1. Cat Stevens Wraps First U.S. Tour in 35 Years

    December 15, 2014 4:35 PM EST The word "journey" was spoken multiple times during the final concert of Yusuf/ Cat Stevens ' brief U.S. tour, his first in 35 years. It was used as a metaphor and literally, Yusuf speaking both about his life, the lyrics of songs from the early 1970s and his two most recent…

  2. Op-Ed: Vine Became the New Demo Tape in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:34 PM EST Fifteen minutes of fame shrunk by 14 minutes and 54 seconds in 2014. Thanks to the Twitter-owned video app Vine, six seconds were all that a growing number of artists needed to achieve celebrity status. In the same way YouTube took a few years to produce mainstream musical acts from…

  3. From Disclosure to Kiesza, How Music Stars Were Inspired By '90s Dance Icons in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:25 PM EST The decade’s dance music came alive again in 2014, with new acts finding inspiration from old icons. Disclosure // Frankie Knuckles Inspired by Frankie Knuckles (who died in March) and the ’90s Chicago house scene, the British brother duo led the throwback dance revival with its…

  4. Musixmatch Wants to Be the 'IMDb of Music Lyrics,' Launches Lyric Video Messaging App

    December 15, 2014 3:39 PM EST These days, you're almost as likely to get a music message as you are to get an iMessage with increasingly popular apps like Boomio and Rithm , which allows users to send friends and followers texts in the form of, or alongside, a song. Musixmatch , a Bologna, Italy-based lyrics site -…

  5. No Doubt, System of a Down & More Ring in 25 Years of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

    December 15, 2014 3:19 PM EST What the Jingle Ball tour has become to the pop world, KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas has been to the alternative scene for more than two decades. The L.A. radio station's annual December show, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, had its status as arguably the…

  6. 'Frozen' Director Apologizes for 'Let It Go': Vote for the Year's Most Annoying Song

    December 15, 2014 3:05 PM EST Jennifer Lee -- the Oscar-winning director of Frozen -- is now one of the most successful female directors in Hollywood. But sometimes with great power comes great guilt. And thanks to the continuing runaway success of Frozen with children worldwide, Lee now has both. "A year ago, I&…

  7. Brett Eldredge Talks Inaugural American Country Countdown Awards: 'You Only Have One First Time'

    December 15, 2014 2:57 PM EST It has been nothing short of an overwhelming year for Brett Eldredge . Last week, it was announced that his single "Beat of the Music" was the No. 1 single of 2014 on the Country Airplay Songs chart. Along with his latest single, "Mean to Me," Eldredge was the only…

  8. The Industry in 2014: Digital Is the New Mainstream, Despite Taylor's Protestations

    December 15, 2014 2:53 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  9. Moby on 'Hotel: Ambient,' L.A. Shows, Selling His 'Castle in the Hills'

    December 15, 2014 2:44 PM EST "It's music I listen to when I'm anxious, need help sleeping or when I'm sitting in traffic on the 101," Moby says of Hotel: Ambient , his long out-of-print 2005 bonus album being re-released on Tuesday, Dec. 16 via his Little Idiot label. "It's a very…

  10. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  11. Spotify Founder/CEO Daniel Ek: 'We Need to Do a Better Job Explaining to Artists How Streaming Benefits Them'

    December 15, 2014 1:30 PM EST For the 31-year-old Spotify founder/CEO, the company's momentous 2014 wasn't enough. Billboard: What were the best and worst parts of 2014 for you? Daniel Ek: We launched in almost 30 new countries. The growth in subscribers has been fantastic. And I became a father about a year…

  12. Modest Mouse Releases 'Lampshades on Fire,' First New Song in Years

    December 15, 2014 1:20 PM EST 'Strangers To Ourselves' will be the band's first studio LP since 2007. For  Modest Mouse fans, the wait for a new studio album is almost over. Strangers To Ourselves will drop March 3 via Epic, and the first listen from that album has hit the internet. It’s a spunky, offbeat…

  13. 'Into the Woods' Soundtrack: Listen to Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep & More Highlights

    December 15, 2014 1:05 PM EST Our wish has been granted! Ahead of the Dec. 25 release date for Into the Woods , the full soundtrack for the film -- which includes beloved numbers such as "Moments in the Woods" and "Children Will Listen" -- is finally available for download.  Since being released…

  14. Sony Hack Reveals Destiny's Child Biopic, Spike Lee/Drake Film & More

    December 15, 2014 12:45 PM EST As it stands now, the Sony hack is already the most massive, embarrassing breach of security in the history of the entertainment industry. From behind-the-back insults to in-your-face insults to racist jokes about Obama, a slew of emails continue to come out that make no one look good.…

  15. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  16. 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…

  17. Audiam Raises Additional $1 Million From Music Biz Investors

    December 15, 2014 7:30 AM EST Audiam, the company started by Tunecore co-founders Jeff Price and Peter Wells to serve publishers and publishing administrators to get them paid accurately from interactive streaming music services, has just raised an additional $1 million in funding from a group of individual strategic…

  18. Rihanna Bears Her Fangs for Fake 'MoonQuake Lake' Trailer: Watch

    December 15, 2014 5:15 AM EST Rihanna sure didn’t score any critical praise for her performance in Battleship , but she should earn some giggles for her latest acting stint.  The pop singer appears in the trailer for MoonQuake Lake , playing a reptilian character opposite the corny-twosome of That '70s Show…

  19. Bill Cosby Breaks His Silence

    December 15, 2014 1:53 AM EST Bill Cosby broke his silence amid a flood of rape accusations in a very brief interview with The New York Post's Page Six . "Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral…

  20. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Album Finally Drops: First Listen

    December 14, 2014 11:37 PM EST After 14 years without a full-length album, D’Angelo ’s Black Messiah was released Sunday (Dec. 14) just before midnight. The 12-track set is available here via iTunes.   How can you possibly encounter an album like this? The weight of expectations looms large, and it cuts two ways.…

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