1. Top 10 Rock/Alternative Christmas Songs That Don't Suck

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST …And one Hanukkah Song (we did our best!) Let’s get this out of the way: there are an awful lot of terrible rock covers of Christmas songs. Lots of genres are guilty of this, but being that Relient K and Bowling For Soup have both done entire Christmas albums, modern guitar music needs to…

  2. 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…

  3. Modest Mouse Releases 'Lampshades on Fire,' First New Song in Years

    December 15, 2014 1:20 PM EST 'Strangers To Ourselves' will be the band's first studio LP since 2007. For  Modest Mouse fans, the wait for a new studio album is almost over. Strangers To Ourselves will drop March 3 via Epic, and the first listen from that album has hit the internet. It’s a spunky, offbeat…

  4. BSBB Round 2: Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg, "Wiggle" vs. DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down for What"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Wiggle Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg Turn Down for What DJ Snake & Lil Jon JAMIESON COX: I praised Derulo’s “easy debauchery” last round when deciding in favor of his other big hit this year, “Talk Dirty,” and “Wiggle” is…

  5. BSBB Round 1: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang" vs. Maroon 5, "Animals"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Animals Maroon 5 CRAIG JENKINS: Maroon 5 is a machine of startling pop efficacy in 2014; “Animals” arranges all the notes where they should be -- without ever making you feel…

  6. 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…

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

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  8. Op-Ed: John Legend Demands Change After Eric Garner & Ferguson Decisions

    December 12, 2014 11:30 AM EST When Common and I wrote the song "Glory" for the stunning new film Selma , we drew inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries who strived and sacrificed to achieve racial equality in the face of seemingly hopeless odds. As I watched the final version of…

  9. 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…

  10. Golden Globes: John Legend Calls 'Selma' Song 'A Labor of Love'

    December 11, 2014 11:44 AM EST John Legend  and Common have both released statements following their Golden Globe Best Original Song nomination for "Glory," from the film Selma .  "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing ‘Glory’ with a nomination for Best Original Song!,"…

  11. 2015 Golden Globe Nominees: Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Trent Reznor & More

    December 11, 2014 9:52 AM EST The 2015 Golden Globe Awards nominees were revealed Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press. In the musical categories, a nice collection of hit-making artists and musical legends get nods.  One complaint: No love for The Lego Movie 's "Everything Is Awesome!!!"? Best…

  12. 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…

  13. Common Talks 'Glory,' His 'Selma' Duet With John Legend: 'It's for Dr. King'

    December 05, 2014 7:11 PM EST The rapper also addresses the song's Oscar chances: 'The bigger the platform, the more people the message can reach.' The trailer for the civil rights drama Selma was scored with a hip-hop song by Public Enemy , as a sort of promise to audiences that this wouldn't be a…

  14. Michael W. Smith Finds 'Spirit of Christmas' With Help From His Country Friends

    December 05, 2014 7:03 PM EST To Michael W. Smith , Christmas really is that most wonderful time of the year, and the three-time Grammy winner has parlayed his passion for the season into four successful holiday albums, including his latest, The Spirit of Christmas , which recently hit No. 1 on Billboard's Holiday…

  15. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Hayley Williams on Gwen Stefani, Beyonce and the Strong Female Artists Who Inspire Her

    December 05, 2014 3:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music 2014 Trailblazer honoree on fronting a rock band, how 2014 ranked and which female artists she learns from. Hayley Williams turns 26 on Dec. 27, which means she has fronted Paramore for more than a third of her life. Long enough that on her first Warped Tour in…

  16. Kirk Franklin & More Gospel Chart-Toppers Coming to 'Billboard #1 Gospel Hits' Album Next Year

    December 02, 2014 8:30 PM EST A selection of Billboard Gospel Songs Chart-topping hits from throughout this decade will be getting a compilation release via eOne Music early next year, on a double-disc collection called Billboard #1 Gospel Hits .  Hezekiah Walker Completes Six Months Atop Gospel Airplay Chart The set&…

  17. John Fogerty Prepping Autobiography, Career-Spanning Box Set For 2015

    December 02, 2014 1:03 PM EST The rock legend discusses the 45th anniversary of his amazing 1969 run. After celebrating some of the most glorious of his glory days in Canada this fall, John Fogerty is looking forward to bringing the party south of the border, and maybe even beyond, in the new year. Fogerty's…

  18. Code Picks of the Week: Brodinski, Frank & Tony, Giraffage

    November 21, 2014 5:17 PM EST Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Brodinski ft. SD – I Can't Help Myself [Bromance] The Bromance boss does not disappoint on his forthcoming album's first single,…

  19. Migos on Chief Keef & GBE: 'F--k 'Em'

    November 19, 2014 10:20 AM EST The Atlanta rap trio also says that a proper album is due out in early 2015. After tensions between Atlanta's Migos and Chief Keef 's Glory Boyz Entertainment crew reportedly boiled over at a Washington D.C. club show on Saturday (Nov. 15), Migos tells Billboard, in no uncertain…

  20. Bruce Springsteen Fans Can Relive the Boss' Top Gigs on New Website

    November 18, 2014 3:20 PM EST For decades, live recordings of Bruce Springsteen concerts were the hottest commodity among the singer's  base -- either for fans looking to relive the magic of a certain show or those who got shut out of tickets. Now, music completists can get bootlegs of their favorite shows from a…

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