1. 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…

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: Madonna Leaks, Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX & More

    December 18, 2014 10:53 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  3. 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…

  4. Pop Shop Podcast: Grammy Nominations, Meghan Trainor, Brandy Clark & More

    December 11, 2014 10:53 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  5. 'My Entire Life, I've Been the Black Sheep in My Family': Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds on the Story Behind the Hit Single 'I Bet My Life'

    December 09, 2014 5:26 PM EST Billboard caught up with Imagine Dragons ' Dan Reynolds to talk about the band's latest single, "I Bet My Life." Inspired by Reynolds' relationship with his parents, the song started in a hotel room before climbing to No. 56 on the Hot 100 . So your last album broke…

  6. Exclusive: Roc Nation Sports Preps 'Throne Boxing,' Set to Feature Live Music at MSG

    December 09, 2014 9:00 AM EST Roc Nation Sports, which announced its first Boxing division in August, will present its debut boxing event, "throne boxing," on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. The event, designed to be a hybrid of boxing and live music, will be telecast live from Madison Square Garden in the first of a…

  7. Dave Mustaine on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Would Want Us to Remember Him by Celebrating and Not Mourn'

    December 08, 2014 9:03 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine…

  8. Alice in Chains Guitarist Jerry Cantrell Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Was an Amazing Guitarist -- and an Even Better Person'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god's friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Alice in Chains guitarist…

  9. Rob Halford on His Close Friendship With 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'I've Got Wonderful Memories'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god's friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder's death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Judas Priest frontman…

  10. 'Dimebag' Darrell's Longtime Partner Rita Haney: 'He'd Actually Be Surprised at How Many People He Touched'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god's friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder's death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Abbott's life…

  11. Fellow Rockers and Friends Remember 'Dimebag' Darrell on the 10th Anniversary of His Murder

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here are the highlights. 'Dimebag'…

  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. 'Peter Pan Live' Pulls in Half the Audience of 'Sound of Music' for NBC

    December 05, 2014 12:40 PM EST The audience for Peter Pan Live! was half the size of the last year's Sound of Music Live , but NBC brass expressed satisfaction with the viewership levels. Peter Pan Live!, starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, was watched by 9.1 million viewers, 2.9 million of which are…

  14. Pop Shop Podcast: Echosmith Talks 'Cool Kids,' Surprise Success & Getting Paid In Chicken

    December 04, 2014 10:55 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  15. SaraBeth Talks U.K. Country Fans, Next EP & Latest Single 'Nowhere With You'

    December 03, 2014 6:13 PM EST Hearing your music on the radio for the first time is a monumental occasion. For rising country songstress SaraBeth, she recalls the moment vividly. "I was on a radio tour in Janesville, Wis., and was riding in the city and turned on the radio looking for a country station. I was with…

  16. 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…

  17. Exclusive Premiere: Michelle Chamuel Battles the Odds in 'Lottery'

    December 01, 2014 10:00 AM EST Michelle Chamuel is best known for finishing second on the fourth season of The Voice , but before she made an impression on millions of TV viewers, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was earning views the old-fashioned way: covering the country in a tour bus with her band,…

  18. 7 Things About One Direction's Historic No. 1 Debut

    November 27, 2014 12:20 PM EST When One Direction debuted at No. 1 with their fourth album -- appropriately titled Four --  they made history . Below, here are all the ways the album's debut was notable: One Direction Hits 1 Billion Plays on Spotify 1. They are the only group -- in the 58-year history of the…

  19. One Direction’s ‘Four’ Makes Historic No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST 0 1D is only group to debut at No. 1 with their first four albums One Direction makes history, again, as the act’s new album Four debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. They are the only group in the 58-year history of the chart to see their first four albums debut at No.…

  20. Pop Shop Podcast: 2014 American Music Awards Recap!

    November 24, 2014 5:40 PM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to a special episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

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