1. Weird Al Settles with Sony Music Over Litany of Allegations

    December 18, 2013 9:37 PM EST "Weird Al" Yankovic has settled a lawsuit that his company Ear Booker brought against Sony Music in March 2012. The lawsuit was among many brought by musicians contending that record labels have breached contracts by improperly treating digital downloads as "sales" rather…

  2. Restless Heart Celebrates First 'Christmas,' Preps New Studio Album for 2014

    December 17, 2013 6:30 PM EST Restless Heart have been celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, and the veteran group recently crossed off an item on their career bucket list, by releasing their first-ever Christmas album, "A Restless Heart Christmas."  "It's been a long time coming," lead…

  3. Bruno Mars: Billboard Artist of the Year Cover Story

    December 13, 2013 8:02 AM EST Jukebox Hero: How did Bruno Mars become Billboard’s Artist of the Year? He grabbed hold of the album and single charts and never let go It's a few days before the Grammy Award nominations are announced, and Bruno Mars is shaking off predictions with an easy laugh.…

  4. Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake's 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Score Golden Globes Nominations

    December 12, 2013 11:23 AM EST Justin Timberlake's song from "Inside Llewyn Davis," Taylor Swift's track from "One Chance" and Coldplay's closing credits tune from "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" received nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globes on Thursday. Timberlake&…

  5. Richie Sambora On Rejoining Bon Jovi In 2014: 'I Would Think About It'

    December 12, 2013 5:12 AM EST For 30 years, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora lived his life on the rock 'n' roll treadmill of writing, recording, and touring until 2013 when the Woodbridge, NJ native did the unimaginable: he quit. “We were the hardest working band in the world, man,” he tells The Hollywood…

  6. Rod Stewart Confirms Faces Reunion: 'We're Earmarking 2015'

    December 11, 2013 12:37 AM EST Rod Stewart, who told The Hollywood Reporter in May, "Me and Ronnie [Wood] were out plotting the Faces’ future," confirmed in a Dec. 2 interview on Boston's WZLX radio that the Faces, founded in 1965, would reunite as a live band after Wood's next tour with the Rolling…

  7. Miley Cyrus Named a Finalist for Time's Person of the Year

    December 09, 2013 7:00 PM EST A couple of hackers may have conspired to have Miley Cyrus win Time magazine's online Person of the Year vote, but the pop star is actually being considered for the magazine's annual honor, making Time's list of 10 finalists , it was revealed Monday morning. Along with Cyrus,…

  8. Stevie Nicks On 'In Your Dreams' Film, Christine McVie's Fleetwood Mac Return?

    December 07, 2013 2:15 PM EST "The year of making ('In Your Dreams') was the best year of my life," says rock legend Stevie Nicks in her documentary of the same name. The film, which was released to home video on Dec. 3, captures the writing and recording of Nicks' most recent studio album.…

  9. Grammys 2014: EDM Acts Get Lucky With Dance Category Nominations

    December 07, 2013 1:01 PM EST For the first time in memory, the Grammy dance nomination field didn't only honor the worthy (which it's had a tendency of doing these past few years, Al Walser drama notwithstanding): It reflected what America actually grooved to in 2013. Every song in the "Best Dance…

  10. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  11. Bob Dylan's Newport Stratocaster Sells for Nearly $1 Million

    December 06, 2013 7:24 PM EST The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold Friday for nearly $1 million -- the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction. A buyer identified only as a private individual agreed to pay $965,000, including the…

  12. Broadway Snags Thanksgiving Records

    December 03, 2013 3:00 AM EST Thanksgiving was rough on turkeys but pretty good for Broadway theaters - several shows broke records over the holiday weekend, from new kid on the block "Kinky Boots" to the old ruler "The Lion King." Even William Shakespeare joined the party, with his "Twelfth Night…

  13. Kelly Clarkson's 'Tree' Tops AC

    December 02, 2013 11:05 AM EST Her carol 'Underneath the Tree' becomes the format's latest holiday leader Following Thanksgiving and still more than three weeks before Christmas Day, the holiday season in full effect at AC radio, as Kelly Clarkson's "Underneath the Tree" reaches the Adult…

  14. Miley Cyrus Leads Time's Person of the Year Voting

    November 28, 2013 7:52 AM EST UPDATED: The pop star's triumph over President Obama, the Boston bombers and several Hollywood heavyweights may be due to the work of a couple of hackers. Time magazine is holding an online vote for whom readers think should be its 2013 Person of the Year. The winner so far: Miley Cyrus,…

  15. Recipe For A Thanksgiving Soundtrack

    November 27, 2013 1:35 PM EST Never mind the meal. What's on the musical menu for Thanksgiving? Billboard has all the ingredients for a satisfying Turkey Day soundtrack We trust that, at this point, you've planned the details of cooking your Thanksgiving dinner. (Or, perhaps smarter, that you have secured…

  16. Robbie Williams 'Swings' Into Pole Position on U.K. Album Chart, Equals Elvis' Record

    November 25, 2013 5:04 AM EST Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) has become the 1,000th No. 1 in the history of the U.K. chart. The set sold close to 109,000 copies to take the honor, as Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/Warner Music) moved up 2-1 on the singles chart.…

  17. Kanye West Astonishes at First Brooklyn 'Yeezus' Show

    November 20, 2013 1:55 PM EST Kanye West's message of creative freedom comes from deep within his core and often inspires. That is, if you're willing to listen -- but even if you aren't, 'Ye's impact is relentless. The first of four "Yeezus" New York shows, which took place on Tuesday…

  18. Colbie Caillat Talks 'Game Changer' New Single, 'Hold On'

    November 19, 2013 4:20 PM EST "I'm so impatient I just want it to be out already," pop singer-songwriter says of the follow-up to 2011 album "All Of You." Colbie Caillat was supposed to have her fourth album out by now, but an abundance of material kept getting in the way. "The hardest part…

  19. Sharon Jones On Returning To Music After Cancer Surgery: 'I'm Ready To Go'

    November 15, 2013 4:19 PM EST Amid cancer treatment, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings plot comeback with new album and major TV performances. Sharon Jones is feeling great today. The singer has just taken a seat in the kitchen at a friend's house in upstate New York, where she's been charting her progress day…

  20. Truck Rides With Brad Paisley and Flowers From Charlie Daniels: Deborah Evans Price's 10 Most Memorable Interviews

    November 15, 2013 3:00 PM EST We asked Billboard contributor Deborah Evans Price, who recently won the CMAs' Media Achievement Award, to reflect on her favorite interviews In 19 years of writing for Billboard, this has been my most difficult task. I've been interviewing people for more than three decades and…

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