1. Buddy DeFranco, Renowned Jazz Clarinetist, Dead at 91

    December 26, 2014 6:44 PM EST Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco -- who collaborated with Frank Sinatra , Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era -- has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco's family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday…

  2. Kesha Thanks Fans for Support in 'Crazy Year'

    December 26, 2014 3:01 PM EST "The love and support this year has brought me to tears many times," the pop star tells her fans on Twitter. In the first few days of 2014, Kesha checked into rehab for an eating disorder, where she spent two months and eventually emerged with a new outlook on life and the…

  3. N.E.R.D Reunite for 'Spongebob Movie' Soundtrack: Hear New Song 'Squeeze Me'

    December 26, 2014 2:09 PM EST N.E.R.D is back: the group made up of Pharrell Williams , Chad Hugo and Shay Haley worked together on a song for the upcoming The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water soundtrack. The resulting tune, "Squeeze Me," was compared by Hugo to the Beatles ' "Yellow Submarine…

  4. Alejandro Sanz Finishes New Album, Announces 2015 Tour Dates

    December 26, 2014 1:15 PM EST Latin star posts a "little" album preview for impatient fans. Alejandro Sanz has announced that his new album, which follows 2012’s La Música No Se Toca , is finished. Tickets have gone on sale for 11 summer/fall 2015 dates in his native Spain, part of an anticipated worldwide…

  5. Amazon Touts Big Numbers for Prime During Holidays, Shares Best-Selling Songs and Albums

    December 26, 2014 11:06 AM EST Amazon today released figures touting the performance of its Prime shipping and media subscription service during this holiday season. 10 million people "tried out" Prime during the holiday season, according to a statement from the company. A company representative tells Billboard…

  6. Coldplay, Modest Mouse Debut on Hot Rock Songs Chart

    December 26, 2014 11:05 AM EST Coldplay debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart with "Miracles," an original song written and recorded for the Universal Pictures film Unbroken . The track starts with 92 percent of its chart points from sales, with 28,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen…

  7. Hugh Jackman Was With Taylor Swift on Christmas Eve: What Did They Talk About?

    December 26, 2014 10:55 AM EST Taylor Swift and her family spent Christmas Eve with Hugh Jackman. Yes, Wolverine Hugh Jackman. While we have no real clue why this happened, we're happy to share these half-baked theories: 1) Swift is in the next X-Men movie. 2) Jackman and Swift are re-recording the Les Miserables…

  8. Alberta Adams, Detroit's 'Queen of the Blues,' Dies at 97

    December 26, 2014 10:15 AM EST Alberta Adams, one of the last of the great post-World War II era blues singers, passed away on early Christmas morning in Detroit at the age of 97 after a long period of failing health. Paul McCartney Remembers 'Good Mate' Joe Cocker "She was a unique and dynamic performer…

  9. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj Passes Madonna, 'Voice' Finalists Debut

    December 26, 2014 9:40 AM EST With two debuts, Minaj now has more Hot 100 hits than Madonna. Plus, each of the four top finishers on the latest season of NBC's 'The Voice' debut. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while Mark…

  10. Grammys 2015 Preview: Sia, Hozier, Taylor Swift & More Vie for Song of the Year

    December 26, 2014 9:25 AM EST Check out the five tracks that earned a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor Songwriters: Kevin Kadish, Meghan Trainor Publishers: Year of the Dog Music/Over-Thought Under-Appreciated Songs Label: Epic Records Meghan Trainor's debut…

  11. Grammys 2015 Preview: Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor & More on Their Record of the Year-Nominated Songs

    December 26, 2014 9:20 AM EST Check out the five tracks nominated for the Record of the Year Grammy. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor Producer: Kevin Kadish Engineer/Mixer: Kevin Kadish Mastering Engineer: Dave Kutch Label: Epic "My producer [Kadish] had the title and said that none of his prior co…

  12. Grammys 2015 Preview: What You Need to Know About Best New Artist Nominees From Sam Smith to Brandy Clark

    December 26, 2014 9:10 AM EST Check out this year's Grammy nominees for Best New Artist -- a group hailing from rock, pop, soul, hip-hop and country. BRANDY CLARK After years as a songwriting force in Nashville, Clark may be the most promising best new artist nominee of the nine country acts to make the category…

  13. Top 20 Christmas Rap Songs

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST No one has the type of holiday spirit as a rapper. From Kanye West to Run-D.M.C. , they're spins on Christmas classics or originals range from the hilarious, weird to serious, but all stay true to themselves. Busta Rhymes -- whose Jim Carrey-featured "Grinch" song merely…

  14. Fans on Taylor Swift's 'Swiftmas': 'No One in the Music Industry Has as Big a Heart as She Does'

    December 24, 2014 3:20 PM EST Move over, Oprah . Taylor Swift is the new ultimate gift-giver.  This holiday season, the 25-year-old pop star has been sending huge packages of early Christmas presents to fans. Since mid-November, 32 lucky Tumblr followers of Swift have received FedEx boxes in the mail from the starlet.…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Niall Horan's Underwear Dancing Owns 'One Direction: The TV Special'

    December 24, 2014 10:57 AM EST Any One Direction fans who missed the band's NBC special on Tuesday night should thank their lucky stars Vine exists, because One Direction: The TV Special had a major early Christmas present for Directioners. Namely, Niall Horan dancing around in his tighty-whitey underwear.…

  18. 2014: The Year In Topless Miley Cyrus Pics

    December 23, 2014 5:45 PM EST If 2013 was the year Miley Cyrus turned herself into a bona fide pop star, then 2014 was surely the year she established herself as a stalwart supporter of nudity. Seriously, she made fellow shirt-hater Justin Bieber look like a prude. As 2014 winds down, let's revisit the…

  19. Stars From Meghan Trainor to Sam Smith Reveal Their Worst Holiday Gifts

    December 23, 2014 5:00 PM EST Sometimes, it doesn't matter if you're naughty or nice -- Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, and others recall their visits from Bad Santa. "My dad got me a build-your-own tank when I was 11. I don't think he knew I was gay at that point. I got really upset." -- Sam…

  20. 'Entourage' Trailer Arrives: Vincent Chase Plays a Mutant DJ

    December 23, 2014 3:26 PM EST The big-screen adaptation of HBO's comedic bro-fest Entourage is headed to theaters in June, and fans just received their first look at the long-awaited reunion of Vince, E, Drama and Turtle. And after "starring" in fake movies like Aquaman and Medellin , Vinnie Chase (Adrian…

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