1. The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

    December 19, 2014 12:45 PM EST After decades of leading the pack, the cultural rebound of rock, alternative, or whatever we want to call it depends on learning to play by new sets of rules. I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far…

  2. Ennio Morricone Regrets Not Writing Music for Clint Eastwood

    December 19, 2014 11:35 AM EST The legendary composer says he turned down the chance out of respect for Sergio Leone. Celebrated Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has revealed that he regrets turning down the chance of writing music for Clint Eastwood . Speaking to the BBC , Morricone said he said no to Eastwood …

  3. Bob Geldof to 'Do They Know It's Christmas' Critics: 'F--- Off'

    December 10, 2014 10:05 AM EST Christmas music doesn't usually inspire cursing and vitriol, but then again, Band Aid's charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is not just any Christmas song: it's a charity single with contributions from One Direction , Bono , Rita Ora , Emeli Sande ,…

  4. Delta Spirit's Matt Vasquez Talks Shtick, Drug Trips, and Bob Dylan Lyrics on 'Into the Wide'

    November 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Delta Spirit 's fourth full-length, Into the Wide , was conceived in what the then Brooklyn-based five-piece called "the Rat Cave," a Greenpoint studio they had built that was subsequently ruined by Hurricane Sandy. After patching up and packing up, frontman Matt Vasquez,…

  5. Thief Steals Instruments From Leon Russell's Band

    November 25, 2014 4:15 AM EST A guitarist in Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell's band says San Antonio police are investigating the theft of about $4,000 worth of instruments from the group's tour bus. Leon Russell, 'Fever': Exclusive Song Premiere The show went on Sunday night for Russell,…

  6. The Bangles Song Premiere: Hear ‘The Real World’ From Their New Compilation

    November 24, 2014 1:02 PM EST Susanna Hoffs is confident that fans who pick up Ladies and Gentlemen...The Bangles! , the Bangles ' new collection of early- and mid-80s demos, live tracks and the band's very first EP, won't feel like they're hearing an entirely different band from the hitmaking…

  7. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  8. Latin Grammys 2014: Meet the Best New Artist Nominees

    November 17, 2014 2:57 PM EST This year's Best New Artist nominees at the Latin Grammys -- all 10 of them -- have roots in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela. Below, we highlight their work and music and what's going on in the musical minds of these artists who'll be sharing an international…

  9. Meet Descemer Bueno, the Talent Behind Enrique Iglesias' Smash Hit 'Bailando'

    November 17, 2014 12:15 PM EST If you’ve been on the planet this year, there’s a good chance you’ve heard “Bailando,” the Enrique Iglesias smash featuring Descemer Bueno, who wrote the song with Iglesias. But if you don’t live in Miami, where Bueno resides, or Havana, where the Cuban singer/songwriter frequently…

  10. Lollapalooza South America Announces 2015 Festival Lineups For Chile, Brazil & Argentina

    November 16, 2014 8:39 PM EST Lollapalooza South America has revealed the artist lineups for the upcoming festivals in Chile, Brazil and Argentina. The three fests are scheduled to take place in March 2015. Lollapalooza Heading to Berlin in 2015 Jack White , Kings of Leon , Calvin Harris , Skrillex , Robert…

  11. MTV EMA 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    November 09, 2014 3:00 PM EST The biggest stars in music are up for MTV European Music Awards. Check back here for an updated list of winners. MTV EMA 2014: Nicki Performs | Photos Best Video Iggy Azalea - "Black Widow ft. Rita Ora" Katy Perry - "Dark Horse ft. Juicy J" -- WINNER Kiesza - "…

  12. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Wu-Tang Clan, Fifth Harmony, Theophilus London & More

    November 05, 2014 5:00 PM EST On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about an eclectic bunch of new songs in the worlds of hip-hop, indie, R&B and pop. Since Pop-Shop's Jason Lipshutz was lucky enough to attend an advance listening session of Wu-Tang Clan 's long-awaited  A…

  13. Hear a 12-Year-Old Lorde Cover Kings of Leon

    November 03, 2014 5:04 PM EST Billboard's recent feature on Lorde revealed that it was the singer's cover of Duffy 's "Warwick Avenue" -- played at an Intermediate school talent show when she was 13 years old -- that landed her a development deal at Universal. Now audio has surfaced that's…

  14. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding & Calvin Harris

    October 29, 2014 6:09 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers Erika Ramirez and Joe Lynch apologize to Jason Lipshutz for not attending his Halloween karaoke party. After that, we talk about Iggy Azalea 's new song featuring Danish pop singer MØ , which the two of them performed (…

  15. Exclusive: Downtown Records Launches Immortal Music Publishing

    October 27, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Downtown Records’ co-founders Josh Deutsh and Terence Lam are rebuilding the empire with the launch of a new music publishing division. The New York-based execs have established Immortal Music Publishing, and announced its first signings. Almost two years have passed since Downtown Music…

  16. Corner Office: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Jack White, TV’s ‘Nashville’ Effect and Running the 'It' City

    October 27, 2014 10:14 AM EDT With the CMAs coming to town, Music City’s chief executive talks tax incentives, TV’s 'Nashville' effect and why Jack White matters. Karl Dean , 59, can spit out music business stats like nobody’s business. He’ll tell you, for example, that the city he has governed since 2007…

  17. Director of Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' on Protests: 'It Invites an Audience to Think'

    October 22, 2014 11:09 PM EDT When director Peter Sellars and composer John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer had its initial runs in Brussels and New York in 1991, it caused a sensation and a furor. The subject matter, still fresh in the public consciousness, was the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille…

  18. Met Opera Premiere Greeted With Protests, Accusations of Anti-Semitism

    October 21, 2014 12:26 PM EDT John Adams' 'The Death of Klinghoffer' has been accused of being anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. The New York Metropolitan Opera's first performance of The Death of Klinghoffer was met with vociferous protests Monday as demonstrators, including former New York City mayor…

  19. 'American Idol' Is Allowing Fans to Award a Golden Ticket to Hollywood

    October 19, 2014 11:31 PM EDT For the first time ever, American Idol fans will have the chance to tell a hopeful "you’re going to Hollywood!" Producers of the Fox singing series have added a new wrinkle, allowing viewers to have a say in which contestant will receive a coveted golden ticket to the show's…

  20. Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a…

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