1. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Band Aid 30 Debuts, Nicki Minaj Ties Madonna's Hit Total

    November 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' returns, while Minaj ties for the third-most visits among women. Plus, chart action for Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Pentatonix and Fergie. As previously reported , Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blank…

  2. Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 10 Best Musical Moments

    November 27, 2014 12:16 PM EST When the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade hits Manhattan each year, it means one thing -- it's a miracle if you can find a New York resident anywhere near 34th Street. Locals might be scarce in Midtown Manhattan, but celebrities, Broadway dancers and musicians are available in…

  3. Questlove: The Roots & Notorious B.I.G. 'Never Made It Right' Before Biggie's Death

    November 26, 2014 7:32 PM EST After years of The Notorious B.I.G. supporting The Roots , Questlove says he and the band were regrettably not on good terms before his sudden death in 1997.  The Roots' drummer spilled the story on the Juan Epstein podcast Tuesday alongside Chris Rock, saying in the time before the…

  4. Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' No. 1 on Hot 100 for Second Week

    November 26, 2014 3:05 PM EST Swift holds at the summit, while Hozier becomes the first solo male in the top five in nearly three months. Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blank Space," while Hozier surges 6-3 with "Take Me to Church," becoming the first solo…

  5. Pomplamoose Breaks Down the Costs of Touring As an Independent

    November 26, 2014 10:29 AM EST Pomplamoose explains the hard work, and money, required of a "middle class" band. Jack Conte , one half of the indie duo Pomplamoose , took to the nascent publishing platform Medium yesterday to lay out the difficult financials involved in mounting a 23-city U.S. tour. The result…

  6. Sinead O’Connor on Band Aid 30 Criticism: ‘Everyone Should Shut the F--- Up’

    November 25, 2014 11:42 PM EST Lily Allen has called it “smug.” Emeli Sande has apologized if its lyrics “caused offence.” Adele is rumored to have snubbed the sessions. But Sinead O’Connor isn’t having any of it. The sharp-tongued Irish singer has hit back at critics of the latest version of the Band Aid all-star…

  7. Spotify's 2013 Financials: What You Need to Know

    November 25, 2014 4:54 PM EST The company yearly financial reports, filed in Luxembourg, point to... well, it's complicated. The release of Spotify's 2013 financial information (via an article at The Guardian ) comes amidst heavy criticism about the company's freemium business model and the amount of…

  8. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST The debate around streaming isn't as simple as "streaming versus musicians" -- as independent artist Ron Pope explains. I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her albums, I’ve seen her live, I cheer when she…

  9. The Niche Releases to Watch for on Black Friday -- From a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Mixtape to a Limited-Edition ‘Big Lebowski’ Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 11:54 AM EST Record Store Day is typically celebrated in April, but since 2010, mom-and-pop shops -- along with labels and even movie studios -- have also welcomed exclusive releases for Black Friday. On tap for 2014: a Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on cassette, Island/Mercury's limited edition …

  10. One Direction Hits One Billion Plays on Spotify (But Are Still Way Behind Eminem)

    November 25, 2014 11:12 AM EST One Direction has surpassed a billion streams on Spotify, joining Coldplay as only the second British band to accomplish that feat on the streaming music service. According to data provided by Spotify, the boy band reached the milestone last week upon the release of their new album Four . …

  11. Killer Mike on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision: 'I Got Kicked on My Ass'

    November 25, 2014 10:40 AM EST Since the unarmed teenager Michael Brown was gunned down on Aug. 9 in Ferguson Miss., Killer Mike has been one of the few artists willing to talk about the situation from the beginning. Monday night, after a grand jury announced that they were not going indict police officer Darren Wilson…

  12. A-Trak Talks New Solo Material, DJ Set Transparency, and 'Youth on the Come-Up'

    November 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST By this point in his career, A-Trak should probably be known as Multi-Track. The former Billboard cover star  (real name Alain Macklovitch, a last name you might recognize from his brother Dave, who goes by Dave 1 in the electro-funk duo Chromeo ) is a DJ and producer, scratcher and…

  13. IFPI's Investing in Music 2014 Report: Annual A&R & Marketing Spend Tops $4.3 Billion

    November 24, 2014 7:00 PM EST It's become a much-heard and endlessly repeated complaint of the digital age that record labels no longer invest in artist development, but a new report from IFPI suggests that the opposite is in fact true. Record companies' annual spending on A&R and marketing now tops $4.3…

  14. Pop Shop Podcast: 2014 American Music Awards Recap!

    November 24, 2014 5:40 PM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to a special episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  15. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  16. Judge Rules Against Pandora in Licensing Fight

    November 24, 2014 3:17 PM EST Pandora's effort to get BMI rate court Judge Louis L. Stanton to rule that the digital service has a "license-in-effect" with the performance right society has failed, with the Judge ruling last Friday (Nov. 21) against the Oakland, Calif.-based company. Initially intended…

  17. Joris Voorn Talks Working With Kid A & His Father on New Album 'Nobody Knows'

    November 24, 2014 1:35 PM EST The Dutch institution departs his club comfort zone on third LP. Between marathon sets and sessions, Joris Voorn is a rare breed -- equally at home in the club and studio. The esteemed Trouw, Amsterdam resident's versatility is fully evident on his third full-length album Nobody Knows,…

  18. Jim Schwartz, Pioneering Indie Music Distributor, Dead at 91

    November 24, 2014 1:16 PM EST Legendary indie music distributor Jim Schwartz died in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 91. Although Schwartz ran Schwartz Brothers for many years, the company was originally founded right after World War II by his father Harry, who named the…

  19. Band Aid 30’s 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' Opens at No. 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales

    November 24, 2014 4:56 AM EST Band Aid 30’s updated “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year to date, selling 312,000 downloads to go straight to No. 1. Sunday's (Nov. 23) new Official Charts Company data also saw One Direction debut atop the album…

  20. Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovation In Florida Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

    November 22, 2014 12:54 PM EST The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby , for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed. Bill Cosby Refuses to Address Sexual Assault Allegations in…

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