1. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was 1970. Now, in 2014, outrage over police…

  2. Donny & Marie Osmond Extend Vegas Run

    December 22, 2014 11:42 PM EST Sibling singers Donny and Marie Osmond will be singing at the Flamingo Las Vegas at least through the end of 2015. Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced Monday that the duo has signed on to keep performing at the hotel-casino through the end of next year. Exclusive: Donny Osmond Sings '…

  3. Lady Gaga Recording New Music with Nile Rodgers?

    December 22, 2014 11:10 AM EST After scoring a No. 1 album full of Tony Bennett duets, has Lady Gaga moved on to recording with another famous over-60 male artist? Gaga fan account @Gagadaily posted a photo of the pop star sitting at a piano with Nile Rodgers, he of Chic and “Get Lucky” fame. Photo: Lady Gaga in the…

  4. Top 10 Lyrics From D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

    December 19, 2014 3:40 PM EST It's been close to a week since the surprise release of D'Angelo & The Vanguard's Black Messiah , enough time for the formerly distorted lyrics of D'Angelo to become more clear and significant. The easiest tone to take with Black Messiah , in its entire majestic roar…

  5. Justin Timberlake Tops Hot Tours List as 20/20 Trek Nears End

    December 18, 2014 6:19 PM EST Justin Timberlake scores the top slot on the weekly ranking of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on ticket sales reported from his 20/20 Experience tour’s final sweep through North America. The pop star kicked off the tour's last leg on Nov. 20 in Portland, Ore., the first stop on a…

  6. George Harrison, Bee Gees & More to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

    December 18, 2014 5:09 PM EST Beloved Beatles legend George Harrison will receive yet another honor in 2015 when the Recording Academy posthumously gives him the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award . Stevie Wonder to Receive All-Star Tribute From Grammys The Bee Gees  and  Buddy Guy  will also be honored with the…

  7. Top 5 Producers Shifting the Sound of Atlanta Rap in 2014

    December 18, 2014 1:30 PM EST Super producers such as Organized Noize have paved the way for others to craft the way Atlanta is represented sonically. Now it seems that the current role of the producer in Atlanta is to dictate the way the Billboard chart sounds, with songs like "Tuesday" (produced by Metro…

  8. Anthony Hamilton Hits 'Home' With First Holiday Album

    December 17, 2014 9:43 AM EST The Grammy Award winner and current nominee will also appear as a special guest on Fox's new drama "Empire." To co-opt a popular phrase during this time of year, 'tis the season for Anthony Hamilton . Home for the Holidays , the R&B singer/songwriter/producer’s first…

  9. Stevie Wonder to Receive All-Star Tribute from Grammys, to Air on CBS

    December 15, 2014 11:18 AM EST For its second all-star Grammy salute, CBS will broadcast a two-hour concert dedicated to Stevie Wonder 's  Songs in the Key of Life on Feb. 16. Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich will executive produce the show being held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Related Ken Ehrlich Will…

  10. BSBB Round 1: Justin Timberlake, "Not a Bad Thing" vs. Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Not a Bad Thing Justin Timberlake This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan MAURA JOHNSTON: If the whole of Timberlake's soupy ballad operated in the gauzy mode of its first 17 seconds, it would win this…

  11. Taylor Swift, Aretha Franklin & More Sing Each Other's Praises at Billboard's Women in Music Event

    December 12, 2014 3:15 PM EST Ariana Grande, Hayley Williams, Jessie J, Idina Menzel & more are also feted. "It's really cool to be at a music event where over half the people in the room have vaginas," quipped an outspoken Charli XCX , who was Billboard 's Hitmaker honoree at the magazine&…

  12. Stevie Wonder & Clive Davis Honor Aretha Franklin as Women in Music's Icon of the Year

    December 12, 2014 2:15 PM EST Aretha Franklin is someone who has impacted much more than just music -- her self-assurance and uncompromising artistry has inspired women for generations. So it was only fitting that at the 2014 Billboard Women in Music event, Franklin would be offered some major R-E-S-P-E-C-T: The Icon of…

  13. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Barbra Streisand on Her No. 1 Album 'Partners' Proving 'That I've Stood the Test of Time'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Comeback Queen Partners 1 Week on Billboard 200 Hello, Gorgeous! This summer, at 72, Barbra Streisand joined Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote her 34th studio album, Partners . Her second album of duets, several of which are interpretations of her iconic works, saw her team…

  14. Nas Joins Eric Garner Decision Protesters

    December 11, 2014 12:20 PM EST Nas is the latest artist to show his support for those protesting the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case. The rapper tweeted and Instagrammed a photo of himself standing with a group of protesters wearing "I CAN'T BREATHE" shirts. I CANT BREATHE!!! @ Manhattan…

  15. John Legend & Wife Chrissy Teigen Hired Food Trucks to Feed Eric Garner Demonstrators

    December 08, 2014 9:38 PM EST John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, showed their support for Eric Garner demonstrators in New York City Sunday by hiring food trucks to come feed them on the street.  Watch Stevie Wonder Speak on Ferguson, Eric Garner, Gun Control at Seattle Concert After news got out there would be…

  16. Common Talks 'Glory,' His 'Selma' Duet With John Legend: 'It's for Dr. King'

    December 05, 2014 7:11 PM EST The rapper also addresses the song's Oscar chances: 'The bigger the platform, the more people the message can reach.' The trailer for the civil rights drama Selma was scored with a hip-hop song by Public Enemy , as a sort of promise to audiences that this wouldn't be a…

  17. Watch Stevie Wonder Speak on Ferguson, Eric Garner, Gun Control at Seattle Concert

    December 04, 2014 9:14 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, Stevie Wonder still had a show to play.  Stevie Wonder Mixes Politics With Music in Tour Kickoff During…

  18. Dave Koz Partners With Spaghettini for New Restaurant & Music Venue

    December 04, 2014 3:48 PM EST Saxophonist Richard Elliot, Santana's Andy Vargas & Las Vegas headliner Matt Goss kick off performance slate. Starting Friday, live music will begin a new residency in Beverly Hills. Adopting the tagline "harmonizing fine dining with world-class musical entertainment,"…

  19. 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…

  20. 7 Reasons to Tune Into MAMA 2014 Wednesday & How You Can Watch

    December 02, 2014 8:47 PM EST One of Asia's biggest music ceremonies promises John Legend, G-Dragon, EXO, K-pop kisses, sexy performances and more. One of K-pop's biggest nights will soon be upon us with the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (aka MAMA). Likened to be the Asian equivalent of the MTV Video Music…

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