1. 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…

  2. Christmas Music for People Who Hate Christmas Music

    December 11, 2014 12:00 PM EST Even if you don't like 'Jingle Bells' -- just like Sam Smith -- there's still seasonally appropriate music for you. The Christmas Spirit isn't inside everyone. In fact, there are plenty of people who would prefer to fall asleep now and wake up when December ends.…

  3. The Year in Gospel: Lecrae Dominates, Christian Rap/Hip-Hop Policy Revised

    December 09, 2014 1:01 PM EST Jamie Grace 's long-running hit single "Beautiful Day" finishes 2014 as the year's No. 1 Hot Gospel Song . That chart-topping finish was encouraged by its handsome 20-week run at No. 1 atop the weekly multi-metric Hot Gospel Songs chart. (For good measure, the song…

  4. Phil Collins Cancels Art Basel Benefit Performance Due to Illness

    December 07, 2014 5:01 PM EST Phil Collins cancelled his charity performance at the Fillmore in Miami Saturday night after coming down with an illness. The planned three or four-song set would have been his first solo performance in several years, after he announced his retirement in 2011 to focus on being a father. …

  5. Kirk Franklin & More Gospel Chart-Toppers Coming to 'Billboard #1 Gospel Hits' Album Next Year

    December 02, 2014 8:30 PM EST A selection of Billboard Gospel Songs Chart-topping hits from throughout this decade will be getting a compilation release via eOne Music early next year, on a double-disc collection called Billboard #1 Gospel Hits .  Hezekiah Walker Completes Six Months Atop Gospel Airplay Chart The set&…

  6. Watch Ed Sheeran Surprise A Lucky Fan

    November 29, 2014 6:43 PM EST The holiday season is upon us and one Ed Sheeran  fan got an early Christmas gift. During her appearance on the Irish chat show, The Late Late Toy Show , Friday (Nov. 28), Aimee Keogh was surprised by Sheeran. She was on the program to demonstrate a karaoke app. While performing Sheeran&…

  7. 'August Rush' Bound for Broadway

    November 25, 2014 8:21 PM EST The new musical is adapted from the 2007 film about a music prodigy, which starred Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. Add another title to the long list of movies getting the musical makeover treatment. The 2007 release, August Rush , which starred Freddie Highmore as an orphaned second…

  8. Dave Appell, Songwriter for Chubby Checker, Dies at 92

    November 20, 2014 5:20 PM EST He co-wrote 'Let’s Twist Again' and 'Limbo Rock' and produced for Tony Orlando & Dawn. Dave Appell , the Philadelphia songwriter-producer behind such 1960s rock 'n' roll hits as "Let's Twist Again" and "Limbo Rock" from Chubby…

  9. Listen to Pusha T's Kanye West-Produced Song 'Lunch Money'

    November 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST Pusha T steps out of the studio to release his new song, "Lunch Money." The dissonant Kanye West -produced song features the rapper going for his competition ("If the crown ain’t mine, tell me who am I behind?") and touching on the happenings of today ("America is…

  10. The Real Story Behind Madonna’s Iconic ‘Like a Virgin’ Performance at the 1984 VMAs

    October 28, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Ahead of MTV's first Music Video Awards, broadcast Sept. 14, 1984, the network was having difficulty booking top talent. Co-hosts Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler were in their 30s, old for the MTV crowd, and ZZ Top had refused to play -- until the network pulled the band's videos and…

  11. How Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight' Influenced 'Miami Vice' Director Michael Mann -- and Lorde!

    October 27, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Michael Mann doesn't see what the big deal is. "I guess Miami Vice was a radical departure from everything else that was on TV at the time," says Mann, executive producer of the series. But the tricks Mann and others incorporated, including the prominent use of current music…

  12. Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician: An Appreciation

    October 25, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Jack Bruce , the virtuoso bassist, bandleader, songwriter and singer best known for his tenure with Cream during the 1960s, passed away Saturday (Oct. 24) at the age of 71. Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dies at 71 A message on Bruce's official website Saturday confirmed, "It is…

  13. A Look Back at 1984: All of Our Coverage

    October 24, 2014 5:49 PM EDT The political and social disquiet of 1984 was reflected in a widespread sense that everything was up for grabs: gender identity ( Boy George , Annie Lennox ), sexual roles ( Madonna , Prince ), even the definition of rock and roll itself ( Van Halen adding synthesizers on the 1984 album,…

  14. Ask Billboard: The Weird Connections Between Mary Lambert & Madonna

    October 21, 2014 11:05 AM EDT In this week's reader mailbag, yet more odd coincidences connecting Mary Lambert and Madonna; a look at the longest-leading No. 1s ever on Billboard song charts; and hit songs with quirky time signatures. As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  15. U2 and Madonna Manager Guy Oseary Is Trying to Reinvent the Music Biz

    October 17, 2014 2:46 PM EDT THE MASTER PLANNER This profile is part of Billboard's Oct. 25 cover story package on the launch of Maverick, a new music-management consortium. You can find our full coverage right here . AGE: 42 TITLE: Principal, Maverick; co-founder, A-Grade Investments; co-founder, Untitled…

  16. Chris Brown & Beyonce Lead Soul Train Award Nominations

    October 13, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Team Breezy will be very happy about this. Chris Brown leads with seven nominations for the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Brown is followed by six nods for Beyonce and five for Pharrell . Hosted by Wendy Williams , this year’s show will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Nov. 7 and…

  17. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2000, Christina Aguilera Tops Hot 100

    October 13, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week 14 years ago, Aguilera landed her third No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for UB40, Creed and T.I. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Oct. 13, 2000 Christina Aguilera collected a third…

  18. Audiam Signs Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers for Thorny Area of Digital Rights

    October 07, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Digital rights administrator Audiam has signed Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers for an exclusive North American representation of the bands' publishing catalogs across digital music services including YouTube, Spotify, Beats, Google Play, Rhapsody, Deezer, Amazon Prime and iTunes…

  19. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Doing Big Business

    September 19, 2014 5:29 PM EDT Katy Perry takes her Prismatic World Tour to No. 1 on Billboard's weekly Hot Tours recap with $31 million in ticket sales from the tour's North American leg that began in June. The tally includes concerts that occurred in a two-month span beginning on July 15. Katy Perry, Ariana…

  20. Reggaeton Star Don Omar Arrested in Puerto Rico

    September 17, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Puerto Rico reggaeton star Don Omar was arrested Wednesday (Sept. 17) in the U.S. territory on suspicion of domestic violence. Authorities said in a statement that 36-year-old William Omar Landron Rivera was detained early Wednesday at a house in the northern coastal town of Vega Alta.…

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