1. Mariah Carey Brings Christmas Cheer to NYC's Beacon Theater

    December 16, 2014 12:10 PM EST It's no secret that Mariah Carey is extra festive . A notorious queen of excess, the iconic singer has consistently treated Christmas as less of a holiday and more a state of mind. The signifiers (trees, snowflakes, reindeer) serve as some source of otherworldly inspiration that'…

  2. Colt Ford Ready to 'Crank It Up!' With First Live DVD

    December 16, 2014 12:00 PM EST Colt Ford has enjoyed a very successful run in the industry since bursting on the scene in the late 2000s. He co-wrote the Jason Aldean blockbuster "Dirt Road Anthem" with Brantley Gilbert , and has shared the stage with many of the biggest stars in the format. His last four discs…

  3. See AC/DC's Albums Ranked From Highest to Lowest Charting

    December 16, 2014 11:30 AM EST Forty-one years after AC/DC formed in Australia, the band's fifteenth studio album -- Rock Or Bust -- has debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. As one of the longest-running (not to mention most influential) hard rock bands to form in the '70s, AC/DC managed…

  4. Why China's Mobile Providers Are a Giant Problem for Its Music Industry

    December 16, 2014 11:15 AM EST In this guest post, China-based entreprenuer Archie Hamilton explains how the country's music industry is at the mercy of a monopolistic mobile communications industry. So what to do? Back in 2008 and 2009, the debate within the media industries on how to compete with free was raging.…

  5. Rapper O.T. Genasis on Backlash to Ode to Cocaine 'CoCo': 'I Stay in My Lane and Do Me'

    December 16, 2014 10:06 AM EST Billboard caught up with O.T. Genasis , whose hit "Coco" recently cracked the top 30 on the Hot 100 . O.T. Genasis, Frank Ocean, One Direction: Digital and Social Movers Have you faced a negative backlash to “CoCo,” your ode to cocaine? When my son’s teacher hits me and says, “He…

  6. '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…

  7. Exclusive: Imagine Dragons Premiere Artwork For New Song 'Gold'

    December 16, 2014 9:35 AM EST After breaking records with their debut Night Visions , Imagine Dragons will be looking for new worlds to conquer when the sophomore effort, Smoke And Mirrors , drops in 2015. To follow up lead single “I Bet My Life,” the band is sharing a second new song called “Gold.” Billboard has an…

  8. 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…

  9. 'The Voice' Recap: Final 4 Debut Original Songs, Music Videos

    December 15, 2014 11:03 PM EST The Voice is trying something new to ensure their next winner jumps from the finale to the charts. On Monday night's episode, the last remaining competitors took the stage to debut original songs, penned with support from their coaches' creative teams. They also unveiled…

  10. Restless Heart's Hometown Christmas Show Keeps Them Well Rested

    December 15, 2014 5:12 PM EST Veteran country band Restless Heart is celebrating the holidays in a very unique way this year, through their partnership with Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center for the holiday-themed dinner show A Season of Harmony -- part of the Nashville hotel's annual "Country…

  11. 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…

  12. Musixmatch Wants to Be the 'IMDb of Music Lyrics,' Launches Lyric Video Messaging App

    December 15, 2014 3:39 PM EST These days, you're almost as likely to get a music message as you are to get an iMessage with increasingly popular apps like Boomio and Rithm , which allows users to send friends and followers texts in the form of, or alongside, a song. Musixmatch , a Bologna, Italy-based lyrics site -…

  13. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  14. 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…

  15. Watch Shania Twain's Anti-Family Violence PSA Video

    December 15, 2014 5:01 AM EST Shania Twain has released a public service announcement against family violence on YouTube. The online video for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's YouTube channel has the country music star warning "violence -- especially in your own home -- is never acceptable." Twain did…

  16. Rita Ora, Darius Rucker Perform at President Obama's 'Christmas in Washington' Concert

    December 14, 2014 10:26 PM EST The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with "The Rock" and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker . President Barack Obama and his family attended the 33rd annual "Christmas in Washington" concert Sunday at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for…

  17. 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…

  18. BSBB Round 3: Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" vs. Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Anaconda Nicki Minaj Boom Clap Charli XCX DENISE WARNER: “Anaconda” waxes poetic about big butts. “Boom Clap” is a somewhat more sentimental take on falling in love. I’m going with sentiment on this one. My Vote: “Boom Clap”…

  19. BSBB Round 2: MKTO, "Classic" vs. Sia, "Chandelier"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Classic MKTO Chandelier Sia DENISE WARNER: It’s a tough call. Sia’s video for “Chandelier” has a ‘Dance Moms’ kid as the star. But Walt from “Lost” makes up half of MKTO. Still, as catchy as “Classic” is, the trite lyrics keep…

  20. BSBB Round 1: OneRepublic, "Love Runs Out" vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Love Runs Out OneRepublic Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith CHRIS PAYNE: I kind of want to say something about how “Latch” was really from like two years ago, but dammit, it’s the coolest song on this list so I just can’t. My…

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