1. Watch Steven Van Zandt & Jimmy Fallon Perform Sinatra's 'My Kind of Town'

    December 10, 2014 11:03 AM EST Steven Van Zandt knew just how to honor Frank Sinatra when the musician stopped by The Tonight Show  on Tuesday night. Promoting his show Lilyhammer , Van Zandt explained to Fallon that his character on the show sings "My Kind of Town." So obviously, Van Zandt and Fallon did their…

  2. Listen to Nicki Minaj's Meek Mill-Featuring 'Big Daddy'

    December 09, 2014 9:08 PM EST Nicki Minaj  dropped a new track on Philadelphia's Power 99 radio station Tuesday, while doing a surprise call in to the station. The Pinkprint track teases the anticiapted album's Dec. 15 release and features the fresh-out-of-prison   Meek Mill trading verses with the rap…

  3. Metal Band Five Finger Death Punch’s Master Plan to Catapult From Club Gigs to Arena Tours

    December 09, 2014 1:30 PM EST How Five Finger Death Punch graduated from clubs to arenas and doubled its gross. Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) doesn’t have the name recognition of a band like Foo Fighters , but that may be about to change. An unusual united strategic marketing effort by the group’s management, label,…

  4. 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…

  5. Watch U2's Street-Art-Inspired 'Every Breaking Wave' Video

    December 08, 2014 6:03 PM EST Three months after stealthily releasing their Songs of Innocence album into the world (and your iTunes library), U2 continue the unconventional release strategy for their Grammy-nominated album. Instead of a run-of-the-mill music video or two, the Irish rockers are releasing an entire Films…

  6. Inside U2’s Ambitious Upcoming Tour Strategy

    December 08, 2014 1:30 PM EST Despite album backlash and a battered Bono, the band preps its first road run since 2011. The announcement on Dec. 3 of U2 ’s Innocence + Experience Tour was a blast of confidence for a band that has experienced a bumpy past few months. Setting aside mixed consumer reaction to its Apple…

  7. Clive Davis on Billboard Women in Music Honoree Aretha Franklin: ‘There Are No Pretenders to the Throne’

    December 08, 2014 11:00 AM EST The chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment writes about the enduring appeal of the Billboard Women in Music Icon honoree. Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul. It’s not the totality of who she is -- beneath her cool exterior is a remarkably warm-hearted person -- but it is a…

  8. Former Manager Paul Bassman Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'There Was Nobody on Planet Earth Like Him'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Today, Paul Bassman is president of Ascend Insurance Brokerage, one of the premier entertainment insurance firms in the business. Ten years ago, Bassman was the manager of Damageplan , the metal powerhouse led by "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul, both formerly…

  9. Black Label Society Leader Zakk Wylde on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Was Like the Rat Pack All in One Guy'

    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, Black Label Society leader and former Ozzy…

  10. 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'…

  11. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Frank Ocean to Axwell & Ingrosso

    December 05, 2014 5:07 PM EST Fall Out Boy "American Beauty/American Psycho" Island/DCD2 Like the films that make up its title, Fall Out Boy's new single is heavy-handed, dazzling upon first impact but losing flavor over repeat listens. The pop-punkers receive an assist from French DJ-producer Sebastian,…

  12. Tim McGraw Notches 25th Hot Country Songs No. 1 With 'Shotgun Rider'

    December 05, 2014 5:05 PM EST The veteran scores a milestone leader. Plus, action for Craig Wayne Boyd of NBC's 'The Voice' & more. Tim McGraw scores his first No. 1 in nearly four years on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (and his first on the list since it switched from measuring core…

  13. Exclusive: John Coltrane Documentary in the Works From 'John Lennon' Director

    December 05, 2014 1:00 PM EST The story of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane , one of the last major innovators in American music, will be told through the stories of people he influenced in the next documentary from the director-writer of Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?). Director-writer…

  14. O.T. Genasis, Frank Ocean, One Direction: Digital and Social Movers

    December 04, 2014 10:11 AM EST O.T. Genasis has a viral hit on his hands with his track “CoCo,” where the Long Beach, California-based hip-hop artist not-so-subtly raps about his love for cocaine. Many users on social sites like YouTube and Vine have used the song as the backing track in their homemade videos, causing…

  15. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Frank Ocean, Gwen, St. Vincent, Tinashe, A$AP Ferg & More

    December 03, 2014 5:23 PM EST Even if most of this year's major albums are behind us, the last week saw an inordinate amount of great new releases. We got the first new Frank Ocean song in absolutely forever, an incredible Tinashe track with a DJ Mustard beat and a hilarious A$AP Ferg / Big Sean collaboration…

  16. Jennifer Lawrence Debuts on Hot 100: 'The Hanging Tree' Bows at No. 12

    December 03, 2014 4:22 PM EST 0 The Oscar-winning actress charts her first hit, from 'Mockingjay, Part 1.' Jennifer Lawrence adds another honor to her already impressive resume: the Academy Award-winning actress scores her first entry on a Billboard chart, as "The Hanging Tree" debuts on…

  17. Nicki Minaj Reveals Lost Child Would Have Been 16 on 'All Things Go'

    December 03, 2014 10:50 AM EST Nicki Minaj is one to keep her private life private, but on her third studio album, The Pinkprint , the rapper is laying bare. She opens her third The Pinkprint with one of her most vulnerable and sincere songs to date, "All Things Go." "All Things Go" -- produced by Boi…

  18. Too Funny for Twitter: James Blunt's Record Label Tells Him to Stop Tweeting

    December 03, 2014 10:08 AM EST James Blunt may have apologized for his most famous hit, but his never back down attitude on Twitter made his record label nervous enough to ask him to stop tweeting. This is embarrassing on so many levels. RT @JimJimhawker : Have agreed to go and see james blunt with my mum.... — James…

  19. George Berry, Music Wholesaling Pioneer, Dies at 89

    December 02, 2014 6:34 PM EST George Berry, a music wholesaling pioneer, died due to heart failure on Nov. 27 in his home in Lafayette, La. He was 89. Berry -- who is credited with co-founding NARM, the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers now known as the Music Business Assn. -- began his career in the music…

  20. Meek Mill Released From Prison

    December 02, 2014 5:44 PM EST Rick Ross ' socks have had their wish granted. #FreeMeekMill pic.twitter.com/qpAMnbaqA0 — Hood Billionaire (@rickyrozay) December 1, 2014 On Tuesday (Dec. 2), at 4 p.m. ET, Maybach Music's Meek Mill was released from a Philadelphia prison. The rapper had been incarcerated since…

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