1. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith Brings 'Merry Little Christmas' to Chart for First Time

    December 19, 2014 12:15 PM EST Smith's version of the 70-year-old ballad makes its first Hot 100 appearance, joining carols by Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande. Plus, moves for Usher and Charli XCX. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week,…

  2. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  3. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, J. Cole Debuts at No. 2

    December 18, 2014 2:32 PM EST Swift reigns for a ninth week, while Cole launches fueled by album sales. Taylor Swift remains atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, logging a record-extending ninth week at No. 1, while J. Cole soars in at No. 2, powered by sales for his new album. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly…

  4. Carrie Underwood, 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debut on Country Charts

    December 18, 2014 12:25 PM EST Underwood scores her record-tying fifth consecutive No. 1 bow, of five career releases, on Top Country Albums. Carrie Underwood storms Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart with Greatest Hits: Decade #1 , which arrives at No. 1 with 94,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The set…

  5. Firefly Producers Announce New Big Barrel Country Fest, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Loretta Lynn to Play

    December 18, 2014 7:55 AM EST Red Frog Events, the producers of the Firefly Festival, announce today the launch of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 26-28, the weekend after Firefly, at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., site of Firefly. Headliners include  Blake Shelton , Miranda…

  6. Mariah Carey Tops Holiday 100 Songs Chart With 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'

    December 17, 2014 4:56 PM EST Carey returns to familiar vaunted territory with her 1994 seasonal classic. Mariah Carey jingles all the way back to No. 1 on Billboard 's Holiday 100 songs chart with her modern classic carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which rises 2-1. (Like the Billboard…

  7. Elton John & David Furnish to Marry This Weekend

    December 17, 2014 4:35 PM EST The couple has been in a civil partnership since 2005. Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to tie the knot for a second time, following the legalization of same-sex marriage in Britain. The singer's spokesman, Gary Farrow, said Wednesday (Dec. 17) that the weekend ceremony…

  8. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Soars to Top 10

    December 17, 2014 2:20 PM EST Swift scores her longest career reign as 'Blank Space' rules for a fifth week, while Sheeran posts his best rank as 'Thinking Out Loud' leaps 24-6. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, granting the superstar her…

  9. Tony Bennett Among Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 16, 2014 9:07 PM EST Tony Bennett is among those being honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights at a New York gala. Guests gathered at a Manhattan hotel on Tuesday evening (Dec. 16) for the organization's star-studded Ripple of Hope Award ceremony. Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett…

  10. Joan Jett on Her Rock Hall Induction: 'It's a Roiling Pot of Emotions'

    December 16, 2014 4:34 PM EST Last April, Joan Jett was one of four women who played with Nirvana during its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. "Maybe it reminded people I'm out there," Jett quipped on Tuesday (Dec. 16). Maybe so. Jett and her band the Blackhearts…

  11. See AC/DC's Albums Ranked From Highest to Lowest Charting

    December 16, 2014 11:30 AM EST Forty-one years after AC/DC formed in Australia, the band's fifteenth studio album -- Rock Or Bust -- has debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. As one of the longest-running (not to mention most influential) hard rock bands to form in the '70s, AC/DC managed…

  12. 'Dukes' Domination: John Schneider & Tom Wopat Hit Jazz Chart's Top 10

    December 16, 2014 10:05 AM EST The pair's 'Home for Christmas' debuts at No. 10 on the Traditional Jazz Albums tally. Thirty-five years later, the Duke boys aren't slowing down. John Schneider and Tom Wopat, aka cousins Bo and Luke Duke from CBS' 1979-85 classic The Dukes of Hazzard , motor onto…

  13. Green Day, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan & More to Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    December 16, 2014 2:00 AM EST The punk trio Green Day is the 48th act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, joining acts such as Nirvana , R.E.M. and the Clash as first-ballot honorees. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble , Bill Withers , the Paul Butterfield Blues…

  14. 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…

  15. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Madonna, Beyonce & Celine Dion Hit No. 1

    December 15, 2014 8:05 AM EST The divas all scored notable milestones. Plus, remembering key chart feats for the Supremes, Missy Elliott and more. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Dec. 15, 1984 On this date 30 years ago, Madonna notched the…

  16. BSBB Round 1: Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, "Black Widow" vs. Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Black Widow Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora Hot Boy Bobby Shmurda CRAIG JENKINS: “Black Widow” began life as a Katy Perry song and, as such, is designed almost entirely to buttress its titanic hook. Iggy Azalea’s just treading water…

  17. Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 Highlights: Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith & More

    December 13, 2014 1:12 PM EST iHeartRadio giant Z100 (WHTZ) New York held its annual Jingle Ball concert Friday night (Dec. 12) at Madison Square Garden, headlined by Taylor Swift , Iggy Azalea , Ariana Grande and other stars, mostly women. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM…

  18. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ed Sheeran Soars With Two Songs, Mariah Carey Returns

    December 12, 2014 5:56 PM EST Two Sheeran tracks surge, while Carey makes her now-annual 'Christmas' comeback. Plus, moves for Jennifer Lawrence, Lillywood & Robin Schulz and Sheppard. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, while…

  19. Foreigner's 'I Want to Know What Love Is' Live, From 'Best Of' Album: Exclusive Premiere

    December 12, 2014 2:05 PM EST 'It gets played everywhere in the world, still,' Mick Jones tells Billboard. 'But for me, we were just there to guide it and bring it to life.' Even celebrating its biggest album, Foreigner will not leave its biggest song behind. On Dec. 16, the group releases a new live…

  20. CMA CEO Sarah Trahern on Being 'Blown Away' During Her First Year on the Job

    December 12, 2014 1:06 PM EST It's been nearly a year since veteran television executive Sarah Trahern took over the role of chief executive officer at the Country Music Assn., joining the trade group from Great American Country (GAC), where she had served as senior vp/GM. While she was well qualified for the job -…

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