1. 'The Colbert Report': 8 Great Music Moments From Daft Punk Dancing to Black Keys Fighting

    December 18, 2014 3:45 PM EST Bring on the tears: The Colbert Report ends its run with tonight's episode. While Stephen Colbert the person will of course be fine -- he's taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show -- "Stephen Colbert" the character's future is much less certain. One thing…

  2. Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Weird Al – But Not Beyonce – Top Google's 'Year In Search'

    December 16, 2014 11:00 AM EST Google has unleashed its annual Year In Search results, and the music categories are popping with emerging artists and trendsetting newsmakers. Iggy Azalea makes several appearances, most notably the top spot on the trending music artists tally, beating Lorde , Sam Smith , Meghan Trainor…

  3. Sony Music Strikes Digital Distribution Partnership with China's Tencent

    December 16, 2014 4:37 AM EST Chinese Internet giant Tencent and Sony Music Entertainment on Tuesday unveiled a partnership for the online distribution of music from SME's roster of artists in China.  Under the terms of the deal, music from such Sony artists as One Direction, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Avril Lavigne…

  4. BSBB Round 3: Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy" vs. Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX Love Never Felt So Good Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake CAITLIN WHITE: It speaks to how cheesy the posthumous Michael Jackson song was that I'm going to argue for "Fancy"…

  5. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  6. Adam Levine Sings R. Kelly's 'Ignition (Remix)' at Annual 'Voice' Concert

    December 09, 2014 10:50 AM EST With only an electric guitar, Adam Levine covered one of his "favorite songs," R. Kelly 's "Ignition (Remix)," Monday night at Hyde in West Hollywood, closing out the annual The Voice coaches concert. Levine treated the crowd of mostly media to a solo version of an…

  7. Grammys 2015: The 10 Biggest Snubs & Surprises

    December 05, 2014 4:11 PM EST Where is "Drunk In Love"? What happened to DJ Mustard? And who could have seen Brandy Clark coming? Inside the biggest shocks and letdowns. Now that (almost) all of the 57th annual Grammy Award nominations have been revealed, we can eye the 82 categories announced and parse…

  8. Watch the Muppets Perform Naughty By Nature's 'Hip Hop Hooray'

    December 01, 2014 12:20 PM EST Mylo The Cat’s YouTube account has found the Muppets putting their spin on hit songs like Beastie Boys’ “So What’cha Want” and Daft Punk and  Pharrell Williams’ “Get Lucky.” For the latest parody, old Muppets material has been culled into a Jim Henson take on Naughty By Nature’s classic …

  9. Wyclef & Avicii Fight AIDS and Find Success on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    November 27, 2014 1:05 PM EST The pair debuts at No. 12. Plus, moves for Major Lazer, Deadmau5, Jennifer Lopez & more. Wyclef lands on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for the first time, as charity single "Divine Sorrow," featuring Avicii , debuts at No. 12. The song is part of a Coca-Cola and (RED)-sponsored…

  10. This Kanye West & Sam Smith Mashup Is Fantastic

    November 26, 2014 10:15 AM EST Carlos Serrano's SoundCloud page is wall to wall mashups, all available for free download: There's  2pac and Banks , Rihanna and Daft Punk , TLC and Haim . His most recent concoction mixes Sam Smith 's Hot 100 top 10 single "I'm Not The Only One" with a song…

  11. Album Review: David Guetta's All-Star 'Listen' Makes a Beeline for the Pop Charts

    November 24, 2014 3:09 PM EST When David Guetta hit the studio to record Listen , his first album in three years, the trailblazing French EDM producer worked backwards. Instead of starting with the beats -- his standard approach over his three-decade DJ career -- he began with vocals and live instruments, such as piano…

  12. Kool & the Gang on 'Keeping the Brand Alive,' the Origin of 'Celebration' and Being the Most-Sampled Band in History

    November 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- demonstrated that flexibility plays a crucial role in a band's longevity. Groups often solidify as they get older: they settle in and focus. In an…

  13. R.I.P. Mike Nichols: Why 'The Graduate' Soundtrack Will Always Matter

    November 20, 2014 3:15 PM EST Earlier this week, the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 was released, featuring an album’s worth of original music curated by Lorde and featuring artists like Ariana Grande, Miguel, Simon Le Bon and Diplo, among others. It’s an ambitious musical project, especially in an…

  14. Exclusive: Bassist Nathan East Stars In Hulu Documentary

    November 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST Featuring Lionel Richie, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins & more, the film debuts in December. While bassist Nathan East was recording his first solo album last November, a making-of documentary was also part of the mix. But little did East know he would end up starring in a full-blown film…

  15. Giorgio Moroder to Release First Studio Album in Over 30 Years

    November 17, 2014 9:15 AM EST The long-awaited album will feature Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue and others. Giorgio Moroder is back with a new solo album! The legendary producer and songwriter, who helped invent disco in the 1970s with Donna Summer before conjuring the ’80s synth sound of film…

  16. Calvin Harris No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Songs & Albums Charts

    November 14, 2014 1:15 PM EST Calvin Harris careens onto Billboard 's Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 1 with Motion (35,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan). Motion , which includes cameos from Ellie Goulding , Haim and Gwen Stefani , among others, also motors onto the Billboard 200 at No. 5,…

  17. Why Daft Punk Licensed Songs for $3,700 to Indie Drama 'Eden'

    November 10, 2014 3:54 PM EST The elusive duo believed in the film, which chronicles the rise of French house music. There's a moment early in Eden when a teenage Thomas Bangalter (played by  Vincent Lacoste ) and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (played by  Arnaud Azoulay ), the music duo better known as Daft Punk ,…

  18. The Who Announce New App, Preview Foray Into Virtual Reality

    November 10, 2014 8:15 AM EST Rock giants The Who today launch a 3D immersive app, developed in collaboration with their management company Trinifold, U.K. tech company Immersive and Universal Music. The app (which coincides with Universal’s just-released The Who Hits 50! compilation) is now available free, with a…

  19. President Obama’s 8 Best Musical Performances, Mashups & Remixes

    November 09, 2014 3:57 PM EST From singing Al Green ’s “Let’s Stay Together” to hilarious fan-made mashup videos of songs by Daft Punk and Iggy Azalea , President Barack Obama has proven to be one of the more musical leaders of the Free World. Happy Election Day! See Musicians With Politicians In honor of President…

  20. Emerging Picks of the Week: Nathaniel, Kehlani & Angel Olson

    November 07, 2014 5:16 PM EST Heading into the weekend, Billboard offers another triple-play of tracks to check out that all debuted on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart for the week ending Nov. 2. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Live Louder,"…

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