1. Ed Sheeran is Spotify's Most-Streamed Act for 2014

    December 03, 2014 4:26 AM EST British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is the year's most streamed artist on Spotify, while Eminem tops the list in the United States. Spotify announced its top streaming artists, albums and songs of 2014 on Wednesday. Pharrell's ubiquitous "Happy" was the most…

  2. Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dies at 70

    December 02, 2014 2:28 PM EST Bobby Keys , the Texas-born tenor saxophonist whose bold and bluesy sound made him the single most vital auxiliary member of the Rolling Stones from the 1970s forward, died Dec. 2 at his home in Franklin, Tenn. He was 70. His family confirmed the death on Facebook without giving a cause. He…

  3. Tom Wopat & John Schneider: From 'Dukes of Hazzard' to Kickstarter-Backed Christmas Album

    December 02, 2014 2:00 PM EST Tom Wopat and John Schneider have enjoyed a natural chemistry together over the years. Of course, they came to the attention of America during their seven seasons as cousins Bo and Luke Duke in the hit '80s CBS series The Dukes of Hazzard. Though it has been almost three decades since…

  4. Publishing Briefs: Dan the Automator Signs With Atlas Music Group, RightsFlow Enters 3D Printing Biz, Riptide Expands

    December 02, 2014 11:57 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- The Atlas Music Group has signed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to a worldwide publishing deal, which will include his entire catalog (except for collaborations with Dr. Octagon ), as…

  5. Adam Lambert Makes New Year's Plans, Cameo in Latest 'American Idol'

    December 02, 2014 5:42 AM EST Adam Lambert will kick off 2015 in a big way. The American Idol season-eight runner-up will join Queen in London for an exclusive concert airing live on BBC One. The intimate show will take place at Central Hall Westminster (capacity: 2,000) near the iconic Big Ben clock-tower and serve as…

  6. Can the Internet Will Harry Styles & Emma Watson Into Romance?

    December 01, 2014 9:38 PM EST The Internet is all hot and bothered over a run in between One Direction 's Harry Styles and actor Emma Watson at the 2014 British Fashion Awards Monday.  Here's What Harry Styles Had to Say on Taylor Swift Writing About Their Relationship...   When the boy band…

  7. Kathy Griffin as 'Fashion Police' Host: 10 of Her Best Jokes about Musicians

    December 01, 2014 4:05 PM EST "I love to make fun of fashion because it is just so silly." -Kathy Griffin Just in time for awards season, the dream has been realized: Kathy Griffin will replace her friend Joan Rivers on E!'s Fashion Police,  joining Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne and another new panelist…

  8. Angels & Airwaves Song Premiere: Hear 'Tunnels' From 'The Dream Walker'

    December 01, 2014 12:14 PM EST Tom DeLonge discusses his "art project" of a side group and gives an update on blink-182's next record. The fifth time's the charm for Angels & Airwaves -- at least insofar as group founder and blink-182 principle Tom DeLonge's dream to make the group "an…

  9. Gwen Stefani to Perform ‘Spark the Fire’ With Pharrell on ‘The Voice’

    November 29, 2014 3:48 PM EST Gwen Stefani has announced that the music video for her latest single “Spark the Fire” will be released on Monday (Dec. 1). And there’s another surprise -- she’ll be performing the track with Pharrell on The Voice that same evening. Gwen Stefani Releases 'Spark the Fire,'…

  10. Christmas in the Country: Five Essential Albums

    November 28, 2014 2:00 PM EST This week in The 615, we have taken a look at some of the holiday's top new Christmas albums in country. To close out our kick-off of the holidays, let's look back at five of the format's essential discs of the season. These are the albums that are a must for your collection,…

  11. Wyclef & Avicii Fight AIDS and Find Success on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    November 27, 2014 1:05 PM EST The pair debuts at No. 12. Plus, moves for Major Lazer, Deadmau5, Jennifer Lopez & more. Wyclef lands on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for the first time, as charity single "Divine Sorrow," featuring Avicii , debuts at No. 12. The song is part of a Coca-Cola and (RED)-sponsored…

  12. Bruce Springsteen Tribute Concert With Neil Young, Elton John, Jim James to Air on PBS

    November 26, 2014 8:53 PM EST Bruce Springsteen 's MusiCares Person of the Year for 2013 tribute concert with Neil Young , Elton John , Jim James and others is headed to PBS next month.  Bruce Springsteen Fans Can Relive the Boss' Top Gigs on New Website The star-studded show from February 2013 at Los Angeles&…

  13. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 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 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  14. 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 . …

  15. 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…

  16. One Direction Talks U.S. Success & Harry’s Hat Backstage at AMAs: Watch

    November 24, 2014 10:54 AM EST One Direction won the artist of the year trophy at the 2014 American Music Awards during the same week in which the group’s fourth album, Four , is headed toward the top of the Billboard 200 chart with a typically massive debut. Following the awards win, the 1D boys stopped by Billboard’s…

  17. Gwen Stefani Releases 'Spark the Fire,' New Pharrell-Produced Single

    November 24, 2014 9:47 AM EST Gwen Stefani 's next single, "Spark The Fire," has hit the internet. Check out the Pharrell -produced track below. Stefani is attempting to reemerage as a solo artist after a lengthy hiatus -- her last full-length, The Sweet Escape , came out in 2006. Recently she…

  18. American Music Awards 2014: What You Didn't See on TV

    November 24, 2014 12:17 AM EST One Direction's Harry Styles & Niall Horan make sure to stay in the audience for J.Lo & Iggy's 'Booty' fest, and more behind-the-scenes action. At Sunday night's American Music Awards , you saw Selena Gomez bare her heart -- and Iggy Azalea and…

  19. British Invasion: One Direction Conquer 2014 American Music Awards

    November 23, 2014 11:26 PM EST Even though they're called the American Music Awards , you don't have to be an American to get one.  British-Irish boy band One Direction nabbed three AMAs -- Artist of the Year, Favorite Band/Duo/Group, Favorite Album: Pop/Rock -- Sunday night in Los Angeles. 1D's dominance…

  20. AMAs 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    November 23, 2014 8:00 PM EST Who took home honors at the 2014 American Music Awards ? Check out the full list of winners below! Full AMAs Coverage Here  | Live Blog | Red Carpet Show Artist Of The Year  Iggy Azalea Beyoncé Luke Bryan Eminem Imagine Dragons John Legend Lorde One Direction -- WINNER Katy Perry…

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