1. Rewinding the Charts: 44 Years Ago, Creedence Clearwater Revival Topped the Beatles

    December 26, 2014 9:05 AM EST In 1970, John Fogerty's band reigned as the top album artist in Billboard's first year-end spotlight. ON DEC. 26, 1970, BILLBOARD published its first dedicated review – dubbed "Talent in Action" – of the previous 12 months' biggest acts, albums and songs. That year,…

  2. Listen to This Kanye West Christmas Parody, 'Kreezus'

    December 23, 2014 9:01 PM EST If Kanye West decided to make a Christmas album where he believed he is Santa Claus, it would be Kreezus  -- the new album-long parody of West's Yeezus by sketch comedy trio Local Business that dropped Monday.  Remember When Beyonce 'Ruined' Christmas? The commitment to…

  3. 'School of Rock' Graduates to Broadway

    December 22, 2014 12:53 AM EST In the words of Dewey Finn : "God of Rock, thank you for this chance to kick ass." That failed rock star, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and attempts to form a band out of his class, will become the protagonist of the Broadway-bound School of Rock -…

  4. Rita Ora, Darius Rucker Perform at President Obama's 'Christmas in Washington' Concert

    December 14, 2014 10:26 PM EST The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with "The Rock" and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker . President Barack Obama and his family attended the 33rd annual "Christmas in Washington" concert Sunday at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for…

  5. Latin Radio Exec Jesus Salas Cleared of Criminal Charges in Rape Accusation

    December 12, 2014 12:34 PM EST However, a civil lawsuit filed against the SBS executive by singer/former girlfriend Katherine Alexander is ongoing. No criminal charges will be filed against prominent Latin radio executive Jesus Salas in a case that saw his former girlfriend, aspiring singer Katherine Alexander , accuse…

  6. The 10 Best Latin Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:25 PM EST We admit we love to dance. So we couldn't help but include tracks like “Bailando” and “6 A.M.” among our list of the best Latin songs of the year. But a little bit of rock, rap and, of course, love also made the cut. Read on for which singles had the most impact in 2014. (And see our…

  7. British Trade Body BPI Appoints New Chairman

    December 11, 2014 9:58 AM EST British trade body BPI has appointed former Sony Music UK CEO Ged Doherty as chairman of BPI and the BRIT Awards, effective on New Year's Day. Doherty replaces Tony Wadsworth , who announced in March he was stepping down from the role after seven years. "It's a pleasure to…

  8. The Pirate Bay Remains Offline After Raid

    December 10, 2014 3:40 PM EST Swedish police carried out another raid on the notorious file-sharing site, claiming copyright violations. The Pirate Bay remained offline early Wednesday following a raid by Swedish police of the popular file-sharing site. Swedish authorities raided a computer server hall on Tuesday,…

  9. Carlos Vives Shines at Sold-Out Miami Show: Watch Him Sing With 4-Year-Old Fan

    December 08, 2014 2:19 PM EST It's a raucous party at AmericanAirlines Arena, even with nostalgia & tears. For all its danceability and party ambience, Carlos Vives ' brand of folk/rock/pop is impregnated with melancholia. It's no accident that Gabriel García Márquez and his magical realism and Vives…

  10. 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…

  11. ‘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…

  12. Michael W. Smith Finds 'Spirit of Christmas' With Help From His Country Friends

    December 05, 2014 7:03 PM EST To Michael W. Smith , Christmas really is that most wonderful time of the year, and the three-time Grammy winner has parlayed his passion for the season into four successful holiday albums, including his latest, The Spirit of Christmas , which recently hit No. 1 on Billboard's Holiday…

  13. Grammys' Alternative Album Category: The 10 Greatest Injustices

    December 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST 'Out of Time' over 'Nevermind'? 'Get Behind Me Satan' over 'Funeral'? Let's sort through these incorrect choices together. The history of the Grammy Awards is full of both rightful victories and shameful omissions. In hindsight, it's easy to…

  14. Universal Launches New Latin EDM Label Aftercluv Dance Lab

    December 03, 2014 11:31 AM EST If you thought that Universal had named its Latin Grammy after party “The After” for obvious reasons, you were wrong. The event name was also a play on words, referencing Aftercluv Dance Lab, a new dance music label focused on the Latin marketplace region-wide.    The launch of Aftercluv…

  15. Carrie Underwood Continues Perfect Streak With 'Something in the Water'

    December 02, 2014 1:05 PM EST The song is the country superstar's 20th consecutive Country Airplay top 10, a region she's yet to miss. Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water" makes an 11-9 splash to become her 20th top 10 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart. Counting songs promoted to…

  16. Watch Kanye West's 9-Minute Medley From the World Aids Day (Red) Concert

    December 01, 2014 9:57 PM EST Kanye West joined the likes of U2 , Carrie Underwood , Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin at a Time Square concert Monday to recognize World AIDS Day supporting (RED). The hip-hop heavy weight delivered a nine-minute medley with some of his biggest hits, from "Power" to "…

  17. How Jimmy Iovine Made It 'A Very Special Christmas' in 1985

    November 28, 2014 10:00 AM EST Jimmy Iovine recalls the exact moment he decided to make  A Very Special Christmas . It was January 1985, the day of his father Vincent "Jimmy" Iovine's funeral. A Brooklyn longshoreman "who loved Christmas," the elder Iovine had fallen sick during the holidays and…

  18. Guy Penrod Respects the 'Tradition' of His 'Christmas' Songs

    November 27, 2014 12:00 PM EST Grammy-winning artist Guy Penrod chuckles a little bit when asked how much time he spent coming up with the title for his new holiday album, simply titled Christmas. "I'm kind of simple when it comes to that kind of stuff. I just figured that it's full of Christmas songs, so…

  19. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban Notch New No. 1s

    November 24, 2014 4:35 PM EST And that's not all: Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean and George Ezra join in taking over atop tallies this week. 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 listed below. All our…

  20. Paging *NSYNC Fans! JC Chasez is Starring in a Movie Musical

    November 21, 2014 5:08 PM EST It's gonna be JC. Former *NSYNC -er JC Chasez has been cast in the musical comedy One Shot , according to Deadline . The site reports that Chasez will join Topher Grace and Taye Diggs in the film about a failed Broadway performer-turned-stage manager (Grace) who "must wrangle the…

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