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. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Fall Out Boy Talk New Album, Motley Crue & Grateful Dead

    December 16, 2014 8:49 PM EST Fall Out Boy appeared on night one of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas , alongside such heavy rockers as System of a Down , Incubus , Linkin Park , Bush and Royal Blood . With a lineup of guitar-driven acts like that, there were no pretenses about this night being acoustic, but FOB&…

  5. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran Soars With Two Songs, Mariah Carey Returns

    December 12, 2014 5:56 PM EST Two Sheeran tracks surge, while Carey makes her now-annual 'Christmas' comeback. Plus, moves for Jennifer Lawrence, Lillywood & Robin Schulz and Sheppard. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, while…

  6. The 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST Even diehard fans will admit that it's tough to find an entire K-pop album worthy of being labelled brilliant from start to finish. But there were a select group of artists who proved the notion wrong with cohesive bodies of work in 2014. (And see our list of the 20 best K-pop songs…

  7. The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Much has been made of the way women dominated the Hot 100 in 2014, but the genre where women really shined this year was R&B. This may not have been reflected in the charts, but when Billboard staff picked their ten favorite R&B albums of the year, 7 were helmed by women (and that…

  8. Vance Joy's ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Obsession and More Insider Scoop

    December 09, 2014 4:49 PM EST Vance Joy’s Buffy Love Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy , whose catchy “Riptide” peaked at No. 29 on the Nov. 29 Hot 100 chart, and who will be touring with Taylor Swift  in 2015, let Overheard in on one of his secret pleasures: He’s a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. “It’s a pretty…

  9. Smashing Pumpkins Prove They Deserve Fan Loyalty at NYC Concert

    December 09, 2014 10:50 AM EST After an eventful week in which he reconciled with old foes Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson , performing with the latter at a tour stop in London, Billy Corgan brought his new-look Smashing Pumpkins to New York City on Monday (Dec. 8) to keep the goodwill going and promote their latest…

  10. 'The Voice' Recap: Top Five Boys Bring Their Best Sets to Semifinals

    December 08, 2014 11:03 PM EST The top five singers of The Voice were on double duty Monday night, performing both hometown dedications and coaches' picks throughout the two-hour episode. With Pharrell Williams out for the remainder of the season, here's how they handled the demand: Adam Levine is the only…

  11. 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 ,…

  12. Dave Mustaine on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Would Want Us to Remember Him by Celebrating and Not Mourn'

    December 08, 2014 9:03 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, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine…

  13. '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 "…

  14. CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary at NYC's Joe's Pub

    December 04, 2014 3:33 PM EST In recent years, the men and women who play a behind-the-scenes role in making pop music have been getting more attention. The most prominent example is probably the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom -- which documented the contributions made by backup singers in classic rock -- but the…

  15. Mariah Carey Will Perform at NBC's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony After All

    December 03, 2014 6:42 PM EST Mariah Carey was set to perform live at NBC's Christmas In Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony Wednesday night until she reportedly showed up late to a scheduled taped performance the night before and was kicked off the show. But now she's back on.  Exclusive: Hear Mariah…

  16. Ed Sheeran Covers Foy Vance’s ‘Make It Rain’ For ‘Sons of Anarchy’

    December 02, 2014 1:39 PM EST FX’s hit drama Sons of Anarchy is wrapping up its seven-season run next week, and to help celebrate the occasion, Ed Sheeran has tossed out a studio version of his bluesy cover of Foy Vance ’s “Make It Rain,” which he’s performed regularly on tour. Listen below: The Irish singer-songwriter…

  17. Two New Madonna Songs Have Leaked

    November 29, 2014 9:00 AM EST "Rebel Heart" and "Wash All Over Me" emerged in full on Nov. 28. When it rains, it pours. On Nov. 27, a snippet of a new Madonna song called "Rebel Heart" leaked to the Internet. A day later, a full-length version of the tune had made its way to the…

  18. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 10 Best Musical Moments

    November 27, 2014 12:16 PM EST When the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade hits Manhattan each year, it means one thing -- it's a miracle if you can find a New York resident anywhere near 34th Street. Locals might be scarce in Midtown Manhattan, but celebrities, Broadway dancers and musicians are available in…

  19. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  20. 'The Bodyguard' Anniversary: Remembering the Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 1:30 PM EST On this day in 1992 (Nov. 25), Whitney Houston made her big screen debut, as The Bodyguard premiered in theaters. In the film, the second-highest-grossing film of the year, she co-stars with Kevin Costner. Houston plays a music superstar (not a far reach), while Costner plays a former…

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