1. 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…

  2. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Hot 100, Selena Gomez, Mark Ronson Hit Top 10

    December 03, 2014 2:48 PM EST Swift's 'Blank Space' reigns for a third week, while Gomez and Ronson (with Bruno Mars) land new top 10s. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, while two songs enter the top 10, by Selena Gomez and Mark Ronson (with…

  3. Scooter Braun, Charlie Walk, Rosie Perez and Nick Cannon Among Those Named to Barclays Center’s New Advisory Board

    December 03, 2014 2:22 PM EST Barclays Center’s Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board, made up of a group of nearly 30 top sports, entertainment, and media executives, will hold its first meeting tomorrow (Dec. 4), Billboard has learned.   Created by Brett Yormark , CEO of Barclays Center, and Charlie Walk …

  4. #Trending in 2014: Yahoo, Vevo, Rhapsody, Spotify and Bing Share the Year's Biggest Names

    December 03, 2014 12:05 PM EST A slew of digital companies have released their year-end data dumps on what the world was watching, listening to and searching for over the past year. Most of it should surprise no one who paid any attention to the world at large in 2014 -- it seems there are few shocks lurking in our…

  5. Watch Brian Williams Slow Jam the News With the Roots on 'Fallon'

    December 03, 2014 11:50 AM EST Some Marvin Gaye , some Luther Vandross , and a little Anita would definitely set this news off right… Jimmy Fallon and The Roots have slow jammed the news before, with guests like Chris Christie and Mitt Romney . For last night (Dec. 2)’s episode of The Tonight Show , he helped celebrate…

  6. 'The Voice': Top 5 Eliminates One Coach

    December 02, 2014 9:16 PM EST Thanks to Tuesday night's triple-elimination episode, it's now down to five singers and three coaches on The Voice . 'The Voice' Hits 20 Million Song Downloads After a few alumni performances -- season 6 finalist Christina Grimmie introduced her debut single "With…

  7. Kirk Franklin & More Gospel Chart-Toppers Coming to 'Billboard #1 Gospel Hits' Album Next Year

    December 02, 2014 8:30 PM EST A selection of Billboard Gospel Songs Chart-topping hits from throughout this decade will be getting a compilation release via eOne Music early next year, on a double-disc collection called Billboard #1 Gospel Hits .  Hezekiah Walker Completes Six Months Atop Gospel Airplay Chart The set&…

  8. George Berry, Music Wholesaling Pioneer, Dies at 89

    December 02, 2014 6:34 PM EST George Berry, a music wholesaling pioneer, died due to heart failure on Nov. 27 in his home in Lafayette, La. He was 89. Berry -- who is credited with co-founding NARM, the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers now known as the Music Business Assn. -- began his career in the music…

  9. New Report on Global A&R Illustrates Some Less-Than-Rosy Facts of the Business

    December 02, 2014 6:10 PM EST Last week the IFPI, the global trade organization representing record labels, released its A&R report titled "Investing in Music." A follow-up to the 2012 edition, the latest A&R report details the $4.3 billion record labels spent globally on A&R -- down from $4.5…

  10. Meek Mill Released From Prison

    December 02, 2014 5:44 PM EST Rick Ross ' socks have had their wish granted. #FreeMeekMill pic.twitter.com/qpAMnbaqA0 — Hood Billionaire (@rickyrozay) December 1, 2014 On Tuesday (Dec. 2), at 4 p.m. ET, Maybach Music's Meek Mill was released from a Philadelphia prison. The rapper had been incarcerated since…

  11. Pharrell Williams on Ferguson Decision: 'Everyone Is Heartbroken'

    December 02, 2014 3:28 PM EST Pharrell Williams says "everyone is heartbroken" there was no grand jury indictment of a white police officer in the killing of a black Missouri teen. Ferguson Decision: Hip-Hop Community & Other Artists React Williams tweeted about the decision last week and said in an…

  12. HBO Picks Up Mick Jagger-Produced Rock Drama

    December 02, 2014 3:19 PM EST The 1970s-set series, from 'Boardwalk Empire' duo Martin Scorsese & Terence Winter, has been in development since 2011. HBO has picked up to series a rock 'n' roll drama from Boardwalk Empire 's Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter. The show is also exec produced…

  13. The Top 10 Jimmy Fallon Musical Sketches of 2014

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Jimmy Fallon ’s  Tonight Show  is all about the viral video. While plenty of people are watching the late-night program, even more are checking out the clips via YouTube the following morning and sharing that video of Emma Stone lip syncing to everyone they have a Gmail contact for.…

  14. Billboard Year-End Awards: Best Hater Handler, Indie-est Album, Best Career Save & More

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Grammys , AMAs , CMAs, Oscars -- none of them are as important as the year-end awards you're about to witness. From Best Hater Handler to Most Ironic Arrest to Most Memorable Use of Cheesy '80s Guitar in a 2014 Movie, these are awards that actually mean something. Chosen by peers…

  15. Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dies at 70

    December 02, 2014 2:28 PM EST Bobby Keys , the Texas-born tenor saxophonist whose bold and bluesy sound made him the single most vital auxiliary member of the Rolling Stones from the 1970s forward, died Dec. 2 at his home in Franklin, Tenn. He was 70. His family confirmed the death on Facebook without giving a cause. He…

  16. Foo Fighters Team With Citi for Select Presale on 'Sonic Highways' Tour

    December 02, 2014 9:20 AM EST The North American leg of the Foo Fighters ' recently announced 2015 Sonic Highways World Tour features a box office-only pre-order program called "Beat The Bots." But for three select dates, Citi will be offering cardholders an exclusive presale through its Private Pass…

  17. 'Midnight Rider' Case: Sarah Jones' Family Fights to Keep Train Video Public

    December 02, 2014 2:46 AM EST In a strongly worded brief filed Monday in Georgia state court, lawyers for the parents of Sarah Jones sought to maintain public access to videos and photographs of the train accident that killed their daughter during production of the film Gregg Allman biopic  Midnight Rider in February,…

  18. Holiday 'Gif' Guide: 44 Gifts for Music Lovers

    December 01, 2014 3:30 PM EST Happy holidays! Can't figure out what to buy as gifts for the music lovers in your lives? Check out our handy guide below for some helpful tips! Apparel From head to toe (and hats to socks), clothes seem like a necessity for holiday gift-giving. But why not throw some pop in your…

  19. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. 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 charts are…

  20. Exclusive Premiere: Destructo ft. Problem, 'Dare You 2 Move' (Jack Beats Remix)

    December 01, 2014 1:35 PM EST Gary Richards sure knows how to pick them. Known for the curatorial expertise that built his HARD brand into a dance event institution, Richards is just as discerning when donning his Destructo artist alias. A week after releasing his well-received West Coast EP on Insomniac/Interscope, he&…

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