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. Idris Elba Talks Producing His Star-Studded New Album, His Most Embarrassing DJ Moment and Going 'Toe-to-Toe' With Biz Markie

    November 21, 2014 3:35 PM EST Big Driis has left the building. That was the name British actor Idris Elba, 42, known for his roles in Thor and Pacific Rim , went by in the early 2000s, when he moonlighted as a DJ around the world during his breakout run on HBO's The Wire . "He has retired," says Elba,…

  3. David Guetta's 'Sun Goes Down' feat. Magic!: Exclusive Song Premiere & Showtek Q&A

    November 19, 2014 4:52 PM EST The Dutch production duo dish on Guetta's pickup lines & mile-high collaborations. Showtek have become a marquee DJ's favorite partners in crime. After sharing the studio with the likes of Tiësto and Hardwell , the Dutch duo were a natural collaborator choice for David Guetta…

  4. Album Review: Nickelback’s ‘No Fixed Address’ Partially Shelves the Group’s Platinum Formula to Spread Their Stylistic Wings

    November 18, 2014 1:51 PM EST Few modern-era rock bands have endured more of a public flogging than Nickelback . (The latest? A crowdfunding campaign to keep the band from performing in London.) Yet, despite a cool factor that makes Limp Bizkit look like Led Zeppelin in comparison, the Canadian four-piece is one of the…

  5. Tunde Adebimpe Considered Ending TV On the Radio Prior to New Album 'Seeds'

    November 17, 2014 6:50 PM EST In April of 2011, New York alternative heroes TV On The Radio released their fourth studio album, Nine Types Of Light . Just nine days later, bassist Gerard Smith passed away from lung cancer. Despite the tragedy, the band went out and completed a worldwide tour for the critically acclaimed…

  6. Carlos Santana: 'It's Time to Commit Career Suicide Again'

    November 14, 2014 4:39 PM EST Carlos Santana 's just-published memoir The Universal Tone (Nov. 4; Little, Brown and Company) may be subtitled Bringing My Story to Light , but it's hardly light reading. Besides detailed memories of his upbringing and musical achievements, the 544-page book also dives…

  7. Joe Mullins on His Latest Radio Ramblers Project, 'Another Day From Life'

    November 13, 2014 8:43 PM EST Joe Mullins is what could be termed a double threat in the business. Musically, he is one of the top bluegrass acts in the business along with his band, the Radio Ramblers , but he also is one of the top radio personalities in the genre. Spend any amount of time with him, and you'll be…

  8. Revisionist History, Part 4: Queen Scores a Hat Trick, 'Good Riddance' to Three Dog Night

    November 13, 2014 10:09 AM EST “Number one then…and number one now!” may have been a classic top 40 stager, originally voiced by legendary radio announcer and programmer Bill Drake , but it’s also a perfect way to open our latest round of “Revisionist History,” as once again we examine how tastes have changed when it…

  9. Damian Abraham Talks to Martin Mills About Beggars' Un-Punk Roots, Passing on Nirvana and the (Rare) Ramones Kudo

    November 12, 2014 3:45 PM EST You gotta hand it to Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham . He kicked off the inaugural episode of his podcast, Turned Out a Punk , by interviewing his boss-of-sorts, Beggars Group founder  Martin Mills . Abraham, whose Canadian band is on the Beggars imprint Matador Records, used the…

  10. The Jazz June Talks Comeback Album 'After the Earthquake' and the Emo Revival

    November 12, 2014 12:28 PM EST Jazz June frontman Andrew Low is the first to use the phrase “emo revival” in speaking with Billboard, so he’s clearly been paying attention to his band’s career arc -- whether he admits it or not. Truthfully though, Low comes off as accomplished and well-adjusted as his band’s excellent…

  11. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  12. Music Legend Les Paul Gets Hometown Honor

    November 08, 2014 4:00 PM EST Music legend Les Paul discovered his penchant for guitar at Waukesha Junior High in Wisconsin. It's where his teachers recognized his curious nature, answering never-ending questions like how electricity got to light switches or why windows vibrated. Les Paul: Original Guitar Hero Now…

  13. Aretha Franklin Talks Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson: ‘I Hear My Influence’

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Even when she isn't recording, Aretha Franklin , 72, looms large in our culture. The recipient of the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an 18-time Grammy Award winner as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Living Legend…

  14. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

  15. Chuck Dauphin Wins CMA Media Achievement Award

    November 06, 2014 6:06 PM EST Longtime radio and music journalist Chuck Dauphin won the 2014 CMA Media Achievement Award. Dauphin -- who has been a contributing writer for Billboard since 2011, as well as The 615 columnist for Billboard.com -- accepted the award at the 48th annual CMA awards in Nashville on Wednesday…

  16. Red vs. Blue States: Key Takeaways From Pandora's Political Data Crunch

    November 04, 2014 5:46 PM EST Below are some key takeaways we learned from a data set provided to Billboard by Internet radio giant Pandora, which split the states between Democratic and Republican (blue and red), and then listed each state's favorite genre stations through the month of September. Whoever you&…

  17. Secret Prince Show Rumored for Toronto Tonight

    November 04, 2014 1:49 PM EST Update : Live Nation says it " can confirm that Prince will not be performing at Massey Hall tonight." Fans and music business types started lining up early Tuesday morning outside Toronto's Massey Hall for a rumored concert tonight by Prince and the metal barricades put out…

  18. All Three Pirate Bay Founders Now in Jail

    November 04, 2014 9:30 AM EST One of the founders of popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested under an Interpol warrant as he was crossing into Thailand from Laos, police said Tuesday. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij , who uses the alias TiAMO, was detained Monday by Thai immigration police at a…

  19. Video Released of Moments Before Sarah Jones' Death on 'Midnight Rider' Set

    November 01, 2014 11:21 AM EDT Director Randall Miller is also shown repeatedly saying "that's not my job" when asked why he didn't know there could be a train barreling down on his crew. In a 30-minute report at the top of Friday night's (Oct. 31) 20/20 , ABC News aired video of the final…

  20. Radio DJ Angie Martinez on Running the NYC Marathon: 'It Was Time to Conquer It'

    October 31, 2014 1:28 PM EDT What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold -- as in literally submerging your body in a pool of ice water. It's something Sean " Puff Daddy " Combs recommended to Angie Martinez recently when he called the DJ on her popular New York City radio show. Martinez, who is…

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