1. Dr. Luke Sues Kesha's Lawyer for Lady Gaga Rape Implication

    December 08, 2014 11:46 AM EST Less than one week after Kesha 's mother added another lawsuit to the increasingly messy legal battle between her daughter and producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Gottwald has filed a new lawsuit -- this time, he's suing Kesha's lawyer for defamation. Mark…

  2. 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…

  3. Rob Halford on His Close Friendship With 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'I've Got Wonderful Memories'

    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, Judas Priest frontman…

  4. 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…

  5. Fellow Rockers and Friends Remember 'Dimebag' Darrell on the 10th Anniversary of His Murder

    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 are the highlights. 'Dimebag'…

  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. Mark Wahlberg Wants Pardon for his 1988 Crimes

    December 08, 2014 4:25 AM EST Marky Mark doesn't want a black mark any longer. Actor Mark Wahlberg is asking Massachusetts for a pardon for assaults he committed in 1988 when he was a troubled teenager in Boston, saying he has dedicated himself to becoming a better person in his adult years so he can be a role…

  8. Watch First Trailer for Lifetime's Whitney Houston Biopic

    December 06, 2014 3:58 PM EST 'Whitney' marks Angela Bassett's directorial debut. Whitney Houston 's impressive career highlights and turbulent personal life are at the center of Lifetime's first Whitney trailer. Whitney Houston Biopic Actor Defends Lifetime Movie The biopic tells the story of…

  9. Watch Chris Brown Announce His Breakup With Karrueche Tran at L.A. Concert

    December 06, 2014 12:48 PM EST Chris Brown is a single man again. The R&B singer officially announced his split with on-again, off-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran during Power 106′s Cali Christmas at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Friday night (Dec. 5). Chris Brown Goes Off on 'The Real' Hosts Adrienne…

  10. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Beyonce Bows in Top 20, One Direction, Lorde Leap Into Top 40

    December 06, 2014 11:05 AM EST '7/11' starts following the rerelease of 'Beyonce.' Plus, streams propel 1D's 'Night Changes' and Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beat' bounds following her AMAs performance. As previously reported, Taylor Swift spends a third week at No. 1 on the…

  11. '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…

  12. 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…

  13. Grammys 2015: The 10 Biggest Snubs & Surprises

    December 05, 2014 4:11 PM EST Where is "Drunk In Love"? What happened to DJ Mustard? And who could have seen Brandy Clark coming? Inside the biggest shocks and letdowns. Now that (almost) all of the 57th annual Grammy Award nominations have been revealed, we can eye the 82 categories announced and…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. Elton John to Perform on New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest

    December 05, 2014 11:24 AM EST Everyone watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015 will get a little dose of Elton John . Today (Dec. 5), dick clark productions announced that John will perform his anthem “I’m Still Standing” on the upcoming telecast, which begins at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC. The…

  17. Coldplay Working on 'Final' Album, 'A Head Full of Dreams,' Says Chris Martin

    December 04, 2014 9:43 PM EST Coldplay is at work on their seventh studio album, frontman Chris Martin revealed Thursday, and it will likely be their last.  Choose Your Own Adventure in Coldplay's Interactive 'Ink' Video The set is tentatively called A Head Full of Dreams , Martin said on BBC Radio 1'…

  18. Pentatonix Tops Holiday Songs & Albums Charts

    December 04, 2014 3:04 PM EST The vocal group is the first act to top both seasonal tallies simultaneously. We're making a list and checking it twice. Wait: we make lots of lists! (Approximately 250 a week.) But for a few weeks each year, we add our stable of holiday charts, led by the Holiday 100 songs ranking and…

  19. 'Peter Pan Live!': Here's the Drinking Game!

    December 04, 2014 12:25 PM EST Drink if you believe in fairies! The world can be divided into two groups of people: Those that have had tonight's (Dec. 4) production of Peter Pan Live! on NBC marked on their calendars for months, and those that have somehow missed that Christopher Walken will be Captain Hook on…

  20. Alicia Keys Preaches for Unity in 'We Gotta Pray'

    December 04, 2014 11:58 AM EST Alicia Keys has released a new song, “We Gotta Pray”, in the wake of protests in New York City and Ferguson, MO. Just hours after its release, the song bolted to the top of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . In the reflective ballad, the singer-songwriter pleads for the world to…

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