1. The Weeknd, Deadmau5, Leonard Cohen Lead Juno Awards Nominations

    January 27, 2015 4:07 PM EST Toronto transplants Magic! -- whose "Rude" was a massive international hit -- lead the Juno Award nominations this year with five nods -- for top single, pop album, Juno fan choice, breakthrough group, and songwriter -- it was announced earlier today at a press conference at…

  2. Juno Awards: Magic! Leads With Five Nominations

    January 27, 2015 2:59 PM EST On Tuesday (Jan. 27), Toronto pop rockers Magic! snagged a field-leading five nominations for the Juno music awards, Canada's version of the Grammys . Dance breakout sensation Kiesza is up for four noms, while rockers Hedley , Nickelback and Serge Fiori each earned three nominations.…

  3. Nielsen: Canada Loved Taylor Swift, Streaming Music and, Yep, Vinyl in 2014

    January 27, 2015 2:17 PM EST Bobby Bazini was the only Canadian artist to sell over 100,000 units domestically in 2014, according to The 2014 Nielsen Music Canada Report. The other six albums were by Taylor Swift , various artists on the Frozen soundtrack, Sam Smith , Ed Sheeran , Coldplay and Lorde . According to the…

  4. Howard Stern on Sam Smith: 'He's an Ugly Motherf---er'

    January 27, 2015 12:36 PM EST Mike Huckabee gained a lot of attention this month for his foolish comments about Beyonce and Jay Z ; now well-known provacateur Howard Stern seems to be aiming to achieve the same type of publicity. Stern has a different target, Sam Smith . You can hear the radio-host's thoughts on…

  5. The Bellowing, British Blues of 'Budapest' Singer George Ezra

    January 27, 2015 12:35 PM EST When it comes to what aspects of musical Britannia have worked best on American soil in recent years, blue-eyed R&B has traveled well ( Adele , Amy Winehouse ), and so have acoustic-strumming lads ( Ed Sheeran ). But what would happen if you somehow combined the soul-man stirrings of…

  6. One Direction, Lucian Grainge, Calvin Harris Make List Of Top 500 Influential Brits

    January 27, 2015 1:17 AM EST Pop stars One Direction , Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran join Simon Cowell and Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge among the music biz players who cracked the annual Debrett's 500 list of the most influential people in the U.K. Also making the list are electronic music producers Calvin…

  7. Tom Petty Won't Win a Grammy for Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me'

    January 26, 2015 7:22 PM EST The Recording Academy tells Billboard that 'I Won't Back Down' writers Petty & Jeff Lynne aren't considered nominees since they didn't do any 'new writing' on the song. How will the news of Sam Smith giving Tom Petty co-writing credit on the smash hit…

  8. Common, Aloe Blacc & Erykah Badu Celebrate Nina Simone at Sundance Concert

    January 26, 2015 12:20 PM EST The Sundance Institute pulled off the near-impossible at its annual Celebration of Music in Film concert Jan. 25 at the Park City venue the Shop. The artists assembled -- Common , Erykah Badu , Aloe Blacc and more -- evoked the soul and power of the iconoclastic Nina Simone , working her…

  9. Sam Smith Adds Tom Petty to Songwriting Credits on Hit 'Stay With Me'

    January 26, 2015 11:29 AM EST Tom Petty and his collaborator Jeff Lynne may be raking in a few more -- highly debated -- dollars from a new songwriting credit on Sam Smith 's hit "Stay With Me." The addition of Thomas Earl Petty and Jeff Lynne's names to the song's credits is the result of…

  10. Mark Ronson Completes Chart Double in U.K.

    January 26, 2015 4:20 AM EST Mark Ronson scored a double victory on the new U.K. sales charts, published last night (Jan. 25) by the Official Charts Company. As his "Uptown Funk" single, (Columbia/Sony), featuring Bruno Mars , started a fifth consecutive and sixth aggregate week at No. 1, he achieved his…

  11. Ask Billboard: Controversial Hits, Katy Perry's Sales & Taylor Swift's Radio Reign

    January 25, 2015 9:05 AM 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 WHAT ARE THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL HITS? @gthot20 With the …

  12. 'Glee' Music Recap: The Hurt Locker Pt. 1

    January 24, 2015 10:05 AM EST If you'd told me last week that during last night's Glee we'd have Sue hypnotizing Sam to break up the coaches so that she could finally, once and for all, ruin Will and Rachel's lives, that would seem like par for the course with respect to Sue's increasingly…

  13. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's '1989' Hits 4 Million in U.S. Sales

    January 23, 2015 9:35 PM EST Plus: Ella Henderson debuts & Donny Osmond returns. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart , Meghan Trainor 's Title zoomed in to the No. 1 slot, moving 238,000 overall units in the week ending Jan. 18, according to Nielsen Music. It was one of three arrivals in the top…

  14. Association of Independent Music Publishers Names New Board of Directors

    January 23, 2015 12:47 PM EST The Association of Independent Music Publishers has announced a new slate of board members for the 2015-2016 term. Members of the AIMP, a trade group focused on educating publishers about industry trends, voted to fill officer positions on the national board as well as regional ones in…

  15. NOFX's Fat Mike Is Doing a Punk Rock Musical

    January 23, 2015 12:33 PM EST Move over, "American Idiot." First Green Day's American Idiot , now NOFX's Fat Mike is getting in on the punk rock musical. Today the bassist announced Home Street Home , a new musical theater collaboration with Tony Award winner Jeff Marx (Avenue Q ), and AVN Award…

  16. Olly Murs Named Radio Disney's 'Next Big Thing'

    January 23, 2015 12:46 AM EST U.K. singer Olly Murs has been named Radio Disney's "N.B.T." (Next Big Thing), an initiative launched in 2010 to champion young recording artists and further their careers. Murs will be featured in the shortform N.B.T. series, with cameras following him in the recording…

  17. New Report from Next Big Sound Explores Band-Brand Digital Relationships

    January 22, 2015 4:08 PM EST A new report by Next Big Sound presents the state of the music industry from a data point of view. Aimed at brands -- the traditional music industry can still find plenty of useful information -- the web-based report uses attractive charts and plain English to guide the reader through music…

  18. Jessie J, Gloria Gaynor, Arturo Sandoval to Perform at Official Grammy After-Party

    January 22, 2015 2:00 PM EST The Los Angeles Convention Center hosts the event immediately following the telecast. The official Grammy Awards after-party will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, Feb. 8 immediately following the main event, which is telecast from neighboring Staples Center in…

  19. Sam Smith Hints at Breakup with Boyfriend with Sad Instagram Post

    January 22, 2015 1:31 PM EST Are Sam Smith and boyfriend Jonathan Zeizel no longer an item? The U.K. singer-songwriter has hinted at the breakup on Instagram and in concert over the past 48 hours, and although Smith has not explicitly confirmed the split with Zeizel, whom he started publicly dating earlier this month,…

  20. Pharrell Williams Is Collaborating With Al Gore… On Live Earth's Return

    January 21, 2015 5:45 PM EST The June 18 concerts will take place across all seven continents, though artists have not yet been announced. Live Earth is returning June 18, 2015, with over 100 artists playing across seven continents to raise environmental awareness. Pharrell Williams is serving as creative director,…

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