1. Sony Hack: FBI Confirms North Korea Is 'Responsible For These Actions'

    December 19, 2014 12:49 PM EST In an email to the studio's top executives, the hackers called the decision not to release 'The Interview,' "very wise." On Friday morning, the FBI officially accused North Korea of the devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, which began shortly before…

  2. Firefly Producers Announce New Big Barrel Country Fest, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Loretta Lynn to Play

    December 18, 2014 7:55 AM EST Red Frog Events, the producers of the Firefly Festival, announce today the launch of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 26-28, the weekend after Firefly, at the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del., site of Firefly. Headliners include  Blake Shelton , Miranda…

  3. Gimme Five: 2PM's Favorite Songs Released

    December 16, 2014 6:00 PM EST Together for more than six years years, 2PM is the first to admit that they "have been through some very hard times." But throughout it all, Wooyoung, Taecyeon, Chansung, Jun.K, Junho and Nichkhun have continued to create music that not only becomes more meaningful to them, but…

  4. Watch 'Nashville' Stars Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio Sing "Beauty and the Beast"

    December 15, 2014 11:49 PM EST Playing aspiring singer-songwriters-turned-lovers-turned-friends, Nashville's Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio regularly perform together on ABC's hit musical drama. So when it came time to find a male and female lead to sing "Beauty and the Beast" for a behind-the-scenes…

  5. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  6. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

  7. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  8. The 10 Best Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0 Ed Sheeran, Jenny Lewis, Run The Jewels and more were among the artists behind this year's most mesmerizing full-lengths. The Billboard.com Critics' Picks albums list is always difficult to finalize -- with so many great albums to consider each year, how can a group…

  9. Shazam Begins Sharing Tagging Activity, Updates App With Useful Streaming Options

    December 10, 2014 1:38 PM EST Shazam has long been a must-have app for its ability to quickly and accurately identify just about any song via a mobile phone. Now the app and the company's website have been updated to offer more to both consumers and the music industry. Most helpful to the music industry is new…

  10. Jay Z Has Lawsuit Over One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    December 09, 2014 4:35 PM EST When it comes to unlicensed samples, New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan has limits. On Monday, he dismissed TufAmerica's lawsuit claiming that Jay Z and his record companies violated copyright by sampling an "oh" on the song "Run This Town," released on the album…

  11. The Year in Pop 2014: One Direction, 'Frozen,' & Pharrell Dominate

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST One Direction takes home the trophy as Billboard's top artist of the year for 2014. See All the Year End Charts Here! The English/Irish quintet (comprising Niall Horan , Liam Payne , Zayn Malik , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson ), is the first group to earn the top artist distinction…

  12. Why Iggy Azalea Will Win the Best Rap Album Grammy: Op-Ed

    December 05, 2014 6:57 PM EST When it comes to rap in regards to the Grammys, the question has become not who we hope wins, but who will win. And the answer usually comes in a trembling echo of united frustration. It happened last year when Kendrick Lamar was up against Macklemore . Rap aficionados were rooting for…

  13. Free Music Round-Up: PARTYNEXTDOOR, Shy Glizzy, Tunji Ige & LuiDiamonds

    December 03, 2014 5:50 PM EST Thanks to the hyperactive world of the internet, there are unknown artists catapulting onto the upper reaches of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Look at the top five right now: Makonnen at No. 2 and Bobby Shmurda at No. 3, each with their first chart hit; Rae Sremmurd at No. 4 with…

  14. Will Arcade Fire Repeat as Grammy Darlings?

    December 03, 2014 4:55 PM EST Their last effort shocked the world and won Album of the Year; how do they stack up as defending champs? Remember these days? If you're an indie rock fan, you remember what it was like when Arcade Fire 's The Suburbs shocked the world and won Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammys …

  15. Watch Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Announce New Year's Eve Vegas Show With Amusing Video

    December 02, 2014 2:43 PM EST If Macklemore ever gets bored with rap, he has a future in club inspection. He's performing with his partner-in-crime Ryan Lewis on New Year's Eve at 1OAK in Las Vegas. To promote the event, the duo made an amusing video in which they "come to Las Vegas early and make…

  16. Tony Winner Jessie Mueller to Take 'Waitress' Job

    December 01, 2014 1:41 AM EST Jessie Mueller , the fast-rising Broadway star who won a lead actress Tony Award this year for the title role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical , may be turning her talents from songwriting to baked goods. According to an unconfirmed report in The New York Times , Mueller has identified…

  17. 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…

  18. 'August Rush' Bound for Broadway

    November 25, 2014 8:21 PM EST The new musical is adapted from the 2007 film about a music prodigy, which starred Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. Add another title to the long list of movies getting the musical makeover treatment. The 2007 release, August Rush , which starred Freddie Highmore as an orphaned second…

  19. Garth Brooks Cancels Talk-Show Appearances After Ferguson Decision

    November 25, 2014 4:16 PM EST 'To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me,' he writes on Facebook. Garth Brooks is postponing TV appearances in the midst of protests after a Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting…

  20. 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…

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