1. The Gifts That Keep on Giving: Biggest Radio and Album Hits of the Holidays

    December 01, 2014 2:19 PM EST From Burl Ives to 'N Sync, some of the biggest hits of recent memory. They are the gifts that keep on giving for the artists that record them, the labels that release them and the radio stations and streaming services that play them. The first chart is the top 25 Christmas songs that…

  2. Why 'Interstellar's' Unorthodox Sound Mixing Could Win It an Oscar

    November 30, 2014 12:02 PM EST The Academy moved beyond recognizing primarily orchestral work when voters rewarded Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' electronic score for The Social Network four years ago. A couple of this year's choices tread even fresher ground: Hans Zimmer 's largely pipe organ–based music…

  3. John Densmore and Shepard Fairey Talk Record Store Day Black Friday Collab, Ferguson Riots & More

    November 28, 2014 3:16 PM EST “It feels a little weird. Here we are doing this interview, and our streets are filled with protesters in regards to Ferguson,” Doors drummer John Densmore says. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book Densmore and “Obey” artist…

  4. How Jimmy Iovine Made It 'A Very Special Christmas' in 1985

    November 28, 2014 10:00 AM EST Jimmy Iovine recalls the exact moment he decided to make  A Very Special Christmas . It was January 1985, the day of his father Vincent "Jimmy" Iovine's funeral. A Brooklyn longshoreman "who loved Christmas," the elder Iovine had fallen sick during the holidays and…

  5. Thanksgiving Songs: Music About Food, Giving Thanks, and the Holiday

    November 27, 2014 8:00 AM EST Songs for Thanksgiving fall into three different categories. First, there are songs recorded explicitly for the holiday. However, there are a lot fewer of these for Thanksgiving then there are for Christmas or Valentine's Day, so you have to get more creative unless you want to listen…

  6. Jim Brickman Spends a 'Winter's Night' With Kenny Rogers, Jana Kramer & More

    November 26, 2014 4:36 PM EST Christmas music has long been very important to pianist Jim Brickman . The performer has just issued On a Winter's Night, a brand-new yuletide collection, and he tells Billboard that he can't wait for fans to hear it. "I'm so thrilled," he says. "It's been…

  7. 'Source Energy and Universal Truths': Exploring The New Music of Jaden & Willow Smith

    November 26, 2014 3:55 PM EST The world focused on an outlandish interview, but what about the music the interview was promoting? It's been a little over a week, and yet, I still can’t get over this . Jaden and Willow Smith 's joint exclusive with the New York Times ' T Magazine is difficult to wrap one…

  8. Darius Rucker's First Christmas Album a Mix of Crooner & Modern

    November 25, 2014 5:31 PM EST Home for the Holidays is the first holiday album from Capitol Nashville recording artist Darius Rucker . The Grand Ole Opry member tells Billboard it was something he had been considering for awhile. "The label has been asking for the last four or five years if I was going to do a…

  9. Why Bryan Ferry Decided to Cover Broadway Classic 'Send in the Clowns' on His New Solo Album, 'Avonmore'

    November 24, 2014 5:01 PM EST Whether fronting Roxy Music or manning the stage on his own, Bryan Ferry has epitomized artful elegance for more than four decades. Avonmore (out Nov. 15 on BMG) is the 69-year-old English singer-songwriter's 15th solo effort, and as fans have come to expect, it's lush, soulful…

  10. 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…

  11. Disney Musical 'Into the Woods' Swoops Into Awards Season -- How Far Can It Go?

    November 23, 2014 12:20 PM EST And then there was just one unseen Oscar contender. Unbroken . On Saturday evening (Nov. 22), Disney unveiled the second-to-last of the major Oscar hopefuls that had not yet been been seen by pundits, Rob Marshall 's Into the Woods , at simultaneous screenings on both coasts,…

  12. What's The Most Common Hot 100 Song Title? (Updated)

    November 21, 2014 10:55 AM EST Last year, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Hot 100 with the latest entry titled 'Hold On.' Is that still the most common song title in the chart's more than five-decade history? Hold on a second. Or third. Or fourth ... In March 2013, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Billboard…

  13. 10 Things We Learned From One Direction's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Visit

    November 21, 2014 8:26 AM EST One Direction visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! to celebrate the release of their aptly titled fourth album, Four , on Thursday. Let's dive straight into the lengthy interview (videos down below) and everything we learned about the world's favorite boy band: -- Liam is most likely to…

  14. Christopher Nolan Breaks Silence on 'Interstellar' Sound

    November 16, 2014 12:28 PM EST The director says the movie's "adventurous and creative" sound is "the right approach for this experiential film." “I’ve always loved films that approach sound in an impressionistic way and that is an unusual approach for a mainstream blockbuster, but I feel it'…

  15. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Doobie Brothers Earn Highest Charting Album Since 1980

    November 14, 2014 10:05 PM EST Also debuting: Ellen DeGeneres’ new holiday compilation On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 held firm at No. 1 , selling 402,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Only two new albums started in the top 10: Bette Midler’s It’s the…

  16. Hollywood Film Awards: Winners List

    November 14, 2014 8:46 PM EST Robert Duvall and Keira Knightley are early winners Friday's  Hollywood Film Awards  saw  David  Fincher 's  Gone Girl  take home the top prize. Accepting the award, star  Ben Affleck  thanked his director for keeping the shoot cold during a controversial scene in which you (…

  17. Marcus Mumford, Jim James, Elvis Costello & More Bring Bob Dylan's Lost Lyrics to Life in Concert

    November 14, 2014 12:40 PM EST Sorry, Bob Dylan fans. It appears performances in support of Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes  (the T Bone Burnett-produced collection of new music for abandoned Dylan lyrics) will be limited to a lone exhilarating concert. On Thursday night at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood,…

  18. Gwen Stefani's 'L.A.M.B' 10-Year Anniversary: Look Back at the Hollaback Girl's Best Moments

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  19. Juan Luis Guerra on New Sounds, New Album & Eternal Inspiration of Wife Nora

    November 12, 2014 6:58 PM EST 'Todo Tiene Su Hora' is out this week. Once upon a time, Juan Luis Guerra was a maverick star from the Dominican Republic who took bachata -- the most popular of rhythms from his home country -- and made it international. Thirty years later, bachata dominates the Billboard charts…

  20. Mark Cline Bates Brings His West Virginia Roots to New Album

    November 12, 2014 4:40 PM EST When describing his hometown, Mark Cline Bates can't help but light up with a heavy dose of Putnam County pride. "I was raised in a little town called Hurricane, West Virginia, which until they put the Walmart in was a one-stoplight town. The town was full of very friendly people.…

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