1. Scott Stapp's Alleged Obama Threat: Secret Service Investigating

    December 15, 2014 6:42 PM EST When the estranged wife of Creed frontman Scott Stapp called 911 last month to report her husband's erratic behavior, one detail stood out: that he was on a mission to kill President Obama. "He thinks he's part of the CIA. ... He has a bunch of paperwork in his backpack that …

  2. In the Face of Giants, Indie Concert Promoters Outpaced the Industry at Large This Year

    December 15, 2014 5:37 PM EST The grosses of the top six independent promoters in the U.S. combined increased by more than 15 percent, compared to a 7.7 percent increase for overall. Some 20 years after industry consolidation was supposed to wipe independent promoters off the map, these stubborn, savvy and fiercely…

  3. Bill Cosby's Wife Camille Opens Up About Rape Accusations

    December 15, 2014 5:37 PM EST Bill Cosby 's wife says the embattled comedian is, in fact, the man his fans have always loved. In a statement released Monday (Dec. 15), Camille Cosby dismisses accusations from more than 15 women that they were drugged and raped by her husband as long ago as the late 1960s. She says…

  4. 'A Great Alternative': Warner Music Group's CEO Addresses Promise and Problems of Streaming

    December 15, 2014 5:18 PM EST The "freemium" subscription business model has taken a beating since Taylor Swift pulled her catalog from Spotify because the subscription service offers a free streaming tier in addition to its paid, premium tier.  The latest development: Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper…

  5. Restless Heart's Hometown Christmas Show Keeps Them Well Rested

    December 15, 2014 5:12 PM EST Veteran country band Restless Heart is celebrating the holidays in a very unique way this year, through their partnership with Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center for the holiday-themed dinner show A Season of Harmony -- part of the Nashville hotel's annual "Country…

  6. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  7. Cat Stevens Wraps First U.S. Tour in 35 Years

    December 15, 2014 4:35 PM EST The word "journey" was spoken multiple times during the final concert of Yusuf/ Cat Stevens ' brief U.S. tour, his first in 35 years. It was used as a metaphor and literally, Yusuf speaking both about his life, the lyrics of songs from the early 1970s and his two most recent…

  8. Op-Ed: Vine Became the New Demo Tape in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:34 PM EST Fifteen minutes of fame shrunk by 14 minutes and 54 seconds in 2014. Thanks to the Twitter-owned video app Vine, six seconds were all that a growing number of artists needed to achieve celebrity status. In the same way YouTube took a few years to produce mainstream musical acts from…

  9. The 4 Movie Soundtracks That Soared in 2014 (We're Looking at You, 'Frozen' and 'Hunger Games')

    December 15, 2014 4:17 PM EST With Frozen , Lorde, and Guardians of the Galaxy leading the way, movie soundtracks ruled in 2014. Read on for four of the biggest: Frozen Released in late 2013, the film’s soundtrack dominated the Billboard 200 well into 2014, spending 13 weeks at No. 1 -- the longest run for a soundtrack…

  10. Musixmatch Wants to Be the 'IMDb of Music Lyrics,' Launches Lyric Video Messaging App

    December 15, 2014 3:39 PM EST These days, you're almost as likely to get a music message as you are to get an iMessage with increasingly popular apps like Boomio and Rithm , which allows users to send friends and followers texts in the form of, or alongside, a song. Musixmatch , a Bologna, Italy-based lyrics site -…

  11. No Doubt, System of a Down & More Ring in 25 Years of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

    December 15, 2014 3:19 PM EST What the Jingle Ball tour has become to the pop world, KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas has been to the alternative scene for more than two decades. The L.A. radio station's annual December show, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, had its status as arguably the…

  12. 'Frozen' Director Apologizes for 'Let It Go': Vote for the Year's Most Annoying Song

    December 15, 2014 3:05 PM EST Jennifer Lee -- the Oscar-winning director of Frozen -- is now one of the most successful female directors in Hollywood. But sometimes with great power comes great guilt. And thanks to the continuing runaway success of Frozen with children worldwide, Lee now has both. "A year ago, I&…

  13. Women in Music: Watch Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & More Discuss the Challenges of Being Female in the Music Industry

    December 15, 2014 3:00 PM EST There was a lot of star power at Billboard's Women in Music event Friday, and luckily, we were able to gather all it on stage at the same time. Following the various acceptance speeches, the honorees -- including Taylor Swift , Ariana Grande , Idina Menzel, Aretha Franklin , Jessie J ,…

  14. Brett Eldredge Talks Inaugural American Country Countdown Awards: 'You Only Have One First Time'

    December 15, 2014 2:57 PM EST It has been nothing short of an overwhelming year for Brett Eldredge . Last week, it was announced that his single "Beat of the Music" was the No. 1 single of 2014 on the Country Airplay Songs chart. Along with his latest single, "Mean to Me," Eldredge was the only…

  15. The Industry in 2014: Digital Is the New Mainstream, Despite Taylor's Protestations

    December 15, 2014 2:53 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  16. Moby on 'Hotel: Ambient,' L.A. Shows, Selling His 'Castle in the Hills'

    December 15, 2014 2:44 PM EST "It's music I listen to when I'm anxious, need help sleeping or when I'm sitting in traffic on the 101," Moby says of Hotel: Ambient , his long out-of-print 2005 bonus album being re-released on Tuesday, Dec. 16 via his Little Idiot label. "It's a very…

  17. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  18. Here's a Pic of Justin Bieber Strangling Chris Brown

    December 15, 2014 2:00 PM EST Continuing his quest to make you go "what was he thinking?", Justin Bieber recently shared an Instagram pic that finds the blonde-haired singer strangling Chris Brown. But all in good fun! The caption reads, "Had fun with the homey @Chrisbrownofficial." Illiterate…

  19. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

  20. Charli XCX, Tove Lo, and Other Hit Artists Made 2014 an International Year for Pop

    December 15, 2014 1:35 PM EST A huge crop of new international acts broke through in America, from Canadian 
reggae-rock band Magic to Scandinavian synth-poppers Tove Lo and MØ to Japanese 
3-D avatar Hatsune Miku , who played Madison Square Garden. See below for where they hail from around the globe. Click to View…

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