1. 'X Factor' Winner Ben Haenow Grabs Christmas No. 1 in U.K.

    December 22, 2014 4:42 AM EST British singer Ben Haenow , who won the 11th series of “The X Factor” Dec. 14, has landed the U.K.’s coveted Christmas No. 1 spot with his debut single “Something I Need” (Syco Music/Sony). His cover of the OneRepublic song had a combined chart sales figure of 214,000, reported the Official…

  2. Can The Pogues' 'Fairytale of New York' Top the U.K.'s Cherished Christmas Charts?

    December 19, 2014 5:38 PM EST Following the U.K.'s Official Charts inclusion of digital streaming this year, the new accounting is causing some shake-ups this holiday season. Now the highly coveted Christmas No. 1 could be poised for takeover by a song that's nearly three decades old: The Pogues ' …

  3. 'Salad Days,' Comprehensive Doc on Washington, D.C.'s Hardcore Scene, Gets a Hometown Premiere

    December 19, 2014 1:08 PM EST A long-awaited documentary on the influential 80s D.C. hardcore scene Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, D.C. , makes its hometown premiere tonight (Dec. 19) at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center  in Silver Spring, MD. The first of the four-sold out screenings this weekend…

  4. Hear Jenny Slate Sing Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide' as Marcel the Shell

    December 18, 2014 11:51 AM EST Jenny Slate -- the actress/comedian who starred in this year's brilliant  Obvious Child and appeared on Parks and Recreation and Married -- sang one of Fleetwood Mac 's iconic hits last night on Conan : "Landslide" from 1975. The twist? She did it in the voice of Marcel…

  5. Wiz Khalifa the Latest Star to Deal With Sex-Tape Scandal

    December 16, 2014 4:11 PM EST According to TMZ , Wiz Khalifa was an unwitting participant in a sex tape with Playboy model Carla Howe last week. Neither party has denied hooking up -- last week, Howe Instagrammed photos of her and Khalifa shirtless. However, the subsequent details are murky. 15 Musician Sex-Tape…

  6. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  7. Mark Ronson, Ed Sheeran Lead U.K. Sales Charts

    December 15, 2014 3:20 AM EST Artist-producer Mark Ronson has landed his first U.K. No. 1 single, after “Uptown Funk” (Columbia/Sony), featuring Bruno Mars , entered at the top Sunday (Dec. 14). Ed Sheeran’s   X  (Asylum/Warner Music) rose again for its tenth aggregate week at the album summit. Ronson’s collaboration…

  8. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side' Returns to Top 20

    December 11, 2014 9:59 PM EST On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 held firm at No. 1 for a fifth non-consecutive week, while AC/DC’s Rock or Bust debuted at No. 3. One more album arrived in the top 10: Mary J. Blige’s The London Sessions , which launched at No. 9. Mary J. Blige Earns 10th…

  9. Kendrick Lamar Will Be One of Next Week's Final Guests on 'The Colbert Report'

    December 11, 2014 6:52 PM EST Amazing to think in one week Steve Colbert's The Colbert Report will end its 10-year run, as the host moves on to usurp David Letterman's throne at The Late Show . And that means we can expect some high caliber guests to join him, including Kendrick Lamar , Seth Rogen and National…

  10. 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…

  11. Christmas Music for People Who Hate Christmas Music

    December 11, 2014 12:00 PM EST Even if you don't like 'Jingle Bells' -- just like Sam Smith -- there's still seasonally appropriate music for you. The Christmas Spirit isn't inside everyone. In fact, there are plenty of people who would prefer to fall asleep now and wake up when December ends.…

  12. PRhyme Announces North American Tour; Royce Da 5'9" Talks 'Shady XV' Album

    December 09, 2014 1:18 PM EST Slaughterhouse is 'about 60 to 70 percent done' with the follow-up to 2012's 'Welcome to Our House.' Royce da 5'9" says he and DJ Premier do not consider their new collaboration PRhyme -- which released its self-titled debut album this week -- to be a side…

  13. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  14. Take That, Ed Sheeran Return To U.K. Chart Summits

    December 08, 2014 1:51 AM EST Take That’s   III  (Polydor/Universal), the British pop staple’s first album as a three-piece, debuted atop the new U.K. chart yesterday (Dec. 7) to become their sixth No. 1 on the survey. Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” (Asylum/Warner Music) returned to the top of the singles chart,…

  15. Two Dixie Chicks Sign with Big Deal for Publishing

    December 05, 2014 2:33 PM EST Big Deal Music has landed two thirds of the Dixie Chicks for a deal, signing Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson to a global publishing agreement for all future songs. The deal marks the first time the two have signed a publishing agreement. Previously, with each owning their own publishing,…

  16. Mike Simonetti Leaving Italians Do It Better, Launching Label with Captured Tracks' Mike Sniper

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Mike Simonetti is striking out on his own once again. Perhaps best-known for founding dream-pop label Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel  -- and, solo, noise rock staple Troubleman Unlimited in the early '90s and New Jersey in 2012 -- the DJ, producer, and label head is leaving…

  17. Clementine and the Galaxy, 'When The Night Is Over': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Clementine and the Galaxy 's triumphant new single "When The Night Is Over" might sound a bit familiar: an instrumental of the track was featured in a Victoria's Secret advertisement. However, the New York-based electro-pop duo -- composed of Julie Hardy and Mike…

  18. 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…

  19. Foo Fighters Team With Citi for Select Presale on 'Sonic Highways' Tour

    December 02, 2014 9:20 AM EST The North American leg of the Foo Fighters ' recently announced 2015 Sonic Highways World Tour features a box office-only pre-order program called "Beat The Bots." But for three select dates, Citi will be offering cardholders an exclusive presale through its Private Pass…

  20. Holiday 'Gif' Guide: 44 Gifts for Music Lovers

    December 01, 2014 3:30 PM EST Happy holidays! Can't figure out what to buy as gifts for the music lovers in your lives? Check out our handy guide below for some helpful tips! Apparel From head to toe (and hats to socks), clothes seem like a necessity for holiday gift-giving. But why not throw some pop in your…

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