1. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj Passes Madonna, 'Voice' Finalists Debut

    December 26, 2014 9:40 AM EST With two debuts, Minaj now has more Hot 100 hits than Madonna. Plus, each of the four top finishers on the latest season of NBC's 'The Voice' debut. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while Mark…

  2. Bon Scott's Pre-AC/DC Bandmate Shares Vintage Letters From Late Singer, Reflects on His Legacy

    December 23, 2014 1:10 PM EST "I'm sure he would've been making an album of the great American songbook by now," says former collaborator Peter Head. Bon Scott died from alcohol poisoning on Feb. 15, 1980, just as AC/DC was beginning work on Back In Black , the album that made them arguably the…

  3. Zac Brown, Alabama Shakes Announced for New Season of 'The Artists Den,' Samsung's Milk Gets Streams

    December 17, 2014 8:00 AM EST Zac Brown Band will kick off the ninth season of Live From the Artists Den on PBS next year with a performance at New York's historic Forest Hills Stadium, scheduled to air Jan. 30. Jason Mraz 'You Can Rely on Me': 'Live From the Artists Den' Acoustic Session The…

  4. Craig Wayne Boyd Wins 'The Voice' Series 7

    December 17, 2014 2:45 AM EST Country fans have spoken again. Craig Wayne Boyd , the country rocker from Blake Shelton's team, was named the winner of "The Voice" Tuesday. Boyd is the third country singer to win the NBC sing-off. 'The Voice' Recap: Final 4 Debut Original Songs, Music Videos…

  5. '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…

  6. AC/DC 'Bust's to No. 1 on Top Rock Albums

    December 12, 2014 5:31 PM EST AC/DC 's Rock or Bust starts as the influential band's third No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Rock Albums chart with 172,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The hard rock band's 15th studio album also debuts at No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 , where…

  7. 'The Voice' Top 3 & Wildcard Revealed

    December 10, 2014 10:54 AM EST On Tuesday night, the penultimate nail-biting episode of The Voice revealed its fan-voted top three, as well as the first-ever wildcard singer who rejoins the competition after already being eliminated. The three singers with the highest number of viewer votes on their  Monday night…

  8. 'The Voice' Recap: Top Five Boys Bring Their Best Sets to Semifinals

    December 08, 2014 11:03 PM EST The top five singers of The Voice were on double duty Monday night, performing both hometown dedications and coaches' picks throughout the two-hour episode. With Pharrell Williams out for the remainder of the season, here's how they handled the demand: Adam Levine is the only…

  9. 'The Voice': Top 5 Eliminates One Coach

    December 02, 2014 9:16 PM EST Thanks to Tuesday night's triple-elimination episode, it's now down to five singers and three coaches on The Voice . 'The Voice' Hits 20 Million Song Downloads After a few alumni performances -- season 6 finalist Christina Grimmie introduced her debut single "With…

  10. Big Sean Earns Third No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    November 28, 2014 9:00 AM EST Big Sean rises to the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "I Don't F--- With You" featuring E-40 , securing his third No. 1 on the chart. It follows "Marvin & Chardonnay" (2011, featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash ) and "Mercy" (2012, credited to…

  11. Foo Fighters Take 'Highways' To No. 1 on Top Rock Albums Chart

    November 20, 2014 6:24 PM EST Foo Fighters notch their third No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with Sonic Highways , selling 190,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The lofty sales also help Foo Fighters debut at No. 2 on this week's Billboard Artist 100 chart. The band's…

  12. 'The Voice' Recap: Contestants Cover Radiohead, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran & More

    November 18, 2014 9:57 AM EST Later this season on The Voice , the final singers will perform original songs, created with the help of their coach, Carson Daly announced at the beginning of Monday's episode. It will only mark the second time contestants will compete with new work -- though winners have performed…

  13. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  14. Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd Set for Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    November 14, 2014 9:37 PM EST Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album should rule for third straight week Foo Fighters , Pink Floyd and Garth Brooks are all heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart next week with their latest new albums. Industry forecasters suggest Foo Fighters' new Sonic Highways will likely debut…

  15. Damien Rice Talks Teaming With Rick Rubin For 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy'

    November 14, 2014 6:00 PM EST In 2002, Damien Rice released his debut solo album, O , a breathtaking collection that won the now-defunct Shortlist Prize and placed him in any conversation about the best new singer/songwriters of this century. Much of the magnificence of that album came from the way Rice paired his…

  16. 'The Voice' Recap: Top 12 Revealed

    November 12, 2014 9:21 PM EST The top 12 have been revealed on The Voice -- after some struggle. "I didn't know they would all rise to the occasion," admitted  Pharrell Williams of his first playoffs on Tuesday night , after which America picks two from each team to move forward, and a coach picks one…

  17. 'The Voice' Recap: Playoffs Pay Off for Stripped-Down Ballads

    November 11, 2014 10:12 AM EST Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's singers took the stage for their first live, viewer-voted performances of the season. The Voice 's season-seven playoffs began on Monday, which has teams trimmed down from five to three: two picked by America, and one more saved by each coach. The…

  18. OK Go's Latest Video Triumph Impacts Hot Rock Songs Chart

    November 07, 2014 11:55 AM EST "We're that f---ing video band," OK Go frontman Damien Kulash said in a keynote speech at the Future of Music Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 27. Earlier that day, the group debuted its latest video, "I Won't Let You Down," on NBC's Today , and…

  19. A$AP Rocky Signs With WME

    October 02, 2014 5:30 PM EDT A$AP Rocky has signed with the William Morris Endeavor agency for his representation worldwide, it was announced Thursday (Oct. 2). Rocky's major-label debut, Long.Live.A$AP , came out last year. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . The single "F---in' Problems,"…

  20. 'Whiplash': J.K. Simmons, Damien Chazelle on Whether Torment Leads to Talent

    September 27, 2014 12:36 PM EDT "I was there to push people beyond what's expected of them," J.K. Simmons tells Miles Teller at one point in Whiplash , the film festival favorite that follows aspiring jazz drummer Andrew Neyman who is berated by his performing arts professor, Terence Fletcher. But even if…

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