1. Justin Bieber Is No Longer the Most Followed Person on Instagram

    December 19, 2014 9:44 AM EST Yesterday, Instagram deleted fake accounts from their site, which meant a huge decrease in followers for some -- particularly celebrities. As a result of that new policy, Justin Bieber is no longer the King of Instagram. The new most-followed person on Instagram is... Kim Kardsashian West. …

  2. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  3. XXL Magazine to Print Quarterly Issues

    December 18, 2014 1:34 PM EST Townsquare Media has signaled that XXL Magazine , which it acquired earlier this year , will now publish print editions on a quarterly basis. Following its just-released winter issue, with Kendrick Lamar on the cover, the hip-hop magazine will return in March, followed by its annual…

  4. Metallica to Rock the Ice for 'Night of Hockey Mayhem'

    December 18, 2014 1:36 AM EST Metallica is bringing its heavy brand of rock to the ice. The Hall of Famers have declared Jan. 21 as “Metallica Night,” on what will otherwise be a contest between the hometown San Jose Sharks and their NHL rivals the LA Kings.  In a post on the metal band’s Website , the rockers are…

  5. Carole King Musical 'Beautiful' Announces Nationwide Casting Calls

    December 17, 2014 8:44 PM EST If you think you can sing "It's Too Late" and "So Far Away" like Carole King , some Broadway producers would like to hear from you. Carole King Bio-Musical 'Beautiful' a Bona Fide Broadway Hit Nationwide open casting calls were announced Wednesday to find…

  6. Mariah Carey Tops Holiday 100 Songs Chart With 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'

    December 17, 2014 4:56 PM EST Carey returns to familiar vaunted territory with her 1994 seasonal classic. Mariah Carey jingles all the way back to No. 1 on Billboard 's Holiday 100 songs chart with her modern classic carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which rises 2-1. (Like the Billboard…

  7. Michael Jackson Estate Renews with BMI

    December 17, 2014 2:10 PM EST Michael Jackson 's estate has renewed its long-standing partnership with BMI for representation of the late pop icon's catalog, the performing rights organization announced on Wednesday. The pact, which dates back over 38 years, covers the public performances of Jackson's…

  8. Exclusive Premiere: Amy Speace Channels the Classics in 'Nothing Good Can Come From This'

    December 17, 2014 1:10 PM EST There's a romantic notion in people's minds of the songwriter as someone who gets struck suddenly by creative lighnting and boom : a song comes spilling out, fully formed and perfectly conceived from the get-go. It may happen like that occasionally, but songwriting is often hard…

  9. Toronto Rapper Arrested for Human Trafficking

    December 16, 2014 7:12 PM EST Toronto rapper Derek Bissue, known as Derek Wise, was arrested last week on charges of human trafficking.  The 22-year-old Mississauga native was taken into police custody following allegations from a 21-year-old woman that she was assaulted, forced into the sex trade, taken to various…

  10. The Top 5 Broadway Cast Albums of 2014

    December 16, 2014 3:39 PM EST The original Broadway cast recording of Wicked continues to fly high on the charts, as the album -- released in 2003 -- finishes 2014 as the No. 1 cast album of the year. The album leads the 15-position-deep Cast Albums recap, which features such familiar shows as Jersey Boys, The Phantom…

  11. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  12. Watch 'Nashville' Stars Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio Sing "Beauty and the Beast"

    December 15, 2014 11:49 PM EST Playing aspiring singer-songwriters-turned-lovers-turned-friends, Nashville's Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio regularly perform together on ABC's hit musical drama. So when it came time to find a male and female lead to sing "Beauty and the Beast" for a behind-the-scenes…

  13. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. 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…

  14. Sony Leak: Kanye West to Reenact Tom Hanks' 'Big' Piano Dance In Seth Rogen Movie

    December 15, 2014 10:30 AM EST The leaks from the Sony hack keep coming. The latest, from The Daily Beast , reveals that Kanye West 's representatives approached Sony about doing a feature-length film with West. "I supervise all of Kanye’s film and media projects, and we have a major film project coming up…

  15. BSBB Finals: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, 'Drunk In Love' vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, 'Latch'

    December 14, 2014 11:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith ERNEST BAKER: “Latch" is a hot song. "Drunk In Love" is a definitive moment in pop culture history. It's the most honest, personal look at…

  16. BSBB Round 3: Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy" vs. Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX Love Never Felt So Good Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake CAITLIN WHITE: It speaks to how cheesy the posthumous Michael Jackson song was that I'm going to argue for "Fancy"…

  17. BSBB Round 2: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, "Drunk In Love" vs. Soko, "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow Soko MEGAN BUERGER: Three reasons "Drunk In Love" scoops this round: 1.The video, which has 230 million views on YouTube, somehow pairs a honeymoon home…

  18. BSBB Round 1: Pharrell Williams, "Happy" vs. Bastille, "Pompeii"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Happy Pharrell Williams Pompeii Bastille KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: I’d probably like “Happy” better if it wasn’t played literally everywhere in 2014. Now “Happy” is like that disgustingly gleeful friend you resent because they…

  19. The Clash's 'London Calling' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    December 13, 2014 2:30 PM EST Any punk band worth its leather and studs can do dystopian, apocalyptic angst. The world is always ending, and after garbage men and plumbers, angry young guitar players have some of the best job security around. The trick is to rage in your own unique way. On the opening title track of its…

  20. See Photos From Taylor Swift's Star-Studded 25th Birthday Party

    December 13, 2014 12:33 PM EST Taylor Swift said she received an “amazing early birthday present” after being named Billboard’s 2014 Woman of the Year on Friday (Dec. 12). Later that night, the “Shake It Off” singer celebrated her 25th birthday in style with a few of her superstar pals. Happy Birthday, Taylor…

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