1. Russell Simmons on NYPD Deaths: 'There Is No Blood on Anyone's Hands Except Those of the Killer'

    December 22, 2014 5:07 PM EST On Saturday, Dec. 20, Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot and criticially wounded his ex-girlfriend Shaneka Thompson in Baltimore, then traveled to Brooklyn and killed two NYPD officers, Officer Liu and Officer Ramos. Two days later, Russell Simmons shares his thoughts on the matter and on president…

  2. Coachella 2015 Wish List: 20 Possible Performers at Next Year's Festival

    December 22, 2014 3:40 PM EST Could U2, Robyn, Run The Jewels and Frank Ocean all be headed to Indio? Check out our 2015 Coachella predictions. 2015 is only a few days away, and one of the more exciting musical occasions coming in the first month of the calendar year is the annual unveiling of the Coachella Valley Music…

  3. R.I.P. Joe Cocker: 7 Essential Moments, From Woodstock to 'SNL'

    December 22, 2014 3:14 PM EST Joe Cocker -- the British singer possessing one of the most distinctive voices in rock history -- has died at age 70 . His agent said Cocker died of an undisclosed illness, although he'd reportedly been battling lung cancer for some time. Ringo Starr, Tom Morello & More Remember…

  4. 'Saturday Night Live' Christmas Music: 5 Great Moments

    December 21, 2014 11:15 AM EST From musical numbers about hooking up in your childhood bedroom to PAUL MCCARTNEY, 'Saturday Night Live' Christmas regularly gives fans perfect music moments. Saturday Night Live 's Christmas shows are always extra special. The festive spirit means even higher energy than…

  5. Eaux Claires Music Festival, Curated by Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, Announced for Summer 2015

    December 17, 2014 10:00 AM EST Just before Halloween this year, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (a.k.a.  Bonnie Bear ), received approval to host the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisc. from July 17-18. Pre-sale tickets for the event, which falls the same weekend as Chicago's…

  6. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah,' and Why Waiting 14 Years For Music Isn't a Bad Thing

    December 16, 2014 4:55 PM EST Imagine going to a steakhouse, ordering the best steak in the restaurant after being told the best steak will take an hour to properly cook, waiting impatiently as everyone around you gets their food before you, angrily wondering why YOUR steak has to take so damn long... and then…

  7. Fall Out Boy Shares New Song, Tracklist & Cover Art For 'American Beauty/American Psycho

    December 15, 2014 10:40 AM EST Another new Fall Out Boy song is here. Riding high since their 2013 comeback album Save Rock And Roll , the quartet has shared a new song called “The Kids Aren’t Alright” from forthcoming album American Beauty/American Psycho . They’re name-checking The Offspring , The Who, Kevin Spacey and…

  8. BSBB Round 1: Chris Brown, "Loyal" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 12:00 PM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Loyal Chris Brown Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea MAURA JOHNSTON: One of my least favorite trends of 2014 was the increasingly rancorous nature of the seemingly never-ending battle between men and women, and "Loyal…

  9. BSBB Round 3: DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Turn Down For What DJ Snake & Lil Jon Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea CAITLIN WHITE: Ah yes, "Problem," the song on which Ariana sought to finally shed her ballad-and-piano image, trading it in for a…

  10. BSBB Round 2: Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea JAMIESON COX: I live and work in a university town, and if “number of times heard while walking by a raging kegger” was an…

  11. 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…

  12. '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…

  13. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Lana Del Rey, Carrie Underwood, K. Michelle & More

    December 11, 2014 5:01 PM EST is coming to a close, but there's still plenty of musical life left in the year. On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, we get a little more indie than usual while also touching on R&B, country and country-flavored R&B. Alongside new guest Katie Atkinson , Jason…

  14. The 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:22 PM EST Few genres ranged as widely as R&B in 2014. DJ Mustard was a ubiquitous presence on radio -- and he produced two of Billboard's top ten R&B tracks of the year ( Tinashe , Jeremih ) -- but you didn't need a Mustard beat to make a vibrant track. Elle Varner and Usher…

  15. The 10 Best Electronic/Dance Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST If 2013 marked a comeback year for the dance album, 2014 saw its momentum multiply. From top-earning DJs to underground mainstays, many rising artists made much-anticipated debuts on the LP format, while some veterans returned after significant hiatuses. Read on for our picks for the…

  16. The 10 Best Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0 Ed Sheeran, Jenny Lewis, Run The Jewels and more were among the artists behind this year's most mesmerizing full-lengths. The Billboard.com Critics' Picks albums list is always difficult to finalize -- with so many great albums to consider each year, how can a group…

  17. Kanye West, Usher to Receive BET Honors

    December 10, 2014 2:43 AM EST Someone other than Kanye West is confirming his visionary status. The superstar rapper will receive the Visionary Award next month at the 2015 BET Honors. West - who has called himself a visionary and more -- will be one of five luminaries honored at the eighth annual event hosted by…

  18. Chris Rock and Questlove Talk the Greatest MCs of All Time and Collaborating on New Movie 'Top Five'

    December 08, 2014 4:37 PM EST It's a cold November morning, and Chris Rock has come to meet Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson at his office, which is also his dressing room and his studio, on the sixth floor of 30 Rock, where Jimmy Fallon shoots The Tonight Show . Questlove, 43 -- the drummer for The Roots ,…

  19. Former Manager Paul Bassman Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'There Was Nobody on Planet Earth Like Him'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Today, Paul Bassman is president of Ascend Insurance Brokerage, one of the premier entertainment insurance firms in the business. Ten years ago, Bassman was the manager of Damageplan , the metal powerhouse led by "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul, both formerly…

  20. The Night 'Dimebag' Darrell Died: Remembering the Other Victims

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Several people tried to stop shooter Nathan Gale's deadly rampage the night "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was murdered. Three of them died: 'Dimebag' Darrell Tribute: See All The Coverage Jeff "Mayhem" Thompson, 40, was Damageplan 's head of security.…

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