1. What the U.S.-Cuba Breakthrough Could Mean for Music

    December 17, 2014 9:43 PM EST Could Obama's 'fresh approach' strengthen both Cuba's draw as a music destination and Cuban artists' popularity in the United States? How could restoring diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba impact musicians in both countries? According to…

  2. Priyanka Chopra Inks Talent Deal With ABC

    December 17, 2014 12:10 PM EST Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra continues to take over America. The Indian film actress and singer -- and Miss World 2000 -- has signed a talent holding deal with ABC Studios, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Under the one-year pact, ABC will either develop a starring vehicle for Chopra…

  3. Lorde, Rick Astley, Skrillex, Gotye & More Appear In Hilarious Australian Video: Watch

    December 17, 2014 1:55 AM EST Lorde , Rick Astley , Skrillex , Steve Aoki , Paul Kelly and  Flume  are among the laundry-list of hip and household-name artists who appear in a hilarious new clip created by Australia’s Triple J radio network.   In the video, Triple J’s weekday breakfast DJs Matt and Alex gather more…

  4. Chris Brown's Bodyguard Sentenced for Assault

    December 16, 2014 5:47 PM EST A judge who convicted singer Chris Brown 's bodyguard of punching a man in Washington last year has given him a sentence that will keep him out of jail. Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault in Washington D.C. Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn sentenced Christopher Hollosy to 90…

  5. Iggy Azalea Announces 'Great Escape' North American Tour Dates

    December 15, 2014 6:57 PM EST Iggy Azalea has announced dates for her Great Escape North American tour next year, kicking off in Fresno, Calif. on April 14 and wrapping up May 24 in Austin, Texas.  Iggy Azalea Pays Tribute to 'Woman I Owe My Career To' at Women in Music 2014 The "Fancy" rapper will…

  6. Nas, Russell Simmons Join Millions March NYC Protest

    December 15, 2014 10:20 AM EST On Saturday (Dec. 13), thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets to protest racial injustice -- most notably, the highly-publicized deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of the police in Ferguson, Mo. and Staten Island, NY, respectively. Hip-hop luminaries Nas and Russell…

  7. Rita Ora, Darius Rucker Perform at President Obama's 'Christmas in Washington' Concert

    December 14, 2014 10:26 PM EST The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with "The Rock" and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker . President Barack Obama and his family attended the 33rd annual "Christmas in Washington" concert Sunday at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for…

  8. The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser Talks Going Solo, Rostam Batmanglij Collaboration

    December 12, 2014 2:13 PM EST He announces he’s “working on a bunch of stuff” with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. For the second installment of the Alt In Our Stars podcast, we're here to remind you that we're just as much about the "alt" as we are about the stars. For almost 20 years, the…

  9. 'Side Show' Packs Up Its Tent Early on Broadway

    December 12, 2014 11:12 AM EST Seventeen years to the day since its original production closed after a commercially disastrous run of just three and a half months, the lavish Broadway reboot of Side Show will make an even swifter exit. Producers have confirmed a Jan. 4 closing date for the bio-musical about the search…

  10. USAID's Covert Cuba Hip-Hop Project 'Reckless' & 'Stupid,' Says Sen. Patrick Leahy

    December 11, 2014 11:14 PM EST A U.S. agency's secret infiltration of Cuba's underground hip-hop scene to spark a youth movement against the government was "reckless" and "stupid," Sen. Patrick Leahy said Thursday after The Associated Press revealed the operation. On at least six occasions,…

  11. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic…

  12. Kanye West, Usher to Receive BET Honors

    December 10, 2014 2:43 AM EST Someone other than Kanye West is confirming his visionary status. The superstar rapper will receive the Visionary Award next month at the 2015 BET Honors. West - who has called himself a visionary and more -- will be one of five luminaries honored at the eighth annual event hosted by…

  13. PRhyme Announces North American Tour; Royce Da 5'9" Talks 'Shady XV' Album

    December 09, 2014 1:18 PM EST Slaughterhouse is 'about 60 to 70 percent done' with the follow-up to 2012's 'Welcome to Our House.' Royce da 5'9" says he and DJ Premier do not consider their new collaboration PRhyme -- which released its self-titled debut album this week -- to be a side…

  14. Exclusive: Nora Jane Struthers Premieres New Song 'Let Go'

    December 09, 2014 11:50 AM EST With her new album Wake coming out on Feb. 24, 2015, singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers is sharing a new song from the forthcoming effort exclusively with Billboard. Entitled "Let Go," you can listen to the Billboard premiere right here. "We all have things that we let…

  15. 'South Park' Places Taylor Swift on a Couch With Bill Cosby for Holiday Episode

    December 09, 2014 11:12 AM EST So we all knew  South Park 's holiday episode --  The Washington Redskins' Go F-ck Yourself Holiday Special  -- was never going to be nice to celebrities. But if this preview for the episode -- which features Taylor Swift sitting on a couch with Billy Cosby (who's holding…

  16. 2015 Rise Above Fest: Seether Recruits Godsmack, Slash, Papa Roach for Suicide Awareness

    December 09, 2014 10:55 AM EST "It's going to be interesting to see how much better we can do," Seether's Shaun Morgan says of the third edition of the hard-rock festival. After exponential growth between its first and second editions, Seether has recruited Godsmack , Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and…

  17. Exclusive: Roc Nation Sports Preps 'Throne Boxing,' Set to Feature Live Music at MSG

    December 09, 2014 9:00 AM EST Roc Nation Sports, which announced its first Boxing division in August, will present its debut boxing event, "throne boxing," on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. The event, designed to be a hybrid of boxing and live music, will be telecast live from Madison Square Garden in the first of a…

  18. Rock Veteran Gets Jail Time for Participating in Anonymous Hack

    December 08, 2014 2:04 PM EST A succession of "foolish" clicks on a keyboard four years ago has landed a 66-year-old rock musician in jail. Geoffrey "Jake" Commander , a guitarist with ties to Jeff Lynne and Electric Light Orchestra , was sentenced to ten days in jail last week at U.S. District Court…

  19. 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,…

  20. Jana Kramer Is Engaged to Football Player Michael Caussin

    December 03, 2014 7:54 PM EST Country singer Jana Kramer celebrated her 31st birthday in Nashville Tuesday with a pretty great gift: A marriage proposal from her football player boyfriend, Michael Caussin.  Jana Kramer Talks 'Love,' Songwriting and a New Album This Summer "It was a beautiful surprise,…

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