1. Grammys 2015 Preview: Beyonce, Sam Smith & Other Album of the Year Nominees Dish on Their Discs

    December 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Having trouble keeping track of what's nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys? Billboard breaks down the five nominees. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T. Smith, Two Inch…

  2. Top 10 Rock/Alternative Christmas Songs That Don't Suck

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST …And one Hanukkah Song (we did our best!) Let’s get this out of the way: there are an awful lot of terrible rock covers of Christmas songs. Lots of genres are guilty of this, but being that Relient K and Bowling For Soup have both done entire Christmas albums, modern guitar music needs to…

  3. Luke Bryan Leads Latest Hot Tours Tally

    December 24, 2014 2:40 PM EST Bryan's That’s My Kind of Night tour was the highest-grossing tour by a country artist in 2014 Country superstar Luke Bryan tops the weekly slate of top-grossing touring artists (see below) with the final 2014 box office stats reported from his That’s My Kind of Night Tour that wrapped…

  4. Taylor Swift Tops Hot 100 for Sixth Week

    December 24, 2014 2:15 PM EST Swift continues her longest career command with 'Blank Space.' Plus, Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk!' crowns Digital Songs. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, extending her longest stay at No. 1 of her three career…

  5. Watch Billboard Quiz Random People About 2014's Hit Music

    December 24, 2014 12:50 PM EST We're putting the 'pop' in pop quiz. At Billboard, we're pretty familiar with the hit music of 2014 -- it's kind of what we do. But we were curious how much the average person knows about the songs that defined 2014. So Billboard's Joe Levy took to the street…

  6. From Okra Soup to Fried Seafood: Darius Rucker, Chase Bryant and Many More Country Stars Talk Favorite Holiday Dishes

    December 24, 2014 12:19 PM EST When it comes to celebrating the holidays country style, good food is a major part of the equation. From fried turkey to the perfect sugar cookie, every household has its Christmas traditions and certain dishes that are essential to the celebration. Billboard asked country artists to share…

  7. Pentatonix's 'That's Christmas To Me' Surpasses 1 Million in Sales

    December 24, 2014 11:25 AM EST Pentatonix gets an early Christmas gift, as their album That’s Christmas To Me surpassed 1 million in total sales in the week ending Dec. 21. With another 203,000 sold, its cumulative total now stands at 1.02 million. That's Christmas To Me (released through RCA Records) is just the…

  8. Taylor Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Nicki Minaj Debuts at No. 2

    December 24, 2014 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift makes an expected return to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, as her 1989 album hops up one rung, bringing its total (nonconsecutive) weeks atop the list to six. The set shifted 375,000 equivalent units in the week ending Dec. 21 (up 16 percent), according to Nielsen Music. …

  9. Questlove: 'Fear of Being Blackballed' Prevents Artists From Releasing Protest Music

    December 23, 2014 8:03 PM EST Neil Young was so shaken by photos of the four unarmed students killed by military gunfire at Kent State that he wrote "Ohio" for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young right away. By the end of the week, it was playing on the radio. That was 1970. Now, in 2014, outrage over police…

  10. Stars From Meghan Trainor to Sam Smith Reveal Their Worst Holiday Gifts

    December 23, 2014 5:00 PM EST Sometimes, it doesn't matter if you're naughty or nice -- Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, and others recall their visits from Bad Santa. "My dad got me a build-your-own tank when I was 11. I don't think he knew I was gay at that point. I got really upset." -- Sam…

  11. CBGB: 10 Classic Moments That Helped Define the Birthplace of Punk



    December 23, 2014 1:15 PM EST Fotrty-one years have passed since iconic music club CBGB (aka the undisputed birthplace of punk) opened its doors. And even though only a handful of artifacts remain at the site of the club that once hosted music legends including the Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie, Guns N’ Roses and…

  12. 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith and More Pick Their Favorite Singles and Albums of 2014

    December 23, 2014 1:08 PM EST In December, all the critics are quick to tell you their favorite albums and songs of the year, but what about the musicians? Does anybody ask them about the year in music? Billboard checked in with a wide-ranging group of artists -- including Charli XCX , the rapper YG , and 5 Seconds of…

  13. Exclusive: Prince Premieres Jagged 'ANOTHERLOVE' Lyric Video

    December 23, 2014 10:55 AM EST Who has performed more great anguished-relationship songs than Prince ? " When You Were Mine ," " How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore ," " If I Was Your Girlfriend ," "Last Heart" -- the list is extensive, and each entry is indispensable. Today…

  14. 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 .…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Jarvis Cocker Is Still Alive

    December 22, 2014 4:05 PM EST Joe Cocker , he of that unforgettable rendition of "With a Little Help From My Friends," died today at the age of 70 , reportedly from complications related to lung cancer. Jarvis Cocker , frontman of britpop legends Pulp , is very much alive (he played Vice 's 20th birthday…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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