1. Pussy Riot's Release Approved By Angry Vladimir Putin

    December 20, 2013 12:57 PM EST Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that the two jailed members of Pussy Riot will soon be released under an amnesty bill, but scolded Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina during his annual news conference on Thursday. "I feel sorry not because they went to prison, but…

  2. Feliz Navidad: 12 Songs for a Latin Christmas

    December 18, 2013 5:16 PM EST As predictable as a Christmas tree in the corner of the living room, the holiday evergreen "Feliz Navidad" has ensured that Merry Christmas is one phrase that everyone can say in Spanish. But José Feliciano’s modern classic is just the start of a Latin Christmas songbook that…

  3. Jailed Pussy Riot Member Set for Early Release

    December 18, 2013 1:00 PM EST Jailed Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are expected to be released as early as Thursday under an amnesty marking the 20th anniversary of Russia's post-Soviet Constitution, which the Russian parliament passed Wednesday. The release of the two women, both…

  4. Lorde Working on New Material, Australian Tour Being Planned

    December 13, 2013 7:05 AM EST If 2013 was the year of our Lorde, expect 2014 to be, well, much the same. The New Zealand sensation (real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor) is working on new material, which she intends to put-to-tape in the near future, Billboard.com can reveal. And there are plans to play live dates much…

  5. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  6. 'Sound of Music' Live: A Few of Our Favorite Things About It

    December 06, 2013 11:04 AM EST The live television performance of "The Sound of Music" brought a cavalcade of snark to the internet on Thursday night, but for all those attitudinal jabs, there were also plenty of impressive moments to the ambitious undertaking. THR runs down five highlights from NBC's…

  7. Madonna Joins Campaign to Support Russian LGBT Community

    December 05, 2013 4:16 AM EST Madonna has signed up for a campaign in support of Russia’s LGBT community. The U.S. singer, who has repeatedly expressed her outrage against the law on gay propaganda, has joined the Human Rights Campaign’s "Love Conquers Hate" initiative. As the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics…

  8. Carrie Underwood 'Sound of Music' Soundtrack Seeing December Release

    November 18, 2013 7:11 PM EST Sony Masterworks will release the soundtrack to NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music” on Dec. 3, two days before the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical airs. "The Sound of Music (Music From the NBC Television Even)t" will include studio recordings of all the musical numbers…

  9. Truck Rides With Brad Paisley and Flowers From Charlie Daniels: Deborah Evans Price's 10 Most Memorable Interviews

    November 15, 2013 3:00 PM EST We asked Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price, who recently won the CMAs' Media Achievement Award, to reflect on her favorite interviews In 19 years of writing for Billboard, this has been my most difficult task. I've been interviewing people for more than three decades and…

  10. Corey Hart’s 'Sunglasses' Gets a New EDM Look

    November 14, 2013 2:11 PM EST years after his iconic “Sunglasses at Night” broke a then-unknown Canadian singer-songwriter onto the Hot 100 and into the collective consciousness of 1980s pop culture, Corey Hart is looking back on his career and the song that started it all. For the first time ever, Hart has…

  11. Bright Eyes Giving Christmas Record Wide Release

    October 29, 2013 7:47 PM EDT Bright Eyes is back, though it's with an album recorded over a decade ago. "A Christmas Album," a holiday record Conor Oberst recorded and released on a limited basis through Saddle Creek Records' website in 2002, is getting a wide release Nov. 5, in time for the…

  12. Carrie Underwood On her Starring Role In NBC’s 'Sound of Music’: ‘This is Definitely A Challenge’

    October 23, 2013 3:33 AM EDT The end of the year looks busy for Carrie Underwood, and she couldn't be happier. The six-time Grammy winning singer will host the Country Music Association Awards for the sixth time. You can see her every week singing the opening on Sunday Night Football. And for one night in December…

  13. Fallulah, Danish Pop Star, Packs Her Bags & Heads To America Alone

    October 18, 2013 6:02 PM EDT "I've actually invested all of the money that I've made in Denmark into going to America," says the striking singer-songwriter. "If you want to do it the easy way, you should definitely not go to America." This admission is made by Maria Apetri, better known as…

  14. Audra McDonald Balances NBC's 'Sound of Music' With Tour

    October 14, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Full cast rehearsals begin today (Oct. 14) in New York for NBC's live "The Sound of Music," bringing together Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti and Audra McDonald, who is squeezing in rehearsals around a national concert tour. "When you consider that this…

  15. Pussy Riot Member Goes on Prison Hunger Strike

    September 25, 2013 2:13 AM EDT Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has gone on hunger strike in protest against cruel prison conditions and an alleged threat to her life from prison officials. “I refuse to participate in the camp’s slave labor until the prison’s authorities begin to abide the law and treat female…

  16. Sepultura Talks 'Tricky' 'Mediator' Album, Tour Dates Announced

    September 24, 2013 9:37 PM EDT Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser gets thoughtful about upcoming album “The Mediator Between the Head and Hands Must be the Heart." Sepultura will kick off a 19-city North American tour in Los Angeles right after the release of their new album, “The Mediator Between the Head and Hands Must be…

  17. Steven Curtis Chapman, 'Something Beautiful': Exclusive Song Premiere

    September 24, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Christian music star talks about his 18th album, "The Glorious Unfolding," and the surprising support he's received from One Direction's drummer With an unprecedented 57 Dove Awards to his credit as well as five Grammys and dozens of No. 1 singles, Christian music…

  18. Chart Highlights: Britney Spears Bows, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga Leap To No. 1

    September 23, 2013 5:15 PM EDT Britney Spears' 'Work B**ch!' blasts onto Pop Songs, while Katy Perry scores a record-tying No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs and Lady Gaga lands her lucky 13th No. 1 on Dance/Mix/Show Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday.…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: The 27 Songs To Spend At Least 10 Weeks Atop The Hot 100

    August 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' is the latest such lengthy leader. Chart Beat analyzes the characteristics of these monster hits. Plus, radio gets in on the Katy Perry/Sara Bareilles similarities and the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart celebrates a birthday The latest chart…

  20. Country Outlaw Tompall Glaser Dead at 79

    August 13, 2013 4:46 PM EDT If you were to look at just his chart statistics as a solo artist, the career of Tompall Glaser might not seem particularly legendary. He only placed eight singles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart between 1973 and 1978, with only two rising to the top 40. However, Glaser --…

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