1. Golden Globes Snub 'Lego Movie' Song 'Everything Is Awesome'

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST The 2015 Golden Globe Awards nominations were revealed on Thursday morning, including the contenders for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. And although I'm not arguing with the most of the Hollywood Foreign Press's selections -- Lorde 's "Yellow Flicker Beat…

  2. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic…

  3. Jay Z & N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

    December 11, 2014 5:38 AM EST Jay Z , the most powerful man in hip hop, has met with New York’s highest-elected official, Governor Andrew Cuomo , to rap on reform to the state’s criminal justice system.  Hov met with Cuomo on Wednesday to discuss potential changes to law, and to float the appointment of a special…

  4. Drake, FKA Twigs & A-Trak Bring Music to the Beach: Art Basel Music Roundup

    December 10, 2014 9:52 PM EST This year's Art Basel Miami Beach was a half-week whirlwind of contemporary art showcases, celebrity sightseeing and musical performances. From the bustling Wynwood Arts District to exclusive Palm Island mansion parties, Billboard takes you back to South Beach to recap some of the…

  5. Kany Garcia, Pedro Capó, Sie7e & More Take Holiday Music to the Bank

    December 10, 2014 4:32 PM EST Banco Popular’s 'Qué Lindo es Puerto Rico' hits No. 4 on Top Latin Albums. Just as a sudden snap of cold November weather reminds their relatives in New York that Christmas is on its way, the release of Banco Popular’s annual musical production has become a sure sign it's…

  6. Album Review: Ghostface Killah Follows Up Wu-Tang Clan's Reunion Album With Solo Concept LP '36 Seasons'

    December 09, 2014 1:00 PM EST After 20 years of rapping, there are few things the Wu-Tang Clan hasn't been able to do -- except get along. In 2007, ahead of the release of its fifth LP, 8 Diagrams , group members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon trashed the album publicly, blaming its poor quality on the direction of…

  7. Kenny Rogers Brings The Merriment on Christmas and Hits Through The Years Tour

    December 08, 2014 7:57 PM EST In the fall of 1981, Kenny Rogers released his very first seasonal album, appropriately titled Christmas . Since then, the Country Music Hall of Fame member has released successful holiday follow-ups in 1984 ( Once Upon A Christmas , with Dolly Parton ), 1989 ( Christmas In America ) and…

  8. Drake & Diddy Reportedly Brawled in Miami Sunday Night

    December 08, 2014 7:11 PM EST Drake and Diddy allegedly got into a fight outside a Miami Beach club during Art Basel's final night, early Monday morning.  Billboard has reached out to Diddy's rep for comment, but so far no report has been confirmed.  Usher Uses Vagina Phone Charger, Miley Cyrus & A$AP…

  9. 10 Tropical Latin Christmas Songs

    December 08, 2014 12:50 PM EST Christmas in the tropics means trading jingle bells and roasted chestnuts for roast pig and rum. And forget about silent nights. Salsa and other tropical rhythms are the sounds of Christmas cheer, where dancing all night long is as sacred a tradition as stuffing yourself at the family table…

  10. Libertines Sign With Virgin EMI, Comeback Album is ‘Going To Happen’

    December 08, 2014 5:31 AM EST The Libertines , one of the most enigmatic of all British bands during its brief lifetime, is inching ever closer to a comeback after signing with Virgin EMI. The group, founded by its poetic and combative frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat , has declared the new recording deal as a…

  11. Take That, Ed Sheeran Return To U.K. Chart Summits

    December 08, 2014 1:51 AM EST Take That’s   III  (Polydor/Universal), the British pop staple’s first album as a three-piece, debuted atop the new U.K. chart yesterday (Dec. 7) to become their sixth No. 1 on the survey. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” (Asylum/Warner Music) returned to the top of the singles chart,…

  12. ‘SNL’ Recap: Nicki Minaj Impersonates Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, Performs ‘Bed of Lies’ With Skylar Grey & More

    December 07, 2014 12:13 PM EST Nicki Minaj arguably stole the show on the Dec. 6 episode of Saturday Night Live . Not only did the rapper perform her new songs "Bed of Lies, "All Things Go" and "Only,” but she also appeared in several memorable comedy sketches. Nicki Minaj Reveals Lost Child…

  13. 5 Things We Hope to See Nicki Minaj Do on 'SNL'

    December 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST A week before the release of The Pinkprint , Nicki Minaj returns to Saturday Night Live as the musical guest on Dec. 6. Watch Nicki Minaj & James Franco's Secret Best-Friend Handshake in 'SNL' Promos Minaj is not only known for her rap skills, but also her acting chops.…

  14. Rolling Stones & Lady Gaga Wrap Up Their Tours on Top

    December 05, 2014 6:44 PM EST The Rolling Stones lead the weekly slate of Hot Tours with $21.7 million in sales reported from the final four concerts on its 14 On Fire tour that played in 19 countries on 3 continents this year. The tour's final leg through seven cities in Australia and New Zealand wrapped with a…

  15. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Frank Ocean to Axwell & Ingrosso

    December 05, 2014 5:07 PM EST Fall Out Boy "American Beauty/American Psycho" Island/DCD2 Like the films that make up its title, Fall Out Boy's new single is heavy-handed, dazzling upon first impact but losing flavor over repeat listens. The pop-punkers receive an assist from French DJ-producer Sebastian,…

  16. 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…

  17. J. Cole's 'Be Free' Hits Trending 140 Chart After Eric Garner Decision

    December 03, 2014 7:09 PM EST Cole's Michael Brown tribute song rallied on the Twitter chart after today's grand jury decision. Hours after a Staten Island grand jury voted against bringing criminal charges against NYPD officers in the death of Eric Garner, J. Cole's tribute to Michael Brown -- "Be…

  18. No Charges in Eric Garner's Chokehold Death: Hip-Hop Community Reacts

    December 03, 2014 3:57 PM EST Just over a week after a Ferguson grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury has chosen not to bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, a New York man who died after being placed in a…

  19. Scooter Braun, Charlie Walk, Rosie Perez and Nick Cannon Among Those Named to Barclays Center’s New Advisory Board

    December 03, 2014 2:22 PM EST Barclays Center’s Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board, made up of a group of nearly 30 top sports, entertainment, and media executives, will hold its first meeting tomorrow (Dec. 4), Billboard has learned.   Created by Brett Yormark , CEO of Barclays Center, and Charlie Walk …

  20. Publishing Briefs: Dan the Automator Signs With Atlas Music Group, RightsFlow Enters 3D Printing Biz, Riptide Expands

    December 02, 2014 11:57 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- The Atlas Music Group has signed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to a worldwide publishing deal, which will include his entire catalog (except for collaborations with Dr. Octagon ), as…

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