1. Diane Warren on Her Lady Gaga Collaboration for New Documentary 'The Hunting Ground'

    January 27, 2015 2:10 PM EST The most talked about song at the Sundance Film festival is one that very few people have heard: Lady Gaga 's "Til It Happens To You" from The Hunting Ground . Sundance 2015: Full Coverage Diane Warren , Oscar-nominated this year for "Grateful" from Beyond the…

  2. 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…

  3. Linkin Park Cancels Tour Due to Injury

    January 20, 2015 6:19 PM EST Linkin Park has canceled the remaining dates of the Hunting Party tour after frontman Chester Bennington injured his leg. "I'm really disappointed this injury has made it impossible to continue with this tour," Bennington said in a statement announcing the news. "…

  4. Ricky Munoz, Co-Founder of Inimitable 'Tex-Mex' Norteno Band Intocable, Reflects on 20 Years

    January 20, 2015 12:57 PM EST "I’d love it if a label made an 'experiment' department." Norteño band Intocable has long pushed the boundaries of its genre, infusing the traditional accordion and bajo sexto sound of norteño music with tinges of country Western, rock and even pop. The sextet boasts…

  5. Kid Rock Criticized For Killing Cougar

    January 20, 2015 12:05 AM EST Kid Rock is in hot water with animal rights activists after he posed for a photo with a cougar he'd presumably killed. The singer went hunting last week with fellow Michigan native and firearm enthusiast Ted Nugent , who shared a picture of their quarry on his Facebook account.…

  6. New NFL-Related Venue Heating Up Already-Competitive L.A. Concert Market

    January 16, 2015 5:01 PM EST The announcement of two new live-music facilities in Los Angeles has made the city's fiercely competitive venue market even more intense. On the larger side, Stan Kroenke , owner of the NFL's St. Louis Rams, has revealed plans to include a 6,000-capacity venue as part of his…

  7. Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' at 40: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 16, 2015 11:15 AM EST If Bob Dylan 's 15th studio album must fit in a box, it's his confessional '70s-singer-songwriter record. Released on January 17, 1975 -- 40 years ago today -- Blood on the Tracks landed amid the dissolution of Dylan's marriage to his first wife, Sara, and with its…

  8. Reba McEntire Returns to Hot Country Songs Chart

    January 15, 2015 5:00 PM EST After a three-year absence, Reba scores a career-high debut. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood & more. Reba McEntire scores a career-high bow at No. 28 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Going Out Like That," her first single in more than three years…

  9. Christina Perri to Headline BMI Event at Sundance, Director/Composer Roundtable Announced

    January 14, 2015 1:24 PM EST Christina Perri will headline BMI's 13 th annual Snowball at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 28. Appearing on the bill at the Sundance House with her is HONEYHONEY. The Snowball will be held the day after BMI's 17 th annual director and composer roundtable, "Music &…

  10. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  11. Genius Poaches New Yorker Pop Critic Sasha Frere-Jones

    January 11, 2015 11:55 PM EST Genius, the ambitious lyric and annotation start-up, has landed a coup with the hire of Sasha Frere-Jones , The New Yorker's longtime pop music critic. Frere-Jones this week joins Genius as executive editor, where he'll be tasked with building a team for a company in full…

  12. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. 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…

  13. 10 Hot Country Artists to Watch in 2015

    January 01, 2015 10:30 AM EST From female country stars-in-waiting Mickey Guyton and Lauren Jenkins to duo Native Run, find out the country artists to watch for in 2015.  Mickey Guyton Simply put, she's at the head of the class. A series of showcases at Nashville club 3rd and Lindsley helped to spread the word…

  14. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  15. The Year in Tomorrow's Hits: Hozier, MAGIC!, Bobby Shmurda, Meghan Trainor & More

    December 30, 2014 10:05 AM EST A look back at 14 breakout acts of 2014 whose chart action Billboard heralded early on. What do acts like Hozier, MAGIC!, Bobby Shmurda, Tove Lo and Meghan Trainor have in common? Were they all all about that bass? Perhaps, although we can only confirm one. More to the point, all these…

  16. Jessie J on Writing 'Party in the U.S.A.': 'It Paid My Rent for 3 Years'

    December 29, 2014 10:55 AM EST In an interview with Glamour UK , Jessie J revealed that the royalties she received for writing Miley Cyrus ' enormous hit "Party In The U.S.A." paid her rent "for, like, three years." She co-wrote the track -- with the veterans Dr. Luke and Claude Kelly -- and…

  17. Scott Stapp Claims That People are Trying to Kill Him in Newly Released 911 Calls

    December 17, 2014 11:53 AM EST In audio from phone calls obtained by TMZ , former Creed frontman Scott Stapp claims that people are trying to kill him and that members of the terrorist group ISIS are planning to attack Florida. Creed Frontman Scott Stapp's Wife Seeking Divorce Creed's Scott Stapp -- Shocking…

  18. 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…

  19. BSBB Round 1: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang" vs. Maroon 5, "Animals"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Animals Maroon 5 CRAIG JENKINS: Maroon 5 is a machine of startling pop efficacy in 2014; “Animals” arranges all the notes where they should be -- without ever making you feel…

  20. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: Rolling Stones, One Direction, Live Nation Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 12, 2014 2:31 PM EST Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014. Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake…

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