1. Nicki Minaj Scores Record-Breaking No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    December 19, 2014 11:10 AM EST Nicki Minaj ' s "Only" flies 10-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs  chart, giving the artist her fourth No. 1 -- the most among female rappers in the 56 years since the chart launched as a sales/airplay hybrid tally. Minaj surpasses Missy Elliott (with three leaders), and pulls…

  2. Big Boi Adds 'Freaky Tales' to Maroon 5's 'Animals' Remix

    December 19, 2014 10:34 AM EST Big Boi recently wrapped up the OutKast reunion tour, so in his newfound spare time, he decided to add a verse to Maroon 5 's hit "Animals." Listen to the new track below -- Big Boi shows up near the 2:45 mark to tell some "freaky tales." Maroon 5's 10 Biggest…

  3. Surprise! Miguel Releases 3 New Songs

    December 19, 2014 10:00 AM EST December continues to be popular month for unexpected releases from R&B singers. After D'Angelo dropped Black Messiah with little warning on Monday, three new songs popped up on Miguel 's SoundCloud page today. Listen below. This is the first sign that Miguel is working on a…

  4. 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. …

  5. This Ain't No Buena Vista: Meet Five Cuban Artists to Watch

    December 19, 2014 9:02 AM EST All of these artists, like many other musicians from Cuba, have already performed in the United States, and their albums are available through all of the U.S. digital music services. President Obama’s announced changes in current Cuba policy may increase Cuban artists’ presence on U.S.…

  6. Beatport Aims to Be the One-Stop Streaming Shop for DJs with New Strategy

    December 19, 2014 8:29 AM EST Billboard spoke with Beatport's creative director Clark Warner about the site's new free streaming model which will launch in 2015. Beatport, the go-to online music store for professional DJs and electronic music obsessives, is adding streaming to its menu. The move is part of a…

  7. Paul McCartney Worked on a Song About Police Killings: 'I'm Not Giving Up On It'

    December 19, 2014 1:00 AM EST Sir Paul McCartney is 72, and only the wrinkles give his years away. Interviewed recently at his midtown Manhattan office suite, he seems as boyish and light-footed as he was on stage decades ago for The Ed Sullivan Show , his manner informal, his build slender and well suited for jeans and…

  8. Liberace 'Hologram' to Appear in Las Vegas Show

    December 18, 2014 10:01 PM EST A feature-length live show is in the works in which a virtual version of the entertainer would be able to interact with the audience. With a virtual Tupac and Jimmy Kimmel having gained plenty of the public's attention, startup Hologram USA is now readying to create a virtual…

  9. T.G. Sheppard on the Evolution of Music, Tricking Elvis & More

    December 18, 2014 6:45 PM EST It was four decades ago that T.G. Sheppard began his initial ascent up the Billboard country charts with "Devil in the Bottle." The song helped the singer transition from a successful career as a record promoter for RCA into his own musical career. All these years later, the…

  10. Justin Timberlake Tops Hot Tours List as 20/20 Trek Nears End

    December 18, 2014 6:19 PM EST Justin Timberlake scores the top slot on the weekly ranking of Hot Tours (see list, below) based on ticket sales reported from his 20/20 Experience tour’s final sweep through North America. The pop star kicked off the tour's last leg on Nov. 20 in Portland, Ore., the first stop on a…

  11. Skrillex's OWSLA Label Launches Nestivus Charity Campaign

    December 18, 2014 6:10 PM EST Skrillex Claus is coming to town. The artist's OWSLA imprint has hit the home stretch of its Nestivus charity drive, launching a series of holiday initiatives with all proceeds going to Bridges for Music . Last year's edition raised more than $8,000 for the international music…

  12. Vessel, New Video Site from Hulu's Former Boss, Will Offer Very Sweet Deals to Content Creators

    December 18, 2014 5:48 PM EST Streaming services are routinely attacked for the inability of their royalties alone to sustain creators. The former head of video streaming service Hulu believes he has a solution. Called Vessel, the service is the creation of Jason Kilar , the former chief executive of Hulu, and Rich Tom …

  13. Alejandro Fernandez Earns Fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums

    December 18, 2014 5:44 PM EST Plus: Romeo Santos & Voz de Mando each notch new airplay No. 1s. Alejandro Fernandez earns his fifth No. 1 on Top Latin Albums as his  Confidencias Reales  debuts with 3,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 14, according to Nielsen Music. Willy Chirino Op-Ed: Why U.S.-Cuba Thaw Is No…

  14. Executive Turntable: Def Jam, Atlantic, Republic, and More

    December 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including iHeartMedia, Cashmere Agency, Mute USA, Columbia Records, and many more… -- Jordan Howard was appointed creative manager at CCS Rights Management in Toronto. -- Phil Steward was appointed senior vice president of relationship…

  15. Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty to Gun, Drug Charges

    December 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST Up-and-coming rapper Bobby Shmurda appeared in a New York City court on Thursday (Dec. 18) to face charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a street gang that was behind several shootings, one fatal, during turf wars over drug trafficking. Shmurda (real name: Ackquille Pollard)…

  16. Missing 'Serial'? We've Got Some Music for You

    December 18, 2014 5:29 PM EST On Thursday morning (Dec. 18), the final episode of  Serial  -- that's NPR's zeigeist-capturing true-crime podcast -- released the final episode of its first season. Already in withdrawal? While a second season of the show, focusing on a whole new story, is forthcoming, in the…

  17. Delaware Country Fests To Go Head-To-Head Next Summer

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST Country music promoters will have a better read on just how strong the country music market is in mid-Atlantic region by Monday, as two major country music festivals go on sale today and tomorrow. Big Barrel and Delaware Junction, both new festivals for 2015, will be competing for Delaware&…

  18. 'Sons of Anarchy' Finale Song Debuts on Rock Chart

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST As the bloody motorcycle drama Sons of Anarchy concluded its seven-season run Dec. 9 on FX, its swan song, "Come Join the Murder," debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. The original track is credited to the show's house band, the Forest Rangers, and White…

  19. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight…

  20. K. Michelle Debuts at No. 1 on R&B Albums

    December 18, 2014 4:19 PM EST Plus, album single 'Love 'Em All' attains a new peak on Hot R&B Songs. R&B singer/songwriter K. Michelle returns to the top of R&B Albums with her sophomore studio set  Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?,  arriving with 84,000 sold in the week ending Dec. 14, according to…

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