1. 'American Idol' to Be Reduced to One Night, Ryan Seacrest Says

    December 14, 2014 1:26 PM EST “We are going to do the performance show and the results in the same show,” said the program's longtime host. American Idol fans are going to find out who’s going home in a whole new way. 'American Idol' Judge Keith Urban Talks Season 14: 'They've Brought Something…

  2. Wondering Sound Cuts Editorial Staff

    December 12, 2014 8:15 PM EST Update, Dec. 13: A source familiar with the situation tells Billboard that editor-in-chief J. Edward Keyes and managing editor Laura Leebove were not affected by the downsizing. Online music publication Wondering Sound  has cut what seems to be nearly all of its editorial staff, saying it…

  3. 'American Idol' Judge Keith Urban Talks Season 14: 'They've Brought Something Fresh'

    December 12, 2014 12:00 AM EST Keith Urban often refers to his American Idol co-stars as a family. And in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, the country star said that his fellow judges came through for him in his time of need -- the death of his father-in-law, Antony Kidman , dad to Urban's wife, Nicole…

  4. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  5. Remember That Time Gary Coleman Was in *NSYNC's Christmas Video?

    December 11, 2014 10:39 AM EST It's a time to celebrate! Christmas is just two weeks away, so it's high time one of the ultimate cheesy Christmas albums, * NSYNC 's Home for Christmas , begins to play in heavy rotation. (Great news: The album is on Spotify, so go ahead and start listening right...now.)…

  6. Sting Joins Cast of 'The Last Ship,' Receives Standing Ovation

    December 10, 2014 10:56 PM EST Grammy Award-winner Sting jumped aboard his Broadway musical The Last Ship  as its newest star Tuesday night, hoping to help right a show that's been listing dangerously at the box office. A bearded Sting got a standing ovation -- and a bouquet of white roses -- at the Neil Simon…

  7. 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…

  8. Revisionist History, Holiday Edition: Mariah Gets a 'Christmas' Gift, Wham! Gets the Boot

    December 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST For those who love the Billboard charts, this truly is -- as Andy Williams reminds us every December -- the most wonderful time of the year. The arrival of Billboard 's annual year-end rankings have made it a "Happy" holiday for another Williams -- Pharrell -- whose hit with…

  9. Meet Lion Babe, the Soul and R&B Duo Poised to Take Over in 2015

    December 09, 2014 5:57 PM EST Lion Babe, an experimental soul duo from New York’s Lower East Side, is gearing up for an R&B takeover in 2015. The group is made up of producer and multi-instrumentalist Lucas Goodman, 26, and singer-songwriter Jillian Hervey, 25, who also happens to be Vanessa Williams ’ daughter and…

  10. Hologram Paul McCartney Enters Video Game World in Terrible New Video

    December 09, 2014 2:15 PM EST You may have heard that Paul McCartney recorded a new song, "Hope for the Future," for the online first-person shooter game Destiny . You may have listened to it and gone, "Well, not great, but he's done worse." But if you haven't seen the video, you have to…

  11. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  12. Kenny Rogers Brings The Merriment on Christmas and Hits Through The Years Tour

    December 08, 2014 7:57 PM EST In the fall of 1981, Kenny Rogers released his very first seasonal album, appropriately titled Christmas . Since then, the Country Music Hall of Fame member has released successful holiday follow-ups in 1984 ( Once Upon A Christmas , with Dolly Parton ), 1989 ( Christmas In America ) and…

  13. Lady Gaga, Usher, Bruce Springsteen & More Pay Tribute to 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 08, 2014 1:40 PM EST “Tonight Washington puts the arts above politics. Because no matter what political party you belong to, everyone wants a selfie with Tom Hanks.” So declared host Stephen Colbert on Sunday night as he kicked off the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, the ultimate power mash-up of arts,…

  14. Sting, Al Green Among Five Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 07, 2014 12:50 PM EST Top performers and power players from Hollywood, Broadway and the nation's capital are gathering this weekend to honor five artists who will receive this year's Kennedy Center Honors. This year's honorees are Tom Hanks, Sting , Lily Tomlin, singer Al Green and one of the…

  15. Green Day Guitarist Jason White Diagnosed with Tonsil Cancer

    December 06, 2014 5:30 PM EST Send  Green Day  your well wishes.  The band confirmed on Dec. 5 that guitarist Jason White was recently diagnosed with tonsil cancer. The band shared the news with their fans on their official website .   "We have some news to report regarding our brother Jason White, and wanted you…

  16. EXO & Taeyang Earn Top Honors at 2014 MAMA

    December 03, 2014 8:52 PM EST John Legend, INFINITE, IU, SISTAR and more dazzled at the epic Asian music festival. See the full list of winners. While topping the charts doesn't always mean recognition come award season,  EXO and Taeyang 's enviable record sales around the world undoubtedly helped them earn…

  17. Ian McLagan of Small Faces and the Faces Dead at 69

    December 03, 2014 8:43 PM EST Ian McLagan, the electrifying pianist and songwriter of Small Faces and the Faces who became a rock 'n' roll journeyman with stints backing Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and others, died Dec. 3 in Austin, Texas, due to complications from a stroke suffered a day earlier. He was…

  18. John Fogerty Prepping Autobiography, Career-Spanning Box Set For 2015

    December 02, 2014 1:03 PM EST The rock legend discusses the 45th anniversary of his amazing 1969 run. After celebrating some of the most glorious of his glory days in Canada this fall, John Fogerty is looking forward to bringing the party south of the border, and maybe even beyond, in the new year. Fogerty's…

  19. Exclusive: Hear Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' in 20 Different Styles

    December 02, 2014 10:00 AM EST Second Songs puts Christmas music on steroids. Anthony Vincent, the man behind 10 Second Songs, has made a video to please both Christmas music lovers and the grinches who can't stand the stuff. In his latest clip, he sings Mariah Carey 's seasonal classic "All I Want For…

  20. Foo Fighters Team With Citi for Select Presale on 'Sonic Highways' Tour

    December 02, 2014 9:20 AM EST The North American leg of the Foo Fighters ' recently announced 2015 Sonic Highways World Tour features a box office-only pre-order program called "Beat The Bots." But for three select dates, Citi will be offering cardholders an exclusive presale through its Private Pass…

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