1. New Year's Eve Prep in Las Vegas Takes Year Effort

    December 27, 2014 10:43 AM EST A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can't just throw any old party to ring in the New Year. Iggy Azalea Joins Billboard Hollywood Party on New Year's Eve For one night only, about 340,000 people spending some $226 million are expected to crowd the…

  2. N.E.R.D Reunite for 'Spongebob Movie' Soundtrack: Hear New Song 'Squeeze Me'

    December 26, 2014 2:09 PM EST N.E.R.D is back: the group made up of Pharrell Williams , Chad Hugo and Shay Haley worked together on a song for the upcoming The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water soundtrack. The resulting tune, "Squeeze Me," was compared by Hugo to the Beatles ' "Yellow Submarine…

  3. Alberta Adams, Detroit's 'Queen of the Blues,' Dies at 97

    December 26, 2014 10:15 AM EST Alberta Adams, one of the last of the great post-World War II era blues singers, passed away on early Christmas morning in Detroit at the age of 97 after a long period of failing health. Paul McCartney Remembers 'Good Mate' Joe Cocker "She was a unique and dynamic performer…

  4. Grammys 2015 Preview: Sia, Hozier, Taylor Swift & More Vie for Song of the Year

    December 26, 2014 9:25 AM EST Check out the five tracks that earned a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor Songwriters: Kevin Kadish, Meghan Trainor Publishers: Year of the Dog Music/Over-Thought Under-Appreciated Songs Label: Epic Records Meghan Trainor's debut…

  5. 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…

  6. Taylor Swift Tops Hot 100 for Sixth Week

    December 24, 2014 2:15 PM EST Swift continues her longest career command with 'Blank Space.' Plus, Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk!' crowns Digital Songs. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, extending her longest stay at No. 1 of her three career…

  7. Touring in 2014: Stadium Shows Dominate, Garth Returns, Springsteen's Epic Run and More

    December 23, 2014 11:12 AM 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…

  8. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  9. Iggy Azalea Responds to 'Patronizing' Critics

    December 23, 2014 6:03 AM EST It’s been a stormy week for Iggy Azalea . She’s been criticised, pilloried, defended and schooled in a Twitter beef that she’s kept pretty well away from. That is until now.  The rapper, who was raised in the Australian hippy haven Mullumbimby, has returned serve with a string of tweets.…

  10. One Direction Performs 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' on 'Fallon'…with Classroom Instruments: Watch

    December 23, 2014 2:20 AM EST One Direction has gifted another early Christmas present to fans with a yuletide-themed slot on Monday’s Tonight Show . The boyband teamed with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots to perform “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” But this is Fallon’s show, and Fallon’s rules. Which meant everyone played…

  11. Will.i.am Commends Iggy Azalea: 'Thanks For Contributing & Spreading Our Culture Positively'

    December 22, 2014 5:32 PM EST The past few days have seen a handful of rappers sound off on Iggy Azalea ’s place in the hip-hop community, from mentor T.I. defending her skills to Q-Tip teaching her a lesson to Azealia Banks effectively ripping her apart . Add Will.i.am to that list of artists: the Black Eyed Peas…

  12. Pharrell's Lawyer to YouTube: Remove Our Songs or Face $1B Lawsuit

    December 22, 2014 5:04 PM EST YouTube has been told to stop playing about 20,000 songs, but Irving Azoff's clients are finding the takedown process to be frustrating. There are songs, and then there are dances. Here's a song-and-dance routine that, according to one of the lawyers involved, could amount to a…

  13. Coachella 2015 Wish List: 20 Possible Performers at Next Year's Festival

    December 22, 2014 3:40 PM EST Could U2, Robyn, Run The Jewels and Frank Ocean all be headed to Indio? Check out our 2015 Coachella predictions. 2015 is only a few days away, and one of the more exciting musical occasions coming in the first month of the calendar year is the annual unveiling of the Coachella Valley Music…

  14. Tyler, the Creator and Erykah Badu to Appear in Adult Swim's 'Black Dynamite'

    December 22, 2014 1:20 PM EST The Jan. 10 episode tackles police brutality. Tyler, the Creator and Erykah Badu will be lending their vocal talents to an hourlong special of Black Dynamite on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Set to premiere Jan. 10 at 10:30 p.m. (ET), the new episode of Michael Jai White's…

  15. 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…

  16. Justin Timberlake Duets With Garth Brooks on 'Friends In Low Places' in Nashville

    December 22, 2014 11:15 AM EST During a performance in Nashville on Friday (Dec. 19th), Justin Timberlake surprised the crowd with a very special guest: Garth Brooks , the man who has sold more albums than any other artist during the Neilsen Soundscan Era (post-1991). Together, the two singers performed one of Brooks&…

  17. 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…

  18. Live Nation Completes Deal for C3 Presents

    December 22, 2014 12:19 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment has completed the acquisition of a controlling stake in C3 Presents in a blockbuster deal that combines the might of the world’s biggest live-events promoter with a festivals juggernaut that was, until now, the largest independent concerts company in its space.…

  19. Celebrate! Austin Mahone Parties with Fifth Harmony

    December 21, 2014 7:46 PM EST With a guest list that included Austin Mahone and Fifth Harmony , it seems that actress Hailee Steinfeld had a pretty epic birthday party. The pop stars were among the guests at the actress' big 18th birthday bash. 5H's Ally Brooke and Camila Cabello as well as Mahone posted…

  20. Madonna On New 'Rebellious and Romantic' Music, Demo Leaks, 'Possibly' Crashing the Grammys and the 'Crazy' Sony Hack

    December 21, 2014 4:55 PM EST 0 "It's kind of like the old me and the new me all mixed in together," Madonna tells Billboard of her stunning new single "Living For Love." It’s a rather large understatement to say that it’s been a crazy couple of weeks for Madonna . On Tuesday night,…

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