1. Inside D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Listening Party: A Look at Its Lyrics & Political Message

    December 14, 2014 11:36 PM EST D'Angelo invited a select audience in New York to hear his long-awaited full-length album Black Messiah Sunday, revealing there that the album would be released finally at midnight that night.  D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Out at Midnight Tonight: Track List Revealed…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  5. 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…

  6. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: November 2014

    December 10, 2014 12:17 PM EST G-Dragon, Taeyang, Hi Suhyun, AOA, Kyuhyun, GOT7, Apink and more captivated YouTube viewers this month. As K-pop only male solo acts with Billboard 200 chart entries, it should come as no surprise that a collaboration between  G-Dragon and Taeyang   (aka GD x Taeyang) was the video fans…

  7. 10 Things We Learned From Billy Corgan's Reddit AMA

    December 10, 2014 12:00 PM EST With a new Smashing Pumpkins album Monuments to an Elegy out this week, Billy Corgan  made time to answer questions about "anything" on Reddit yesterday. With a cup of tea in hand, obviously. Here’s what we learned: 1. The shortest (5 minutes) and the longest (5 months) amount of…

  8. Avicii Has the Most Shazamed Song of All Time

    December 10, 2014 11:33 AM EST Avicii  has the most Shazamed song of all time. The DJ's hit "Wake Me Up" with Aloe Blacc  has collected more than 19 million queries on Shazam to date. Close behind is Robin Thicke 's "Blurred Lines" with T.I. and Pharrell Williams with more than 18 million…

  9. 'Frozen,' BET and YouTube Make The Hollywood Reporter's List of Entertainment's Most Powerful Women

    December 10, 2014 11:11 AM EST Billboard's sister publication The Hollywood Reporter has released "2014 Women in Entertainment Power 100," its annual ranking of the most powerful women in entertainment. It's no surprise that several on the list are almost exclusively music-focused, with the medium…

  10. 'The Voice' Top 3 & Wildcard Revealed

    December 10, 2014 10:54 AM EST On Tuesday night, the penultimate nail-biting episode of The Voice revealed its fan-voted top three, as well as the first-ever wildcard singer who rejoins the competition after already being eliminated. The three singers with the highest number of viewer votes on their  Monday night…

  11. Facebook Reveals Most-Mentioned Movies, Shows and Songs of 2014

    December 09, 2014 10:47 PM EST Facebook has revealed its most-mentioned movies, TV shows, songs and entertainers of 2014 via its new Year in Review website. The top-10 lists -- which also include the most popular topics, places, athletes, games, and most-viewed ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos -- were created after…

  12. Hear Christopher Lee's Latest Metal Christmas Carol

    December 09, 2014 5:50 PM EST Acting legend Sir Christopher Lee -- never forget the Sir -- is 92 years old and more metal than you. Back in 2012, he became the oldest living performer to enter the Billboard charts with a metal Christmas carol called “Jingle Hell” and he’s back in the pummeling, yuletide spirit this year…

  13. 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…

  14. 'Annie' Cast Shakes Off Sony Hack: 'I'm a Lot More Heartbroken About Other Things'

    December 08, 2014 11:19 PM EST The sidewalk just outside New York City's Ziegfeld Theatre transformed into a kid-filled block party on Sunday afternoon for the premiere of Annie . Across the hopscotch-course-covered black carpet lined with many, many reporters, the P.S. 153 Chorus clapped and danced to the DJ's…

  15. 'The Voice' Recap: Top Five Boys Bring Their Best Sets to Semifinals

    December 08, 2014 11:03 PM EST The top five singers of The Voice were on double duty Monday night, performing both hometown dedications and coaches' picks throughout the two-hour episode. With Pharrell Williams out for the remainder of the season, here's how they handled the demand: Adam Levine is the only…

  16. '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 "…

  17. Common Talks 'Glory,' His 'Selma' Duet With John Legend: 'It's for Dr. King'

    December 05, 2014 7:11 PM EST The rapper also addresses the song's Oscar chances: 'The bigger the platform, the more people the message can reach.' The trailer for the civil rights drama Selma was scored with a hip-hop song by Public Enemy , as a sort of promise to audiences that this wouldn't be a…

  18. 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…

  19. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  20. Five Days in the Fast Lane: Inside the Insane Schedules of Six Women In Music Honorees

    December 05, 2014 12:39 PM EST Morning workout. Late nights backstage. Dealmaking always, with an occasional break for shopping therapy. Billboard asked six Women in Music honorees to share details of their days (a sleepover for eight preteens, anyone?). This article first appeared in the Dec. 13 issue of Billboard .…

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