1. From Okra Soup to Fried Seafood: Darius Rucker, Chase Bryant and Many More Country Stars Talk Favorite Holiday Dishes

    December 24, 2014 12:19 PM EST When it comes to celebrating the holidays country style, good food is a major part of the equation. From fried turkey to the perfect sugar cookie, every household has its Christmas traditions and certain dishes that are essential to the celebration. Billboard asked country artists to share…

  2. Abra, 'U Go I Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    December 23, 2014 2:20 PM EST Atlanta's Awful Records is known for its roster of male rappers -- most notably Father , whose " Look At Wrist " popped up on a few year-end lists. But the label is connected with a wide-ranging group of artists, including Abra , a London-born, Atlanta-raised singer who looks…

  3. Grimes Admits She Lied About the Origin of Her Name

    December 22, 2014 10:30 AM EST In 2014, Claire Boucher -- who records under the moniker Grimes -- teased us with the prospect of a new album after signing with Roc Nation the previous year and being generally awesome. Alas, all she delivered was one song (the Blood Diamonds collab “Go”) but she stayed in the spotlight…

  4. Sony Hack Reveals Snapchat Wanted a Record Label, Too Much Money From Vevo

    December 17, 2014 8:59 AM EST The leak of Sony Entertainment's internal documents, most recently the email account of Sony Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton , has revealed high-level talks between that company and Snapchat, the messaging service that turned down billions from Facebook earlier this year…

  5. Rihanna Bears Her Fangs for Fake 'MoonQuake Lake' Trailer: Watch

    December 15, 2014 5:15 AM EST Rihanna sure didn’t score any critical praise for her performance in Battleship , but she should earn some giggles for her latest acting stint.  The pop singer appears in the trailer for MoonQuake Lake , playing a reptilian character opposite the corny-twosome of That '70s Show…

  6. Rihanna Takes Fans Inside Diamond Ball: See the Glamorous Pics

    December 13, 2014 6:23 PM EST Couldn't score a ticket to Rihanna 's first-ever Diamond Ball ? Well, she is now taking fans behind-the-scenes on social media. The event, which took place in Beverly Hills, California on Dec. 11, was held to benefit Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation. She founded the charity,…

  7. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  8. 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…

  9. Billboard Year in Music 2014: The Story Behind Carlos Santana's No. 1 Spanish-Language Album, 'Corazon'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Hall of Famer Corazon 6 Weeks on Top Latin Albums The idea for Carlos Santana 's first Spanish-language album was hatched between the guitarist and his manager, Michael Vrionis, over dinner in 2012. "He asked me, 'Have you ever wanted to do a Latino Supernatural ?'…

  10. The 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST Even diehard fans will admit that it's tough to find an entire K-pop album worthy of being labelled brilliant from start to finish. But there were a select group of artists who proved the notion wrong with cohesive bodies of work in 2014. (And see our list of the 20 best K-pop songs…

  11. The 10 Best Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0 Check out the songs that Billboard's staff was blasting all year long, from 5SOS to Beyonce. From a cello-laced pop anthem to a church-rattling folk track to Queen Bey’s utter flawlessness, 2014 contained an amazingly diverse array of powerful singles. After many, many…

  12. Year in Music 2014: The 10 Best Rock & Alternative Singles

    December 11, 2014 1:15 PM EST From rock, punk, folk, metal, and whatever Grimes is, here are our 10 favorite tracks from 2014. 10. Fireworks, “Bed Sores” These days, it seems pop-punk is so far from being cool that it might be on the verge of being really freaking cool. In other words, the mainstream’s been ignoring…

  13. Lorde 'Shocked, Blown Away' By Golden Globe Nomination

    December 11, 2014 1:05 PM EST When the Hollywood Foreign Press announced the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards , more than a few music world stars were among the hopefuls: Lorde , Lana Del Rey , John Legend & Common , Sia , Patti Smith , Trent Reznor and more. Lorde -- who contributed to and executive…

  14. 2014 Indie Rock Playlist for Pop Fans: 15 Songs That Could Have Cracked Top 40

    December 09, 2014 3:30 PM EST Check out tunes from Tune-Yards, the Drums, Hundred Waters and others that even the staunchest pop fan would embrace. December is always a time for pop fans to feel particularly trepidatious, as the final month of the calendar year doubles as year-end list season — better known as a…

  15. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Jessie J: Whitney Houston 'Gave Me So Much Courage to Be Loud and Bold'

    December 08, 2014 5:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Powerhouse honoree talks about her girl crush on the legendary diva and the fierce female singers she admires. Jessie J started this year fearing she had already peaked. The 26-year-old British singer-songwriter's last top 10 U.S. single as a solo artist,…

  16. '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 "…

  17. AC/DC’s ‘Rock or Bust’ Debuts at No. 1 Down Under

    December 08, 2014 1:16 AM EST Call it: AC/DC’s latest album is no bust. The Australian rock legends’  Rock or Bust  (Alberts/Sony Music Entertainment Australia) has opened at No. 1 in their homeland, and debuted at No. 3 in the U.K. In Australia, Rock Or Bust has shipped platinum and reportedly sold 26,730 first-week…

  18. Rolling Stones & Lady Gaga Wrap Up Their Tours on Top

    December 05, 2014 6:44 PM EST The Rolling Stones lead the weekly slate of Hot Tours with $21.7 million in sales reported from the final four concerts on its 14 On Fire tour that played in 19 countries on 3 continents this year. The tour's final leg through seven cities in Australia and New Zealand wrapped with a…

  19. Will Butler, Against the Current & Hannah Diamond: Emerging Picks of the Week

    December 04, 2014 7:03 PM EST Warm up this weekend with Billboard's latest triple offering of tracks that all debuted on this week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Take My Side" – Will Butler The Arcade…

  20. James Bond Wish List: 5 Artists Who Should Sing 'Spectre' Title Song

    December 04, 2014 10:20 AM EST Like diamonds, James Bond may as well be forever. Skyfall director Sam Mendes revealed the title of the 24th canonical installment in the Bond franchise is titled Spectre and will come out in fall 2015. For the fourth time, Daniel Craig -- the sixth actor to portray Bond on the big screen …

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