1. Watch Amy Adams (Try to) Seduce One Direction in 'SNL' Trailer

    December 19, 2014 5:15 AM EST Amy Adams melted hearts in Enchanted . She caught the attention of Superman in Man of Steel . The lads from One Direction , though, aren’t so easily won over.  In a mischievous trailer for a Christmas-themed  Saturday Night Live , the actress tries, and fails, to win the affections of the…

  2. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight my…

  3. BSBB Round 4: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, "Drunk in Love"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z JAMIESON COX: At this stage in the competition, it’s harder and harder for me to point to musical qualities when making decisions. I like all of these songs,…

  4. Electric Zoo 2013 Death Leads to Guilty Plea

    December 11, 2014 3:23 PM EST A New York man has pleaded guilty to a narcotics charge in a prosecution that arose after an overdose death at a New York City music festival. Patrick Morgan of Buffalo pleaded guilty Thursday (Dec. 11) to one count of conspiring to distribute narcotics. Electric Zoo Festival Canceled After…

  5. The 10 Best Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0 Ed Sheeran, Jenny Lewis, Run The Jewels and more were among the artists behind this year's most mesmerizing full-lengths. The Billboard.com Critics' Picks albums list is always difficult to finalize -- with so many great albums to consider each year, how can a group…

  6. Joe Perry Christmas Video Premiere: Watch 'Run Run Rudolph,' with Guitar from Johnny Depp

    December 11, 2014 11:53 AM EST There was a time we might have expected an Aerosmith Christmas celebration to involve tossing Santa from the sleigh and stealing all the presents.  But Joe Perry says that he's long wanted to record some holiday songs with the group. Watch the video for his rendition of Chuck Berry &…

  7. Sting Joins Cast of 'The Last Ship,' Receives Standing Ovation

    December 10, 2014 10:56 PM EST Grammy Award-winner Sting jumped aboard his Broadway musical The Last Ship  as its newest star Tuesday night, hoping to help right a show that's been listing dangerously at the box office. A bearded Sting got a standing ovation -- and a bouquet of white roses -- at the Neil Simon…

  8. Brushville's Waiting Game Leads to Buzzy Debut Album

    December 10, 2014 5:58 PM EST 'It took forever to get this album out, but now that it's out, it's been such a great feeling to have our fans sing the lyrics back to us,' Brett Gillan says. With the release of their self-titled debut album this fall, there has been a lot of buzz around rising country…

  9. 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…

  10. Exclusive: Nora Jane Struthers Premieres New Song 'Let Go'

    December 09, 2014 11:50 AM EST With her new album Wake coming out on Feb. 24, 2015, singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers is sharing a new song from the forthcoming effort exclusively with Billboard. Entitled "Let Go," you can listen to the Billboard premiere right here. "We all have things that we let…

  11. 2015 Rise Above Fest: Seether Recruits Godsmack, Slash, Papa Roach for Suicide Awareness

    December 09, 2014 10:55 AM EST "It's going to be interesting to see how much better we can do," Seether's Shaun Morgan says of the third edition of the hard-rock festival. After exponential growth between its first and second editions, Seether has recruited Godsmack , Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and…

  12. Steel Panther Christmas Song Premiere: Hear the Fantastically Filthy ’The Stocking Song’

    December 08, 2014 12:24 PM EST Steel Panther isn't just about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The comedic hard rockers are into Christmas, too. The Los Angeles quartet is showing its love for the Yule with "The Stocking Song," a new track recorded during the group's recent tour opening for…

  13. Rob Halford on His Close Friendship With 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'I've Got Wonderful Memories'

    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, Judas Priest frontman…

  14. '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 "…

  15. Take That, Ed Sheeran Return To U.K. Chart Summits

    December 08, 2014 1:51 AM EST Take That’s   III  (Polydor/Universal), the British pop staple’s first album as a three-piece, debuted atop the new U.K. chart yesterday (Dec. 7) to become their sixth No. 1 on the survey. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” (Asylum/Warner Music) returned to the top of the singles chart,…

  16. Grammys 2015: The Lowdown on the Country Music Nominations

    December 05, 2014 6:22 PM EST The nominees in the country field for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and there are interesting names among the contenders. The decision to scale back on the number of categories a few years ago by NARAS led many to believe that the organization was looking to increase…

  17. LeAnn Rimes Spreads the Holiday Cheer With 'One Christmas' EP Series

    November 24, 2014 6:06 PM EST The holidays are a special time for LeAnn Rimes . That enthusiasm is showcased vividly on the brand-new Yuletide collection One Christmas: Chapter 1. " I really love the Christmas holiday season," she told Billboard . "For this project, instead of doing one record like I did…

  18. Sting Sets Out to Save 'The Last Ship'

    November 23, 2014 11:47 PM EST Sting is not letting The Last Ship sink without a fight. The former Police frontman, who composed the score for the Broadway musical set in his Northern English hometown, will join the cast as speculated, in a bid to lift the $15 million production's struggling box office. A story…

  19. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Settlement Reached in Sarah Jones' Parents' Civil Lawsuit

    November 19, 2014 4:02 PM EST Richard & Elizabeth Jones have reached confidential agreements with some of the defendants. The parents of Sarah Jones , the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a train on the Midnight Rider film set , have reached a confidential settlement agreement with several of the…

  20. Jeff Bates Embraces Conway Twitty Comparisons on 'Me and Conway' Album

    November 18, 2014 6:12 PM EST The vocal similarities between Jeff Bates and the late Conway Twitty have always been something of a double-edged sword. "It was a struggle at times," the singer tells Billboard . "On one hand, what a compliment. But, then someone would say, 'You know, you sound too much…

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