1. Scott Stapp Claims That People are Trying to Kill Him in Newly Released 911 Calls

    December 17, 2014 11:53 AM EST In audio from phone calls obtained by TMZ , former Creed frontman Scott Stapp claims that people are trying to kill him and that members of the terrorist group ISIS are planning to attack Florida. Creed Frontman Scott Stapp's Wife Seeking Divorce Creed's Scott Stapp -- Shocking…

  2. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  3. BSBB Round 1: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang" vs. Maroon 5, "Animals"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Animals Maroon 5 CRAIG JENKINS: Maroon 5 is a machine of startling pop efficacy in 2014; “Animals” arranges all the notes where they should be -- without ever making you feel…

  4. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: Rolling Stones, One Direction, Live Nation Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 12, 2014 2:31 PM EST Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014. Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake…

  5. The 10 Best Country Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST Country music has had plenty of highlights in 2014. Read on for our list of the 10 best country singles of the year. (And see our list of the 10 best country albums here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" - Tim…

  6. Former A&M/Octone Execs Launch Hybrid Company Freesolo; Gavin DeGraw, Hunter Hunted Among First Signings

    December 09, 2014 1:37 PM EST Just over a year ago, James Diener found himself at a crossroads common to many record-label executives who've essentially "cashed out" of the music industry. A&M/Octone, the label where he served as president and CEO for 13 years, had just sold its 50% share to…

  7. Taylor Swift Attends (Another) 1975 Show With Victoria's Secret Models

    December 05, 2014 10:32 AM EST Billboard's Woman of the Year Taylor Swift went to a show by the band The 1975 at New York City's Terminal 5 last night -- the second time she's checked them out within one month. This time, she brought along a couple of Victoria's Secret Models, Lily Aldridge and Martha…

  8. 'South Park' Pits Lorde/Randy Against Iggy Azalea, Michael Jackson Hologram

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Earlier this season,  South Park revealed that teenage pop star Lorde is actually middle-aged father Randy Marsh -- and not long after, they  eviscerated Spin's  embarrassing coverage of that episode as part of another Lorde plotline. On Wednesday night, the Comedy Central stalwart…

  9. Exclusive: Watch Linkin Park Rock Out 'Final Masquerade' For 'Guitar Center Sessions'

    December 03, 2014 10:22 AM EST Billboard is excited to premiere a sparkling Linkin Park live video, straight from one of the band's most up-close and personal shows in years, courtesy of Guitar Center Sessions . Check out the video below to watch singer Chester Bennington guide the veteran band through the…

  10. Taylor Swift To Make History With Another Lap of Australian Stadiums

    December 02, 2014 4:00 AM EST When Taylor Swift plays Australia in a year from now, she’ll create a piece of touring history.  The pop superstar will return to Australia in November and December 2015 for what will be the first time a female solo artist has played stadiums on back-to-back visits to the land.  Taylor…

  11. BBC Hunts for Saturday Hit, Calls 'Voice' Coach Will.i.am a 'National Treasure'

    November 30, 2014 10:42 AM EST The BBC is on the hunt for a big Saturday night entertainment show that can mirror the success of such weekend hits as Strictly Come Dancing , known in the U.S. as Dancing With the Stars , and The Voice . The BBC's entertainment commissioning department has asked independent producers…

  12. Guy Penrod Respects the 'Tradition' of His 'Christmas' Songs

    November 27, 2014 12:00 PM EST Grammy-winning artist Guy Penrod chuckles a little bit when asked how much time he spent coming up with the title for his new holiday album, simply titled Christmas. "I'm kind of simple when it comes to that kind of stuff. I just figured that it's full of Christmas songs, so…

  13. 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…

  14. Streaming Drives Sales, According to New Study

    November 20, 2014 2:00 PM EST YouTube might be "the devil" to Garth Brooks , but in another's eyes, it's a great source of music discovery. In fact, a new study being released by the Country Music Association suggests that adults 18-plus are far more likely to buy music after being exposed to it on…

  15. Exclusive: Is Tropical Premiere 'On My Way,' A Song Partially Recorded on NYC Streets

    November 19, 2014 12:00 PM EST Indie/electronic quartet  Is Tropical will be releasing their third album Black Anything in 2015. Too long of a wait? Billboard has an exclusive premiere of a new song, "On My Way," right now.  "We recorded a lot of 'On My Way' outside in Manhattan," member…

  16. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  17. 15 Musician Sex-Tape Scandals, From Tommy Lee to Usher

    November 13, 2014 2:54 PM EST News got out Wednesday that a sex tape featuring Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond was stolen and being shopped around, and the  singer's legal team is hot on the case .  Usher Hunting Down Stolen Sex Tape Like the rumors of an Iggy Azalea sex tape that surfaced in September , this…

  18. 'Duck Dynasty' Musical Taking Flight in Las Vegas

    November 12, 2014 9:27 PM EST Not since Fiddler on the Roof has a theatrical project involved this much facial hair. A stage musical is being developed that will center on  Duck Dynasty 's Robertson family, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The Dodgers, a New York-based theater company, and the Rio Hotel in…

  19. Will Sam Smith Pull an Adele at the 2015 Grammys or Get Bested By Beyonce?

    November 12, 2014 5:26 PM EST Sam Smith doesn’t relish being tabbed “the male Adele ,” and understandably so. But dominating the Grammys like Adele? We think he’d be down with that. The 22-year old British soul singer -- who spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Artist 100 chart -- has been one of 2014’s…

  20. Usher Hunting Down Stolen Sex Tape

    November 12, 2014 3:48 PM EST Maybe Usher should call his next album Looking 4 My Sex Tape . The singer's team is hot on the trail of an unknown suspect who's been trying to sell a sex tape featuring Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond , according to TMZ . Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin…

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