1. Train Artist Jukebox Video: The Band Talks Favorite Songs of 2013

    December 19, 2013 3:10 PM EST For the three musicians of multiplatinum band Train, 2013 has been a year on the road bringing their music to fans around the globe -- and prepping new music. The trio recently sat down with Billboard.com editor M. Tye Comer ( @MTye ) to talk about their world tour in support of 2012's…

  2. N.W.A Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Film Signs Writer

    December 18, 2013 8:19 PM EST The Ice Cube-produced flick will be written by Jonathan Herman. Universal Pictures is moving forward with an N.W.A. biopic, "Straight Outta Compton," and has tapped Jonathan Herman to pen the latest draft. Sources say the studio is in the process of picking up the title in…

  3. Pentatonix Q&A: A Cappella Is 'Coming To The Forefront'

    December 17, 2013 2:15 PM EST The quintet discusses its increased touring plans, the future of a cappella and its new Billboard No. 1 'Little Drummer Boy' As previously reported , a cappella quintet Pentatonix perches atop Billboard's Holiday 100 songs chart like a star atop a Christmas tree with its…

  4. Lorde Announces North American Tour Dates

    December 16, 2013 1:03 PM EST Fresh off of a nine-week run atop the Hot 100 chart and four Grammy nominations, Lorde will set forth on a North American headlining tour beginning in March 2014. The 16-date run will include back-to-back shows at New York's Roseland Ballroom (which Lady Gaga is closing out in April) and…

  5. Pentatonix Marches Onto Hot 100 With 'Little Drummer Boy'

    December 13, 2013 1:35 PM EST Thanks to strong streaming and sales, the song debuts at No. 13, instantly ranking as one of the highest-charting holiday hits of all-time. It also tops the Holiday 100 A new version of a holiday favorite by a cappella quintet Pentatonix quickly beats a path up multiple Billboard charts.…

  6. Kelly Clarkson to Perform on 'Nashville'

    December 12, 2013 9:49 PM EST The former 'American Idol' will perform "Fade Into You" on an upcoming episode of the ABC drama. Kelly Clarkson will continue her recent love affair with the genre of country by playing herself on the TV show "Nashville." The pop star is slated to appear on the…

  7. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big At American Country Awards

    December 11, 2013 1:51 AM EST The fans of country music love Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line and they proved it again Tuesday during the American Country Awards. Bryan was named artist of the year and Florida Georgia Line was the top winner, with six trophies, including new artist and single of the year for the "…

  8. Parmalee Tops Country Airplay Chart With 'Carolina'

    December 10, 2013 1:35 PM EST The group is the first multi-member act since Florida Georgia Line to tally a first No. 1 Parmalee achieves its first leader on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay radio chart, as "Carolina" climbs 3-1. The band far outshines the peak rank of its lone prior entry, …

  9. Chart Highlights: Rihanna Breaks Record For Most Pop Songs No. 1s

    December 09, 2013 6:05 PM EST Eminem's 'The Monster,' on which she's featured, becomes her 11th leader, pushing her past Katy Perry (10) for the list's top total. Plus, new No. 1s for Icona Pop, Parmalee, tobyMac and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  10. Susan Boyle Says Asperger's Diagnosis Was A Relief

    December 08, 2013 11:49 AM EST 'Asperger's doesn't define me.' Singer Susan Boyle says she has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism — and feels relief at finally having the right label for her condition. Boyle told the Observer newspaper that she saw a specialist a year ago,…

  11. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  12. Nelson Mandela's Death: Artists React on Twitter

    December 05, 2013 6:16 PM EST On Thursday, Dec. 5, iconic civil rights leader Nelson Mandela died at age 95 in his Johannesburg home. "He is now resting. He is now at peace," said South African President Jacob Zuma as he announced Mandela's passing. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people…

  13. Toni Braxton, Babyface Top Adult R&B Chart

    December 03, 2013 1:05 PM EST The pair's duet 'Hurt You' marks the stars' first No. 1 on the tally since 2000 and 1997, respectively Format stars Toni Braxton and Babyface each end lengthy absences from the top of Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Adult R&B radio airplay chart, as their duet "…

  14. Prince to Headline Essence Festival 2014

    December 03, 2013 9:53 AM EST Prince has been tapped to headline the 20th anniversary Essence Festival , scheduled to rock New Orleans over the Fourth of July weekend. Booking the "Purple Rain" icon for milestone events has become something of a tradition for Essence, which featured the artist at its 10th…

  15. Bob Dylan Charged in France Over Racial Comments

    December 03, 2013 9:27 AM EST Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has been charged in France with incitement to racial hatred following comments he made to French Rolling Stone that compared Croats to Nazis and slave owners. Dylan was questioned and charged last month following a lawsuit filed by interest group the…

  16. Hall & Oates Plan New Music, Talk Rock Hall Nomination and Legacy

    November 29, 2013 11:30 AM EST Almost 10 years since charting their last single, and a month after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominated the group for the first time, Daryl Hall and John Oates plan to record again.   "Never say never," Oates told Billboard in a recent phone interview from his Colorado home. …

  17. Parmalee Overcomes Near-Fatal Shooting With a 'Carolina' Climb to the Top

    November 28, 2013 12:00 PM EST Few bands have had a longer, rockier road to success than Parmalee. Shortly before signing with Stoney Creek Records after 10 years on the road, the band's drummer, Scott Thomas, nearly died when he was shot during a robbery. After he recovered, the group's debut single languished,…

  18. 'Voice' Winner Danielle Bradbery Talks Debut

    November 27, 2013 11:15 AM EST She won season four of "The Voice" in June and this week releases her debut album on Big Machine Records. Yep, Danielle Bradbery has plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. "The whole experience with 'The Voice' gave a jump start to everything that is going on…

  19. Chart Highlights: Colbie Caillat Returns With 'Hold On'; Volbeat Victorious At Rock

    November 25, 2013 7:30 PM EST The singer/songwriter debuts on Adult Pop Songs with the first single from her next album 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 refreshed on…

  20. Outlaw Country Singer Killed in Bar Shooting

    November 25, 2013 6:05 PM EST Nashville police say Wayne Mills got into an argument with a bar owner over smoking; Earlier, the singer had been at the George Jones tribute concert A downtown bar owner told Nashville police he fatally shot a country music singer in self-defense after the two got into an argument over the…

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