1. Rich the Kid, 'From the Streets': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 23, 2014 1:15 PM EST Two days before gifting the Internet with his mixtape Rich Than Famous on Christmas, Rich the Kid releases the music video for "From the Streets." Atlanta's Top 8 New Rappers Check out the video premiere of "From the Streets" here on The Juice: Rich the Kid was born…

  2. Music in TV and Film, 2014: 'Frozen' Dominates, Singing Battles Go Lukewarm

    December 22, 2014 12:58 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  3. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  4. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Album Finally Drops: First Listen

    December 14, 2014 11:37 PM EST After 14 years without a full-length album, D’Angelo ’s Black Messiah was released Sunday (Dec. 14) just before midnight. The 12-track set is available here via iTunes.   How can you possibly encounter an album like this? The weight of expectations looms large, and it cuts two ways.…

  5. BSBB Round 1: 5 Seconds of Summer, "Amnesia" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Amensia 5 Seconds of Summer Break Free Ariana Grande feat. Zedd CHRIS PAYNE: “This is the part when…” I try to figure out what the hell Ariana Grande is singing, knowing my effort will be ultimately futile. This song still…

  6. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  7. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of…

  8. Op-Ed: John Legend Demands Change After Eric Garner & Ferguson Decisions

    December 12, 2014 11:30 AM EST When Common and I wrote the song "Glory" for the stunning new film Selma , we drew inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries who strived and sacrificed to achieve racial equality in the face of seemingly hopeless odds. As I watched the final version of…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Clive Davis on Billboard Women in Music Honoree Aretha Franklin: ‘There Are No Pretenders to the Throne’

    December 08, 2014 11:00 AM EST The chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment writes about the enduring appeal of the Billboard Women in Music Icon honoree. Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul. It’s not the totality of who she is -- beneath her cool exterior is a remarkably warm-hearted person -- but it is a…

  12. Pharrell and 'Frozen' Top iTunes' Year-End List, Beyonce Named Best Artist

    December 08, 2014 9:20 AM EST Pharrell 's "Happy" and the soundtrack for Disney's Frozen are the year's top-selling song and album of year on iTunes, the online music store revealed on Monday. Apple announced that John Legend 's "All of Me" and Katy Perry 's "Dark Horse…

  13. Watch Wu-Tang Clan' Protest Footage Compilation for ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Video

    December 07, 2014 2:48 PM EST The Wu-Tang Clan has successfully captured some of the nation’s frustrations with the justice system in their new music video for “A Better Tomorrow,” the title track from the group’s sixth album. Wu-Tang Clan Bring the Latest 'Ruckus' to 'Letterman' In the wake of grand…

  14. Grammys 2015: The Lowdown on the Country Music Nominations

    December 05, 2014 6:22 PM EST The nominees in the country field for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and there are interesting names among the contenders. The decision to scale back on the number of categories a few years ago by NARAS led many to believe that the organization was looking to increase…

  15. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  16. Alicia Keys Preaches for Unity in 'We Gotta Pray'

    December 04, 2014 11:58 AM EST Alicia Keys has released a new song, “We Gotta Pray”, in the wake of protests in New York City and Ferguson, MO. Just hours after its release, the song bolted to the top of the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . In the reflective ballad, the singer-songwriter pleads for the world to…

  17. Watch Brian Williams Slow Jam the News With the Roots on 'Fallon'

    December 03, 2014 11:50 AM EST Some Marvin Gaye , some Luther Vandross , and a little Anita would definitely set this news off right… Jimmy Fallon and The Roots have slow jammed the news before, with guests like Chris Christie and Mitt Romney . For last night (Dec. 2)’s episode of The Tonight Show , he helped celebrate…

  18. Exclusive: Craig Campbell Signs to RED BOW Records

    December 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST 'Keep Them Kisses Comin'' singer also just scored a song on Garth Brooks' new album. Country singer Craig Campbell is kicking off December in a big way, with the announcement of a new recording deal with RED BOW Records, a division of BBR Music Group. Campbell tells…

  19. Ferguson Officer Who Shot Michael Brown Resigns

    November 29, 2014 8:11 PM EST The Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown has resigned, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the confrontation between the white officer and unarmed black 18-year-old that ignited protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation. Darren Wilson, who has…

  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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