1. 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.…

  2. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic…

  3. Sharon Robinson on Leonard Cohen: He Spends a Lot of Time Trying to Uncover Truths

    December 11, 2014 4:46 AM EST Singer, songwriter and record producer Sharon Robinson is perhaps best known for her longtime creative collaborations with the legendary Leonard Cohen . Backed with exclusive access and an iPhone, Robinson took five years of photographs which she curated for a new book, On Tour with Leonard…

  4. Taylor Swift Tops Hot 100, Meghan Trainor Scores Second Top 10

    December 10, 2014 2:56 PM EST Swift's 'Blank Space' reigns for a fourth week, while Trainor's 'Lips Are Movin' leaps 13-8 … after the pair teamed up to break a record first set by the Beatles. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, while…

  5. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: November 2014

    December 10, 2014 12:17 PM EST G-Dragon, Taeyang, Hi Suhyun, AOA, Kyuhyun, GOT7, Apink and more captivated YouTube viewers this month. As K-pop only male solo acts with Billboard 200 chart entries, it should come as no surprise that a collaboration between  G-Dragon and Taeyang   (aka GD x Taeyang) was the video fans…

  6. Revisionist History, Holiday Edition: Mariah Gets a 'Christmas' Gift, Wham! Gets the Boot

    December 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST For those who love the Billboard charts, this truly is -- as Andy Williams reminds us every December -- the most wonderful time of the year. The arrival of Billboard 's annual year-end rankings have made it a "Happy" holiday for another Williams -- Pharrell -- whose hit with…

  7. Joni Mitchell Talks New Boxed Set, Not Being Able To Perform: 'I Don't Miss Much of Anything'

    December 09, 2014 6:14 PM EST Joni Mitchell doesn't get out much these days -- aside from the occasional benefit in her honor or Clive Davis party , she travels away from her Los Angeles home once, maybe twice a year. And even then it's usually to her native country Canada, where she's been eager to mount…

  8. Jay Z Has Lawsuit Over One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    December 09, 2014 4:35 PM EST When it comes to unlicensed samples, New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan has limits. On Monday, he dismissed TufAmerica's lawsuit claiming that Jay Z and his record companies violated copyright by sampling an "oh" on the song "Run This Town," released on the album…

  9. PRhyme Announces North American Tour; Royce Da 5'9" Talks 'Shady XV' Album

    December 09, 2014 1:18 PM EST Slaughterhouse is 'about 60 to 70 percent done' with the follow-up to 2012's 'Welcome to Our House.' Royce da 5'9" says he and DJ Premier do not consider their new collaboration PRhyme -- which released its self-titled debut album this week -- to be a side…

  10. EDM Festivals Keep the Off-Season Buzz Going With Big-Budget Commercials

    December 09, 2014 12:25 PM EST 'Aftermovies' have become festivals’ biggest ticket-sales tactic Winter is a slow time for EDM festivals, but organizers have found one way to keep the buzz going year-round. Aftermovies, or YouTube commercials that recap the events, have emerged as festivals’ preeminent…

  11. The Year In Rock 2014: Lorde Reigns

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST was the year of our Lorde . See All the Year End Charts Here! The singer/songwriter (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor ) finishes at No. 1 on the 2014 year-end Top Rock Artists recap, and her Pure Heroine album leads the Alternative Albums and Rock Albums tallies. She’s the first woman…

  12. The Year in Latin 2014: Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias Lead Songs and Albums

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST The year in Latin music saw the continuation of a tropical wave, as Romeo Santos and Marc Anthony maintained their presence at the top of the charts. It was a male dominated year across Latin genres, led by veteran Enrique Iglesias and newer artists like J Balvin and Remmy Valenzuela…

  13. Exclusive: Nora Jane Struthers Premieres New Song 'Let Go'

    December 09, 2014 11:50 AM EST With her new album Wake coming out on Feb. 24, 2015, singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers is sharing a new song from the forthcoming effort exclusively with Billboard. Entitled "Let Go," you can listen to the Billboard premiere right here. "We all have things that we let…

  14. Idina Menzel & Michael Buble Top AC With 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

    December 09, 2014 7:05 AM EST Their duet becomes the format's latest holiday leader. Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's duet-slash-accurate weather report (depending on where you're reading this), "Baby It's Cold Outside," rises 2-1 on Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart. The song…

  15. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Jessie J: Whitney Houston 'Gave Me So Much Courage to Be Loud and Bold'

    December 08, 2014 5:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Powerhouse honoree talks about her girl crush on the legendary diva and the fierce female singers she admires. Jessie J started this year fearing she had already peaked. The 26-year-old British singer-songwriter's last top 10 U.S. single as a solo artist,…

  16. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Charli XCX: ‘I'll Give Jay Z a Run for His Money’

    December 08, 2014 3:43 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Hitmaker honoree talks about building her own empire to rival the hip-hop star's and her hit-making streak. "This time last year I just wanted to move on from 'I Love It,'" says Charli XCX , referring to the mega-smash she wrote and…

  17. Rock Veteran Gets Jail Time for Participating in Anonymous Hack

    December 08, 2014 2:04 PM EST A succession of "foolish" clicks on a keyboard four years ago has landed a 66-year-old rock musician in jail. Geoffrey "Jake" Commander , a guitarist with ties to Jeff Lynne and Electric Light Orchestra , was sentenced to ten days in jail last week at U.S. District Court…

  18. If Mick Jagger Doesn't Like Singing, Why Is He So Good at It?

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST On this day in 1969, the Rolling Stones frontman made a strong statement. Now, we debunk it. On this day in 1969 (Dec. 8), Mick Jagger was quoted saying, "I don't really like singing very much, I enjoy playing the guitar more than I enjoy singing and I can't play the guitar…

  19. Clive Davis on Billboard Women in Music Honoree Aretha Franklin: ‘There Are No Pretenders to the Throne’

    December 08, 2014 11:00 AM EST The chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment writes about the enduring appeal of the Billboard Women in Music Icon honoree. Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul. It’s not the totality of who she is -- beneath her cool exterior is a remarkably warm-hearted person -- but it is a…

  20. Former Pantera Frontman Phil Anselmo on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'Every Year It Gets Tougher'

    December 08, 2014 9:02 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god's friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder's death left in metal and in their lives. Here, former Pantera frontman…

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