1. Joe Cocker Remembered by Ringo Starr, Randy Newman & More Musicians

    December 22, 2014 2:14 PM EST Legendary rock singer Joe Cocker died Monday (Dec. 22) at age 70 after his battle with lung cancer, and his loss is being felt across the music world. Joe Cocker Dies at 70 Randy Newman , who wrote Cocker's hit song "You Can Keep Your Hat On," told Billboard : "He was…

  2. Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams Will Perform Together at the People Magazine Awards

    December 15, 2014 1:58 PM EST Pharrell Williams  and Gwen Stefani will perform at the inaugural People Magazine Awards. Stefani will play her Pharrell-produced latest single, "Spark The Fire," released in anticipation of her third solo album -- the first since 2006's The Sweet Escape . Gwen Stefani &…

  3. Reggie Watts Will Be James Corden's 'Late Late' Band Leader

    December 12, 2014 2:30 PM EST CBS is getting ready for the new Late Late Show . Though James Corden doesn't assume the hosting gig until Mar. 23, the multihyphenate's show has filled out much of its staff and found a bandleader in Reggie Watts . Josh Groban Jams With Reggie Watts on 'Comedy Bang! Bang!&…

  4. Sony/ATV Chairman Blasts Payouts from Internet Radio

    December 11, 2014 1:41 PM EST Pandora is coming under fire again for its payouts to songwriters and publishers. In a letter to his staff, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Marty Bandier notes that despite the success of two of the company's biggest songwriters -- John Legend and Pharrell Williams -- their…

  5. Exclusive: Nora Jane Struthers Premieres New Song 'Let Go'

    December 09, 2014 11:50 AM EST With her new album Wake coming out on Feb. 24, 2015, singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers is sharing a new song from the forthcoming effort exclusively with Billboard. Entitled "Let Go," you can listen to the Billboard premiere right here. "We all have things that we let…

  6. Idina Menzel & Michael Buble Top AC With 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

    December 09, 2014 7:05 AM EST Their duet becomes the format's latest holiday leader. Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's duet-slash-accurate weather report (depending on where you're reading this), "Baby It's Cold Outside," rises 2-1 on Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart. The song…

  7. Joanna Newsom 'Had a Strong Sense That I Didn't Know What I Was Doing' in 'Inherent Vice'

    December 08, 2014 3:10 PM EST Newsom's husband, Andy Samberg, also helped her out: "He gave me general, very functional acting pointers, along the lines of ways to not be freaked out." Aside from an appearance on Portlandia and in an MGMT music video, avant-garde singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom never…

  8. Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Karen O Sing Dizzying Set List at Vice Anniversary Party

    December 06, 2014 3:37 PM EST "It's gonna be crazy but it's gonna be fun. There will be covers, originals, spontaneous orgasms -- enjoy yourselves.” To celebrate its 20th year, Vice rented out the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Duggal Greenhouse on Friday night (Dec. 5) for the kind of hybrid, manic, alien…

  9. Watch: Lil Wayne Speaks Publicly About Cash Money & Birdman Battle

    December 06, 2014 2:33 PM EST Two days after tweeting that Cash Money Records and Birdman refuse to release his new album, Tha Carter V , Lil Wayne spoke out in public about the battle on Friday night (Dec. 5). Lil Wayne: Birdman & Cash Money Records 'Refuse to Release' 'Tha Carter V' “I was…

  10. Watch Olaf from 'Frozen' Sing 'In Summer' in Six Different Languages

    December 04, 2014 2:07 PM EST We're never letting it go. A year later, we're certainly not anywhere close to being "over" Frozen , which is why this new video -- that showcases beloved snowman Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad ) singing his standout song from the film, "In Summer," in six different…

  11. Why a 'Voice' Winner Is Playing 'Pippin' on Broadway Before Releasing a Single

    December 02, 2014 2:19 AM EST For the first time ever, a Voice winner is stopping by Broadway before the recording studio. Josh Kaufman , the season-six champ who touted rock, pop and soul covers while under Usher's wing, has stepped into the lead role of Pippin. Director Diane Paulus staged the Tony-winning…

  12. 'The Voice' Hits 20 Million Song Downloads

    December 01, 2014 8:07 PM EST Nearing the end of its seventh season The Voice can hang a sign that reads more than 20 million sold. Between its launch in April 2011 and a few days before Thanksgiving the NBC singing competition show sold more than 20 million downloads on iTunes, a milestone commemorated during Monday…

  13. 'The Wall' Turns 35: Roger Waters Revisits Pink Floyd's Enduring Rock Opus

    November 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Pink Floyd ’s The Wall -- a dark and enduring rock masterpiece that deals with personal alienation juxtaposed against a backdrop of war and government corruption -- has been presented in many formats over the years. First came the 1979 double album (co-produced by Bob Ezrin) that spent 15…

  14. Ferguson Decision: Hip-Hop Community & Other Artists React

    November 24, 2014 10:17 PM EST Rihanna, Katy Perry, Killer Mike, Q-Tip, Hayley Williams, Alicia Keys and many more speak out. The death of Michael Brown has been a rallying cry in the hip-hop community since the unarmed teen was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer back in August. Monday night (Nov. 24)…

  15. Did John Mayer Date Katherine Heigl?

    November 22, 2014 7:49 PM EST John Mayer has had his fair share of very public relationships. See his past romances with Jessica Simpson , Katy Perry and Jennifer Aniston for some proof. But even he might be surprised to learn about his fling with former Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl . During an upcoming…

  16. Taylor Swift's '1989' No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200

    November 19, 2014 4:36 PM EST Taylor Swift 's 1989 album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three weeks atop the list in 2014. Only the Frozen soundtrack, which racked 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, spent longer at the top. 1989 sold…

  17. Chantal Kreviazuk, Featured with Kendrick Lamar on 'SNL,' on How the Song Came to Be

    November 16, 2014 9:52 PM EST "Wow, that was surreal," the Canadian singer said on Sunday morning. Canadian singer and pianist Chantal Kreviazuk put a mighty big feather in her cap when she joined Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock on Saturday Night Live for a performance of “Pay For It,” a song she co-wrote and is…

  18. ‘SNL’ Recap: 'Hunger Games' Stars Parody Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space,’ Kendrick Lamar Performs 'i' & More

    November 16, 2014 11:55 AM EST Rapper Kendrick Lamar made his second appearance as musical guest on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 15, performing his feel-good single “i” and following up with Jay Rock ’s “Pay For It.”  Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them Host…

  19. Here's Jon Stewart Singing a Vintage Taylor Swift Song

    November 13, 2014 10:46 AM EST Turns out nearly everyone is a Taylor Swift fan, even people you would never suspect, like Jon Stewart . The Daily Show host spoke with MTV about his new movie,  Rosewater.  In between the serious chat, host Josh Horowitz noted that walking into the interview room, Stewart was singing Swift…

  20. Revisionist History, Part 4: Queen Scores a Hat Trick, 'Good Riddance' to Three Dog Night

    November 13, 2014 10:09 AM EST “Number one then…and number one now!” may have been a classic top 40 stager, originally voiced by legendary radio announcer and programmer Bill Drake , but it’s also a perfect way to open our latest round of “Revisionist History,” as once again we examine how tastes have changed when it…

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