1. Amy Grant Overwhelmed With Emotion on 2014 Santa Train Ride: 'It Was Just Beautiful'

    November 23, 2014 1:24 PM EST "We sang a little bit -- it was just beautiful,” Amy Grant says. It’s a tradition that has been going strong in the heart of rural Appalachia since 1943 -- The Santa Train. Engineered by the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CSX, Food City, and Dignity U Wear, the…

  2. John Stamos Lights Up Elvis Presley's Graceland

    November 22, 2014 12:25 PM EST Sporting Elvis Presley -like sideburns, actor John Stamos helped flip the switch Friday (Nov. 21) on the colorful display of holiday lights adorning Graceland, Presley's home-turned-museum in Memphis. Elvis Presley History Celebrated at Tennessee's Bone Appetit Benefit An avid fan…

  3. Pearl Jam’s ‘Vitalogy’ at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Album Review

    November 22, 2014 11:52 AM EST It was an undeniably tumultuous year for Pearl Jam in 1994. A time of great flux during which the spotlight of fame glared ever more strongly on the Seattle band as it faced the suicide of Nirvana ’s Kurt Cobain , opted to battle Ticketmaster and changed drummers. It was into this maelstrom…

  4. ODESZA Disrupts Dance Music with Lush, Post-Dubstep Beats

    November 21, 2014 5:41 PM EST Before Odesza 's Harrison Mills and Clayton Night were topping Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart and headlining nearly sold-out, back-to-back world tours, the two Seattle beatmakers were just another unsigned band dealing with the hardships of the road -- and extreme…

  5. Rixton Discuss Their Bizarre Pre-Show Ritual and Treating Every Concert Like It's at Wembley

    November 21, 2014 12:57 PM EST Compared to their compadres Mary Lambert and Betty Who , British band Rixton are the babies of the AmEx AIR bunch. While the female Artists in Residence are riding high on the success of their first major-label albums, the young lads from Manchester are still a few months away from the…

  6. 'I Only Blame Myself': Is Reclusive R&B Singer Jeremih Holding Back His Own Career?

    November 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Fifty-two different songs have reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. Only one of them doesn't have an official music video: Jeremih 's "Don't Tell 'Em." "I blame myself," the singer says, sitting on the rooftop of West Hollywood hotel…

  7. Mr. Probz Rides 'Waves' to No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    November 21, 2014 10:40 AM EST Mr. Probz pulls into the No. 1 spot on Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Waves," which rises 3-1. The chart's top Airplay and Digital Gainer, "Waves" reaches another new sales high (61,000 downloads, up 20 percent, according to Nielsen…

  8. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  9. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  10. Tony Bennett Lends His Voice to Children's Animated Series ‘Wallykazam!’

    November 21, 2014 1:44 AM EST Tony Bennett will lend his voice to an episode of the Nickelodeon children’s animated series Wallykazam! , the New York Post reports. Gaga & Bennett's 'Cheek to Cheek': Track-by-Track Album Review Bennett will play the singing voice of a goblin named Bobgoblin during and…

  11. Iggy Azalea Fires Back at Eminem's 'Rape' Lyric on 'Vegas'

    November 20, 2014 3:34 PM EST Eminem is throwing shots at yet another female artist: Iggy Azalea . A leaked snippet of the Bad Meets Evil song "Vegas" features Em aiming at Iggy: "You're lucky just to follow my ride/ If I let you run alongside the Humvee/ Unless you're Nicki , grab you by the…

  12. R.I.P. Mike Nichols: Why 'The Graduate' Soundtrack Will Always Matter

    November 20, 2014 3:15 PM EST Earlier this week, the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 was released, featuring an album’s worth of original music curated by Lorde and featuring artists like Ariana Grande, Miguel, Simon Le Bon and Diplo, among others. It’s an ambitious musical project, especially in an…

  13. Exclusive: RiFF RAFF Wants to Be the 'EDM Justin Bieber'

    November 20, 2014 3:00 PM EST RiFF RAFF is going EDM. The eccentric Houston rapper confirms with Billboard that he'll be joining Golden Hare Management Group, home to rising tropical house artists Kygo and Thomas Jack . After meeting Kygo, Jack and manager Myles Shear at Mad Decent Boat Party over the…

  14. Country Singer Ty Herndon Comes Out As Gay

    November 20, 2014 1:42 PM EST GLAAD applauded Herndon, saying, "Gay people can also be Christians, cowboys, and even country music stars." Country singer Ty Herndon has come out as gay in a new interview with People : "I'm an out, proud and happy gay man." The 52-year-old country singer earned…

  15. Exclusive Premiere: 'Dance Moms' Star Mack Z's 'Christmas All Year Long'

    November 20, 2014 1:00 PM EST Mack Z, full name Mackenzie Ziegler, is just ten years old, but her Youtube channel already has more than 100,000 subscribers and 10 million views. She also stars on the show Dance Moms , and earlier this year, her self-titled album debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes pop chart. Today Billboard…

  16. Exclusive: Queen Latifah to Host 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

    November 20, 2014 8:00 AM EST The annual Nobel Peace Prize concert has announced its host for the Dec. 11 ceremony in Oslo, Norway. "I'm thrilled to be a part of this year's concert and to help celebrate such amazing individuals who have each worked so hard on behalf of children's rights to education…

  17. Top Booking Agents On Double-Weekend Festivals: 'It's Bad' For Young Bands

    November 19, 2014 11:05 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, six top execs spoke up about mega-festivals adding second weekends to their programming. Adding a second weekend has led to record grosses and attendance for mega-festivals Coachella and Austin City Limits, where acts are often paid…

  18. Lee Hi & Akdong Musician's Suhyun Say 'I'm Different' on Brassy Collaboration

    November 19, 2014 10:30 PM EST The 21 Under 21 honorees prove they're special to Bobby of upcoming boy band iKON. Two of K-pop most promising, young musicians have teamed up for a special collaboration single. The 18-year-old soul-pop star Lee Hi and  Akdong Musician 's 15-year-old member Suhyun  joined forces…

  19. EDM Magnate Pasquale Rotella Talks Further Expanding Insomniac in 2015, Festival Safety

    November 19, 2014 6:56 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, Rotella says deals have been closed to host 'pop-up theme parks' in new markets. During a panel Wednesday (Nov. 19) at Billboard 's Touring Conference & Awards in New York, Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella talked about…

  20. What Beyonce Can Learn From Podcasts & More From Rob Light's Billboard Touring Conference Q&A

    November 19, 2014 6:41 PM EST Creative Artists Agency managing partner & head of music also talks co-headlining tours and rising genre trends. Creative Artists Agency managing partner/head of music Rob Light is one of the most powerful people in music -- No. 9 on Billboard's 2014 Power 100 ranking , to be…

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