1. The Making of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah': A Q&A With Engineer Russell Elevado

    December 22, 2014 4:52 PM EST For D'Angelo fans, Christmas came early last week: The singer unexpectedly released Black Messiah , his first full-length since 2000. One of the many things that sets the album apart is its sound: dense and deep, full of intricate details, somehow welcoming and warm and vicious all at…

  2. Code Picks of the Week: Nicole Moudaber, Jack U & More

    December 19, 2014 5:47 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. Jack Ü - Take Ü There ft. Kiesza (Tchami Remix) The French producer lends his signature future house sound to the latest single from…

  3. Hot Creator: The Dance World According to Jamie Jones

    December 17, 2014 4:20 PM EST The Welsh pioneer discusses the shifting sands of Ibiza, Burning Man and dance music at large in rare interview. No wonder Jamie Jones seldom does interviews. When we tried at TomorrowWorld, it cost him his phone. "I literally must have lost it between finishing the interview with…

  4. Symmetry Battles Addiction in 'My Fix': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 16, 2014 3:00 PM EST Some songs build slowly to an emotional climax, but why waste all that time? Symmetry 's "My Fix" starts in the middle of the action, when things are already at a boiling point. The song opens with a wallop, as Symmetry sings, "you know I'm a sucker for manipulation…

  5. BSBB Finals: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, 'Drunk In Love' vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, 'Latch'

    December 14, 2014 11:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith ERNEST BAKER: “Latch" is a hot song. "Drunk In Love" is a definitive moment in pop culture history. It's the most honest, personal look at…

  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. Exclusive Premiere: Sicarii's Surgical Remix of SomeKindaWonderful's 'Reverse'

    December 12, 2014 3:17 PM EST "When I remix a song, I like to totally reinvent it," says Sicarii's Matt Medved -- whose name you might recognize as EDM reporter for Billboard . Mission accomplished: His remix of SomeKindaWonderful 's single "Reverse," exclusively premiering on Billboard.com…

  8. New Band Alert: Indie Poppers Dutch Party Premiere Good-Vibin' L.A. Tunes

    December 12, 2014 1:17 PM EST Billboard is excited to introduce Los Angeles' Dutch Party, a spry, good-vibin' indie pop band who are also repping a brand-new label. Start off with "Echo Girl," a tuneful tribute to the ladies of Echo Park -- the L.A. neighborhood the quintet calls home. Billboard has…

  9. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Nicki Minaj on Getting Sir Mix-A-Lot's Blessing for 'Anaconda'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Rap Diva "Anaconda" 6 Weeks on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Putting a fresh spin on a classic isn't always a slam-dunk. But letting Nicki Minaj , 32, cut loose on Sir Mix-A-Lot 's 1992 anatomy anthem "Baby Got Back" was a no-brainer. Displaying her ample…

  10. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea and More 2014 Chart-Toppers Reveal Stories Behind Their No. 1 Hits

    December 11, 2014 8:00 PM EST For Billboard's Year in Music 2014 cover story (out in full Friday, Dec. 12), we sat down with over 22 chart-toppers behind the biggest hits of the year -- including cover stars  Iggy Azalea , Jason Derulo , Sam Smith  and  Meghan Trainor  and the mighty  Nicki Minaj  -- to find out…

  11. The 10 Best Country Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST Country music has had plenty of highlights in 2014. Read on for our list of the 10 best country singles of the year. (And see our list of the 10 best country albums here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" - Tim…

  12. Drake, FKA Twigs & A-Trak Bring Music to the Beach: Art Basel Music Roundup

    December 10, 2014 9:52 PM EST This year's Art Basel Miami Beach was a half-week whirlwind of contemporary art showcases, celebrity sightseeing and musical performances. From the bustling Wynwood Arts District to exclusive Palm Island mansion parties, Billboard takes you back to South Beach to recap some of the…

  13. Album Review: Ghostface Killah Follows Up Wu-Tang Clan's Reunion Album With Solo Concept LP '36 Seasons'

    December 09, 2014 1:00 PM EST After 20 years of rapping, there are few things the Wu-Tang Clan hasn't been able to do -- except get along. In 2007, ahead of the release of its fifth LP, 8 Diagrams , group members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon trashed the album publicly, blaming its poor quality on the direction of…

  14. Temptations & Four Tops Keen to Renew Broadway Rivalry

    December 09, 2014 2:40 AM EST When they're offstage, members of The Temptations and The Four Tops -- two of Motown's most iconic groups -- have nothing but love for each other. It's a different story when the microphones are turned on. "We're very competitive," said Abdul "Duke"…

  15. Exclusive Video: Guitarists Play Their Favorite ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Riffs in Tribute and Pay Homage

    December 08, 2014 2:03 PM EST "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was a musical legend in his own time. While he was no doubt born with a gift, he honed his talent through years of constant practice. It was that dedication that made him a rare breed of performer: one who was a master at both lead and rhythm guitar parts…

  16. Former Pantera Frontman Phil Anselmo on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'Every Year It Gets Tougher'

    December 08, 2014 9:02 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, former Pantera frontman…

  17. 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'…

  18. '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 "…

  19. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM Jingle Ball

    December 06, 2014 5:21 PM EST Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Jessie J and special guests galore joined the Los Angeles radio station's annual extravaganza. With the moment the lights dropped at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles Friday night (Dec. 5), so launched more than four hours of excited teenage…

  20. Code Picks of the Week: Kygo, R. Kelly & More

    December 05, 2014 6:30 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. Kygo ft. Conrad – "Firestone" [Sony/Ultra] Kygo's first original release is a playful and melodic number that features an…

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