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. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  3. 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…

  4. Rita Ora, Darius Rucker Perform at President Obama's 'Christmas in Washington' Concert

    December 14, 2014 10:26 PM EST The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with "The Rock" and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker . President Barack Obama and his family attended the 33rd annual "Christmas in Washington" concert Sunday at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for…

  5. Earl Hayes & Stephanie Moseley Tried to Reconcile Before Killing, Police Say

    December 10, 2014 6:11 AM EST Rapper Earl Warren Hayes and his estranged wife were trying to reconcile and she was optimistic about their chances only days before Hayes killed her and committed suicide, a police detective said Tuesday. The bodies of Hayes, 34, and 30-year-old Stephanie Elyse Moseley were found Monday…

  6. VH1 Star Stephanie Moseley & Rapper Husband Earl Hayes Found Dead

    December 09, 2014 6:00 PM EST Police tell TMZ Hayes fatally shot Moseley before killing himself. Actress and dancer Stephanie Moseley was found dead alongside her husband, rapper and actor Earl Hayes , according to TMZ . Police tell TMZ that Hayes shot and killed Moseley and then turned around and killed himself…

  7. 4 Ways Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift Changed Country Music

    December 09, 2014 10:56 AM EST It might surprise some of Taylor Swift 's fans, but country music had a long and remarkable history before her 2006 debut album, and that grand tradition will continue, even if Swift ends up leaving the genre for good. But there's no doubt that she changed the business of country…

  8. '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…

  9. Grammys 2015: The Lowdown on the Country Music Nominations

    December 05, 2014 6:22 PM EST The nominees in the country field for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and there are interesting names among the contenders. The decision to scale back on the number of categories a few years ago by NARAS led many to believe that the organization was looking to increase…

  10. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  11. Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Maddie & Tae Among American Country Countdown Awards Presenters

    December 04, 2014 8:24 PM EST Sara Evans , Hunter Hayes , Maddie & Tae , Scotty McCreery and Kip Moore are all among the presenters announced for the first ever American Country Countdown Awards, joining hosts Florida Georgia Line at the Dec. 15 event.  Hunter Hayes Talks Tattoo Your Name Tour, Collaborations &…

  12. 'CMA Country Christmas': Watch Idina Menzel & Jennifer Nettles Slay 'Let It Go'

    December 01, 2014 10:00 PM EST If you thought Frozen fever was thawing out anytime soon, it's quite the opposite. The drop in temperature around the country has only heated up the year-old movie -- as evidenced by the latest cover of the Disney megahit "Let It Go." Christmas in the Country: Five Essential…

  13. John Mayer Among 'Late Late Show' Fill-In Hosts

    November 26, 2014 5:46 PM EST Singer John Mayer , filmmaker Judd Apatow and comic Drew Carey will be among the guest hosts that will fill in on CBS' The Late Late Show before new host James Corden takes over in March. Did John Mayer Date Katherine Heigl? The network on Wednesday (Nov. 26) announced its plans for…

  14. Joan Manuel Serrat Celebrated at Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year Event

    November 20, 2014 11:25 AM EST Juanes, Vicentico, Diego Torres, Ruben Blades, Calle 13, Pablo Alboran, Miguel Bose and more perform in his honor. At one point during the Latin Recording Academy’s Person of the Year dinner in honor of Spanish singer/songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat on Wednesday night, a video was shown…

  15. Download the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Soundtrack for Free on Google Play, Today Only

    November 19, 2014 9:13 PM EST The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack was one of the year's most beloved soundtracks, thanks to its limelight role in the blockbuster film and impeccable selection of songs, including Blue Swede 's "Hooked on a Feeling," Norman Greenbaum 's "Spirit In the…

  16. 'Rock of Ages' to Take Final Broadway Bow

    November 18, 2014 4:09 PM EST Musical will close Jan. 18 after six-year run. Rock of Ages is set to close after a six-year run on Broadway, it was announced Tuesday morning (Nov. 18). The five-time Tony-nominated musical -- which currently features original star Constantine Maroulis , YouTube personality  Chester See  …

  17. Culture Club Cancels North American and U.K. Reunion Tour Dates

    November 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Back in August, Culture Club announced they’d be reforming their classic lineup for a few 2014 tour dates and a new album. Now, only half of that is true. “It is with great regret that the members of Culture Club have announced the cancellation of their tours in North America and the UK…

  18. Mark Cline Bates Brings His West Virginia Roots to New Album

    November 12, 2014 4:40 PM EST When describing his hometown, Mark Cline Bates can't help but light up with a heavy dose of Putnam County pride. "I was raised in a little town called Hurricane, West Virginia, which until they put the Walmart in was a one-stoplight town. The town was full of very friendly people.…

  19. Latin Pop Queen Thalia on Her New Album 'Amore Mio': 'I've Started a Brand-New Career, With No Ties or Taboos'

    November 11, 2014 5:18 PM EST For millions of Latin fans, Thalia is a brand onto herself: Latin pop queen, glam businesswoman, erstwhile soap opera star. But at home in Darien, Conn., she's simply Mrs. Mottola, wife of veteran music executive Tommy and mother of two. Despite her ever-busy lives, Thalia, 43, is…

  20. The Railers 'Kinda Dig the Feeling' of Making It in Nashville

    November 10, 2014 8:20 PM EST The story of the Railers began in a grocery store. So says the band's Cassandra, who was studying opera at North Arizona University. "I walked in through the 'out' doors and ran into Jonathan," she recalled to Billboard . "We realized that we were both studying…

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