1. Creed's Scott Stapp Has Been Sleeping in His Truck

    November 26, 2014 3:33 PM EST Well, this is really unfortunate. Creed rocker Scott Stapp has uploaded a nearly 16-minute video, titled "Public Statement #1," to Facebook in an attempt, he says, to clear up some rumors about his life. He says he isn't on drugs and has been getting tested weekly as proof.…

  2. Trisha Yearwood's 'Prizefighter' Punches Way Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    November 26, 2014 3:18 PM EST Yearwood scores her 12th top 10 and first since 2007. Plus, Brad Paisley notches his 31st Hot Country Songs top 10. With 13,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Trisha Yearwood 's Prizefighter: Hit After Hit enters Top Country Albums at No. 7. The set marks her 12th top 10 and her…

  3. 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…

  4. From 'Ignition' to 'Macarena,' 13 Remixes That Eclipse the Originals

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST One of the fascinating things about pop music is that there's more to songwriting than just writing the song. Take, for instance, "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You," the Method Man - Mary J. Blige duet, which went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1995 thanks to its…

  5. Famous Aussies Unite for Song Protesting Treatment of Child Asylum Seekers: Watch

    November 26, 2014 4:36 AM EST A roll call of prominent Australians have recorded a song to draw attention to the government’s controversial policy of indefinitely holding child asylum seekers in detention.  The likes of ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Glenn Shorrock of Little River Band and country great John Williamson ,…

  6. 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 …

  7. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST The debate around streaming isn't as simple as "streaming versus musicians" -- as independent artist Ron Pope explains. I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her albums, I’ve seen her live, I cheer when she…

  8. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban Notch New No. 1s

    November 24, 2014 4:35 PM EST And that's not all: Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean and George Ezra join in taking over atop tallies this week. 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 listed below. All our…

  9. 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 "…

  10. Disney Musical 'Into the Woods' Swoops Into Awards Season -- How Far Can It Go?

    November 23, 2014 12:20 PM EST And then there was just one unseen Oscar contender. Unbroken . On Saturday evening (Nov. 22), Disney unveiled the second-to-last of the major Oscar hopefuls that had not yet been been seen by pundits, Rob Marshall 's Into the Woods , at simultaneous screenings on both coasts,…

  11. M.I.A. Signs Publishing Deal With BMG

    November 21, 2014 10:27 PM EST Controversial rapper M.I.A. has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with BMG Chrysalis U.K., the label announced Friday (Nov. 21). The deal covers future compositions from the Grammy- and Oscar-nominated artist. M.I.A., Tom Morello, Moby & More Rally Behind Edward Snowden BMG…

  12. Trio of Studies Find Digital Listening Drives Sales – But Are They Answering the Right Question?

    November 21, 2014 12:15 PM EST Data released this week have revealed the positive benefits free or listening has on music purchases. A study by Pandora and consumer surveys by the Country Music Association and BitTorrent show, in different ways, that free music can come with benefits. The timing of this new data couldn&…

  13. Mr. Probz Rides 'Waves' to No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    November 21, 2014 10:40 AM EST Mr. Probz pulls into the No. 1 spot on Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Waves," which rises 3-1. The chart's top Airplay and Digital Gainer, "Waves" reaches another new sales high (61,000 downloads, up 20 percent, according to Nielsen…

  14. Australian Industry Icon Denis Handlin Elected Chairman of IFPI Regional Board

    November 21, 2014 9:51 AM EST Sony Music Australia's longtime chief Denis Handlin has been elected chairman of the Asia/Pacific Regional Board of international trade group IFPI. Handlin was elected at a regional board meeting in Hong Kong earlier this week, replacing Warner Music Asia Pacific president Lachie…

  15. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  16. Listen to Beyoncé's Two New Tracks, '7/11' & 'Ring Off'

    November 20, 2014 9:41 PM EST UPDATE: "7/11" has since been pulled down. "Out of nowhere" seems to be Beyoncé's new go-to move, because she just dropped two new tracks without warning.  "7/11" and "Ring Off" are both included in the deluxe repackaging of her self…

  17. Mike Nichols' Marriage of Music & Movies: Nine Significant Moments

    November 20, 2014 6:15 PM EST Mike Nichols , the celebrated director, writer and comedian who died Wednesday at the age of 83, left a considerable mark in the marriage of music, musicians and visual images. He cast musicians as actors, giving several prominent ones their first major roles; opened two of his films to…

  18. Latin Grammys Pushed Back for Obama Immigration Address

    November 20, 2014 3:06 PM EST Univision is delaying its telecast of the Latin Grammy Awards to show President Barack Obama 's speech on immigration live on Thursday (Nov. 20), while ABC, CBS and NBC decided against covering it. The news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC all plan to air Obama live too. Latin…

  19. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

    November 20, 2014 9:29 AM EST Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday. The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York State of Mind," "Allentown," …

  20. Mike Nichols, Director of 'The Graduate,' Dies at 83

    November 20, 2014 7:44 AM EST Director Mike Nichols , who made such films as The Graduate , which earned him a best director Oscar, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, has died at the age of 83. He was was married to ABC News veteran  Diane Sawyer  and was one of only a dozen people to have won at least one Emmy,…

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