1. Watch Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Stipe & Others Salute Stephen Colbert with Song

    December 19, 2014 1:22 AM EST Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M’s Michael Stipe and Barry Manilow were on hand to give Stephen Colbert a big-time send-off Thursday night.  They were just a few in a dizzying cast of musicians, movie and media personalities, athletes and politicians who joined in for a celebratory round…

  2. Paul McCartney Worked on a Song About Police Killings: 'I'm Not Giving Up On It'

    December 19, 2014 1:00 AM EST Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago for The Ed Sullivan Show , his manner informal, his build slender and well suited for jeans and…

  3. Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Song 'The Hanging Tree' Gets Dance Remix: Listen

    December 18, 2014 5:40 PM EST Jennifer Lawrence made her Billboard Hot 100 debut three weeks ago, via her feature spot on James Newton Howard 's Hunger Games song "The Hanging Tree." Because the Internet, that minimal folk sing-a-long has gotten its dance remix. Stick it to the Capitol and give it a…

  4. Executive Turntable: Def Jam, Atlantic, Republic, and More

    December 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including iHeartMedia, Cashmere Agency, Mute USA, Columbia Records, and many more… -- Jordan Howard was appointed creative manager at CCS Rights Management in Toronto. -- Phil Steward was appointed senior vice president of relationship…

  5. Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty to Gun, Drug Charges

    December 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST Up-and-coming rapper Bobby Shmurda appeared in a New York City court on Thursday (Dec. 18) to face charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a street gang that was behind several shootings, one fatal, during turf wars over drug trafficking. Shmurda (real name: Ackquille Pollard)…

  6. George Harrison, Bee Gees & More to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

    December 18, 2014 5:09 PM EST Beloved Beatles legend George Harrison will receive yet another honor in 2015 when the Recording Academy posthumously gives him the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award . Stevie Wonder to Receive All-Star Tribute From Grammys The Bee Gees  and  Buddy Guy  will also be honored with the Grammy…

  7. The Country Music Industry in 2014: Garth's Return, Taylor's Exit

    December 18, 2014 2:49 PM EST With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a few stars chose to go out. On the road. In…

  8. 'Maybe the Adrenaline Keeps Me Going': Landau Management's Barbara Carr on Working with Springsteen for 34 Years

    December 18, 2014 11:46 AM EST "Couldn't get along without you, Barb," Bruce Springsteen said of Barbara Carr when inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 15 years ago. Any Springsteen fan worth their salt knows his longtime manager and former producer, Jon Landau . Less visible (by choice) is Carr,…

  9. Firefly Producers Announce New Big Barrel Country Fest, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Loretta Lynn to Play

    December 18, 2014 7:55 AM EST Red Frog Events, the producers of the Firefly Festival, announce today the launch of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 26-28, the weekend after Firefly, at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., site of Firefly. Headliners include  Blake Shelton , Miranda…

  10. Calvin Harris Fronts Emporio Armani's Spring 2015 Campaign

    December 18, 2014 12:12 AM EST Calvin Harris may be known for his talents on the turntables, having No. 1 hits on the Billboard dance/electronic albums charts and being the world's highest-paid DJ, but there's one other talent worth recognizing: his model-esque features. With his charmingly good looks, it'…

  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. Anthony Hamilton Hits 'Home' With First Holiday Album

    December 17, 2014 9:43 AM EST The Grammy Award winner and current nominee will also appear as a special guest on Fox's new drama "Empire." To co-opt a popular phrase during this time of year, 'tis the season for Anthony Hamilton . Home for the Holidays , the R&B singer/songwriter/producer’s first…

  13. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  14. 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…

  15. 'X Factor' U.K. Finale: Lowest Ratings in a Decade

    December 15, 2014 9:40 AM EST The U.K. season finale of The X Factor on ITV on Sunday night drew an average audience of 9.4 million, becoming the second-lowest-rated season-ending episode of the show ever in the overnight ratings, according to ratings consultancy Attentional. The result was down from 9.7 million viewers…

  16. 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…

  17. Inside D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Listening Party: A Look at Its Lyrics & Political Message

    December 14, 2014 11:36 PM EST D'Angelo invited a select audience in New York to hear his long-awaited full-length album Black Messiah Sunday, revealing there that the album would be released finally at midnight that night.  D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Out at Midnight Tonight: Track List Revealed…

  18. Hear D'Angelo's Funky New Song 'Sugah Daddy'

    December 14, 2014 11:11 AM EST D'Angelo is officially back. Ahead of a planned Sunday night (Dec. 14) listening session for his long-awaited full-length album, Black Messiah , the R&B singer dropped the funky new single “Sugah Daddy.” The song arrived at midnight on Dec. 14 as part of Red Bull's 20Before15…

  19. BSBB Finals: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, 'Drunk In Love' vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, 'Latch'

    December 14, 2014 11:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith ERNEST BAKER: “Latch" is a hot song. "Drunk In Love" is a definitive moment in pop culture history. It's the most honest, personal look at…

  20. D'Angelo's 'Sugah Daddy' to Arrive as Free Download From Red Bull

    December 13, 2014 3:05 PM EST The long wait for new D'Angelo music is finally over. Red Bull has announced that it will premiere the studio version of D'Angelo’s song “Sugah Daddy,” which the singer debuted live in early 2012. Is D'Angelo Finally Releasing a new Album? Singer Announces Listening…

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