1. Alan Menken Joins Creative Team for Broadway-Bound Roy Rogers Musical

    January 25, 2015 11:38 PM EST A top-tier creative team is saddling up for the new bio-musical Happy Trails: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Song & Story , based on one of vintage Hollywood's most iconic couples and a unique part of American pop-culture history. Eight-time Oscar…

  2. Annie Lennox Says 'Strange Fruit' Criticism Was 'Painful'

    January 20, 2015 10:35 PM EST Annie Lennox says online criticism leveled at her remarks about the anti-lynching song "Strange Fruit" was hurtful and unfair. "It was so painful. I can't even begin to tell you. I'm the last person who would disrespect that history," Lennox said. Annie Lennox…

  3. St. Vincent Drops Peppy New Song 'Bad Believer'

    January 20, 2015 11:28 AM EST Well, this is just about the most catchy and in-your-face we've ever heard Annie Clark . Today (Jan. 20), St. Vincent shared a a new song called "Bad Believer." "Bad Believer" is the first new song shared from the deluxe edition of 2014's St. Vincent , one of…

  4. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 50-26

    January 20, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  5. Exclusive: 'Girls' to Premiere New Tracks by St. Vincent, Grimes and Family of the Year

    January 16, 2015 12:51 PM EST What's in store for season four of HBO's Girls ? "Big changes for the characters," says music supervisor Manish Raval (the show premiered Jan. 11). In addition to Lena Dunham's Hannah Horvath leaving New York for grad school, "New relationships are starting…

  6. 7 Weird Genre-Crossing Hits From Paul McCartney, Eddie Murphy, Hayley Williams & More

    January 15, 2015 1:50 PM EST Last week's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart featured a promising hip-hop game newcomer. Unlike most rising rap stars, he's from Britain, he's over 70 and he's named Paul McCartney . Thanks to Kanye West , the classic rock icon -- who plays organ on "Only One" …

  7. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Soundtrack Tracklist Revealed: Beyonce, Rolling Stones, Sia & More

    January 13, 2015 12:03 PM EST After song releases from Ellie Goulding  and  The Weeknd , the whole tracklist for the soundtrack to the highly anticipated (?) film Fifty Shades of Grey has been released.  In addition to  Beyonce 's buzzy new version of her hit "Crazy in Love," the soundtrack also contains…

  8. Holy Ship! Highlights: Griz, ODESZA, Disclosure & Armand Van Helden and More

    January 09, 2015 11:19 AM EST With a lineup that largely catered to West Coast live acts and U.K. deep house, broken beats and funk bass were in vogue on 2015's first Holy Ship! sailing (Jan. 3-6). HARD Events' beloved cruise party entered its fourth year by honoring its fervent "Shipfam" fan base,…

  9. Sony Corp CEO Breaks Silence on 'The Interview' Hack

    January 06, 2015 2:36 AM EST Sony Corp's top corporate executive on Monday condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a "vicious and malicious cyberattack," while adding that he's proud of them for standing against "the extortionist…

  10. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Pentatonix Earns 2014's Top Selling Christmas Album

    January 02, 2015 8:51 PM EST On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the big news was at the top of the list, where Taylor Swift's 1989 easily collected a seventh nonconsecutive week at No 1 . In total, Swift has been at No. 1 for 31 weeks with her four different No. 1 albums. Among all women, only Whitney…

  11. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rock Album, Best Alternative Rock Album and Best Metal Performance Nominees

    December 30, 2014 5:40 PM EST BEST ROCK ALBUM NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN Ryan Adams Ryan Adams Producers: Ryan Adams, Mike Viola, Charlie Stavish Engineers/Mixers: David Labrel, Charlie Stavish Label: Blue Note Records Ryan Adams' 14th album -- in a nearly 20-year career -- brings the prolific songwriter his fourth…

  12. Who Hacked Sony Becomes Internet's New Mystery

    December 26, 2014 11:28 AM EST North Korea? An inside job? Everyone has a theory about who really hacked Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. Despite President Barack Obama 's conclusion that North Korea was the culprit, the Internet's newest game of whodunit continues. Top theories include disgruntled Sony…

  13. Music in TV and Film, 2014: 'Frozen' Dominates, Singing Battles Go Lukewarm

    December 22, 2014 12:58 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  14. Madonna On New 'Rebellious and Romantic' Music, Demo Leaks, 'Possibly' Crashing the Grammys and the 'Crazy' Sony Hack

    December 21, 2014 4:55 PM EST 0 "It's kind of like the old me and the new me all mixed in together," Madonna tells Billboard of her stunning new single "Living For Love." It’s a rather large understatement to say that it’s been a crazy couple of weeks for Madonna . On Tuesday night,…

  15. Music Supervisors for 'Glee,' 'Book of Life,' 'Begin Again' Lead Guild Nominations

    December 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Guild of Music Supervisors will hand out its fifth annual awards Jan. 21 at Mack Sennett Studios in Hollywood, honoring music supervisors for their work in motion pictures, television, games, trailers and advertising. Glee supervisor PJ Bloom received three nominations while recently…

  16. Watch St. Vincent's New 'Birth in Reverse' Video

    December 16, 2014 9:52 PM EST St. Vincent has released a music video for her track "Birth in Reverse", off self-titled album released earlier this year.  Must-Hear Music Podcast: Frank Ocean, Gwen, St. Vincent, Tinashe, A$AP Ferg & More The  Willo Perron -directed clip, features silver-haired singer Annie…

  17. Sony Hack Reveals Destiny's Child Biopic, Spike Lee/Drake Film & More

    December 15, 2014 12:45 PM EST As it stands now, the Sony hack is already the most massive, embarrassing breach of security in the history of the entertainment industry. From behind-the-back insults to in-your-face insults to racist jokes about Obama, a slew of emails continue to come out that make no one look good.…

  18. Rihanna Bears Her Fangs for Fake 'MoonQuake Lake' Trailer: Watch

    December 15, 2014 5:15 AM EST Rihanna sure didn’t score any critical praise for her performance in Battleship , but she should earn some giggles for her latest acting stint.  The pop singer appears in the trailer for MoonQuake Lake , playing a reptilian character opposite the corny-twosome of That '70s Show…

  19. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  20. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Taylor Swift on How Following Her 'Gut Instinct' Led to No. 1 Album '1989'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Pop Princess 1989 5 Weeks on Billboard 200 With the largest first-week sales of any album in 12 years, the triumph of Taylor Swift ’s 1989 was so overwhelming that it instantly schooled any skeptics who doubted her ability to transition from the ­country-pop of her previous four albums…

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