1. Op-Ed: Why U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Doesn't Deserve the Rock Album Grammy

    December 05, 2014 11:00 PM EST It rather boggles the mind that U2 's Songs of Innocence was nominated for a 2015 Best Rock Album Grammy on Friday (Dec. 5). Is it possible voters thought they were voting for Biggest Album Rollout Fiasco after the free release burrowed into people's computers and wouldn't…

  2. Grammys 2015: Meet The Lesser-Known Nominees

    December 05, 2014 2:28 PM EST Mali Music, Brandy Clark, Alt-J and other rising stars have earned key nominations. Look at the nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards (so far) , and you’ll see a whole bunch of familiar names in the major categories. Grammy darlings like Taylor Swift , U2 , Eminem and John Legend have…

  3. Beatles Top Vinyl Chart After Record Store Day

    December 04, 2014 7:13 PM EST The Beatles top Billboard's Vinyl Albums chart for the fifth time with Long Tall Sally , a Black Friday Record Store Day exclusive. The limited-edition four-song 7" reissue also starts at No. 22 on Top Rock Albums , selling 6,000 copies (all on vinyl) in the week ending Nov. 30,…

  4. O.T. Genasis, Frank Ocean, One Direction: Digital and Social Movers

    December 04, 2014 10:11 AM EST O.T. Genasis has a viral hit on his hands with his track “CoCo,” where the Long Beach, California-based hip-hop artist not-so-subtly raps about his love for cocaine. Many users on social sites like YouTube and Vine have used the song as the backing track in their homemade videos, causing…

  5. Jill Scott Under Fire for Supporting Bill Cosby

    December 02, 2014 6:40 PM EST The singer-songwriter takes aim at Cosby critics on Twitter. Singer-songwriter Jill Scott is under fire for repeatedly tweeting her support of Bill Cosby amid a wave of sexual assault allegations against the comedian. The messages started Nov. 24 on social media, after a Twitter follower…

  6. Time Warp Festival Overcomes Adversity With Credible American Debut

    December 02, 2014 2:15 PM EST Techno has arrived in America. Well, at least in Brooklyn. Already home to standout underground clubs Output and Verboten, the New York borough played host to the first American edition of legendary German techno festival Time Warp this last weekend. Originally slated to take place at the…

  7. Publishing Briefs: Dan the Automator Signs With Atlas Music Group, RightsFlow Enters 3D Printing Biz, Riptide Expands

    December 02, 2014 11:57 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- The Atlas Music Group has signed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to a worldwide publishing deal, which will include his entire catalog (except for collaborations with Dr. Octagon ), as…

  8. G-Dragon & Taeyang's 'Good Boy' Debuts at No. 1 on World Digital Songs

    December 01, 2014 8:22 PM EST Also making chart waves: GOT7, Beast, TVXQ! and INFINITE F. Not only has the one-two punch of G-Dragon and Taeyang  on "Good Boy" proven to be a delight to BIGBANG fans, but a major chart success too. The boy band members' collaborative single "Good Boy" debuted at…

  9. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. 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 listed below. All our charts are…

  10. Wyclef & Avicii Fight AIDS and Find Success on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    November 27, 2014 1:05 PM EST The pair debuts at No. 12. Plus, moves for Major Lazer, Deadmau5, Jennifer Lopez & more. Wyclef lands on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for the first time, as charity single "Divine Sorrow," featuring Avicii , debuts at No. 12. The song is part of a Coca-Cola and (RED)-sponsored…

  11. 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…

  12. From 'Ignition' to 'Macarena,' 13 Remixes That Eclipse the Originals

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST One of the fascinating things about pop music is that there's more to songwriting than just writing the song. Take, for instance, "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You," the Method Man - Mary J. Blige duet, which went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1995 thanks to its…

  13. Apink's 'Luv' Blends '90s Hip-Hop & Ballad Melancholy

    November 25, 2014 8:27 PM EST The sweet girl group long for a lost lover over a beat that recalls TLC and Will Smith's early hits. After snatching their second No. 2-peaking K-Pop Hot 100 hit with "Mr. Chu" in April,  Apink return with a complex new single. On the surface, "Luv" is a peppy pop…

  14. Concert Venues Parting Ways With Promoters Are Capitalizing on Going DIY

    November 25, 2014 4:27 PM EST Friday, Nov. 14 was a sort of ­coming-out party for New York's Webster Hall, which, after 10 years as a Bowery Presents venue, celebrated its independence from the New York-based promoter with sold-out shows in each of its three music rooms. From the tiny basement Studio to the midsize…

  15. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM 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 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  16. Watch Faith Evans Dish on Her 'Incomparable' New Album

    November 25, 2014 3:39 PM EST Faith Evans put out her sixth album, Incomparable , on Monday. Billboard caught up with the R&B singer to talk about the inspiration for the new release, collaborating with Missy Elliott and how her experience in the '90s with the Bad Boy label informs her current work. Watch…

  17. Electronic Producer RL Grime on His Ambition to Become a 'Legendary Figure' and Why EDM Lacks Authenticity

    November 25, 2014 1:22 PM EST Electronic producer RL Grime isn't interested in talking about trap music -- surprising, since his dark, menacing sound caught on during the genre's second wave in 2012. "That label is corny to me," says the 23-year-old, born Henry Steinway. Still, like contemporaries…

  18. Rita Ora: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Role Has 'Opened a Lot of Doors'

    November 25, 2014 2:07 AM EST Rita Ora may soon be enjoying a successful career as a movie star, and it's all thanks to her role in Fifty Shades of Grey .  Speaking to OK! magazine, Ora said the huge controversy and interest surrounding the film has been nothing but good for her acting ambitions. "Everyone…

  19. German DJ Robin Schulz Gives the Scoop Behind His Hit Remixes of Mr. Probz's 'Waves' and Lilly Wood & The Prick's 'Prayer in C'

    November 24, 2014 5:22 PM EST German DJ Robin Schulz , 27, reveals the thought process behind his two surprise international hits with remixes of Mr. Probz 's "Waves" and Lilly Wood & The Prick's "Prayer in C" from his debut, Prayer (Big Beat). Tomorrow's Hits: Lilly Wood & The…

  20. 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 "…

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