1. Buddy DeFranco, Renowned Jazz Clarinetist, Dead at 91

    December 26, 2014 6:44 PM EST Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco -- who collaborated with Frank Sinatra , Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era -- has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco's family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday…

  2. Grammys 2015 Preview: Beyonce, Sam Smith & Other Artists Vying for Album of the Year Honors Dish on Their Discs

    December 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Having trouble keeping track of what's nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys? Billboard breaks down the five nominees. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T. Smith, Two Inch…

  3. Renee Fleming to Make Broadway Debut

    December 23, 2014 1:21 AM EST Renee Fleming is no stranger to the Metropolitan Opera or Carnegie Hall stages. But the world-renowned soprano and four-time Grammy winner will venture for the first time to Broadway in the spring, when she'll star as -- what else? -- a celebrated diva in Joe DiPietro's new comedy…

  4. Scooter Braun Teams with The CW on Music TV Drama

    December 23, 2014 12:07 AM EST The CW is getting into the music industry. The network is teaming with uber-producer Scooter Braun and Tony nominee Todd Graff to develop a music drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled entry, which has received a script commitment, is set in the ever-evolving world of music…

  5. Chart Highlights: Aretha Franklin Tops Dance Club Songs for First Time in 16 Years

    December 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST The icon's cover of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' returns her to No. 1. Plus, new leaders for Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  6. Lady Gaga Recording New Music with Nile Rodgers?

    December 22, 2014 11:10 AM EST After scoring a No. 1 album full of Tony Bennett duets, has Lady Gaga moved on to recording with another famous over-60 male artist? Gaga fan account @Gagadaily posted a photo of the pop star sitting at a piano with Nile Rodgers, he of Chic and “Get Lucky” fame. Photo: Lady Gaga in the…

  7. 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 …

  8. Carrie Underwood on Cross-Genre Collaborations

    December 19, 2014 2:30 PM EST In conjunction with her recently-released Greatest Hits: Decade #1 , Carrie Underwood took a moment to reflect on her career and her opportunities to work with some of her idols -- in and out of country music. She's thrilled that she got to sing with her peers, like Miranda Lambert ,…

  9. Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Talk Taking Advice From Cab Drivers and Strippers

    December 18, 2014 11:15 AM EST Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga stopped by The Tonight Show to talk with Jimmy Fallon about their recent duets project, Cheek To Cheek , which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . Fallon asked each singer if they had ever taken advice from an opinionated stranger. Both artists had: Bennett…

  10. Carole King Musical 'Beautiful' Announces Nationwide Casting Calls

    December 17, 2014 8:44 PM EST If you think you can sing "It's Too Late" and "So Far Away" like Carole King , some Broadway producers would like to hear from you. Carole King Bio-Musical 'Beautiful' a Bona Fide Broadway Hit Nationwide open casting calls were announced Wednesday to find…

  11. 'Something Rotten!' Musical Heading to Broadway

    December 17, 2014 12:29 AM EST William Shakespeare is heading back to Broadway -- but this time he'll be mocked in a musical. Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum said Tuesday that the sweet and goofy new show Something Rotten!  will play the St. James Theatre in March. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw will direct and…

  12. Tony Bennett Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 16, 2014 9:07 PM EST Tony Bennett is among those being honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights at a New York gala. Guests gathered at a Manhattan hotel on Tuesday evening (Dec. 16) for the organization's star-studded Ripple of Hope Award ceremony. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett…

  13. The Top 5 Broadway Cast Albums of 2014

    December 16, 2014 3:39 PM EST The original Broadway cast recording of Wicked continues to fly high on the charts, as the album -- released in 2003 -- finishes 2014 as the No. 1 cast album of the year. The album leads the 15-position-deep Cast Albums recap, which features such familiar shows as Jersey Boys, The Phantom…

  14. Refurbished L.A. Forum Off to Strong Start in First Year Back in Action

    December 16, 2014 3:16 PM EST Irving Azoff's pet venue has its Southern California competition paying attention. The refurbished 18,000-seat Los Angeles Forum has yet to celebrate its first full year of operation, but it already is having an impact on Southern California’s live entertainment scene. Statistics…

  15. Watch 'Nashville' Stars Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio Sing "Beauty and the Beast"

    December 15, 2014 11:49 PM EST Playing aspiring singer-songwriters-turned-lovers-turned-friends, Nashville's Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio regularly perform together on ABC's hit musical drama. So when it came time to find a male and female lead to sing "Beauty and the Beast" for a behind-the-scenes…

  16. YouTube Music Admin Company AdRev Snaps Up Distro Service DashGo

    December 15, 2014 1:16 PM EST AdRev , a music administration service for YouTube, has acquired digital distributor DashGo . Terms of the deal were not disclosed. All DashGo employees will make the transition to AdRev, and DashGo will retain its name, according to AdRev CEO Ryan Born . Ben Patterson will continue on as…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Pop Shop Podcast: Grammy Nominations, Meghan Trainor, Brandy Clark & More

    December 11, 2014 10:53 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

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