1. Exclusive Premiere: Amy Speace Channels the Classics in 'Nothing Good Can Come From This'

    December 17, 2014 1:10 PM EST There's a romantic notion in people's minds of the songwriter as someone who gets struck suddenly by creative lighnting and boom : a song comes spilling out, fully formed and perfectly conceived from the get-go. It may happen like that occasionally, but songwriting is often hard…

  2. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

  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. 'We Know What To Do': Scott Borchetta on Joining 'American Idol' and Signing This Season's Winner

    December 11, 2014 2:59 PM EST The winner of American Idol season 14 will be in good hands. The performer taking the top spot this year will be signed to the same record label as Taylor Swift and will be guided by one of the industry's deftest management hands: Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta. The…

  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. Corner Office: Lava Records Founder/CEO Jason Flom on Discovering Katy Perry, Lorde’s Genius and His Label’s Sale

    December 08, 2014 10:08 AM EST The hair-metal whisperer turned pop-star finder on discovering Katy Perry, Lorde's genius and his label's sale. In an industry teeming with tenacious characters, Jason Flom ’s track record speaks for itself. During the past three decades, he has signed Katy Perry , Tori Amos and…

  7. Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Gus G on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'I Wanted To Be That Dude'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Kostas Karamitroudis never met "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott . He never threw back a Black Tooth Grin with him or shook his hand at a meet-and-greet. Yet Dimebag has touched his life -- as he did thousands of others -- in a very profound way. 'Dimebag' Darrell Tribute: See…

  8. Dream Theater's John Petrucci on the 'Major Talent' of Dimebag Darrell

    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, Dream Theater 's John Petrucci discusses…

  9. Black Label Society Leader Zakk Wylde on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Was Like the Rat Pack All in One Guy'

    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, Black Label Society leader and former Ozzy…

  10. '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 "…

  11. Iggy Azalea Responds to Azealia Banks' Eric Garner-Related Twitter Criticism

    December 04, 2014 12:30 PM EST The Twitter battle of Azalea vs. Azealia continues to rage. After Azealia Banks blasted  Iggy Azalea yesterday (Dec. 3) for allegedly stealing from black culture without caring about the issues associated with it (in this case, the Eric Garner controversy), Iggy has fired back. 'South…

  12. 'South Park' Pits Lorde/Randy Against Iggy Azalea, Michael Jackson Hologram

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Earlier this season,  South Park revealed that teenage pop star Lorde is actually middle-aged father Randy Marsh -- and not long after, they  eviscerated Spin's  embarrassing coverage of that episode as part of another Lorde plotline. On Wednesday night, the Comedy Central stalwart…

  13. It's Official: Scott Borchetta Joining 'American Idol' Season 14 as Mentor

    December 03, 2014 5:33 PM EST The man who discovered Taylor Swift will be the new Randy Jackson. Can the man who discovered Taylor Swift pick the next American Idol? The Fox show is banking on just that, as Scott Borchetta , the President and CEO of Big Machine Label group, will assume the position of mentor for the…

  14. 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…

  15. Irving Azoff Says YouTube Lacks Licensing Rights to 20,000 Songs (Exclusive)

    November 12, 2014 7:19 PM EST Industry heavyweight, representing Pharrell and others, believes YouTube hasn't made all necessary deals for its new subscription service & is prepared to take his clients off of the YouTube ecosystem. Many works composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell…

  16. Mark Cline Bates Brings His West Virginia Roots to New Album

    November 12, 2014 4:40 PM EST When describing his hometown, Mark Cline Bates can't help but light up with a heavy dose of Putnam County pride. "I was raised in a little town called Hurricane, West Virginia, which until they put the Walmart in was a one-stoplight town. The town was full of very friendly people.…

  17. The Case for Adam Lambert as New 'American Idol' Mentor

    November 12, 2014 3:59 PM EST Who should replace Randy Jackson next year? The season 8 runner-up. American Idol fans probably never imagined a day when Randy Jackson would no longer be "in it to win it," but so it seems for season 14 of the Fox show, the first that won't feature the former judge-turned…

  18. Randy Jackson Exits 'American Idol'

    November 11, 2014 7:12 PM EST He's been with the show for all 13 seasons. American Idol is losing one of its last remaining original players. Randy Jackson , who has been with the Fox series since its start, will exit the singing competition, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Top 100 'American Idol'…

  19. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees For 2014 American Country Countdown Awards

    November 11, 2014 10:00 AM EST Newly-crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan leads the upcoming American Country Countdown Awards with seven nominations. The ACCA awards celebrate the best in country radio. Following Bryan, Florida Georgia Line earned six nominations. The American Country Countdown Awards will air…

  20. Ghost Tunes, Garth Brooks' iTunes Alternative, Launches in Full

    November 11, 2014 8:18 AM EST When Ghost Tunes CEO Randy Bernard and COO Chris Webb first met with Garth Brooks to discuss an alternative digital and physical distribution platform, there was one thing they had to get out of the way. "We're going up against Google, Amazon, iTunes -- billion-dollar companies,…

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