1. Steven Van Zandt On Bruce Springsteen's 'Lillyhammer' Stint: 'He's Really Acting'

    December 17, 2014 10:47 PM EST It's always a bit uncomfortable having to tell your boss what to do. So imagine how Steven Van Zandt felt when he directed his longtime friend and E Street Band mate Bruce Springsteen when The Boss made his acting debut -- appearing in the third season finale of the Netflix dramedy…

  2. Watch Amy Adams Freak Out About One Direction in 'SNL' Promos

    December 17, 2014 10:25 AM EST Also, why does a certain 'Saturday Night Live' castmember keep asking Adams to marry him? Amy Adams  just might be the only five-time Oscar nominee who is completely obsessed with One Direction. The  Big Eyes  star is hosting  Saturday Night Live  on Dec. 20, with 1D as the…

  3. Rita Ora, Darius Rucker Perform at President Obama's 'Christmas in Washington' Concert

    December 14, 2014 10:26 PM EST The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with "The Rock" and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker . President Barack Obama and his family attended the 33rd annual "Christmas in Washington" concert Sunday at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for…

  4. BSBB Round 1: Charli XCX, "Boom Clap" vs. Jason Derulo, "Trumpets"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Boom Clap Charli XCX Trumpets Jason Derulo CRAIG JENKINS: British singer Charli XCX graduated from flanking Iggy Azalea on “Fancy” to a major label smash of her own this year with the cheerful, onomatopoetic “Boom Clap.” The…

  5. Watch Evan Dando & Courtney Barnett Duet on 'Being Around'

    December 12, 2014 4:25 AM EST They’re at different stages of their career, and arguably worlds apart. Though Courtney Barnett and Evan Dando proved at a recent show in Melbourne that they get on famously when there’s a mic and acoustic guitar between them.  Barnett, the fast-rising Aussie singer, dueted with the…

  6. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  7. The 10 Best Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST Check out the songs that Billboard's staff was blasting all year long, from 5SOS to Beyonce. From a cello-laced pop anthem to a church-rattling folk track to Queen Bey’s utter flawlessness, 2014 contained an amazingly diverse array of powerful singles. After many, many listens, the…

  8. Joni Mitchell Talks New Boxed Set, Not Being Able To Perform: 'I Don't Miss Much of Anything'

    December 09, 2014 6:14 PM EST Joni Mitchell doesn't get out much these days -- aside from the occasional benefit in her honor or Clive Davis party , she travels away from her Los Angeles home once, maybe twice a year. And even then it's usually to her native country Canada, where she's been eager to mount…

  9. Lady Gaga, Usher, Bruce Springsteen & More Pay Tribute to 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 08, 2014 1:40 PM EST “Tonight Washington puts the arts above politics. Because no matter what political party you belong to, everyone wants a selfie with Tom Hanks.” So declared host Stephen Colbert on Sunday night as he kicked off the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, the ultimate power mash-up of arts,…

  10. Testament's Alex Skolnick on 'Dimebag' Darrell: He 'Never Stopped Being A Music Fan'

    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, Testament 's Alex Skolnick credits…

  11. Former Manager Paul Bassman Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'There Was Nobody on Planet Earth Like Him'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Today, Paul Bassman is president of Ascend Insurance Brokerage, one of the premier entertainment insurance firms in the business. Ten years ago, Bassman was the manager of Damageplan , the metal powerhouse led by "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul, both formerly…

  12. Brian May Warns of Asteroid Strikes, Joins Danger Mouse and Others in Call to Action

    December 05, 2014 10:43 AM EST Noted astrophysicist and rock guitarist Brian May has joined a group of astronomers, scientists and other artists to raise awareness about the threat of asteroids on our planet, warning at a news conference this week that Earth is headed for destruction if global action isn't taken. …

  13. Quincy Jones-Produced Film on Clark Terry Makes Oscars Short List

    December 02, 2014 4:28 PM EST 'Keep On Keepin' On' is among 15 films eligible for Best Documentary Feature Oscar. Keep On Keepin' On , the story of jazz trumpeter Clark Terry and his protégé, pianist Justin Kauflin, is the lone music-oriented film to make the cut for the Best Documentary Feature…

  14. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1987, Belinda Carlisle's 'Place' Was at No. 1

    December 01, 2014 8:05 AM EST The solo Go-Go reigned at last with the pop gem 'Heaven Is a Place on Earth.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Elvis Presley and Pearl Jam. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Dec. 1, 2012 A…

  15. 'Source Energy and Universal Truths': Exploring The New Music of Jaden & Willow Smith

    November 26, 2014 3:55 PM EST The world focused on an outlandish interview, but what about the music the interview was promoting? It's been a little over a week, and yet, I still can’t get over this . Jaden and Willow Smith 's joint exclusive with the New York Times ' T Magazine is difficult to wrap one…

  16. 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…

  17. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  18. Five Reasons Why Lorde Won The AMAs Without Winning Any Awards

    November 24, 2014 12:10 AM EST Hanging with Taylor, dancing to Jessie, tweeting about Pitbull -- all in a day's work for young Ella. Lorde went home empty-handed at the 2014 American Music Awards, losing out in all four of her nominated categories. And while one could quibble about those results — losing out to…

  19. Kool & the Gang on 'Keeping the Brand Alive,' the Origin of 'Celebration' and Being the Most-Sampled Band in History

    November 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- demonstrated that flexibility plays a crucial role in a band's longevity. Groups often solidify as they get older: they settle in and focus. In an…

  20. AMAs Host Pitbull Dishes on His Favorite Things (and People) -- From Enrique Iglesias to Partying in Private

    November 21, 2014 12:00 PM EST Pitbull is a man who knows what he likes, and one of them is reminding people of his nickname, Mr. Worldwide, hard-earned after years of performing party anthems around the globe. Following the theme of 2011's Planet Pit to 2012's Global Warming , he's releasing his…

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