1. Pentatonix Hits Top Three on Billboard 200, Nickelback Debuts in Top 10

    November 26, 2014 11:01 AM EST As earlier reported , One Direction's Four debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 387,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the second-largest debut sales week of 2014 (after Taylor Swift's 1989 arrival of 1.287 million…

  2. This Kanye West & Sam Smith Mashup Is Fantastic

    November 26, 2014 10:15 AM EST Carlos Serrano's SoundCloud page is wall to wall mashups, all available for free download: There's  2pac and Banks , Rihanna and Daft Punk , TLC and Haim . His most recent concoction mixes Sam Smith 's Hot 100 top 10 single "I'm Not The Only One" with a song…

  3. 'The Voice' Recap: Top 8 Has Only One Blank Space, Baby

    November 25, 2014 9:43 PM EST Not even advice from Clive Davis, Diana Ross, Colbie Caillat, Christina Aguilera & Patrick Stump could save them from spending Thanksgiving at home. Despite this week's enriching guest mentorship from Clive Davis, Diana Ross , Colbie Caillat , Christina Aguilera and Patrick Stump…

  4. '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…

  5. Becky G’s ‘Can't Stop, Won't Stop Dance Pop’ Playlist Tips Hat to Influences: Exclusive

    November 25, 2014 12:15 PM EST When you ask an artist to name their favorite song, they sometimes answer with whatever pops into their mind at the moment. Such is not the case for Becky G ; the 17-year-old pop sensation takes her tunes – and her playlists– very seriously. Can't Stop, Won't Stop Dance Pop…

  6. Pop Shop Podcast: 2014 American Music Awards Recap!

    November 24, 2014 5:40 PM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to a special episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  7. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  8. How Did 'Serial' Find Its Music? Thank Nick Thorburn

    November 24, 2014 3:42 PM EST As fans of the runaway hit podcast  Serial  know ,  the notes of the now all-too-familiar jingle that opens each episode can provoke a Pavlovian response from listeners eager to get their latest hit of the addictive story. For the uninitiated:  Serial , a  This American Life  spin-off…

  9. Spotify Seems to Be Gaining on YouTube's Streaming Dominance

    November 24, 2014 2:17 PM EST YouTube, the undisputed king of music streams, is getting chipped away at. We break it down. Hozier 's 2014 breakout can be attributed to the popularity of "Take Me to Church's" intriguing music video on YouTube. With an impressive 24 million video views to date, it&…

  10. Kobalt Publishing Hires Jamie McLaughlin as Creative Director

    November 24, 2014 11:47 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing has appointed Jamie McLaughlin to the position of creative director, charged with signing new talent, arranging writer collaborations and pitching songs. She has hit the ground running in the new job, having already played a part in the signing of Lady Gaga…

  11. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  12. 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,…

  13. Why Queen Latifah’s Reign in Syndication Is Ending

    November 22, 2014 12:00 AM EST Her show wasn’t growing -- which made it impossible to justify the cost. Queen Latifah is the latest victim of the tough economics and harsh realities of making a show work in national television syndication. It is expensive to launch a new syndicated show, hard to make inroads against…

  14. Krewella Claims Kris Trindl Was 'Pretending to DJ,' Dispute His Sobriety

    November 21, 2014 6:51 PM EST The Yousaf sisters are now countersuing the group's founding member. Jahan Yousaf and Yasmine Yousaf , sisters in the popular EDM group Krewella , have reacted to a $5 million lawsuit filed by founding member Kris Trindl with a wildly different account of what caused his departure.…

  15. Banks Wants to Perform for Aliens and Other Inside Scoop

    November 21, 2014 5:35 PM EST Banks Opens Up Corpse Bride  director  Tim Burton  might want to take a meeting with  Banks . The Goddess singer-songwriter (born  Jillian Banks ), 26, tells Overheard that she and her best friend have written a number of short stories based upon a character they call “Inside-Out Girl”…

  16. G-Unit, Kindness & Greek Fire: Emerging Picks of the Week

    November 21, 2014 4:31 PM EST Heading into the weekend, Billboard offers another triple play of tracks to check out that all debuted on this week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Big Body Benz," Kidd Kidd…

  17. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Meghan Trainor Hits Top 40, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Debut

    November 21, 2014 3:24 PM EST Trainor soars with her second hit, while Ronson's scorching soul/pop track brings the writer/producer out from behind the scenes. Plus, chart action for Vance Joy, Lorde & One Direction. As previously reported, Taylor Swift makes history by becoming the first woman to replace…

  18. Happy Birthday, Bjork! 10 Unforgettable Tracks Revisited

    November 21, 2014 11:06 AM EST Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork is many things -- she’s an artist, influencer and has made a career by not fitting into any stereotypical molds. She takes risks (ahem, infamous swan dress ) and lets her unique voice speak for itself. Even Beavis and Butt-head tried to wrap their heads…

  19. Behind Hewlett-Packard's $20 Million Ad Spend Behind Meghan Trainor, Beginning with Her New Music Video

    November 21, 2014 11:02 AM EST The "All About That Bass" hitmaker is back, with a few internet friends in tow. The candy-colored, slyly satirical video for Meghan Trainor ’s “All About That Bass” helped make the 20-year-old singer-songwriter a breakthrough star virtually overnight, racking up over 270 million…

  20. Mr. Probz Rides 'Waves' to No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    November 21, 2014 10:40 AM EST Mr. Probz pulls into the No. 1 spot on Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Waves," which rises 3-1. The chart's top Airplay and Digital Gainer, "Waves" reaches another new sales high (61,000 downloads, up 20 percent, according to Nielsen…

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