1. Thanksgiving Songs: Music About Food, Giving Thanks, and the Holiday

    November 27, 2014 8:00 AM EST Songs for Thanksgiving fall into three different categories. First, there are songs recorded explicitly for the holiday. However, there are a lot fewer of these for Thanksgiving then there are for Christmas or Valentine's Day, so you have to get more creative unless you want to listen…

  2. John Mayer Among 'Late Late Show' Fill-In Hosts

    November 26, 2014 5:46 PM EST Singer John Mayer , filmmaker Judd Apatow and comic Drew Carey will be among the guest hosts that will fill in on CBS' The Late Late Show before new host James Corden takes over in March. Did John Mayer Date Katherine Heigl? The network on Wednesday (Nov. 26) announced its plans for…

  3. Axwell /\ Ingrosso's 'Something New' Debuts in Star-Studded Beats by Dre Ad: Watch

    November 26, 2014 4:17 PM EST Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Usher & more pop up in #soloselfie commercial. "Something New," the first single from Axwell /\ Ingrosso 's debut album as a duo, has arrived in the form of a new Beats by Dre commercial. The EDM duo are in good company in the new ad, surrounded by…

  4. 'Source Energy and Universal Truths': Exploring The New Music of Jaden & Willow Smith

    November 26, 2014 3:55 PM EST The world focused on an outlandish interview, but what about the music the interview was promoting? It's been a little over a week, and yet, I still can’t get over this . Jaden and Willow Smith 's joint exclusive with the New York Times ' T Magazine is difficult to wrap one…

  5. T.I., Big Sean & More Rappers Hand Out Turkeys for Thanksgiving

    November 26, 2014 3:28 PM EST Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & MC Hammer were also spotted giving back. A handful of rappers are giving thanks and giving back for Thanksgiving, handing out turkeys in their communities ahead of the holiday. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack Big Sean helped his…

  6. Instagram Helps Fuel Big Chart Gains for Beyonce and Ariana Grande

    November 26, 2014 2:23 PM EST Beyonce earns the highest debut on the weekly Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart dated Dec. 6, after releasing her music video for “7/11” on Nov. 21. The clip was announced via a post on her Instagram account, which received nearly a million likes as of Nov. 26. The stripped-down video —…

  7. Reggae Pioneer Miss Pat Chin of VP Records Celebrates 35 Years in the U.S.

    November 26, 2014 1:09 PM EST When Patricia Chin , cofounder of Queens, N.Y.-based reggae indie VP Records, ponders the changes in the music industry since she started out six decades ago, she exudes a spirited resiliency that is inextricably linked to VP's survival for nearly 60 years in a competitive…

  8. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban Notch New No. 1s

    November 24, 2014 4:35 PM EST And that's not all: Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean and George Ezra join in taking over atop tallies this week. 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…

  9. Kobalt Publishing Hires Jamie McLaughlin as Creative Director

    November 24, 2014 11:47 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing has appointed Jamie McLaughlin to the position of creative director, charged with signing new talent, arranging writer collaborations and pitching songs. She has hit the ground running in the new job, having already played a part in the signing of Lady Gaga…

  10. 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 "…

  11. Ariana Grande and Big Sean's 5 Cutest Moments

    November 22, 2014 8:55 PM EST Since October, when Ariana Grande confirmed her relationship with Big Sean , the lovebirds haven't been shy about expressing their affection for one another. On Saturday (Nov. 22), Grande dropped two adorable pictures featuring her rapper beau on Instagram. In honor of their…

  12. See Ariana Grande Snuggle, Kiss Big Sean

    November 22, 2014 5:04 PM EST Aww! Ariana Grande and Big Sean might be vying for world's most adorable couple. The "Love Me Harder" singer posted snapshots of the pair, looking glamorous in some holiday-ready formal wear, on her Instagram account on Saturday (Nov. 22). And the photos show a candid side of…

  13. Listen: Eminem, 50 Cent & More Featured on Mixtape Ahead of 'Shady XV’ Album Release

    November 22, 2014 1:08 AM EST The 66-track mixtape features Eminem, 50 Cent, D12 and many more. Shady Records fans who can’t wait until the Monday (Nov. 24) release of the label’s 15th anniversary album, Shady XV , are being treated to a mixtape that should keep them occupied over the weekend.  Eminem Preps 'Shady…

  14. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  15. Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 20, 2014 5:53 PM EST Meanwhile, Eminem lands on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & O.T. Genasis debuts with 'CoCo.' Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica , moving 44,000 in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan…

  16. Taylor Swift's '1989' No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200

    November 19, 2014 4:36 PM EST Taylor Swift 's 1989 album spends a third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the second album to spend three weeks atop the list in 2014. Only the Frozen soundtrack, which racked 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, spent longer at the top. 1989 sold…

  17. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. 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…

  18. TLC's 'CrazySexyCool' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    November 15, 2014 10:30 AM EST Technically, they should’ve called it CoolCrazySexy. After all, each word in the title of this Atlanta R&B trio’s sophomore album corresponds to one of the group’s members, just like the letters T, L, and C. Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins was undeniably cool. Rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was…

  19. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Selena Gomez's 'Heart' Starts at No. 25

    November 14, 2014 12:00 PM EST The new track from her first best-of set is the week's top debut. Plus, chart action for Big Sean, Shawn Mendes, Darius Rucker and Walk the Moon. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , marking…

  20. Daniel Glass, Martin Bandier, Robb McDaniels and More Discuss the Launch of YouTube Music

    November 14, 2014 10:17 AM EST From very exciting to rectifying a wrong, responses to the music world's newest digital gramophone. Two days ago, YouTube announced the launch of its music streaming service. The wise move on Google and YouTube's part, however, was that this streaming service was simply an…

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