1. Led Zeppelin Kicked Off First U.S. Tour 46 Years Ago Today

    December 26, 2014 2:50 PM EST On this day (Dec. 26) in 1968, Led Zeppelin (not to be confused with " Len Zefflin ") kicked off their first North American tour opening for psychedelic hard rock band Vanilla Fudge at Denver Auditorium in Colorado. A ticket to see them play would only set you back $5 and the…

  2. Luke Bryan Leads Latest Hot Tours Tally

    December 24, 2014 2:40 PM EST Bryan's That’s My Kind of Night tour was the highest-grossing tour by a country artist in 2014 Country superstar Luke Bryan tops the weekly slate of top-grossing touring artists (see below) with the final 2014 box office stats reported from his That’s My Kind of Night Tour that wrapped…

  3. Touring in 2014: Stadium Shows Dominate, Garth Returns, Springsteen's Epic Run and More

    December 23, 2014 11:12 AM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  4. Joe Cocker, Interpreter of the Beatles, Bob Dylan & More: A History

    December 22, 2014 4:22 PM EST Joe Cocker , whose unmistakable rasp and intensity made him a singular interpreter of the Beatles , R&B and songwriters such as Bob Dylan , Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen , died at his home in Colorado on Monday (Dec. 22) after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Joe Cocker Dies at 70…

  5. Matisyahu Lets Love Flow on Festival of Light Tour: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes & Live Videos

    December 22, 2014 2:30 PM EST Matisyahu has never followed styles or trends. He doesn't even follow the setlist.  The reggae rapper took Billboard on a journey as he and his tourmates prepared for a show, with his Festival of Light tour reaching the snowy state of Vermont on Dec. 16. It's no ordinary occasion:…

  6. Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane on His Hall of Fame Induction, Inviting Robert Plant to His Basement

    December 22, 2014 12:16 PM EST Ahead of his induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame next spring, Steve Kane talks about hitting up the record store every Saturday and his 15,000-strong music collection. Every Friday, Warner Music Canada president Steve Kane posts to his Facebook page a message like…

  7. Live Nation Completes Deal for C3 Presents

    December 22, 2014 12:19 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment has completed the acquisition of a controlling stake in C3 Presents in a blockbuster deal that combines the might of the world’s biggest live-events promoter with a festivals juggernaut that was, until now, the largest independent concerts company in its space.…

  8. Celebrate! Austin Mahone Parties with Fifth Harmony

    December 21, 2014 7:46 PM EST With a guest list that included Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony , it seems that actress Hailee Steinfeld had a pretty epic birthday party. The pop stars were among the guests at the actress' big 18th birthday bash. 5H's Ally Brooke and Camila Cabello as well as Mahone posted…

  9. Marty Raybon Talks Shenandoah Reunion, Working on Miranda Lambert's 'Another Sunday In the South' & More

    December 20, 2014 2:26 PM EST Country musician Marty Raybon first thought that someone was pulling a prank on him. “I got a message that Frank Liddell wanted me to call him. He was doing a record on Miranda Lambert , and he wanted me to sing on the record. I thought it was a joke,” Raybon tells Billboard. Marty Raybon…

  10. Fatal South by Southwest Crash Brings First Wave of Lawsuits

    December 18, 2014 7:26 PM EST The initial wave of victim lawsuits since four people died at the South by Southwest music festival accuse organizers of safety lapses after a driver struck a crowd of concertgoers . Fourth Person Dies From Injuries in SXSW Crash The lawsuits filed Thursday (Dec. 18) in San Antonio are the…

  11. Exclusive: Mod Sun Premieres Ode to Marijuana 'Never Quit' ft. Travis Barker

    December 17, 2014 11:21 AM EST "No matter the amount of negativity you're presented with, five minutes from now could be your best moment," says Mod Sun, and his music reflects this attitude. The rapper's 2012 project was titled Happy As Fuck;  he named his book Did I Ever Wake Up? . Even his artistic…

  12. Tony Bennett Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 16, 2014 9:07 PM EST Tony Bennett is among those being honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights at a New York gala. Guests gathered at a Manhattan hotel on Tuesday evening (Dec. 16) for the organization's star-studded Ripple of Hope Award ceremony. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett…

  13. Gimme Five: 2PM's Favorite Songs Released

    December 16, 2014 6:00 PM EST Together for more than six years years, 2PM is the first to admit that they "have been through some very hard times." But throughout it all, Wooyoung, Taecyeon, Chansung, Jun.K, Junho and Nichkhun have continued to create music that not only becomes more meaningful to them, but…

  14. See AC/DC's Albums Ranked From Highest to Lowest Charting

    December 16, 2014 11:30 AM EST Forty-one years after AC/DC formed in Australia, the band's fifteenth studio album -- Rock Or Bust -- has debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. As one of the longest-running (not to mention most influential) hard rock bands to form in the '70s, AC/DC managed…

  15. Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Weird Al – But Not Beyonce – Top Google's 'Year In Search'

    December 16, 2014 11:00 AM EST Google has unleashed its annual Year In Search results, and the music categories are popping with emerging artists and trendsetting newsmakers. Iggy Azalea makes several appearances, most notably the top spot on the trending music artists tally, beating Lorde , Sam Smith , Meghan Trainor…

  16. Iggy Azalea Announces 'Great Escape' North American Tour Dates

    December 15, 2014 6:57 PM EST Iggy Azalea has announced dates for her Great Escape North American tour next year, kicking off in Fresno, Calif. on April 14 and wrapping up May 24 in Austin, Texas.  Iggy Azalea Pays Tribute to 'Woman I Owe My Career To' at Women in Music 2014 The "Fancy" rapper will…

  17. In the Face of Giants, Indie Concert Promoters Outpaced the Industry at Large This Year

    December 15, 2014 5:37 PM EST The grosses of the top six independent promoters in the U.S. combined increased by more than 15 percent, compared to a 7.7 percent increase for overall. Some 20 years after industry consolidation was supposed to wipe independent promoters off the map, these stubborn, savvy and fiercely…

  18. Op-Ed: Vine Became the New Demo Tape in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:34 PM EST Fifteen minutes of fame shrunk by 14 minutes and 54 seconds in 2014. Thanks to the Twitter-owned video app Vine, six seconds were all that a growing number of artists needed to achieve celebrity status. In the same way YouTube took a few years to produce mainstream musical acts from…

  19. BSBB Round 1: Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, "Black Widow" vs. Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Black Widow Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora Hot Boy Bobby Shmurda CRAIG JENKINS: “Black Widow” began life as a Katy Perry song and, as such, is designed almost entirely to buttress its titanic hook. Iggy Azalea’s just treading water…

  20. CMA CEO Sarah Trahern on Being 'Blown Away' During Her First Year on the Job

    December 12, 2014 1:06 PM EST It's been nearly a year since veteran television executive Sarah Trahern took over the role of chief executive officer at the Country Music Assn., joining the trade group from Great American Country (GAC), where she had served as senior vp/GM. While she was well qualified for the job -…

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