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. Grammys 2015 Preview: Beyonce, Sam Smith & Other Artists Vying for Album of the Year Honors Dish on Their Discs

    December 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Having trouble keeping track of what's nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys? Billboard breaks down the five nominees. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T. Smith, Two Inch…

  3. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight…

  4. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Ed Sheeran and Charli XCX Dish on No. 1 Hits, Sophomore-Slump Fears and Finding Their Voices

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Hit Factories Ed Sheeran : x 1 Week on Billboard 200 Charli XCX : "Boom Clap" 3 Weeks on Mainstream Top 40 X marked the spot in 2014 for fellow Brits and Atlantic labelmates Ed Sheeran, 23, and Charli XCX, 22. Sheeran's sophomore set, x , entered the Billboard 200 at No.…

  5. The 10 Best Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0 Ed Sheeran, Jenny Lewis, Run The Jewels and more were among the artists behind this year's most mesmerizing full-lengths. The Billboard.com Critics' Picks albums list is always difficult to finalize -- with so many great albums to consider each year, how can a group…

  6. ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus Discusses New Photo Book, Writes Off Reunion: 'You'll Never See Us Onstage Again'

    December 09, 2014 11:14 PM EST So the new ABBA photo book is the closest fans will ever get to seeing the band again. ABBA: The Official Photo Book  (Weldon Owen Publishing) chronicles the foursome's history through more than 600 photographs. "I'm not a nostalgic person, but looking at these pictures…

  7. Album Review: Charli XCX’s ‘Sucker’ Crowns Her One of Pop’s Biggest New Stars (and Biggest Personalities)

    December 09, 2014 12:22 PM EST She might have had one of the summer's biggest hits with "Boom Clap," but Charli XCX is still best-known for her assists on other artists' songs, most notably Iggy Azalea 's "Fancy" and Icona Pop 's "I Love It." It's not as if she has…

  8. Exclusive: Craig Campbell Signs to RED BOW Records

    December 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST 'Keep Them Kisses Comin'' singer also just scored a song on Garth Brooks' new album. Country singer Craig Campbell is kicking off December in a big way, with the announcement of a new recording deal with RED BOW Records, a division of BBR Music Group. Campbell tells…

  9. Dev Video Premiere: Watch The Kreayshawn-Directed ‘Honey Dip’ Video

    November 25, 2014 2:46 PM EST Also, get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video! Dev, the L.A.-based pop singer best known as the voice of Far*East Movement’s Hot 100 No. 1 “Like a G6,” is back with an impressive new EP, Bittersweet July , and a colorful music video for standout track …

  10. Gwen Stefani Releases 'Spark the Fire,' New Pharrell-Produced Single

    November 24, 2014 9:47 AM EST Gwen Stefani 's next single, "Spark The Fire," has hit the internet. Check out the Pharrell -produced track below. Stefani is attempting to reemerage as a solo artist after a lengthy hiatus -- her last full-length, The Sweet Escape , came out in 2006. Recently she…

  11. Rixton Discuss Their Bizarre Pre-Show Ritual and Treating Every Concert Like It's at Wembley

    November 21, 2014 12:57 PM EST Compared to their compadres Mary Lambert and Betty Who , British band Rixton are the babies of the AmEx AIR bunch. While the female Artists in Residence are riding high on the success of their first major-label albums, the young lads from Manchester are still a few months away from the…

  12. Nicki Lee Barbour Foster, Daughter of Peggy Lee, Dies at 71

    November 18, 2014 6:49 PM EST Her father was guitarist, composer & bandleader Dave Barbour. Nicki Lee Barbour Foster , the daughter of legendary singer Peggy Lee and guitarist Dave Barbour , died Friday of complications from a stroke at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. She was 71.…

  13. Ryn Weaver's Semi-Charmed Life: Why The Internet Is Infatuated with the 'OctaHate' Singer

    October 27, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Benny Blanco thinks she’s a sure thing. Charli XCX is working with her on a top-secret project. She cries easily, loves Samuel Beckett and blew up the Web with her debut single. Inside the rise and inevitable takeover of Ryn Weaver. Ryn Weaver is sprawled out on the bed in the cluttered…

  14. Hancock Honored at Jazz Benefit Concert at Apollo

    October 26, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Herbie Hancock enjoyed "A Great Night in Harlem" with a look to the past and the future as the legendary jazz pianist received a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at the historic Apollo Theater. Herbie Hancock Reveals Crack-Addict…

  15. From Gwen Stefani to Sleater-Kinney, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    October 24, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Gwen Stefani "Baby Don't Lie" Mad Love/Interscope After rumors swirled that Stefani was recording for a solo album and new No Doubt LP, "Baby Don't Lie" is the first taste from the former. Produced by Benny Blanco , Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, the pop…

  16. Norwegian DJ Kygo Is On the Verge of Becoming Dance Music's Next Superstar

    October 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT With a huge label deal, sellout tours, a signature sound and co-signs from Diplo and Coldplay, Kygo is primed to become the next EDM superstar. The world is full of bedroom producers who dream of being the next Avicii . So how did a 23-year-old DJ from Norway find himself in the middle of a…

  17. Jackie Lee Scores a Touchdown With First Single, 'She Does,' Prepping Debut Album

    October 22, 2014 8:44 PM EDT The Alcoa Tornadoes are one of America's most successful high school football programs. Located in East Tennessee, the team has won 13 state titles -- including a staggering seven in a row between 2004 and 2010. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who would leave such a program,…

  18. Gwen Stefani Stays Trippy in ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Music Video

    October 21, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Gwen Stefani is back with a new single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” that updates the elastic pop sound of her first two solo albums. After being previewed on last night’s episode of The Voice , the official music video for “Baby Don’t Lie” has arrived, with a whole lot of funky shapes and…

  19. Jessie Ware Admits Her New Album, 'Tough Love,' 'Is Like a Therapy Session'

    October 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT After Jessie Ware broke through with her 2012 debut, Devotion , everyone wanted a piece of her. For the British singer's sophomore set, Tough Love (Oct. 21, PMR/Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope), Ed Sheeran came from Saturday Night Live rehearsals to work on the soaring "Say You…

  20. Gwen Stefani’s New Single ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Is Here: Listen

    October 20, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Gwen Stefani’s new single “Baby Don’t Lie” has arrived overnight. Fans, however, will have to wait until Monday night’s edition of The Voice for a glimpse of the music video. Stefani’s new song, released digitally  through Mad Love/Interscope Records and co-written with its producers…

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