1. Billboard Cover: Sam Smith on 'Stay With Me,' 'SNL' Jitters and 'Striving to Be a Career Artist'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Voice "Stay With Me" 2 weeks on Mainstream Top 40 ; 2 weeks on Adult Top 40 ; 5 weeks on Adult Contemporary When Capitol chairman Steve Barnett (pictured above) first went to England to check out Sam Smith , 22, he not only imagined Smith could break in America, but that he&…

  2. Billboard Year in Music 2014: 'Weird Al' Yankovic on Inspiring Beyoncé and Making 'Mandatory Fun' a Must-Listen

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Strategist Mandatory Fun 1 Week on Billboard 200 "Weird Al" Yankovic had the last laugh in 2014. In the weeks prior to the release of his 14th album, Mandatory Fun , Yankovic prerecorded a release-week podcast, wherein he joked about having a No. 1 album. He couldn't have…

  3. 'American Idol' Judge Keith Urban Talks Season 14: 'They've Brought Something Fresh'

    December 12, 2014 12:00 AM EST Keith Urban often refers to his American Idol co-stars as a family. And in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, the country star said that his fellow judges came through for him in his time of need -- the death of his father-in-law, Antony Kidman , dad to Urban's wife, Nicole…

  4. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side' Returns to Top 20

    December 11, 2014 9:59 PM EST On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 held firm at No. 1 for a fifth non-consecutive week, while AC/DC’s Rock or Bust debuted at No. 3. One more album arrived in the top 10: Mary J. Blige’s The London Sessions , which launched at No. 9. Mary J. Blige Earns 10th…

  5. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  6. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Lana Del Rey, Carrie Underwood, K. Michelle & More

    December 11, 2014 5:01 PM EST is coming to a close, but there's still plenty of musical life left in the year. On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, we get a little more indie than usual while also touching on R&B, country and country-flavored R&B. Alongside new guest Katie Atkinson , Jason…

  7. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  8. American Country Countdown Awards: You're Invited to 'Country Music's Christmas Office Party'

    December 11, 2014 3:03 PM EST The inaugural ACCAs will air live Monday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards will take place Monday night live from Nashville's Music City Center on Fox. In a crowded landscape of country music awards shows, what will set this one apart? "We view…

  9. 'We Know What To Do': Scott Borchetta on Joining 'American Idol' and Signing This Season's Winner

    December 11, 2014 2:59 PM EST The winner of American Idol season 14 will be in good hands. The performer taking the top spot this year will be signed to the same record label as Taylor Swift and will be guided by one of the industry's deftest management hands: Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta. The…

  10. Taylor Swift & Christmas Crooners Rule Artist 100

    December 11, 2014 2:44 PM EST Swift reigns for an eighth week while a sleighful of artists with holiday hits soar. Taylor Swift and Christmas have long been a perfect fit (as the yuletide devotee grew up on a Christmas tree farm). On this week's Billboard Artist 100 chart, Swift and the season also pair up, as she…

  11. The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Much has been made of the way women dominated the Hot 100 in 2014, but the genre where women really shined this year was R&B. This may not have been reflected in the charts, but when Billboard staff picked their ten favorite R&B albums of the year, 7 were helmed by women (and that…

  12. Sony/ATV Chairman Blasts Payouts from Internet Radio

    December 11, 2014 1:41 PM EST Pandora is coming under fire again for its payouts to songwriters and publishers. In a letter to his staff, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Marty Bandier notes that despite the success of two of the company's biggest songwriters -- John Legend and Pharrell Williams -- their…

  13. The 10 Best Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST Ed Sheeran, Jenny Lewis, Run The Jewels and more were among the artists behind this year's most mesmerizing full-lengths. The Billboard.com Critics' Picks albums list is always difficult to finalize -- with so many great albums to consider each year, how can a group responsibly…

  14. The 10 Best Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST Check out the songs that Billboard's staff was blasting all year long, from 5SOS to Beyonce. From a cello-laced pop anthem to a church-rattling folk track to Queen Bey’s utter flawlessness, 2014 contained an amazingly diverse array of powerful singles. After many, many listens, the…

  15. Pop Shop Podcast: Grammy Nominations, Meghan Trainor, Brandy Clark & More

    December 11, 2014 10:53 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  16. British Trade Body BPI Appoints New Chairman

    December 11, 2014 9:58 AM EST British trade body BPI has appointed former Sony Music UK CEO Ged Doherty as chairman of BPI and the BRIT Awards, effective on New Year's Day. Doherty replaces Tony Wadsworth , who announced in March he was stepping down from the role after seven years. "It's a pleasure to…

  17. J. Cole Aiming for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 10, 2014 9:07 PM EST Rapper J. Cole is heading for his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new release 2014 Forest Hills Drive . Industry forecasters suggest the album -- which was released Dec. 9 through Roc Nation/Columbia Records -- could sell well over 300,000 copies in the week ending…

  18. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' World's Highest Paid Musicians, Beats Beyoncé by $500M

    December 10, 2014 7:08 PM EST After dominating Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list a few months ago, it should come as little surprise Dr. Dre tops the magazine's 2014 World's Highest-Paid Musicians list as well -- beating out Beyonce by half a billion dollars.   Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop…

  19. Brushville's Waiting Game Leads to Buzzy Debut Album

    December 10, 2014 5:58 PM EST 'It took forever to get this album out, but now that it's out, it's been such a great feeling to have our fans sing the lyrics back to us,' Brett Gillan says. With the release of their self-titled debut album this fall, there has been a lot of buzz around rising country…

  20. Iggy Azalea Joins Billboard Hollywood Party on New Year's Eve

    December 10, 2014 4:21 PM EST Bastille, Rixton, Pentatonix & Jason Derulo are also added to 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' L.A. performers. Iggy Azalea is among the stars joining ABC's bicoastal New Year's Eve special. Producers of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With…

Pages