1. 'Sons of Anarchy' Finale Song Debuts on Rock Chart

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST As the bloody motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy concluded its seven-season run Dec. 9 on FX, its swan song, "Come Join the Murder," debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. The original track is credited to the show's house band, the Forest Rangers, and White…

  2. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight my…

  3. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, J. Cole Debuts at No. 2

    December 18, 2014 2:32 PM EST Swift reigns for a ninth week, while Cole launches fueled by album sales. Taylor Swift remains atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, logging a record-extending ninth week at No. 1, while J. Cole soars in at No. 2, powered by sales for his new album. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly…

  4. 'Maybe the Adrenaline Keeps Me Going': Landau Management's Barbara Carr on Working with Springsteen for 34 Years

    December 18, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Couldn't get along without you, Barb," Bruce Springsteen said of Barbara Carr when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Any Springsteen fan worth their salt knows his longtime manager and former producer, Jon Landau . Less visible (by choice) is Carr,…

  5. R&B and Hip-Hop in 2014: A Lackluster Year for Some, But Not All

    December 17, 2014 5:01 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  6. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2014 4:34 PM EST J. Cole 's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story , and its follow-up, 2013's…

  7. The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

    December 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present day? Think back to Doc Brown using a chalkboard to draw tangential, alternate futures for Marty McFly in Back to the Future . Well, imagine if vinyl…

  8. Zac Brown, Alabama Shakes Announced for New Season of 'The Artists Den,' Samsung's Milk Gets Streams

    December 17, 2014 8:00 AM EST Zac Brown Band will kick off the ninth season of Live From the Artists Den on PBS next year with a performance at New York's historic Forest Hills Stadium, scheduled to air Jan. 30. Jason Mraz 'You Can Rely on Me': 'Live From the Artists Den' Acoustic Session The…

  9. Ashanti's Mom Testifies in Stalking Trial

    December 16, 2014 4:00 PM EST When a delusional Ashanti fan was sentenced to jail for spinning lewd fantasies about her in text messages to her mother, he said he would "always wish the best" for the Grammy-winning R&B singer.   Five years later, Devar Hurd is on trial again on charges of stalking Ashanti…

  10. Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Weird Al – But Not Beyonce – Top Google's 'Year In Search'

    December 16, 2014 11:00 AM EST Google has unleashed its annual Year In Search results, and the music categories are popping with emerging artists and trendsetting newsmakers. Iggy Azalea makes several appearances, most notably the top spot on the trending music artists tally, beating Lorde , Sam Smith , Meghan Trainor…

  11. Luke Bryan Hits ACCA Stage After Brother-in-Law's Death: 'It's Nice to Feel Loved'

    December 15, 2014 8:42 PM EST Bryan wins Male Vocalist of the Year at American Country Countdown Awards. It's been a roller-coaster month for Luke Bryan . At last month's American Music Awards, he was named Favorite Male Country Artist, but only a week later, his brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, died…

  12. Modest Mouse Releases 'Lampshades on Fire,' First New Song in Years

    December 15, 2014 1:20 PM EST 'Strangers To Ourselves' will be the band's first studio LP since 2007. For  Modest Mouse fans, the wait for a new studio album is almost over. Strangers To Ourselves will drop March 3 via Epic, and the first listen from that album has hit the internet. It’s a spunky, offbeat…

  13. Billboard Japan Unveils Chart Redesign, Opens Voting for Artist of the Year Ahead of Music Awards 2014

    December 15, 2014 12:53 PM EST Billboard's sister organization, Billboard Japan , has released its year-end chart rankings, as well as a redesigned take on its charts for readers. The redesigned chart display gives readers more nuanced information on the way songs are ranked, from Twitter mentions, airplay, physical…

  14. Modest Mouse's New Album, 'Strangers to Ourselves,' Will Be Out in March

    December 14, 2014 7:50 PM EST Modest Mouse teased a new single called "Lampshades on Fire" last week with an Instagram post , and now the band has let a lucky fan release news of a new album set for next year.  Modest Mouse & Brand New Rock New York's Forest Hills Stadium According to a Twitter post…

  15. BSBB Round 1: Becky G, "Shower" vs. Jason Aldean, "Burnin' It Down"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Shower Becky G Burnin' It Down Jason Aldean CHRIS PAYNE: Jason Aldean has many, many more hits than Becky G, who remains a relative unknown, but “Shower” is just a perfect, undeniable pop hit. It’s got those “Call Me Maybe…

  16. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  17. Carrie Underwood and K. Michelle Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 12, 2014 10:13 PM EST Country diva Carrie Underwood and R&B singer K. Michelle are both heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest Underwood's new best-of album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1 , may sell around 85,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 14. If…

  18. 'Side Show' Packs Up Its Tent Early on Broadway

    December 12, 2014 11:12 AM EST Seventeen years to the day since its original production closed after a commercially disastrous run of just three and a half months, the lavish Broadway reboot of Side Show will make an even swifter exit. Producers have confirmed a Jan. 4 closing date for the bio-musical about the search…

  19. Tegan and Sara Talk 'So Jealous' 10th Anniversary: Hear Exclusive Demo of 'Downtown'

    December 11, 2014 3:46 PM EST The duo's Tegan Quin talks about the group's breakthrough release and recording plans for 2015. Fresh off of a lengthy run in support of their 2013 pop opus Heartthrob , Tegan and Sara are looking back at their breakthrough album, 2004’s So Jealous , with a 10th anniversary…

  20. The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST K-pop fans may remember 2014 as a dramatic, and at times heartbreaking, year. Members left groups fans envisioned them in for years, tragedy struck the live scene and the dark sides of the industry were brought to light in the wake of mourning one of the scene's most promising acts…

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