1. Russell Simmons Appears on 'The O'Reilly Factor' to Debate the Roots of Racial Divisions

    December 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons appeared on The O'Reilly Factor again last night to debate the Fox host on the perceived racial divisions in America revealed in a recent CBS News poll , which sought to address the civil unrest in the wake in the deaths, at the hands of police, of…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Slacker Radio CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones Wants to 'Reinvent Radio for a Post-YouTube Era'

    December 10, 2014 1:24 PM EST A little less than a year after hiring former Disney executive Duncan Orrell-Jones , Slacker Radio is relaunching its website, a move that brought it 100,000 new subscribers last May. This time, though, the internet radio streaming service seeks to expand qualitatively rather than…

  5. Revisionist History, Holiday Edition: Mariah Gets a 'Christmas' Gift, Wham! Gets the Boot

    December 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST For those who love the Billboard charts, this truly is -- as Andy Williams reminds us every December -- the most wonderful time of the year. The arrival of Billboard 's annual year-end rankings have made it a "Happy" holiday for another Williams -- Pharrell -- whose hit with…

  6. 10 Things We Learned From Billy Corgan's Reddit AMA

    December 10, 2014 12:00 PM EST With a new Smashing Pumpkins album Monuments to an Elegy out this week, Billy Corgan  made time to answer questions about "anything" on Reddit yesterday. With a cup of tea in hand, obviously. Here’s what we learned: 1. The shortest (5 minutes) and the longest (5 months) amount of…

  7. 'The Voice' Top 3 & Wildcard Revealed

    December 10, 2014 10:54 AM EST On Tuesday night, the penultimate nail-biting episode of The Voice revealed its fan-voted top three, as well as the first-ever wildcard singer who rejoins the competition after already being eliminated. The three singers with the highest number of viewer votes on their  Monday night…

  8. The Year on Twitter: Justin Bieber is Most Tweeted About Artist, Katy Perry is Most Followed User

    December 10, 2014 12:00 AM EST Music continues to be the most-discussed subject on Twitter in the U.S., according to data released by the social network. The most tweeted-about artist of the year is Justin Bieber , the most-tweeted about song of the year was "Happy" by Pharrell , and the most tweeted-about…

  9. VH1 Star Stephanie Moseley & Rapper Husband Earl Hayes Found Dead

    December 09, 2014 6:00 PM EST Police tell TMZ Hayes fatally shot Moseley before killing himself. Actress and dancer Stephanie Moseley was found dead alongside her husband, rapper and actor Earl Hayes , according to TMZ . Police tell TMZ that Hayes shot and killed Moseley and then turned around and killed himself…

  10. 9 Albums That Flopped in 2014 (Or Did They?)

    December 09, 2014 4:11 PM EST Numbers don't lie -- but that doesn't mean they can't be misleading. With the end of 2014 upon us, we're looking back at nine albums that fall into the flop category (even when you consider that overall album sales are down). See All Our Year-End Charts! Or do…

  11. U Can Touch This: MC Hammer, Silicon Valley Darling, Promotes New Album With Twitter Love

    December 09, 2014 3:50 PM EST You may not have realized that MC Hammer was but a follow away. The life of MC Hammer is a fascinating pop-culture saga, and the twists just keep on coming. His meteoric rise up the charts in the early 90s and the financial troubles resulting from his subsequent drop-off in sales are…

  12. Watch YouTube's 2014 Rewind Video, With Music From DJ Earworm

    December 09, 2014 3:32 PM EST It's December, which means the internet is full of year-end lists. YouTube does their yearly recap a little differently, putting together an annual video "in celebration of the people, memes and moments that made up an epic year." They released their annual YouTube Rewind on…

  13. Former A&M/Octone Execs Launch Hybrid Company Freesolo; Gavin DeGraw, Hunter Hunted Among First Signings

    December 09, 2014 1:37 PM EST Just over a year ago, James Diener found himself at a crossroads common to many record-label executives who've essentially "cashed out" of the music industry. A&M/Octone, the label where he served as president and CEO for 13 years, had just sold its 50% share to…

  14. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  15. 'American Idol' Alums Kelly Clarkson, David Archuleta & Others Share the Christmas Spirit: Watch

    December 09, 2014 5:10 AM EST American Idol alums are helping usher in the holiday season with new songs, videos, updates of Christmas classics and mash-ups. Check out some of the merriment below: Kris Allen is releasing a new song, "Baby, It Ain't Christmas Without You," through his own DogBear Records…

  16. Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor Gets Cooking with New Book

    December 09, 2014 4:28 AM EST Madonna pens books for kids. Nick Cave writes books for adults. Duran Duran’s Nick Rhode s has published a tome on abstract Polaroids. Now, Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor is expressing himself in the book-publishing world with a cookbook.  The versatile musician and his friend Ithai Schori …

  17. John Legend & Wife Chrissy Teigen Hired Food Trucks to Feed Eric Garner Demonstrators

    December 08, 2014 9:38 PM EST John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, showed their support for Eric Garner demonstrators in New York City Sunday by hiring food trucks to come feed them on the street.  Watch Stevie Wonder Speak on Ferguson, Eric Garner, Gun Control at Seattle Concert After news got out there would be…

  18. Police Officer Who Shot 'Dimebag' Darrell's Killer Still in Counseling for PTSD

    December 08, 2014 9:03 PM EST Ten years after a gunman killed four people at a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub, including Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Darrell "Dimebag" Abbot, the police officer who entered the venue without backup and killed the crazed shooter says he is still in counseling and no longer a…

  19. 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…

  20. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Jessie J: Whitney Houston 'Gave Me So Much Courage to Be Loud and Bold'

    December 08, 2014 5:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Powerhouse honoree talks about her girl crush on the legendary diva and the fierce female singers she admires. Jessie J started this year fearing she had already peaked. The 26-year-old British singer-songwriter's last top 10 U.S. single as a solo artist,…

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