1. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  2. Executive Turntable: Def Jam, Atlantic, Republic, and More

    December 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including iHeartMedia, Cashmere Agency, Mute USA, Columbia Records, and many more… -- Jordan Howard was appointed creative manager at CCS Rights Management in Toronto. -- Phil Steward was appointed senior vice president of relationship…

  3. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight my…

  4. Windowing New Music May Not Goose Sales, Study Shows

    December 18, 2014 12:01 PM EST A case study by on one song in two different territories by two Spotify executives shows why windowing releases might not be a good idea. The Spotify duo, director of economic development Will Page and analyst Kenny Ning, chose to look at how Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass…

  5. Watch Questlove's Animated Story on Chasing Patti LaBelle's Famed Fried Chicken

    December 17, 2014 7:54 PM EST You don't spend as much time in the music business, wearing so many different hats, as Questlove has without getting a few good stories out of it.    Chris Rock and Questlove Talk the Greatest MCs of All Time and Collaborating on New Movie 'Top Five' The Roots drummer has…

  6. Exclusive: Shigeto Premieres 'Tide Pools' From 'Ghostly Swim 2'

    December 16, 2014 9:51 AM EST In 2014, surprising artistic collaborations have become the norm in popular music. But the record label Ghostly International and the TV network Adult Swim were ahead of the curve: they worked together for the first time back in 2008, creating Ghostly Swim , a compilation album full of …

  7. 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…

  8. Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 Highlights: Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith & More

    December 13, 2014 1:12 PM EST iHeartRadio giant Z100 (WHTZ) New York held its annual Jingle Ball concert Friday night (Dec. 12) at Madison Square Garden, headlined by Taylor Swift , Iggy Azalea , Ariana Grande and other stars, mostly women. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM…

  9. The 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST Even diehard fans will admit that it's tough to find an entire K-pop album worthy of being labelled brilliant from start to finish. But there were a select group of artists who proved the notion wrong with cohesive bodies of work in 2014. (And see our list of the 20 best K-pop songs…

  10. Christmas Music for People Who Hate Christmas Music

    December 11, 2014 12:00 PM EST Even if you don't like 'Jingle Bells' -- just like Sam Smith -- there's still seasonally appropriate music for you. The Christmas Spirit isn't inside everyone. In fact, there are plenty of people who would prefer to fall asleep now and wake up when December ends.…

  11. Sinead O'Connor's New Managers Have No Plans to Silence the Singer

    December 11, 2014 11:17 AM EST After an affair with her last manager, new rep Simon Napier-Bell assures, "I'm rather old & gay; she's on safe ground." No one uses her blog as a substitute for placing classified ads quite like Sinead O’Connor . Three years ago, she famously blogged in search of a…

  12. Jay Z & N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

    December 11, 2014 5:38 AM EST Jay Z , the most powerful man in hip hop, has met with New York’s highest-elected official, Governor Andrew Cuomo , to rap on reform to the state’s criminal justice system.  Hov met with Cuomo on Wednesday to discuss potential changes to law, and to float the appointment of a special…

  13. Revisionist History, Holiday Edition: Mariah Gets a 'Christmas' Gift, Wham! Gets the Boot

    December 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST For those who love the Billboard charts, this truly is -- as Andy Williams reminds us every December -- the most wonderful time of the year. The arrival of Billboard 's annual year-end rankings have made it a "Happy" holiday for another Williams -- Pharrell -- whose hit with…

  14. Hear Christopher Lee's Latest Metal Christmas Carol

    December 09, 2014 5:50 PM EST Acting legend Sir Christopher Lee -- never forget the Sir -- is 92 years old and more metal than you. Back in 2012, he became the oldest living performer to enter the Billboard charts with a metal Christmas carol called “Jingle Hell” and he’s back in the pummeling, yuletide spirit this year…

  15. U2 Extends 'Innocence' Tour After Quick Sellouts

    December 09, 2014 12:30 PM EST As expected, U2 blew out initial on-sales for the upcoming Innocence + Experience tour , selling out in every city that went on sale yesterday. A total of 44 shows went up yesterday, with approximately 660,000 tickets sold. Among the box office triumphs were a record-setting 118,000 fans…

  16. Exclusive: Roc Nation Sports Preps 'Throne Boxing,' Set to Feature Live Music at MSG

    December 09, 2014 9:00 AM EST Roc Nation Sports, which announced its first Boxing division in August, will present its debut boxing event, "throne boxing," on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. The event, designed to be a hybrid of boxing and live music, will be telecast live from Madison Square Garden in the first of a…

  17. Idina Menzel & Michael Buble Top AC With 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

    December 09, 2014 7:05 AM EST Their duet becomes the format's latest holiday leader. Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's duet-slash-accurate weather report (depending on where you're reading this), "Baby It's Cold Outside," rises 2-1 on Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart. The song…

  18. Kenny Rogers Brings The Merriment on Christmas and Hits Through The Years Tour

    December 08, 2014 7:57 PM EST In the fall of 1981, Kenny Rogers released his very first seasonal album, appropriately titled Christmas . Since then, the Country Music Hall of Fame member has released successful holiday follow-ups in 1984 ( Once Upon A Christmas , with Dolly Parton ), 1989 ( Christmas In America ) and…

  19. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  20. 10 Tropical Latin Christmas Songs

    December 08, 2014 12:50 PM EST Christmas in the tropics means trading jingle bells and roasted chestnuts for roast pig and rum. And forget about silent nights. Salsa and other tropical rhythms are the sounds of Christmas cheer, where dancing all night long is as sacred a tradition as stuffing yourself at the family table…

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