1. 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…

  2. Exclusive: Prince Premieres Jagged 'ANOTHERLOVE' Lyric Video

    December 23, 2014 10:55 AM EST Who has performed more great anguished-relationship songs than Prince ? " When You Were Mine ," " How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore ," " If I Was Your Girlfriend ," "Last Heart" -- the list is extensive, and each entry is indispensable. Today…

  3. Bill Cosby's Wife Camille Opens Up About Rape Accusations

    December 15, 2014 5:37 PM EST Bill Cosby 's wife says the embattled comedian is, in fact, the man his fans have always loved. In a statement released Monday (Dec. 15), Camille Cosby dismisses accusations from more than 15 women that they were drugged and raped by her husband as long ago as the late 1960s. She says…

  4. Syria's Hazem Shareef Wins 'Arab Idol'

    December 14, 2014 12:52 PM EST Hazem Shareef of Aleppo beat contestants of Saudi Arabian and Palestinian descent Weeks before American Idol returns to its 14th season on Fox, the pan Middle Eastern edition of the show has just crowned its latest winner. Palestinian ‘Arab Idol’ Winner Gets Permission For West Bank Move…

  5. How Apple Shook Up the Music Industry in 2014

    December 12, 2014 4:02 PM EST Who shook up music the most in 2014? Sorry, Taylor. Nice try, Queen Bey. Apple’s Sept. 9 press conference that unveiled the iPhone 6 was the year’s -- maybe even the ­decade’s -- watershed moment. In one presentation, the company went all in on streaming, hinted at the album’s future…

  6. The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST K-pop fans may remember 2014 as a dramatic, and at times heartbreaking, year. Members left groups fans envisioned them in for years, tragedy struck the live scene and the dark sides of the industry were brought to light in the wake of mourning one of the scene's most promising acts…

  7. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  8. U2 Extends 'Innocence' Tour After Quick Sellouts

    December 09, 2014 12:30 PM EST As expected, U2 blew out initial on-sales for the upcoming Innocence + Experience tour , selling out in every city that went on sale yesterday. A total of 44 shows went up yesterday, with approximately 660,000 tickets sold. Among the box office triumphs were a record-setting 118,000 fans…

  9. 4 Ways Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift Changed Country Music

    December 09, 2014 10:56 AM EST It might surprise some of Taylor Swift 's fans, but country music had a long and remarkable history before her 2006 debut album, and that grand tradition will continue, even if Swift ends up leaving the genre for good. But there's no doubt that she changed the business of country…

  10. Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor Gets Cooking with New Book

    December 09, 2014 4:28 AM EST Madonna pens books for kids. Nick Cave writes books for adults. Duran Duran’s Nick Rhode s has published a tome on abstract Polaroids. Now, Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor is expressing himself in the book-publishing world with a cookbook.  The versatile musician and his friend Ithai Schori …

  11. Inside U2’s Ambitious Upcoming Tour Strategy

    December 08, 2014 1:30 PM EST Despite album backlash and a battered Bono, the band preps its first road run since 2011. The announcement on Dec. 3 of U2 ’s Innocence + Experience Tour was a blast of confidence for a band that has experienced a bumpy past few months. Setting aside mixed consumer reaction to its Apple…

  12. '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 "…

  13. Ben & Jerry's and Tuff Gong Release First Video for 'One Love' and a Bob Marley-Inspired Ice Cream

    December 04, 2014 2:26 PM EST Phish Food, Cherry Garcia, Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road, Imagine Whirled Peace. Is your mouth watering yet? Just wait. Bob Marley to Front Global Marijuana Brand Ben & Jerry's has unveiled the latest addition to their smorgasbord of music and pop culture-inspired flavors: Satisfy My…

  14. Australian Retailer Pulls 'Grand Theft Auto V' After Complaints About Sexual Violence

    December 04, 2014 2:48 AM EST Target Australia is removing Grand Theft Auto V  from store shelves after more than 40,000 people who say the video game encourages players to murder women for entertainment signed an online petition asking the retailer to stop selling it. The decision is the latest in a long line of…

  15. Universal Launches New Latin EDM Label Aftercluv Dance Lab

    December 03, 2014 11:31 AM EST If you thought that Universal had named its Latin Grammy after party “The After” for obvious reasons, you were wrong. The event name was also a play on words, referencing Aftercluv Dance Lab, a new dance music label focused on the Latin marketplace region-wide.    The launch of Aftercluv…

  16. U2 Announces 'Innocence + Experience' Tour

    December 03, 2014 9:00 AM EST After months of speculation, Billboard has learned that U2 will announce 44 shows in 19 cities from its upcoming arena tour today, the U2 Innocence + Experience Tour 2015, beginning in May. The first shows will be May 14-15 in Vancouver, B.C., with the first leg to include 22 initial shows…

  17. Here's a Fiery Post-Hardcore Cover of Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space'

    December 02, 2014 12:34 PM EST If you're a serious fan of both Taylor Swift and hard rock, Christmas came early this year. I Prevail -- a group from Michigan that describes its music as post-hardcore -- released an aggressive, guitar-slathered cover of Swift's No. 1 hit "Blank Space." Watch the…

  18. A$AP Rocky Reveals How Fashion Made Him Cry In New Ferragamo Video Series

    December 01, 2014 3:28 PM EST In his 2012 Scarface and Willy Wonka -inspired video for "Wassup," A$AP Rocky dazzles in Comme des Garcons and Raf Simons, rapping, "Only thing bigger than my ego is my mirror/ Yeah, clothes getting weirder." And fashion "weirdness" is precisely what captured…

  19. T. Mills Talks Teaming Up With Dr. Luke, Travis Barker for New Album

    November 24, 2014 12:01 PM EST While touring this year, T. Mills managed to dip into the studio to record his upcoming album. On his sophomore album, due in "the beginning of 2015," the rapper/singer teamed up with Dr. Luke and one of his "childhood heroes," Travis Barker . "I got to work with Dr…

  20. What Will Upcoming Contract Negotiations Mean for Taylor Swift, Usher and Justin Timberlake?

    November 21, 2014 1:34 PM EST Megamillion-dollar label deals are a thing of the past. But with Usher, Timberlake and Swift nearing the end of their contracts, this is how majors will have to fight to keep them. Taylor Swift , Usher and Justin Timberlake are about to enter an all-too-familiar crossroads for pop…

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