1. 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…

  2. The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Much has been made of the way women dominated the Hot 100 in 2014, but the genre where women really shined this year was R&B. This may not have been reflected in the charts, but when Billboard staff picked their ten favorite R&B albums of the year, 7 were helmed by women (and that…

  3. From 'Ignition' to 'Macarena,' 13 Remixes That Eclipse the Originals

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST One of the fascinating things about pop music is that there's more to songwriting than just writing the song. Take, for instance, "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You," the Method Man - Mary J. Blige duet, which went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1995 thanks to its…

  4. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Frozen’ and 'Hunger Games,' Oh My! How This Was the Year of the Soundtrack

    October 17, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Frozen was just the tip of the iceberg at a time where music triumphed at the movies Not since "Greased Lightnin'" and "Night Fever" electrified the movies in 1978 have soundtracks proven to be such an indomitable force in the music industry. Triple-platinum sales…

  5. Billy Bob Thornton's Boxmasters Go 'Somewhere' With 101 Records

    October 16, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Some artists may battle a bit of writer's block when prepping for a new release, but that's definitely not an issue for the Boxmasters ' principal songwriters Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew , who have delivered a double-album, Somewhere Down the Road , for the band's…

  6. Aretha Franklin, 'Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics': Track-by-Track Album Review

    October 15, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Aretha Franklin and Clive Davis' relationship began in 1980, when the Queen of Soul signed with the mogul's Arista Records. "And 20 years later, I made the right decision," Franklin tells Billboard of agreeing to that union. She had plenty of hits during that era, most…

  7. Jan Hooks' Top 5 Musical Moments

    October 09, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Comedy fans were saddened to hear that former Saturday Night Live cast member Jan Hooks had died Thursday at the age of 57.  'Saturday Night Live' Actress Jan Hooks Dies at 57 Over Hooks' tenure on the NBC variety show -- appearing regularly from 1986-1991 and continuing…

  8. 'Saturday Night Live' Actress Jan Hooks Dies at 57

    October 09, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Jan Hooks , best known for her work on Saturday Night Live , died on Thursday (Oct. 9) in New York at the age of 57, her representative, Lisa Lieberman, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No further details were immediately available. Jan Hooks Top 5 'SNL' Musical Moments On…

  9. Aretha Franklin Notches Milestone 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    October 08, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Aretha Franklin becomes the first female, and just the fourth artist overall, to place 100 career titles on Billboard 's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (since it became a multi-metric ranking in 1958), as "Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha Version)" debuts at No. 47.…

  10. Listen to The Game's Auto-Tune Heavy 'F--- Yo Feelings' With Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

    October 06, 2014 7:49 PM EDT With The Game 's Blood Money label's compilation, Year of the Wolf , due out next Tuesday, the rapper née Jayceon Terrell Taylor teased the album Monday by dropping the Lil Wayne and Chris Brown -featuring "F--- Yo Feelings." The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew…

  11. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Tops Adult Pop Songs, Sam Smith Rules Adult R&B

    September 29, 2014 7:45 PM EDT 'Shake It Off' ties a record, while 'Stay With Me' conquers yet another format. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Cole Swindell and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  12. Hear Aretha Franklin Cover Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep'

    September 29, 2014 5:31 PM EDT The Queen is back, and she has her sights set on reworking one of the biggest hits of the decade. On Monday (Sept. 29), Aretha Franklin debuted her cover of Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep" on YouTube, her first single since 2011. The Queen of Soul's version is the lead…

  13. Marty Stuart Talks Mixing Country & Gospel on New Double Album

    September 26, 2014 6:32 PM EDT 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning' comes out Tuesday. 2014 has been a creative watershed year for Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives . The band continues to play for packed houses across America, and they're working on an upcoming all-instrumental album. Earlier…

  14. Lee Ann Womack, 'The Way I'm Livin': Track-by-Track Review

    September 23, 2014 6:06 PM EDT For Lee Ann Womack fans, the six-year wait comes to an end Tuesday with  The Way I'm Livin' -- the singer's first album since 2008's Call Me Crazy . Was it worth the wait or has Womack stayed away from music-making too long? The answer is a very definitive one, as the…

  15. Sammy Kershaw 'Cried Like a Little Baby' Recording George Jones Tribute Album

    July 18, 2014 6:20 PM EDT When it comes to his favorite singers, Sammy Kershaw says he has a very short list. “I have four heroes – Hank Williams,  George Jones, Mel Street, and the late Ronnie Van Zant,” he admitted to Billboard, though he stressed “If someone made me put them in order, it would be George Jones…

  16. What's Your Favorite Film Soundtrack? 'Guardians,' 'Purple Rain,' 'Almost Famous' & More (Poll)

    July 02, 2014 2:31 PM EDT The tracklist for the official soundtrack of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" just dropped and it's awesomely different than your typical superhero movie soundtrack. There are no fine-tuned collaborations from Top 40 artists and, as a matter of fact, there's not any…

  17. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  18. 615 Spotlight: Kelsey Waldon Hits 'The Goldmine'

    May 21, 2014 8:48 PM EDT Kelsey Waldon says that while her style of country offers a more traditional slant, she can certainly identify with many of the lyrics on the radio these days. She just chooses to go a different route.  "I definitely know about those things," she admits. "I grew up on a dirt…

  19. James House Is Back With 'Broken Glass, Twisted Steel' Album, Tour

    April 30, 2014 5:21 PM EDT As an artist, James House placed nine records on the Billboard country charts between 1989 and 1996, with the biggest being 1995’s "This Is Me Missing You," which hit No. 6 in 1995 – almost two decades ago. Since that time, he has also found success as a songwriter with hits from…

  20. Ask Billboard: Too $hort Ends Too Long Wait For First Hot 100 Top 10

    April 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your…

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