1. Willy Chirino Op-Ed: Why U.S.-Cuba Thaw Is No Victory

    December 18, 2014 3:30 PM EST Miami-based Cuban tropical artist calls decision 'a defeat for those of us who want to see a free, sovereign Cuba.' On Nov. 19, Miami-based Cuban tropical star Willy Chirino accepted a Latin Grammy for lifetime achievement at a ceremony in Las Vegas. "This is dedicated to all…

  2. Exclusive: Shigeto Premieres 'Tide Pools' From 'Ghostly Swim 2'

    December 16, 2014 9:51 AM EST In 2014, surprising artistic collaborations have become the norm in popular music. But the record label Ghostly International and the TV network Adult Swim were ahead of the curve: they worked together for the first time back in 2008, creating Ghostly Swim , a compilation album full of …

  3. The 10 Best Electronic/Dance Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Ranking art is never easy, but dance music's sheer volume and variance make picking favorites particularly difficult. The following ten tracks are the ones we consistently returned to over the course of the year. (And see our list of the  10 best electronic/dance albums here .)…

  4. The 10 Best Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0 Check out the songs that Billboard's staff was blasting all year long, from 5SOS to Beyonce. From a cello-laced pop anthem to a church-rattling folk track to Queen Bey’s utter flawlessness, 2014 contained an amazingly diverse array of powerful singles. After many, many…

  5. 2014 Indie Rock Playlist for Pop Fans: 15 Songs That Could Have Cracked Top 40

    December 09, 2014 3:30 PM EST Check out tunes from Tune-Yards, the Drums, Hundred Waters and others that even the staunchest pop fan would embrace. December is always a time for pop fans to feel particularly trepidatious, as the final month of the calendar year doubles as year-end list season — better known as a…

  6. William Shatner Records an Ominous Opening for 'Squidbillies'

    November 21, 2014 5:45 PM EST William Shatner recorded a menacing, spoken-word version of the Squidbillies Theme. Check it out below. Hear The Milk Carton Kids' Harmonized Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive) This is the first non-musical rendition of the show's theme song. There's…

  7. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Boosie to Screaming Females

    November 21, 2014 4:09 PM EST Tove Styrke "Borderline" RCA/Sony Sweden Can two Swedish singers named Tove cross over with confessional jams in the same year? New RCA signee Tove Styrke would love to match the success of Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" with the slithering "Borderline,"…

  8. Exclusive: RiFF RAFF Wants to Be the 'EDM Justin Bieber'

    November 20, 2014 3:00 PM EST RiFF RAFF is going EDM. The eccentric Houston rapper confirms with Billboard that he'll be joining Golden Hare Management Group, home to rising tropical house artists Kygo and Thomas Jack . After meeting Kygo, Jack and manager Myles Shear at Mad Decent Boat Party over the…

  9. Meet Fickle Friends, A Great New Pop Band Blowing Up The U.K. Blogs

    November 18, 2014 2:30 PM EST Three ace singles, including the new "For You," points to a promising future for the Brighton group. Never heard of Fickle Friends? If you’re in the U.S., that’s understandable: the pop quintet has yet to play a stateside show, and debut single “Swim” hasn’t popped up on any…

  10. Trisha Yearwood on 'Prizefighter' Album: 'It Feels Like a Long Time Coming'

    November 17, 2014 3:56 PM EST Today marks the release of Prizefighter: Hit After Hit, the new release from Trisha Yearwood . It's her first musical project since 2007's Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love, and she's happy the wait is finally over. "It feels like a long time coming. There's a…

  11. Jan Hammer of 'Miami Vice' Fame Records the 'Squidbillies' Theme

    November 14, 2014 11:05 AM EST Jan Hammer , best known for his work on the Miami Vice soundtrack, recorded a version of the Squidbillies theme song. Check it out below. Hear The Milk Carton Kids' Harmonized Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive) Hammer, from the Czech Republic, played keys in…

  12. Selena Gomez Sells Her SoCal House to Iggy Azalea & Nick Young

    November 07, 2014 10:02 PM EST Iggy Azalea and her basketball player beau Nick Young are moving in together, and into a house they just bought from Selena Gomez nonetheless.  Watch Taylor Swift Dance to Iggy Azalea The couple bought Gomez' 6,630-square-foot. six bedroom, seven full and two half bathroom house for…

  13. Hear The Milk Carton Kids' Harmonized Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST The Milk Carton Kids are the latest band to take a crack at the Squidbillie s theme -- following Dwight Yoakam , Todd Rundgren , and others. Check out their version below. The Kids' version is unabashedly pretty. With gentle guitar and close harmonies, they evoke classic groups like…

  14. Taylor Swift, Marvel Films & The Last Gasps of Monoculture

    November 07, 2014 10:00 AM EST What do Marvel and Taylor have in common? Propping up their industries and convincing fans to go for the “full experience.” On Oct. 28, one day after Taylor Swift ’s 1989 album was released, Marvel unveiled a new slate of films that will carry the Disney-owned studio through May 2019,…

  15. Tyler, the Creator Talks Beyonce's Surprise Album: 'F--- You!

    October 31, 2014 2:12 PM EDT Tyler, the Creator knows how to give back to fans. For his crew Odd Future 's third annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Los Angeles' The Park at L.A. Coliseum on Nov. 8, the rapper has enlisted an eye-popping roster including Pharrell Williams , Rick Ross and Mac Miller . He's…

  16. Shawn Mendes Exclusive: Watch Episode II of His ‘Life On The Road’ Series

    October 30, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Also: a new single, "Something Big," is due out on November 10. Last month, Billboard.com premiered the first episode of Shawn Mendes’ video diary , dubbed Life On The Road , which chronicled the 16-year-old’s experiences on his first major tour. At long last, the second…

  17. Dolly Parton Q&A: The Country Legend on 50 Years in Nashville and Why She Supports Her Gay Fans

    October 24, 2014 2:08 PM EDT This year marks the 50th Anniversary since 68-year-old international icon Dolly Parton came to Nashville. The fourth of 12 siblings who shared a one-room cabin, the East Tennessee native was so poor growing up that her father paid the doctor who delivered her with a bag of cornmeal. The…

  18. Taylor Swift to the Haters: 'If You’re Upset That I’m Just Being Myself, I’m Going to Be Myself More'

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Taylor Swift named her fifth album after her birth year, 1989 , but 2014 is the year of her rebirth. After wooing the mainstream with four albums of her pop-flavored brand of country, Swift waves goodbye to Nashville with 1989 , ditching guitars for new wave-y synths, courtesy of hitmakers…

  19. Hear Centro-matic' Soulful Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    October 17, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Centro-matic joins Adult Swim Sunday to sing the Squidbillies theme song, becoming the next in a long line of artists who have covered the track. Now in its eighth season, recently Dwight Yoakam , Todd Rundgren and King Khan and the Shrines each tackled the intro.  Check out Centro-matic’s…

  20. Hear King Khan and the Shrines' Funky Take on the 'Squidbillies' Theme Song (Exclusive)

    October 10, 2014 2:45 PM EDT King Khan and the Shrines sing the Squidbillies theme song in the latest episode of the show, airing this week. Legends like Dwight Yoakam and Todd Rundgren have already tackled the track; check out King Khan's version below: Each artist provides a unique take on the theme. Dwight…

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