1. '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 "…

  2. Watch Miley Cyrus Perform New Song 'The Twinkle Song' at Art Basel

    December 07, 2014 6:07 PM EST Miley Cyrus debuted a new original song while performing at Art Basel Wednesday night called "The Twinkle Song," she said was inspired by her friend's cat dying.  Joe Jonas, Usher, 2 Chainz & More Hit Up Art Basel Parties in Miami Beach "I've never played by…

  3. Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Karen O Sing Dizzying Set List at Vice Anniversary Party

    December 06, 2014 3:37 PM EST "It's gonna be crazy but it's gonna be fun. There will be covers, originals, spontaneous orgasms -- enjoy yourselves.” To celebrate its 20th year, Vice rented out the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Duggal Greenhouse on Friday night (Dec. 5) for the kind of hybrid, manic, alien…

  4. Watch: Lil Wayne Speaks Publicly About Cash Money & Birdman Battle

    December 06, 2014 2:33 PM EST Two days after tweeting that Cash Money Records and Birdman refuse to release his new album, Tha Carter V , Lil Wayne spoke out in public about the battle on Friday night (Dec. 5). Lil Wayne: Birdman & Cash Money Records 'Refuse to Release' 'Tha Carter V' “I was…

  5. 5 Things We Hope to See Nicki Minaj Do on 'SNL'

    December 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST A week before the release of The Pinkprint , Nicki Minaj returns to Saturday Night Live as the musical guest on Dec. 6. Watch Nicki Minaj & James Franco's Secret Best-Friend Handshake in 'SNL' Promos Minaj is not only known for her rap skills, but also her acting chops.…

  6. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  7. Common Talks 'Glory,' His 'Selma' Duet With John Legend: 'It's for Dr. King'

    December 05, 2014 7:11 PM EST The rapper also addresses the song's Oscar chances: 'The bigger the platform, the more people the message can reach.' The trailer for the civil rights drama Selma was scored with a hip-hop song by Public Enemy , as a sort of promise to audiences that this wouldn't be a…

  8. Michael W. Smith Finds 'Spirit of Christmas' With Help From His Country Friends

    December 05, 2014 7:03 PM EST To Michael W. Smith , Christmas really is that most wonderful time of the year, and the three-time Grammy winner has parlayed his passion for the season into four successful holiday albums, including his latest, The Spirit of Christmas , which recently hit No. 1 on Billboard's Holiday…

  9. Why Iggy Azalea Will Win the Best Rap Album Grammy: Op-Ed

    December 05, 2014 6:57 PM EST When it comes to rap in regards to the Grammys, the question has become not who we hope wins, but who will win. And the answer usually comes in a trembling echo of united frustration. It happened last year when Kendrick Lamar was up against Macklemore . Rap aficionados were rooting for…

  10. Rolling Stones & Lady Gaga Wrap Up Their Tours on Top

    December 05, 2014 6:44 PM EST The Rolling Stones lead the weekly slate of Hot Tours with $21.7 million in sales reported from the final four concerts on its 14 On Fire tour that played in 19 countries on 3 continents this year. The tour's final leg through seven cities in Australia and New Zealand wrapped with a…

  11. Peermusic Germany Managing Director Lars Ingwersen to Leave Company at End of Year

    December 05, 2014 6:42 PM EST Lars Ingwersen, managing director of Peermusic Germany in Hamburg, is leaving the publishing company at the end of the year. His departure comes after five years with the company to work on new projects in the music market.  Peermusic Ups Yvonne Drazan and Julio Bague to VPs of Latin…

  12. 2015 Grammy Nominations: Old Standbys Dominate Rock & Alternative

    December 05, 2014 6:09 PM EST The year was 2014, and nothing -- not even some silly old rules -- could stop U2 from getting a Grammy nomination. The nominations for Feb. 8, 2015's 57th annual Grammy Awards are here , and industry-watchers are once again being reminded how much staying power some old standbys have…

  13. Tim McGraw Notches 25th Hot Country Songs No. 1 With 'Shotgun Rider'

    December 05, 2014 5:05 PM EST The veteran scores a milestone leader. Plus, action for Craig Wayne Boyd of NBC's 'The Voice' & more. Tim McGraw scores his first No. 1 in nearly four years on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (and his first on the list since it switched from measuring core…

  14. Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift on Writing Her Own Rules, Not Becoming a Cliche and the Hurdle of Going Pop

    December 05, 2014 9:00 AM EST Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, 1989 , would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own…

  15. Watch Stevie Wonder Speak on Ferguson, Eric Garner, Gun Control at Seattle Concert

    December 04, 2014 9:14 PM EST Following a New York grand jury's decision Wednesday not to indict an NYPD officer involved in the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner for apparently selling untaxed cigarettes, Stevie Wonder still had a show to play.  Stevie Wonder Mixes Politics With Music in Tour Kickoff During…

  16. Will Butler, Against the Current & Hannah Diamond: Emerging Picks of the Week

    December 04, 2014 7:03 PM EST Warm up this weekend with Billboard's latest triple offering of tracks that all 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. "Take My Side" – Will Butler The Arcade…

  17. Tanya Tucker Calls Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit 'Overwhelming'

    December 04, 2014 6:44 PM EST When she first heard that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was interested in featuring an exhibit based on her career, Tanya Tucker says she had her doubts -- at first. "I thought it might have been a little premature because I had taken a few years off. With losing both of my…

  18. Throwback Thursday: Suge Knight Disses Diddy at 1995 Source Awards

    December 04, 2014 5:43 PM EST Blame (or thank) Pusha T for this week's edition of Throwback Thursday on The Juice. Lil Wayne: Birdman & Cash Money Records 'Refuse to Release' Album After Lil Wayne took to Twitter to air his frustration with Birdman and Cash Money Records on Thursday (Dec. 4), Pusha T…

  19. Hear Anna Kendrick Sing 'On the Steps of the Palace' From 'Into the Woods'

    December 04, 2014 3:52 PM EST We've learned something, too, something we never knew, on the steps of the palace. Do we have another "Cups" on our hands? A new song from  Into the Woods  has been released, and it's full audio of Cinderella ( Anna Kendrick ) singing one of her big numbers from the…

  20. Dave Koz Partners With Spaghettini for New Restaurant & Music Venue

    December 04, 2014 3:48 PM EST Saxophonist Richard Elliot, Santana's Andy Vargas & Las Vegas headliner Matt Goss kick off performance slate. Starting Friday, live music will begin a new residency in Beverly Hills. Adopting the tagline "harmonizing fine dining with world-class musical entertainment,"…

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