1. Kesha Thanks Fans for Support in 'Crazy Year'

    December 26, 2014 3:01 PM EST "The love and support this year has brought me to tears many times," the pop star tells her fans on Twitter. In the first few days of 2014, Kesha checked into rehab for an eating disorder, where she spent two months and eventually emerged with a new outlook on life and the…

  2. Top 20 Christmas Rap Songs

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST No one has the type of holiday spirit as a rapper. From Kanye West to Run-D.M.C. , they're spins on Christmas classics or originals range from the hilarious, weird to serious, but all stay true to themselves. Busta Rhymes -- whose Jim Carrey-featured "Grinch" song merely…

  3. From Okra Soup to Fried Seafood: Darius Rucker, Chase Bryant and Many More Country Stars Talk Favorite Holiday Dishes

    December 24, 2014 12:19 PM EST When it comes to celebrating the holidays country style, good food is a major part of the equation. From fried turkey to the perfect sugar cookie, every household has its Christmas traditions and certain dishes that are essential to the celebration. Billboard asked country artists to share…

  4. Going With The Pitch: More and More, R&B and Hip Hop Artists Are Also TV Spokespersons

    December 23, 2014 4:48 PM EST Usher, Salt-N-Pepa, Waka Flocka Flame and newcomer Kevin Ross are among a growing number of R&B/hip-hop acts doubling as TV spokespersons. Waka Flocka Flame left many viewers scratching their heads and wondering if it was April Fool’s in November when his television spot extolling the…

  5. 10 Things We Learned From Billy Corgan's Reddit AMA

    December 10, 2014 12:00 PM EST With a new Smashing Pumpkins album Monuments to an Elegy out this week, Billy Corgan  made time to answer questions about "anything" on Reddit yesterday. With a cup of tea in hand, obviously. Here’s what we learned: 1. The shortest (5 minutes) and the longest (5 months) amount of…

  6. Chris Rock and Questlove Talk the Greatest MCs of All Time and Collaborating on New Movie 'Top Five'

    December 08, 2014 4:37 PM EST It's a cold November morning, and Chris Rock has come to meet Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson at his office, which is also his dressing room and his studio, on the sixth floor of 30 Rock, where Jimmy Fallon shoots The Tonight Show . Questlove, 43 -- the drummer for The Roots ,…

  7. Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez Talks Shtick, Drug Trips, and Bob Dylan Lyrics on 'Into the Wide'

    November 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Delta Spirit 's fourth full-length, Into the Wide , was conceived in what the then Brooklyn-based five-piece called "the Rat Cave," a Greenpoint studio they had built that was subsequently ruined by Hurricane Sandy. After patching up and packing up, frontman Matt Vasquez,…

  8. Salt-N-Pepa Teach People to 'Push It' In New Geico Commercial

    November 26, 2014 11:29 AM EST The latest Geico commercial in the insurance company's endless parade of ads features  Salt-N-Pepa and their classic hit "Push It" to get some laughs. Watch the spot below. This isn't the first Geico commercial to feature a famous musician -- in one clip, poker with…

  9. Revisionist History, Part 5: Bon Jovi's 'Prayer' Answered, 'Caroline' Is Sweeter Than 'Sugar'

    November 26, 2014 10:11 AM EST As we get closer to Billboard 's year-end charts for 2014, we present yet another look at how the chart champs of past years might differ based on more recent measures of popularity. We call it "Revisionist History," and here's how it works: Using a formula giving near…

  10. Quotes of the Week: Taylor Swift Defends Her Art, Taylor Hawkins Trashes U2 and More

    November 14, 2014 9:23 PM EST "I'd never condone Nazism in my art." -- NICKI MINAJ The rapper, apologizing on Twitter after the Anti-Defamation League said that the new lyric video for "Only" "disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda." Nicki Minaj's 'Only' Video…

  11. Stevie Wonder Mixes Politics With Music in Tour Kickoff

    November 08, 2014 12:02 PM EST Stevie Wonder has always blended his musical genius with social activism, and as he launched his new tour, he stayed true to form, advocating gun control, pleading for an end to racism and promoting equality for those with disabilities. Stevie Wonder Reveals Two New Projects on the Way …

  12. BMG Purchases Union Square Music

    November 06, 2014 12:37 PM EST BMG has acquired U.K. record label Union Square Music as well as that company's music publishing arms, Union Square Music Publishing and USM Songs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Union Square (founded in 1999) is a leading label in the U.K., releasing about 150 artist and…

  13. Bruce Springsteen Auctions Off Guitar Lessons & Lasagna for Veterans

    November 06, 2014 10:08 AM EST How much for a guitar played by Bruce Springsteen , an hour lesson on how to play it, a lasagna dinner at his house and a ride in the side car of his motorcycle? $300,000. Springsteen auctioned off two such packages Wednesday night at Stand Up For Heroes, a mashup of comedy and music…

  14. The Challenges of Finding Syncs for Kanye West at Billboard/THR Film & TV Conference

    November 05, 2014 7:12 PM EST ''Yeezus' was a very daring and amazing album that was completely anti-commercial,' says Amy Hartman, Island/Def Jam VP of film and TV sync. A number of interesting topics were raised at a panel on "Defending the Value of a Song" at Wednesday's (Nov. 5)…

  15. Robin Thicke & Pharrell Lose First Fight Against Marvin Gaye's Family

    October 30, 2014 2:53 PM EDT A California judge rules that Marvin Gaye's family has made a sufficient showing that elements of "Blurred Lines" may be substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up." In a ruling that could set up one of the biggest trials ever over alleged song theft, U.S.…

  16. Man Jailed for Posting Song Lyrics to Facebook Won't Face Charges

    October 29, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Prosecutors dismissed a felony charge against a western Kentucky man who spent more than a week in jail for posting violent song lyrics to his Facebook page. The lyrics 31-year-old James E. Evans posted in August included the words "student bodies lying dead in the halls" and…

  17. Canadian Radio Host Jian Ghomeshi Fired After Sexual Abuse Allegations by Jilted Ex

    October 26, 2014 8:22 PM EDT “Let me be the first to say that my tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks.” Canada's CBC on Sunday fired popular radio show host Jian Ghomeshi after allegations of sexual abuse by a former lover. Details of Ghomeshi's sexual relations with his ex-girlfriend were…

  18. Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Tom Petty, Vince Gill , Cyndi Lauper , Elvis Costello and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame . The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Other performers up for the honor are Gloria…

  19. Bon Jovi Tour Photographer David Bergman Talks Behind-the-Scenes Details of Traveling the World With the Band

    October 09, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Over the span of two world tours, photographer David Bergman had the best seat in the house as the tour photographer for one of the world's hardest working rock'n'roll bands --  Bon Jovi . The collected images -- culled from over 800,000 frames snapped of the band -- are now…

  20. Skid Row Singer Johnny Solinger Returns to His Country Roots on New EP

    October 08, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Scrappy Smith is the forthcoming country EP from Johnny Solinger. Yes, the Johnny Solinger who has been lead vocalist with Skid Row since 1999. And no, it's not his first country rodeo. "I had a break from Skid Row back in 2008. I was in Texas, and had a chance to do a project for…

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