1. Who Hacked Sony Becomes Internet's New Mystery

    December 26, 2014 11:28 AM EST North Korea? An inside job? Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Despite President Barack Obama 's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony…

  2. The First Original Replacements Song Since 1990 Is a 24-Minute Jazz Jam

    December 26, 2014 11:24 AM EST In a move that might have horrified their younger selves, the Replacements recently released a 24-minute jazz jam called "Poke Me In My Cage." Following the 2013 covers EP Songs for Slim , this is the first original Replacements song since 1990. Historically, The Replacements…

  3. Alberta Adams, Detroit's 'Queen of the Blues,' Dies at 97

    December 26, 2014 10:15 AM EST Alberta Adams, one of the last of the great post-World War II era blues singers, passed away on early Christmas morning in Detroit at the age of 97 after a long period of failing health. Paul McCartney Remembers 'Good Mate' Joe Cocker "She was a unique and dynamic performer…

  4. Top 10 Rock/Alternative Christmas Songs That Don't Suck

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST …And one Hanukkah Song (we did our best!) Let’s get this out of the way: there are an awful lot of terrible rock covers of Christmas songs. Lots of genres are guilty of this, but being that Relient K and Bowling For Soup have both done entire Christmas albums, modern guitar music needs to…

  5. Fans on Taylor Swift's 'Swiftmas': 'No One in the Music Industry Has as Big a Heart as She Does'

    December 24, 2014 3:20 PM EST Move over, Oprah . Taylor Swift is the new ultimate gift-giver.  This holiday season, the 25-year-old pop star has been sending huge packages of early Christmas presents to fans. Since mid-November, 32 lucky Tumblr followers of Swift have received FedEx boxes in the mail from the starlet.…

  6. From Okra Soup to Fried Seafood: Darius Rucker, Chase Bryant and Many More Country Stars Talk Favorite Holiday Dishes

    December 24, 2014 12:19 PM EST When it comes to celebrating the holidays country style, good food is a major part of the equation. From fried turkey to the perfect sugar cookie, every household has its Christmas traditions and certain dishes that are essential to the celebration. Billboard asked country artists to share…

  7. Joe Cocker Tribute: Jennifer Warnes Shares Heartfelt Remembrance of 'Up Where We Belong' Duet Partner

    December 24, 2014 10:04 AM EST When I was teenager there were three large posters of famous people on my bedroom wall -- Bob Dylan, D.H. Lawrence and Joe Cocker in the middle of a scream in concert at Woodstock. The picture of Joe frightened my mother, but I reassured her. "No mom, he's an emotional visionary.…

  8. Big Sean Pays Tribute to Grandma Following Her Death: 'Honestly I Feel Like She's Still Here'

    December 23, 2014 9:42 PM EST Big Sean 's grandmother has passed away, the rapper announced on Instagram Thursday.  Big Sean Earns Third No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs "My grandma passed away a couple days ago. I haven't said anything to anyone because honestly I feel like she's still here,…

  9. Rdio CEO Anthony Bay Talks Taylor Swift, Global Expansion and the Battle for 'Listening Market Share'

    December 23, 2014 5:14 PM EST Founded by Skype co-creator Janus Friis and launched in August 2010, Rdio was one of the first wave of music streaming services. Today it operates in 60 countries, including the U.S, United Kingdom, France, Brazil and Australia, offers a catalog of 30 million songs and provides customers…

  10. Going With The Pitch: More and More, R&B and Hip Hop Artists Are Also TV Spokespersons

    December 23, 2014 4:48 PM EST Usher, Salt-N-Pepa, Waka Flocka Flame and newcomer Kevin Ross are among a growing number of R&B/hip-hop acts doubling as TV spokespersons. Waka Flocka Flame left many viewers scratching their heads and wondering if it was April Fool’s in November when his television spot extolling the…

  11. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  12. Iggy Azalea Responds to 'Patronizing' Critics

    December 23, 2014 6:03 AM EST It’s been a stormy week for Iggy Azalea . She’s been criticised, pilloried, defended and schooled in a Twitter beef that she’s kept pretty well away from. That is until now.  The rapper, who was raised in the Australian hippy haven Mullumbimby, has returned serve with a string of tweets.…

  13. 2NE1's 'Crush' Is First K-Pop Entry on Year-End World Albums Chart

    December 22, 2014 7:28 PM EST The girl group ends a year of accolades by breaking one more record. After breaking multiple chart records earlier this year, 2NE1 cap off 2014 with one more boundary-pushing victory. The girl group's  Crush  album ranks at No. 11 on  Billboard 's year-end World Albums chart . It&…

  14. Watch Nick Jonas Soulfully Sing 'I'll Be Home for Christmas'

    December 22, 2014 7:19 PM EST Nick Jonas is getting in the holiday spirit, if perhaps a bit melancholily so.  Watch Nick Jonas Imitate Tom Hanks' 'Big' Piano Dance at FAO Schwarz The pop singer took to Facebook Monday to release a minute-and-a-half black-and-white video that shows him walking through…

  15. 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…

  16. Joe Cocker, Interpreter of the Beatles, Bob Dylan & More: A History

    December 22, 2014 4:22 PM EST Joe Cocker , whose unmistakable rasp and intensity made him a singular interpreter of the Beatles , R&B and songwriters such as Bob Dylan , Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen , died at his home in Colorado on Monday (Dec. 22) after a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Joe Cocker Dies at 70…

  17. Iggy Azalea Should Focus on 'Racism in Australia,' Kreayshawn Says

    December 22, 2014 12:36 PM EST The Twitter debate over Iggy Azalea 's place in the hip-hop ecosystem keeps growing. It started as a back-and-forth between Iggy and Azealia Banks . Then a series of other rappers got involved -- Action Bronson , Q-Tip and T.I. -- along with the hacker group Anonymous . And now…

  18. Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane on His Hall of Fame Induction, Inviting Robert Plant to His Basement

    December 22, 2014 12:16 PM EST Ahead of his induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame next spring, Steve Kane talks about hitting up the record store every Saturday and his 15,000-strong music collection. Every Friday, Warner Music Canada president Steve Kane posts to his Facebook page a message like…

  19. Watch Olga Tañón Sing the Bejesus Out of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

    December 22, 2014 11:00 AM EST Puerto Rican diva and her special needs daughter send Christmas message on Spanish "Aleluya." Latin music fans must not have been good this year, considering the scant number of new Spanish-language Christmas songs that artists have given them in 2014. So “Aleluya” for Olga Tañón…

  20. Watch One Direction Tease NBC Special With 'Little Things'

    December 21, 2014 6:39 PM EST One Direction gave fans a little treat ahead of their holiday special airing on NBC on Tuesday (Dec. 23). On Sunday (Dec. 21), the fivesome released a teaser, left on the cutting room floor, from their upcoming concert special, billed as One Direction: The TV Special , in which they perform…

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