1. Exclusive: Shigeto Premieres 'Tide Pools' From 'Ghostly Swim 2'

    December 16, 2014 9:51 AM EST In 2014, surprising artistic collaborations have become the norm in popular music. But the record label Ghostly International and the TV network Adult Swim were ahead of the curve: they worked together for the first time back in 2008, creating Ghostly Swim , a compilation album full of …

  2. Mary J. Blige Earns 10th No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 11, 2014 8:32 PM EST Blige ties Aretha Franklin for the most No. 1s among women. The queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , returns to No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her new genre-spanning set The London Sessions . It's her tenth No. 1, tying Blige with Aretha Franklin for the most No. 1 albums…

  3. The Year on Twitter: Justin Bieber is Most Tweeted About Artist, Katy Perry is Most Followed User

    December 10, 2014 12:00 AM EST Music continues to be the most-discussed subject on Twitter in the U.S., according to data released by the social network. The most tweeted-about artist of the year is Justin Bieber , the most-tweeted about song of the year was "Happy" by Pharrell , and the most tweeted-about…

  4. The Year in Pop 2014: One Direction, 'Frozen,' & Pharrell Dominate

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST One Direction takes home the trophy as Billboard's top artist of the year for 2014. See All the Year End Charts Here! The English/Irish quintet (comprising Niall Horan , Liam Payne , Zayn Malik , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson ), is the first group to earn the top artist distinction…

  5. Johnny Marr Cancels U.S. Solo Tour Dates

    December 08, 2014 4:59 PM EST The former Smiths guitarist axes the end of his 2014 tour over a 'serious close family illness.' Morrissey isn’t the only former Smiths member canceling tour dates these days. On Monday (Dec. 8), Johnny Marr announced he’d been forced to cancel the 10 remaining dates on his…

  6. Fellow Rockers and Friends Remember 'Dimebag' Darrell on the 10th Anniversary of His Murder

    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 are the highlights. 'Dimebag'…

  7. '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 "…

  8. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Ariana Grande: 'This Year I Was Really Taken Seriously as an Artist’

    December 05, 2014 12:50 PM EST "A year-and-a-half ago I was wearing a red wig, pretending to be a silly 15-year-old on a television show," says Ariana Grande , referring to her title role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Sam & Cat . That was before the native Floridian released her sophomore LP,…

  9. James Bond Wish List: 5 Artists Who Should Sing 'Spectre' Title Song

    December 04, 2014 10:20 AM EST Like diamonds, James Bond may as well be forever. Skyfall director Sam Mendes revealed the title of the 24th canonical installment in the Bond franchise is titled Spectre and will come out in fall 2015. For the fourth time, Daniel Craig -- the sixth actor to portray Bond on the big screen …

  10. Happy Birthday, Britney Spears: Celebrate & Take Our Quiz About the Pop Superstar

    December 02, 2014 9:00 AM EST Happy Birthday, Britney Spears ! Stronger than destiny and still kicking ass in Las Vegas, the pop superstar has had a long career of highlights. So in honor of her 33rd birthday today (Dec. 2), we have a little challenge for her long-time fans: Can you ace our test about her musical (and…

  11. Why a 'Voice' Winner Is Playing 'Pippin' on Broadway Before Releasing a Single

    December 02, 2014 2:19 AM EST For the first time ever, a Voice winner is stopping by Broadway before the recording studio. Josh Kaufman , the season-six champ who touted rock, pop and soul covers while under Usher's wing, has stepped into the lead role of Pippin. Director Diane Paulus staged the Tony-winning…

  12. Who Are the British Aces Behind Mary J. Blige's 'London Sessions'?

    November 25, 2014 2:31 PM EST Mary J. Blige brought in some of the United Kingdom's hottest writers and artists to record her upcoming album The London Sessions . This connects her with a long tradition of American musicians looking overseas for new ideas: back in the '60s, for example, Jimi Hendrix left the…

  13. Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties (Wonder Years' Dan Campbell) Premieres 'Our Apartment' Video (Exclusive)

    November 19, 2014 1:00 PM EST Last summer, Wonder Years frontman Dan “Soupy” Campbell released his solo debut under the moniker Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties . The album We Don’t Have Each Other was an exercise in fictional storytelling, with Campbell stepping outside of a firsthand narrative for the first time…

  14. Meet Fickle Friends, A Great New Pop Band Blowing Up The U.K. Blogs

    November 18, 2014 2:30 PM EST Three ace singles, including the new "For You," points to a promising future for the Brighton group. Never heard of Fickle Friends? If you’re in the U.S., that’s understandable: the pop quintet has yet to play a stateside show, and debut single “Swim” hasn’t popped up on any…

  15. Billboard Touring Conference 2014 Preview: Five Industry Rainmakers Talk the Current Landscape of Live

    November 18, 2014 1:30 PM EST Five industry rainmakers, all attending Billboard's annual Touring Conference Nov. 19-20, talk shop. Billboard Power 100 2014: No. 93 - Tom Windish, Founder/President of the Windish Agency Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve Exclusive: Red Light Management…

  16. Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley on Once Almost Hitting Gene Simmons With His Fiery Axe: 'It Caught Him By Surprise'

    November 17, 2014 6:14 PM EST Any rock star can play his or her guitar. As a founding member and lead guitarist for 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Kiss , Ace Frehley would make his instrument smoke, shoot and fly through the air. But Frehley, 63, who's currently on tour promoting Space Invader , his…

  17. #Bedstock Exclusive: Musicians Go Under Covers for Online Festival Benefiting Kids With Cancer

    November 13, 2014 10:00 AM EST Regina Ellis witnessed firsthand the healing power of music when her daughter, Alexandra, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at age three and a half. "Music transformed many moments in the hospital," she tells Billboard. "We found ourselves battling for her life in a hospital,…

  18. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne Brand, So He Bought It

    November 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST Jay Z 's champagne of choice is now part of his portfolio. The rapper and entrepreneur extraordinaire has purchased the gilded Armand de Brignac (nicknamed "Ace of Spades") brand of bubbly, which retails for $300 a pop but can go as high as $200,000 -- if you like 30…

  19. Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Album Thrills at Listening Party in NYC

    November 04, 2014 11:44 AM EST After months of delays, false starts and media bickering , the new Wu-Tang Clan album, A Better Tomorrow , is miraculously on its way, with a rock-solid release date (Dec. 2) and label home (Warner Bros. Records). On Monday night (Nov. 3), Wu mastermind the RZA hosted a private listening…

  20. New Signings: Jackie Boyz Team with Razor & Tie, Son Lux to Glassnote, OWSLA Grabs Carmada and More

    October 31, 2014 3:39 PM EDT A look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.  RECORD LABELS -- America's Got Talent finalist Emily West signs to Sony Music Masterworks imprint, Portrait . She will…

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