1. The First Original Replacements Song Since 1990 Is a 24-Minute Jazz Jam

    December 26, 2014 11:24 AM EST In a move that might have horrified their younger selves, the Replacements recently released a 24-minute jazz jam called "Poke Me In My Cage." Following the 2013 covers EP Songs for Slim , this is the first original Replacements song since 1990. Historically, The Replacements…

  2. Exclusive: Dzeko & Torres Cram 62 Songs Into '2014 in 10 Minutes' Mix

    December 16, 2014 3:06 PM EST 'Tis the season for year-end retrospectives, but Dzeko & Torres have outdone themselves. For those looking to take a quick lap down memory lane, Tiësto 's protégés have stuffed a year's worth of major main stage tracks into one 10-minute mix. It has become a bit of a…

  3. 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…

  4. BSBB Finals: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, 'Drunk In Love' vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, 'Latch'

    December 14, 2014 11:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith ERNEST BAKER: “Latch" is a hot song. "Drunk In Love" is a definitive moment in pop culture history. It's the most honest, personal look at…

  5. Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money: Can the Rapper Leave the Label He's Been With Since He Was 13?

    December 12, 2014 12:20 PM EST Album delays are ­nothing new for Lil Wayne . But the MC sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world on Dec. 4 when he publicly blamed his label for the ever-shifting release date of his new album, Tha Carter V . Calling himself a "prisoner," he tweeted, "I want off this label…

  6. Big Mountain Fest Rocks Thailand's Cow Country With Scarecrow, Jagwar Ma

    December 10, 2014 10:56 AM EST The Big Mountain Music Festival (BMMF) continues its run as one of the leading, and largest, music festivals in Southeast Asia with its 6th edition. BMMF took place this past weekend (Dec. 6-7) at the Bonanza Racetrack in Khao Yai, about two hours northeast of Bangkok, with about 70,000…

  7. Billboard Year-End Awards: Best Hater Handler, Indie-est Album, Best Career Save & More

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Grammys , AMAs , CMAs, Oscars -- none of them are as important as the year-end awards you're about to witness. From Best Hater Handler to Most Ironic Arrest to Most Memorable Use of Cheesy '80s Guitar in a 2014 Movie, these are awards that actually mean something. Chosen by peers…

  8. Eminem Quoted by Supreme Court Justice

    December 01, 2014 4:59 PM EST The high court tackles how to interpret statements made on social media and what constitutes a 'true threat.' On Monday (Dec. 1), the U.S. Supreme Court delved into modern times by looking at social media, rap music and how to balance an individual's freedom to shoot…

  9. Christmas Music's All-Time Biggest Earner Is Not Who You'd Expect

    December 01, 2014 11:50 AM EST Who's the all-time top-earning Christmas music artist? Elvis? Mariah? Kenny G? Nope, it's Mannheim Steamroller, with sales of $175 million. Billboard breaks down the annual six-week sales frenzy. When it comes to the holiday music business, Kenny G , 58, is a bona fide star. His…

  10. Exclusive Premiere: Michelle Chamuel Battles the Odds in 'Lottery'

    December 01, 2014 10:00 AM EST Michelle Chamuel is best known for finishing second on the fourth season of The Voice , but before she made an impression on millions of TV viewers, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was earning views the old-fashioned way: covering the country in a tour bus with her band,…

  11. Eminem vs. Women: 13 Ladies He's Bashed in Raps

    November 11, 2014 8:00 AM EST Lana Del Rey is the latest in a string of female targets. Eminem has been known for his controversial rhymes since his major-label debut in 1999, but in a just-released cypher promoting the upcoming Shady Records compilation album, he crossed a new line: He invoked the name of Ray Rice,…

  12. Soul Train Awards 2014: Chris Brown Wins Big, Jodeci Brings '90s R&B Nostalgia, Kool & The Gang Honored

    November 08, 2014 12:53 PM EST Chris Brown took home “Best Hip Hop Song” and “Best Collaboration” at the ceremony. When the silhouettes of K-Ci , JoJo , DeVante Swing and Mr. Dalvin appeared on the stage Friday night (Nov. 7), nobody over the age of 25 would remain in their seats. After years of rumors that the bad boys…

  13. Aretha Franklin Talks Beyonce, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson: ‘I Hear My Influence’

    November 07, 2014 2:00 PM EST Even when she isn't recording, Aretha Franklin , 72, looms large in our culture. The recipient of the United States' highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and an 18-time Grammy Award winner as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Living Legend…

  14. Nicki Minaj Earns 56th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With 'Only'

    November 06, 2014 4:11 PM EST Also: Danity Kane collects third top 10 album, Jagged Edge returns, and Kem's 'Nobody' rises. Nicki Minaj lands her 56th entry on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs , as "Only" featuring Drake , Lil Wayne and Chris Brown , debuts at No. 16. The Hot Shot Debut extends Lil…

  15. Eminem Honors Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, Madonna Lauds Lil' Buck at Innovator Awards

    November 06, 2014 12:50 PM EST It took two forces of nature to get Eminem to New York City on Wednesday night. The rapper made a surprise appearance at WSJ. Magazine 's fourth annual Innovator Awards at MoMA in order to honor two very important people in his life: Dr. Dre (born Andre Young) and Jimmy Iovine. "…

  16. Watch Daniel Radcliffe Flawlessly Rap Blackalicious' 'Alphabet Aerobics'

    October 29, 2014 7:36 AM EDT "I think I was the first kid in my class to learn all the words to 'The Real Slim Shady,'" Daniel Radcliffe told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show on Tuesday. (He was 10!) "I've always had kind of an obsession with memorizing complicated, lyrically intricate…

  17. Nick Jonas' 'Kingdom' Costar Frank Grillo Refused to Work With Him, At First

    October 28, 2014 7:39 AM EDT Actor Frank Grillo ( Warrior, The Purge: Anarchy ) has a new drama about mixed martial arts, Kingdom , airing on DirecTV. His costar, 22-year-old Nick Jonas , wasn't exactly welcome initially. "People are very surprised because there's a Jonas Brother in it and he fights,…

  18. Jay Sean Leaves Cash Money and Premieres 'Tears in the Ocean' Video

    October 24, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Jay Sean , the best selling Urban artist in the history of the UK, is leaving Cash Money Records and independently releasing a mixtape, Mistress II , in November. Today Billboard premieres a new video for the song "Tears in the Ocean," which will appear on the tape next month.…

  19. Jimmy Page Talks New Music, Led Zeppelin's Future & Why He Has No Interest Being in a 'Tribute Band'

    October 17, 2014 1:25 PM EDT In his 70 years, it's fair to say that Jimmy Page has seen and experienced more than most. A hell of a lot more. Nevertheless, even he fails to hide the look of astonishment and boyish wonder that lights up his face upon exploring the Gothic splendor of "The Tudor Room" at…

  20. How Taylor Swift Got Mark Romanek to Direct 'Shake It Off'

    October 15, 2014 6:11 PM EDT In the most recent video of outtakes revealing the process behind Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" video, Swift focuses her attention on the video's director, Mark Romanek . Romanek has a star-studded resume, directing for Madonna , David Bowie , Janet Jackson , Jay Z and…

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