1. Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder to Team Up at Grammy Awards

    January 05, 2014 8:28 PM EST The electronic duo will also pair with Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams and "Random Access Memories" session musicians Continuing the awards show's precedent of intriguing mashups in addition to showcasing some of the top songs of the year, the Grammys will feature Daft…

  2. Jennifer Hudson Gifts Assistant New House in Video

    January 03, 2014 7:53 PM EST Jennifer Hudson has gone viral, thanks to a generous holiday gift. The singer-actress and American Idol alum posted a video to her Instagram account that captured the response of her assistant, Walter Williams, upon receiving the present -- a new home. After reading the front page of what…

  3. Miley Cyrus' 'Adore You' Video Sends Her to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    January 03, 2014 11:00 AM EST The move knocks Justin Bieber out of the top spot, while Rihanna shoots to No. 3 The release of Miley Cyrus' "Adore You" music video spurs the singer back to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 chart -- which ranks the most social artists of the week.   The Social 50 chart…

  4. Alicia Keys Ends One-Year BlackBerry Deal: Inside The Troubled Partnership

    January 02, 2014 5:56 PM EST When Alicia Keys was first named global creative director at BlackBerry on January 30, much derision was made at her expense for tweeting from an iPhone just days before the announcement - and maybe even once again a few days after, in an apparent hack scandal .   But Thursday (Jan. 2)’s…

  5. CODE Resolution 2014 Playlist: 21 Workout Cuts from Flux Pavilion, Martin Garrix and More

    January 02, 2014 3:02 PM EST It’s a new year once again. Champagne hangovers and seasonally boosted sugar addictions are in full effect and all any of us want to do is to stick to our resolutions! Since so many of us fill our gym playlists with EDM tracks, we thought who better to ask for playlist suggestions than the…

  6. Travie McCoy Enlists Pharrell, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, DJ Slink for Upcoming Solo Album

    January 02, 2014 12:21 PM EST Travie McCoy says fans will hear "a lot of growth" on his second solo album, which the Gym Class Heroes frontman plans to release in 2014.  "Anyone knows from the past, from Gym Class Heroes or (2010's) 'Lazarus,' that I've always given zero F about catering…

  7. One Last Look Back at Country Music in 2013

    January 02, 2014 10:05 AM EST Before we put 2013 in the back of the closet, we at The 615 thought it would be a great idea to look back at ten things that we won't forget about the country music industry in 2013... and maybe a sneak peek into the crystal ball. TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Arguably the format…

  8. New Year's Rockin' Eve Preview: Big Hits, Billy Joel and 'a Lot of Selfies'

    December 31, 2013 8:00 AM EST The day after Christmas, Barry Adelman leaves Los Angeles for New York's Times Square, where he is finalizing the production of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014.” This year's show will feature performances from Blondie, Icona Pop and Macklemore &…

  9. Rick Ross Allowed to Keep Stage Name Under First Amendment

    December 30, 2013 8:33 PM EST The rapper was challenged in court by drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross With a First Amendment bullet, hip-hop superstar Rick Ross has shot down a lawsuit from a former drug kingpin who ruled Los Angeles during the 1980s. That drug kingpin was "Freeway" Ricky Ross, who…

  10. Will.i.am Says He Never Signed On for New Year's Eve Concert in Brazil

    December 30, 2013 3:38 PM EST Despite published reports that will.i.am canceled an appearance at a New Year's Eve show in Rio de Janeiro, the singer never agreed to be part of the festivities, according to a spokesperson for the entertainer. Several reports have indicated that the Black Eyed Peas singer canceled his…

  11. Suspect Arrested In Killing of Doe B.

    December 30, 2013 1:40 PM EST Police have arrested a man on two capital murder charges in the fatal shooting of rapper Doe B. and a woman at an Alabama bar. Six others were also wounded. Montgomery police said Monday that 25-year-old Jason Quan McWilliams of Montgomery turned himself in the previous evening and that he&…

  12. Pharrell Williams, Robbie Williams Lead Final U.K. Sales Charts For 2013

    December 30, 2013 7:12 AM EST Pharrell Williams claimed the final U.K. No. 1 single of 2013 on Sunday (Dec. 29) as “Happy” (Back Lot) moved 2-1. Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) started another week as the best-selling artist album, while “Now! That’s What I Call Music 86” (Sony Music CG/Virgin…

  13. Britney Spears' Hits-Filled 'Piece of Me' Show Opens In Las Vegas: Live Review

    December 28, 2013 5:47 AM EST Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and more attend. It was a non-stop hits bonanza at the opening night of Britney Spears' "Britney: Piece of Me" show in Las Vegas on Friday night (Dec. 27). Spears' 24-song concert was the first of a planned 100 shows over the…

  14. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  15. Bruno Mars Preps for Super Bowl Performance: 'Everyone's Putting the Fear of God in Me'

    December 27, 2013 11:00 AM EST Everyone is in Bruno Mars' ear about one thing when it comes to performing the Super Bowl halftime show: How will you deal with the freezing cold? "Everyone's putting the fear of God in me like there's going to be a blizzard," Mars said in a phone interview this…

  16. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart Upon Release of 'Journals'

    December 27, 2013 10:30 AM EST After "retirement," Bieber takes top spot from from Beyonce With the release of "Journals" on Monday, Dec. 23, Justin Bieber set the online world on fire and, in turn, returns to the No. 1 spot on the Social 50 to reclaim the throne for the first time in 18 weeks.…

  17. Taylor Swift, One Direction Top List of Most Charitable Stars

    December 26, 2013 3:40 PM EST Beyonce, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also hit top five Taylor Swift and One Direction are 2013’s most charitable celebrities, according to social change organization DoSomething.org. The country-pop singer tops the sixth annual Top 20 Celebs Gone Good list for the second year in a row, as she…

  18. Top 20 Music Moments of 2013

    December 26, 2013 12:30 PM EST It was a year of blockbuster comebacks, surprise albums, game-changing moves in hip-hop, twerking teddy bears and tearful goodbyes of all kinds. For sure, 2013 kept us busy. These are the 20 biggest music moments in a 12 month span that was crammed with milestones. BEST OF 2013: Year-End…

  19. Yusuf Lateef, Jazz Legend, Dead at 93

    December 23, 2013 9:09 PM EST The multi-instrumentalist was known for a fusion of jazz and Eastern instrumentation Grammy-winning musician and composer Yusef Lateef, one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz, has died. He was 93. Lateef died Monday at his home in Shutesbury in western…

  20. 'X Factor' Winner Sam Bailey Grabs U.K. Christmas No. 1 with 'Skyscraper,' One Direction Narrowly Denied Top Album

    December 23, 2013 2:07 AM EST Sam Bailey, the 36-year-old former prison officer who won last weekend’s final of “The X Factor,” has claimed the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1 single with her cover of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” (Syco Music/Sony). Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) narrowly held off…

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