1. Moby on 'Hotel: Ambient,' L.A. Shows, Selling His 'Castle in the Hills'

    December 15, 2014 2:44 PM EST "It's music I listen to when I'm anxious, need help sleeping or when I'm sitting in traffic on the 101," Moby says of Hotel: Ambient , his long out-of-print 2005 bonus album being re-released on Tuesday, Dec. 16 via his Little Idiot label. "It's a very…

  2. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  3. Joaquin Sabina Fights Stage Fright During Emotional Madrid Show, Skips Encore

    December 15, 2014 9:00 AM EST Esteemed Spanish artist retreats from audience of 15,000 after emotional performance. Joaquin Sabina ’s first solo concert in five years in his native Spain sold 15,000 tickets in less than an hour, so emotions were high all around at showtime on Saturday (Dec. 13) at Madrid’s Barclaycard…

  4. BSBB Round 1: Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" vs. Ed Sheeran, "Don't"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All About That Bass Maghan Trainor Don't Ed Sheeran CRAIG JENKINS: Ed Sheeran’s push from coffee shop folk-pop to the hodge-podge of styles he occupied on x was lauded as an evolution this summer, but “Don’t” is…

  5. How Apple Shook Up the Music Industry in 2014

    December 12, 2014 4:02 PM EST Who shook up music the most in 2014? Sorry, Taylor. Nice try, Queen Bey. Apple’s Sept. 9 press conference that unveiled the iPhone 6 was the year’s -- maybe even the ­decade’s -- watershed moment. In one presentation, the company went all in on streaming, hinted at the album’s future…

  6. New Band Alert: Indie Poppers Dutch Party Premiere Good-Vibin' L.A. Tunes

    December 12, 2014 1:17 PM EST Billboard is excited to introduce Los Angeles' Dutch Party, a spry, good-vibin' indie pop band who are also repping a brand-new label. Start off with "Echo Girl," a tuneful tribute to the ladies of Echo Park -- the L.A. neighborhood the quintet calls home. Billboard has…

  7. 'Side Show' Packs Up Its Tent Early on Broadway

    December 12, 2014 11:12 AM EST Seventeen years to the day since its original production closed after a commercially disastrous run of just three and a half months, the lavish Broadway reboot of Side Show will make an even swifter exit. Producers have confirmed a Jan. 4 closing date for the bio-musical about the search…

  8. Kendrick Lamar Will Be One of Next Week's Final Guests on 'The Colbert Report'

    December 11, 2014 6:52 PM EST Amazing to think in one week Steve Colbert's The Colbert Report will end its 10-year run, as the host moves on to usurp David Letterman's throne at The Late Show . And that means we can expect some high caliber guests to join him, including Kendrick Lamar , Seth Rogen and National…

  9. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  10. The 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST Even diehard fans will admit that it's tough to find an entire K-pop album worthy of being labelled brilliant from start to finish. But there were a select group of artists who proved the notion wrong with cohesive bodies of work in 2014. (And see our list of the 20 best K-pop songs…

  11. The 10 Best Latin Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:25 PM EST We admit we love to dance. So we couldn't help but include tracks like “Bailando” and “6 A.M.” among our list of the best Latin songs of the year. But a little bit of rock, rap and, of course, love also made the cut. Read on for which singles had the most impact in 2014. (And see our…

  12. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  13. Christmas Music for People Who Hate Christmas Music

    December 11, 2014 12:00 PM EST Even if you don't like 'Jingle Bells' -- just like Sam Smith -- there's still seasonally appropriate music for you. The Christmas Spirit isn't inside everyone. In fact, there are plenty of people who would prefer to fall asleep now and wake up when December ends.…

  14. Amy Schumer to Host MTV Movie Awards

    December 11, 2014 1:58 AM EST Amy Schumer is headed to the MTV Movie Awards. The comedian will host the ceremony live on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 9 p.m. from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California. MTV Sets Dates for Movie Awards and Video Music Awards "I am honored to be hosting the awards,…

  15. Watch Kendrick Lamar Channel His Inspiration in Reebok Ad For New Custom Shoe Line

    December 10, 2014 7:49 PM EST "What inspired me as a kid was really illustrating my thoughts on that sheet of paper," says Kendrick Lamar in a new Reebok ad set in the Compton rapper's hometown.  As we await new music from Lamar, the black-and-white clip shows him rapping a previously unheard verse a…

  16. Daddy Yankee to Coach 'La Voz Kids': 'They Won't Fear Me, But I'm Demanding!'

    December 10, 2014 5:42 PM EST Puerto Rican reggaeton star Daddy Yankee will be the newest coach on La Voz Kids (The Voice Kids), Telemundo's singing competition for kids that has soared in ratings in the past two years. Yankee's stint in the judge's chair begins in spring 2015. He'll be joining last…

  17. Kany Garcia, Pedro Capó, Sie7e & More Take Holiday Music to the Bank

    December 10, 2014 4:32 PM EST Banco Popular’s 'Qué Lindo es Puerto Rico' hits No. 4 on Top Latin Albums. Just as a sudden snap of cold November weather reminds their relatives in New York that Christmas is on its way, the release of Banco Popular’s annual musical production has become a sure sign it's…

  18. Iggy Azalea Joins Billboard Hollywood Party on New Year's Eve

    December 10, 2014 4:21 PM EST Bastille, Rixton, Pentatonix & Jason Derulo are also added to 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' L.A. performers. Iggy Azalea is among the stars joining ABC's bicoastal New Year's Eve special. Producers of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With…

  19. Earl Hayes & Stephanie Moseley Tried to Reconcile Before Killing, Police Say

    December 10, 2014 6:11 AM EST Rapper Earl Warren Hayes and his estranged wife were trying to reconcile and she was optimistic about their chances only days before Hayes killed her and committed suicide, a police detective said Tuesday. The bodies of Hayes, 34, and 30-year-old Stephanie Elyse Moseley were found Monday…

  20. VH1 Star Stephanie Moseley & Rapper Husband Earl Hayes Found Dead

    December 09, 2014 6:00 PM EST Police tell TMZ Hayes fatally shot Moseley before killing himself. Actress and dancer Stephanie Moseley was found dead alongside her husband, rapper and actor Earl Hayes , according to TMZ . Police tell TMZ that Hayes shot and killed Moseley and then turned around and killed himself…

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