1. Carrie Underwood on Cross-Genre Collaborations

    December 19, 2014 2:30 PM EST In conjunction with her recently-released Greatest Hits: Decade #1 , Carrie Underwood took a moment to reflect on her career and her opportunities to work with some of her idols -- in and out of country music. She's thrilled that she got to sing with her peers, like Miranda Lambert ,…

  2. Watch Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Stipe & Others Salute Stephen Colbert with Song

    December 19, 2014 1:22 AM EST Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M’s Michael Stipe and Barry Manilow were on hand to give Stephen Colbert a big-time send-off Thursday night.  They were just a few in a dizzying cast of musicians, movie and media personalities, athletes and politicians who joined in for a celebratory round…

  3. 'The Colbert Report': 8 Great Music Moments From Daft Punk Dancing to Black Keys Fighting

    December 18, 2014 3:45 PM EST Bring on the tears: The Colbert Report ends its run with tonight's episode. While Stephen Colbert the person will of course be fine -- he's taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show -- "Stephen Colbert" the character's future is much less certain. One thing…

  4. Inside D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Listening Party: A Look at Its Lyrics & Political Message

    December 14, 2014 11:36 PM EST D'Angelo invited a select audience in New York to hear his long-awaited full-length album Black Messiah Sunday, revealing there that the album would be released finally at midnight that night.  D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Out at Midnight Tonight: Track List Revealed…

  5. Hear D'Angelo's Funky New Song 'Sugah Daddy'

    December 14, 2014 11:11 AM EST D'Angelo is officially back. Ahead of a planned Sunday night (Dec. 14) listening session for his long-awaited full-length album, Black Messiah , the R&B singer dropped the funky new single “Sugah Daddy.” The song arrived at midnight on Dec. 14 as part of Red Bull's 20Before15…

  6. D'Angelo's 'Sugah Daddy' to Arrive as Free Download From Red Bull

    December 13, 2014 3:05 PM EST The long wait for new D'Angelo music is finally over. Red Bull has announced that it will premiere the studio version of D'Angelo’s song “Sugah Daddy,” which the singer debuted live in early 2012. Is D'Angelo Finally Releasing a new Album? Singer Announces Listening…

  7. Is D'Angelo Finally Releasing a new Album? Singer Announces Listening Session for 'Black Messiah'

    December 12, 2014 6:53 PM EST If you've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: the new  D'Angelo album is coming. In January of 2000, the mysterious singer released Voodoo , which is often regarded as one of the finest modern additions to the soul canon. But ever since that album came out, it&…

  8. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  9. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  10. Monster Loses Bid to Sabotage $1.7M Beastie Boys Verdict

    December 05, 2014 1:11 PM EST A federal judge in New York has scuttled Monster Energy's attempt to void the $1.7 million jury verdict over the company's bungled use of several Beastie Boys songs in a 2012 promotional video. The trial, which ended in June, revolved around a Beasties "megamix" produced…

  11. Kirk Franklin & More Gospel Chart-Toppers Coming to 'Billboard #1 Gospel Hits' Album Next Year

    December 02, 2014 8:30 PM EST A selection of Billboard Gospel Songs Chart-topping hits from throughout this decade will be getting a compilation release via eOne Music early next year, on a double-disc collection called Billboard #1 Gospel Hits .  Hezekiah Walker Completes Six Months Atop Gospel Airplay Chart The set&…

  12. Holiday 'Gif' Guide: 44 Gifts for Music Lovers

    December 01, 2014 3:30 PM EST Happy holidays! Can't figure out what to buy as gifts for the music lovers in your lives? Check out our handy guide below for some helpful tips! Apparel From head to toe (and hats to socks), clothes seem like a necessity for holiday gift-giving. But why not throw some pop in your…

  13. Latin Grammys Deliver Big Ratings, But Few Music Sales

    November 26, 2014 12:50 PM EST Ricky Martin, Camila, Wisin and Yandel are biggest gainers The 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards were a television ratings success, but delivered disappointing music sales in the U.S. The Nov. 20 live award ceremony, which featured performances by Pitbull , Calle 13 , Marc Anthony and Ricky…

  14. Vicentico Talks Recording With Willie Nelson, Sly & Robbie, Upcoming Tours

    November 26, 2014 12:00 PM EST Los Fabulosos Cadillacs frontman talks new solo album, band's 30th anniversary Vicentico 's new album, Último Acto , revisits some of the raw-voiced Fabulosos Cadillacs frontman’s best-known songs. But there are surprises. Willie Nelson collaborates on a new version of “Sólo un…

  15. Idris Elba Working on 'Luther'-Inspired Album

    November 24, 2014 9:41 PM EST There's just no stopping the multi-talented Idris Elba at the moment. Radio Times reports that Elba is planning an album inspired by John Luther , the conflicted police detective he plays in the darkly absorbing BBC crime drama. Luther has just been confirmed to return in a two-part…

  16. Idris Elba Talks Producing His Star-Studded New Album, His Most Embarrassing DJ Moment and Going 'Toe-to-Toe' With Biz Markie

    November 21, 2014 3:35 PM EST Big Driis has left the building. That was the name British actor Idris Elba, 42, known for his roles in Thor and Pacific Rim , went by in the early 2000s, when he moonlighted as a DJ around the world during his breakout run on HBO's The Wire . "He has retired," says Elba,…

  17. Exclusive: Queen Latifah to Host 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

    November 20, 2014 8:00 AM EST The annual Nobel Peace Prize concert has announced its host for the Dec. 11 ceremony in Oslo, Norway. "I'm thrilled to be a part of this year's concert and to help celebrate such amazing individuals who have each worked so hard on behalf of children's rights to education…

  18. Brantley Gilbert on Getting Sober: 'Success Wasn't Punching Me in the Face'

    November 19, 2014 12:24 PM EST The country star reflected on his decision to quit drinking, and how it impacted his life-of-the-party brand and business. At a panel during Billboard's Touring Conference this morning, country star Brantley Gilbert shared a few personal reflections about his decision to get sober.…

  19. Listen to Five Songs from Idris Elba's Nelson Mandela Tribute Album, 'mi Mandela'

    November 18, 2014 10:01 PM EST British actor Idris Elba , best known for his roles in Pacific Rim , The Wire and last year's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom , also includes musician, producer and DJ on his resume and on his newest project those worlds are colliding. It's not a part in a new film but, rather, a…

  20. Exclusive: Clive Davis and More Weigh In on Whitney Houston's First-Ever Live Album

    November 14, 2014 12:50 PM EST From "You Give Good Love" to "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston 's studio recordings are legendary. But her first-ever live album, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances  (released as a CD and CD/DVD on Nov. 10 via Legacy) proves that the late pop…

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