1. Op-Ed: Why U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Deserves the Rock Album Grammy

    December 05, 2014 11:00 PM EST The album that attracted the most discussion this year? U2 's Songs of Innocence. Read the Counterpoint: Why U2 Doesn't Deserve the Rock Album Grammy Thanks to Apple, the band’s thirteenth studio effort, and first since 2009’s No Line On The Horizon , delivered to the "…

  2. '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…

  3. The Cost of Scott Stapp's Downward Spiral: Blowing Through $1.5 Million in a Year

    December 05, 2014 3:32 PM EST Creed helped fuel one of the music industry's most robust runs, selling 27 million albums in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its 1997 debut, My Own Prison . Today, frontman Scott Stapp says he's broke and homeless . But according to sources, it was only…

  4. Sam Smith on Grammy Nominations Eve: 'I Can't Think About It'

    December 04, 2014 9:52 PM EST Who knew, a year ago, that a name as seemingly short and indistinct as Sam Smith 's would be the one on everyone's lips come the end of 2014? Any lack of individuality ended right with his moniker, of course, as the British soulster went on to have not just the top-selling debut…

  5. Apple Accused of Deleting Users' Music in Antitrust Trial

    December 04, 2014 1:37 PM EST The antitrust trial against Apple is now fully underway, with vice president Eddy Cue taking the stand today in Oakland and the emails of late company founder Steve Jobs already having been cited by plaintiffs. Video footage of Jobs is expected to feature later in the trial. Related Jimmy…

  6. Ian McLagan of Small Faces and the Faces Dead at 69

    December 03, 2014 8:43 PM EST Ian McLagan, the electrifying pianist and songwriter of Small Faces and the Faces who became a rock 'n' roll journeyman with stints backing Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and others, died Dec. 3 in Austin, Texas, due to complications from a stroke suffered a day earlier. He was…

  7. Art Basel Miami Beach: Your Music Guide

    December 03, 2014 6:40 PM EST FKA Twigs, Miguel, Theophilus London, James Blake & more artists provide a musical backdrop to the Miami art fest. An estimated 70,000 global visitors will descend on southern Florida this week for Art Basel Miami Beach, a socialite smorgasbord of contemporary art shows, forward…

  8. Jimmy Iovine Recalls Two-Year Pitch to Apple: 'You Have a Hole in Music... Let Me Plug It'

    December 03, 2014 1:43 PM EST Jimmy Iovine is a "sponge." At least that's how the former Interscope chairman and Beats co-founder describes himself in a new back-and-forth with GQ for its Men of the Year issue. In a wide-ranging discussion, Iovine talks about that time he totally lied to John Lennon , his…

  9. Time Warp Festival Overcomes Adversity With Credible American Debut

    December 02, 2014 2:15 PM EST Techno has arrived in America. Well, at least in Brooklyn. Already home to standout underground clubs Output and Verboten, the New York borough played host to the first American edition of legendary German techno festival Time Warp this last weekend. Originally slated to take place at the…

  10. Publishing Briefs: Dan the Automator Signs With Atlas Music Group, RightsFlow Enters 3D Printing Biz, Riptide Expands

    December 02, 2014 11:57 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- The Atlas Music Group has signed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to a worldwide publishing deal, which will include his entire catalog (except for collaborations with Dr. Octagon ), as…

  11. Exclusive: David Guetta, Tiesto, Hardwell to Headline Ultimate Music Experience 2015

    December 02, 2014 11:00 AM EST Next spring, the Ultimate Music Experience will descend upon Texas' South Padre Island, celebrating the 20th anniversary of co-promoter Disco Donnie Presents with the largest attendance (50,000) in the three-day event's  five-year history. Exclusive: Tiësto, Zedd, Bassnectar To…

  12. iPod Trial: Steve Jobs' Own Words to Be Used Against Apple

    December 01, 2014 12:38 PM EST After nearly a decade in legal wrangling, a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court. Attorneys for consumers and electronics retailers claim Apple Inc. used software in its iTunes store that forced…

  13. John Densmore and Shepard Fairey Talk Record Store Day Black Friday Collab, Ferguson Riots & More

    November 28, 2014 3:16 PM EST “It feels a little weird. Here we are doing this interview, and our streets are filled with protesters in regards to Ferguson,” Doors drummer John Densmore says. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book Densmore and “Obey” artist…

  14. How Jimmy Iovine Made It 'A Very Special Christmas' in 1985

    November 28, 2014 10:00 AM EST Jimmy Iovine recalls the exact moment he decided to make  A Very Special Christmas . It was January 1985, the day of his father Vincent "Jimmy" Iovine's funeral. A Brooklyn longshoreman "who loved Christmas," the elder Iovine had fallen sick during the holidays and…

  15. Axwell /\ Ingrosso's 'Something New' Debuts in Star-Studded Beats by Dre Ad: Watch

    November 26, 2014 4:17 PM EST Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Usher & more pop up in #soloselfie commercial. "Something New," the first single from Axwell /\ Ingrosso 's debut album as a duo, has arrived in the form of a new Beats by Dre commercial. The EDM duo are in good company in the new ad, surrounded by…

  16. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack

    November 26, 2014 12:05 PM EST Never mind the meal. What's on the musical menu for Thanksgiving? Billboard has all the ingredients for a satisfying Turkey Day soundtrack. We trust that, at this point, you've planned the details of cooking your Thanksgiving dinner. (Or, perhaps smarter, that you've…

  17. Amazon Prime Music Debuts First Exclusive Content

    November 24, 2014 5:11 PM EST Amazon has made exclusive video a component of Prime Instant Video streaming service, its answer to Netflix. Now the company is doing the same with music -- sort of. Amazon quietly debuted last week its first exclusive music release, the 43-track, Christmas-themed All Is Bright , through…

  18. 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…

  19. Waka Flocka Flame Appears in a Commercial for Pine Brothers Cough Drops

    November 24, 2014 9:23 AM EST When Waka Flocka Flame released the album Flockavelli in 2010, it was a major success -- temporarily, his sound dominated the radio. But the victory was short-lived. These days, his brand of tough, abrasive rap has mostly disappeared from the airwaves. Bombast is out and melody is in, so…

  20. Interscope, Chrysler Team For Ad Spots With Eminem, Fergie, Gwen Stefani & More During AMAs

    November 23, 2014 11:03 PM EST Interscope has new videos coming from Eminem , Fergie , Gwen Stefani , Imagine Dragons and Phillip Phillips -- and the company is going to let you know about them during the American Music Awards telecast on Sunday (Nov. 23), with the help of Chrysler Group LLC. Full AMAs 2014 Coverage The…

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