1. Pharrell's Lawyer to YouTube: Remove Our Songs or Face $1B Lawsuit

    December 22, 2014 5:04 PM EST YouTube has been told to stop playing about 20,000 songs, but Irving Azoff's clients are finding the takedown process to be frustrating. There are songs, and then there are dances. Here's a song-and-dance routine that, according to one of the lawyers involved, could amount to a…

  2. Chart Highlights: Aretha Franklin Tops Dance Club Songs for First Time in 16 Years

    December 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST The icon's cover of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' returns her to No. 1. Plus, new leaders for Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  3. 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…

  4. Wynonna Picks Her 5 Essential Christmas Songs

    December 19, 2014 9:24 PM EST Wynonna says that her A Simpler Christmas Tour has been quite an emotional roller coaster. "It's basically a tragic comedy," she tells Billboard . "I get to talk about very some intensely personal deep and sentimental family stuff from growing up in Appalachia. We didn&…

  5. U.S.-Cuba Musical Relations: A Timeline of Milestones

    December 19, 2014 5:15 PM EST Before President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, there were five decades of a rocky musical relationship that displayed artistic triumphs, personal tragedies and the diplomatic power of music. See our timeline below: 1959 …

  6. Alejandro Fernandez Earns Fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums

    December 18, 2014 5:44 PM EST Plus: Romeo Santos & Voz de Mando each notch new airplay No. 1s. Alejandro Fernandez earns his fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums as his  Confidencias Reales  debuts with 3,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. Willy Chirino Op-Ed: Why U.S.-Cuba Thaw Is No…

  7. XXL Magazine to Print Quarterly Issues

    December 18, 2014 1:34 PM EST Townsquare Media has signaled that XXL Magazine , which it acquired earlier this year , will now publish print editions on a quarterly basis. Following its just-released winter issue, with Kendrick Lamar on the cover, the hip-hop magazine will return in March, followed by its annual…

  8. Exclusive Premiere: Amy Speace Channels the Classics in 'Nothing Good Can Come From This'

    December 17, 2014 1:10 PM EST There's a romantic notion in people's minds of the songwriter as someone who gets struck suddenly by creative lighnting and boom : a song comes spilling out, fully formed and perfectly conceived from the get-go. It may happen like that occasionally, but songwriting is often hard…

  9. Green Day, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughan & More to Join Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    December 16, 2014 2:00 AM EST The punk trio Green Day is the 48th act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, joining acts such as Nirvana , R.E.M. and the Clash as first-ballot honorees. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble , Bill Withers , the Paul Butterfield Blues…

  10. 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…

  11. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

  12. BSBB Round 2: Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg, "Wiggle" vs. DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down for What"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Wiggle Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg Turn Down for What DJ Snake & Lil Jon JAMIESON COX: I praised Derulo’s “easy debauchery” last round when deciding in favor of his other big hit this year, “Talk Dirty,” and “Wiggle” is…

  13. Jimmy Kimmel Makes Billboard Chart Debut on the Killers' New Holiday Hit

    December 12, 2014 4:41 PM EST Las Vegas natives the Killers and Jimmy Kimmel teamed up to create a new holiday song and character, "Joel, the Lump of Coal," and it ended up bringing a gift to Kimmel: his Billboard chart debut. The folky track bows at No. 27 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart with 11,000…

  14. Billboard Cover: Jason Derulo on the Success of 'Talk Dirty' (Despite His Mom's Disapproval)

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Loverboy "Talk Dirty" 1 week on Mainstream Top 40 ; 3 weeks on Rhythmic ; 4 weeks on R&B Digital Songs The year 2014, Jason Derulo 's annus mirabilis, started in a sweaty nightclub in Tel Aviv, Israel, in January 2013. There, embedded in a 2007 song called "…

  15. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea and More 2014 Chart-Toppers Reveal Stories Behind Their No. 1 Hits

    December 11, 2014 8:00 PM EST For Billboard's Year in Music 2014 cover story (out in full Friday, Dec. 12), we sat down with over 22 chart-toppers behind the biggest hits of the year -- including cover stars  Iggy Azalea , Jason Derulo , Sam Smith  and  Meghan Trainor  and the mighty  Nicki Minaj  -- to find out…

  16. J. Balvin & Jenni Rivera Collect New No. 1s

    December 11, 2014 4:00 PM EST Also: Romeo Santos' 'Yo Tambien' hits top 10 on Hot Latin Songs. Rising urban act J. Balvin continues his chart ascent as "Ay Vamos" becomes the second No. 1 on Latin Airplay for the Colombian singer. A 10 percent audience increase, to 10.7 million audience…

  17. Jay Z & N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

    December 11, 2014 5:38 AM EST Jay Z , the most powerful man in hip hop, has met with New York’s highest-elected official, Governor Andrew Cuomo , to rap on reform to the state’s criminal justice system.  Hov met with Cuomo on Wednesday to discuss potential changes to law, and to float the appointment of a special…

  18. The Year in Gospel: Lecrae Dominates, Christian Rap/Hip-Hop Policy Revised

    December 09, 2014 1:01 PM EST Jamie Grace 's long-running hit single "Beautiful Day" finishes 2014 as the year's No. 1 Hot Gospel Song . That chart-topping finish was encouraged by its handsome 20-week run at No. 1 atop the weekly multi-metric Hot Gospel Songs chart. (For good measure, the song…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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