1. Mariah Carey Tops Holiday 100 Songs Chart With 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'

    December 17, 2014 4:56 PM EST Carey returns to familiar vaunted territory with her 1994 seasonal classic. Mariah Carey jingles all the way back to No. 1 on Billboard 's Holiday 100 songs chart with her modern classic carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which rises 2-1. (Like the Billboard…

  2. Van Morrison Signs With RCA For 35th Studio Album, Due Early 2015

    December 16, 2014 7:43 PM EST Van Morrison will release his as-yet-untitled 35th studio album on RCA Records in early 2015, the label confirmed Tuesday. The set will be a follow-up to 2012’s Born To Sing: No Plan B , which was released via Blue Note and debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 . “We are…

  3. Gimme Five: 2PM's Favorite Songs Released

    December 16, 2014 6:00 PM EST Together for more than six years years, 2PM is the first to admit that they "have been through some very hard times." But throughout it all, Wooyoung, Taecyeon, Chansung, Jun.K, Junho and Nichkhun have continued to create music that not only becomes more meaningful to them, but…

  4. Sharon Robinson on Leonard Cohen: He Spends a Lot of Time Trying to Uncover Truths

    December 11, 2014 4:46 AM EST Singer, songwriter and record producer Sharon Robinson is perhaps best known for her longtime creative collaborations with the legendary Leonard Cohen . Backed with exclusive access and an iPhone, Robinson took five years of photographs which she curated for a new book, On Tour with Leonard…

  5. 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…

  6. '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…

  7. Lana Del Rey Shares 'Big Eyes' & 'I Can Fly' From New Tim Burton Film

    December 03, 2014 4:35 PM EST Remember back when the haters doubted Lana Del Rey would be here to stay? Those early post-"Video Games" backlash days seem like the distant past, as Lana continues to add résumé points to her smashing 2014. A pair of Lana songs from Tim Burton's forthcoming film Big Eyes hit…

  8. Jennifer Lawrence Debuts on Hot 100: 'The Hanging Tree' Bows at No. 12

    December 03, 2014 4:22 PM EST 0 The Oscar-winning actress charts her first hit, from 'Mockingjay, Part 1.' Jennifer Lawrence adds another honor to her already impressive resume: the Academy Award-winning actress scores her first entry on a Billboard chart, as "The Hanging Tree" debuts on…

  9. Lana Del Rey Announces 2015 Tour Dates With Courtney Love

    December 01, 2014 10:10 AM EST More Eastern U.S. dates are coming soon. Regardless of how happy (or unhappy) your holiday season has been thus far, you can always look forward to some “Summertime Sadness.” Sad girl Lana Del Rey has announced her first leg of 2015 summer tour dates, some of which include the legendary…

  10. John Densmore and Shepard Fairey Talk Record Store Day Black Friday Collab, Ferguson Riots & More

    November 28, 2014 3:16 PM EST “It feels a little weird. Here we are doing this interview, and our streets are filled with protesters in regards to Ferguson,” Doors drummer John Densmore says. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book Densmore and “Obey” artist…

  11. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  12. Idina Menzel to Launch World Tour Next Summer

    November 24, 2014 10:30 AM EST Billboard Breakthrough Artist of the Year Idina Menzel , who sung the smash hit "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen , is hitting the road in 2015. Starting July 7 in Richmond, Va. and continuing through October 3, Menzel will play 39 dates across the United States. Billboard 200…

  13. ADA to Distro Mascot Label Group in North America

    November 21, 2014 5:45 PM EST The Alternative Distribution Alliance has signed a North America distribution deal with the Mascot Label Group and its 600-album catalog. The deal deepends the relationship between the two companies, as ADA has already been distributing the Mascot Label Group in Great Britian, Australia,…

  14. What's The Most Common Hot 100 Song Title? (Updated)

    November 21, 2014 10:55 AM EST Last year, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Hot 100 with the latest entry titled 'Hold On.' Is that still the most common song title in the chart's more than five-decade history? Hold on a second. Or third. Or fourth ... In March 2013, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Billboard…

  15. Woody Allen Returns to Barcelona for New Year's Concert

    November 20, 2014 5:34 PM EST Shows by Van Morrison, Bob Geldof & more to follow Allen's opening of new tourist-friendly Suite Festival BCN Music Experience. Woody Allen will revisit the scene of his movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona on New Year's Eve, when he'll give a gala performance with the Eddy…

  16. Damien Rice Talks Teaming With Rick Rubin For 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy'

    November 14, 2014 6:00 PM EST In 2002, Damien Rice released his debut solo album, O , a breathtaking collection that won the now-defunct Shortlist Prize and placed him in any conversation about the best new singer/songwriters of this century. Much of the magnificence of that album came from the way Rice paired his…

  17. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book

    November 11, 2014 4:33 PM EST 'Writing is getting me off,' drummer says. At the recent Classic Rock Honours in Los Angeles, Doors drummer John Densmore was presented with the Inspiration Award by Henry Rollins . After the ceremony, he stood outside the Avalon mere feet from ELO mastermind Jeff Lynne . It was a…

  18. Taylor Swift Is One of Barbara Walters' '10 Most Fascinating People' for 2014

    November 11, 2014 12:31 PM EST She sold over a million albums in a week , she's been named New York City's Global Welcome Ambassador , and now,  Taylor Swift will appear on Barbara Walters' annual list of "10 Most Fascinating People." Here's What Harry Styles Had to Say on Taylor Swift…

  19. Matthew Morrison Returns to Broadway in 'Finding Neverland'

    November 10, 2014 4:18 PM EST The 'Glee' star will play the lead role of 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie in the long-gestating musical. The rumors are confirmed:  Glee star  Matthew Morrison will make his return to Broadway after a five-year absence, starring as J.M. Barrie in the new musical Finding…

  20. Shonda Rhimes to Receive Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

    November 10, 2014 1:45 PM EST The influential showrunner will be honored at the 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast, to be held Dec. 10 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Shonda Rhimes  has been tapped to receive The Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Award at its 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast. The award,…

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