1. German-Language Pop Legend Udo Juergens Dies at 80

    December 21, 2014 10:06 PM EST Udo Juergens , an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning five decades, died on Sunday. He was 80 years old. Juergens collapsed unconscious during a walk in Gottlieben, a town on Lake Constance north…

  2. Madonna On New 'Rebellious and Romantic' Music, Demo Leaks, 'Possibly' Crashing the Grammys and the 'Crazy' Sony Hack

    December 21, 2014 4:55 PM EST "It's kind of like the old me and the new me all mixed in together," Madonna tells Billboard of her stunning new single "Living For Love." It’s a rather large understatement to say that it’s been a crazy couple of weeks for Madonna . On Tuesday night, more than…

  3. The Game, Azealia Banks, Lecrae & More React to NYPD Officer Killings in Brooklyn

    December 21, 2014 2:22 PM EST Members of the hip-hop community are sharing their thoughts on social media following the shooting of two NYPD officers who were killed on Saturday (Dec. 20) in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown Rappers like The Game ,…

  4. Op-Ed: Steve Wariner on Why Dottie West Should Be a Country Music Hall of Fame Member

    December 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Over the past year, The 615 has offered opinions concerning who the next members of the Country Music Hall of Fame should be. In July, we made our case for Don Rich, the longtime sideman for Buck Owens , in the Instrumentalist category. Just a few weeks ago, we told of the great…

  5. Sony Hack Was Not All That Sophisticated, Cybersecurity Experts Say

    December 21, 2014 10:30 AM EST The Sony hack is a hydra-headed monster of a story, emerging from the sea late last month to descend on Los Angeles before going on to smash across the country, sprouting new heads as it went, dragging the badly battered body of a colossal global corporation in its dust. A previously…

  6. Lance Bass Is Married: Get The Details

    December 20, 2014 10:05 PM EST Lance Bass is officially a married man! The former *NSYNC singer and Michael Turchin tied the knot on Saturday (Dec. 20). The happy couple said "I do" in front of friends and family at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, according to E! News . Fellow *NSYNC bandmates Joey…

  7. Beyonce Sent a Christmas Card To Which 'Orange Is the New Black' Star?

    December 20, 2014 5:41 PM EST Beyonce must be a big Orange Is the New Black  fan. The singer reportedly sent one of the show's stars, Laverne Cox, some holiday greetings and there's even a photo to prove it. Cox posted the holiday card and gift to her Instagram account on Dec. 19, proudly declaring…

  8. Sugarland, Live Nation Settle With State Fair Victims

    December 20, 2014 1:20 PM EST Country duo Sugarland , concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse , lawyers for the victims and their families announced Friday (Dec. 20). Judge Orders Sugarland Singer…

  9. Madonna Survives in Style on 'Living For Love': Single Review

    December 20, 2014 11:52 AM EST When listening to Madonna sing a line like "Took me to heaven, let me fall down/Now that it's over, I'm gonna carry on" on new single "Living For Love," it's hard not to think of the disappointment the pop queen felt earlier this week, when her…

  10. Madonna's 'Early Christmas Gift,' Releases Six Songs From New Album

    December 20, 2014 3:08 AM EST The queen of pop strikes back at demo leaks, announces "Rebel Heart." One Madonna surprise follows another, as the Queen of Pop has dropped her forthcoming album, Rebel Heart -- with six new songs immediately available for purchase -- onto iTunes for pre-order well ahead of…

  11. INgrooves Founder & CEO Robb McDaniels Resigns

    December 19, 2014 6:35 PM EST INgrooves founder and CEO Robb McDaniels has resigned from the company he founded and guided since 2001. He will remain on the company's board of directors, serve as a consultant to the company and continue as a shareholder. "Over the past 13 years, I have led the expansion of…

  12. Can The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' Top the U.K.'s Cherished Christmas Charts?

    December 19, 2014 5:38 PM EST Following the U.K.'s Official Charts inclusion of digital streaming this year, the new accounting is causing some shake-ups this holiday season. Now the highly coveted Christmas No. 1 could be poised for takeover by a song that's nearly three decades old: The Pogues ' …

  13. Azealia Banks Now Beefing with Action Bronson on Twitter

    December 19, 2014 5:17 PM EST "THE DEVIL LIVES IN THERE," Bronson says of Azealia's nether regions. Happy holidays, everybody! The Young Gunz song “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” might have been written about Azealia Banks ’ tendency to argue with other artists on Twitter! After taking aim at Iggy Azalea for the…

  14. U.S.-Cuba Musical Relations: A Timeline of Milestones

    December 19, 2014 5:15 PM EST Before President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, there were five decades of a rocky musical relationship that displayed artistic triumphs, personal tragedies and the diplomatic power of music. See our timeline below: 1959 …

  15. Billy Corgan: 'I'm a Rock Star Because I'm a Great F---ing Musician'

    December 19, 2014 4:40 PM EST When it comes to the state of the music industry (or anything else for that matter),  Smashing Pumpkins  mastermind and frontman  Billy Corgan  has no problem speaking his mind. Billboard sat down with the musician in his dressing room at the recent KROQ Almost Acoustic Xmas event in Los…

  16. Taylor Swift's '1989' Set for Sixth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 19, 2014 4:31 PM EST Nicki Minaj and D’Angelo on course for top 10 debuts. Taylor Swift 's 1989 is heading back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the album may sell over 340,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 21, while its overall album consumption figure could approach 390…

  17. Top 10 Lyrics From D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

    December 19, 2014 3:40 PM EST It's been close to a week since the surprise release of D'Angelo & The Vanguard's Black Messiah , enough time for the formerly distorted lyrics of D'Angelo to become more clear and significant. The easiest tone to take with Black Messiah , in its entire majestic roar…

  18. Taylor Swift's Birthday Boosts Her to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    December 19, 2014 3:24 PM EST It pays to have famous friends -- or, in Taylor Swift ’s case, friends with large online followings who will tweet about attending your 25th birthday party. An array of A-listers (like Nick Jonas , Selena Gomez , Lorde , Haim and more) did just that on the night of Dec. 13, spreading online…

  19. Eric Burgett Brings His Classical Training to Country Music

    December 19, 2014 2:59 PM EST In this week's 615 Spotlight, we take a look at a singer who we found simply perfecting his art in one of the most prestigious clubs in Nashville: Eric Burgett, one of the most unique talents  you will find in Music City. His writing and performing definitely fit in with what is out…

  20. Beyonce Loses Feminist of the Year Title to Emma Watson

    December 19, 2014 2:36 PM EST One way to measure how far feminism has come is realizing we now have a list of celebrated entertainers who've made great strides for feminism (the point is, of course, a bit muddled by the subsequent ranking of said women).  Emma Watson was named the Feminist Celebrity of 2014,…

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