1. Luke Bryan Leads Latest Hot Tours Tally

    December 24, 2014 2:40 PM EST Bryan's That’s My Kind of Night tour was the highest-grossing tour by a country artist in 2014 Country superstar Luke Bryan tops the weekly slate of top-grossing touring artists (see below) with the final 2014 box office stats reported from his That’s My Kind of Night Tour that wrapped…

  2. Watch Billboard Quiz Random People About 2014's Hit Music

    December 24, 2014 12:50 PM EST We're putting the 'pop' in pop quiz. At Billboard, we're pretty familiar with the hit music of 2014 -- it's kind of what we do. But we were curious how much the average person knows about the songs that defined 2014. So Billboard's Joe Levy took to the street…

  3. From Okra Soup to Fried Seafood: Darius Rucker, Chase Bryant and Many More Country Stars Talk Favorite Holiday Dishes

    December 24, 2014 12:19 PM EST When it comes to celebrating the holidays country style, good food is a major part of the equation. From fried turkey to the perfect sugar cookie, every household has its Christmas traditions and certain dishes that are essential to the celebration. Billboard asked country artists to share…

  4. Watch Celia Cruz Sing 'Jingle Bells' to a Pre-Revolution Cuban Beat

    December 24, 2014 11:55 AM EST Let’s do the rumba again this Christmas, as the U.S. and Cuba restore diplomatic relations. During Cuba's last Christmas season before Fidel Castro claimed victory for the Revolution at the start of 1959, the great Cuban orchestra Sonora Matancera recorded a holiday album featuring the…

  5. 'American Idol' Alums Casey Abrams, Taylor Hicks, More Remember Joe Cocker

    December 23, 2014 6:38 PM EST "To make a hit that was already a hit ... an even bigger hit, that's hard to do," said Phillip Phillips of the late singer. When Casey Abrams competed on the tenth season of American Idol , he was asked to perform music inspired by their own musical idols. Abrams didn’t even…

  6. Going With The Pitch: More and More, R&B and Hip Hop Artists Are Also TV Spokespersons

    December 23, 2014 4:48 PM EST Usher, Salt-N-Pepa, Waka Flocka Flame and newcomer Kevin Ross are among a growing number of R&B/hip-hop acts doubling as TV spokespersons. Waka Flocka Flame left many viewers scratching their heads and wondering if it was April Fool’s in November when his television spot extolling the…

  7. Bon Scott's Pre-AC/DC Bandmate Shares Vintage Letters From Late Singer, Reflects on His Legacy

    December 23, 2014 1:10 PM EST "I'm sure he would've been making an album of the great American songbook by now," says former collaborator Peter Head. Bon Scott died from alcohol poisoning on Feb. 15, 1980, just as AC/DC was beginning work on Back In Black , the album that made them arguably the…

  8. 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…

  9. Chief Keef & Kanye West Team Up on 'Nobody': Listen

    December 22, 2014 3:35 PM EST Fame has Chief Keef feeling lonely. Did Rihanna Accidentally Announce Kanye West's 2015 North American Tour? On his Auto-Tuned collaboration with Kanye West , "Nobody," Keef raps about how fame has affected his life, from the good ("Now can buy her ass anything")…

  10. R.I.P. Joe Cocker: 7 Essential Moments, From Woodstock to 'SNL'

    December 22, 2014 3:14 PM EST Joe Cocker -- the British singer possessing one of the most distinctive voices in rock history -- has died at age 70 . His agent said Cocker died of an undisclosed illness, although he'd reportedly been battling lung cancer for some time. Ringo Starr, Tom Morello & More Remember…

  11. 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…

  12. Hear Lea Michele Sing Full Version of 'Let It Go' on 'Glee'

    December 22, 2014 12:44 PM EST Quick! Someone create a timeline where the universes of Glee and Frozen intersect. (Is Arendelle just outside Lima, Ohio?) Full audio of Lea Michele singing the classic Frozen song "Let It Go" from the upcoming season of Glee has arrived, and while it's no surprise that…

  13. Iggy Azalea Should Focus on 'Racism in Australia,' Kreayshawn Says

    December 22, 2014 12:36 PM EST The Twitter debate over Iggy Azalea 's place in the hip-hop ecosystem keeps growing. It started as a back-and-forth between Iggy and Azealia Banks . Then a series of other rappers got involved -- Action Bronson , Q-Tip and T.I. -- along with the hacker group Anonymous . And now…

  14. T.I. Defends Iggy Azalea After Q-Tip's Hip-Hop History Lesson

    December 22, 2014 10:15 AM EST T.I. is now stepping up on Twitter to give his opinion about the recent onslaught of critcism against Iggy Azalea , which started when Azealia Banks gave an emotional interview last week about white artists appropriating black culture. Q-Tip Weighs In On Iggy Azalea   T.I. -- who…

  15. Queen's Brian May on Adam Lambert: 'He Can Sing Higher Than Freddie'

    December 22, 2014 3:06 AM EST Adam Lambert always maintained that in his role as touring frontman for Queen , he wasn't emulating the late Freddie Mercury . But when it comes to vocal skills, the American Idol season-eight star can more than hold his own, said Queen guitarist Brian May in a recent interview, noting…

  16. 'School of Rock' Graduates to Broadway

    December 22, 2014 12:53 AM EST In the words of Dewey Finn : "God of Rock, thank you for this chance to kick ass." That failed rock star, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and attempts to form a band out of his class, will become the protagonist of the Broadway-bound School of Rock -…

  17. 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.…

  18. Sony Hack Was Not All That Sophisticated, Cybersecurity Experts Say

    December 21, 2014 10:30 AM EST The Sony hack is a hydra-headed monster of a story, emerging from the sea late last month to descend on Los Angeles before going on to smash across the country, sprouting new heads as it went, dragging the badly battered body of a colossal global corporation in its dust. A previously…

  19. Lucian Grainge's End-of-Year Memo to Employees: 'It's No Longer Enough to Outperform'

    December 19, 2014 6:23 PM EST Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group and one of the most powerful members of the music industry, today sent employees a holiday memo laying out his plans for the following year. It seems like Grainge has every intention of using his company's considerable leverage…

  20. 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 …

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