1. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea and More 2014 Chart-Toppers Reveal Stories Behind Their No. 1 Hits

    December 11, 2014 8:00 PM EST For Billboard's Year in Music 2014 cover story (out in full Friday, Dec. 12), we sat down with over 22 chart-toppers behind the biggest hits of the year -- including cover stars  Iggy Azalea , Jason Derulo , Sam Smith  and  Meghan Trainor  and the mighty  Nicki Minaj  -- to find out…

  2. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  3. Sony/ATV Chairman Blasts Payouts from Internet Radio

    December 11, 2014 1:41 PM EST Pandora is coming under fire again for its payouts to songwriters and publishers. In a letter to his staff, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Marty Bandier notes that despite the success of two of the company's biggest songwriters -- John Legend and Pharrell Williams -- their…

  4. Juanes' Song 'Juntos' Will be Featured in Disney's Upcoming 'McFarland, USA'

    December 09, 2014 6:26 PM EST Disney’s upcoming feel-good movie, McFarland, USA , will feature a new song by Colombian star Juanes in its end credits. Juanes wrote "Juntos," which translates to "together," specifically for the film, which is directed by Niki Caro and stars Kevin Costner and Maria…

  5. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  6. 'American Idol' Alums Kelly Clarkson, David Archuleta & Others Share the Christmas Spirit: Watch

    December 09, 2014 5:10 AM EST American Idol alums are helping usher in the holiday season with new songs, videos, updates of Christmas classics and mash-ups. Check out some of the merriment below: Kris Allen is releasing a new song, "Baby, It Ain't Christmas Without You," through his own DogBear Records…

  7. 'Shady XV' Compilation Starts at No. 1 on Rap Albums

    December 05, 2014 2:36 PM EST New albums from the Shady Records crew, Rick Ross, and Iggy Azalea debut. Meanwhile, Glade freshens the chart with a hit by Kevin Ross. Shady Records' roster -- including head honcho Eminem -- have taken the No. 1 spot on Rap Albums with 138,000 units of Shady XV sold in its first week…

  8. Backstreet Boys Documentary Coming in January

    December 02, 2014 3:30 PM EST Backstreet's back, alright! The Backstreet Boys documentary,  Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of , will hit U.S. theaters and VOD on Jan. 30 before London's More2Screen rolls it out worldwide on Feb. 26, according to Deadline . The film will make its…

  9. 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5 Set to Perform at People Magazine Awards

    December 02, 2014 8:20 AM EST Smoking-hot Australian pop-punk outfit 5 Seconds of Summer and American hitmakers Maroon 5 will perform at the inaugural People Magazine Awards, which promises to honor the “cultural forces of the year” with a star-studded Dec. 18 gala.  The two-hour special will be aired live on NBC…

  10. 'The Bodyguard' Anniversary: Remembering the Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 1:30 PM EST On this day in 1992 (Nov. 25), Whitney Houston made her big screen debut, as The Bodyguard premiered in theaters. In the film, the second-highest-grossing film of the year, she co-stars with Kevin Costner. Houston plays a music superstar (not a far reach), while Costner plays a former…

  11. One Direction Hits One Billion Plays on Spotify (But Are Still Way Behind Eminem)

    November 25, 2014 11:12 AM EST One Direction has surpassed a billion streams on Spotify, joining Coldplay as only the second British band to accomplish that feat on the streaming music service. According to data provided by Spotify, the boy band reached the milestone last week upon the release of their new album Four . …

  12. Executive Turntable: Phil Casey Returns to ICM Partners, Vevo Appoints Stacy Moscatelli, BMG Chrysalis US Acquires Vagrant

    November 20, 2014 8:10 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including ICM Partners, Republic Records, Dualtone Music Group and many more. -- Phil Casey returned to ICM Partners as a senior agent in the concerts department, where he began his career in 1984. Casey served at Resolution for a year…

  13. R.I.P. Mike Nichols: Why 'The Graduate' Soundtrack Will Always Matter

    November 20, 2014 3:15 PM EST Earlier this week, the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 was released, featuring an album’s worth of original music curated by Lorde and featuring artists like Ariana Grande, Miguel, Simon Le Bon and Diplo, among others. It’s an ambitious musical project, especially in an…

  14. Must-Hear Music Podcast: One Direction, Azealia Banks, TV on the Radio & More

    November 20, 2014 11:50 AM EST This week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers tackle highly anticipated new albums from One Direction , Azealia Banks and TV on the Radio . In addition to tracks from Kevin Gates and Ty Dolla $ign , we also discuss the strange crossover track -- "Nude Beach a Go-Go"…

  15. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress

    November 20, 2014 9:29 AM EST Billy Joel has more than a few powerful friends in Washington with a musical legacy powerful enough to draw cheers from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday. The Library of Congress honored the singer and songwriter behind "New York State of Mind," "Allentown," …

  16. Watch Pentatonix's Latest Holiday Video: 'That's Christmas to Me'

    November 18, 2014 5:24 PM EST The video for Pentatonix 's original Christmas song "That's Christmas to Me" is finally here. Following vids for "White Winter Hymnal," "Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry be Happy" and "Mary, Did You Know?" comes a clip for the title track…

  17. Tracy Morgan Still Recovering From Brain Injury

    November 18, 2014 3:43 PM EST Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it's unknown if the actor-comedian will be "the Tracy Morgan he once was," his lawyer said Tuesday (Nov. 18).   Benedict Morelli said the former Saturday…

  18. Watch Band of Merrymakers' 'Must Be Christmas' Video

    November 18, 2014 2:57 PM EST Get into the holiday spirit with the latest from Band of Merrymakers , a rotating-cast Yuletide supergroup that currently features  Charles Kelley of  Lady Antebellum ,  Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees ,  Fitz of  Fitz & the Tantrums ,  Nick Hexum of 311 , Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra …

  19. Sony Giving Free Streaming Services the Stink Eye

    November 18, 2014 2:45 PM EST Speaking to investors in Tokyo on Tuesday, Sony chief financial officer Kevin Kelleher said the company will take a cautious approach to free, ad-supported streaming services like Spotify in the wake of Taylor Swift 's ground-shaking decision to shun the Swedish company. Kelleher said…

  20. The Biz of Fizz: Why Soda Brands Are Spending Millions To Promote Taylor Swift, Tiesto in 2014

    November 17, 2014 1:02 PM EST The second half of 2014 sees Big Gulp-sized soda partnerships with artists. Michael Tran/FilmMagic In 2014, 7UP doubled down on its lucky number by linking with Tiesto , Ultra, Insomniac and others for its 7x7Up initiative: seven top festivals, seven rising DJs ( Danny Avila , Disco…

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