1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: J. Cole's Trio of No. 1 Albums Puts Him in Elite Hip-Hop Company

    December 19, 2014 9:49 PM EST J. Cole is one of six rap acts to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their first three full-length studio albums On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, J. Cole 's 2014 Forest Hills Drive debuted at No. 1 , his third consecutive album to reach the top slot (his entire output of…

  2. Code Picks of the Week: Nicole Moudaber, Jack U & More

    December 19, 2014 5:47 PM EST Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Jack Ü - Take Ü There ft. Kiesza (Tchami Remix) The French producer lends his signature future house sound to the latest single from…

  3. Surprise! Miguel Releases 3 New Songs

    December 19, 2014 10:00 AM EST December continues to be popular month for unexpected releases from R&B singers. After D'Angelo dropped Black Messiah with little warning on Monday, three new songs popped up on Miguel 's SoundCloud page today. Listen below. This is the first sign that Miguel is working on a…

  4. Paul McCartney Worked on a Song About Police Killings: 'I'm Not Giving Up On It'

    December 19, 2014 1:00 AM EST Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago for The Ed Sullivan Show , his manner informal, his build slender and well suited for jeans and…

  5. 'Sons of Anarchy' Finale Song Debuts on Rock Chart

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST As the bloody motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy concluded its seven-season run Dec. 9 on FX, its swan song, "Come Join the Murder," debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. The original track is credited to the show's house band, the Forest Rangers, and White…

  6. Watch Tom Hiddleston Sing a Christmas Carol With a Dog in His Lap

    December 18, 2014 10:00 AM EST There is so much bad stuff in the world right now, but there are bright spots. Case in point: This video of Tom Hiddleston singing a Christmas carol with a dog on his lap. Officially, per the YouTube description: "Rodney Crowell and Tom Hiddleston, working on the soundtrack for "I…

  7. Nicki Minaj and D'Angelo Set For Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    December 17, 2014 8:21 PM EST D’Angelo’s surprise album may sell 100,000 in first week Nicki Minaj ’s new The Pinkprint album is on course for a top five debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the album, which was released on Dec. 15 through Young Money/Cash Money Records, may sell over 150,000…

  8. Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' Hits 1 Million in U.S. Sales

    December 17, 2014 5:18 PM EST Sam Smith 's debut full-length album In the Lonely Hour has surpassed 1 million in U.S. sales, according to Nielsen Music. It's the third album to sell more than a million in 2014, and continues to be the year's biggest-selling debut album. The album -- released on Capitol…

  9. West Virginia High Schooler Comes Out As Gay to Taylor Swift's 'Love Story'

    December 17, 2014 11:20 AM EST The country singer Ty Herndon recently told People that Kacey Musgraves ' song "Follow Your Arrow" helped motivate him to come out. In West Virginia, a country song from  Taylor Swift  recently soundtracked a similar situation. In a piece published yesterday on the website…

  10. Anthony Hamilton Hits 'Home' With First Holiday Album

    December 17, 2014 9:43 AM EST The Grammy Award winner and current nominee will also appear as a special guest on Fox's new drama "Empire." To co-opt a popular phrase during this time of year, 'tis the season for Anthony Hamilton . Home for the Holidays , the R&B singer/songwriter/producer’s first…

  11. The Top 5 Broadway Cast Albums of 2014

    December 16, 2014 3:39 PM EST The original Broadway cast recording of Wicked continues to fly high on the charts, as the album -- released in 2003 -- finishes 2014 as the No. 1 cast album of the year. The album leads the 15-position-deep Cast Albums recap, which features such familiar shows as Jersey Boys, The Phantom…

  12. 'Dukes' Domination: John Schneider & Tom Wopat Hit Jazz Chart's Top 10

    December 16, 2014 10:05 AM EST The pair's 'Home for Christmas' debuts at No. 10 on the Traditional Jazz Albums tally. Thirty-five years later, the Duke boys aren't slowing down. John Schneider and Tom Wopat, aka cousins Bo and Luke Duke from CBS' 1979-85 classic The Dukes of Hazzard , motor onto…

  13. Watch 'Nashville' Stars Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio Sing "Beauty and the Beast"

    December 15, 2014 11:49 PM EST Playing aspiring singer-songwriters-turned-lovers-turned-friends, Nashville's Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio regularly perform together on ABC's hit musical drama. So when it came time to find a male and female lead to sing "Beauty and the Beast" for a behind-the-scenes…

  14. The 4 Movie Soundtracks That Soared in 2014 (We're Looking at You, 'Frozen' and 'Hunger Games')

    December 15, 2014 4:17 PM EST With Frozen , Lorde, and Guardians of the Galaxy leading the way, movie soundtracks ruled in 2014. Read on for four of the biggest: Frozen Released in late 2013, the film’s soundtrack dominated the Billboard 200 well into 2014, spending 13 weeks at No. 1 -- the longest run for a soundtrack…

  15. 'Into the Woods' Soundtrack: Listen to Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep & More Highlights

    December 15, 2014 1:05 PM EST Our wish has been granted! Ahead of the Dec. 25 release date for Into the Woods , the full soundtrack for the film -- which includes beloved numbers such as "Moments in the Woods" and "Children Will Listen" -- is finally available for download.  Since being released…

  16. Billboard Japan Unveils Chart Redesign, Opens Voting for Artist of the Year Ahead of Music Awards 2014

    December 15, 2014 12:53 PM EST Billboard's sister organization, Billboard Japan , has released its year-end chart rankings, as well as a redesigned take on its charts for readers. The redesigned chart display gives readers more nuanced information on the way songs are ranked, from Twitter mentions, airplay, physical…

  17. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  18. BSBB Round 1: Chris Brown, "Loyal" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 12:00 PM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Loyal Chris Brown Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea MAURA JOHNSTON: One of my least favorite trends of 2014 was the increasingly rancorous nature of the seemingly never-ending battle between men and women, and "Loyal…

  19. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014 - Rules & Writers

    December 14, 2014 10:15 AM EST How does this year-end bracket work, and who wrote for it? Explore below. Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules   How It Works Best Song Bracket Battle is a bracket-style tournament in which the year's biggest songs are placed against each other in head-to…

  20. BSBB Round 5: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, 'Drunk In Love' vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, 'Fancy'

    December 14, 2014 10:05 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX HARLEY BROWN: This is a very interesting pair-up because of its arguable inversions: Jay Z's verse on "Drunk In Love" is phoned in, while Iggy…

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