1. Green Day, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan & More to Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    December 16, 2014 2:00 AM EST The punk trio Green Day is the 48th act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, joining acts such as Nirvana , R.E.M. and the Clash as first-ballot honorees. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble , Bill Withers , the Paul Butterfield Blues…

  2. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

  3. YG & Eric Bellinger Link Up With K-Pop Hitmaker Brave Brothers in the Studio

    December 15, 2014 10:00 PM EST Sources tell Billboard the producer behind 2013's biggest K-pop hit may meet with DJ Mustard and Nelly too. After establishing himself as one of the top producers in K-pop, Brave Brothers is expanding Stateside. Brave Brothers (just one person, real name Kang Dongchul) has already…

  4. Nas, Russell Simmons Join Millions March NYC Protest

    December 15, 2014 10:20 AM EST On Saturday (Dec. 13), thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets to protest racial injustice -- most notably, the highly-publicized deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of the police in Ferguson, Mo. and Staten Island, NY, respectively. Hip-hop luminaries Nas and Russell…

  5. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Album Finally Drops: First Listen

    December 14, 2014 11:37 PM EST After 14 years without a full-length album, D’Angelo ’s Black Messiah was released Sunday (Dec. 14) just before midnight. The 12-track set is available here via iTunes.   How can you possibly encounter an album like this? The weight of expectations looms large, and it cuts two ways.…

  6. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Speaks on Eric Garner, Ferguson, 'Upheaval From A Global Perspective'

    December 14, 2014 7:27 PM EST "Where are we? We’re at critical time. We’re at watershed moment for humanity," says Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def , delivering a nearly four minute thought piece on the this country's state of affairs and the continued killing of unarmed African Americans by police and otherwise. …

  7. Op-Ed: John Legend Demands Change After Eric Garner & Ferguson Decisions

    December 12, 2014 11:30 AM EST When Common and I wrote the song "Glory" for the stunning new film Selma , we drew inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries who strived and sacrificed to achieve racial equality in the face of seemingly hopeless odds. As I watched the final version of…

  8. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Nick Jonas, Kiesza, and Tove Lo Help Start a New Chapter for Island Records

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Cool Kids Tove Lo : "Habits (Stay High)" 2 Weeks on Mainstream Top 40 ; 6 Weeks on Hot Rock Songs Kiesza : Sound of a Woman 1 Week on Dance/Electronic Albums Nick Jonas : "Chains" Trending 140 A little more than a year ago, Tove Lo, 27; Kiesza, 25; and Nick Jonas, 22…

  9. Charges Dropped Against Jeezy for Wiz Khalifa Tour Arrest

    December 11, 2014 5:28 PM EST On Aug. 24, Jeezy was arrested for possession of a weapon authorities alleged was linked to a fatal shooting following a Wiz Khalifa show in Mountain View, Calif. On Thursday (Dec. 11), all charges against Jeezy and five members of his staff were officially dropped, as it became…

  10. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  11. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  12. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  13. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  14. The 10 Best Country Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST Country music has had plenty of highlights in 2014. Read on for our list of the 10 best country singles of the year. (And see our list of the 10 best country albums here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" - Tim…

  15. Nas Joins Eric Garner Decision Protesters

    December 11, 2014 12:20 PM EST Nas is the latest artist to show his support for those protesting the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case. The rapper tweeted and Instagrammed a photo of himself standing with a group of protesters wearing "I CAN'T BREATHE" shirts. I CANT BREATHE!!! @ Manhattan…

  16. Russell Simmons Appears on 'The O'Reilly Factor' to Debate the Roots of Racial Divisions

    December 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons appeared on The O'Reilly Factor again last night to debate the Fox host on the perceived racial divisions in America revealed in a recent CBS News poll , which sought to address the civil unrest in the wake in the deaths, at the hands of police, of…

  17. Jay Z & N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

    December 11, 2014 5:38 AM EST Jay Z , the most powerful man in hip hop, has met with New York’s highest-elected official, Governor Andrew Cuomo , to rap on reform to the state’s criminal justice system.  Hov met with Cuomo on Wednesday to discuss potential changes to law, and to float the appointment of a special…

  18. J. Cole Aiming for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 10, 2014 9:07 PM EST Rapper J. Cole is heading for his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new release 2014 Forest Hills Drive . Industry forecasters suggest the album -- which was released Dec. 9 through Roc Nation/Columbia Records -- could sell well over 300,000 copies in the week ending…

  19. Everyone Was Getting Wasted to Luke Bryan Songs This Year

    December 10, 2014 5:40 PM EST More people wanted to drink a beer to Luke’s music than any other artist on jukeboxes in 2014. With 2014 drawing to a close, it's not just Billboard that's busy working on its year-end charts . Digital jukebox leader TouchTunes announced its annual top-played songs and…

  20. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

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