1. Pentatonix Hits Top Three on Billboard 200, Nickelback Debuts in Top 10

    November 26, 2014 11:01 AM EST As earlier reported , One Direction's Four debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 387,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the second-largest debut sales week of 2014 (after Taylor Swift's 1989 arrival of 1.287 million),…

  2. David Bisbal Debuts New Song 'Closer Tonight' in Bubbly Freixenet's New Year's Eve Ad

    November 26, 2014 10:30 AM EST Spanish pop star David Bisbal has debuted his swinging new English-language song “Closer Tonight” in a New Year's Eve ad for Freixenet bubbly. The track with a jazz hot vibe will be included on a gold edition of his album Tu y Yo , set for Dec. 9. David Bisbal Surprises Fan With Ride…

  3. Pomplamoose Breaks Down the Costs of Touring As an Independent

    November 26, 2014 10:29 AM EST Pomplamoose explains the hard work, and money, required of a "middle class" band. Jack Conte , one half of the indie duo Pomplamoose , took to the nascent publishing platform Medium yesterday to lay out the difficult financials involved in mounting a 23-city U.S. tour. The result…

  4. Legendary Lebanese Singer Sabah Dead at 87

    November 26, 2014 10:07 AM EST Beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her multiple marriages, Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah never seemed far from the limelight during her six-decade career. And even while playfully mocked in her later years for clinging to youth…

  5. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Clowns Around at New Zealand Court

    November 25, 2014 9:33 PM EST AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd showed up late for a New Zealand court appearance Wednesday and clowned around by jumping on the back of one of his security guards outside the courthouse. Rudd did not enter a plea during his brief appearance. AC/DC's Angus Young Says There Will Be a Drummer on…

  6. Apink's 'Luv' Blends '90s Hip-Hop & Ballad Melancholy

    November 25, 2014 8:27 PM EST The sweet girl group long for a lost lover over a beat that recalls TLC and Will Smith's early hits. After snatching their second No. 2-peaking K-Pop Hot 100 hit with "Mr. Chu" in April,  Apink return with a complex new single. On the surface, "Luv" is a peppy pop…

  7. Darius Rucker's First Christmas Album a Mix of Crooner & Modern

    November 25, 2014 5:31 PM EST Home for the Holidays is the first holiday album from Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker . The Grand Ole Opry member tells Billboard it was something he had been considering for awhile. "The label has been asking for the last four or five years if I was going to do a…

  8. Garth Brooks Cancels Talk-Show Appearances After Ferguson Decision

    November 25, 2014 4:16 PM EST 'To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me,' he writes on Facebook. Garth Brooks is postponing TV appearances in the midst of protests after a Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting…

  9. 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 …

  10. The Niche Releases to Watch for on Black Friday -- From a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Mixtape to a Limited-Edition ‘Big Lebowski’ Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 11:54 AM EST Record Store Day is typically celebrated in April, but since 2010, mom-and-pop shops -- along with labels and even movie studios -- have also welcomed exclusive releases for Black Friday. On tap for 2014: a Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on cassette, Island/Mercury's limited edition …

  11. Ted Nugent Posts Offensive, Illogical Ferguson Rant

    November 25, 2014 11:32 AM EST For better or worse (hint: worse), classic rocker turned conservative pundit Ted Nugent has weighed in on the Ferguson decision that let police officer Darren Wilson walk scot-free after shooting and killing unarmed civilian Michael Brown. While the decision drew outrage from pop stars…

  12. AC/DC’s ‘Rock Or Bust’ Is Streaming Now

    November 24, 2014 11:58 PM EST AC/DC’s latest album Rock Or Bust is streaming early through an iTunes Radio “First Play” exclusive.  The legendary Aussie rockers’ 11-track album includes first single “Play Ball” and its title track, the official video for which dropped in recent days. AC/DC Release 'Rock or Bust&…

  13. Ferguson Decision: Hip-Hop Community & Other Artists React

    November 24, 2014 10:17 PM EST Rihanna, Katy Perry, Killer Mike, Q-Tip, Hayley Williams, Alicia Keys and many more speak out. The death of Michael Brown has been a rallying cry in the hip-hop community since the unarmed teen was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer back in August. Monday night (Nov. 24)…

  14. Listen to Jack White's B-Side Cover of Bandmate Dean Fertita's 'Parallel'

    November 24, 2014 9:21 PM EST Jack White 's "Would You Fight For My Love?" 7-inch vinyl single is out now and the B-side is a new Bluegrass-y cover of Dean Fertita 's "Parallel."  Jack White Speaks at Yale About (What Else?) 1920s Blues Records Fertita is bandmates with White in his touring…

  15. Apple to Donate Portions of Holiday Sales to Bono's (RED)

    November 24, 2014 3:18 PM EST The holiday shopping season is upon us and once again Apple is partnering with Product (RED) to generate awareness and a significant amount of money to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. Related Queen Shares Unreleased '80s Track to Help Fight AIDS Apple's Beats Music Relaunch…

  16. Album Review: David Guetta's All-Star 'Listen' Makes a Beeline for the Pop Charts

    November 24, 2014 3:09 PM EST When David Guetta hit the studio to record Listen , his first album in three years, the trailblazing French EDM producer worked backwards. Instead of starting with the beats -- his standard approach over his three-decade DJ career -- he began with vocals and live instruments, such as piano…

  17. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  18. AMAs Best & Worst Moments: One Direction, Taylor Swift, Lorde & More

    November 24, 2014 12:43 AM EST So who won the 2014 AMAs? One Direction won the coveted Artist of the Year and two other awards, while Taylor Swift captured the Dick Clark Award of Excellence, and Lorde was generally awesome. But plenty of other artists brought their A-game, as this was a star-studded night for the…

  19. Mary J. Blige Performs 'Therapy' at 2014 AMAs

    November 23, 2014 10:54 PM EST Mary J. Blige entranced the audience at the 2014 AMAs with a powerful performance of "Therapy." Full 2014 AMAs Coverage The legendary singer, in an all black ensemble, lead her performance of the The London Sessions single with her vocal prowess. "It touched my heart because…

  20. One Direction Sings 'Night Changes' at the 2014 AMAs: Watch

    November 23, 2014 10:05 PM EST The guys may be known for being goofy, but at their American Music Awards performance, One Direction showed off their more mature side, performing the ballad-y new single "Night Changes" off Four .  American Music Awards:  Full Coverage  |  Photos  |  Winners List  All…

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