1. 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…

  2. Fans on Taylor Swift's 'Swiftmas': 'No One in the Music Industry Has as Big a Heart as She Does'

    December 24, 2014 3:20 PM EST Move over, Oprah . Taylor Swift is the new ultimate gift-giver.  This holiday season, the 25-year-old pop star has been sending huge packages of early Christmas presents to fans. Since mid-November, 32 lucky Tumblr followers of Swift have received FedEx boxes in the mail from the starlet.…

  3. Joe Cocker Tribute: Jennifer Warnes Shares Heartfelt Remembrance of 'Up Where We Belong' Duet Partner

    December 24, 2014 10:04 AM EST When I was teenager there were three large posters of famous people on my bedroom wall -- Bob Dylan, D.H. Lawrence and Joe Cocker in the middle of a scream in concert at Woodstock. The picture of Joe frightened my mother, but I reassured her. "No mom, he's an emotional visionary.…

  4. Kesha's Birthday Card to Dr. Luke Added to Defamation Lawsuit

    December 23, 2014 12:09 PM EST Dr. Luke's defamation lawsuit against Kesha , her mother and Vector Management now includes a very personal item -- a birthday card Kesha sent to Dr. Luke. Lawyers for Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald amended the producer's official complaint on Monday afternoon. Additions…

  5. Watch Olga Tañón Sing the Bejesus Out of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'

    December 22, 2014 11:00 AM EST Puerto Rican diva and her special needs daughter send Christmas message on Spanish "Aleluya." Latin music fans must not have been good this year, considering the scant number of new Spanish-language Christmas songs that artists have given them in 2014. So “Aleluya” for Olga Tañón…

  6. One Direction on 'Saturday Night Live': Their Best Moments

    December 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST One Direciton will be the musical guest tonight on Saturday Night Live , and if the past repeats itself, the boy-banders will likely appear in a sketch or two. To get ready, we're looking back on some of the highlights from their previous appearances on the late-night program. Check…

  7. Wynonna Picks Her 5 Essential Christmas Songs

    December 19, 2014 9:24 PM EST Wynonna says that her A Simpler Christmas Tour has been quite an emotional roller coaster. "It's basically a tragic comedy," she tells Billboard . "I get to talk about very some intensely personal deep and sentimental family stuff from growing up in Appalachia. We didn&…

  8. 'Salad Days,' Comprehensive Doc on Washington, D.C.'s Hardcore Scene, Gets a Hometown Premiere

    December 19, 2014 1:08 PM EST A long-awaited documentary on the influential 80s D.C. hardcore scene Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, D.C. , makes its hometown premiere tonight (Dec. 19) at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center  in Silver Spring, MD. The first of the four-sold out screenings this weekend…

  9. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  10. Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake Return to Camp -- And Sing Third Eye Blind!

    December 17, 2014 9:53 AM EST They're bringing camping back! Justin Timberlake returned to the Tonight Show Wednesday night, and that meant a return to Camp Winnipeasaukee, where Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon play teenage campers -- who just can't help but sing a lot. Check out the duo's latest below, which…

  11. Ray Price Remembered by Wife Janie, One Year After His Death

    December 16, 2014 6:55 PM EST Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price . For his widow, Janie, it was as if the world had seemingly come to an end. "It was actually four months before I could even leave my home," she says. "I just honestly stayed…

  12. Why Were Jay Z, Justin Timberlake & Taylor Swift Hanging Out? 10 (Not-So-Likely) Theories

    December 16, 2014 2:24 PM EST "I stay out too late...then have music titans come over the following afternoon." Even by Taylor Swift 's high standards, she's having a pretty great weekend. After receiving Billboard 's Woman of the Year Award on Friday, she had her 25th birthday party attended by…

  13. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  14. '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…

  15. BSBB Round 5: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, 'Drunk In Love' vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, 'Fancy'

    December 14, 2014 10:05 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX HARLEY BROWN: This is a very interesting pair-up because of its arguable inversions: Jay Z's verse on "Drunk In Love" is phoned in, while Iggy…

  16. BSBB Round 2: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Shakira feat. Rihanna, "Can't Remember To Forget You"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Can't Remember To Forget You Shakira feat. Rihanna MEGAN BUERGER: Katy Perry and Juicy J are the greatest pop-rap dream team since J. Lo and Ja Rule, and "Dark Horse" is the…

  17. BSBB Round 1: Becky G, "Shower" vs. Jason Aldean, "Burnin' It Down"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Shower Becky G Burnin' It Down Jason Aldean CHRIS PAYNE: Jason Aldean has many, many more hits than Becky G, who remains a relative unknown, but “Shower” is just a perfect, undeniable pop hit. It’s got those “Call Me Maybe…

  18. BSBB Round 1: One Direction, "Steal My Girl" vs. Tove Lo, "Habits (Stay High)"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Steal My Girl One Direction Habits (Stay High) Tove Lo CRAIG JENKINS: One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” is a throwback to the mannered piano-driven pop of the power ballad-heavy late ‘80s, and like a lot of that stuff, it’s…

  19. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of…

  20. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Director James Gunn Talks No. 1 Soundtrack for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Mixmaster Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 2 Weeks on Billboard 200 Awesome Mix Vol. 1 , the soundtrack album for comic sci-fi action movie Guardians of the Galaxy , tripped a sonic time warp with the best record K-tel never made. Director James Gunn's adaptation of the…

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