1. Metta World Peace Is Losing Sleep Over Nicki Minaj's Rhymes

    December 26, 2014 7:48 PM EST The thought of Nicki Minaj was keeping former NBA player Metta World Peace up late Christmas night.  Nicki Minaj's 'The Pinkprint' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums The controversial forward born Ron Artest posted to Twitter at nearly 2 o'clock (EST)…

  2. Rewinding the Charts: 44 Years Ago, Creedence Clearwater Revival Topped the Beatles

    December 26, 2014 9:05 AM EST In 1970, John Fogerty's band reigned as the top album artist in Billboard's first year-end spotlight. ON DEC. 26, 1970, BILLBOARD published its first dedicated review – dubbed "Talent in Action" – of the previous 12 months' biggest acts, albums and songs. That year,…

  3. Going With The Pitch: More and More, R&B and Hip Hop Artists Are Also TV Spokespersons

    December 23, 2014 4:48 PM EST Usher, Salt-N-Pepa, Waka Flocka Flame and newcomer Kevin Ross are among a growing number of R&B/hip-hop acts doubling as TV spokespersons. Waka Flocka Flame left many viewers scratching their heads and wondering if it was April Fool’s in November when his television spot extolling the…

  4. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  5. Jarvis Cocker Is Still Alive

    December 22, 2014 4:05 PM EST Joe Cocker , he of that unforgettable rendition of "With a Little Help From My Friends," died today at the age of 70 , reportedly from complications related to lung cancer. Jarvis Cocker , frontman of britpop legends Pulp , is very much alive (he played Vice 's 20th birthday…

  6. 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…

  7. The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

    December 19, 2014 12:45 PM EST After decades of leading the pack, the cultural rebound of rock, alternative, or whatever we want to call it depends on learning to play by new sets of rules. I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far…

  8. T.G. Sheppard on the Evolution of Music, Tricking Elvis & More

    December 18, 2014 6:45 PM EST It was four decades ago that T.G. Sheppard began his initial ascent up the Billboard country charts with "Devil in the Bottle." The song helped the singer transition from a successful career as a record promoter for RCA into his own musical career. All these years later, the…

  9. 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…

  10. BSBB Round 2: One Direction, "Steal My Girl" vs. Jeremih ft. YG, "Don't Tell 'Em"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Steal My Girl One Direction Don't Tell 'Em Jeremih feat. YG MEAGHAN GARVEY: The sun rose and set on what felt like a dozen supposed release dates for my most anticipated R&B album of the year, Jeremih’s Late…

  11. 2015 Golden Globe Nominees: Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Trent Reznor & More

    December 11, 2014 9:52 AM EST The 2015 Golden Globe Awards nominees were revealed Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press. In the musical categories, a nice collection of hit-making artists and musical legends get nods.  One complaint: No love for The Lego Movie 's "Everything Is Awesome!!!"? Best…

  12. J. Cole Aiming for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 10, 2014 9:07 PM EST Rapper J. Cole is heading for his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new release 2014 Forest Hills Drive . Industry forecasters suggest the album -- which was released Dec. 9 through Roc Nation/Columbia Records -- could sell well over 300,000 copies in the week ending…

  13. Chris Rock and Questlove Talk the Greatest MCs of All Time and Collaborating on New Movie 'Top Five'

    December 08, 2014 4:37 PM EST It's a cold November morning, and Chris Rock has come to meet Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson at his office, which is also his dressing room and his studio, on the sixth floor of 30 Rock, where Jimmy Fallon shoots The Tonight Show . Questlove, 43 -- the drummer for The Roots ,…

  14. Watch Paul McCartney Reflect on John Lennon's Death: 'It Was So Horrific'

    December 08, 2014 12:55 PM EST Today (Dec. 8) marks the 34th anniversary of the tragic loss of John Lennon at the hands of Mark David Chapman in 1980. Paul McCartney appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show to reflect on the sudden loss of one of music's greatest icons. "It was so horrific and I couldn't take it…

  15. Listen: Timbaland Shares New Track ‘UFO’ Featuring Tink & Andre 3000

    December 07, 2014 2:13 PM EST Timbaland has shared his new track “UFO” featuring Chicago R&B singer Tink and Andre 3000. Timbaland Previews Tink's 'Movin' Bass,' Feat. Jay Z & Rick Ross: Listen After recently previewing a snippet of “UFO” on Instagram, the producer shared the infidelity…

  16. Beanie Sigel Awake After Shooting

    December 06, 2014 11:21 AM EST Rapper Beanie Sigel was shot in the abdomen outside a home in New Jersey on Friday (Dec. 5), police said. Beanie Sigel Shot in New Jersey: Report Authorities and Sigel's lawyer initially called the wound life-threatening, but hospital officials told police that the 40-year-old rapper…

  17. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  18. 'Shady XV' Compilation Starts at No. 1 on Rap Albums

    December 05, 2014 2:36 PM EST New albums from the Shady Records crew, Rick Ross, and Iggy Azalea debut. Meanwhile, Glade freshens the chart with a hit by Kevin Ross. Shady Records' roster -- including head honcho Eminem -- have taken the No. 1 spot on Rap Albums with 138,000 units of Shady XV sold in its first week…

  19. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  20. Taylor Swift's '1989' Returns to No. 1 on Revamped Billboard 200

    December 03, 2014 11:24 AM EST The chart now includes on-demand streaming and digital track sales. The newly refreshed Billboard 200 albums chart welcomes a familiar face back to No. 1, as Taylor Swift's 1989 hops back to the top slot (2-1) after a one-week vacation. This is the album's fourth non…

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