1. What the U.S.-Cuba Breakthrough Could Mean for Music

    December 17, 2014 9:43 PM EST Could Obama's 'fresh approach' strengthen both Cuba's draw as a music destination and Cuban artists' popularity in the United States? How could restoring diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba impact musicians in both countries? According to…

  2. Muted Hurrahs For Easing of Cuban Sanctions

    December 17, 2014 7:29 PM EST Industry Is Optimistic, but Still Evaluating President Obama’s announcement that he planned to “normalize” relationships with Cuba was met with muted response from the Latin music industry. The demureness could simply be attributed to the season; Christmas is around the corner. But also,…

  3. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2014 4:34 PM EST J. Cole 's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story , and its follow-up, 2013's…

  4. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Soars to Top 10

    December 17, 2014 2:20 PM EST Swift scores her longest career reign as 'Blank Space' rules for a fifth week, while Sheeran posts his best rank as 'Thinking Out Loud' leaps 24-6. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, granting the superstar her…

  5. Op-Ed: How Mobile Finally Took Over the Music Industry in 2014

    December 16, 2014 3:55 PM EST With explosive growth in streaming, social media, artist apps and more, mobile finally took over the music industry. Like smart watches and cars that drive themselves, the celestial jukebox is no longer science fiction. Thanks to the supercomputers that 71 percent of Americans now keep in…

  6. 'Into the Woods' Soundtrack: Listen to Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep & More Highlights

    December 15, 2014 1:05 PM EST Our wish has been granted! Ahead of the Dec. 25 release date for Into the Woods , the full soundtrack for the film -- which includes beloved numbers such as "Moments in the Woods" and "Children Will Listen" -- is finally available for download.  Since being released…

  7. Syria's Hazem Shareef Wins 'Arab Idol'

    December 14, 2014 12:52 PM EST Hazem Shareef of Aleppo beat contestants of Saudi Arabian and Palestinian descent Weeks before American Idol returns to its 14th season on Fox, the pan Middle Eastern edition of the show has just crowned its latest winner. Palestinian ‘Arab Idol’ Winner Gets Permission For West Bank Move…

  8. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  9. Latin Radio Exec Jesus Salas Cleared of Criminal Charges in Rape Accusation

    December 12, 2014 12:34 PM EST However, a civil lawsuit filed against the SBS executive by singer/former girlfriend Katherine Alexander is ongoing. No criminal charges will be filed against prominent Latin radio executive Jesus Salas in a case that saw his former girlfriend, aspiring singer Katherine Alexander , accuse…

  10. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Barbra Streisand on Her No. 1 Album 'Partners' Proving 'That I've Stood the Test of Time'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Comeback Queen Partners 1 Week on Billboard 200 Hello, Gorgeous! This summer, at 72, Barbra Streisand joined Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote her 34th studio album, Partners . Her second album of duets, several of which are interpretations of her iconic works, saw her team…

  11. 'American Idol' Judge Keith Urban Talks Season 14: 'They've Brought Something Fresh'

    December 12, 2014 12:00 AM EST Keith Urban often refers to his American Idol co-stars as a family. And in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, the country star said that his fellow judges came through for him in his time of need -- the death of his father-in-law, Antony Kidman , dad to Urban's wife, Nicole…

  12. Beyoncé Earns Eighth No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With '7/11'

    December 11, 2014 7:09 PM EST Plus: Wu-Tang Clan returns to the charts with 'A Better Tomorrow' In only its second week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Beyoncé 's "7/11" reaches No. 1, granting the singer her eighth chart-topping title as a solo artist. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé, Pharrell and Iggy Azalea Lead Honors

    December 09, 2014 7:35 PM EST While familiar names in R&B and hip-hop music flooded the airwaves and music charts, 2014 welcomed a wealth of new players who fought to leave their mark. See All the Year End Charts Here! New acts like Jhene Aiko , Bobby Shmurda and YG scored big hits, while the year's…

  17. Eminem’s Manager Paul Rosenberg Talks the ‘Shady XV’ Compilation, the Rapper’s Work Ethic and the Future of Shady Records

    December 09, 2014 5:44 PM EST The newest album from Eminem 's Shady Records, Shady XV , recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Albums chart . Billboard caught up with Shady Records co-founder Paul Rosenberg to talk about the compilation and what's next for the label. 'Shady XV' Compilation…

  18. U2 Extends 'Innocence' Tour After Quick Sellouts

    December 09, 2014 12:30 PM EST As expected, U2 blew out initial on-sales for the upcoming Innocence + Experience tour , selling out in every city that went on sale yesterday. A total of 44 shows went up yesterday, with approximately 660,000 tickets sold. Among the box office triumphs were a record-setting 118,000 fans…

  19. Jenni Rivera's Estate Launches Lawsuit Against Learjet Owners

    December 08, 2014 11:26 PM EST The estate of Mexican-American superstar Jenni Rivera on Monday sued the owners of a Learjet that crashed two years ago, killing the singer and several members of her entourage. The negligence case is against Starwood Management Inc., which owned the Learjet 25 jet that crashed in northern…

  20. Krewella's Jahan Yousaf Op-Ed: Deadmau5 Saved Me From Going Into Porn

    December 08, 2014 3:33 PM EST 0 Hello. My name is Jahan Yousaf. I am a singer, songwriter and DJ of currently the most hated group in the electronic dance music scene: Krewella . Krewella Responds to Kris Trindle Lawsuit When my sister Yasmine and I got sued by our former bandmate , Kris Trindl, for allegedly…

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