1. New Year's Eve Prep in Las Vegas Takes Year Effort

    December 27, 2014 10:43 AM EST A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can't just throw any old party to ring in the New Year. Iggy Azalea Joins Billboard Hollywood Party on New Year's Eve For one night only, about 340,000 people spending some $226 million are expected to crowd the…

  2. Led Zeppelin Kicked Off First U.S. Tour 46 Years Ago Today

    December 26, 2014 2:50 PM EST On this day (Dec. 26) in 1968, Led Zeppelin (not to be confused with " Len Zefflin ") kicked off their first North American tour opening for psychedelic hard rock band Vanilla Fudge at Denver Auditorium in Colorado. A ticket to see them play would only set you back $5 and the…

  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. Grammys 2015 Preview: Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor & More on Their Record of the Year-Nominated Songs

    December 26, 2014 9:20 AM EST Check out the five tracks nominated for the Record of the Year Grammy. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor Producer: Kevin Kadish Engineer/Mixer: Kevin Kadish Mastering Engineer: Dave Kutch Label: Epic "My producer [Kadish] had the title and said that none of his prior co…

  5. 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,…

  6. Watch Celia Cruz Sing 'Jingle Bells' to a Pre-Revolution Cuban Beat

    December 24, 2014 11:55 AM EST Let’s do the rumba again this Christmas, as the U.S. and Cuba restore diplomatic relations. During Cuba's last Christmas season before Fidel Castro claimed victory for the Revolution at the start of 1959, the great Cuban orchestra Sonora Matancera recorded a holiday album featuring the…

  7. Sony Reportedly Considering a Sale of Its Music Publishing Division

    December 23, 2014 9:19 PM EST Sony Corp. has been considering a sale of its music publishing operation, according to a Bloomberg report on the latest leak of hacked Sony e-mails.  The details of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing's potential sale were being handled by Sony Entertainment CEO Michal Lynton , Sony Corp…

  8. Must-Hear Music Holiday Podcast: Pentatonix, Idina Menzel, Ariana Grande & More

    December 23, 2014 1:30 PM EST Last week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers shared their personal favorite albums of the year, from D'Angelo 's Black Messiah to Nicki Minaj 's The Pinkprint to Mapei 's Hey Hey . This week, it's all about that Xmas. And (sort of) like Dickens…

  9. Exclusive: Prince Premieres Jagged 'ANOTHERLOVE' Lyric Video

    December 23, 2014 10:55 AM EST Who has performed more great anguished-relationship songs than Prince ? " When You Were Mine ," " How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore ," " If I Was Your Girlfriend ," "Last Heart" -- the list is extensive, and each entry is indispensable. Today…

  10. 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 .…

  11. Pharrell's Lawyer to YouTube: Remove Our Songs or Face $1B Lawsuit

    December 22, 2014 5:04 PM EST YouTube has been told to stop playing about 20,000 songs, but Irving Azoff's clients are finding the takedown process to be frustrating. There are songs, and then there are dances. Here's a song-and-dance routine that, according to one of the lawyers involved, could amount to a…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. R.I.P. Joe Cocker: 7 Essential Moments, From Woodstock to 'SNL'

    December 22, 2014 3:14 PM EST Joe Cocker -- the British singer possessing one of the most distinctive voices in rock history -- has died at age 70 . His agent said Cocker died of an undisclosed illness, although he'd reportedly been battling lung cancer for some time. Ringo Starr, Tom Morello & More Remember…

  15. 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…

  16. Tyler, the Creator and Erykah Badu to Appear in Adult Swim's 'Black Dynamite'

    December 22, 2014 1:20 PM EST The Jan. 10 episode tackles police brutality. Tyler, the Creator and Erykah Badu will be lending their vocal talents to an hourlong special of Black Dynamite on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Set to premiere Jan. 10 at 10:30 p.m. (ET), the new episode of Michael Jai White's…

  17. Elton John Shares Adele's Handwritten Apology for Missing His Wedding

    December 22, 2014 10:29 AM EST Elton John received many well-wishes from his friends following his marriage to David Furnish over the weekend -- and he was clearly thrilled at the outpouring of love, posting an Instagram shot of all the cards.  Front and center? A classy handwritten message from Adele , apologizing for…

  18. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Phil Collins Ended the '80s at No. 1

    December 22, 2014 8:05 AM EST Collins' 'Another Day in Paradise' became the last new leader of the '80s. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and two solo Beatles. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  19. German-Language Pop Legend Udo Juergens Dies at 80

    December 21, 2014 10:06 PM EST Udo Juergens , an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was 80 years old. Juergens collapsed unconscious during a walk in Gottlieben, a town on Lake Constance…

  20. 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…

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