"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 ASCAP catalogue, according to a top 30 list released Friday.
"A year-and-a-half ago I was wearing a red wig, pretending to be a silly 15-year-old on a television show," says Ariana Grande, referring to her title role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom 'Sam & Cat.' That was before the native Floridian released her sophomore LP, 'My Everything,' this past August, and made Billboard Hot 100 history.
This year, Iggy Azalea became music's first white female rap star. The 24-year-old surpassed Lil' Kim as the woman rap artist with the longest-leading single in chart history ("Fancy"), was featured on the soundtrack to the Disney film 'Million Dollar Arm' and performed on 'Dancing With the Stars.'
Billboard's Woman of the Year Taylor Swift went to a show by the band The 1975 at New York City's Terminal 5 last night. She brought along a couple of Victoria's Secret Models, Lily Aldridge and Martha Hunt.
Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, '1989,' would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own label," says Swift, recalling the run-up to 1989's October release in the vast living room of her penthouse loft in downtown Manhattan. "But when we got those first-day numbers in, all of a sudden, I didn't look so naive anymore."
Nicki Minaj will join Saturday Night Live this week as musical guest, along with host James Franco. And little did we know the two are actually best friends with a secret handshake -- or so the promo video released Thursday would have you believe.
We at Billboard.com are launching So You Know You Can’t Dance, a new web series in which music’s biggest stars teach me, a clumsy white guy, some choreography. Watch the first episode, in which Kiesza demonstrates a few moves from her “Hideaway” music video
On this week’s episode, pop quartet Echosmith stops by to chat about the success of their Top 20 hit “Cool Kids,” their quickly growing audiences and getting paid in Chick-Fil-A platters in the group’s early years.