1. West Virginia High Schooler Comes Out As Gay to Taylor Swift's 'Love Story'

    December 17, 2014 11:20 AM EST The country singer Ty Herndon recently told People that Kacey Musgraves ' song "Follow Your Arrow" helped motivate him to come out. In West Virginia, a country song from  Taylor Swift  recently soundtracked a similar situation. In a piece published yesterday on the website…

  2. Exclusive: Dzeko & Torres Cram 62 Songs Into '2014 in 10 Minutes' Mix

    December 16, 2014 3:06 PM EST 'Tis the season for year-end retrospectives, but Dzeko & Torres have outdone themselves. For those looking to take a quick lap down memory lane, Tiësto 's protégés have stuffed a year's worth of major main stage tracks into one 10-minute mix. It has become a bit of a…

  3. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  4. '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…

  5. Mad Season Reunion: Chris Cornell Joining Grunge Supergroup

    December 15, 2014 9:17 PM EST Before disbanding in 1999, the grunge supergroup Mad Season included members of Alice in Chains , Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees -- and now they'll get some help from Soundgarden and Guns N' Roses alumni. During a performance next month with the Seattle Symphony, Chris Cornell will…

  6. Spotify Founder/CEO Daniel Ek: 'We Need to Do a Better Job Explaining to Artists How Streaming Benefits Them'

    December 15, 2014 1:30 PM EST For the 31-year-old Spotify founder/CEO, the company's momentous 2014 wasn't enough. Billboard: What were the best and worst parts of 2014 for you? Daniel Ek: We launched in almost 30 new countries. The growth in subscribers has been fantastic. And I became a father about a year…

  7. David Bowie Totally Dissed Chris Martin & Coldplay

    December 15, 2014 12:07 PM EST It seems like superstar musicians are collaborating more than ever these days. Ever wonder how these talks go? No always smoothly, as Coldplay’s Chris Martin can attest. During Dec. 11’s BBC Music Awards, Martin spoke about trying to get the great David Bowie to collaborate on a…

  8. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  9. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Madonna, Beyonce & Celine Dion Hit No. 1

    December 15, 2014 8:05 AM EST The divas all scored notable milestones. Plus, remembering key chart feats for the Supremes, Missy Elliott and more. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Dec. 15, 1984 On this date 30 years ago, Madonna notched the…

  10. Damon Albarn Postpones Sydney Opera House Show As CBD Siege Continues

    December 15, 2014 2:24 AM EST Damon Albarn’s scheduled Monday night performance at the Sydney Opera House has been postponed as a dramatic siege situation brought areas of the city center to a standstill. The iconic entertainment venue had reportedly been evacuated at about 10am local time following reports of a…

  11. Sydney Opera House Evacuated As Hostages Held in City's Center

    December 14, 2014 11:35 PM EST The Sydney Opera House has been evacuated as a hostage siege grips the city. The iconic entertainment venue had reportedly been placed in lockdown at around 10am local time on Monday following reports of a suspicious package being discovered on site. The situation at the Opera House…

  12. 'SNL' Recap: Charli XCX Dazzles With Performances of 'Boom Clap' & 'Break the Rules'

    December 14, 2014 12:11 PM EST Charli XCX made a splash during her Saturday Night Live debut on Dec. 13, performing two songs from her upcoming album, Sucker . Charli XCX Accepts Hitmaker Honor at Billboard's Women in Music Event After giving memorable performances at the American Music Awards and New York’s Jingle…

  13. BSBB Round 3: Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" vs. Sia, "Chandelier"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Shake It Off Taylor Swift Chandelier Sia CAITLIN WHITE: This is a face-off between a fluffy, happy song about fighting off sadness and a sad, trembling song about grasping for happiness — clearly 2014 is full of confusion.…

  14. BSBB Round 2: Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea JAMIESON COX: I live and work in a university town, and if “number of times heard while walking by a raging kegger” was an…

  15. BSBB Round 1: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang" vs. Maroon 5, "Animals"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Animals Maroon 5 CRAIG JENKINS: Maroon 5 is a machine of startling pop efficacy in 2014; “Animals” arranges all the notes where they should be -- without ever making you feel…

  16. BSBB Round 1: Paramore, "Ain't It Fun" vs. Coldplay, "Magic"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Ain't It Fun Paramore Magic Coldplay MAURA JOHNSTON: Hayley Williams channeling every pop great before her while also laying a smackdown on those wallowing in Self-Pity Pond? Sorry, Coldplay. (And please, feel free to take…

  17. 5 Things We Want to See Charli XCX Do on 'SNL'

    December 13, 2014 11:00 AM EST After notching a Top 10 hit of her own, “Boom Clap,” to follow featured turns on smashes like Iggy Azalea ’s “Fancy” and Icona Pop ’s “I Love It,” Charli XCX is primed for her Saturday Night Live debut on Saturday night (Dec. 13). The timing couldn’t be more perfect: the U.K. singer…

  18. Op-Ed: John Legend Demands Change After Eric Garner & Ferguson Decisions

    December 12, 2014 11:30 AM EST When Common and I wrote the song "Glory" for the stunning new film Selma , we drew inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries who strived and sacrificed to achieve racial equality in the face of seemingly hopeless odds. As I watched the final version of…

  19. 'Side Show' Packs Up Its Tent Early on Broadway

    December 12, 2014 11:12 AM EST Seventeen years to the day since its original production closed after a commercially disastrous run of just three and a half months, the lavish Broadway reboot of Side Show will make an even swifter exit. Producers have confirmed a Jan. 4 closing date for the bio-musical about the search…

  20. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

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