1. 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debuts at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    December 24, 2014 2:33 PM EST Craig Wayne Boyd , the seventh-season winner of NBC's The Voice , rockets onto Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart at No. 1 with his coronation single "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face." Boyd becomes just the second artist to launch at No. 1 since Hot…

  2. 'Salad Days,' Comprehensive Doc on Washington, D.C.'s Hardcore Scene, Gets a Hometown Premiere

    December 19, 2014 1:08 PM EST A long-awaited documentary on the influential 80s D.C. hardcore scene Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, D.C. , makes its hometown premiere tonight (Dec. 19) at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center  in Silver Spring, MD. The first of the four-sold out screenings this weekend…

  3. 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…

  4. Muted Hurrahs For Easing of Cuban Sanctions

    December 17, 2014 7:29 PM EST Industry Is Optimistic, but Still Evaluating President Obama’s announcement that he planned to “normalize” relationships with Cuba was met with muted response from the Latin music industry. The demureness could simply be attributed to the season; Christmas is around the corner. But also,…

  5. Beanie Sigel Shot in New Jersey: Report

    December 05, 2014 12:20 PM EST Beanie Sigel has been shot in South Jersey, according to NBC10 Philadephia . The rapper was shot around 9:30 am on Dec. 5 around the 800 block of Spruce Avenue in Pleasantville, New Jersey, police tells NBC10. Beanie Sigel Released From Jail Following Two Years for Tax Evasion, Narcotics…

  6. 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…

  7. Holiday 'Gif' Guide: 44 Gifts for Music Lovers

    December 01, 2014 3:30 PM EST Happy holidays! Can't figure out what to buy as gifts for the music lovers in your lives? Check out our handy guide below for some helpful tips! Apparel From head to toe (and hats to socks), clothes seem like a necessity for holiday gift-giving. But why not throw some pop in your…

  8. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST The debate around streaming isn't as simple as "streaming versus musicians" -- as independent artist Ron Pope explains. I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her albums, I’ve seen her live, I cheer when she…

  9. Sting Sets Out to Save 'The Last Ship'

    November 23, 2014 11:47 PM EST Sting is not letting The Last Ship sink without a fight. The former Police frontman, who composed the score for the Broadway musical set in his Northern English hometown, will join the cast as speculated, in a bid to lift the $15 million production's struggling box office. A story…

  10. Broadway to Dim Lights for Mike Nichols

    November 20, 2014 2:53 PM EST The nine-time Tony Award winner died Wednesday night. Acclaimed director Mike Nichols , who won nine Tony Awards and was nominated an additional eight times, will be honored by the Broadway community on Friday night. The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed in his memory for one…

  11. Jonny Greenwood Says Radiohead 'Fumbling' Around to Create New Album

    November 20, 2014 1:05 PM EST Are you ready to see Thom Yorke dance again ? Well, we can’t promise any videos as wacky as “Lotus Flower” from 2011's King of Limbs , but Radiohead is indeed in the studio, working on its follow-up album. Guitarist/experimentalist Jonny Greenwood confirmed the news in a Nov. 19 radio…

  12. Gibson Brands Taking Over L.A. Tower Records Location

    November 12, 2014 7:08 PM EST Sunset Blvd. record store closed in 2006. Gibson Brands, the musical instrument and consumer electronics company, is bringing music back to the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Horn Avenue, where the country's most famous record store once existed, Tower Records. Gibson Guitar CEO Talks…

  13. The Railers 'Kinda Dig the Feeling' of Making It in Nashville

    November 10, 2014 8:20 PM EST The story of the Railers began in a grocery store. So says the band's Cassandra, who was studying opera at North Arizona University. "I walked in through the 'out' doors and ran into Jonathan," she recalled to Billboard . "We realized that we were both studying…

  14. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  15. The Who Announce New App, Preview Foray Into Virtual Reality

    November 10, 2014 8:15 AM EST Rock giants The Who today launch a 3D immersive app, developed in collaboration with their management company Trinifold, U.K. tech company Immersive and Universal Music. The app (which coincides with Universal’s just-released The Who Hits 50! compilation) is now available free, with a…

  16. Taylor Swift's Spotify Breakup Is Us the Duo's Gain

    November 06, 2014 8:46 PM EST The Vine stars talk about their 'Shake It Off' cover taking off at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference. Republic Recording act Us the Duo has built a massive fan following through six-second video performances that have found more than 4 million fans on Vine and a…

  17. Boyz II Men’s Nathan Morris Talks Not Writing Songs for Their New Album: ‘We Didn’t Want to Think Too Hard on It’

    November 04, 2014 6:04 PM EST Boyz II Men have been making music for more than two decades, but that hasn't made them complacent -- they're continually looking for new ways to reinvent their sound. Their residency in Las Vegas recently earned them the title of Musical Artist of the Year at the Casino…

  18. Freddie Gibbs Reportedly the Target of Brooklyn Shooting

    November 04, 2014 2:52 PM EST Freddie Gibbs was the target for a shooting that took place outside of Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on early Tuesday, Nov. 4. The gunman ran up to a black GMC Denali, which Gibbs and camp sat in, and shot inside, according to the New York Post . Gibbs and his crew were parked at…

  19. Hear a 12-Year-Old Lorde Cover Kings of Leon

    November 03, 2014 5:04 PM EST Billboard's recent feature on Lorde revealed that it was the singer's cover of Duffy 's "Warwick Avenue" -- played at an Intermediate school talent show when she was 13 years old -- that landed her a development deal at Universal. Now audio has surfaced that's…

  20. Want to Buy a Piece of Queensryche? Now You Can

    November 03, 2014 3:11 PM EST Rock act Queensryche is giving fans a chance to share in profits that the band generates through such avenues as merchandise and record sales. For a minimum investment of $50,000, fans who pass an independent accreditation process can purchase an equity ownership stake from a private…

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