1. Top 10 Rock/Alternative Christmas Songs That Don't Suck

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST …And one Hanukkah Song (we did our best!) Let’s get this out of the way: there are an awful lot of terrible rock covers of Christmas songs. Lots of genres are guilty of this, but being that Relient K and Bowling For Soup have both done entire Christmas albums, modern guitar music needs to…

  2. Exclusive: Night Riots Premiere Urgent New Wave Track 'Break'

    December 19, 2014 12:50 PM EST SoCal quintet Night Riots mined some pretty serious subject matter for their standout new song. “‘Break’ was inspired by a friend's drink getting spiked with a hallucinogenic drug at a party,” frontman Travis Hawley tells Billboard. “It made me start to realize that not all people are…

  3. Top 5 Producers Shifting the Sound of Atlanta Rap in 2014

    December 18, 2014 1:30 PM EST Super producers such as Organized Noize have paved the way for others to craft the way Atlanta is represented sonically. Now it seems that the current role of the producer in Atlanta is to dictate the way the Billboard chart sounds, with songs like "Tuesday" (produced by Metro…

  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. Exclusive: Mod Sun Premieres Ode to Marijuana 'Never Quit' ft. Travis Barker

    December 17, 2014 11:21 AM EST "No matter the amount of negativity you're presented with, five minutes from now could be your best moment," says Mod Sun, and his music reflects this attitude. The rapper's 2012 project was titled Happy As Fuck;  he named his book Did I Ever Wake Up? . Even his artistic…

  6. Exclusive: Dzeko & Torres Cram 62 Songs Into '2014 in 10 Minutes' Mix

    December 16, 2014 3:06 PM EST 'Tis the season for year-end retrospectives, but Dzeko & Torres have outdone themselves. For those looking to take a quick lap down memory lane, Tiësto 's protégés have stuffed a year's worth of major main stage tracks into one 10-minute mix. It has become a bit of a…

  7. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  8. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  9. 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…

  10. The 10 Best Electronic/Dance Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Ranking art is never easy, but dance music's sheer volume and variance make picking favorites particularly difficult. The following ten tracks are the ones we consistently returned to over the course of the year. (And see our list of the  10 best electronic/dance albums here .)…

  11. RaeLynn & Luke Bryan Leap On Country Charts

    December 11, 2014 1:05 PM EST RaeLynn , a second-season contestant on NBC's The Voice , returned to the show Dec. 2 and performed her current single, "God Made Girls." The visit proved valuable, as "Girls" flies 17-7 on Hot Country Songs , adding Digital Gainer applause, as the track vaults 12-1…

  12. 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…

  13. Jake Owen Is More Than the 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' Guy -- Not That He's Complaining

    December 09, 2014 5:07 PM EST The new single from RCA recording artist Jake Owen might take a few listeners by surprise. The sensitive "What We Ain't Got" definitely sticks out from anything on country radio these days and also sets itself apart from Owen's usual fare. The same could be said for the…

  14. Tink, Hudson Mohawke & Julian Jordan: Emerging Picks of the Week

    November 26, 2014 2:29 PM EST Heading into this Thanksgiving weekend, Billboard offers a triple play of tracks to check out, all of which debuted on this week’s Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. “Movin Bass,” Tink Though Tink…

  15. T. Mills Talks Teaming Up With Dr. Luke, Travis Barker for New Album

    November 24, 2014 12:01 PM EST While touring this year, T. Mills managed to dip into the studio to record his upcoming album. On his sophomore album, due in "the beginning of 2015," the rapper/singer teamed up with Dr. Luke and one of his "childhood heroes," Travis Barker . "I got to work with Dr…

  16. Band Aid 30’s 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' Opens at No. 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales

    November 24, 2014 4:56 AM EST Band Aid 30’s updated “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year to date, selling 312,000 downloads to go straight to No. 1. Sunday's (Nov. 23) new Official Charts Company data also saw One Direction debut atop the album…

  17. Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovation In Florida Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

    November 22, 2014 12:54 PM EST The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby , for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed. Bill Cosby Refuses to Address Sexual Assault Allegations in…

  18. ODESZA Disrupts Dance Music with Lush, Post-Dubstep Beats

    November 21, 2014 5:41 PM EST Before Odesza 's Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight were topping Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart and headlining nearly sold-out, back-to-back world tours, the two Seattle beatmakers were just another unsigned band dealing with the hardships of the road -- and extreme…

  19. Mr. Probz Rides 'Waves' to No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    November 21, 2014 10:40 AM EST Mr. Probz pulls into the No. 1 spot on Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Waves," which rises 3-1. The chart's top Airplay and Digital Gainer, "Waves" reaches another new sales high (61,000 downloads, up 20 percent, according to Nielsen…

  20. Woody Allen Returns to Barcelona for New Year's Concert

    November 20, 2014 5:34 PM EST Shows by Van Morrison, Bob Geldof & more to follow Allen's opening of new tourist-friendly Suite Festival BCN Music Experience. Woody Allen will revisit the scene of his movie Vicky Cristina Barcelona on New Year's Eve, when he'll give a gala performance with the Eddy…

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