1. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight my…

  2. Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams Will Perform Together at the People Magazine Awards

    December 15, 2014 1:58 PM EST Pharrell Williams  and Gwen Stefani will perform at the inaugural People Magazine Awards. Stefani will play her Pharrell-produced latest single, "Spark The Fire," released in anticipation of her third solo album -- the first since 2006's The Sweet Escape . Gwen Stefani &…

  3. Reggie Watts Will Be James Corden's 'Late Late' Band Leader

    December 12, 2014 2:30 PM EST CBS is getting ready for the new Late Late Show . Though James Corden doesn't assume the hosting gig until Mar. 23, the multihyphenate's show has filled out much of its staff and found a bandleader in Reggie Watts . Josh Groban Jams With Reggie Watts on 'Comedy Bang! Bang!&…

  4. 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…

  5. Exclusive: Nora Jane Struthers Premieres New Song 'Let Go'

    December 09, 2014 11:50 AM EST With her new album Wake coming out on Feb. 24, 2015, singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers is sharing a new song from the forthcoming effort exclusively with Billboard. Entitled "Let Go," you can listen to the Billboard premiere right here. "We all have things that we let…

  6. Idina Menzel & Michael Buble Top AC With 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

    December 09, 2014 7:05 AM EST Their duet becomes the format's latest holiday leader. Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's duet-slash-accurate weather report (depending on where you're reading this), "Baby It's Cold Outside," rises 2-1 on Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart. The song…

  7. Joanna Newsom 'Had a Strong Sense That I Didn't Know What I Was Doing' in 'Inherent Vice'

    December 08, 2014 3:10 PM EST Newsom's husband, Andy Samberg, also helped her out: "He gave me general, very functional acting pointers, along the lines of ways to not be freaked out." Aside from an appearance on Portlandia and in an MGMT music video, avant-garde singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom never…

  8. Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Karen O Sing Dizzying Set List at Vice Anniversary Party

    December 06, 2014 3:37 PM EST "It's gonna be crazy but it's gonna be fun. There will be covers, originals, spontaneous orgasms -- enjoy yourselves.” To celebrate its 20th year, Vice rented out the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Duggal Greenhouse on Friday night (Dec. 5) for the kind of hybrid, manic, alien…

  9. Watch: Lil Wayne Speaks Publicly About Cash Money & Birdman Battle

    December 06, 2014 2:33 PM EST Two days after tweeting that Cash Money Records and Birdman refuse to release his new album, Tha Carter V , Lil Wayne spoke out in public about the battle on Friday night (Dec. 5). Lil Wayne: Birdman & Cash Money Records 'Refuse to Release' 'Tha Carter V' “I was…

  10. Watch Olaf from 'Frozen' Sing 'In Summer' in Six Different Languages

    December 04, 2014 2:07 PM EST We're never letting it go. A year later, we're certainly not anywhere close to being "over" Frozen , which is why this new video -- that showcases beloved snowman Olaf (voiced by Josh Gad ) singing his standout song from the film, "In Summer," in six different…

  11. Song Suffragettes Provides Boost for Young Female Country Artists in Nashville

    December 04, 2014 12:06 PM EST Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for young women in country music, Nashville-based production company Todd Cassetty Welding Service set out to do something about it. Early this year, the company began auditioning female singer-songwriters and in March launched a weekly live show,…

  12. Ex-Cake Drummer Pete McNeal Gets 15 Years to Life for Molesting Toddler

    December 03, 2014 1:46 AM EST Peter Ivan McNeal , a former drummer with the alternative rock band Cake , has been sentenced to 15-years-to-life in state prison for molesting a three-year-old girl at a Thanksgiving 2009 party. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Fred Wapner sentenced McNeal, the L.A Times reports ,…

  13. Why a 'Voice' Winner Is Playing 'Pippin' on Broadway Before Releasing a Single

    December 02, 2014 2:19 AM EST For the first time ever, a Voice winner is stopping by Broadway before the recording studio. Josh Kaufman , the season-six champ who touted rock, pop and soul covers while under Usher's wing, has stepped into the lead role of Pippin. Director Diane Paulus staged the Tony-winning…

  14. 'The Voice' Hits 20 Million Song Downloads

    December 01, 2014 8:07 PM EST Nearing the end of its seventh season The Voice can hang a sign that reads more than 20 million sold. Between its launch in April 2011 and a few days before Thanksgiving the NBC singing competition show sold more than 20 million downloads on iTunes, a milestone commemorated during Monday…

  15. Revisionist History, Part 5: Bon Jovi's 'Prayer' Answered, 'Caroline' Is Sweeter Than 'Sugar'

    November 26, 2014 10:11 AM EST As we get closer to Billboard 's year-end charts for 2014, we present yet another look at how the chart champs of past years might differ based on more recent measures of popularity. We call it "Revisionist History," and here's how it works: Using a formula giving near…

  16. 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…

  17. '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…

  18. Ferguson Decision: Hip-Hop Community & Other Artists React

    November 24, 2014 10:17 PM EST Rihanna, Katy Perry, Killer Mike, Q-Tip, Hayley Williams, Alicia Keys and many more speak out. The death of Michael Brown has been a rallying cry in the hip-hop community since the unarmed teen was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer back in August. Monday night (Nov. 24)…

  19. Disney Musical 'Into the Woods' Swoops Into Awards Season -- How Far Can It Go?

    November 23, 2014 12:20 PM EST And then there was just one unseen Oscar contender. Unbroken . On Saturday evening (Nov. 22), Disney unveiled the second-to-last of the major Oscar hopefuls that had not yet been been seen by pundits, Rob Marshall 's Into the Woods , at simultaneous screenings on both coasts,…

  20. Did John Mayer Date Katherine Heigl?

    November 22, 2014 7:49 PM EST John Mayer has had his fair share of very public relationships. See his past romances with Jessica Simpson , Katy Perry and Jennifer Aniston for some proof. But even he might be surprised to learn about his fling with former Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl . During an upcoming…

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