1. Pharrell's Lawyer to YouTube: Remove Our Songs or Face $1B Lawsuit

    December 22, 2014 5:04 PM EST YouTube has been told to stop playing about 20,000 songs, but Irving Azoff's clients are finding the takedown process to be frustrating. There are songs, and then there are dances. Here's a song-and-dance routine that, according to one of the lawyers involved, could amount to a…

  2. The Making of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah': A Q&A With Engineer Russell Elevado

    December 22, 2014 4:52 PM EST For D'Angelo fans, Christmas came early last week: The singer unexpectedly released Black Messiah , his first full-length since 2000. One of the many things that sets the album apart is its sound: dense and deep, full of intricate details, somehow welcoming and warm and vicious all at…

  3. Joe Cocker, Interpreter of the Beatles, Bob Dylan & More: A History

    December 22, 2014 4:22 PM EST Joe Cocker , whose unmistakable rasp and intensity made him a singular interpreter of the Beatles , R&B and songwriters such as Bob Dylan , Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen , died at his home in Colorado on Monday (Dec. 22) after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Joe Cocker Dies at 70…

  4. Coachella 2015 Wish List: 20 Possible Performers at Next Year's Festival

    December 22, 2014 3:40 PM EST Could U2, Robyn, Run The Jewels and Frank Ocean all be headed to Indio? Check out our 2015 Coachella predictions. 2015 is only a few days away, and one of the more exciting musical occasions coming in the first month of the calendar year is the annual unveiling of the Coachella Valley Music…

  5. Chief Keef & Kanye West Team Up on 'Nobody': Listen

    December 22, 2014 3:35 PM EST Fame has Chief Keef feeling lonely. Did Rihanna Accidentally Announce Kanye West's 2015 North American Tour? On his Auto-Tuned collaboration with Kanye West , "Nobody," Keef raps about how fame has affected his life, from the good ("Now can buy her ass anything")…

  6. Matisyahu Lets Love Flow on Festival of Light Tour: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes & Live Videos

    December 22, 2014 2:30 PM EST Matisyahu has never followed styles or trends. He doesn't even follow the setlist.  The reggae rapper took Billboard on a journey as he and his tourmates prepared for a show, with his Festival of Light tour reaching the snowy state of Vermont on Dec. 16. It's no ordinary occasion:…

  7. Chart Highlights: Aretha Franklin Tops Dance Club Songs for First Time in 16 Years

    December 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST The icon's cover of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' returns her to No. 1. Plus, new leaders for Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  8. Estranged AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd: 'I Want My Job Back'

    December 22, 2014 12:30 PM EST Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd -- who's been estranged from the band since being hit with charges of threatening to kill a man in Rudd's employ for three years -- wants back in the band. “I’m going back to work with AC/DC and I don’t care who likes it or who doesn’t,” Rudd told…

  9. Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane on His Hall of Fame Induction, Inviting Robert Plant to His Basement

    December 22, 2014 12:16 PM EST Ahead of his induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame next spring, Steve Kane talks about hitting up the record store every Saturday and his 15,000-strong music collection. Every Friday, Warner Music Canada president Steve Kane posts to his Facebook page a message like…

  10. Watch Olga Tañón Sing the Bejesus Out of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

    December 22, 2014 11:00 AM EST Puerto Rican diva and her special needs daughter send Christmas message on Spanish "Aleluya." Latin music fans must not have been good this year, considering the scant number of new Spanish-language Christmas songs that artists have given them in 2014. So “Aleluya” for Olga Tañón…

  11. Madonna's MDNA Tour Wrapped 2 Years Ago Today: Our 5 Favorite Moments

    December 22, 2014 10:40 AM EST This past weekend,  Madonna  delighted fans by releasing six new songs off of Rebel Heart after several songs from the upcoming album leaked. In an exclusive Q&A with Billboard , Madge commented on the leak and her new material, calling it "rebellious and romantic." But let&…

  12. Ezra Koenig's Ray-Bans get Dissed in ILoveMakonnen's 'Down 4 So Long' Remix

    December 22, 2014 10:23 AM EST Is there anyone getting as many remix requests right now as ILoveMakonnen ? These remixes work two ways: through association with a rising youngster from Atlanta, an established rapper -- take, for example, Wiz Khalifa -- gets to boost his credibility and prove he keeps his ears open.…

  13. T.I. Defends Iggy Azalea After Q-Tip's Hip-Hop History Lesson

    December 22, 2014 10:15 AM EST T.I. is now stepping up on Twitter to give his opinion about the recent onslaught of critcism against Iggy Azalea , which started when Azealia Banks gave an emotional interview last week about white artists appropriating black culture. Q-Tip Weighs In On Iggy Azalea   T.I. -- who…

  14. Madonna On New 'Rebellious and Romantic' Music, Demo Leaks, 'Possibly' Crashing the Grammys and the 'Crazy' Sony Hack

    December 21, 2014 4:55 PM EST 0 "It's kind of like the old me and the new me all mixed in together," Madonna tells Billboard of her stunning new single "Living For Love." It’s a rather large understatement to say that it’s been a crazy couple of weeks for Madonna . On Tuesday night,…

  15. Watch Darlene Love's Last 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' Performance on 'Letterman'

    December 21, 2014 3:55 PM EST For nearly 30 years, Darlene Love has helped bring the holiday spirit to the Late Show with David Letterman by singing her classic song "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." Darlene Love Will Retire 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' From TV After 'Letterman'…

  16. Op-Ed: Steve Wariner on Why Dottie West Should Be a Country Music Hall of Fame Member

    December 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Over the past year, The 615 has offered opinions concerning who the next members of the Country Music Hall of Fame should be. In July, we made our case for Don Rich, the longtime sideman for Buck Owens , in the Instrumentalist category. Just a few weeks ago, we told of the great…

  17. 'Saturday Night Live' Recap: One Direction Performs 'Night Changes' & 'Ready to Run'

    December 21, 2014 11:31 AM EST One Direction returned to Saturday Night Live on Dec. 20, performing two tracks from the their latest chart-topping album, Four . One Direction on 'Saturday Night Live': Their Best Moments For the British group’s third appearance on SNL , members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis…

  18. Watch Sky Ferreira's Homemade 'Omanko' Video, Directed by DIIV

    December 20, 2014 3:52 PM EST Just in time for the holidays, Sky Ferreira has shared a new music video for her Japanese Christmas-themed song “Omanko.” Watch Sky Ferreira Perform Her Booming New Song 'Guardian' The lo-fi clip, directed by her boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith of rock band DIIV, features silly…

  19. Marty Raybon Talks Shenandoah Reunion, Working on Miranda Lambert's 'Another Sunday In the South' & More

    December 20, 2014 2:26 PM EST Country musician Marty Raybon first thought that someone was pulling a prank on him. “I got a message that Frank Liddell wanted me to call him. He was doing a record on Miranda Lambert , and he wanted me to sing on the record. I thought it was a joke,” Raybon tells Billboard. Marty Raybon…

  20. Iggy Azalea Threatened By Hacker Group Anonymous

    December 20, 2014 12:39 PM EST The collective wants the "Fancy" rapper to apologize to Azealia Banks "and the protesters in NYC"… or else. Iggy Azalea has spent the past week trading words with fellow female rapper Azealia Banks , and has spent the past year being criticized for cultural…

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