1. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Soars to Top 10

    December 17, 2014 2:20 PM EST Swift scores her longest career reign as 'Blank Space' rules for a fifth week, while Sheeran posts his best rank as 'Thinking Out Loud' leaps 24-6. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, granting the superstar her…

  2. New Zealand's Chart-Busters Sol3 Mio Ready to Tackle the World

    December 17, 2014 5:56 AM EST Sol3 Mio has a special affinity with the month of December. The New Zealand operatic trio’s self-titled debut album clocked-up staggering business in the lead-in to last Christmas. In just the one month,  Sol3 Mio  shifted more copies than any other album sold during the entirety of 2013.…

  3. Craig Wayne Boyd Wins 'The Voice' Series 7

    December 17, 2014 2:45 AM EST Country fans have spoken again. Craig Wayne Boyd , the country rocker from Blake Shelton's team, was named the winner of "The Voice" Tuesday. Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off. 'The Voice' Recap: Final 4 Debut Original Songs, Music Videos…

  4. Fall Out Boy Talk New Album, Motley Crue & Grateful Dead

    December 16, 2014 8:49 PM EST Fall Out Boy appeared on night one of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas , alongside such heavy rockers as System of a Down , Incubus , Linkin Park , Bush and Royal Blood . With a lineup of guitar-driven acts like that, there were no pretenses about this night being acoustic, but FOB&…

  5. Imagem No Longer for Sale After Failed Auction Process

    December 16, 2014 8:24 PM EST While BMG was the top bidder, a deal was never made. Imagem, one of the largest indie publishers with revenues of about 99 million euros ($125 million) in 2013, has been taken off the block after a failed auction process. According to a statement from the company, a strategic review by its…

  6. Op-Ed: How Mobile Finally Took Over the Music Industry in 2014

    December 16, 2014 3:55 PM EST With explosive growth in streaming, social media, artist apps and more, mobile finally took over the music industry. Like smart watches and cars that drive themselves, the celestial jukebox is no longer science fiction. Thanks to the supercomputers that 71 percent of Americans now keep in…

  7. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  8. Op-Ed: Why 'Dad Rock' Became 2014's Put-Down Du Jour (Sorry, Bruce and U2)

    December 16, 2014 12:00 PM EST The first time Wilco singer Jeff Tweedy , 47, heard the phrase “dad rock,” he was reading a Pitchfork review of his band’s 2007 album, Sky Blue Sky , which a writer said “nakedly exposes the dad-rock gene Wilco has always carried but courageously attempted to disguise.” This was followed by…

  9. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  10. Op-Ed: Vine Became the New Demo Tape in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:34 PM EST Fifteen minutes of fame shrunk by 14 minutes and 54 seconds in 2014. Thanks to the Twitter-owned video app Vine, six seconds were all that a growing number of artists needed to achieve celebrity status. In the same way YouTube took a few years to produce mainstream musical acts from…

  11. The 4 Movie Soundtracks That Soared in 2014 (We're Looking at You, 'Frozen' and 'Hunger Games')

    December 15, 2014 4:17 PM EST With Frozen , Lorde, and Guardians of the Galaxy leading the way, movie soundtracks ruled in 2014. Read on for four of the biggest: Frozen Released in late 2013, the film’s soundtrack dominated the Billboard 200 well into 2014, spending 13 weeks at No. 1 -- the longest run for a soundtrack…

  12. The Average Age of the Rock Category Is How Old? Plus Other Surprising (and Not-So-Surprising) Grammy Nomination Stats

    December 15, 2014 4:01 PM EST Some obvious and (not-so-obvious) stats about this year's Grammy nominations.  Grammys 2015: See All the Coverage! This article first appeared in the Dec. 20 issue of Billboard. News Harley Brown 1418619600 …

  13. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

  14. Audiam Raises Additional $1 Million From Music Biz Investors

    December 15, 2014 7:30 AM EST Audiam, the company started by Tunecore co-founders Jeff Price and Peter Wells to serve publishers and publishing administrators to get them paid accurately from interactive streaming music services, has just raised an additional $1 million in funding from a group of individual strategic…

  15. Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    December 15, 2014 3:20 AM EST Artist-producer Mark Ronson has landed his first U.K. No. 1 single, after “Uptown Funk” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Bruno Mars , entered at the top Sunday (Dec. 14). Ed Sheeran’s   X  (Asylum/Warner Music) rose again for its tenth aggregate week at the album summit. Ronson’s collaboration…

  16. Amanda Palmer Writes on Business of Music, Touring at a Loss: 'Don't Talk About Your Risks'

    December 14, 2014 9:54 PM EST "The mostly-unspoken rule that artists aren’t supposed to talk about their businesses reveals plenty about how we tend to think of 'art' and 'business' as mutually exclusive," writes Amanda Palmer in an op-ed for the Guardian , describing the double standards…

  17. BSBB Round 2: Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" vs. Ed Sheeran, "Don't"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Anaconda Nicki Minaj Don't Ed Sheeran MEAGHAN GARVEY: Can I be honest? “Anaconda” is obnoxious. It’s not even in the same arena as Nicki’s best singles; the beat is grating, the sample flip is obvious. And it doesn’t…

  18. BSBB Round 1: Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" vs. Ed Sheeran, "Don't"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All About That Bass Maghan Trainor Don't Ed Sheeran CRAIG JENKINS: Ed Sheeran’s push from coffee shop folk-pop to the hodge-podge of styles he occupied on x was lauded as an evolution this summer, but “Don’t” is…

  19. BSBB Round 1: John Legend, "All Of Me" vs. Ed Sheeran, "Sing"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All Of Me John Legend Sing Ed Sheeran MAURA JOHNSTON: The battle of the stridently solo balladeers comes down to one simple criterion: Which one will last as a first dance song for weddings immemorial? My Vote: "All Of Me…

  20. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran Soars With Two Songs, Mariah Carey Returns

    December 12, 2014 5:56 PM EST Two Sheeran tracks surge, while Carey makes her now-annual 'Christmas' comeback. Plus, moves for Jennifer Lawrence, Lillywood & Robin Schulz and Sheppard. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, while…

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