1. Grammys 2015 Preview: Beyonce, Sam Smith & Other Artists Vying for Album of the Year Honors Dish on Their Discs

    December 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Having trouble keeping track of what's nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys? Billboard breaks down the five nominees. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T. Smith, Two Inch…

  2. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  3. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  4. Gaby Moreno's 'Posada': An Instant Latin Christmas Classic

    December 03, 2014 2:54 PM EST Gospel, soul & acoustic sounds from singer's roots revive a set of traditional holiday songs. As quietly as making angels in the snow, the soulful Guatemalan singer Gaby Moreno has gone and recorded a praise-worthy Christmas album that could well become a Latin holiday classic. On…

  5. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Lorde’s ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack Debuts

    November 28, 2014 1:05 PM EST Plus: "Downton Abbey" Christmas and Kristin Chenoweth debut. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, One Direction made history, as the group’s Four debuted atop the list . The act is the first group to see its first four studio albums enter at No. 1. Four was released on Nov.…

  6. AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Lives at Full Speed Among Retirees

    November 16, 2014 1:22 PM EST TAURANGA, New Zealand -- AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was the toast of this quiet New Zealand coastal community when he celebrated the launch of his surprise solo album at his marina restaurant, Phil's Place. Even the mayor was there. AC/DC's Angus Young Says There Will Be a Drummer on…

  7. ‘Christmas At Downton Abbey’ Album Premiere: Elizabeth McGovern Talks Holiday Collection

    November 10, 2014 10:45 AM EST The new Christmas At Downton Abbey album gives a couple of the popular PBS show's cast members a chance to step out of their characters and show a different side of themselves. Listen to the album below, premiering exclusively at Billboard.com: Both Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora) and…

  8. Layoffs Hit Capitol Music Group

    November 06, 2014 2:29 PM EST A round of layoffs has hit Capitol Music Group, Billboard has confirmed. A source with knowledge of the situation tells Billboard that a dozen staffers were let go today (Nov. 6) as part of a restructuring at Capitol Music Group. Those twelve include J.R. Rich , Gihan Salem , Heidi Anne…

  9. Exclusive Premiere: Kevin Devine's 'Groundhog Day' Channeling Video 'She Can See Me'

    November 03, 2014 12:03 PM EST After releasing five albums, Kevin Devine decided to fund his next one on Kickstarter. He asked for $50,000, but made that amount in just 8 hours, unexpectedly ending up with $114,805. Some artists might blow all the dough on one extra-expensive album, but not Devine. To reward fans who had…

  10. Prince on 'Saturday Night Live': Look Back at Past Impressions

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Maybe you've heard that Prince (along with 3rdEyeGirl ) will be the music guest on  Saturday Night Live  this weekend. Host Chris Rock certainly knows what a big deal this is: In the latest promos, Rock notes, "Any time you say the word 'Prince,' a woman will scream…

  11. Taylor Swift Named New York City Welcome Ambassador

    October 27, 2014 9:51 AM EDT "I'm still learning, but I'm so enthusiastic about this city that when I love something, I'm very vocal about it." The first song on Taylor Swift 's album 1989 is called "Welcome to New York," and it already bagged her a new gig. The pop singer has…

  12. Oasis Frontman's New Band Beady Eye Has Broken Up

    October 26, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Could this be good news for Oasis fans? Beady Eye has now been shut. Frontman Liam Gallagher announced Saturday (Oct. 25) on Twitter that the rock group has broken up. The band had parted ways with its manager earlier this year, according to NME . Noel Gallagher On Oasis Anniversary: '…

  13. From Gwen Stefani to Sleater-Kinney, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    October 24, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Gwen Stefani "Baby Don't Lie" Mad Love/Interscope After rumors swirled that Stefani was recording for a solo album and new No Doubt LP, "Baby Don't Lie" is the first taste from the former. Produced by Benny Blanco , Ryan Tedder and Noel Zancanella, the pop…

  14. Gwen Stefani Stays Trippy in ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Music Video

    October 21, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Gwen Stefani is back with a new single, “Baby Don’t Lie,” that updates the elastic pop sound of her first two solo albums. After being previewed on last night’s episode of The Voice , the official music video for “Baby Don’t Lie” has arrived, with a whole lot of funky shapes and…

  15. Taylor Swift's 'Welcome To New York' Coming Tuesday: Listen to a Preview Now

    October 20, 2014 8:55 AM EDT Swiftober is continuing along nicely. Taylor Swift announced Monday morning (Oct. 20) that the song "Welcome to New York," off 1989 , will be available for download on iTunes Tuesday (Oct. 21). "Welcome to New York" follows last week's "Out of the Woods"…

  16. Gwen Stefani’s New Single ‘Baby Don’t Lie’ Is Here: Listen

    October 20, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Gwen Stefani’s new single “Baby Don’t Lie” has arrived overnight. Fans, however, will have to wait until Monday night’s edition of The Voice for a glimpse of the music video. Stefani’s new song, released digitally  through Mad Love/Interscope Records and co-written with its producers…

  17. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  18. Exclusive: Earth, Wind & Fire to Release First Holiday Album

    October 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Eight-time Grammy Award-winning group Earth, Wind & Fir e is adding another first to its long list of achievements: a holiday album. The aptly titled Holiday will be released Oct. 21 through Sony Music Entertainment’s Legacy Recordings division. The 13-track set, available now for pre…

  19. Darrell Hammond Named 'SNL' Announcer After Don Pardo's Death

    September 18, 2014 10:56 AM EDT "It can't be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition," Lorne Michaels tells USA Today. Darrell Hammond is rejoining Saturday Night Live as the show's new announcer, after longtime voice Don Pardo passed away in August at 96. Hammond will introduce the…

  20. J Alvarez, Conjunto Primavera & Noel Torres Among Latin Grammy Street Party Performers

    September 16, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Regional Mexican and urban acts will dominate the 2014 Latin Grammy street party concerts, which kick off Oct. 5 in Chicago's Plaza Garibaldi. Artists confirmed to perform during the series, which will be played in five cities, include Conjunto Primavera , J Alvarez , J Balvin , Los…

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