1. Cheo Feliciano, Paco de Lucia, Gustavo Cerati & Other Latin Greats We Lost in 2014

    December 30, 2014 5:10 PM EST As the year winds down, we remember seven Latin music greats who passed in 2014, leaving lasting legacies through music that broke ground and that remains relevant. Gustavo Cerati (Aug. 11, 1959-Sept. 4, 2014) The emblematic Argentine rock star was a man before his time. Despite his…

  2. Watch a Holiday Jokester Reenact Sia's 'Chandelier' at IKEA

    December 28, 2014 1:13 PM EST Sia 's artful music video for “Chandelier” has been parodied by everyone from late-night TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to Jim Carrey on Saturday Night Live . Jimmy Kimmel Attempts to Learn Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ Dance: Watch Now, some jokesters on YouTube have taken it to the next level…

  3. Buddy DeFranco, Renowned Jazz Clarinetist, Dead at 91

    December 26, 2014 6:44 PM EST Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco -- who collaborated with Frank Sinatra , Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era -- has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco's family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday…

  4. Grammys 2015 Preview: Beyonce, Sam Smith & Other Artists Vying for Album of the Year Honors Dish on Their Discs

    December 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Having trouble keeping track of what's nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys? Billboard breaks down the five nominees. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T. Smith, Two Inch…

  5. Tyler, the Creator and Erykah Badu to Appear in Adult Swim's 'Black Dynamite'

    December 22, 2014 1:20 PM EST The Jan. 10 episode tackles police brutality. Tyler, the Creator and Erykah Badu will be lending their vocal talents to an hourlong special of Black Dynamite on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Set to premiere Jan. 10 at 10:30 p.m. (ET), the new episode of Michael Jai White's…

  6. 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 ,…

  7. 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…

  8. '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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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&…

  13. 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…

  14. '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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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&…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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