1. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: Year-End Extravaganza & Madonna Interview Recap!

    December 23, 2014 9:00 AM EST Listen to a special Best of 2014 episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest 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…

  3. Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 Now Incorporates Spotify Listening

    December 23, 2014 8:35 AM EST Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 chart now officially incorporates data from Spotify, which launched in the country last Sept . Nielsen began tracking the data in October, which also takes into account physical and download track and singles sales, radio airplay and other sources of on…

  4. Exclusive: New Company Looks to Improve Digital Sales' Bottom Line By Lowering Credit Card Fees

    December 23, 2014 8:00 AM EST A system designed in the '70s isn't helping an ailing digital music sales industry. Digital commerce has presented the music business with two key problems: First, credit card fees hamper direct-to-fan sales, and second, large online retailers like iTunes don't give sellers…

  5. Watch Wiz Khalifa's Colorful New Video for 'You and Your Friends' With Snoop Dogg & Ty Dolla $ign

    December 22, 2014 8:38 PM EST Wiz Khalifa 's new video for "You And Your Friends" gets a bit Brady Bunch at times.  Wiz Khalifa the Latest Star to Deal With Sex-Tape Scandal It's not that the clip dips into such G-rated camp as the 1970s sitcom, but it does pull some of the grid-style shooting from…

  6. The Year in Emerging Artists: Hozier, Bobby Shmurda and K Camp Lead the Class of 2014

    December 22, 2014 4:00 PM EST The first year of the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart has come to a wrap, and it proved to be an eventful 2014. Across genres as diverse as pop, hip-hop and country, many emerging artists crossed into mainstream notability and racked up honors including top 10 singles on the…

  7. Joe Cocker Remembered by Ringo Starr, Randy Newman & More Musicians

    December 22, 2014 2:14 PM EST Legendary rock singer Joe Cocker died Monday (Dec. 22) at age 70 after his battle with lung cancer, and his loss is being felt across the music world. Joe Cocker Dies at 70 Randy Newman , who wrote Cocker's hit song "You Can Keep Your Hat On," told Billboard : "He was…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Phil Collins Ended the '80s at No. 1

    December 22, 2014 8:05 AM EST Collins' 'Another Day in Paradise' became the last new leader of the '80s. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and two solo Beatles. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  11. Queen's Brian May on Adam Lambert: 'He Can Sing Higher Than Freddie'

    December 22, 2014 3:06 AM EST Adam Lambert always maintained that in his role as touring frontman for Queen , he wasn't emulating the late Freddie Mercury . But when it comes to vocal skills, the American Idol season-eight star can more than hold his own, said Queen guitarist Brian May in a recent interview, noting…

  12. 'Saturday Night Live' Christmas Music: 5 Great Moments

    December 21, 2014 11:15 AM EST From musical numbers about hooking up in your childhood bedroom to PAUL MCCARTNEY, 'Saturday Night Live' Christmas regularly gives fans perfect music moments. Saturday Night Live 's Christmas shows are always extra special. The festive spirit means even higher energy than…

  13. Watch Nicki Minaj's Emotional 'The Pinkprint' Mini-Movie

    December 20, 2014 11:24 AM EST Nicki Minaj released an epic short film on Friday night (Dec. 20) in support of her third studio album, The Pinkprint . The emotional 16-minute mini-movie features the rapper exploring themes of love and heartbreak through her Pinkprint tracks “All Things Go,” “The Crying Game” …

  14. Taylor Swift's '1989' Set for Sixth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 19, 2014 4:31 PM EST Nicki Minaj and D’Angelo on course for top 10 debuts. Taylor Swift 's 1989 is heading back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the album may sell over 340,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 21, while its overall album consumption figure could approach 390…

  15. Taylor Swift's Birthday Boosts Her to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    December 19, 2014 3:24 PM EST It pays to have famous friends -- or, in Taylor Swift ’s case, friends with large online followings who will tweet about attending your 25th birthday party. An array of A-listers (like Nick Jonas , Selena Gomez , Lorde , Haim and more) did just that on the night of Dec. 13, spreading online…

  16. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014: See Who Wins our Year-End Pop Showdown!

    December 19, 2014 2:00 PM EST Which 2014 smash is the critics' pick for pop song of the year? We made 64 hits battle it out, March Madness-style, to determine a winner! Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs…

  17. The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

    December 19, 2014 12:45 PM EST After decades of leading the pack, the cultural rebound of rock, alternative, or whatever we want to call it depends on learning to play by new sets of rules. I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far…

  18. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith Brings 'Merry Little Christmas' to Chart for First Time

    December 19, 2014 12:15 PM EST Smith's version of the 70-year-old ballad makes its first Hot 100 appearance, joining carols by Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande. Plus, moves for Usher and Charli XCX. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week,…

  19. Big Boi Adds 'Freaky Tales' to Maroon 5's 'Animals' Remix

    December 19, 2014 10:34 AM EST Big Boi recently wrapped up the OutKast reunion tour, so in his newfound spare time, he decided to add a verse to Maroon 5 's hit "Animals." Listen to the new track below -- Big Boi shows up near the 2:45 mark to tell some "freaky tales." Maroon 5's 10 Biggest…

  20. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

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