1. Buddy DeFranco, Renowned Jazz Clarinetist, Dead at 91

    December 26, 2014 6:44 PM EST Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco -- who collaborated with Frank Sinatra , Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era -- has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco's family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday…

  2. Victor Manuelle Earns Third Latin Airplay No. 1

    December 26, 2014 1:15 PM EST Victor Manuelle hops 3-1 to crown Latin Airplay with his festive hit “Que Suenen Los Tambores,” climbing to 10.3 million audience impressions in its 11th week (a 14 percent hike in the frame ending Dec. 21, according to Nielsen Music). It’s the third No. 1 on the list for the salsa singer…

  3. LAPD Investigating Michael Brown Parody Song at Retired Cop's Party

    December 26, 2014 12:44 PM EST Although Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO, the Los Angeles Police Department is now investigating a situation pertaining to his controversial death after TMZ released a horrifying video taken at a former cop's party. TMZ uploaded some extremely troubling…

  4. Grammys 2015 Preview: Beyonce, Sam Smith & Other Artists Vying for Album of the Year Honors Dish on Their Discs

    December 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Having trouble keeping track of what's nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys? Billboard breaks down the five nominees. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T. Smith, Two Inch…

  5. Luke Bryan Leads Latest Hot Tours Tally

    December 24, 2014 2:40 PM EST Bryan's That’s My Kind of Night tour was the highest-grossing tour by a country artist in 2014 Country superstar Luke Bryan tops the weekly slate of top-grossing touring artists (see below) with the final 2014 box office stats reported from his That’s My Kind of Night Tour that wrapped…

  6. Saavn, India's Spotify, Reveals Its Most-Active Cities and Users

    December 24, 2014 10:02 AM EST The country's leading music service reveals its most active regions, giving a window into the listening habits of the diverse subcontinent (and beyond). Mumbai is the king of music streaming in India. Or rather, Mumbai is the most active city for Saavn, an Indian music streaming…

  7. Google Just Dealt a Big Blow to the Digital Economy of Lyrics

    December 23, 2014 3:26 PM EST Remember the days of MetroLyrics and AZLyrics, when you'd search for a song and links to those sites would likely appear right below the YouTube video? You probably do because they lasted until, well, very early Tuesday morning. Now, within the link to a song's official YouTube…

  8. Rich the Kid, 'From the Streets': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 23, 2014 1:15 PM EST Two days before gifting the Internet with his mixtape Rich Than Famous on Christmas, Rich the Kid releases the music video for "From the Streets." Atlanta's Top 8 New Rappers Check out the video premiere of "From the Streets" here on The Juice: Rich the Kid was born…

  9. Bon Scott's Pre-AC/DC Bandmate Shares Vintage Letters From Late Singer, Reflects on His Legacy

    December 23, 2014 1:10 PM EST "I'm sure he would've been making an album of the great American songbook by now," says former collaborator Peter Head. Bon Scott died from alcohol poisoning on Feb. 15, 1980, just as AC/DC was beginning work on Back In Black , the album that made them arguably the…

  10. Renee Fleming to Make Broadway Debut

    December 23, 2014 1:21 AM EST Renee Fleming is no stranger to the Metropolitan Opera or Carnegie Hall stages. But the world-renowned soprano and four-time Grammy winner will venture for the first time to Broadway in the spring, when she'll star as -- what else? -- a celebrated diva in Joe DiPietro's new comedy…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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:…

  14. 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…

  15. 'Saturday Night Live' Christmas Music: 5 Great Moments

    December 21, 2014 11:15 AM EST From musical numbers about hooking up in your childhood bedroom to PAUL MCCARTNEY, 'Saturday Night Live' Christmas regularly gives fans perfect music moments. Saturday Night Live 's Christmas shows are always extra special. The festive spirit means even higher energy than…

  16. Sony Hack Was Not All That Sophisticated, Cybersecurity Experts Say

    December 21, 2014 10:30 AM EST The Sony hack is a hydra-headed monster of a story, emerging from the sea late last month to descend on Los Angeles before going on to smash across the country, sprouting new heads as it went, dragging the badly battered body of a colossal global corporation in its dust. A previously…

  17. Wynonna Picks Her 5 Essential Christmas Songs

    December 19, 2014 9:24 PM EST Wynonna says that her A Simpler Christmas Tour has been quite an emotional roller coaster. "It's basically a tragic comedy," she tells Billboard . "I get to talk about very some intensely personal deep and sentimental family stuff from growing up in Appalachia. We didn&…

  18. U.S.-Cuba Musical Relations: A Timeline of Milestones

    December 19, 2014 5:15 PM EST Before President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, there were five decades of a rocky musical relationship that displayed artistic triumphs, personal tragedies and the diplomatic power of music. See our timeline below: 1959 …

  19. Pioneering Rap Producer Larry Smith Has Died

    December 19, 2014 1:47 PM EST Sad news in the world of hip-hip -- one of rap music's pioneering producers, Larry Smith, has passed away  at the age of 63. Smith co-produced Run-D.M.C. 's incalculably influential first two albums ( Run-D.M.C. and King of Rock ) alongside Russell Simmons. Additionally, he…

  20. The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

    December 19, 2014 12:45 PM EST After decades of leading the pack, the cultural rebound of rock, alternative, or whatever we want to call it depends on learning to play by new sets of rules. I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far…

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