1. Madonna's 'Early Christmas Gift,' Releases Six Songs From New Album

    December 20, 2014 3:08 AM EST The queen of pop strikes back at demo leaks, announces "Rebel Heart." One Madonna surprise follows another, as the Queen of Pop has dropped her forthcoming album, Rebel Heart -- with six new songs immediately available for purchase — onto iTunes for pre-order well ahead of…

  2. Sony Hack: FBI Confirms North Korea Is 'Responsible For These Actions'

    December 19, 2014 12:49 PM EST In an email to the studio's top executives, the hackers called the decision not to release 'The Interview,' "very wise." On Friday morning, the FBI officially accused North Korea of the devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, which began shortly before…

  3. The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

    December 19, 2014 12:45 PM EST After decades of leading the pack, the cultural rebound of rock, alternative, or whatever we want to call it depends on learning to play by new sets of rules. I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far…

  4. Justin Bieber Is No Longer the Most Followed Person on Instagram

    December 19, 2014 9:44 AM EST Yesterday, Instagram deleted fake accounts from their site, which meant a huge decrease in followers for some -- particularly celebrities. As a result of that new policy, Justin Bieber is no longer the King of Instagram. The new most-followed person on Instagram is... Kim Kardsashian West. …

  5. Paul McCartney Worked on a Song About Police Killings: 'I'm Not Giving Up On It'

    December 19, 2014 1:00 AM EST Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago for The Ed Sullivan Show , his manner informal, his build slender and well suited for jeans and…

  6. '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…

  7. Exclusive: HIM Premieres 'Stigmata Diaboli,' Remastered for New Box Set

    December 18, 2014 2:12 PM EST HIM fans have something big to look forward to this holiday season. On Dec. 23, the long-running Finnish rock band will release a limited-edition box set called Lashes to Ashes, Lust to Dust: A Vinyl Retrospective '96-'03 . Among all the goodies inside, the main attraction is…

  8. Atlanta's Top 8 New Rappers

    December 18, 2014 2:05 PM EST Atlanta is home to a constantly rising number of up-and-coming acts -- it's quickly becoming a powder keg of talent waiting to blow. The most impressive quality of the city’s scene is that no one rapper or singer is the same, and they all reach wildly different demographics, from the…

  9. 'Maybe the Adrenaline Keeps Me Going': Landau Management's Barbara Carr on Working with Springsteen for 34 Years

    December 18, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Couldn't get along without you, Barb," Bruce Springsteen said of Barbara Carr when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Any Springsteen fan worth their salt knows his longtime manager and former producer, Jon Landau . Less visible (by choice) is Carr,…

  10. Exclusive: Little Simz Showcases 'Boss Moves' on Her New EP 'Age 101: Drop 3|000'

    December 18, 2014 11:15 AM EST English rapper Little Simz believes in taking matters into her own hands. Though she's only 20, she's already got her own label, AGE 101. "What's new?" she asks at the beginning of her latest EP, Age 101: Drop 3|000 . "I didn't want to sign to anyone so I…

  11. Carole King Musical 'Beautiful' Announces Nationwide Casting Calls

    December 17, 2014 8:44 PM EST If you think you can sing "It's Too Late" and "So Far Away" like Carole King , some Broadway producers would like to hear from you. Carole King Bio-Musical 'Beautiful' a Bona Fide Broadway Hit Nationwide open casting calls were announced Wednesday to find…

  12. F.T. Island Announce Two U.S. Concerts for Early 2015

    December 17, 2014 8:11 PM EST The K-pop/rock group will hit the east and west coast. American K-pop fans will get the chance to see to see F.T. Island very early in the new year, as the group has announced two U.S. shows for late January marking the States' first Korean concerts of 2015. Extending their 2015…

  13. G.O.O.D. Music Signs Former Kanye West Backup Dancer Kacy Hill

    December 17, 2014 4:51 PM EST Kacy Hill has signed to G.O.O.D. Music, the label founded by Kanye West in 2004. Previously, Hill worked as a model for American Apparel and a backup dancer for Kanye on his Yeezus tour. The signing was initially announced by Def Jam via Twitter. Vote up Kanye's newest G.O.O.D Music…

  14. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2014 4:34 PM EST J. Cole 's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story , and its follow-up, 2013's…

  15. Mick Management Brings On Former Artist Organization President Rich Schaefer

    December 17, 2014 1:57 PM EST Following a six-year tenure at The Artists Organization -- including two years as president -- Rich Schaefer has now moved to Mick Management as a partner, Billboard has exclusively learned. Schaefer joins CEO Michael McDonald and partners Jonathan Eshak and Rich Cohen .   “I’m…

  16. Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez: Top 10 Moments of the Year in Ass

    December 17, 2014 1:53 PM EST Pop culture has been infatuated for the derrière for some time now, but 2014 was surely the year of ass. Nicki Minaj , Beyoncé , Meghan Trainor , Cody Simpson and more celebrities gave the world wide web a sneak peak of their assets with pride… and then some continued doing so. I mean, why…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Anthony Hamilton Hits 'Home' With First Holiday Album

    December 17, 2014 9:43 AM EST The Grammy Award winner and current nominee will also appear as a special guest on Fox's new drama "Empire." To co-opt a popular phrase during this time of year, 'tis the season for Anthony Hamilton . Home for the Holidays , the R&B singer/songwriter/producer’s first…

  20. 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…

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