1. 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 …

  2. Eric Burgett Brings His Classical Training to Country Music

    December 19, 2014 2:59 PM EST In this week's 615 Spotlight, we take a look at a singer who we found simply perfecting his art in one of the most prestigious clubs in Nashville: Eric Burgett, one of the most unique talents  you will find in Music City. His writing and performing definitely fit in with what is out…

  3. 'Maybe the Adrenaline Keeps Me Going': Landau Management's Barbara Carr on Working with Springsteen for 34 Years

    December 18, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Couldn't get along without you, Barb," Bruce Springsteen said of Barbara Carr when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Any Springsteen fan worth their salt knows his longtime manager and former producer, Jon Landau . Less visible (by choice) is Carr,…

  4. Steven Van Zandt On Bruce Springsteen's 'Lillyhammer' Stint: 'He's Really Acting'

    December 17, 2014 10:47 PM EST It's always a bit uncomfortable having to tell your boss what to do. So imagine how Steven Van Zandt felt when he directed his longtime friend and E Street Band mate Bruce Springsteen when The Boss made his acting debut -- appearing in the third season finale of the Netflix dramedy…

  5. Op-Ed: Why 'Dad Rock' Became 2014's Put-Down Du Jour (Sorry, Bruce and U2)

    December 16, 2014 12:00 PM EST The first time Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy , 47, heard the phrase “dad rock,” he was reading a Pitchfork review of his band’s 2007 album, Sky Blue Sky , which a writer said “nakedly exposes the dad-rock gene Wilco has always carried but courageously attempted to disguise.” This was followed by…

  6. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

  7. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: Rolling Stones, One Direction, Live Nation Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 12, 2014 2:31 PM EST Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014. Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake…

  8. Joe Perry Christmas Video Premiere: Watch 'Run Run Rudolph,' with Guitar from Johnny Depp

    December 11, 2014 11:53 AM EST There was a time we might have expected an Aerosmith Christmas celebration to involve tossing Santa from the sleigh and stealing all the presents.  But Joe Perry says that he's long wanted to record some holiday songs with the group. Watch the video for his rendition of Chuck Berry &…

  9. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' World's Highest Paid Musicians, Beats Beyoncé by $500M

    December 10, 2014 7:08 PM EST After dominating Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list a few months ago, it should come as little surprise Dr. Dre tops the magazine's 2014 World's Highest-Paid Musicians list as well -- beating out Beyonce by half a billion dollars.   Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop…

  10. Ed Sheeran Explains Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Face: Ariana Grande's Dirty Joke Made Him Laugh

    December 08, 2014 4:08 PM EST Ed Sheeran would like to clear something up. Taylor Swift & Ariana Grande Dress for the Occasion at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show He knows the Internet had a bit of a laugh when photos emerged from last week's taping of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, where he looked…

  11. Lady Gaga, Usher, Bruce Springsteen & More Pay Tribute to 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 08, 2014 1:40 PM EST “Tonight Washington puts the arts above politics. Because no matter what political party you belong to, everyone wants a selfie with Tom Hanks.” So declared host Stephen Colbert on Sunday night as he kicked off the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, the ultimate power mash-up of arts,…

  12. Max Weinberg on Bruce Springsteen: 'The Music Is Timeless and So Is the Butt'

    December 06, 2014 4:55 PM EST It's been forty years since Max Weinberg was enlisted by Bruce Springsteen to drum in the legendary E Street Band . But if you ask the drummer, nothing has changed. And that includes one of Springsteen's most iconic physical features. "You know, you took the words right out…

  13. Ian McLagan of Small Faces and the Faces Dead at 69

    December 03, 2014 8:43 PM EST Ian McLagan, the electrifying pianist and songwriter of Small Faces and the Faces who became a rock 'n' roll journeyman with stints backing Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and others, died Dec. 3 in Austin, Texas, due to complications from a stroke suffered a day earlier. He was…

  14. Scooter Braun, Charlie Walk, Rosie Perez and Nick Cannon Among Those Named to Barclays Center’s New Advisory Board

    December 03, 2014 2:22 PM EST Barclays Center’s Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board, made up of a group of nearly 30 top sports, entertainment, and media executives, will hold its first meeting tomorrow (Dec. 4), Billboard has learned.   Created by Brett Yormark , CEO of Barclays Center, and Charlie Walk …

  15. Jimmy Iovine Recalls Two-Year Pitch to Apple: 'You Have a Hole in Music... Let Me Plug It'

    December 03, 2014 1:43 PM EST Jimmy Iovine is a "sponge." At least that's how the former Interscope chairman and Beats co-founder describes himself in a new back-and-forth with GQ for its Men of the Year issue. In a wide-ranging discussion, Iovine talks about that time he totally lied to John Lennon , his…

  16. The Top 10 Jimmy Fallon Musical Sketches of 2014

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Jimmy Fallon ’s  Tonight Show  is all about the viral video. While plenty of people are watching the late-night program, even more are checking out the clips via YouTube the following morning and sharing that video of Emma Stone lip syncing to everyone they have a Gmail contact for.…

  17. Watch Kanye West's 9-Minute Medley From the World Aids Day (Red) Concert

    December 01, 2014 9:57 PM EST Kanye West joined the likes of U2 , Carrie Underwood , Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin at a Time Square concert Monday to recognize World AIDS Day supporting (RED). The hip-hop heavy weight delivered a nine-minute medley with some of his biggest hits, from "Power" to "…

  18. Bruce Springsteen & Chris Martin Will Front U2 for World AIDS Day Concert

    December 01, 2014 4:09 PM EST With Bono still recovering from a nasty bike accident he suffered in Central Park , two rock titans are fronting U2 during his absence at Monday night's (Dec. 1) World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square. Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin (whose band owes more…

  19. World AIDS Day: U2, Fergie & More Music Stars Tweet to Raise Awareness

    December 01, 2014 3:44 PM EST From tweeting a simple message to performing at Monday night's (Dec. 1) World AIDS Day concert in New York's Times Square, musicians are raising awareness about the AIDS pandemic today. Below, find tweets from U2 , Celine Dion , Tiesto and more: With @Coldplay ’s Chris Martin …

  20. Holiday 'Gif' Guide: 44 Gifts for Music Lovers

    December 01, 2014 3:30 PM EST Happy holidays! Can't figure out what to buy as gifts for the music lovers in your lives? Check out our handy guide below for some helpful tips! Apparel From head to toe (and hats to socks), clothes seem like a necessity for holiday gift-giving. But why not throw some pop in your…

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