1. Will Marvin Gaye Be Heard at the 'Blurred Lines' Trial Next Month?

    January 06, 2015 7:14 PM EST On Feb. 10, Pharrell Williams & Robin Thicke are scheduled to be in a courtroom to defend the originality of 'Blurred Lines.' Next month, many ears will be attuned to a federal courtroom in California where the family of Marvin Gaye will do battle against Pharrell Williams and…

  2. Emma Stone Extends Her Stay at Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    January 05, 2015 2:04 AM EST Emma Stone plans to stick around the Kit Kat Klub - she's extending her stay in the current Broadway revival of Cabaret . Roundabout Theatre Company said Monday that Stone will now star as Sally Bowles for an additional two weeks through Feb. 15. The actress who will finish the show&…

  3. Little Jimmy Dickens Remembered by Country Music Stars on Twitter

    January 04, 2015 1:14 PM EST Veteran performer Little Jimmy Dickens , the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, died on Friday (Jan. 2) at the age of 94. But his memory certainly isn't being forgotten. Little Jimmy Dickens, Oldest Grand Ole Opry Cast Member, Dead at 94 Country stars like Carrie Underwood ,…

  4. Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith Help U.K. Music Sales Stay Above £1 Billion

    January 01, 2015 3:12 AM EST Nearly 15 billion songs were streamed in the United Kingdom in 2014 with digital accounting for 51% of U.K. music consumption Big selling records from home-grown artists Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith helped U.K. recorded music sales stay above the £1 billion marker in 2014. The £1.03 billion…

  5. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM 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 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  6. Taylor Swift's '1989' Beats 'Frozen' As Top Selling Album of 2014

    December 31, 2014 11:56 AM EST In the final tracking week of 2014, '1989' surpassed 'Frozen' as year's top seller Leave it to Taylor Swift to spoil Disney's Frozen party. It came down to the wire, but in the final week of 2014, Swift's 1989 finishes as the year's top…

  7. New Year's Eve 2014: A Musical Guide

    December 30, 2014 7:31 PM EST Nevermind that snow may hit Las Vegas on New Year's Eve -- the desert destination may have quietly usurped New York City as the country's most banging music hotspot to ring in 2015. This year, everyone from Jennifer Lopez , Lady Gaga (with Tony Bennett ) and Britney…

  8. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  9. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best R&B Song and Best Urban Contemporary Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 5:19 PM EST BEST R&B SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Drunk In Love" Performers: Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z Songwriters: Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosley, Andre Eric Proctor, Brian Soko Publishers: Andre Eric Proctor Publishing Designee,…

  10. Grammys 2015 Preview: From Taylor Swift to Sam Smith, Grammy Pop Solo Performance Nominees Dish About Their Hits

    December 30, 2014 12:15 PM EST "Shake It Off" Taylor Swift From:   1989 Label:  Big Machine Records "Four years ago I put out a song called 'Mean' from the perspective of 'Why are you picking on me?' " Taylor Swift told Billboard earlier this year. " 'Shake It Off'…

  11. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  12. Pharrell's Lawyer to YouTube: Remove Our Songs or Face $1B Lawsuit

    December 22, 2014 5:04 PM EST YouTube has been told to stop playing about 20,000 songs, but Irving Azoff's clients are finding the takedown process to be frustrating. There are songs, and then there are dances. Here's a song-and-dance routine that, according to one of the lawyers involved, could amount to a…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. R&B and Hip-Hop in 2014: A Lackluster Year for Some, But Not All

    December 17, 2014 5:01 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at…

  16. 'Something Rotten!' Musical Heading to Broadway

    December 17, 2014 12:29 AM EST William Shakespeare is heading back to Broadway -- but this time he'll be mocked in a musical. Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum said Tuesday that the sweet and goofy new show Something Rotten!  will play the St. James Theatre in March. Tony winner Casey Nicholaw will direct and…

  17. 'The Voice' Recap: Final 4 Debut Original Songs, Music Videos

    December 15, 2014 11:03 PM EST The Voice is trying something new to ensure their next winner jumps from the finale to the charts. On Monday night's episode, the last remaining competitors took the stage to debut original songs, penned with support from their coaches' creative teams. They also unveiled…

  18. 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…

  19. BSBB Round 3: Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Stay With Me Sam Smith Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith CAITLIN WHITE: It's pretty safe to say the rest of Sam Smith's career hinges on his feature on Disclosure's "Latch." For most of us, the song was…

  20. BSBB Round 2: John Legend, "All of Me" vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All of Me John Legend Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX JAMIESON COX: I really dislike “All of Me,” a song so generic and plain and dry-mouthed it’s completely devoid of any meaning. John Legend can do better! I don’t quite…

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