1. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith Brings 'Merry Little Christmas' to Chart for First Time

    December 19, 2014 12:15 PM EST Smith's version of the 70-year-old ballad makes its first Hot 100 appearance, joining carols by Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande. Plus, moves for Usher and Charli XCX. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week,…

  2. Music Supervisors for 'Glee,' 'Book of Life,' 'Begin Again' Lead Guild Nominations

    December 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Guild of Music Supervisors will hand out its fifth annual awards Jan. 21 at Mack Sennett Studios in Hollywood, honoring music supervisors for their work in motion pictures, television, games, trailers and advertising. Glee supervisor PJ Bloom received three nominations while recently…

  3. '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…

  4. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Taylor Swift on How Following Her 'Gut Instinct' Led to No. 1 Album '1989'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Pop Princess 1989 5 Weeks on Billboard 200 With the largest first-week sales of any album in 12 years, the triumph of Taylor Swift ’s 1989 was so overwhelming that it instantly schooled any skeptics who doubted her ability to transition from the ­country-pop of her previous four albums…

  5. Jessie J's 'Virtuosic Vocal Muses' Playlist Pays Homage to Singing Stars: Exclusive

    December 11, 2014 4:50 PM EST Jessie J used a killer set of pipes — and a pair of famous friends in Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj — to score one of the year’s biggest hits with “Bang Bang,” which reached the Top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Unsurprisingly, the U.K. pop vocalist draws inspiration from the musical…

  6. The Year in Dance/Electronic 2014: Avicii Leads Multiple Year-End Charts

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST Avicii dominated Billboard's dance/electronic charts in 2014, and finishes as the year's Top Dance/Electronic Artist. Additionally, the 25-year old Swedish DJ/producer places five tracks on the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs recap, and was the only act to place more than…

  7. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  8. Tanya Tucker Calls Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit 'Overwhelming'

    December 04, 2014 6:44 PM EST When she first heard that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was interested in featuring an exhibit based on her career, Tanya Tucker says she had her doubts -- at first. "I thought it might have been a little premature because I had taken a few years off. With losing both of my…

  9. Broadway Celebrates New Thanksgiving Record

    December 01, 2014 11:05 PM EST Holiday shopping may have been a bit of a bust over the Thanksgiving weekend, but Broadway simply gobbled up cash. The Broadway League released data Monday showing the 36 plays, musicals and special events on the Great White Way earned more than $34.1 million over the week ending Sunday, an…

  10. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit 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 city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  11. Kobalt Publishing Hires Jamie McLaughlin as Creative Director

    November 24, 2014 11:47 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing has appointed Jamie McLaughlin to the position of creative director, charged with signing new talent, arranging writer collaborations and pitching songs. She has hit the ground running in the new job, having already played a part in the signing of Lady Gaga…

  12. 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…

  13. Shonda Rhimes to Receive Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

    November 10, 2014 1:45 PM EST The influential showrunner will be honored at the 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast, to be held Dec. 10 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Shonda Rhimes  has been tapped to receive The Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Award at its 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast. The award,…

  14. Top Studio Execs Talk the 'Frozen' Effect, New Films, Breaking Into the Biz at Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference

    November 07, 2014 8:04 AM EST "To our left is Danielle Diego , EVP of Music at 20th Century Fox, and this is Mitchell Leib ; he is known as Frozen ." Laughter kicked off the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference's high-powered discussion as Billboard's Phil Gallo introduced the Keynote Roundtable…

  15. Dillon Francis On the 'Money' With No. 2 Dance Debut

    November 06, 2014 9:09 PM EST Also making dance moves: Mystery Skulls, Flight Facilities, Calvin Harris & Katy Perry. Dillon Francis enters Dance/Electronic Albums at No. 2 with his major-label debut, Money Sucks Friends Rule . The set, released on Mad Decent/Columbia, bows with 9,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  16. AC/DC World Tour Still On After Phil Rudd's Arrest

    November 06, 2014 8:22 PM EST 'Phil's absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year,' band says in a statement. AC/DC 's 2015 Rock or Bust world tour will go ahead in 2015 with or without drummer Phil Rudd , who was arrested in New Zealand on Thursday …

  17. Doobie Brothers Feel Right at Home With Country Crowd

    November 06, 2014 5:36 PM EST Band talks new album 'Southbound,' featuring Blake Shelton, Sara Evans & more country stars. This week, the legendary Doobie Brothers released a brand-new album called Southbound, which pairs the iconic band with some of the hottest stars of the country format, such as…

  18. Classic Rock Honours Ceremony Comes to America

    November 05, 2014 2:22 PM EST To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their annual awards show, influential U.K. magazine Classic Rock brought the ceremony, Classic Rock Honours, to Los Angeles. Mixing the elite of both Los Angeles -- Henry Rollins presented the inspiration award to the Doors -- and the U.K. -- Def Leppard…

  19. Secret Prince Show Rumored for Toronto Tonight

    November 04, 2014 1:49 PM EST Update : Live Nation says it " can confirm that Prince will not be performing at Massey Hall tonight." Fans and music business types started lining up early Tuesday morning outside Toronto's Massey Hall for a rumored concert tonight by Prince and the metal barricades put out…

  20. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November most often with a mid-level headliner dripping…

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