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. R&B and Hip-Hop in 2014: A Lackluster Year for Some, But Not All

    December 17, 2014 5:01 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…

  3. Mariah Carey Tops Holiday 100 Songs Chart With 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'

    December 17, 2014 4:56 PM EST Carey returns to familiar vaunted territory with her 1994 seasonal classic. Mariah Carey jingles all the way back to No. 1 on Billboard 's Holiday 100 songs chart with her modern classic carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which rises 2-1. (Like the Billboard Hot 100,…

  4. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2014 4:34 PM EST J. Cole 's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story , and its follow-up, 2013's…

  5. The Backstreet Boys Documentary Trailer Is Here!

    December 17, 2014 2:35 PM EST Backstreet's back, alright! "From 1999 to 2002 we were the biggest band in the world...and then it just stopped,"  Backstreet Boys  explain in the trailer for their new documentary  Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of . The documentary will explore the…

  6. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Soars to Top 10

    December 17, 2014 2:20 PM EST Swift scores her longest career reign as 'Blank Space' rules for a fifth week, while Sheeran posts his best rank as 'Thinking Out Loud' leaps 24-6. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, granting the superstar her…

  7. Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez: Top 10 Moments of the Year in Ass

    December 17, 2014 1:53 PM EST Pop culture has been infatuated for the derrière for some time now, but 2014 was surely the year of ass. Nicki Minaj , Beyoncé , Meghan Trainor , Cody Simpson and more celebrities gave the world wide web a sneak peak of their assets with pride… and then some continued doing so. I mean, why…

  8. Exclusive Premiere: Amy Speace Channels the Classics in 'Nothing Good Can Come From This'

    December 17, 2014 1:10 PM EST There's a romantic notion in people's minds of the songwriter as someone who gets struck suddenly by creative lighnting and boom : a song comes spilling out, fully formed and perfectly conceived from the get-go. It may happen like that occasionally, but songwriting is often hard…

  9. The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

    December 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present day? Think back to Doc Brown using a chalkboard to draw tangential, alternate futures for Marty McFly in Back to the Future . Well, imagine if vinyl…

  10. Scott Stapp Claims That People are Trying to Kill Him in Newly Released 911 Calls

    December 17, 2014 11:53 AM EST In audio from phone calls obtained by TMZ , former Creed frontman Scott Stapp claims that people are trying to kill him and that members of the terrorist group ISIS are planning to attack Florida. Creed Frontman Scott Stapp's Wife Seeking Divorce Creed's Scott Stapp -- Shocking…

  11. Elvis Presley's 'Blue Christmas' Backup Singer Millie Kirkham Dies at 91

    December 17, 2014 11:43 AM EST Millie Kirkham -- a backup singer for Elvis Presley who featured on numerous vintage rock and country songs from the '50s to the '80s -- has passed away at age 91 . Kirkham died on Sunday in Nashville after complications from a stroke she suffered last week. Kirkham lent her high…

  12. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014: Read Round 3 in our Year-End Pop Showdown!

    December 17, 2014 11:30 AM EST Which 2014 smash is the critics' pick for pop song of the year? We made 64 hits battle it out, March Madness-style, to determine a winner! Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs are…

  13. Nicki Minaj Admits She Was Probably Your Red Lobster Waitress Back in the Day

    December 17, 2014 10:55 AM EST Nicki Minaj has a message for Jimmy Fallon's audience: She probably was your waitress at one point. Minaj stopped by the Tonight Show Tuesday night and talked with Fallon about her myriad of high school jobs. She talked about how that motivated her to brush up on her performing skills,…

  14. Watch Amy Adams Freak Out About One Direction in 'SNL' Promos

    December 17, 2014 10:25 AM EST Also, why does a certain 'Saturday Night Live' castmember keep asking Adams to marry him? Amy Adams  just might be the only five-time Oscar nominee who is completely obsessed with One Direction. The  Big Eyes  star is hosting  Saturday Night Live  on Dec. 20, with 1D as the…

  15. 'Begin Again' Song 'Lost Stars' Rebounds From Globes Snub, Finds 'Voice'

    December 17, 2014 10:21 AM EST The best original song Oscar hopeful landed a Critics' Choice nom and a primetime performance by Adam Levine on NBC's 'The Voice' on a busy Monday. Fans of the best original song Oscar hopeful "Lost Stars" -- which was co-written by Grammy winner Gregg…

  16. Eaux Claires Music Festival, Curated by Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, Announced for Summer 2015

    December 17, 2014 10:00 AM EST Just before Halloween this year, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (a.k.a.  Bonnie Bear ), received approval to host the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisc. from July 17-18. Pre-sale tickets for the event, which falls the same weekend as Chicago's…

  17. Sony Hack Reveals Snapchat Wanted a Record Label, Too Much Money From Vevo

    December 17, 2014 8:59 AM EST The leak of Sony Entertainment's internal documents, most recently the email account of Sony Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton , has revealed high-level talks between that company and Snapchat, the messaging service that turned down billions from Facebook earlier this year…

  18. New Zealand's Chart-Busters Sol3 Mio Ready to Tackle the World

    December 17, 2014 5:56 AM EST Sol3 Mio has a special affinity with the month of December. The New Zealand operatic trio’s self-titled debut album clocked-up staggering business in the lead-in to last Christmas. In just the one month,  Sol3 Mio  shifted more copies than any other album sold during the entirety of 2013.…

  19. 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…

  20. Fall Out Boy Talk New Album, Motley Crue & Grateful Dead

    December 16, 2014 8:49 PM EST Fall Out Boy appeared on night one of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas , alongside such heavy rockers as System of a Down , Incubus , Linkin Park , Bush and Royal Blood . With a lineup of guitar-driven acts like that, there were no pretenses about this night being acoustic, but FOB&…

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