1. Delaware Country Fests To Go Head-To-Head Next Summer

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST Country music promoters will have a better read on just how strong the country music market is in mid-Atlantic region by Monday, as two major country music festivals go on sale today and tomorrow. Big Barrel and Delaware Junction, both new festivals for 2015, will be competing for Delaware&…

  2. The Country Music Industry in 2014: Garth's Return, Taylor's Exit

    December 18, 2014 2:49 PM EST With country music at a peak in popularity, the comings and goings in the format seemed more crucial than ever. And there were plenty -- Garth Brooks came back, George Strait decided it was time to go, two guys from a different era came out, and a few stars chose to go out. On the road. In…

  3. 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 the…

  4. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2014 4:34 PM EST J. Cole 's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story , and its follow-up, 2013's…

  5. Craig Wayne Boyd Wins 'The Voice' Series 7

    December 17, 2014 2:45 AM EST Country fans have spoken again. Craig Wayne Boyd , the country rocker from Blake Shelton's team, was named the winner of "The Voice" Tuesday. Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off. 'The Voice' Recap: Final 4 Debut Original Songs, Music Videos…

  6. '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…

  7. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  8. Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams Will Perform Together at the People Magazine Awards

    December 15, 2014 1:58 PM EST Pharrell Williams  and Gwen Stefani will perform at the inaugural People Magazine Awards. Stefani will play her Pharrell-produced latest single, "Spark The Fire," released in anticipation of her third solo album -- the first since 2006's The Sweet Escape . Gwen Stefani &…

  9. What's Your Favorite Album of 2014?

    December 10, 2014 11:30 AM EST The Frozen Soundtrack leads Billboard's Year-End Albums chart , but maybe you can't let that go. Beyonce , Taylor Swift , and One Direction are all battling it out behind the Frozen juggernaut. And don't forget about country: Luke Bryan , Garth Brooks , and Florida Georgia…

  10. Taylor Swift's '1989' Spends Fifth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 10, 2014 11:10 AM EST 0 Taylor Swift's 1989 holds steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fifth non-consecutive week. Swift has now spent a cumulative total of 29 weeks at No. 1 with her four chart-topping albums. Among women, only Whitney Houston (with 46 weeks at No. 1) and…

  11. Kanye West, Usher to Receive BET Honors

    December 10, 2014 2:43 AM EST Someone other than Kanye West is confirming his visionary status. The superstar rapper will receive the Visionary Award next month at the 2015 BET Honors. West - who has called himself a visionary and more -- will be one of five luminaries honored at the eighth annual event hosted by…

  12. 9 Albums That Flopped in 2014 (Or Did They?)

    December 09, 2014 4:11 PM EST Numbers don't lie -- but that doesn't mean they can't be misleading. With the end of 2014 upon us, we're looking back at nine albums that fall into the flop category (even when you consider that overall album sales are down). See All Our Year-End Charts! Or do…

  13. 4 Ways Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift Changed Country Music

    December 09, 2014 10:56 AM EST It might surprise some of Taylor Swift 's fans, but country music had a long and remarkable history before her 2006 debut album, and that grand tradition will continue, even if Swift ends up leaving the genre for good. But there's no doubt that she changed the business of country…

  14. Muse's Matt Bellamy & Kate Hudson End Engagement

    December 08, 2014 8:17 PM EST Muse guitarist and singer Matt Bellamy and Kate Hudson have ended their three year engagement. The couple had been together four years.  Muse Returns to the Studio Hudson's rep released a statement saying, "Kate and Matt have been separated for some time now. Despite this, they…

  15. Lady Gaga, Usher, Bruce Springsteen & More Pay Tribute to 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 08, 2014 1:40 PM EST “Tonight Washington puts the arts above politics. Because no matter what political party you belong to, everyone wants a selfie with Tom Hanks.” So declared host Stephen Colbert on Sunday night as he kicked off the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, the ultimate power mash-up of arts,…

  16. Pharrell and 'Frozen' Top iTunes' Year-End List, Beyonce Named Best Artist

    December 08, 2014 9:20 AM EST Pharrell 's "Happy" and the soundtrack for Disney's Frozen are the year's top-selling song and album of year on iTunes, the online music store revealed on Monday. Apple announced that John Legend 's "All of Me" and Katy Perry 's "Dark Horse…

  17. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Guardians' on Cassette Cashes In

    December 06, 2014 8:08 PM EST On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift's 1989 returned to No. 1 (for a fourth non-consecutive week), while Pentatonix hit a new chart high, as the a cappella group's That's Christmas To Me stepped 3-2. The new chart was also the first compiled using a new…

  18. Tim McGraw Notches 25th Hot Country Songs No. 1 With 'Shotgun Rider'

    December 05, 2014 5:05 PM EST The veteran scores a milestone leader. Plus, action for Craig Wayne Boyd of NBC's 'The Voice' & more. Tim McGraw scores his first No. 1 in nearly four years on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (and his first on the list since it switched from measuring core…

  19. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  20. Jennifer Lawrence Debuts on Hot 100: 'The Hanging Tree' Bows at No. 12

    December 03, 2014 4:22 PM EST 0 The Oscar-winning actress charts her first hit, from 'Mockingjay, Part 1.' Jennifer Lawrence adds another honor to her already impressive resume: the Academy Award-winning actress scores her first entry on a Billboard chart, as "The Hanging Tree" debuts on…

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