1. 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…

  2. Chart Highlights: Aretha Franklin Tops Dance Club Songs for First Time in 16 Years

    December 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST The icon's cover of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' returns her to No. 1. Plus, new leaders for Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  3. Taylor Swift's Birthday Boosts Her to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    December 19, 2014 3:24 PM EST It pays to have famous friends -- or, in Taylor Swift ’s case, friends with large online followings who will tweet about attending your 25th birthday party. An array of A-listers (like Nick Jonas , Selena Gomez , Lorde , Haim and more) did just that on the night of Dec. 13, spreading online…

  4. Mariah Carey Brings Christmas Cheer to NYC's Beacon Theater

    December 16, 2014 12:10 PM EST It's no secret that Mariah Carey is extra festive . A notorious queen of excess, the iconic singer has consistently treated Christmas as less of a holiday and more a state of mind. The signifiers (trees, snowflakes, reindeer) serve as some source of otherworldly inspiration that'…

  5. See AC/DC's Albums Ranked From Highest to Lowest Charting

    December 16, 2014 11:30 AM EST Forty-one years after AC/DC formed in Australia, the band's fifteenth studio album -- Rock Or Bust -- has debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. As one of the longest-running (not to mention most influential) hard rock bands to form in the '70s, AC/DC managed…

  6. Sony Music Strikes Digital Distribution Partnership with China's Tencent

    December 16, 2014 4:37 AM EST Chinese Internet giant Tencent and Sony Music Entertainment on Tuesday unveiled a partnership for the online distribution of music from SME's roster of artists in China.  Under the terms of the deal, music from such Sony artists as One Direction, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, Avril Lavigne…

  7. Avril Lavigne Thanks Fans for Support After Hinting at Health Issue

    December 12, 2014 5:21 PM EST After hinting at an undisclosed health issue over the weekend, Avril Lavigne has broken her subsequent silence to thank fans for their support. Avril Lavigne Suffering From Undisclosed Health Issue Lavigne opened up to a fan who direct-messaged her on Twitter asking why she hadn&…

  8. Arca, JMSN & Oh Wonder: Emerging Picks of the Week

    December 12, 2014 1:32 PM EST Warm up your winter weekend with Billboard 's latest triple offering of tracks that all debuted on this week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen and check back next week for a new set of selections. Arca – "Hips Don't Lie" An…

  9. Becky G, Paul McCartney & DJ Earworm : Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 28

    December 12, 2014 1:09 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard 's weekly video show Real-Time Rewind , which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is in the studio on Episode 28,…

  10. 'SNL' Sends Nicki Minaj Into Social 50 Top Five

    December 12, 2014 12:28 PM EST Nicki Minaj made her second appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live on Dec. 6, performing three new songs from her upcoming album The Pink Print and starring in two sketches in the episode hosted by James Franco. The resulting online buzz catapults her 27-4 on the Social 50 chart, her…

  11. Beyonce Talks Fame, Feminism, Marriage & More In Revealing New Video

    December 12, 2014 11:20 AM EST Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Beyoncé 's game-changing, surprise self-titled album, and a year later, she's treated us to another surprise. Okay, it’s not quite another Beyoncé , but this new mini-documentary is  still worth every second. In the black-and-white short…

  12. Joanna Newsom Guests On Radiohead's 'Spooks' From 'Inherent Vice' Soundtrack

    December 10, 2014 12:05 PM EST New Radiohead music you say? Well, sort of. For the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson flick Inherent Vice , Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood put a new spin on the band’s 2006 non-album track “Spooks,” with some help from the film’s star, singer-songwriter-turned-actress Joanna Newsom . Check out the…

  13. The Year on Twitter: Justin Bieber is Most Tweeted About Artist, Katy Perry is Most Followed User

    December 10, 2014 12:00 AM EST Music continues to be the most-discussed subject on Twitter in the U.S., according to data released by the social network. The most tweeted-about artist of the year is Justin Bieber , the most-tweeted about song of the year was "Happy" by Pharrell , and the most tweeted-about…

  14. VH1 Star Stephanie Moseley & Rapper Husband Earl Hayes Found Dead

    December 09, 2014 6:00 PM EST Police tell TMZ Hayes fatally shot Moseley before killing himself. Actress and dancer Stephanie Moseley was found dead alongside her husband, rapper and actor Earl Hayes , according to TMZ . Police tell TMZ that Hayes shot and killed Moseley and then turned around and killed himself…

  15. Deadmau5 Responds to Krewella Billboard Op-Ed With String of Profane Tweets

    December 09, 2014 12:18 PM EST When Krewella 's Jahan Yousaf wrote an op-ed for Billboard about sexism in the music industry and the hateful online environment -- cheekily headlined "Deadmau5 Saved Me From Going Into Porn" -- she specifically pointed to two tweets from deadmau5 that took aim at the EDM…

  16. Ed Sheeran Explains Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Face: Ariana Grande's Dirty Joke Made Him Laugh

    December 08, 2014 4:08 PM EST Ed Sheeran would like to clear something up. Taylor Swift & Ariana Grande Dress for the Occasion at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show He knows the Internet had a bit of a laugh when photos emerged from last week's taping of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, where he looked…

  17. Krewella's Jahan Yousaf Op-Ed: Deadmau5 Saved Me From Going Into Porn

    December 08, 2014 3:33 PM EST 0 Hello. My name is Jahan Yousaf. I am a singer, songwriter and DJ of currently the most hated group in the electronic dance music scene: Krewella . Krewella Responds to Kris Trindle Lawsuit When my sister Yasmine and I got sued by our former bandmate , Kris Trindl, for allegedly…

  18. Usher Uses Vagina Phone Charger, Miley Cyrus & A$AP Rocky Kick It: Art Basel's Top 5 Social Posts

    December 07, 2014 10:03 PM EST Art Basel in Miami Beach was entertainment's biggest happening this week, welcoming the likes of  Usher ,  Miley Cyrus , Kim Kardashian,  Joe Jonas ,  2 Chainz ,  Swizz Beatz , Leonardo DiCaprio and many others out for the annual the international art fair.  Joe Jonas, Usher, 2 Chainz …

  19. L.A. Film Critics Awards: Jonny Greenwood & Mica Levi Tie in Best Music Score Category

    December 07, 2014 3:07 PM EST The Los Angeles Film Critics Association is meeting to vote its annual awards Sunday morning (Dec. 7). In this century, most LAFCA best picture winners have gone on to be Oscar contenders, and all best director winners have done so. Jonny Greenwood Says Radiohead 'Fumbling' Around…

  20. Why Iggy Azalea Will Win the Best Rap Album Grammy: Op-Ed

    December 05, 2014 6:57 PM EST When it comes to rap in regards to the Grammys, the question has become not who we hope wins, but who will win. And the answer usually comes in a trembling echo of united frustration. It happened last year when Kendrick Lamar was up against Macklemore . Rap aficionados were rooting for…

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