1. Best & Worst Singles of the Week -- From Kelly Clarkson to Ellie Goulding

    January 16, 2015 3:22 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> James Bay "Scars" Republic James Bay takes a nostalgic approach to road-weary rock ballads, and "Scars" is no exception. The track features dusty organs and outdated tech references: "In the dark, you try to make a…

  2. Kelly Clarkson Returns in Style on 'Heartbeat Song': Single Review

    January 12, 2015 7:15 AM EST Kelly Clarkson 's decade-plus career has been marked by such tidily constructed hits that it feels like she can conjure radio play at will. Now 32 years old and a new mother, Clarkson has returned in style after the release of a greatest hits compilation and a Christmas album; "…

  3. Grammys 2015 Preview: Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor & More on Their Record of the Year-Nominated Songs

    December 26, 2014 9:20 AM EST Check out the five tracks nominated for the Record of the Year Grammy. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor Producer: Kevin Kadish Engineer/Mixer: Kevin Kadish Mastering Engineer: Dave Kutch Label: Epic "My producer [Kadish] had the title and said that none of his prior co…

  4. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  5. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  6. Album Review: Charli XCX’s ‘Sucker’ Crowns Her One of Pop’s Biggest New Stars (and Biggest Personalities)

    December 09, 2014 12:22 PM EST She might have had one of the summer's biggest hits with "Boom Clap," but Charli XCX is still best-known for her assists on other artists' songs, most notably Iggy Azalea 's "Fancy" and Icona Pop 's "I Love It." It's not as if she has…

  7. 'Annie' Cast Shakes Off Sony Hack: 'I'm a Lot More Heartbroken About Other Things'

    December 08, 2014 11:19 PM EST The sidewalk just outside New York City's Ziegfeld Theatre transformed into a kid-filled block party on Sunday afternoon for the premiere of Annie . Across the hopscotch-course-covered black carpet lined with many, many reporters, the P.S. 153 Chorus clapped and danced to the DJ's…

  8. Grammys 2015: The 10 Biggest Snubs & Surprises

    December 05, 2014 4:11 PM EST Where is "Drunk In Love"? What happened to DJ Mustard? And who could have seen Brandy Clark coming? Inside the biggest shocks and letdowns. Now that (almost) all of the 57th annual Grammy Award nominations have been revealed, we can eye the 82 categories announced and…

  9. 'Annie' Director Will Gluck on How Sia Helped Bring the Movie Remake to Life

    November 10, 2014 4:54 PM EST Will Gluck, a director and screenwriter whose credits include Easy A , Friends With Benefits and several TV series, had never written a musical prior to getting the job of updating the classic Broadway hit Annie . He hired two songwriters who also had no experience in musicals: Sia Furler …

  10. Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference Day Two Report: Maroon 5, Steven Price's 'Fury' Soundtrack, and the New 'Annie'

    November 07, 2014 6:39 AM EST The Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference wrapped on Thursday with a conversation featuring composer Steven Price , the phenom responsible for scoring Gravity and this year's Fury . Price spoke to ASCAP's director of film and TV music, Jeff Jernigan , to…

  11. 'Annie' Director Will Gluck Worried He'd 'Ruin a Lot of Kids' Childhoods'

    November 06, 2014 7:24 PM EST 'It's a much different movie, but it's all rooted in the same story,' he says at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference. "I was very scared going in to this, if I was going to ruin a lot of kids' childhoods," Will Gluck , director, producer and…

  12. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Billy Idol Returns With His Highest-Debuting Album

    October 31, 2014 6:28 PM EDT On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Slipknot collected its second No. 1 album as .5: The Gray Chapter debuted at No. 1. The Roadrunner Records release sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of six new titles to debut in the top 10…

  13. Wrabel's 'Ten Feet Tall' Video Premiere: Watch The Original Version of Afrojack's Hit

    June 04, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Pop singer-songwriter Stephen Wrabel recently got a huge co-sign from superstar DJ Afrojack, who loved his tender piano ballad "Ten Feet Tall" so much that he jumped on it and released the track as an uptempo dance single. As Wrabel uses the single's momentum to prepare a solo…

  14. Sia Announces '1000 Forms of Fear' Release Date & Track List

    May 14, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Sia's new solo album "1000 Forms of Fear" has been pegged with a summer release for months, but on Wednesday (May 14), the full-length finally received a concrete release date. "1000 Forms of Fear" will be out on July 8 through RCA/Monkey Puzzle Records. Produced by…

  15. Lykke Li Dives Into Heartbreak on 'I Never Learn': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Lykke Li has described her third album, "I Never Learn," as the final installment in a trilogy, but the lonely woman at the center of the new set is almost unrecognizable compared with the honeydew-voiced pixie who arrived with 2008's "Youth Novels." Back then, the…

  16. Lily Allen's 'Sheezus': Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In 2006, Lily Allen bounced onto the scene like a cartoon bomb painted to look like a beach ball. Her debut, "Alright, Still," was equal parts sunshine and snark — a ska-pop album about skeevy pick-up artists, sexually dysfunctional exes and all the sordid stuff going on just below…

  17. Lykke Li's Wounded New Album: 'I Only Thought I Knew What Heartbreak Was Until This Record'

    April 22, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The Swedish pop singer explains why "I Never Learn" is about "walking away and fucking up." Lykke Li had to buy a bed when she was writing her devastating new album, "I Never Learn," in Los Angeles, and the purchase gave her crippling anxiety. She knew that she…

  18. Lily Allen Is Not Crazy: The Outspoken Brit Talks 'Sheezus' Comeback Album

    April 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Her five years off were packed with lows (meltdowns, label shakeups) and highs (marriage, kids), but with new album "Sheezus," pop's outspoken Brit is ready to put behind the "ego and narcissism" of her early work and prove what a nice person she is — but not before…

  19. Ellie Goulding Aches For Downtime: 'I Need To Sort My Life Out'

    March 21, 2014 1:54 PM EDT The electro-dance heroine (and closet bookworm) talks about being "pulled home" as she continues playing shows and collecting hits. "I need to sort my life out," says Ellie Goulding with a sigh, fiddling with her bright blonde hair as she talks. "And if I don'…

  20. Ryan Tedder Reveals the Stories Behind His Songs for Beyoncé, Adele, Ellie Goulding & More

    March 19, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Ryan Tedder is not only the frontman for OneRepublic -- he's a prolific songwriter and producer who has made more than $2.5 million penning hits for and with the likes of Beyonce and Adele as well as for his own band. When he sat down to chat with Billboard for his recent cover story ,…

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