1. Joe Cocker Remembered by Ringo Starr, Randy Newman & More Musicians

    December 22, 2014 2:14 PM EST Legendary rock singer Joe Cocker died Monday (Dec. 22) at age 70 after his battle with lung cancer, and his loss is being felt across the music world. Joe Cocker Dies at 70 Randy Newman , who wrote Cocker's hit song "You Can Keep Your Hat On," told Billboard : "He was…

  2. Music in TV and Film, 2014: 'Frozen' Dominates, Singing Battles Go Lukewarm

    December 22, 2014 12:58 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  3. Watch Darlene Love's Last 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' Performance on 'Letterman'

    December 21, 2014 3:55 PM EST For nearly 30 years, Darlene Love has helped bring the holiday spirit to the Late Show with David Letterman by singing her classic song "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." Darlene Love Will Retire 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' From TV After 'Letterman'…

  4. The Game, Azealia Banks, Lecrae & More React to NYPD Officer Killings in Brooklyn

    December 21, 2014 2:22 PM EST Members of the hip-hop community are sharing their thoughts on social media following the shooting of two NYPD officers who were killed on Saturday (Dec. 20) in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown Rappers like The Game ,…

  5. 'Saturday Night Live' Recap: One Direction Performs 'Night Changes' & 'Ready to Run'

    December 21, 2014 11:31 AM EST One Direction returned to Saturday Night Live on Dec. 20, performing two tracks from the their latest chart-topping album, Four . One Direction on 'Saturday Night Live': Their Best Moments For the British group’s third appearance on SNL , members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis…

  6. Watch Sky Ferreira's Homemade 'Omanko' Video, Directed by DIIV

    December 20, 2014 3:52 PM EST Just in time for the holidays, Sky Ferreira has shared a new music video for her Japanese Christmas-themed song “Omanko.” Watch Sky Ferreira Perform Her Booming New Song 'Guardian' The lo-fi clip, directed by her boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith of rock band DIIV, features silly…

  7. Watch Nicki Minaj's Emotional 'The Pinkprint' Mini-Movie

    December 20, 2014 11:24 AM EST Nicki Minaj released an epic short film on Friday night (Dec. 20) in support of her third studio album, The Pinkprint . The emotional 16-minute mini-movie features the rapper exploring themes of love and heartbreak through her Pinkprint tracks “All Things Go,” “The Crying Game” …

  8. 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 …

  9. Billy Corgan: 'I'm a Rock Star Because I'm a Great F---ing Musician'

    December 19, 2014 4:40 PM EST When it comes to the state of the music industry (or anything else for that matter),  Smashing Pumpkins  mastermind and frontman  Billy Corgan  has no problem speaking his mind. Billboard sat down with the musician in his dressing room at the recent KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas event in Los…

  10. 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…

  11. 'The Colbert Report': 8 Great Music Moments From Daft Punk Dancing to Black Keys Fighting

    December 18, 2014 3:45 PM EST Bring on the tears: The Colbert Report ends its run with tonight's episode. While Stephen Colbert the person will of course be fine -- he's taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show -- "Stephen Colbert" the character's future is much less certain. One thing…

  12. Music Supervisors for 'Glee,' 'Book of Life,' 'Begin Again' Lead Guild Nominations

    December 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Guild of Music Supervisors will hand out its fifth annual awards Jan. 21 at Mack Sennett Studios in Hollywood, honoring music supervisors for their work in motion pictures, television, games, trailers and advertising. Glee supervisor PJ Bloom received three nominations while recently…

  13. Van Morrison Signs With RCA For 35th Studio Album, Due Early 2015

    December 16, 2014 7:43 PM EST Van Morrison will release his as-yet-untitled 35th studio album on RCA Records in early 2015, the label confirmed Tuesday. The set will be a follow-up to 2012’s Born To Sing: No Plan B , which was released via Blue Note and debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 . “We are…

  14. Listen to Miley Cyrus' Song From the 'Free the Nipple' Film

    December 16, 2014 10:05 AM EST Miley Cyrus is once again covering the 1971 track "Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma" -- but this time it's for a movie. Her new version of  Melanie Safka's  folk-pop ditty is for Lina Esco's recently-selected Sundance satire Free The Nipple . …

  15. Audiam Raises Additional $1 Million From Music Biz Investors

    December 15, 2014 7:30 AM EST Audiam, the company started by Tunecore co-founders Jeff Price and Peter Wells to serve publishers and publishing administrators to get them paid accurately from interactive streaming music services, has just raised an additional $1 million in funding from a group of individual strategic…

  16. Inside D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Listening Party: A Look at Its Lyrics & Political Message

    December 14, 2014 11:36 PM EST D'Angelo invited a select audience in New York to hear his long-awaited full-length album Black Messiah Sunday, revealing there that the album would be released finally at midnight that night.  D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Out at Midnight Tonight: Track List Revealed…

  17. Selena Gomez Officially Signs With Interscope

    December 14, 2014 4:02 PM EST It’s official: Selena Gomez has signed with Interscope Records. After Selena Gomez's Exit and a Thawing 'Frozen,' Is Disney Headed for a Cold Spell? The pop singer shared the news through her Instagram account on Saturday (Dec. 13) by showing a photo of her face next to…

  18. '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…

  19. Hear D'Angelo's Funky New Song 'Sugah Daddy'

    December 14, 2014 11:11 AM EST D'Angelo is officially back. Ahead of a planned Sunday night (Dec. 14) listening session for his long-awaited full-length album, Black Messiah , the R&B singer dropped the funky new single “Sugah Daddy.” The song arrived at midnight on Dec. 14 as part of Red Bull's 20Before15…

  20. Watch Ariana Grande Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Her 'Santa Tell Me' Video

    December 13, 2014 3:52 PM EST Ariana Grande is full of the holiday spirit in her adorable new music video for “Santa Tell Me.” Women in Music's Rising Star Ariana Grande Shares Her Mother's Most Important Lesson The newly released video opens with Grande and her pals dancing around in a cozy-looking bed while…

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