1. Freed Pussy Riot Members to Form Prisoners' Rights Organization

    December 27, 2013 8:59 AM EST Giving their first press conference in Moscow since their release, the two punk activists said they have no immediate plans to enter politics, but reiterated their call on Western countries to boycott the Sochi Olympics. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two recently freed Pussy…

  2. Pussy Riot Members Released From Prison

    December 23, 2013 8:59 AM EST Two jailed members of the Russian punk bank Pussy Riot were released Monday following an amnesty law that both described as a Kremlin public relations stunt ahead of the Winter Olympics. Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were granted amnesty last week in a move largely viewed as the…

  3. Kacey Musgraves Follows Her Arrow to a Breakthrough Year, Talks Writing With Katy Perry

    December 20, 2013 3:50 PM EST It seems impossible to imagine Kacey Musgraves' breakout debut album, "Same Trailer Different Park," without "Follow Your Arrow," a button-pushing song about having a good time in one's own skin. But the track barely made the album, stemming from a last-minute…

  4. Pussy Riot's Release Approved By Angry Vladimir Putin

    December 20, 2013 12:57 PM EST Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed that the two jailed members of Pussy Riot will soon be released under an amnesty bill, but scolded Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina during his annual news conference on Thursday. "I feel sorry not because they went to prison, but…

  5. Stars Pick Favorite Albums of 2013: Watch Ed Sheeran, R. Kelly, Austin Mahone & More Share

    December 19, 2013 1:36 PM EST With 2013 coming to a close, dozens of music stars (R. Kelly, Ed Sheeran, Austin Mahone, Daughtry, Stevie Nicks, Scotty McCreery, Tyga and more) from all genres revealed their favorite albums of the year for Billboard's cameras -- and you can catch all of their choices in the video…

  6. Feliz Navidad: 12 Songs for a Latin Christmas

    December 18, 2013 5:16 PM EST As predictable as a Christmas tree in the corner of the living room, the holiday evergreen "Feliz Navidad" has ensured that Merry Christmas is one phrase that everyone can say in Spanish. But José Feliciano’s modern classic is just the start of a Latin Christmas songbook that…

  7. Jailed Pussy Riot Member Set for Early Release

    December 18, 2013 1:00 PM EST Jailed Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are expected to be released as early as Thursday under an amnesty marking the 20th anniversary of Russia's post-Soviet Constitution, which the Russian parliament passed Wednesday. The release of the two women, both…

  8. Gimme Five: AJR Lists Their Favorite Songwriting Artists

    December 16, 2013 5:23 PM EST From Sia to Simon & Garfunkel, check out the brothers' biggest songwriting influences. AJR will bestow fans with an early stocking stuffer later this week, as their five-song "6foot1" EP will be released on Dec. 20. After being endorsed on Twitter by Sia and championed…

  9. Lorde Working on New Material, Australian Tour Being Planned

    December 13, 2013 7:05 AM EST If 2013 was the year of our Lorde, expect 2014 to be, well, much the same. The New Zealand sensation (real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor) is working on new material, which she intends to put-to-tape in the near future, Billboard.com can reveal. And there are plans to play live dates much…

  10. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  11. 'Sound of Music' Live: A Few of Our Favorite Things About It

    December 06, 2013 11:04 AM EST The live television performance of "The Sound of Music" brought a cavalcade of snark to the internet on Thursday night, but for all those attitudinal jabs, there were also plenty of impressive moments to the ambitious undertaking. THR runs down five highlights from NBC's…

  12. Madonna Joins Campaign to Support Russian LGBT Community

    December 05, 2013 4:16 AM EST Madonna has signed up for a campaign in support of Russia’s LGBT community. The U.S. singer, who has repeatedly expressed her outrage against the law on gay propaganda, has joined the Human Rights Campaign’s "Love Conquers Hate" initiative. As the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics…

  13. Gimme Five: Leona Lewis' Favorite Christmas Movies

    December 03, 2013 11:45 AM EST Check out the U.K. songstress' list of holiday staples -- and an explanation of her love for Macaulay Culkin. Tuesday (Dec. 3) marks Leona Lewis' long-awaited return to U.S. retailers, as the "Bleeding Love" singer has offered "Christmas, With Love," her debut…

  14. Carrie Underwood 'Sound of Music' Soundtrack Seeing December Release

    November 18, 2013 7:11 PM EST Sony Masterworks will release the soundtrack to NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music” on Dec. 3, two days before the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical airs. "The Sound of Music (Music From the NBC Television Even)t" will include studio recordings of all the musical numbers…

  15. Truck Rides With Brad Paisley and Flowers From Charlie Daniels: Deborah Evans Price's 10 Most Memorable Interviews

    November 15, 2013 3:00 PM EST We asked Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price, who recently won the CMAs' Media Achievement Award, to reflect on her favorite interviews In 19 years of writing for Billboard, this has been my most difficult task. I've been interviewing people for more than three decades and…

  16. Corey Hart’s 'Sunglasses' Gets a New EDM Look

    November 14, 2013 2:11 PM EST years after his iconic “Sunglasses at Night” broke a then-unknown Canadian singer-songwriter onto the Hot 100 and into the collective consciousness of 1980s pop culture, Corey Hart is looking back on his career and the song that started it all. For the first time ever, Hart has…

  17. Gimme Five: Paris Hilton Lists Her Favorite Current Dance Hits

    November 12, 2013 5:55 PM EST From Martin Garrix to Fatboy Slim, see who made the DJ's cut. When she's not releasing happy-go-lucky singles on her new label home, Cash Money Records, Paris Hilton is a jet-setting DJ, with a residency in Ibiza that she will repeat next year. Hilton has played shows on nearly…

  18. American Music Awards 'Red Carpet Live' Event to Stream on Yahoo

    November 12, 2013 8:00 AM EST The red carpet will roll-out and live-stream from this year's American Music Awards. The Coca-Cola- sponsored “Red Carpet Live” will kick-start the AMA festivities on Nov. 24, and for the first time the pre-show event will be streamed live on Yahoo . American Music Awards 2013: Full…

  19. Gimme Five: Cassadee Pope's Favorite Voices (Video)

    October 30, 2013 1:29 PM EDT "The Voice" winner lists the people whose voices shaped her life and career. Before Cassadee Pope guided her first major-label album, "Frame By Frame," to a Top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 earlier this month, the singer was a contestant on the third season of NBC'…

  20. Bright Eyes Giving Christmas Record Wide Release

    October 29, 2013 7:47 PM EDT Bright Eyes is back, though it's with an album recorded over a decade ago. "A Christmas Album," a holiday record Conor Oberst recorded and released on a limited basis through Saddle Creek Records' website in 2002, is getting a wide release Nov. 5, in time for the…

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