1. Pussy Riot Members Released From Prison

    December 23, 2013 8:59 AM EST Two jailed members of the Russian punk bank Pussy Riot were released Monday following an amnesty law that both described as a Kremlin public relations stunt ahead of the Winter Olympics. Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were granted amnesty last week in a move largely viewed as the…

  2. British High Court Orders Paparazzi to Leave One Direction's Harry Styles Alone

    December 16, 2013 7:16 PM EST A British High Court judge has ordered paparazzi to stay away from One Direction member Harry Styles. The order from justice Nicola Davies bars several photographers from pursuing the singer by car or motorcycle, placing him under surveillance and loitering or waiting within 50 meters (164…

  3. Beyonce Bound for No. 1 As Sales Soar Past 400,000

    December 14, 2013 8:28 PM EST Beyonce’s self-titled surprise release, which hit iTunes exclusively on Thursday evening (9 p.m. PT), has now sold over 430,000 units in just over one day, guaranteeing it the top slot on the Billboard 200 once that chart’s top 10 is revealed mid-week. Beyonce, "Beyonce"…

  4. Johnny Mathis Q&A: 'This Time Of Year Is Magical'

    December 13, 2013 11:05 AM EST The icon talks his highest-charting AC hit since 1978, his new star-studded duets album and holiday memories With "Sending You a Little Christmas," with Jim Brickman, the legendary Johnny Mathis is enjoying his milestone 50th hit on Adult Contemporary chart. As the song…

  5. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  6. P!nk: The Billboard Woman Of The Year Q&A

    December 06, 2013 9:00 AM EST P!nk, Billboard's Woman of the Year honoree, highlights 'a positive, enormous and wonderful' 2013. This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's Sunday, the 18th of October, and P!nk is sending 2-year-old daughter Willow…

  7. Nelson Mandela's Impact on Music, Concerts, Movies and More

    December 05, 2013 7:30 PM EST Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist…

  8. Billboard's Holiday Songs & Albums Charts Return

    December 05, 2013 10:10 AM EST 'Tis the season for Billboard to rank the 100 hottest holiday songs and the 50 best-selling Yuletide albums each week It's already looking a lot like Christmas on Billboard.com and Billboardbiz, as the Holiday 100 and Holiday Albums charts return, while a new seasonal ranking,…

  9. Joe Jonas' New York Magazine Confessional: Demi Lovato, Zendaya Coleman Respond

    December 04, 2013 4:42 AM EST This week, Joe Jonas opened up about sex, drugs and Disney Channel's definition of rock 'n' roll, and while he does explain the recent breakup of the Jonas Brothers and what kind of solo career he hopes to pursue next, he also repeatedly bashes the network on which the trio…

  10. Aimee Mann Wins First Round of Digital Music Lawsuit

    December 02, 2013 7:21 PM EST In July, Aimee Mann brought a noteworthy lawsuit over the possible existence of a massive amount of unlicensed music being streamed online. In the cross-hairs of Mann's multimillion-dollar legal claims was a company called MediaNet, originally backed by EMI, AOL, BMG and RealNetworks…

  11. Rosanne Cash Rediscovers Her Roots With 'The River & The Thread'

    December 02, 2013 12:00 PM EST Rosanne Cash admits that when she looks back at her classic work from the 1980s, she feels somewhat removed from the artist that was topping the chart with works like "Seven Year Ache" and "Blue Moon With Heartache" during her years with Columbia Records. "It's…

  12. 'Glee' Recap: Life's a Fantasy In Playful 'Puppet' Episode

    November 29, 2013 1:22 AM EST A puppet episode is far from revolutionary in the TV landscape -- "Community," "30 Rock" and "Angel" all had a go long before Glee got felt -- but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. "Puppet Master" is pretty straight-forward in that it’s about…

  13. Zedd Zips Up Dance Charts

    November 28, 2013 4:00 PM EST Zedd completes his journey up Billboard's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart, as "Stay the Night" rises to the top (3-1). The track is the second No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS-based tally for Zedd and the first for featured vocalist Hayley Williams of Paramore, who previously hit the…

  14. Tori Kelly to Celebrate Billboard's Women In Music Event With 'Candid Covers' Concert

    November 26, 2013 5:20 PM EST Tori Kelly is bringing a new kind of buzz to Billboard's annual Women In Music event. As a new addition to this year's program, the surging singer-songwriter will perform a live "Candid Covers" session for her fans following the Women in Music luncheon on Dec. 10.…

  15. Chris Brown Ordered Back To Court in January

    November 25, 2013 11:27 PM EST R&B singer Chris Brown's next court appearance in Washington is now scheduled for Jan. 8. A D.C. Superior Court judge granted the new date Monday. Brown's attorneys successfully argued that he should not be forced to leave anger management rehabilitation in Los Angeles to travel…

  16. Gin Blossoms, David Byrne, Journey Rise to Benefit Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

    November 22, 2013 3:45 PM EST For more than 40 years benefit concerts have served as a conduit for emergency aid to disaster-stricken areas of the world. Their success hinges on hurried planning and requires whirlwind agreements between musicians and venues, sponsors and TV networks. "Up to that time, no one really…

  17. Ed Sheeran & Macklemore Stroll Down ‘Sesame Street’: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Video

    November 22, 2013 10:00 AM EST Get a first look at the chart-topping stars' upcoming guest appearances "Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?" For Ed Sheeran and Macklemore, a couple Hot 100 hits and good publicists did the trick. For its upcoming 45th season, which will premiere…

  18. The Clash’s Mick Jones & Paul Simonon Talk Fame, Joe Strummer And Why They Didn't Reunite

    November 19, 2013 1:42 AM EST Ah, the boom box. The portable stereo brings back memories of a specific time in music, when some of the sounds blaring from the speakers included the stew of punk rock, reggae and early hip-hop cooked up by the Clash. Bass player Paul Simonon designed the group's new box set to look…

  19. Truck Rides With Brad Paisley and Flowers From Charlie Daniels: Deborah Evans Price's 10 Most Memorable Interviews

    November 15, 2013 3:00 PM EST We asked Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price, who recently won the CMAs' Media Achievement Award, to reflect on her favorite interviews In 19 years of writing for Billboard, this has been my most difficult task. I've been interviewing people for more than three decades and…

  20. Members of Rock Band Gunned Down in Brooklyn

    November 11, 2013 12:05 PM EST The Yellow Dogs, originally from Iran, were granted asylum in the United States A musician shot and killed two members of an Iranian indie rock band and a third musician early Monday, and wounded a fourth person at their Brooklyn apartment before killing himself on the roof, police and the…

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