1. The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Much has been made of the way women dominated the Hot 100 in 2014, but the genre where women really shined this year was R&B. This may not have been reflected in the charts, but when Billboard staff picked their ten favorite R&B albums of the year, 7 were helmed by women (and that…

  2. Joni Mitchell Talks New Boxed Set, Not Being Able To Perform: 'I Don't Miss Much of Anything'

    December 09, 2014 6:14 PM EST Joni Mitchell doesn't get out much these days -- aside from the occasional benefit in her honor or Clive Davis party , she travels away from her Los Angeles home once, maybe twice a year. And even then it's usually to her native country Canada, where she's been eager to mount…

  3. The Year In Rock 2014: Lorde Reigns

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST was the year of our Lorde . See All the Year End Charts Here! The singer/songwriter (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor ) finishes at No. 1 on the 2014 year-end Top Rock Artists recap, and her Pure Heroine album leads the Alternative Albums and Rock Albums tallies. She’s the first woman…

  4. Tinashe On Bringing Females Into the Mainstream: ‘There’s Definitely Room For More’

    December 08, 2014 5:39 PM EST Watch the “2 On” singer discuss her 2014 success and her favorite songs on her debut album. Aquarius , the kinetic debut album from R&B star Tinashe , is rightfully popping up on a bunch of year-end albums lists after at long last being released in October. During a recent stop by…

  5. Creedence Clearwater Members Sue John Fogerty Over Use of Band's Name

    December 08, 2014 3:24 PM EST Former band members are now on the offensive against Fogerty. A long festering dispute over who gets to use the name of the popular 1960s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival has done a 180 with lead singer John Fogerty now on the answering end of a lawsuit that claims he violated…

  6. Book Author Recalls the 'Genuine Heroes' Who Were Murdered the Night 'Dimebag' Darrell Died

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Jeff Thompson. Erin Halk. Nathan Bray. These three men aren’t famous like “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , but Dec. 8 is a day to honor their memories as well. Thompson, Halk and Bray are the other victims who were killed at Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio. In the aftermath of the murders, their…

  7. 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…

  8. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Idina Menzel: ‘I Worked My Whole Life to Have a Crossover Song’

    December 05, 2014 5:14 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Breakthrough Artist honoree talks about the phenomenon of 'Frozen' and the blessing of John Travolta mispronouncing her name at the Oscars. Just after 10 p.m. one November night, Idina Menzel  is winding down from her workday. The 43-year-old is…

  9. Beleaguered Radio Host Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo Finds New Home on AGM Stations

    December 05, 2014 1:20 PM EST Radio host Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo has found yet another home. Beginning in January 2015, Sotelo’s El Show De Piolín will air on American General Media’s KLVO-FM (Radio Lobo 97.7/94.7 FM) in Albuquerque, New Mexico and KBET (La Caliente, 96.9 FM) in Bakersfield, Ca. The Piolín show will air 6…

  10. K. Michelle Opens Up About Liposuction, Upcoming TV Shows & Recording High

    December 04, 2014 10:28 AM EST There are few filters on R&B singer K. Michelle . The Memphis native, 30, chased a fiery stint on VH1's Love & Hip-Hop with an R-rated debut album, Rebellious Soul , in 2013, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. That straight-shooter attitude may be tamer on her sophomore LP…

  11. Time Warp Festival Overcomes Adversity With Credible American Debut

    December 02, 2014 2:15 PM EST Techno has arrived in America. Well, at least in Brooklyn. Already home to standout underground clubs Output and Verboten, the New York borough played host to the first American edition of legendary German techno festival Time Warp this last weekend. Originally slated to take place at the…

  12. 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…

  13. Hardwell Rocks Madison Square Garden: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video

    December 01, 2014 6:47 PM EST Hardwell might already be No. 1, but he’ll always try harder.  Right now, the Dutchman is at the vanguard of the EDM world. The progressive and electro-house specialist (real name Robbert van de Corput ) is the reigning victor of DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll , and he’s just toured the…

  14. Granger Smith on 'Dirt Road Driveway' Follow-Up & Making Football Picks as Earl Dibbles Jr.

    December 01, 2014 5:30 PM EST Granger Smith paid a visit to Music City recently, headlining a sold-out show at Exit/In. Smith said playing in Nashville offers a special vibe. "Nashville is one of the most rewarding and exciting places for us to play. The guest list is astronomical, since so many of our friends and…

  15. Angels & Airwaves Song Premiere: Hear 'Tunnels' From 'The Dream Walker'

    December 01, 2014 12:14 PM EST Tom DeLonge discusses his "art project" of a side group and gives an update on blink-182's next record. The fifth time's the charm for Angels & Airwaves -- at least insofar as group founder and blink-182 principle Tom DeLonge's dream to make the group "an…

  16. A$AP Ferg Samples 'Frozen's 'Let It Go' On 'Ferg Forever' Mixtape: Listen

    November 28, 2014 4:30 PM EST Did you ever think you'd hear A$AP Ferg and Idina Menzel together on one song? Well, today is the day: A$AP Ferg's mixtape, Ferg Forever , released Friday, Nov. 28, features the rapper sampling a snippet from Disney's "Frozen" theme song, "Let It Go." The …

  17. Choose Your Own Adventure in Coldplay's Interactive 'Ink' Video

    November 26, 2014 1:37 PM EST Coldplay have released a new music video for their song "Ink" -- but there's a twist. The video is interactive, prompting viewers to make selections that will determine what they see. Take your own trip through "Ink" here . Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories'…

  18. Tired at the Top: David Guetta Talks Love, Loss & New Album 'Listen'

    November 26, 2014 11:35 AM EST Dance music's pop pioneer gets personal on sixth studio album. Drinking water in TomorrowWorld's twilight, David Guetta looks dead-tired. The French superstar's auburn locks hang limp on his leather-clad shoulders. His beard is unkempt and his voice is hoarse. His posture…

  19. Prince Charles, Paul McCartney and Lily Allen Toast PRS For Music's Centennial

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Late last week, their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at their official London residence, Clarence House, to celebrate 100 years of U.K. collection society  PRS for Music .  Sir Paul McCartney , Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber , Ray Davies ,…

  20. 'Queen Latifah Show' Canceled

    November 21, 2014 3:39 PM EST The syndicated daytime talk show will cease original episodes after March. It's official: The Queen Latifah Show has been canceled. Bill Cosby's 'Queen Latifah' Show Chat Canceled After Rape Allegations The syndicated daytime show from Sony Pictures Television will shut…

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