1. Billy Corgan: 'I'm a Rock Star Because I'm a Great F---ing Musician'

    December 19, 2014 4:40 PM EST When it comes to the state of the music industry (or anything else for that matter),  Smashing Pumpkins  mastermind and frontman  Billy Corgan  has no problem speaking his mind. Billboard sat down with the musician in his dressing room at the recent KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas event in Los…

  2. Shaquille O'Neal Proposes to Nicki Minaj During Freestyle

    December 19, 2014 3:30 PM EST Nicki Minaj appeared on Inside The NBA yesterday for what Kenny Smith called, "the TNT Cypher." Smith, Shaquille O'Neal , and Grant Hill all took turns rapping light-heartedly -- Ernie Johnson mostly chose not to rhyme -- before Minaj ended up with the mic. Watch below. Grant…

  3. Taylor Swift's Birthday Boosts Her to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    December 19, 2014 3:24 PM EST It pays to have famous friends -- or, in Taylor Swift ’s case, friends with large online followings who will tweet about attending your 25th birthday party. An array of A-listers (like Nick Jonas , Selena Gomez , Lorde , Haim and more) did just that on the night of Dec. 13, spreading online…

  4. Eric Burgett Brings His Classical Training to Country Music

    December 19, 2014 2:59 PM EST In this week's 615 Spotlight, we take a look at a singer who we found simply perfecting his art in one of the most prestigious clubs in Nashville: Eric Burgett, one of the most unique talents  you will find in Music City. His writing and performing definitely fit in with what is out…

  5. Listen to the 'Serial' Theme Song Mixed With Notorious B.I.G.

    December 19, 2014 12:50 PM EST Serial , the wildly popular true crime podcast about the 1999 Baltimore murder of Hae Min Lee,  ended on Thursday . So what's life after  Serial  like? Turns out it has a lot more  Notorious B.I.G. than expected. Soundcloud user  Fafu  released a remix of the Serial theme song mashed…

  6. Sony Hack: FBI Confirms North Korea Is 'Responsible For These Actions'

    December 19, 2014 12:49 PM EST In an email to the studio's top executives, the hackers called the decision not to release 'The Interview,' "very wise." On Friday morning, the FBI officially accused North Korea of the devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, which began shortly before…

  7. The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

    December 19, 2014 12:45 PM EST After decades of leading the pack, the cultural rebound of rock, alternative, or whatever we want to call it depends on learning to play by new sets of rules. I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far…

  8. Big Boi Adds 'Freaky Tales' to Maroon 5's 'Animals' Remix

    December 19, 2014 10:34 AM EST Big Boi recently wrapped up the OutKast reunion tour, so in his newfound spare time, he decided to add a verse to Maroon 5 's hit "Animals." Listen to the new track below -- Big Boi shows up near the 2:45 mark to tell some "freaky tales." Maroon 5's 10 Biggest…

  9. Surprise! Miguel Releases 3 New Songs

    December 19, 2014 10:00 AM EST December continues to be popular month for unexpected releases from R&B singers. After D'Angelo dropped Black Messiah with little warning on Monday, three new songs popped up on Miguel 's SoundCloud page today. Listen below. This is the first sign that Miguel is working on a…

  10. Watch Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Stipe & Others Salute Stephen Colbert with Song

    December 19, 2014 1:22 AM EST Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M’s Michael Stipe and Barry Manilow were on hand to give Stephen Colbert a big-time send-off Thursday night.  They were just a few in a dizzying cast of musicians, movie and media personalities, athletes and politicians who joined in for a celebratory round…

  11. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  12. Delaware Country Fests To Go Head-To-Head Next Summer

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST Country music promoters will have a better read on just how strong the country music market is in mid-Atlantic region by Monday, as two major country music festivals go on sale today and tomorrow. Big Barrel and Delaware Junction, both new festivals for 2015, will be competing for Delaware&…

  13. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight…

  14. Exclusive: HIM Premieres 'Stigmata Diaboli,' Remastered for New Box Set

    December 18, 2014 2:12 PM EST HIM fans have something big to look forward to this holiday season. On Dec. 23, the long-running Finnish rock band will release a limited-edition box set called Lashes to Ashes, Lust to Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective '96-'03 . Among all the goodies inside, the main attraction is…

  15. Top 5 Producers Shifting the Sound of Atlanta Rap in 2014

    December 18, 2014 1:30 PM EST Super producers such as Organized Noize have paved the way for others to craft the way Atlanta is represented sonically. Now it seems that the current role of the producer in Atlanta is to dictate the way the Billboard chart sounds, with songs like "Tuesday" (produced by Metro…

  16. 'Maybe the Adrenaline Keeps Me Going': Landau Management's Barbara Carr on Working with Springsteen for 34 Years

    December 18, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Couldn't get along without you, Barb," Bruce Springsteen said of Barbara Carr when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Any Springsteen fan worth their salt knows his longtime manager and former producer, Jon Landau . Less visible (by choice) is Carr,…

  17. Watch Nick Jonas Imitate Tom Hanks' 'Big' Piano Dance at FAO Schwarz

    December 18, 2014 11:05 AM EST Nick Jonas gave fans a Big moment in New York City. Jonas performed his single "Jealous" on the giant floor piano keys at FAO Schwarz, and managed to croon out the tune as well. "I stopped by FAO Schwarz in NYC and had to pay homage to the man Tom Hanks... Check it out,"…

  18. Big Sean: Ariana Grande Does NOT Get Carried Around Like a Baby, Except...

    December 18, 2014 9:51 AM EST Big Sean wants to clear something up: The rumors that Ariana Grande (his girlfriend) demands to be carried everywhere are just as ridiculous as they sound. (Unless he's covering for her? Scandal!) The rapper was on The Breakfast Club Power 105.1 radio show, and when the hosts brought…

  19. BandPage Touts Big Sales Metrics for Artists' Merch

    December 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST BandPage has announced a few large metrics today, over a year after signing key deals with Spotify (where it recently became the only way to place merchandise for sale on the platform), iHeartMedia and a notable funding round: 3,000,000 items, ranging from t-shirts to private concerts, are…

  20. Firefly Producers Announce New Big Barrel Country Fest, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Loretta Lynn to Play

    December 18, 2014 7:55 AM EST Red Frog Events, the producers of the Firefly Festival, announce today the launch of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 26-28, the weekend after Firefly, at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., site of Firefly. Headliners include  Blake Shelton , Miranda…

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