1. Beyonce Is the Most Grammy-Nominated Woman Ever

    December 05, 2014 11:38 AM EST UPDATE: Beyonce actually passed Dolly Parton as the most-nominated woman in Grammy history last year, not today; we neglected to count her credit as a producer on the Dreamgirls soundtrack. This means she has now passed producer David Foster and is the sixth most-nominated artist…

  2. Grammys Nominate 'Darkchild Version' of Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me': Here's the Difference

    December 05, 2014 9:13 AM EST If you woke up early on Friday to catch Pharrell and Ed Sheeran announce the first four categories of the 57th annual Grammys , you might've furrowed your brows when they announced the Record of the Year nominations. Sam Smith 's "Stay With Me" got a deserving nod…

  3. Billboard Women of the Year Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Ways Taylor Swift Writes Her Own Rules

    December 04, 2014 7:00 PM EST Billboard releases its annual Women in Music issue Friday, and for the second time, Taylor Swift is on the cover as Billboard's Woman of the Year. It's safe to say that's a title she's earned, considering she recently scored the best first-week sales for an album since…

  4. CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary at NYC's Joe's Pub

    December 04, 2014 3:33 PM EST In recent years, the men and women who play a behind-the-scenes role in making pop music have been getting more attention. The most prominent example is probably the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom -- which documented the contributions made by backup singers in classic rock -- but the…

  5. 'Terminator Genisys' Trailer Features Indie Cover of Classic Rock Gem

    December 04, 2014 3:24 PM EST Whether you're ecstatic or skeptical at the prospect of a fifth Terminator film, you gotta admit the just-dropped trailer for Terminator Genisys looks pretty damn awesome (it almost makes up for the atrocious name). Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to the role that made him famous, Lee…

  6. 'South Park' Pits Lorde/Randy Against Iggy Azalea, Michael Jackson Hologram

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Earlier this season,  South Park revealed that teenage pop star Lorde is actually middle-aged father Randy Marsh -- and not long after, they  eviscerated Spin's  embarrassing coverage of that episode as part of another Lorde plotline. On Wednesday night, the Comedy Central stalwart…

  7. James Bond Wish List: 5 Artists Who Should Sing 'Spectre' Title Song

    December 04, 2014 10:20 AM EST Like diamonds, James Bond may as well be forever. Skyfall director Sam Mendes revealed the title of the 24th canonical installment in the Bond franchise is titled Spectre and will come out in fall 2015. For the fourth time, Daniel Craig -- the sixth actor to portray Bond on the big screen …

  8. Ian McLagan of Small Faces and the Faces Dead at 69

    December 03, 2014 8:43 PM EST Ian McLagan, the electrifying pianist and songwriter of Small Faces and the Faces who became a rock 'n' roll journeyman with stints backing Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones and others, died Dec. 3 in Austin, Texas, due to complications from a stroke suffered a day earlier. He was…

  9. Kesha's Mom Suing Dr. Luke for PTSD

    December 03, 2014 5:55 PM EST A new lawsuit has emerged in the messy legal fray surrounding Kesha and Dr. Luke. Kesha's mother, Pebe Sebert, is now countersuing Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, accusing him of mentally tormenting her by allegedly date raping her daughter, according to  TMZ . The lawsuit…

  10. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Frank Ocean, Gwen, St. Vincent, Tinashe, A$AP Ferg & More

    December 03, 2014 5:23 PM EST Even if most of this year's major albums are behind us, the last week saw an inordinate amount of great new releases. We got the first new Frank Ocean song in absolutely forever, an incredible Tinashe track with a DJ Mustard beat and a hilarious A$AP Ferg / Big Sean collaboration…

  11. Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Breaks YouTube Video Counter

    December 03, 2014 4:07 PM EST When people say something broke the Internet, they're usually exaggerating. But when we say viral K-pop star Psy broke (at least part of) the Internet on Monday, we're being quite literal. According to YouTube, "Gangnam Style" has now been viewed so many times -- more…

  12. How Well Do You Know 2014's Biggest Hits? Take Billboard's Hot 100 Quiz

    December 03, 2014 3:15 PM EST As 2014 comes to a close, we're looking back on the singles, albums and artists who made a huge impact on the Billboard Hot 100 this year (and a few who didn't fare so well). How well do you think you know the hit music of 2014? Take our Hot 100 quiz below and find out. News Joe…

  13. HBO Picks Up Mick Jagger-Produced Rock Drama

    December 02, 2014 3:19 PM EST The 1970s-set series, from 'Boardwalk Empire' duo Martin Scorsese & Terence Winter, has been in development since 2011. HBO has picked up to series a rock 'n' roll drama from Boardwalk Empire 's Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter. The show is also exec produced…

  14. Billboard Year-End Awards: Best Hater Handler, Indie-est Album, Best Career Save & More

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Grammys , AMAs , CMAs, Oscars -- none of them are as important as the year-end awards you're about to witness. From Best Hater Handler to Most Ironic Arrest to Most Memorable Use of Cheesy '80s Guitar in a 2014 Movie, these are awards that actually mean something. Chosen by peers…

  15. Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dies at 70

    December 02, 2014 2:28 PM EST Bobby Keys , the Texas-born tenor saxophonist whose bold and bluesy sound made him the single most vital auxiliary member of the Rolling Stones from the 1970s forward, died Dec. 2 at his home in Franklin, Tenn. He was 70. His family confirmed the death on Facebook without giving a cause. He…

  16. Madonna Bests Paul McCartney As World's Richest Recording Artist

    December 02, 2014 1:43 PM EST Madonna tops a new list of the world's wealthiest recording artists, besting fellow 1 percenters Paul McCartney and Dr. Dre . According to Wealth-X's net worth valuation of the pop queen, Madge is worth a staggering $800 million. That's significantly less than the one billion…

  17. Publishing Briefs: Dan the Automator Signs With Atlas Music Group, RightsFlow Enters 3D Printing Biz, Riptide Expands

    December 02, 2014 11:57 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- The Atlas Music Group has signed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to a worldwide publishing deal, which will include his entire catalog (except for collaborations with Dr. Octagon ), as…

  18. Bruce Springsteen & Chris Martin Will Front U2 for World AIDS Day Concert

    December 01, 2014 4:09 PM EST With Bono still recovering from a nasty bike accident he suffered in Central Park , two rock titans are fronting U2 during his absence at Monday night's (Dec. 1) World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square. Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin (whose band owes more…

  19. Holiday 'Gif' Guide: 44 Gifts for Music Lovers

    December 01, 2014 3:30 PM EST Happy holidays! Can't figure out what to buy as gifts for the music lovers in your lives? Check out our handy guide below for some helpful tips! Apparel From head to toe (and hats to socks), clothes seem like a necessity for holiday gift-giving. But why not throw some pop in your…

  20. NSFW: Madonna Flaunts Nipples in 'Interview' Magazine

    December 01, 2014 3:29 PM EST Get Into the Boob. Taylor Swift recently told Time magazine that one of the most horrifying things she can imagine is a future grandchild finding a photo of a younger Swift and asking, "Grandma, is that your nipple?" That's clearly never been a concern for Madonna .…

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