1. Marty Raybon Talks Shenandoah Reunion, Working on Miranda Lambert's 'Another Sunday In the South' & More

    December 20, 2014 2:26 PM EST Country musician Marty Raybon first thought that someone was pulling a prank on him. “I got a message that Frank Liddell wanted me to call him. He was doing a record on Miranda Lambert , and he wanted me to sing on the record. I thought it was a joke,” Raybon tells Billboard. Marty Raybon…

  2. Can The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' Top the U.K.'s Cherished Christmas Charts?

    December 19, 2014 5:38 PM EST Following the U.K.'s Official Charts inclusion of digital streaming this year, the new accounting is causing some shake-ups this holiday season. Now the highly coveted Christmas No. 1 could be poised for takeover by a song that's nearly three decades old: The Pogues ' …

  3. The Country Music Industry in 2014: Garth's Return, Taylor's Exit

    December 18, 2014 2:49 PM EST With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a few stars chose to go out. On the road. In…

  4. Exclusive: Crazy Town Returns After Lengthy Hiatus With New Single 'Megatron'

    December 18, 2014 10:27 AM EST Sometimes a band needs some time away from music before they can return with renewed vigor. More than a decade ago, Crazy Town had a No. 1 hit with "Butterfly" from their debut album  The Gift of Game . But after 2002's Darkhorse , the band broke up. Today Billboard is…

  5. Muted Hurrahs For Easing of Cuban Sanctions

    December 17, 2014 7:29 PM EST Industry Is Optimistic, but Still Evaluating President Obama’s announcement that he planned to “normalize” relationships with Cuba was met with muted response from the Latin music industry. The demureness could simply be attributed to the season; Christmas is around the corner. But also,…

  6. BSBB Round 2: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Shakira feat. Rihanna, "Can't Remember To Forget You"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Can't Remember To Forget You Shakira feat. Rihanna MEGAN BUERGER: Katy Perry and Juicy J are the greatest pop-rap dream team since J. Lo and Ja Rule, and "Dark Horse" is the…

  7. 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…

  8. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of…

  9. Cuban Rapper El B Disputes Reports of U.S. Agency Infiltration

    December 12, 2014 11:13 AM EST Los Aldeanos' El B doesn’t “need financing" to say what he thinks. Bian Oscar Rodriguez Gala , the Cuban rapper known as El B , has responded to an Associated Press report detailing how the United States the Agency for International Development used members of Havana’s hip-hop…

  10. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  11. Beyoncé Earns Eighth No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With '7/11'

    December 11, 2014 7:09 PM EST Plus: Wu-Tang Clan returns to the charts with 'A Better Tomorrow' In only its second week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Beyoncé 's "7/11" reaches No. 1, granting the singer her eighth chart-topping title as a solo artist. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé,…

  12. Revisionist History, Holiday Edition: Mariah Gets a 'Christmas' Gift, Wham! Gets the Boot

    December 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST For those who love the Billboard charts, this truly is -- as Andy Williams reminds us every December -- the most wonderful time of the year. The arrival of Billboard 's annual year-end rankings have made it a "Happy" holiday for another Williams -- Pharrell -- whose hit with…

  13. Taylor Swift's '1989' Spends Fifth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 10, 2014 11:10 AM EST 0 Taylor Swift's 1989 holds steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fifth non-consecutive week. Swift has now spent a cumulative total of 29 weeks at No. 1 with her four chart-topping albums. Among women, only Whitney Houston (with 46 weeks at No. 1) and…

  14. U Can Touch This: MC Hammer, Silicon Valley Darling, Promotes New Album With Twitter Love

    December 09, 2014 3:50 PM EST You may not have realized that MC Hammer was but a follow away. The life of MC Hammer is a fascinating pop-culture saga, and the twists just keep on coming. His meteoric rise up the charts in the early 90s and the financial troubles resulting from his subsequent drop-off in sales are…

  15. Smashing Pumpkins Prove They Deserve Fan Loyalty at NYC Concert

    December 09, 2014 10:50 AM EST After an eventful week in which he reconciled with old foes Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson , performing with the latter at a tour stop in London, Billy Corgan brought his new-look Smashing Pumpkins to New York City on Monday (Dec. 8) to keep the goodwill going and promote their latest…

  16. 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…

  17. Op-Ed: Why U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Deserves the Rock Album Grammy

    December 05, 2014 11:00 PM EST The album that attracted the most discussion this year? U2 's Songs of Innocence. Read the Counterpoint: Why U2 Doesn't Deserve the Rock Album Grammy Thanks to Apple, the band’s thirteenth studio effort, and first since 2009’s No Line On The Horizon , delivered to the "…

  18. Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift on Writing Her Own Rules, Not Becoming a Cliche and the Hurdle of Going Pop

    December 05, 2014 9:00 AM EST Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, 1989 , would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own…

  19. Billboard Year-End Awards: Best Hater Handler, Indie-est Album, Best Career Save & More

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Grammys , AMAs , CMAs, Oscars -- none of them are as important as the year-end awards you're about to witness. From Best Hater Handler to Most Ironic Arrest to Most Memorable Use of Cheesy '80s Guitar in a 2014 Movie, these are awards that actually mean something. Chosen by peers…

  20. Exclusive: Hear Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' in 20 Different Styles

    December 02, 2014 10:00 AM EST Second Songs puts Christmas music on steroids. Anthony Vincent, the man behind 10 Second Songs, has made a video to please both Christmas music lovers and the grinches who can't stand the stuff. In his latest clip, he sings Mariah Carey 's seasonal classic "All I Want For…

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