1. Top 20 Christmas Rap Songs

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST No one has the type of holiday spirit as a rapper. From Kanye West to Run-D.M.C. , they're spins on Christmas classics or originals range from the hilarious, weird to serious, but all stay true to themselves. Busta Rhymes -- whose Jim Carrey-featured "Grinch" song merely…

  2. 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…

  3. Elton John and David Furnish Marry in England: See the Photos!

    December 21, 2014 10:16 AM EST Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday (Dec. 21) on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership. Elton John Posts First Instagram Just in Time for Wedding The couple converted their civil bond under new laws implemented in England…

  4. 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 …

  5. Hot Creator: The Dance World According to Jamie Jones

    December 17, 2014 4:20 PM EST The Welsh pioneer discusses the shifting sands of Ibiza, Burning Man and dance music at large in rare interview. No wonder Jamie Jones seldom does interviews. When we tried at TomorrowWorld, it cost him his phone. "I literally must have lost it between finishing the interview with…

  6. Beyoncé Earns Eighth No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With '7/11'

    December 11, 2014 7:09 PM EST Plus: Wu-Tang Clan returns to the charts with 'A Better Tomorrow' In only its second week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Beyoncé 's "7/11" reaches No. 1, granting the singer her eighth chart-topping title as a solo artist. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé,…

  7. Idina Menzel & Michael Buble Top AC With 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

    December 09, 2014 7:05 AM EST Their duet becomes the format's latest holiday leader. Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's duet-slash-accurate weather report (depending on where you're reading this), "Baby It's Cold Outside," rises 2-1 on Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart. The song…

  8. Former Manager Paul Bassman Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'There Was Nobody on Planet Earth Like Him'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Today, Paul Bassman is president of Ascend Insurance Brokerage, one of the premier entertainment insurance firms in the business. Ten years ago, Bassman was the manager of Damageplan , the metal powerhouse led by "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul, both formerly…

  9. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  10. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  11. Bob Montgomery, Songwriter for Buddy Holly, Dies at 77

    December 04, 2014 7:57 PM EST He also worked as a producer, starting House of Gold Music and working with Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton & more Nashville stars. Bob Montgomery, a songwriter and producer who wrote hits for pop and country artists from Buddy Holly to Eddy Arnold , has died. Publicist Greg Matusky said…

  12. Throwback Thursday: Suge Knight Disses Diddy at 1995 Source Awards

    December 04, 2014 5:43 PM EST Blame (or thank) Pusha T for this week's edition of Throwback Thursday on The Juice. Lil Wayne: Birdman & Cash Money Records 'Refuse to Release' Album After Lil Wayne took to Twitter to air his frustration with Birdman and Cash Money Records on Thursday (Dec. 4), Pusha T…

  13. Mariah Carey's Live 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' Performance Draws Mixed Reviews

    December 03, 2014 9:03 PM EST Plus: Matt Lauer and his co-hosts acknowledge the Eric Garner grand jury decision and nearby protests during the tree-lighting special. There are a lot of classic Christmas songs, but Mariah Carey 's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is easily the biggest holiday hit…

  14. Chris Brown's 'This Christmas' in Top 5 Least Liked Holiday Songs in U.S.

    December 03, 2014 3:00 PM EST And it really shouldn't be. Haters gon' hate, even during the holidays. Chris Brown 's "This Christmas" — originally recorded by Donny Hathaway in 1970 — is one of the five of the least liked holiday songs in the U.S., according to AccuRadio . The full list…

  15. Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dies at 70

    December 02, 2014 2:28 PM EST Bobby Keys , the Texas-born tenor saxophonist whose bold and bluesy sound made him the single most vital auxiliary member of the Rolling Stones from the 1970s forward, died Dec. 2 at his home in Franklin, Tenn. He was 70. His family confirmed the death on Facebook without giving a cause. He…

  16. The Chemical Brothers to Bring New Music, Live Show to Sónar 2015

    December 01, 2014 10:30 AM EST First artists for Barcelona electronic festival announced; 7 international editions planned within next year. The Chemical Brothers are promising “an intense ride” at Barcelona’s Sónar 2015. “We hope to amaze ourselves,” the duo's Tom Rowlands said in an announcement listing the first…

  17. Neil Diamond’s 'Melody Road' Tour to Hit Australia, NZ

    December 01, 2014 1:20 AM EST Neil Diamond’s fans Down Under won’t have to miss out on his latest comeback. The veteran singer has confirmed a seven-date tour that will visit arenas and wineries in Australia and New Zealand next October and November. And his itinerary has the flexibility to fit in many more shows.…

  18. Dr. Demento Picks the Worst Christmas Songs Ever

    November 29, 2014 10:00 AM EST There is a lot of bad Christmas music out there, and rather than submit to the pain of sifting through all of the stinky holiday songs out there, Billboard enlisted self-described "mad music" expert Dr. Demento -- whose syndicated radio show played for 35 years and still webcasts…

  19. Christmas in the Country: Five Essential Albums

    November 28, 2014 2:00 PM EST This week in The 615, we have taken a look at some of the holiday's top new Christmas albums in country. To close out our kick-off of the holidays, let's look back at five of the format's essential discs of the season. These are the albums that are a must for your collection,…

  20. Big Sean Earns Third No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    November 28, 2014 9:00 AM EST Big Sean rises to the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "I Don't F--- With You" featuring E-40 , securing his third No. 1 on the chart. It follows "Marvin & Chardonnay" (2011, featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash ) and "Mercy" (2012, credited to…

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