1. 15 Best Albums of 2013: Critics' Picks

    December 19, 2013 1:41 PM EST From ultra-ambitious musical comebacks to hype-surviving debuts to a certain unexpected album released right before the end-of-year buzzer sounded, 2013 contained a beautifully diverse array of full-length statements. After many, many repeated listens, the Billboard staff voted…

  2. Zac Brown Band, Dave Grohl Rock Country Albums Chart

    December 19, 2013 12:30 PM EST Zac Brown Band snares the Hot Shot Debut at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with "The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1," a four-song EP produced by Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. The set bows with 27,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen…

  3. Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley Gets Hitched

    December 18, 2013 6:01 AM EST Brian Kelley of the country duo Florida Georgia Line capped off a year full of awards and broken records by marrying his girlfriend Brittney Marie Cole at an intimate ceremony in Nashville. The wedding on Monday was first reported by People magazine. The band's publicist said the…

  4. Restless Heart Celebrates First 'Christmas,' Preps New Studio Album for 2014

    December 17, 2013 6:30 PM EST Restless Heart have been celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, and the veteran group recently crossed off an item on their career bucket list, by releasing their first-ever Christmas album, "A Restless Heart Christmas."  "It's been a long time coming," lead…

  5. Leona Lewis Sets U.K. Chart Record

    December 17, 2013 12:50 AM EST Christmas has come early for Leona Lewis. The pop singer has set a new chart record by becoming the first British female solo artist to score eight U.K. top 5 singles. The pop artist’s latest single “One More Sleep” (Syco Music) opened at No. 3 on the latest Official U.K. Singles Chart,…

  6. Beyonce's Surprise Album: 20 Tweets From Mind-Blown Musicians

    December 13, 2013 2:05 PM EST Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Diplo & Bey's baby sis Solange all expressed their shock after the release of "Beyonce." Beyonce's fifth album release took everyone by surprise, including the unsuspecting Twittersphere at large. When "Beyonce" arrived fully…

  7. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2013: Justin Timberlake, Drake & Macklemore Claim The Charts

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Blue-eyed soul and hip-hop. New R&B breakthroughs. Rap icons still holding it down. Those are just a few of the key takeaways from 2013 in R&B and hip-hop. Monitoring all this activity to draw a more detailed picture: a host of new R&B and rap charts. Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip…

  8. Billboard Women In Music Red Carpet: Watch Janelle Monae, Tegan & Sara and More

    December 11, 2013 2:21 PM EST Watch what happened when Billboard caught up with P!nk, Janelle Monae, Tegan & Sara, Debbie Harry, Christina Perri, Kimberly Perry and Bravo host Andy Cohen at our annual Women in Music event on Tuesday in New York City. The star-studded luncheon and awards, which honored Woman of the…

  9. Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall Dead at 83

    December 10, 2013 7:51 PM EST Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died early Tuesday at age 83, his wife said. Hall died in his sleep after a short illness…

  10. 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…

  11. Grammys 2014: R&B and Rap Nominations Feature Genre Mainstays and Left-Field Surprises

    December 07, 2013 11:22 AM EST An overview of the Grammy nominees in R&B and rap reveals several left-field surprises and snubs alongside such genre mainstays as Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton and John Legend, plus Jay Z (who leads all nominees with nine nods), Drake, Kanye West and Eminem. One of…

  12. Grammy Nominations 2014: 10 Big Surprises

    December 06, 2013 11:31 PM EST From Sara Bareilles to Ariel Rechtshaid, see which artists offered the biggest shocks. This year's Grammy nominations -- unveiled live Friday night (Dec. 6) during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown To Music's Biggest night" show in Los Angeles --…

  13. 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…

  14. Trace Adkins Brings His Christmas Show to Chicago: Live Review

    December 06, 2013 12:20 PM EST For close to two decades, Trace Adkins has been one of country music's most entertaining artists – both from a recording and a live standpoint. However, we at The 615 have always felt Adkins to be much more than just the man behind such high octane radio hits as "Honky Tonk…

  15. Bubbling Under: Cole Plante Grows On Dance Club Songs

    December 06, 2013 10:00 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Cole Plante, Elizabeth Chan, 2 Pistols and Katherine Alexander   COLE PLANTE 17-year-old DJ/producer Cole Plante jumps into the Dance Club…

  16. Billboard's Holiday Songs & Albums Charts Return

    December 05, 2013 10:10 AM EST 'Tis the season for Billboard to rank the 100 hottest holiday songs and the 50 best-selling Yuletide albums each week It's already looking a lot like Christmas on Billboard.com and Billboardbiz, as the Holiday 100 and Holiday Albums charts return, while a new seasonal ranking,…

  17. Phil Collins Says He's Writing Songs Again

    December 05, 2013 4:40 AM EST Phil Collins, the former Genesis drummer whose earnest ballads made him a star in the 1980s, is penning songs again. Although he dreads the idea of extended touring because it would take him away from his five children, Collins says he has missed the creativity of music since he retired in…

  18. Grammy Predictions 2014: Who Will Land The Major Nominations?

    December 04, 2013 7:00 PM EST Expect big nights for JT, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde. But who else is striding into the major categories? On Friday night (Dec. 6), the nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards will be unveiled during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's…

  19. Joe Jonas' New York Magazine Confessional: Demi Lovato, Zendaya Coleman Respond

    December 04, 2013 4:42 AM EST This week, Joe Jonas opened up about sex, drugs and Disney Channel's definition of rock 'n' roll, and while he does explain the recent breakup of the Jonas Brothers and what kind of solo career he hopes to pursue next, he also repeatedly bashes the network on which the trio…

  20. Chart Highlights: Imagine Dragons, Eminem, Rihanna, Ricky Martin Score New No. 1s

    December 02, 2013 5:45 PM EST Also taking over Billboard charts: Martin Garrix, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Passenger, Joe Nichols and more. Plus, the Holiday Airplay chart returns Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

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