1. Ashanti 'Shocked' by Prospect of Stalker Retrial

    December 20, 2014 12:36 PM EST Ashanti is appalled by the prospect of facing her accused stalker again in court, but the Grammy-winning R&B singer said Friday (Dec. 20) she's determined to see the case through after a mistrial. Ashanti's Mom Testifies in Stalking Trial "I'm shocked and horrified…

  2. 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…

  3. Carrie Underwood on Cross-Genre Collaborations

    December 19, 2014 2:30 PM EST In conjunction with her recently-released Greatest Hits: Decade #1 , Carrie Underwood took a moment to reflect on her career and her opportunities to work with some of her idols -- in and out of country music. She's thrilled that she got to sing with her peers, like Miranda Lambert ,…

  4. Wendy Rene, Soul Singer Sampled by Wu-Tang Clan & Alicia Keys, Dies at 67

    December 18, 2014 4:12 PM EST Wendy Rene, the budding Stax Records singing and songwriting talent who quit music after the death of Otis Redding in 1967 and saw her music revived through samples decades later, died Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., following a stroke. She was 67. Born Mary Frierson in Memphis, Rene was given…

  5. iHeartMedia Promotes Z100 Program Director Sharon Dastur, Brings Mark Medina to Vacated Role

    December 18, 2014 2:46 PM EST Z100, the well-known New York City Top 40 radio station, has announced the appointment of Mark Medina as its new program director. Medina's move follows news that Sharon Dastur , the station's previous program director, is moving to iHeartMedia's national team as senior vice…

  6. 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…

  7. Carrie Underwood, 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debut on Country Charts

    December 18, 2014 12:25 PM EST Underwood scores her record-tying fifth consecutive No. 1 bow, of five career releases, on Top Country Albums. Carrie Underwood storms Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart with Greatest Hits: Decade #1 , which arrives at No. 1 with 94,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set…

  8. 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…

  9. Eaux Claires Music Festival, Curated by Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, Announced for Summer 2015

    December 17, 2014 10:00 AM EST Just before Halloween this year, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (a.k.a.  Bonnie Bear ), received approval to host the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisc. from July 17-18. Pre-sale tickets for the event, which falls the same weekend as Chicago's…

  10. Chris Brown's Bodyguard Sentenced for Assault

    December 16, 2014 5:47 PM EST A judge who convicted singer Chris Brown 's bodyguard of punching a man in Washington last year has given him a sentence that will keep him out of jail. Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault in Washington D.C. Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn sentenced Christopher Hollosy to 90…

  11. Nicki Minaj's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    December 16, 2014 3:04 PM EST With only three albums under her garter belt, Nicki Minaj has broken chart records. She wears the crown for having the most Billboard Hot 100 hits among female rappers. She's also tied for third-most Hot 100 hits (56) among women in all genres, trailing only Aretha Franklin (73) and…

  12. The Latin Music Industry in 2014: Romeo Strikes Again as Streaming Breaks Through

    December 16, 2014 1:52 PM 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Moby on 'Hotel: Ambient,' L.A. Shows, Selling His 'Castle in the Hills'

    December 15, 2014 2:44 PM EST "It's music I listen to when I'm anxious, need help sleeping or when I'm sitting in traffic on the 101," Moby says of Hotel: Ambient , his long out-of-print 2005 bonus album being re-released on Tuesday, Dec. 16 via his Little Idiot label. "It's a very…

  15. BSBB Round 1: Chris Brown, "Loyal" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 12:00 PM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Loyal Chris Brown Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea MAURA JOHNSTON: One of my least favorite trends of 2014 was the increasingly rancorous nature of the seemingly never-ending battle between men and women, and "Loyal…

  16. BSBB Round 1: Florida Georgia Line, "Dirt" vs. Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dirt Florida Georgia Line Stay With Me Sam Smith CHRIS PAYNE: Call Sam too depressing, too old-timey, too male Adele, whatever — this was a damn sincere song with damn great vocals that ruled all sorts of radio in 2014. Pulling…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Jessie J Accepts Powerhouse Honor: 'This is My First-Ever Award in America'

    December 12, 2014 2:14 PM EST Jessie J knows she's got a loud voice -- and she was all too happy to show off that impressive volume when she performed her latest single, "Masterpiece," at Billboard 's Women in Music event Friday (Dec. 12).     Billboard's Women in Music 2014 She also received…

  20. Idina Menzel Accepts Breakthrough of the Year Honor & Is Surprised by Her Foundation's Children's Choir

    December 12, 2014 2:04 PM EST "Introducing  Idina Menzel ...what could possibly go wrong?" Savannah Guthrie cracked before introducing Billboard's Breakthrough honoree at our Women in Music event Friday (Dec. 12).  Guthrie had a bit of a surprise for Menzel. Guthrie began by talking about A BroaderWay, a…

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