1. Jennifer Lawrence's ‘The Hanging Tree’ Nabs Top 20 Debuts in U.K., Australia

    November 30, 2014 11:15 PM EST Jennifer Lawrence : Oscar-winner, philanthropist and now top-20 pop star. The actress’ recording of "The Hanging Tree" has landed at No. 14 on the  Official U.K. Singles Chart , published Sunday, and it's new at No. 12 on ARIA's Australian Top 50 Singles Chart . The song…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Questlove: The Roots & Notorious B.I.G. 'Never Made It Right' Before Biggie's Death

    November 26, 2014 7:32 PM EST After years of The Notorious B.I.G. supporting The Roots , Questlove says he and the band were regrettably not on good terms before his sudden death in 1997.  The Roots' drummer spilled the story on the Juan Epstein podcast Tuesday alongside Chris Rock, saying in the time before the…

  6. 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…

  7. From 'Ignition' to 'Macarena,' 13 Remixes That Eclipse the Originals

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST One of the fascinating things about pop music is that there's more to songwriting than just writing the song. Take, for instance, "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You," the Method Man - Mary J. Blige duet, which went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1995 thanks to its…

  8. Sinead O’Connor on Band Aid 30 Criticism: ‘Everyone Should Shut the F--- Up’

    November 25, 2014 11:42 PM EST Lily Allen has called it “smug.” Emeli Sande has apologized if its lyrics “caused offence.” Adele is rumored to have snubbed the sessions. But Sinead O’Connor isn’t having any of it. The sharp-tongued Irish singer has hit back at critics of the latest version of the Band Aid all-star…

  9. 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…

  10. Electronic Producer RL Grime on His Ambition to Become a 'Legendary Figure' and Why EDM Lacks Authenticity

    November 25, 2014 1:22 PM EST Electronic producer RL Grime isn't interested in talking about trap music -- surprising, since his dark, menacing sound caught on during the genre's second wave in 2012. "That label is corny to me," says the 23-year-old, born Henry Steinway. Still, like contemporaries…

  11. 10 Grammy Categories You Didn't Know Existed

    November 25, 2014 10:00 AM EST Since debuting in 1959, the annual Grammy Awards have become the most prestigious music awards show in the U.S. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences hands out dozens of trophies every year. But for every Grammy category that's subject to endless speculation and debate,…

  12. Watch The Who's Retro Video for 'Get Lucky'

    November 24, 2014 7:27 PM EST The Who is looking good at 50. After releasing the Who Hits 50! 42-track compilation, charting a tour for 2015 , developing a virtual reality app and releasing catchy a new song , Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are wearing their age well. And now we get a video for that new song, "…

  13. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban Notch New No. 1s

    November 24, 2014 4:35 PM EST And that's not all: Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean and George Ezra join in taking over atop tallies this week. 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…

  14. Band Aid 30’s 'Do They Know It’s Christmas' Opens at No. 1 in U.K. With Huge Sales

    November 24, 2014 4:56 AM EST Band Aid 30’s updated “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (EMI/Universal) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling single of the year to date, selling 312,000 downloads to go straight to No. 1. Sunday's (Nov. 23) new Official Charts Company data also saw One Direction debut atop the album…

  15. Drake Announces First-Ever Headline Tour of Australia & NZ

    November 24, 2014 2:20 AM EST Drake’s first visit Down Under has evolved into a full-scale arena tour. Rapper 2 Chainz will join the Canadian artist on his first-ever Australasian headline shows early next year, which will kick off in Auckland, New Zealand then go west for shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.…

  16. AMAs Best & Worst Moments: One Direction, Taylor Swift, Lorde & More

    November 24, 2014 12:43 AM EST So who won the 2014 AMAs? One Direction won the coveted Artist of the Year and two other awards, while Taylor Swift captured the Dick Clark Award of Excellence, and Lorde was generally awesome. But plenty of other artists brought their A-game, as this was a star-studded night for the…

  17. Sam Smith & A$AP Rocky Perform 'I'm Not the Only One' Remix at the 2014 AMAs

    November 23, 2014 9:10 PM EST Sam Smith brought out A$AP Rocky to peform the remix to his latest single "I'm Not the Only One" at the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 23. Full AMAs Coverage The singer, looking dapper as always, crooned the emotional lyrics center stage, before A$AP Rocky…

  18. Bill Cosby Gets Standing Ovation In Florida Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

    November 22, 2014 12:54 PM EST The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby , for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed. Bill Cosby Refuses to Address Sexual Assault Allegations in…

  19. Quotes of the Week: Willow Smith Likes to Climb Trees, Lorde Defends Dissing Diplo and More

    November 21, 2014 5:40 PM EST "'Will you guys please get Lorde to really sing it?' They said no." --Jennifer Lawrence The actress, who sings a song in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 , telling David Letterman that the filmmakers denied her request. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West,…

  20. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Meghan Trainor Hits Top 40, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Debut

    November 21, 2014 3:24 PM EST Trainor soars with her second hit, while Ronson's scorching soul/pop track brings the writer/producer out from behind the scenes. Plus, chart action for Vance Joy, Lorde & One Direction. As previously reported, Taylor Swift makes history by becoming the first woman to replace…

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