1. R&B and Hip-Hop in 2014: A Lackluster Year for Some, But Not All

    December 17, 2014 5:01 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  2. Hot Creator: The Dance World According to Jamie Jones

    December 17, 2014 4:20 PM EST The Welsh pioneer discusses the shifting sands of Ibiza, Burning Man and dance music at large in rare interview. No wonder Jamie Jones seldom does interviews. When we tried at TomorrowWorld, it cost him his phone. "I literally must have lost it between finishing the interview with you…

  3. Fall Out Boy Talk New Album, Motley Crue & Grateful Dead

    December 16, 2014 8:49 PM EST Fall Out Boy appeared on night one of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas , alongside such heavy rockers as System of a Down , Incubus , Linkin Park , Bush and Royal Blood . With a lineup of guitar-driven acts like that, there were no pretenses about this night being acoustic, but FOB&…

  4. CAA Signs Latin Music Label Fania Records

    December 16, 2014 1:47 AM EST A half-century after its founding, Fania Records is experiencing a renaissance . The iconic Latin music label is capping off its 50th anniversary by signing with CAA, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Founded by Dominican Republic-born bandleader Johnny Pacheco and attorney…

  5. No Doubt, System of a Down & More Ring in 25 Years of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

    December 15, 2014 3:19 PM EST What the Jingle Ball tour has become to the pop world, KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas has been to the alternative scene for more than two decades. The L.A. radio station's annual December show, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, had its status as arguably the…

  6. Nas, Russell Simmons Join Millions March NYC Protest

    December 15, 2014 10:20 AM EST On Saturday (Dec. 13), thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets to protest racial injustice -- most notably, the highly-publicized deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of the police in Ferguson, Mo. and Staten Island, NY, respectively. Hip-hop luminaries Nas and Russell…

  7. Bill Cosby Breaks His Silence

    December 15, 2014 1:53 AM EST Bill Cosby broke his silence amid a flood of rape accusations in a very brief interview with The New York Post's Page Six . "Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral…

  8. BSBB Round 2: Paramore, "Ain't It Fun" vs. Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Ain't It Fun Paramore Love Never Felt So Good Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake JAMIESON COX: Argh, this is a tough one. “Ain’t It Fun” is exactly that, fun — so vital, sung to within an inch of its life by the…

  9. BSBB Round 1: Jeremih feat. YG, "Don't Tell 'Em" vs. Echosmith, "Cool Kids"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Don't Tell 'Em Jeremih feat. YG Cool Kids Echosmith CRAIG JENKINS: DJ Mustard gifted Chicago crooner Jeremih’s career new life with sleek “Don’t Tell Em,” which warps Eurodance mainstays Snap!’s “Rhythm Is a Dancer”…

  10. New Band Alert: Indie Poppers Dutch Party Premiere Good-Vibin' L.A. Tunes

    December 12, 2014 1:17 PM EST Billboard is excited to introduce Los Angeles' Dutch Party, a spry, good-vibin' indie pop band who are also repping a brand-new label. Start off with "Echo Girl," a tuneful tribute to the ladies of Echo Park -- the L.A. neighborhood the quintet calls home. Billboard has…

  11. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Kacey Musgraves on Singing With Loretta Lynn and Why She No Longer Has a Bucket List

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Renegade Same Trailer Different Park 1 Week on Top Country Albums Kacey Musgraves ' arrow still hasn't landed. The country upstart's debut, Same Trailer Different Park , returned to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after this year's Grammys, when the 26-year-old Texas…

  12. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  13. The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST K-pop fans may remember 2014 as a dramatic, and at times heartbreaking, year. Members left groups fans envisioned them in for years, tragedy struck the live scene and the dark sides of the industry were brought to light in the wake of mourning one of the scene's most promising acts…

  14. 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…

  15. Big Mountain Fest Rocks Thailand's Cow Country With Scarecrow, Jagwar Ma

    December 10, 2014 10:56 AM EST The Big Mountain Music Festival (BMMF) continues its run as one of the leading, and largest, music festivals in Southeast Asia with its 6th edition. BMMF took place this past weekend (Dec. 6-7) at the Bonanza Racetrack in Khao Yai, about two hours northeast of Bangkok, with about 70,000…

  16. Earl Hayes & Stephanie Moseley Tried to Reconcile Before Killing, Police Say

    December 10, 2014 6:11 AM EST Rapper Earl Warren Hayes and his estranged wife were trying to reconcile and she was optimistic about their chances only days before Hayes killed her and committed suicide, a police detective said Tuesday. The bodies of Hayes, 34, and 30-year-old Stephanie Elyse Moseley were found Monday…

  17. Vance Joy's ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Obsession and More Insider Scoop

    December 09, 2014 4:49 PM EST Vance Joy’s Buffy Love Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy , whose catchy “Riptide” peaked at No. 29 on the Nov. 29 Hot 100 chart, and who will be touring with Taylor Swift  in 2015, let Overheard in on one of his secret pleasures: He’s a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. “It’s a pretty…

  18. Metal Band Five Finger Death Punch’s Master Plan to Catapult From Club Gigs to Arena Tours

    December 09, 2014 1:30 PM EST How Five Finger Death Punch graduated from clubs to arenas and doubled its gross. Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) doesn’t have the name recognition of a band like Foo Fighters , but that may be about to change. An unusual united strategic marketing effort by the group’s management, label,…

  19. 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…

  20. 'South Park' Places Taylor Swift on a Couch With Bill Cosby for Holiday Episode

    December 09, 2014 11:12 AM EST So we all knew  South Park 's holiday episode --  The Washington Redskins' Go F-ck Yourself Holiday Special  -- was never going to be nice to celebrities. But if this preview for the episode -- which features Taylor Swift sitting on a couch with Billy Cosby (who's holding…

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