1. Top 10 Rock/Alternative Christmas Songs That Don't Suck

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST …And one Hanukkah Song (we did our best!) Let’s get this out of the way: there are an awful lot of terrible rock covers of Christmas songs. Lots of genres are guilty of this, but being that Relient K and Bowling For Soup have both done entire Christmas albums, modern guitar music needs to…

  2. Stars From Meghan Trainor to Sam Smith Reveal Their Worst Holiday Gifts

    December 23, 2014 5:00 PM EST Sometimes, it doesn't matter if you're naughty or nice -- Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, and others recall their visits from Bad Santa. "My dad got me a build-your-own tank when I was 11. I don't think he knew I was gay at that point. I got really upset." -- Sam…

  3. 5 Best Jimmy Fallon Classroom Instruments Songs: From 'Sesame Street' to Mariah Carey

    December 23, 2014 11:30 AM EST Did you catch One Direction being all cute on the Tonight Show last night, performing "Santa Claus is Coming To Town" with Fallon, The Roots and childhood instruments? If you didn't, it's likely there is a teen in your life right now who is already obsessed with it (…

  4. Iggy Azalea Responds to 'Patronizing' Critics

    December 23, 2014 6:03 AM EST It’s been a stormy week for Iggy Azalea . She’s been criticised, pilloried, defended and schooled in a Twitter beef that she’s kept pretty well away from. That is until now.  The rapper, who was raised in the Australian hippy haven Mullumbimby, has returned serve with a string of tweets.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Coachella 2015 Wish List: 20 Possible Performers at Next Year's Festival

    December 22, 2014 3:40 PM EST Could U2, Robyn, Run The Jewels and Frank Ocean all be headed to Indio? Check out our 2015 Coachella predictions. 2015 is only a few days away, and one of the more exciting musical occasions coming in the first month of the calendar year is the annual unveiling of the Coachella Valley Music…

  8. Tyler, the Creator and Erykah Badu to Appear in Adult Swim's 'Black Dynamite'

    December 22, 2014 1:20 PM EST The Jan. 10 episode tackles police brutality. Tyler, the Creator and Erykah Badu will be lending their vocal talents to an hourlong special of Black Dynamite on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Set to premiere Jan. 10 at 10:30 p.m. (ET), the new episode of Michael Jai White's…

  9. 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.…

  10. Gloria Trevi Signs with BMI

    December 22, 2014 9:00 AM EST Mexican diva Gloria Trevi has signed with BMI for representation of the public performances of her music catalog, Billboard has learned. Moving forward, BMI will represent the entirety of Trevi’s catalog, according to her management. Trevi was formerly signed to Mexico’s Society of Authors…

  11. Video: Harry Styles, Kristen Wiig Dance to 'Dirty Dancing' Theme

    December 21, 2014 8:28 PM EST Who knew they had such great dancing chemistry? When Harry Styles and Kristen Wiig got to the Saturday Night Live bash, which took place after the Dec. 20 episode, they did what any two people would do when "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" comes on the speaker: they danced.…

  12. Billy Corgan: 'I'm a Rock Star Because I'm a Great F---ing Musician'

    December 19, 2014 4:40 PM EST When it comes to the state of the music industry (or anything else for that matter),  Smashing Pumpkins  mastermind and frontman  Billy Corgan  has no problem speaking his mind. Billboard sat down with the musician in his dressing room at the recent KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas event in Los…

  13. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014: See Who Wins our Year-End Pop Showdown!

    December 19, 2014 2:00 PM EST Which 2014 smash is the critics' pick for pop song of the year? We made 64 hits battle it out, March Madness-style, to determine a winner! Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs…

  14. Watch Amy Adams (Try to) Seduce One Direction in 'SNL' Trailer

    December 19, 2014 5:15 AM EST Amy Adams melted hearts in Enchanted . She caught the attention of Superman in Man of Steel . The lads from One Direction , though, aren’t so easily won over.  In a mischievous trailer for a Christmas-themed  Saturday Night Live , the actress tries, and fails, to win the affections of the…

  15. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  16. Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Song 'The Hanging Tree' Gets Dance Remix: Listen

    December 18, 2014 5:40 PM EST Jennifer Lawrence made her Billboard Hot 100 debut three weeks ago, via her feature spot on James Newton Howard 's Hunger Games song "The Hanging Tree." Because the Internet, that minimal folk sing-a-long has gotten its dance remix. Stick it to the Capitol and give it a…

  17. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight…

  18. What the U.S.-Cuba Breakthrough Could Mean for Music

    December 17, 2014 9:43 PM EST Could Obama's 'fresh approach' strengthen both Cuba's draw as a music destination and Cuban artists' popularity in the United States? How could restoring diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba impact musicians in both countries? According to…

  19. Hot Creator: The Dance World According to Jamie Jones

    December 17, 2014 4:20 PM EST The Welsh pioneer discusses the shifting sands of Ibiza, Burning Man and dance music at large in rare interview. No wonder Jamie Jones seldom does interviews. When we tried at TomorrowWorld, it cost him his phone. "I literally must have lost it between finishing the interview with…

  20. Exclusive Premiere: Amy Speace Channels the Classics in 'Nothing Good Can Come From This'

    December 17, 2014 1:10 PM EST There's a romantic notion in people's minds of the songwriter as someone who gets struck suddenly by creative lighnting and boom : a song comes spilling out, fully formed and perfectly conceived from the get-go. It may happen like that occasionally, but songwriting is often hard…

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