leave Company at End of Year

    December 05, 2014 6:42 PM EST Lars Ingwersen, managing director of Peermusic Germany in Hamburg, is leaving the publishing company at the end of the year. His departure comes after five years with the company to work on new projects in the music market.  Peermusic Ups Yvonne Drazan and Julio Bague to VPs of Latin…

  9. 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…

  10. Exclusive: Gwen Stefani Follows Justin Timberlake’s Lead to Team Up With Mastercard

    December 05, 2014 4:14 PM EST The singer follows Justin Timberlake’s lead in forging a multifaceted deal with the company. Gwen Stefani is taking her cues from Justin Timberlake . Like JT in 2013, her last solo album was released in 2006 ( The Sweet Escape ), so anticipation for its follow-up (due in early 2015) and…

  11. Tito 'El Bambino' Leads Latin Album Chart Debuts

    December 05, 2014 3:20 PM EST The veteran Puerto Rican artist arrives with the genre's highest entrance this week. Tito "El Bambino" enters Billboard 's Top Latin Albums chart at No. 3 with Alta Jeraquia (3,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Music). The predominantly urban set, with…

  12. Two Dixie Chicks Sign with Big Deal for Publishing

    December 05, 2014 2:33 PM EST Big Deal Music has landed two thirds of the Dixie Chicks for a deal, signing Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson to a global publishing agreement for all future songs. The deal marks the first time the two have signed a publishing agreement. Previously, with each owning their own publishing,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Song Suffragettes Provides Boost for Young Female Country Artists in Nashville

    December 04, 2014 12:06 PM EST Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for young women in country music, Nashville-based production company Todd Cassetty Welding Service set out to do something about it. Early this year, the company began auditioning female singer-songwriters and in March launched a weekly live show,…

  16. Clementine and the Galaxy, 'When The Night Is Over': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Clementine and the Galaxy 's triumphant new single "When The Night Is Over" might sound a bit familiar: an instrumental of the track was featured in a Victoria's Secret advertisement. However, the New York-based electro-pop duo -- composed of Julie Hardy and Mike…

  17. Jimmy Fallon is a Dad, Again

    December 03, 2014 11:01 PM EST Jimmy Fallon has a re-run on his hands -- he and his wife, Nancy, have welcomed their second child. A representative for the host of The Tonight Show said Frances Cole Fallon was born at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces. People magazine first reported the birth. The Top 10…

  18. Universal Launches New Latin EDM Label Aftercluv Dance Lab

    December 03, 2014 11:31 AM EST If you thought that Universal had named its Latin Grammy after party “The After” for obvious reasons, you were wrong. The event name was also a play on words, referencing Aftercluv Dance Lab, a new dance music label focused on the Latin marketplace region-wide.    The launch of Aftercluv…

  19. ‘United State of Pop’ Premiere: Watch DJ Earworm’s Mash-Up of 2014's Biggest Hits

    December 03, 2014 11:00 AM EST DJ Earworm talks about creating "Do What You Wanna Do," his latest year-end mash-up, with a lack of smash dance hits Every year since 2007, DJ Earworm has taken the calendar year’s 25 biggest pop songs and combined them into an incredibly popular, joyfully constructed mash-up,…

  20. U2 Announces 'Innocence + Experience' Tour

    December 03, 2014 9:00 AM EST After months of speculation, Billboard has learned that U2 will announce 44 shows in 19 cities from its upcoming arena tour today, the U2 Innocence + Experience Tour 2015, beginning in May. The first shows will be May 14-15 in Vancouver, B.C., with the first leg to include 22 initial shows…

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