1. Throwback Thursday: Remember Taylor Swift's 2007 Christmas Album?

    December 25, 2014 8:20 AM EST Here's a fun fact for the non- Taylor Swift  superfans out there: In 2007, fresh off her success with her 2006 debut country album Taylor Swift , Swift released a six-song Christmas album exclusively through Target. (It was later re-released wide in Dec. 2008.) In honor of Christmas…

  2. Top 20 Christmas Rap Songs

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST No one has the type of holiday spirit as a rapper. From Kanye West to Run-D.M.C. , they're spins on Christmas classics or originals range from the hilarious, weird to serious, but all stay true to themselves. Busta Rhymes -- whose Jim Carrey-featured "Grinch" song merely…

  3. Fans on Taylor Swift's 'Swiftmas': 'No One in the Music Industry Has as Big a Heart as She Does'

    December 24, 2014 3:20 PM EST Move over, Oprah . Taylor Swift is the new ultimate gift-giver.  This holiday season, the 25-year-old pop star has been sending huge packages of early Christmas presents to fans. Since mid-November, 32 lucky Tumblr followers of Swift have received FedEx boxes in the mail from the starlet.…

  4. Taylor Swift Tops Hot 100 for Sixth Week

    December 24, 2014 2:15 PM EST Swift continues her longest career command with 'Blank Space.' Plus, Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk!' crowns Digital Songs. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, extending her longest stay at No. 1 of her three career…

  5. From Okra Soup to Fried Seafood: Darius Rucker, Chase Bryant and Many More Country Stars Talk Favorite Holiday Dishes

    December 24, 2014 12:19 PM EST When it comes to celebrating the holidays country style, good food is a major part of the equation. From fried turkey to the perfect sugar cookie, every household has its Christmas traditions and certain dishes that are essential to the celebration. Billboard asked country artists to share…

  6. Pentatonix's 'That's Christmas To Me' Surpasses 1 Million in Sales

    December 24, 2014 11:25 AM EST Pentatonix gets an early Christmas gift, as their album That’s Christmas To Me surpassed 1 million in total sales in the week ending Dec. 21. With another 203,000 sold, its cumulative total now stands at 1.02 million. That's Christmas To Me (released through RCA Records) is just the…

  7. Taylor Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Nicki Minaj Debuts at No. 2

    December 24, 2014 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift makes an expected return to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, as her 1989 album hops up one rung, bringing its total (nonconsecutive) weeks atop the list to six. The set shifted 375,000 equivalent units in the week ending Dec. 21 (up 16 percent), according to Nielsen Music. …

  8. 'American Idol' Alums Casey Abrams, Taylor Hicks, More Remember Joe Cocker

    December 23, 2014 6:38 PM EST "To make a hit that was already a hit ... an even bigger hit, that's hard to do," said Phillip Phillips of the late singer. When Casey Abrams competed on the tenth season of American Idol , he was asked to perform music inspired by their own musical idols. Abrams didn’t even…

  9. Rdio CEO Anthony Bay Talks Taylor Swift, Global Expansion and the Battle for 'Listening Market Share'

    December 23, 2014 5:14 PM EST Founded by Skype co-creator Janus Friis and launched in August 2010, Rdio was one of the first wave of music streaming services. Today it operates in 60 countries, including the U.S, United Kingdom, France, Brazil and Australia, offers a catalog of 30 million songs and provides customers…

  10. Stars From Meghan Trainor to Sam Smith Reveal Their Worst Holiday Gifts

    December 23, 2014 5:00 PM EST Sometimes, it doesn't matter if you're naughty or nice -- Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, and others recall their visits from Bad Santa. "My dad got me a build-your-own tank when I was 11. I don't think he knew I was gay at that point. I got really upset." -- Sam…

  11. 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith and More Pick Their Favorite Singles and Albums of 2014

    December 23, 2014 1:08 PM EST In December, all the critics are quick to tell you their favorite albums and songs of the year, but what about the musicians? Does anybody ask them about the year in music? Billboard checked in with a wide-ranging group of artists -- including Charli XCX , the rapper YG , and 5 Seconds of…

  12. Touring in 2014: Stadium Shows Dominate, Garth Returns, Springsteen's Epic Run and More

    December 23, 2014 11:12 AM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  13. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  14. Pop Shop Podcast: Year-End Extravaganza & Madonna Interview Recap!

    December 23, 2014 9:00 AM EST Listen to a special Best of 2014 episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical…

  15. Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 Now Incorporates Spotify Listening

    December 23, 2014 8:35 AM EST Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 chart now officially incorporates data from Spotify, which launched in the country last Sept . Nielsen began tracking the data in October, which also takes into account physical and download track and singles sales, radio airplay and other sources of on…

  16. Exclusive: New Company Looks to Improve Digital Sales' Bottom Line By Lowering Credit Card Fees

    December 23, 2014 8:00 AM EST A system designed in the '70s isn't helping an ailing digital music sales industry. Digital commerce has presented the music business with two key problems: First, credit card fees hamper direct-to-fan sales, and second, large online retailers like iTunes don't give sellers…

  17. The Making of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah': A Q&A With Engineer Russell Elevado

    December 22, 2014 4:52 PM EST For D'Angelo fans, Christmas came early last week: The singer unexpectedly released Black Messiah , his first full-length since 2000. One of the many things that sets the album apart is its sound: dense and deep, full of intricate details, somehow welcoming and warm and vicious all at…

  18. The Year in Emerging Artists: Hozier, Bobby Shmurda and K Camp Lead the Class of 2014

    December 22, 2014 4:00 PM EST The first year of the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart has come to a wrap, and it proved to be an eventful 2014. Across genres as diverse as pop, hip-hop and country, many emerging artists crossed into mainstream notability and racked up honors including top 10 singles on the…

  19. Coachella 2015 Wish List: 20 Possible Performers at Next Year's Festival

    December 22, 2014 3:40 PM EST Could U2, Robyn, Run The Jewels and Frank Ocean all be headed to Indio? Check out our 2015 Coachella predictions. 2015 is only a few days away, and one of the more exciting musical occasions coming in the first month of the calendar year is the annual unveiling of the Coachella Valley Music…

  20. Joe Cocker Remembered by Ringo Starr, Randy Newman & More Musicians

    December 22, 2014 2:14 PM EST Legendary rock singer Joe Cocker died Monday (Dec. 22) at age 70 after his battle with lung cancer, and his loss is being felt across the music world. Joe Cocker Dies at 70 Randy Newman , who wrote Cocker's hit song "You Can Keep Your Hat On," told Billboard : "He was…

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