1. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  2. Kenny Rogers Brings The Merriment on Christmas and Hits Through The Years Tour

    December 08, 2014 7:57 PM EST In the fall of 1981, Kenny Rogers released his very first seasonal album, appropriately titled Christmas . Since then, the Country Music Hall of Fame member has released successful holiday follow-ups in 1984 ( Once Upon A Christmas , with Dolly Parton ), 1989 ( Christmas In America ) and…

  3. Jamey Johnson's 'Christmas' Gift to Fans: New Music

    December 05, 2014 8:02 PM EST After a much-publicized parting of ways with Universal, Jamey Johnson is back in the music-making way. The singer has just released a new five-song EP called The Christmas Song, available at his website , iTunes and Google Play. Johnson tells Billboard it's a good feeling to have new…

  4. George Berry, Music Wholesaling Pioneer, Dies at 89

    December 02, 2014 6:34 PM EST George Berry, a music wholesaling pioneer, died due to heart failure on Nov. 27 in his home in Lafayette, La. He was 89. Berry -- who is credited with co-founding NARM, the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers now known as the Music Business Assn. -- began his career in the music…

  5. Retailers & Indie Labels Pushing for Monday Global Release Day

    November 25, 2014 5:41 PM EST In August, it was reported that the music industry had its eye on a Friday global release day that would take effect July 2015. Now that proposition is getting some pushback from a cohort of retailers and indie record labels, who are endorsing a Monday over a Friday street date.  Record…

  6. Banks Wants to Perform for Aliens and Other Inside Scoop

    November 21, 2014 5:35 PM EST Banks Opens Up Corpse Bride  director  Tim Burton  might want to take a meeting with  Banks . The Goddess singer-songwriter (born  Jillian Banks ), 26, tells Overheard that she and her best friend have written a number of short stories based upon a character they call “Inside-Out Girl”…

  7. Fugees' Pras Michel on Hitting Up Eurythmics, Tears for Fears & Seal for Film Music

    November 06, 2014 6:32 PM EST His political documentary 'Sweet Mickey for President' is due next year. At Thursday's (Nov. 6) Music for Documentaries panel at the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference , it took no less a figure than a Fugee to illustrate the difficulty of…

  8. Remember When Justin Timberlake Danced With Britney Spears & Ryan Gosling on 'Mickey Mouse Club'?

    November 06, 2014 9:50 AM EST Big celebrity baby news this week: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel  reportedly are expecting, according to Us Weekly . This is a huge moment for them, sure. But it's  also  a pretty big deal for 'N Sync fans who've felt like Justin Timberlake and his music have been a…

  9. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  10. The Academy of Country Music Awards Celebrates Milestone with 'This Is Country' Book

    October 28, 2014 1:40 AM EDT Next year will be an important one for the Academy of Country Music Awards. The Los Angeles-based organization will celebrate the 50th anniversary since its first trophies were first presented in 1965. And, to celebrate, the show will be headed on the road for a one-time-only trip to AT&…

  11. Grateful Dead Documentary in the Works With Martin Scorsese

    October 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT In celebration of the band's 50th anniversary next year, the Grateful Dead have announced plans for a career-spanning retrospective documentary executive produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev .  Bar-Lev has been highly regarded for his work covering the Penn State…

  12. Exclusive Video: 'Voice' Alum Tony Lucca Premieres Acoustic Video for His Song 'Delilah'

    October 22, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Tony Lucca has moved easily between music and acting throughout his life. He got his first break on The Mickey Mouse Club alongside fellow future pop stars Christina Aguilera , Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake  and not long after that show ended, Lucca started a musical career. It'…

  13. 'Motown the Musical' Feels the Love Back in the Motor City

    October 22, 2014 1:58 AM EDT "The Motown family cannot NOT love each other," Berry Gordy, Jr. recently told Billboard. And there was certainly plenty of love in the room on Tuesday night when Gordy and dozens of Motown alumni -- artists, musicians executives, recording engineers, secretaries and more --…

  14. Why SoulCycle Is the Hot New Way to Break a Hit

    October 21, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Nicole Scherzinger (right) previewed her new album at a SoulCycle ride in New York on Oct. 2 On a recent Thursday night in New York, the scene inside SoulCycle's Leroy Street studio was a departure from the usual 45-minute spinning class: Singer Nicole Scherzinger was hosting a private…

  15. Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Tom Petty, Vince Gill , Cyndi Lauper , Elvis Costello and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame . The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Other performers up for the honor are Gloria…

  16. Deadmau5 Says Archenemy Disney Wanted His Help on 'Fantasia' Anniversary

    October 14, 2014 4:23 PM EDT On Monday, Deadmau5 raised new sound and fury at the U.S. Trademark Office over Disney's attempt to oppose his mark consisting of a caricature of a mouse head with black ears, black face, white eyes and white mouth. The new papers speak among other things, about what Disney has in…

  17. 35 Years Ago, Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight' Made Its First Chart Appearance

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Several years after hip-hop culture began to take shape at parties in the Bronx and Queens, Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" was released via Sugar Hill Records on Sept. 16, 1979. Nearly one month after its release, the watershed single made its first appearance on a…

  18. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT 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 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary…

  19. Courtney Love Is Going to Be in an Opera (Yes, Really)

    October 03, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Courtney Love is going to be an opera star -- an offbeat, non-traditional opera star, but an opera star nonetheless. Love has been cast in the upcoming pop opera Kansas City Choir Boy , which will present 10 shows during New York’s Prototype: Opera/Theater/Now Festival from Jan. 8 to 17. …

  20. Urban Outfitters Doesn't Sell the Most Vinyl

    September 29, 2014 3:42 PM EDT While Urban Outfitters may be telling the world that it is the world's premier seller of vinyl, record label executives tell Billboard that Amazon is the largest retailer selling the format. Reportedly, Urban Outfitters chief administrative officer Calvin Hollinger made that claim to…

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