1. Kiesza's Gorilla Obession and More Insider Scoop

    January 12, 2015 5:42 PM EST Kiesza 's Gorilla Love Get  Kiesza  a part in the next  Planet of the Apes  flick, stat! The 25-year-old Canadian electro-pop singer-dancer, whose music video for "Hideaway" became a viral sensation in 2014, tells Overheard, "I had a collection of over 50 stuffed…

  2. Corner Office: Power Lawyer Kenny Meiselas on EDM's Giant Paydays, the Industry's Streaming Standoff and Guiding Gaga

    January 09, 2015 1:04 PM EST While most music attorneys are thought to be hipper than their buttoned-up colleagues in corporate law or litigation, you'd be hard-pressed to find one with the cool cred of 58-year-old Grubman Shire & Meiselas partner Kenny Meiselas. From the way he landed his first major client…

  3. 'American Idol' Offers Another Early Glimpse at Top 24

    January 09, 2015 4:07 AM EST American Idol stepped up its search for a superstar in Nashville and Kansas City during the second part of its two-night season premiere. Credit judges Harry Connick Jr. , Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban for staying focused on the task at hand, or as Lopez adeptly put it, making the show  …

  4. Mark McGrath to Host AXS TV Grammy Special

    January 08, 2015 7:56 PM EST AXS will air its second annual Grammys prediction special on Feb. 3 with Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray as host. Grammys 2015: See Billboard's Coverage Fans will be able to participate in the predictions through a poll conducted by CivicScience in partnership with Billboard . Hip-hop…

  5. Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Hot 100 With 'Uptown Funk!'

    January 07, 2015 2:42 PM EST The song dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' after seven weeks, and after a record-tying 19 consecutive weeks of only women at No. 1. If 2014 was the year of women dominating the Billboard Hot 100's upper reaches , men are wasting no time in trying to reclaim the…

  6. Destructo's Holy Ship! Guest Playlist

    January 02, 2015 9:43 PM EST All aboard for dance music's premiere cruise party. Holy Ship! sets sail for its sold-out fourth edition this weekend (Jan. 3-6), bringing approximately 4,000 fans to the Bahamas for three full days of top notch music and bumping beach parties. The January sailing's diverse and…

  7. Katy Perry Down Under Leads Latest Hot Tours Recap

    January 02, 2015 7:40 PM EST Katy Perry dominates the weekly Hot Tours tally (see list, below) with more than $42 million in ticket sales reported from her Prismatic tour's final stand of 2014: a six-week run through Australia and New Zealand. The pop diva sold out 25 performances in six venues during the…

  8. 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!…

  9. 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&…

  10. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Country Song and Country Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 2:12 PM EST BEST COUNTRY SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "American Kids" Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally Artist: Kenny Chesney Publishers: Big Red Toe/Big Loud Bucks/Farm Town Songs/Universal Music/Smack Ink/Songs of Universal/Creative Nation/Twangin and Slangin Songs…

  11. Ringo Starr Announces New Album, Tour for Spring 2015

    December 29, 2014 6:53 PM EST Aside from starring in some new Skechers ads next year , Ringo Starr will also release a new album and hit the road, the former Beatle announced on his Youtube page.  Ringo Starr Producing His New Album; Talks Tour, Beatles & His 'Incredible Year' In a video update posted last…

  12. From Okra Soup to Fried Seafood: Darius Rucker, Chase Bryant and Many More Country Stars Talk Favorite Holiday Dishes

    December 24, 2014 12:19 PM EST When it comes to celebrating the holidays country style, good food is a major part of the equation. From fried turkey to the perfect sugar cookie, every household has its Christmas traditions and certain dishes that are essential to the celebration. Billboard asked country artists to share…

  13. Taylor Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Nicki Minaj Debuts at No. 2

    December 24, 2014 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift makes an expected return to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, as her 1989 album hops up one rung, bringing its total (nonconsecutive) weeks atop the list to six. The set shifted 375,000 equivalent units in the week ending Dec. 21 (up 16 percent), according to…

  14. The Making of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah': A Q&A With Engineer Russell Elevado

    December 22, 2014 4:52 PM EST For D'Angelo fans, Christmas came early last week: The singer unexpectedly released Black Messiah , his first full-length since 2000. One of the many things that sets the album apart is its sound: dense and deep, full of intricate details, somehow welcoming and warm and vicious all at…

  15. Matisyahu Lets Love Flow on Festival of Light Tour: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes & Live Videos

    December 22, 2014 2:30 PM EST Matisyahu has never followed styles or trends. He doesn't even follow the setlist.  The reggae rapper took Billboard on a journey as he and his tourmates prepared for a show, with his Festival of Light tour reaching the snowy state of Vermont on Dec. 16. It's no ordinary occasion:…

  16. Music in TV and Film, 2014: 'Frozen' Dominates, Singing Battles Go Lukewarm

    December 22, 2014 12:58 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 the…

  17. Top 10 Lyrics From D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah'

    December 19, 2014 3:40 PM EST It's been close to a week since the surprise release of D'Angelo & The Vanguard's Black Messiah , enough time for the formerly distorted lyrics of D'Angelo to become more clear and significant. The easiest tone to take with Black Messiah , in its entire majestic roar…

  18. 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…

  19. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah,' and Why Waiting 14 Years For Music Isn't a Bad Thing

    December 16, 2014 4:55 PM EST Imagine going to a steakhouse, ordering the best steak in the restaurant after being told the best steak will take an hour to properly cook, waiting impatiently as everyone around you gets their food before you, angrily wondering why YOUR steak has to take so damn long... and then…

  20. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Album Finally Drops: First Listen

    December 14, 2014 11:37 PM EST After 14 years without a full-length album, D’Angelo ’s Black Messiah was released Sunday (Dec. 14) just before midnight. The 12-track set is available here via iTunes.   How can you possibly encounter an album like this? The weight of expectations looms large, and it cuts two ways.…

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