1. G-Unit, Kindness & Greek Fire: Emerging Picks of the Week

    November 21, 2014 4:31 PM EST Heading into the weekend, Billboard offers another triple play of tracks to check out that all debuted on this week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Big Body Benz," Kidd Kidd…

  2. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Boosie to Screaming Females

    November 21, 2014 4:09 PM EST Tove Styrke "Borderline" RCA/Sony Sweden Can two Swedish singers named Tove cross over with confessional jams in the same year? New RCA signee Tove Styrke would love to match the success of Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" with the slithering "Borderline,"…

  3. Vevo Faces an Uncertain Future With the Departure of CEO Rio Caraeff and a Failed Sale

    November 21, 2014 3:00 PM EST Rio Caraeff 's departure as CEO of Vevo at the end of 2014 -- officially announced Nov. 17 after an internal memo had leaked -- leaves the music-video service at a crossroads. After Caraeff failed to sell the company at a reported $1 billion this summer (Yahoo, Guggenheim and…

  4. Rixton Discuss Their Bizarre Pre-Show Ritual and Treating Every Concert Like It's at Wembley

    November 21, 2014 12:57 PM EST Compared to their compadres Mary Lambert and Betty Who , British band Rixton are the babies of the AmEx AIR bunch. While the female Artists in Residence are riding high on the success of their first major-label albums, the young lads from Manchester are still a few months away from the…

  5. 'I Only Blame Myself': Is Reclusive R&B Singer Jeremih Holding Back His Own Career?

    November 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Fifty-two different songs have reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. Only one of them doesn't have an official music video: Jeremih 's "Don't Tell 'Em." "I blame myself," the singer says, sitting on the rooftop of West Hollywood hotel…

  6. Happy Birthday, Bjork! 10 Unforgettable Tracks Revisited

    November 21, 2014 11:06 AM EST Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork is many things -- she’s an artist, influencer and has made a career by not fitting into any stereotypical molds. She takes risks (ahem, infamous swan dress ) and lets her unique voice speak for itself. Even Beavis and Butt-head tried to wrap their heads…

  7. Latin Grammys 2014: Music & Politics Mix as Carlos Vives, Enrique Iglesias Win Big

    November 21, 2014 12:16 AM EST Jorge Drexler, Calle 13 & Paco de Lucia also pick up big prizes, while Obama's immigration speech dominates talk. President Obama was the opening act for the Latin Grammys. It was the talk in Las Vegas during the 15th edition of the awards show, which started more than 10 minutes…

  8. Calle 13, Enrique Iglesias & More Win Early Latin Grammys Before Obama Address

    November 20, 2014 8:17 PM EST Lila Downs, Juanes & more also win pre-telecast trophies. Puerto Rican rappers Calle 13 , pop star Enrique Iglesias and Mexican songstress Lila Downs took home trophies during the 2014 Latin Grammys pre-telecast in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand moments before President Obama addressed the…

  9. Charlie Daniels' Holiday Season Starts With Christmas 4 Kids Concert

    November 20, 2014 7:51 PM EST The legendary Charlie Daniels is proud of his longtime association with the annual benefit concert Christmas 4 Kids . "It's a concert with a heart," the southern rocker tells Billboard . "It's a very special thing. People are basically pretty doggone good and pretty…

  10. Cole Swindell Brings His Fans 'Down Home' With New EP

    November 20, 2014 7:29 PM EST has been a banner year for Cole Swindell . Between his own singles "Chillin' It" and "I Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," as well as writing such hits as "Roller Coaster" for Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett 's "Get Me Some Of That," Swindell…

  11. Dave Appell, Songwriter for Chubby Checker, Dies at 92

    November 20, 2014 5:20 PM EST He co-wrote 'Let’s Twist Again' and 'Limbo Rock' and produced for Tony Orlando & Dawn. Dave Appell , the Philadelphia songwriter-producer behind such 1960s rock 'n' roll hits as "Let's Twist Again" and "Limbo Rock" from Chubby…

  12. John Cameron Mitchell Returning to 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

    November 20, 2014 2:32 PM EST Actor will reprise the transgender rocker role he created for a limited eight-week engagement in the hit Broadway revival, starting Jan. 21. Hedwig fans rejoice. Mama's coming home. John Cameron Mitchell , co-creator and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch , will return to his…

  13. Nickelback's Chad Kroeger Says Song 'Edge of a Revolution' Was Inspired by Ferguson

    November 19, 2014 8:37 PM EST Nickelback frontman says Chad Kroeger says the band's No Fixed Address lead single, "Edge of a Revolution," was inspired by the protests in Ferguson, Mo. following a police killing of an the unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.  Chad Kroeger Laughs Off Anti-Nickelback…

  14. David Guetta's 'Sun Goes Down' feat. Magic!: Exclusive Song Premiere & Showtek Q&A

    November 19, 2014 4:52 PM EST The Dutch production duo dish on Guetta's pickup lines & mile-high collaborations. Showtek have become a marquee DJ's favorite partners in crime. After sharing the studio with the likes of Tiësto and Hardwell , the Dutch duo were a natural collaborator choice for David Guetta…

  15. Exclusive: Is Tropical Premiere 'On My Way,' A Song Partially Recorded on NYC Streets

    November 19, 2014 12:00 PM EST Indie/electronic quartet  Is Tropical will be releasing their third album Black Anything in 2015. Too long of a wait? Billboard has an exclusive premiere of a new song, "On My Way," right now.  "We recorded a lot of 'On My Way' outside in Manhattan," member…

  16. One Direction Sing Just for U on 'Sesame Street'

    November 18, 2014 4:33 PM EST Oh, what's that? Your Tuesday was suffering from a lack of One Direction cuteness? Worry no longer: The band ( all five of them , thank goodness) stopped by Sesame Street to explain the letter U. One Direction's 'Four' Album Review Since they are who they are, this meant…

  17. 'Rock of Ages' to Take Final Broadway Bow

    November 18, 2014 4:09 PM EST Musical will close Jan. 18 after six-year run. Rock of Ages is set to close after a six-year run on Broadway, it was announced Tuesday morning (Nov. 18). The five-time Tony-nominated musical -- which currently features original star Constantine Maroulis , YouTube personality  Chester See  …

  18. Bruce Springsteen Fans Can Relive the Boss' Top Gigs on New Website

    November 18, 2014 3:20 PM EST For decades, live recordings of Bruce Springsteen concerts were the hottest commodity among the singer's  base -- either for fans looking to relive the magic of a certain show or those who got shut out of tickets. Now, music completists can get bootlegs of their favorite shows from a…

  19. Watch Band of Merrymakers' 'Must Be Christmas' Video

    November 18, 2014 2:57 PM EST Get into the holiday spirit with the latest from Band of Merrymakers , a rotating-cast Yuletide supergroup that currently features  Charles Kelley of  Lady Antebellum ,  Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees ,  Fitz of  Fitz & the Tantrums ,  Nick Hexum of 311 , Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra …

  20. Sony Giving Free Streaming Services the Stink Eye

    November 18, 2014 2:45 PM EST Speaking to investors in Tokyo on Tuesday, Sony chief financial officer Kevin Kelleher said the company will take a cautious approach to free, ad-supported streaming services like Spotify in the wake of Taylor Swift 's ground-shaking decision to shun the Swedish company. Kelleher said…

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