1. 'Sons of Anarchy' Finale Song Debuts on Rock Chart

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST As the bloody motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy concluded its seven-season run Dec. 9 on FX, its swan song, "Come Join the Murder," debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. The original track is credited to the show's house band, the Forest Rangers, and White…

  2. BSBB Round 1: Calvin Harris, "Summer" vs. Sia, "Chandelier"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Summer Calvin Harris Chandelier Sia CHRIS PAYNE: One lead artist goes on magazine covers wearing a paper bag; the other just does the instrumentals and has unnamed collaborators sing the lyrics. What strange/wonderful/bloggable…

  3. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  4. Death Grips' 'Inanimate Sensation': Hear First Song From Disc 2 of Final Album

    December 10, 2014 10:57 AM EST Death Grips is dead. Long live 'Jenny Death.' The amorphous, uncompromising Sacramento squad once and always known as Death Grips has released the first song from the second slab, titled "Jenny Death," of The Powers That B , the upcoming double album that will serve…

  5. 2014 Indie Rock Playlist for Pop Fans: 15 Songs That Could Have Cracked Top 40

    December 09, 2014 3:30 PM EST Check out tunes from Tune-Yards, the Drums, Hundred Waters and others that even the staunchest pop fan would embrace. December is always a time for pop fans to feel particularly trepidatious, as the final month of the calendar year doubles as year-end list season — better known as a…

  6. Album Review: Ghostface Killah Follows Up Wu-Tang Clan's Reunion Album With Solo Concept LP '36 Seasons'

    December 09, 2014 1:00 PM EST After 20 years of rapping, there are few things the Wu-Tang Clan hasn't been able to do -- except get along. In 2007, ahead of the release of its fifth LP, 8 Diagrams , group members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon trashed the album publicly, blaming its poor quality on the direction of…

  7. Lady Gaga, Usher, Bruce Springsteen & More Pay Tribute to 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 08, 2014 1:40 PM EST “Tonight Washington puts the arts above politics. Because no matter what political party you belong to, everyone wants a selfie with Tom Hanks.” So declared host Stephen Colbert on Sunday night as he kicked off the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, the ultimate power mash-up of arts,…

  8. 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…

  9. How Do One Direction's First-Week Album Sales Compare to Other Boy Bands?

    December 01, 2014 12:40 PM EST One Direction  just made history, again. When Four debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , they became the only group in the chart's 58-year history to see their first four albums debut at the list's top slot. The world's biggest boy band moved 387,000 copies of Four in the…

  10. Happy Birthday, Bjork! 10 Unforgettable Tracks Revisited

    November 21, 2014 11:06 AM EST Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork is many things -- she’s an artist, influencer and has made a career by not fitting into any stereotypical molds. She takes risks (ahem, infamous swan dress ) and lets her unique voice speak for itself. Even Beavis and Butt-head tried to wrap their heads…

  11. Sting and His 'The Last Ship' Cast Prep for Broadway Opening

    October 26, 2014 1:07 PM EDT "I'm at the back there every night, mouthing every syllable," Sting says. The actors in Sting 's musical The Last Ship have plenty of pressure these days. The show is making its Broadway debut. There are last-minute changes. And Sting is pacing in the darkness. "I&…

  12. Sinead O'Connor: 'There'd Have Been a Lot More Rock 'n' Roll Suicides' Without 'Spinal Tap'

    October 24, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Ah,  Spinal Tap.  It speaks the universal language of all musicians -- when there's "too much fucking perspective." None of us in the music business are "university material." We don't fit in the "normal" world. Not fitting can be distressing for us.…

  13. Led Zeppelin Releases 'Rock and Roll' Video That Isn't a Car Commercial

    October 24, 2014 10:18 AM EDT Three days from now, Led Zeppelin fans will get treated to a whole bounty of new goodies to geek out on. On Oct. 27, the band releases expanded, remastered versions its early '70s classics Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy . To get us to run out and buy them ( or maybe a new…

  14. Ticketmaster vs. Stubhub: Who’s Winning the Resale Battle?

    October 20, 2014 2:00 PM EDT One year after the Live Nation-owned seller shook up the $5 billion resale market, its primary rival has lowered selling fees and gone aggressive as concertgoers seek more value. While 2013 was the year that Ticketmaster and StubHub battled each other in state legislatures over resale laws…

  15. The Kentucky Headhunters' 'Pickin' On Nashville' Turns 25, Exclusive Interview

    October 17, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Friday (Oct. 17) marks the quarter-century anniversary of one of country music's most historic and unlikely success stories.  The Kentucky Headhunters had been making music in one incarnation or another for close to two decades before their iconic Pickin' On Nashville was released…

  16. Led Zeppelin Shares Rare, Alternate Version of 'Rock and Roll'

    October 16, 2014 12:15 PM EDT It’s been a long time since we… heard a rare Led Zeppelin track. Over two weeks, to be exact, since we shared the alternate version of 1973’s “Rain Song” from Zeppelin’s forthcoming pair of classic LP reissues. This time, the band has leaked an alternate take of “Rock and Roll” -- the…

  17. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  18. Led Zeppelin Shares Rare Alternate Version of 'The Rain Song'

    September 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Led Zeppelin is re-releasing its classic albums Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy on Oct. 27, and rarities from these sets are beginning to trickle out. Earlier this month, we shared an alternate version of the IV cut “Black Dog” and now a sampling of Houses of the Holy ’s deluxe…

  19. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  20. The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles ' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught…

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