1. Hear the Taylor Swift Approved '1989' Mashup

    December 27, 2014 7:13 PM EST Taylor Swift has declared herself "OBSESSED" with one mashup of her 1989  tracks, "Blank Space" and "Style." Posted by Nashville-based singer Louisa Wendorff, and featuring Devin Dawson, the folky, acoustic cover of the songs from Swift's chart-topping…

  2. 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…

  3. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was 1970. Now, in 2014, outrage over police…

  4. Can The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' Top the U.K.'s Cherished Christmas Charts?

    December 19, 2014 5:38 PM EST Following the U.K.'s Official Charts inclusion of digital streaming this year, the new accounting is causing some shake-ups this holiday season. Now the highly coveted Christmas No. 1 could be poised for takeover by a song that's nearly three decades old: The Pogues ' …

  5. Delaware Country Fests To Go Head-To-Head Next Summer

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST Country music promoters will have a better read on just how strong the country music market is in mid-Atlantic region by Monday, as two major country music festivals go on sale today and tomorrow. Big Barrel and Delaware Junction, both new festivals for 2015, will be competing for Delaware&…

  6. Wendy Rene, Soul Singer Sampled by Wu-Tang Clan & Alicia Keys, Dies at 67

    December 18, 2014 4:12 PM EST Wendy Rene, the budding Stax Records singing and songwriting talent who quit music after the death of Otis Redding in 1967 and saw her music revived through samples decades later, died Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., following a stroke. She was 67. Born Mary Frierson in Memphis, Rene was given…

  7. 'Maybe the Adrenaline Keeps Me Going': Landau Management's Barbara Carr on Working with Springsteen for 34 Years

    December 18, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Couldn't get along without you, Barb," Bruce Springsteen said of Barbara Carr when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Any Springsteen fan worth their salt knows his longtime manager and former producer, Jon Landau . Less visible (by choice) is Carr,…

  8. Exclusive: Little Simz Showcases 'Boss Moves' on Her New EP 'Age 101: Drop 3|000'

    December 18, 2014 11:15 AM EST English rapper Little Simz believes in taking matters into her own hands. Though she's only 20, she's already got her own label, AGE 101. "What's new?" she asks at the beginning of her latest EP, Age 101: Drop 3|000 . "I didn't want to sign to anyone so I…

  9. Eurythmics Co-Founder Dave Stewart Gets OK to Shoot Video in Louisiana Jail

    December 16, 2014 10:30 PM EST Local officials in west Louisiana say former Eurythmics singer and guitarist Dave Stewart plans to film a new music video early next year in their century-old Gothic Revival jail. Secretary-treasurer Tayra DeHoven says the Beauregard Parish Police Jury had voted to allow it if she OK'd…

  10. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  11. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

  12. BSBB Round 1: Rixton, "Me and My Broken Heart" vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Me and My Broken Heart Rixton Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX MAURA JOHNSTON: Maroon 5 abandoning their "slight update of Hall & Oates" post resulted in quite a bit of jostling for the position; Rixton, a…

  13. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  14. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  15. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  16. 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…

  17. Joanna Newsom Guests On Radiohead's 'Spooks' From 'Inherent Vice' Soundtrack

    December 10, 2014 12:05 PM EST New Radiohead music you say? Well, sort of. For the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson flick Inherent Vice , Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood put a new spin on the band’s 2006 non-album track “Spooks,” with some help from the film’s star, singer-songwriter-turned-actress Joanna Newsom . Check out the…

  18. Earl Hayes & Stephanie Moseley Tried to Reconcile Before Killing, Police Say

    December 10, 2014 6:11 AM EST Rapper Earl Warren Hayes and his estranged wife were trying to reconcile and she was optimistic about their chances only days before Hayes killed her and committed suicide, a police detective said Tuesday. The bodies of Hayes, 34, and 30-year-old Stephanie Elyse Moseley were found Monday…

  19. VH1 Star Stephanie Moseley & Rapper Husband Earl Hayes Found Dead

    December 09, 2014 6:00 PM EST Police tell TMZ Hayes fatally shot Moseley before killing himself. Actress and dancer Stephanie Moseley was found dead alongside her husband, rapper and actor Earl Hayes , according to TMZ . Police tell TMZ that Hayes shot and killed Moseley and then turned around and killed himself…

  20. 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…

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