1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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 ' …

  4. 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 …

  5. Pandora Gets Creative Again: Company Cites Its First Amendment Rights in Turtles Lawsuit

    December 19, 2014 5:08 PM EST In the latest turn of events around The Turtles ' crusade to collect on royalties for songs recorded prior to 1972, Pandora has filed an anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) motion, arguing -- in a creative gambit reminiscent of the company's failed play at…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014: See Who Wins our Year-End Pop Showdown!

    December 19, 2014 2:00 PM EST Which 2014 smash is the critics' pick for pop song of the year? We made 64 hits battle it out, March Madness-style, to determine a winner! Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs…

  9. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith Brings 'Merry Little Christmas' to Chart for First Time

    December 19, 2014 12:15 PM EST Smith's version of the 70-year-old ballad makes its first Hot 100 appearance, joining carols by Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande. Plus, moves for Usher and Charli XCX. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week,…

  10. This Ain't No Buena Vista: Meet Five Cuban Artists to Watch

    December 19, 2014 9:02 AM EST All of these artists, like many other musicians from Cuba, have already performed in the United States, and their albums are available through all of the U.S. digital music services. President Obama’s announced changes in current Cuba policy may increase Cuban artists’ presence on U.S.…

  11. Paul McCartney Worked on a Song About Police Killings: 'I'm Not Giving Up On It'

    December 19, 2014 1:00 AM EST Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago for The Ed Sullivan Show , his manner informal, his build slender and well suited for jeans and…

  12. Vessel, New Video Site from Hulu's Former Boss, Will Offer Very Sweet Deals to Content Creators

    December 18, 2014 5:48 PM EST Streaming services are routinely attacked for the inability of their royalties alone to sustain creators. The former head of video streaming service Hulu believes he has a solution. Called Vessel, the service is the creation of Jason Kilar , the former chief executive of Hulu, and Rich Tom …

  13. Alejandro Fernandez Earns Fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums

    December 18, 2014 5:44 PM EST Plus: Romeo Santos & Voz de Mando each notch new airplay No. 1s. Alejandro Fernandez earns his fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums as his  Confidencias Reales  debuts with 3,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. Willy Chirino Op-Ed: Why U.S.-Cuba Thaw Is No…

  14. 'Sons of Anarchy' Finale Song Debuts on Rock Chart

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST As the bloody motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy concluded its seven-season run Dec. 9 on FX, its swan song, "Come Join the Murder," debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. The original track is credited to the show's house band, the Forest Rangers, and White…

  15. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight…

  16. Willy Chirino Op-Ed: Why U.S.-Cuba Thaw Is No Victory

    December 18, 2014 3:30 PM EST Miami-based Cuban tropical artist calls decision 'a defeat for those of us who want to see a free, sovereign Cuba.' On Nov. 19, Miami-based Cuban tropical star Willy Chirino accepted a Latin Grammy for lifetime achievement at a ceremony in Las Vegas. "This is dedicated to all…

  17. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, J. Cole Debuts at No. 2

    December 18, 2014 2:32 PM EST Swift reigns for a ninth week, while Cole launches fueled by album sales. Taylor Swift remains atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, logging a record-extending ninth week at No. 1, while J. Cole soars in at No. 2, powered by sales for his new album. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly…

  18. Windowing New Music May Not Goose Sales, Study Shows

    December 18, 2014 12:01 PM EST A case study by on one song in two different territories by two Spotify executives shows why windowing releases might not be a good idea. The Spotify duo, director of economic development Will Page and analyst Kenny Ning, chose to look at how Meghan Trainor 's "All About That…

  19. Pop Shop Podcast: Madonna Leaks, Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX & More

    December 18, 2014 10:53 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest 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.…

  20. Jon Stewart Mocks Fox News' Sean Hannity Over Clumsy Jay Z Jab

    December 18, 2014 10:25 AM EST Fox News anchor Sean Hannity had a very Fox News moment recently, criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for associating with Jay Z . It wasn’t just that Cuomo was agreeing with Jay Z in calling out the Staten Island grand jury that didn’t indict an NYPD officer for the chokehold death…

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