1. People Magazine Awards: And the Winners Are...

    December 18, 2014 11:11 PM EST Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez & more are honored at inaugural ceremony. The inaugural People Magazine Awards are a wrap. Kevin Hart took home the first of the night, Comedy Star of the Year, while Lisa Kudrow was honored with Television Performance of the Year for HBO's The Comeback…

  2. '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…

  3. The Country Music Industry in 2014: Garth's Return, Taylor's Exit

    December 18, 2014 2:49 PM EST With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a few stars chose to go out. On the road. In…

  4. 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…

  5. Michael Jackson Estate Renews with BMI

    December 17, 2014 2:10 PM EST Michael Jackson 's estate has renewed its long-standing partnership with BMI for representation of the late pop icon's catalog, the performing rights organization announced on Wednesday. The pact, which dates back over 38 years, covers the public performances of Jackson's…

  6. The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

    December 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present day? Think back to Doc Brown using a chalkboard to draw tangential, alternate futures for Marty McFly in Back to the Future . Well, imagine if vinyl…

  7. West Virginia High Schooler Comes Out As Gay to Taylor Swift's 'Love Story'

    December 17, 2014 11:20 AM EST The country singer Ty Herndon recently told People that Kacey Musgraves ' song "Follow Your Arrow" helped motivate him to come out. In West Virginia, a country song from  Taylor Swift  recently soundtracked a similar situation. In a piece published yesterday on the website…

  8. Green Day, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan & More to Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    December 16, 2014 2:00 AM EST The punk trio Green Day is the 48th act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, joining acts such as Nirvana , R.E.M. and the Clash as first-ballot honorees. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble , Bill Withers , the Paul Butterfield Blues…

  9. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  10. No Doubt, System of a Down & More Ring in 25 Years of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

    December 15, 2014 3:19 PM EST What the Jingle Ball tour has become to the pop world, KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas has been to the alternative scene for more than two decades. The L.A. radio station's annual December show, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, had its status as arguably the…

  11. Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams Will Perform Together at the People Magazine Awards

    December 15, 2014 1:58 PM EST Pharrell Williams  and Gwen Stefani will perform at the inaugural People Magazine Awards. Stefani will play her Pharrell-produced latest single, "Spark The Fire," released in anticipation of her third solo album -- the first since 2006's The Sweet Escape . Gwen Stefani &…

  12. 2014 Became Country's Coming-Out Party for Artists Including Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman

    December 15, 2014 1:11 PM EST On Nov. 5, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally made history as the first openly gay winners of a Country Music Association Award when they took home song of the year honors for co-writing Kacey Musgraves ’ “Follow Your Arrow,” the left-field hit that includes a lyric that celebrates same-sex…

  13. The Clash's 'London Calling' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    December 13, 2014 2:30 PM EST Any punk band worth its leather and studs can do dystopian, apocalyptic angst. The world is always ending, and after garbage men and plumbers, angry young guitar players have some of the best job security around. The trick is to rage in your own unique way. On the opening title track of its…

  14. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: Rolling Stones, One Direction, Live Nation Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 12, 2014 2:31 PM EST Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014. Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake…

  15. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  16. 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…

  17. RaeLynn & Luke Bryan Leap On Country Charts

    December 11, 2014 1:05 PM EST RaeLynn , a second-season contestant on NBC's The Voice , returned to the show Dec. 2 and performed her current single, "God Made Girls." The visit proved valuable, as "Girls" flies 17-7 on Hot Country Songs , adding Digital Gainer applause, as the track vaults 12-1…

  18. Sting Joins Cast of 'The Last Ship,' Receives Standing Ovation

    December 10, 2014 10:56 PM EST Grammy Award-winner Sting jumped aboard his Broadway musical The Last Ship  as its newest star Tuesday night, hoping to help right a show that's been listing dangerously at the box office. A bearded Sting got a standing ovation -- and a bouquet of white roses -- at the Neil Simon…

  19. 10 Things We Learned From Billy Corgan's Reddit AMA

    December 10, 2014 12:00 PM EST With a new Smashing Pumpkins album Monuments to an Elegy out this week, Billy Corgan  made time to answer questions about "anything" on Reddit yesterday. With a cup of tea in hand, obviously. Here’s what we learned: 1. The shortest (5 minutes) and the longest (5 months) amount of…

  20. Billy Corgan Says Next Smashing Pumpkins Album Is 'The End,' He's 'Over Rock & Roll'

    December 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST Poor Billy Corgan . The Smashing Pumpkins only released their new album yesterday, and it sounds like he’s losing some of that ‘90s guitar god enthusiasm. Or a lot of it. In a Dec. 9 interview with the Wall Street Journal , Corgan hinted that the Pumpkins’ expected 2015 album Day For Night …

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