1. 'The Voice': Top 5 Eliminates One Coach

    December 02, 2014 9:16 PM EST Thanks to Tuesday night's triple-elimination episode, it's now down to five singers and three coaches on The Voice . 'The Voice' Hits 20 Million Song Downloads After a few alumni performances -- season 6 finalist Christina Grimmie introduced her debut single "With…

  2. Bing Crosby's Triumphs, Tragedies Rediscovered in New Documentary

    November 29, 2014 12:57 PM EST An upcoming PBS documentary seeks to remind younger generations there was so much more to Bing Crosby than crooning "White Christmas" -- from media master to philanthropist to difficult dad. Bing Crosby’s Kids Recall Dad’s Surprise Duet With David Bowie "It's an…

  3. Jim Brickman Spends a 'Winter's Night' With Kenny Rogers, Jana Kramer & More

    November 26, 2014 4:36 PM EST Christmas music has long been very important to pianist Jim Brickman . The performer has just issued On a Winter's Night, a brand-new yuletide collection, and he tells Billboard that he can't wait for fans to hear it. "I'm so thrilled," he says. "It's been…

  4. Reggae Pioneer Miss Pat Chin of VP Records Celebrates 35 Years in the U.S.

    November 26, 2014 1:09 PM EST When Patricia Chin , cofounder of Queens, N.Y.-based reggae indie VP Records, ponders the changes in the music industry since she started out six decades ago, she exudes a spirited resiliency that is inextricably linked to VP's survival for nearly 60 years in a competitive…

  5. Revisionist History, Part 5: Bon Jovi's 'Prayer' Answered, 'Caroline' Is Sweeter Than 'Sugar'

    November 26, 2014 10:11 AM EST As we get closer to Billboard 's year-end charts for 2014, we present yet another look at how the chart champs of past years might differ based on more recent measures of popularity. We call it "Revisionist History," and here's how it works: Using a formula giving near…

  6. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  7. Album Review: David Guetta's All-Star 'Listen' Makes a Beeline for the Pop Charts

    November 24, 2014 3:09 PM EST When David Guetta hit the studio to record Listen , his first album in three years, the trailblazing French EDM producer worked backwards. Instead of starting with the beats -- his standard approach over his three-decade DJ career -- he began with vocals and live instruments, such as piano…

  8. 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…

  9. Catching Up with Sky Ferreira: On Recording with Primal Scream, Splitting From Troy Carter & Regaining Control of Her Career

    November 21, 2014 11:46 AM EST “I feel like I’ve been sitting at the DMV for 10 years. I did all my paperwork, I passed my test, but they still haven’t called my number." On Thursday night at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Sky Ferreira kicked off a run of five West Coast performances that will effectively put…

  10. AMAs Producer on Taylor Swift Receiving New Dick Clark Award, Pitbull's Hosting Skills & More

    November 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST American Music Awards producer Larry Klein has worked on the long-running awards show for nearly 40 years, but when he organizes it each year, "I still feel like a kid," he admits.  American Music Awards Photos: 42 Years Of AMAs History “I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I’m…

  11. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  12. Ty Herndon on Coming Out: 'In the Country World, Hell Yes It's a Big Deal'

    November 21, 2014 7:30 AM EST Country fans with long memories and/or a keen sense of gay-dar have long wondered if the deeply conflicted and closeted country singer named Will Lexington on Nashville was modeled on Ty Herndon , who had a series of No. 1 country hits in the mid- and late ‘90s. While it’s unclear whether…

  13. Hear Yoko Ono & the Flaming Lips Cover John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)'

    November 20, 2014 4:44 PM EST Around this time of year, John Lennon 's 1971 song "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" becomes one of the most-covered songs on radio -- but we've got a promising one here with some strong connections to the original. Flaming Lips, 'With a Little Help From My Fwends':…

  14. Country Insiders Talk Touring Too Much & Finding the Next Luke Bryan

    November 20, 2014 4:14 PM EST 'There are too many shows, and eventually it will cannibalize buildings and cities,' one exec says during Billboard Touring Conference country panel. Agents and managers working in the country field are predicting a record-breaking year for 2015, with more than 18 performers…

  15. Michigan-Born Country Star Frankie Ballard Shares His Inspirations -- From Kid Rock to Steve Earle

    November 18, 2014 6:24 PM EST Battle Creek, Mich., native Frankie Ballard brought a "Detroit country" vibe to the rising-hit title track from his Warner Music Nashville LP Sunshine & Whiskey (No. 2 on the Nov. 22 Country Airplay chart), so it's no surprise that the music of his early years was his…

  16. YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning

    November 18, 2014 5:35 PM EST The standoff involves works by Pharrell Williams and other popular songwriters. YouTube has apparently made the decision not to remove songs composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell Williams and John Lennon , and as a result, the popular video website is being warned of…

  17. Corner Office: Martin Kierszenbaum, Chairman of Cherrytree, on Working with Lady Gaga, A&R'ing Sting and the Streaming Debate

    November 17, 2014 12:39 PM EST On his label's 10th anniversary, the man behind breakouts by Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding and Dislosure on juggling two titles, A&R'ing Sting and the streaming debate: "The equation has to be fair." For Martin Kierszenbaum -- Cherrytree Records founder, Interscope…

  18. Billboard Cover: Kenny Chesney on Bro-Country Songs That ‘Objectify the Hell Out Of’ Women, Reclaiming His Turf and Rattling His Fans’ Cages

    November 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST Let the younger bros sing about muddy pickups and babes in cutoffs. Country's legendary party starter returns to stadiums with a wised-up, grown-up new album and outlook. "It's about reclaiming your place in the world." Hatless, shoeless and dressed in loose-fitting…

  19. Rising Rapper Stalley Talks About His 'Loner, Stoner' Past and Collaborating With De La Soul on His Debut Album, 'Ohio'

    November 12, 2014 5:44 PM EST It hasn't been an easy year to put out a rap album on a major label:  Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne , for example, keep pushing back their due dates. But the rapper Stalley recently released his major-label debut album, Ohio,  through Rick Ross ' Maybach Music Group imprint. (Ross…

  20. Album Review: Garth Brooks' 'Man Against Machine' Marks a Solid Return for the Country Star

    November 12, 2014 2:49 PM EST When Garth Brooks was asked at a July press conference what his first studio album in 13 years would sound like, he replied, "Garth music" -- and damned if he wasn't on the money. Man Against Machine is no reinvention, but rather a continuation. As the top-selling artist of…

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