1. Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty to Gun, Drug Charges

    December 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST Up-and-coming rapper Bobby Shmurda appeared in a New York City court on Thursday (Dec. 18) to face charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a street gang that was behind several shootings, one fatal, during turf wars over drug trafficking. Shmurda (real name: Ackquille Pollard)…

  2. Lorde, Rick Astley, Skrillex, Gotye & More Appear In Hilarious Australian Video: Watch

    December 17, 2014 1:55 AM EST Lorde , Rick Astley , Skrillex , Steve Aoki , Paul Kelly and  Flume  are among the laundry-list of hip and household-name artists who appear in a hilarious new clip created by Australia’s Triple J radio network.   In the video, Triple J’s weekday breakfast DJs Matt and Alex gather more…

  3. Exclusive: Shigeto Premieres 'Tide Pools' From 'Ghostly Swim 2'

    December 16, 2014 9:51 AM EST In 2014, surprising artistic collaborations have become the norm in popular music. But the record label Ghostly International and the TV network Adult Swim were ahead of the curve: they worked together for the first time back in 2008, creating Ghostly Swim , a compilation album full of …

  4. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  5. Wondering Sound Cuts Editorial Staff

    December 12, 2014 8:15 PM EST Update, Dec. 13: A source familiar with the situation tells Billboard that editor-in-chief J. Edward Keyes and managing editor Laura Leebove were not affected by the downsizing. Online music publication Wondering Sound  has cut what seems to be nearly all of its editorial staff, saying it…

  6. Mary J. Blige Earns 10th No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 11, 2014 8:32 PM EST Blige ties Aretha Franklin for the most No. 1s among women. The queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , returns to No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her new genre-spanning set The London Sessions . It's her tenth No. 1, tying Blige with Aretha Franklin for the most No. 1 albums…

  7. The Year on Twitter: Justin Bieber is Most Tweeted About Artist, Katy Perry is Most Followed User

    December 10, 2014 12:00 AM EST Music continues to be the most-discussed subject on Twitter in the U.S., according to data released by the social network. The most tweeted-about artist of the year is Justin Bieber , the most-tweeted about song of the year was "Happy" by Pharrell , and the most tweeted-about…

  8. The Year in Pop 2014: One Direction, 'Frozen,' & Pharrell Dominate

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST One Direction takes home the trophy as Billboard's top artist of the year for 2014. See All the Year End Charts Here! The English/Irish quintet (comprising Niall Horan , Liam Payne , Zayn Malik , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson ), is the first group to earn the top artist distinction…

  9. Johnny Marr Cancels U.S. Solo Tour Dates

    December 08, 2014 4:59 PM EST The former Smiths guitarist axes the end of his 2014 tour over a 'serious close family illness.' Morrissey isn’t the only former Smiths member canceling tour dates these days. On Monday (Dec. 8), Johnny Marr announced he’d been forced to cancel the 10 remaining dates on his…

  10. Fellow Rockers and Friends Remember 'Dimebag' Darrell on the 10th Anniversary of His Murder

    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 are the highlights. 'Dimebag'…

  11. 'Dimebag' Darrell: 10 Years Later, a Look Back at the Murder of the Last Guitar God

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST On Dec. 14, 2004, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , former guitarist of influential metal band Pantera , lay in repose at the Moore Funeral home in Arlington, Texas, head resting on the pillow of the gaudy Kiss Kasket he had once asked to be buried in. A black-and-yellow Charvel "…

  12. Listen: Timbaland Shares New Track ‘UFO’ Featuring Tink & Andre 3000

    December 07, 2014 2:13 PM EST Timbaland has shared his new track “UFO” featuring Chicago R&B singer Tink and Andre 3000. Timbaland Previews Tink's 'Movin' Bass,' Feat. Jay Z & Rick Ross: Listen After recently previewing a snippet of “UFO” on Instagram, the producer shared the infidelity…

  13. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM Jingle Ball

    December 06, 2014 5:21 PM EST Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Jessie J and special guests galore joined the Los Angeles radio station's annual extravaganza. With the moment the lights dropped at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles Friday night (Dec. 5), so launched more than four hours of excited teenage…

  14. 'Shady XV' Compilation Starts at No. 1 on Rap Albums

    December 05, 2014 2:36 PM EST New albums from the Shady Records crew, Rick Ross, and Iggy Azalea debut. Meanwhile, Glade freshens the chart with a hit by Kevin Ross. Shady Records' roster -- including head honcho Eminem -- have taken the No. 1 spot on Rap Albums with 138,000 units of Shady XV sold in its first week…

  15. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Ariana Grande: 'This Year I Was Really Taken Seriously as an Artist’

    December 05, 2014 12:50 PM EST "A year-and-a-half ago I was wearing a red wig, pretending to be a silly 15-year-old on a television show," says Ariana Grande , referring to her title role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Sam & Cat . That was before the native Floridian released her sophomore LP,…

  16. James Bond Wish List: 5 Artists Who Should Sing 'Spectre' Title Song

    December 04, 2014 10:20 AM EST Like diamonds, James Bond may as well be forever. Skyfall director Sam Mendes revealed the title of the 24th canonical installment in the Bond franchise is titled Spectre and will come out in fall 2015. For the fourth time, Daniel Craig -- the sixth actor to portray Bond on the big screen …

  17. Taylor Swift's '1989' Returns to No. 1 on Revamped Billboard 200

    December 03, 2014 11:24 AM EST The chart now includes on-demand streaming and digital track sales. The newly refreshed Billboard 200 albums chart welcomes a familiar face back to No. 1, as Taylor Swift's 1989 hops back to the top slot (2-1) after a one-week vacation. This is the album's fourth non…

  18. Meek Mill Released From Prison

    December 02, 2014 5:44 PM EST Rick Ross ' socks have had their wish granted. #FreeMeekMill pic.twitter.com/qpAMnbaqA0 — Hood Billionaire (@rickyrozay) December 1, 2014 On Tuesday (Dec. 2), at 4 p.m. ET, Maybach Music's Meek Mill was released from a Philadelphia prison. The rapper had been incarcerated since…

  19. Happy Birthday, Britney Spears: Celebrate & Take Our Quiz About the Pop Superstar

    December 02, 2014 9:00 AM EST Happy Birthday, Britney Spears ! Stronger than destiny and still kicking ass in Las Vegas, the pop superstar has had a long career of highlights. So in honor of her 33rd birthday today (Dec. 2), we have a little challenge for her long-time fans: Can you ace our test about her musical (and…

  20. Why a 'Voice' Winner Is Playing 'Pippin' on Broadway Before Releasing a Single

    December 02, 2014 2:19 AM EST For the first time ever, a Voice winner is stopping by Broadway before the recording studio. Josh Kaufman , the season-six champ who touted rock, pop and soul covers while under Usher's wing, has stepped into the lead role of Pippin. Director Diane Paulus staged the Tony-winning…

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