1. Christmas in the Country: Five Essential Albums

    November 28, 2014 2:00 PM EST This week in The 615, we have taken a look at some of the holiday's top new Christmas albums in country. To close out our kick-off of the holidays, let's look back at five of the format's essential discs of the season. These are the albums that are a must for your collection,…

  2. Guy Penrod Respects the 'Tradition' of His 'Christmas' Songs

    November 27, 2014 12:00 PM EST Grammy-winning artist Guy Penrod chuckles a little bit when asked how much time he spent coming up with the title for his new holiday album, simply titled Christmas. "I'm kind of simple when it comes to that kind of stuff. I just figured that it's full of Christmas songs, so…

  3. Jim Brickman Spends a 'Winter's Night' With Kenny Rogers, Jana Kramer & More

    November 26, 2014 4:36 PM EST Christmas music has long been very important to pianist Jim Brickman . The performer has just issued On a Winter's Night, a brand-new yuletide collection, and he tells Billboard that he can't wait for fans to hear it. "I'm so thrilled," he says. "It's been…

  4. 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…

  5. Salt-N-Pepa Teach People to 'Push It' In New Geico Commercial

    November 26, 2014 11:29 AM EST The latest Geico commercial in the insurance company's endless parade of ads features  Salt-N-Pepa and their classic hit "Push It" to get some laughs. Watch the spot below. This isn't the first Geico commercial to feature a famous musician -- in one clip, poker with…

  6. 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…

  7. Spotify Seems to Be Gaining on YouTube's Streaming Dominance

    November 24, 2014 2:17 PM EST YouTube, the undisputed king of music streams, is getting chipped away at. We break it down. Hozier 's 2014 breakout can be attributed to the popularity of "Take Me to Church's" intriguing music video on YouTube. With an impressive 24 million video views to date, it&…

  8. Brantley Gilbert on Spotify: ' I Don't Know If It Will Benefit Me to Tell You What My Opinion Is'

    November 24, 2014 12:02 PM EST Talking with Billboard on the red carpet before last night's American Music Awards, Brantley Gilbert was unwilling to discuss his views on Spotify. His latest album -- Just As I Am -- was recently pulled from the streaming service. Watch video of Billboard's conversation with…

  9. Kristin Chenoweth About Her ‘Coming Home’ PBS Special: ‘I Want People to Hear a Live, Non-Auto-Tuned Album’

    November 24, 2014 11:30 AM EST The Kristin Chenoweth Theatre, located in her hometown of Broken Arrow, Okla., was the 46-year-old Broadway veteran’s choice for a rousing August performance that became the basis for her first televised concert special. The Kenny Ortega-directed Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home premieres Nov…

  10. AMAs Best & Worst Moments: One Direction, Taylor Swift, Lorde & More

    November 24, 2014 12:43 AM EST So who won the 2014 AMAs? One Direction won the coveted Artist of the Year and two other awards, while Taylor Swift captured the Dick Clark Award of Excellence, and Lorde was generally awesome. But plenty of other artists brought their A-game, as this was a star-studded night for the…

  11. American Music Awards 2014: What You Didn't See on TV

    November 24, 2014 12:17 AM EST One Direction's Harry Styles & Niall Horan make sure to stay in the audience for J.Lo & Iggy's 'Booty' fest, and more behind-the-scenes action. At Sunday night's American Music Awards , you saw Selena Gomez bare her heart -- and Iggy Azalea and…

  12. Five Reasons Why Lorde Won The AMAs Without Winning Any Awards

    November 24, 2014 12:10 AM EST Hanging with Taylor, dancing to Jessie, tweeting about Pitbull -- all in a day's work for young Ella. Lorde went home empty-handed at the 2014 American Music Awards, losing out in all four of her nominated categories. And while one could quibble about those results — losing out to…

  13. British Invasion: One Direction Conquer 2014 American Music Awards

    November 23, 2014 11:26 PM EST Even though they're called the American Music Awards , you don't have to be an American to get one.  British-Irish boy band One Direction nabbed three AMAs -- Artist of the Year, Favorite Band/Duo/Group, Favorite Album: Pop/Rock -- Sunday night in Los Angeles. 1D's dominance…

  14. Taylor Swift Wins Dick Clark Award at AMAs, Hits Back at Spotify

    November 23, 2014 10:30 PM EST The prize was presented by the venerable Diana Ross. At the 2014 AMAs, the Dick Clark Award of Excellence was awarded for the first time, and it went to none other than Taylor Swift . Of course, she’s done everything possible to earn it with the performance of her new album 1989 . While …

  15. Taylor Swift Gives 'Blank Space' Dazzling Live Debut at AMAs

    November 23, 2014 8:05 PM EST Days after “Blank Space” became Taylor Swift ’s third No. 1 single on the Hot 100 chart , the pop superstar gave the 1989 single the splashy live debut it deserves when she opened the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday night (Nov. 23) from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los…

  16. Music Fans Can Vote for Their Favorite AMA Artists, Submit Fan Art on Twitter

    November 22, 2014 3:29 PM EST It's not too late to grab your paintbrush. Now is your chance to show off all those paintings you've done of One Direction . (Don't pretend like you don't know what we're talking about.) AMAs Producer on Taylor Swift Receiving New Dick Clark Award, Pitbull's…

  17. ADA to Distro Mascot Label Group in North America

    November 21, 2014 5:45 PM EST The Alternative Distribution Alliance has signed a North America distribution deal with the Mascot Label Group and its 600-album catalog. The deal deepends the relationship between the two companies, as ADA has already been distributing the Mascot Label Group in Great Britian, Australia,…

  18. What Will Upcoming Contract Negotiations Mean for Taylor Swift, Usher and Justin Timberlake?

    November 21, 2014 1:34 PM EST Megamillion-dollar label deals are a thing of the past. But with Usher, Timberlake and Swift nearing the end of their contracts, this is how majors will have to fight to keep them. Taylor Swift , Usher and Justin Timberlake are about to enter an all-too-familiar crossroads for pop…

  19. AMAs Producer on Taylor Swift Receiving New Dick Clark Award, Pitbull's Hosting Skills & More

    November 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST American Music Awards producer Larry Klein has worked on the long-running awards show for nearly 40 years, but when he organizes it each year, "I still feel like a kid," he admits.  American Music Awards Photos: 42 Years Of AMAs History “I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I’m…

  20. Jennifer Lopez & Iggy Azalea Bringing 'Booty' to AMAs

    November 20, 2014 6:53 PM EST Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea will bring their sexy single "Booty" to the American Music Awards Sunday with a performance they promise will be network television-appropriate.  Iggy Azalea, the Most-Nominated 2014 AMAs Artist, Will Also Perform This is the first time the duo…

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