1. From Dean Martin to Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a Look at Christmas Hits By the Numbers

    December 04, 2014 11:28 AM EST The website Hit Songs Deconstructed analyzed the top 25 holiday season downloads from 2003 through 2013 and found that Santa Claus is not as popular with songwriters as he is with kids, while streaming service Slacker Radio reveals that 1,474 acts have covered “White Christmas."    …

  2. Art Basel Miami Beach: Your Music Guide

    December 03, 2014 6:40 PM EST FKA Twigs, Miguel, Theophilus London, James Blake & more artists provide a musical backdrop to the Miami art fest. An estimated 70,000 global visitors will descend on southern Florida this week for Art Basel Miami Beach, a socialite smorgasbord of contemporary art shows, forward…

  3. Bill Cosby Lawsuit Claims Underage Sexual Abuse

    December 02, 2014 9:50 PM EST Bill Cosby was sued Tuesday (Dec. 2) by a Southern California woman who claims the comedian molested her in a bedroom of the Playboy Mansion around 1974 when she was 15 years old. Judy Huth's sexual battery lawsuit does not specify how much she is seeking from Cosby, who has been…

  4. 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…

  5. HBO Picks Up Mick Jagger-Produced Rock Drama

    December 02, 2014 3:19 PM EST The 1970s-set series, from 'Boardwalk Empire' duo Martin Scorsese & Terence Winter, has been in development since 2011. HBO has picked up to series a rock 'n' roll drama from Boardwalk Empire 's Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter. The show is also exec produced…

  6. Ed Sheeran Hits Million Mark Again in U.K.

    December 02, 2014 9:40 AM EST Ed Sheeran has sold over a million copies of his latest album X in the U.K., making him the first artist to achieve that feat within a calendar year since Emeli Sande 's Our Version of Events in 2012, according to trade body BPI and the Official Charts Company. Released in June, X…

  7. 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…

  8. Watch Kanye West's 9-Minute Medley From the World Aids Day (Red) Concert

    December 01, 2014 9:57 PM EST Kanye West joined the likes of U2 , Carrie Underwood , Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin at a Time Square concert Monday to recognize World AIDS Day supporting (RED). The hip-hop heavy weight delivered a nine-minute medley with some of his biggest hits, from "Power" to "…

  9. Bruce Springsteen & Chris Martin Will Front U2 for World AIDS Day Concert

    December 01, 2014 4:09 PM EST With Bono still recovering from a nasty bike accident he suffered in Central Park , two rock titans are fronting U2 during his absence at Monday night's (Dec. 1) World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square. Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin (whose band owes more…

  10. World AIDS Day: U2, Fergie & More Music Stars Tweet to Raise Awareness

    December 01, 2014 3:44 PM EST From tweeting a simple message to performing at Monday night's (Dec. 1) World AIDS Day concert in New York's Times Square, musicians are raising awareness about the AIDS pandemic today. Below, find tweets from U2 , Celine Dion , Tiesto and more: With @Coldplay ’s Chris Martin …

  11. 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,…

  12. U.K. Vinyl Sales Cross 1 Million Sales Barrier for First Time In Almost 20 Years

    November 28, 2014 10:22 AM EST Vinyl sales continue their ascent, thanks to assists from David Bowie and Pink Floyd. New releases by David Bowie and Pink Floyd have helped push vinyl sales in the United Kingdom over the 1 million mark for the first time since the mid-nineties, according to Official Charts Company data,…

  13. Ricky Martin Rockets to Top 10 After Latin Grammys

    November 27, 2014 1:00 PM EST Ricky Martin scores his 24th top 10 as "Adios" jumps 16-9 on Hot Latin Songs . The rise is fueled by Martin's performance of the uptempo song on the 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards , which aired on Univision on Nov. 20. The performance boosted the tune's digital sales…

  14. Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' No. 1 on Hot 100 for Second Week

    November 26, 2014 3:05 PM EST Swift holds at the summit, while Hozier becomes the first solo male in the top five in nearly three months. Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blank Space," while Hozier surges 6-3 with "Take Me to Church," becoming the first solo…

  15. Latin Grammys Deliver Big Ratings, But Few Music Sales

    November 26, 2014 12:50 PM EST Ricky Martin, Camila, Wisin and Yandel are biggest gainers The 15th annual Latin Grammy Awards were a television ratings success, but delivered disappointing music sales in the U.S. The Nov. 20 live award ceremony, which featured performances by Pitbull , Calle 13 , Marc Anthony and Ricky…

  16. Tired at the Top: David Guetta Talks Love, Loss & New Album 'Listen'

    November 26, 2014 11:35 AM EST Dance music's pop pioneer gets personal on sixth studio album. Drinking water in TomorrowWorld's twilight, David Guetta looks dead-tired. The French superstar's auburn locks hang limp on his leather-clad shoulders. His beard is unkempt and his voice is hoarse. His posture…

  17. Sinead O’Connor on Band Aid 30 Criticism: ‘Everyone Should Shut the F--- Up’

    November 25, 2014 11:42 PM EST Lily Allen has called it “smug.” Emeli Sande has apologized if its lyrics “caused offence.” Adele is rumored to have snubbed the sessions. But Sinead O’Connor isn’t having any of it. The sharp-tongued Irish singer has hit back at critics of the latest version of the Band Aid all-star…

  18. Exclusive Song Premiere: Ardalan's 'The No Yeah' Off Dirtybird Debut

    November 25, 2014 9:48 PM EST Dirtybird Records' latest release was a product of romantic indecision. Iranian producer Ardalan channeled his own hesitant tendencies on "The No Yeah," a quirky track featuring a cooing female vocal over modular techno bloops and stomping sub-bass. "The idea behind the…

  19. 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…

  20. Ferguson: Beyonce Shares Statement From Michael Brown's Family

    November 25, 2014 1:40 PM EST Beyonce has weighed in on the grand jury's decision, announced Monday night, to not indict Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Using her preferred method of communication with the masses, Instagram, the singer shared a photo of the statement from the Brown family,…

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