1. 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…

  2. Rob Halford on His Close Friendship With 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'I've Got Wonderful Memories'

    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, Judas Priest frontman…

  3. 'Dimebag' Darrell's Longtime Partner Rita Haney: 'He'd Actually Be Surprised at How Many People He Touched'

    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, Abbott's life…

  4. '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 "…

  5. Take That, Ed Sheeran Return To U.K. Chart Summits

    December 08, 2014 1:51 AM EST Take That’s   III  (Polydor/Universal), the British pop staple’s first album as a three-piece, debuted atop the new U.K. chart yesterday (Dec. 7) to become their sixth No. 1 on the survey. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” (Asylum/Warner Music) returned to the top of the singles chart,…

  6. AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Threatened Man & Daughter, Prosecutors Say

    December 07, 2014 11:04 PM EST New Zealand prosecutors for the first time publicly outlined their case against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd , saying Friday that he called a man who had worked for him for three years and threatened to kill him and his daughter. The details were in a brief one-page "summary of facts"…

  7. 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…

  8. Op-Ed: Why U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Doesn't Deserve the Rock Album Grammy

    December 05, 2014 11:00 PM EST It rather boggles the mind that U2 's Songs of Innocence was nominated for a 2015 Best Rock Album Grammy on Friday (Dec. 5). Is it possible voters thought they were voting for Biggest Album Rollout Fiasco after the free release burrowed into people's computers and wouldn't…

  9. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  10. Quotes of the Week: Madonna Prefers Recording in 'Prison,' Ariana Grande Gets Smacked By an Angel and More

    December 05, 2014 5:52 PM EST "You are my favorite rapper, but dude ShadyXV is f---ing ASS...why won't someone who loves him tell him NO." -- Tyler, The Creator The rapper, in tweets he has since deleted, dissing the new compilation from Eminem 's Shady Records. "Kurt heard that, and kissed me…

  11. Grammy Latin Nominations Cast a Wide Net

    December 05, 2014 4:55 PM EST Latin Grammy winners like Carlos Vives, Juanes, Calle 13 & Camila compete against virtual unknowns. A mix of well-known acts and total outliers ruled the Latin nominees for the 2015 Grammy Awards . While many big names hailing from many countries -- most armed with critically acclaimed…

  12. Grammys 2015: The 10 Biggest Snubs & Surprises

    December 05, 2014 4:11 PM EST Where is "Drunk In Love"? What happened to DJ Mustard? And who could have seen Brandy Clark coming? Inside the biggest shocks and letdowns. Now that (almost) all of the 57th annual Grammy Award nominations have been revealed, we can eye the 82 categories announced and…

  13. Joan Rivers & 5 More Posthumous Grammy Award Nominees

    December 05, 2014 4:09 PM EST At the 57th annual Grammy Awards , late comedy legend Joan Rivers will be up for just her second Grammy ever, following her 1984 Best Comedy Album nomination for What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? This time, she'll compete for Best Spoken Word Album with her Diary of a Mad Diva .…

  14. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  15. Grammys 2015: Meet The Lesser-Known Nominees

    December 05, 2014 2:28 PM EST Mali Music, Brandy Clark, Alt-J and other rising stars have earned key nominations. Look at the nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards (so far) , and you’ll see a whole bunch of familiar names in the major categories. Grammy darlings like Taylor Swift , U2 , Eminem and John Legend have…

  16. Monster Loses Bid to Sabotage $1.7M Beastie Boys Verdict

    December 05, 2014 1:11 PM EST A federal judge in New York has scuttled Monster Energy's attempt to void the $1.7 million jury verdict over the company's bungled use of several Beastie Boys songs in a 2012 promotional video. The trial, which ended in June, revolved around a Beasties "megamix" produced…

  17. 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,…

  18. The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: Pete Wentz Talks New Fall Out Boy Album

    December 05, 2014 9:30 AM EST Billboard has a new podcast. We’ve already got you covered on all things pop , hip-hop and new music on the podcast front; now, the alternative music world gets some love, too. Introducing the Alt In Our Stars -- a new weekly podcast covering rock and alternative music. Expect musical…

  19. Beatles Top Vinyl Chart After Record Store Day

    December 04, 2014 7:13 PM EST The Beatles top Billboard's Vinyl Albums chart for the fifth time with Long Tall Sally , a Black Friday Record Store Day exclusive. The limited-edition four-song 7" reissue also starts at No. 22 on Top Rock Albums , selling 6,000 copies (all on vinyl) in the week ending Nov. 30,…

  20. 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 …

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