1. Jennifer Lawrence Debuts on Hot 100: 'The Hanging Tree' Bows at No. 12

    December 03, 2014 4:22 PM EST 0 The Oscar-winning actress charts her first hit, from 'Mockingjay, Part 1.' Jennifer Lawrence adds another honor to her already impressive resume: the Academy Award-winning actress scores her first entry on a Billboard chart, as "The Hanging Tree" debuts on…

  2. No Charges in Eric Garner's Chokehold Death: Hip-Hop Community Reacts

    December 03, 2014 3:57 PM EST Just over a week after a Ferguson grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury has chosen not to bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, a New York man who died after being placed in a…

  3. Scooter Braun, Charlie Walk, Rosie Perez and Nick Cannon Among Those Named to Barclays Center’s New Advisory Board

    December 03, 2014 2:22 PM EST Barclays Center’s Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Advisory Board, made up of a group of nearly 30 top sports, entertainment, and media executives, will hold its first meeting tomorrow (Dec. 4), Billboard has learned.   Created by Brett Yormark , CEO of Barclays Center, and Charlie Walk …

  4. Jared Leto to Play Batman Villain The Joker in Upcoming 'Suicide Squad' Film

    December 03, 2014 9:50 AM EST Will Smith set to play Batman foe Deadshot. Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto are officially set to star in Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. Also cast in the movie based on the DC Entertainment villains-forced-to-be-heroes are Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne…

  5. Ed Sheeran is Spotify's Most-Streamed Act for 2014

    December 03, 2014 4:26 AM EST British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is the year's most streamed artist on Spotify, while Eminem tops the list in the United States. Spotify announced its top streaming artists, albums and songs of 2014 on Wednesday. Pharrell's ubiquitous "Happy" was the most…

  6. Publishing Briefs: Dan the Automator Signs With Atlas Music Group, RightsFlow Enters 3D Printing Biz, Riptide Expands

    December 02, 2014 11:57 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- The Atlas Music Group has signed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to a worldwide publishing deal, which will include his entire catalog (except for collaborations with Dr. Octagon ), as…

  7. Exclusive: David Guetta, Tiesto, Hardwell to Headline Ultimate Music Experience 2015

    December 02, 2014 11:00 AM EST Next spring, the Ultimate Music Experience will descend upon Texas' South Padre Island, celebrating the 20th anniversary of co-promoter Disco Donnie Presents with the largest attendance (50,000) in the three-day event's  five-year history. Exclusive: Tiësto, Zedd, Bassnectar To…

  8. Kobalt Unveils Label Services Portal, A Powerful New Set of Tools for Artists

    December 02, 2014 10:34 AM EST Kobalt has done it again: The company has duplicated the data portal it designed for its songwriters, allowing them to see every economic transaction that occurs with their music worldwide. According to Kobalt's website , the Portal offers labels, managers and artists powerful…

  9. EDM Is More Official Now That It Has Its Own White Paper

    December 01, 2014 3:11 PM EST The large and growing EDM genre has officially arrived: it has its own white paper. "The EDM Guide: Technology, Culture, Curation" is not just a white paper , it's a brand created to create an ongoing discussion about the economic and cultural impacts of EDM. Related…

  10. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. 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 listed below. All our charts are…

  11. The Gifts That Keep on Giving: Biggest Radio and Album Hits of the Holidays

    December 01, 2014 2:19 PM EST From Burl Ives to 'N Sync, some of the biggest hits of recent memory. They are the gifts that keep on giving for the artists that record them, the labels that release them and the radio stations and streaming services that play them. The first chart is the top 25 Christmas songs that…

  12. Take That Back on Top in U.K., Olly Murs Leads Albums Chart

    December 01, 2014 4:08 AM EST Now That’s What I Call Music! 89  (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of 2014. The latest edition of the venerable series sold 289,000 copies last week to debut at No. 1 on the Official Charts Company’s compilation chart Sunday. On the artist…

  13. Tony Winner Jessie Mueller to Take 'Waitress' Job

    December 01, 2014 1:41 AM EST Jessie Mueller , the fast-rising Broadway star who won a lead actress Tony Award this year for the title role in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical , may be turning her talents from songwriting to baked goods. According to an unconfirmed report in The New York Times , Mueller has identified…

  14. Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hanging Tree' Heading for Hot 100 Chart Debut

    November 29, 2014 3:00 PM EST Jennifer Lawrence is aiming to score her first hit single on Billboard's charts. The Academy Award-winning actress is heading for the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with "The Hanging Tree," from her film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I . Listen…

  15. Bing Crosby's Triumphs, Tragedies Rediscovered in New Documentary

    November 29, 2014 12:57 PM EST An upcoming PBS documentary seeks to remind younger generations there was so much more to Bing Crosby than crooning "White Christmas" -- from media master to philanthropist to difficult dad. Bing Crosby’s Kids Recall Dad’s Surprise Duet With David Bowie "It's an…

  16. Dr. Demento Picks the Worst Christmas Songs Ever

    November 29, 2014 10:00 AM EST There is a lot of bad Christmas music out there, and rather than submit to the pain of sifting through all of the stinky holiday songs out there, Billboard enlisted self-described "mad music" expert Dr. Demento -- whose syndicated radio show played for 35 years and still webcasts…

  17. Exclusive Premiere: Max Cooper's 'Origins' (David August Remix)

    November 28, 2014 6:00 PM EST When London artist Max Cooper compiled his holiday wish list, David August 's name sat right at the top. "He is probably the best musician in house music for me," says Cooper. "His work has always stood out." It's not difficult to see why. With mesmerizing…

  18. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Lorde’s ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack Debuts

    November 28, 2014 1:05 PM EST Plus: "Downton Abbey" Christmas and Kristin Chenoweth debut. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, One Direction made history, as the group’s Four debuted atop the list . The act is the first group to see its first four studio albums enter at No. 1. Four was released on Nov.…

  19. 'The Wall' Turns 35: Roger Waters Revisits Pink Floyd's Enduring Rock Opus

    November 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Pink Floyd ’s The Wall -- a dark and enduring rock masterpiece that deals with personal alienation juxtaposed against a backdrop of war and government corruption -- has been presented in many formats over the years. First came the 1979 double album (co-produced by Bob Ezrin) that spent 15…

  20. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Band Aid 30 Debuts, Nicki Minaj Ties Madonna's Hit Total

    November 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' returns, while Minaj ties for the third-most visits among women. Plus, chart action for Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Pentatonix and Fergie. As previously reported , Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blank…

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