1. Marvin Gaye's Family Doubts 'Fair Trial' in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    January 27, 2015 5:13 PM EST A judge rules out use of a sound recording of 'Got to Give It Up' at a trial next month. When Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke brought a lawsuit in August 2013 and demanded a judicial ruling that the monster hit "Blurred Lines" wasn't a copyright infringement of…

  2. Nielsen: Canada Loved Taylor Swift, Streaming Music and, Yep, Vinyl in 2014

    January 27, 2015 2:17 PM EST Bobby Bazini was the only Canadian artist to sell over 100,000 units domestically in 2014, according to The 2014 Nielsen Music Canada Report. The other six albums were by Taylor Swift , various artists on the Frozen soundtrack, Sam Smith , Ed Sheeran , Coldplay and Lorde . According to the…

  3. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or…

  4. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  5. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  6. Ariana Grande to Perform at NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show

    January 22, 2015 8:00 AM EST Ariana Grande will continue a stellar year when she headlines the NBA All-Star Game halftime show during the Entertainment Series presented by JBL on Sunday, Feb. 15. Grande will take the stage live from New York City's Madison Square Garden at halftime of the game, which will air live…

  7. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Hot 100, Maroon 5 Debuts at No. 8

    January 21, 2015 3:13 PM EST 'Uptown Funk!' rules for a third week. Plus, the police helps escort Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' back into the top five and Maroon 5's 'Sugar' sweetens the chart at No. 8. Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars ,…

  8. Exclusive: Phoebe Ryan Premieres R. Kelly/Miguel Mash-Up 'Ignition/Do You'

    January 21, 2015 11:10 AM EST Meet Phoebe Ryan. The newly L.A.-based songwriter turned solo artist has collaborated with everyone from folk duo Oh Honey to pop artist Bea Miller to rapper Skizzy Mars. And you may have heard her name bubbling under back in 2013, when she featured on Tritonal's "Now Or Never.…

  9. Executive Turntable: Moves at Artists Den, Monterey Jazz Festival, Universal

    January 20, 2015 11:38 AM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Pandora, Universal Music Group, Reservoir, and more! -- Francisco Arenas joined Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter as SVP Licensing & Business Development. In his new role, Francisco and his team will focus on…

  10. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 50-26

    January 20, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  11. Primary Wave Merges Talent Management Division With Intellectual Artists Management

    January 19, 2015 7:49 PM EST Independent music marketing, talent management and music publishing company Primary Wave has merged its talent management division with full-service talent and literary management, media and content production company Intellectual Artists Management, it was announced Monday. Primary Wave…

  12. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson Debut; Cage the Elephant Tops Alternative Songs

    January 19, 2015 3:15 PM EST Maroon 5 and Clarkson soar onto multiple charts, while Cage the Elephant stomps to its fifth No. 1 on Alternative Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs, which…

  13. Watch Bruce Springsteen Perform at Light of Day 2015 Benefit in New Jersey

    January 18, 2015 3:03 PM EST There was magic in the night for the 15th anniversary of the Light of Day 2015 Winterfest, as "surprise" guest Bruce Springsteen took the stage at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, N.J. "15 years," the 65-year old rocker said wistfully as he -- and 17 other musical…

  14. Macklemore's Baby News Spurs Return to Social 50 Chart

    January 15, 2015 6:07 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis return to the Social 50 chart at No. 18, the duo's highest rank since the June 8, 2013-dated chart (No. 15). The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's…

  15. Brit Music Awards Nominations: Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran & More

    January 15, 2015 4:27 PM EST Man of the moment Sam Smith leads the nominations for Britain's most prestigious music awards, the Brits. The soulful 22-year-old "Stay With Me" singer was nominated for five awards Thursday (Jan. 15), including best album and best male artist. Ed Sheeran Previews New Song in…

  16. Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons & Deadmau5 to Headline Bonnaroo 2015

    January 13, 2015 9:00 PM EST Billy Joel , Mumford & Sons , Deadmau5 , Kendrick Lamar and Florence and The Machine are among the big names set to appear at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the annual happening announced Tuesday.  Bonnaroo 2014: Top 10 Best Performances The final lineup came…

  17. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  18. 'The Voice' U.K. Season 4 Premiere Attracts 8 Million Viewers

    January 13, 2015 5:50 AM EST The season-four premiere of The Voice U.K. on BBC One Saturday night drew 8.05 million viewers on average, according to ratings data. The singing show with new coach Rita Ora had attracted an average audience of 8.40 million for the launch episode of last season, according to ratings…

  19. Publishing Briefs: Elizabeth Matthews Rises to CEO for ASCAP, Sony/ATV Not for Sale

    January 13, 2015 5:05 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  -- Elizabeth Matthews has been tapped as the new CEO for ASCAP , the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, replacing John LoFrumento , who retired on Dec. 31. Matthews, who…

  20. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' New Year Leads to Gains on Artist 100

    January 08, 2015 5:03 PM EST The singer soars thanks to renewed year-end airplay and sales for his smash 'Happy.' Meanwhile, Taylor Swift tops the chart for a 12th week. Pharrell Williams is one of several artists whose 2014 success translates to upward action on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, thanks to year…

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