1. U.S.-Cuba Musical Relations: A Timeline of Milestones

    December 19, 2014 5:15 PM EST Before President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, there were five decades of a rocky musical relationship that displayed artistic triumphs, personal tragedies and the diplomatic power of music. See our timeline below: 1959 …

  2. Beyonce Loses Feminist of the Year Title to Emma Watson

    December 19, 2014 2:36 PM EST One way to measure how far feminism has come is realizing we now have a list of celebrated entertainers who've made great strides for feminism (the point is, of course, a bit muddled by the subsequent ranking of said women).  Emma Watson was named the Feminist Celebrity of 2014,…

  3. Watch Amy Adams (Try to) Seduce One Direction in 'SNL' Trailer

    December 19, 2014 5:15 AM EST Amy Adams melted hearts in Enchanted . She caught the attention of Superman in Man of Steel . The lads from One Direction , though, aren’t so easily won over.  In a mischievous trailer for a Christmas-themed  Saturday Night Live , the actress tries, and fails, to win the affections of the…

  4. Watch Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Stipe & Others Salute Stephen Colbert with Song

    December 19, 2014 1:22 AM EST Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M’s Michael Stipe and Barry Manilow were on hand to give Stephen Colbert a big-time send-off Thursday night.  They were just a few in a dizzying cast of musicians, movie and media personalities, athletes and politicians who joined in for a celebratory round…

  5. 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…

  6. Exclusive Premiere: Amy Speace Channels the Classics in 'Nothing Good Can Come From This'

    December 17, 2014 1:10 PM EST There's a romantic notion in people's minds of the songwriter as someone who gets struck suddenly by creative lighnting and boom : a song comes spilling out, fully formed and perfectly conceived from the get-go. It may happen like that occasionally, but songwriting is often hard…

  7. Watch Amy Adams Freak Out About One Direction in 'SNL' Promos

    December 17, 2014 10:25 AM EST Also, why does a certain 'Saturday Night Live' castmember keep asking Adams to marry him? Amy Adams  just might be the only five-time Oscar nominee who is completely obsessed with One Direction. The  Big Eyes  star is hosting  Saturday Night Live  on Dec. 20, with 1D as the…

  8. Sony Leak: Kanye West to Reenact Tom Hanks' 'Big' Piano Dance In Seth Rogen Movie

    December 15, 2014 10:30 AM EST The leaks from the Sony hack keep coming. The latest, from The Daily Beast , reveals that Kanye West 's representatives approached Sony about doing a feature-length film with West. "I supervise all of Kanye’s film and media projects, and we have a major film project coming up…

  9. 'SNL' Recap: Charli XCX Dazzles With Performances of 'Boom Clap' & 'Break the Rules'

    December 14, 2014 12:11 PM EST Charli XCX made a splash during her Saturday Night Live debut on Dec. 13, performing two songs from her upcoming album, Sucker . Charli XCX Accepts Hitmaker Honor at Billboard's Women in Music Event After giving memorable performances at the American Music Awards and New York’s Jingle…

  10. 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…

  11. ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento Announces Retirement

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST After a 33-year career at ASCAP -- 17 of them as the CEO -- John LoFrumento is retiring from the performance rights organization as of Jan. 1. During his tenure at the head of organization, membership grew from 70,000 members to 520,000, while distribution of royalties more than doubled,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Amy Schumer to Host MTV Movie Awards

    December 11, 2014 1:58 AM EST Amy Schumer is headed to the MTV Movie Awards. The comedian will host the ceremony live on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 9 p.m. from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. MTV Sets Dates for Movie Awards and Video Music Awards "I am honored to be hosting the awards,…

  15. 'The Voice' Top 3 & Wildcard Revealed

    December 10, 2014 10:54 AM EST On Tuesday night, the penultimate nail-biting episode of The Voice revealed its fan-voted top three, as well as the first-ever wildcard singer who rejoins the competition after already being eliminated. The three singers with the highest number of viewer votes on their  Monday night…

  16. Album Review: Charli XCX’s ‘Sucker’ Crowns Her One of Pop’s Biggest New Stars (and Biggest Personalities)

    December 09, 2014 12:22 PM EST She might have had one of the summer's biggest hits with "Boom Clap," but Charli XCX is still best-known for her assists on other artists' songs, most notably Iggy Azalea 's "Fancy" and Icona Pop 's "I Love It." It's not as if she has…

  17. 'Annie' Cast Shakes Off Sony Hack: 'I'm a Lot More Heartbroken About Other Things'

    December 08, 2014 11:19 PM EST The sidewalk just outside New York City's Ziegfeld Theatre transformed into a kid-filled block party on Sunday afternoon for the premiere of Annie . Across the hopscotch-course-covered black carpet lined with many, many reporters, the P.S. 153 Chorus clapped and danced to the DJ's…

  18. 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…

  19. Joan Rivers & 5 More Posthumous Grammy Award Nominees

    December 05, 2014 4:09 PM EST At the 57th annual Grammy Awards , late comedy legend Joan Rivers will be up for just her second Grammy ever, following her 1984 Best Comedy Album nomination for What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? This time, she'll compete for Best Spoken Word Album with her Diary of a Mad Diva .…

  20. James Bond Wish List: 5 Artists Who Should Sing 'Spectre' Title Song

    December 04, 2014 10:20 AM EST Like diamonds, James Bond may as well be forever. Skyfall director Sam Mendes revealed the title of the 24th canonical installment in the Bond franchise is titled Spectre and will come out in fall 2015. For the fourth time, Daniel Craig -- the sixth actor to portray Bond on the big screen …

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