1. 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 …

  2. Atlanta's Top 8 New Rappers

    December 18, 2014 2:05 PM EST Atlanta is home to a constantly rising number of up-and-coming acts -- it's quickly becoming a powder keg of talent waiting to blow. The most impressive quality of the city’s scene is that no one rapper or singer is the same, and they all reach wildly different demographics, from…

  3. Watch St. Vincent's New 'Birth in Reverse' Video

    December 16, 2014 9:52 PM EST St. Vincent has released a music video for her track "Birth in Reverse", off self-titled album released earlier this year.  Must-Hear Music Podcast: Frank Ocean, Gwen, St. Vincent, Tinashe, A$AP Ferg & More The  Willo Perron -directed clip, features silver-haired singer Annie…

  4. Iggy Azalea Pays Tribute to 'Woman I Owe My Career To' at Women in Music 2014

    December 12, 2014 1:45 PM EST Although Iggy Azalea was on hand to accept the honor for Women in Music 's 2014 Chart-Topper on Friday afternoon in New York, the Australian rapper turned the spotlight on another woman during her acceptance speech. According to Iggy, Sarah Sennett -- the CEO of her management…

  5. The 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:22 PM EST Few genres ranged as widely as R&B in 2014. DJ Mustard was a ubiquitous presence on radio -- and he produced two of Billboard's top ten R&B tracks of the year ( Tinashe , Jeremih ) -- but you didn't need a Mustard beat to make a vibrant track. Elle Varner and Usher…

  6. 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…

  7. Drake, FKA Twigs & A-Trak Bring Music to the Beach: Art Basel Music Roundup

    December 10, 2014 9:52 PM EST This year's Art Basel Miami Beach was a half-week whirlwind of contemporary art showcases, celebrity sightseeing and musical performances. From the bustling Wynwood Arts District to exclusive Palm Island mansion parties, Billboard takes you back to South Beach to recap some of the…

  8. Drake & Diddy Reportedly Brawled in Miami Sunday Night

    December 08, 2014 7:11 PM EST Drake and Diddy allegedly got into a fight outside a Miami Beach club during Art Basel's final night, early Monday morning.  Billboard has reached out to Diddy's rep for comment, but so far no report has been confirmed.  Usher Uses Vagina Phone Charger, Miley Cyrus & A$AP…

  9. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  10. Usher Uses Vagina Phone Charger, Miley Cyrus & A$AP Rocky Kick It: Art Basel's Top 5 Social Posts

    December 07, 2014 10:03 PM EST Art Basel in Miami Beach was entertainment's biggest happening this week, welcoming the likes of  Usher ,  Miley Cyrus , Kim Kardashian,  Joe Jonas ,  2 Chainz ,  Swizz Beatz , Leonardo DiCaprio and many others out for the annual the international art fair.  Joe Jonas, Usher, 2 Chainz …

  11. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Frank Ocean to Axwell & Ingrosso

    December 05, 2014 5:07 PM EST Fall Out Boy "American Beauty/American Psycho" Island/DCD2 Like the films that make up its title, Fall Out Boy's new single is heavy-handed, dazzling upon first impact but losing flavor over repeat listens. The pop-punkers receive an assist from French DJ-producer Sebastian,…

  12. 'Music of Grand Theft Auto V' Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set Exclusive Giveaway

    December 05, 2014 12:42 PM EST Rockstar Games & Mass Appeal Records are releasing an enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, and Billboard is giving away two limited edition Music of Grand Theft Auto V vinyl box sets for fans of the famous videogame. In conjunction with the release…

  13. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Iggy Azalea: 'If I Lose Every Award to Sam Smith, I'm Okay With It'

    December 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST This year, Iggy Azalea became music's first white female rap star. The 24-year-old surpassed Lil' Kim as the woman rap artist with the longest-leading single in chart history ("Fancy"), was featured on the soundtrack to the Disney film Million Dollar Arm and performed on…

  14. Sam Smith on Grammy Nominations Eve: 'I Can't Think About It'

    December 04, 2014 9:52 PM EST Who knew, a year ago, that a name as seemingly short and indistinct as Sam Smith 's would be the one on everyone's lips come the end of 2014? Any lack of individuality ended right with his moniker, of course, as the British soulster went on to have not just the top-selling debut…

  15. Azealia Banks Takes Aim at Iggy Azalea After Eric Garner Decision

    December 03, 2014 9:45 PM EST Following a New York grand jury's decision Wednesday not to indict an NYPD officer involved in the apparent chokehold death of Eric Garner for apparently selling untaxed cigarettes, like many others around the country Azealia Banks took to Twitter to express herself and vent…

  16. Mariah Carey's Live 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' Performance Draws Mixed Reviews

    December 03, 2014 9:03 PM EST Plus: Matt Lauer and his co-hosts acknowledge the Eric Garner grand jury decision and nearby protests during the tree-lighting special. There are a lot of classic Christmas songs, but Mariah Carey 's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is easily the biggest holiday hit…

  17. Art Basel Miami Beach: Your Music Guide

    December 03, 2014 6:40 PM EST FKA Twigs, Miguel, Theophilus London, James Blake & more artists provide a musical backdrop to the Miami art fest. An estimated 70,000 global visitors will descend on southern Florida this week for Art Basel Miami Beach, a socialite smorgasbord of contemporary art shows, forward…

  18. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Frank Ocean, Gwen, St. Vincent, Tinashe, A$AP Ferg & More

    December 03, 2014 5:23 PM EST Even if most of this year's major albums are behind us, the last week saw an inordinate amount of great new releases. We got the first new Frank Ocean song in absolutely forever, an incredible Tinashe track with a DJ Mustard beat and a hilarious A$AP Ferg / Big Sean collaboration…

  19. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Hot 100, Selena Gomez, Mark Ronson Hit Top 10

    December 03, 2014 2:48 PM EST Swift's 'Blank Space' reigns for a third week, while Gomez and Ronson (with Bruno Mars) land new top 10s. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, while two songs enter the top 10, by Selena Gomez and Mark Ronson (with…

  20. A$AP Rocky Reveals How Fashion Made Him Cry In New Ferragamo Video Series

    December 01, 2014 3:28 PM EST In his 2012 Scarface and Willy Wonka -inspired video for "Wassup," A$AP Rocky dazzles in Comme des Garcons and Raf Simons, rapping, "Only thing bigger than my ego is my mirror/ Yeah, clothes getting weirder." And fashion "weirdness" is precisely what captured…

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