1. Metal Band Five Finger Death Punch’s Master Plan to Catapult From Club Gigs to Arena Tours

    December 09, 2014 1:30 PM EST How Five Finger Death Punch graduated from clubs to arenas and doubled its gross. Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) doesn’t have the name recognition of a band like Foo Fighters , but that may be about to change. An unusual united strategic marketing effort by the group’s management, label,…

  2. The Year in Gospel: Lecrae Dominates, Christian Rap/Hip-Hop Policy Revised

    December 09, 2014 1:01 PM EST Jamie Grace 's long-running hit single "Beautiful Day" finishes 2014 as the year's No. 1 Hot Gospel Song . That chart-topping finish was encouraged by its handsome 20-week run at No. 1 atop the weekly multi-metric Hot Gospel Songs chart. (For good measure, the song…

  3. The Year in Social and Streaming Charts: Katy Perry and Justin Bieber Rule

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST Streaming and on-demand services continued to play a significant role in determining a song’s popularity on the Billboard Hot 100 and other charts in 2014. This year’s recaps are our first year-end tallies to include a full charting year of YouTube and Vevo on YouTube plays, and many…

  4. 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…

  5. 2014 Year-End Hot 100, By the Numbers

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST Now that Billboard has revealed the 2014 year-end Billboard Hot 100 (among our menu of nearly 200 charts overall), it's time to have a little more fun with the hottest songs of the year. So we've taken the chart and sliced it and diced it in some interesting ways. See All the…

  6. The Year in Pop 2014: One Direction, 'Frozen,' & Pharrell Dominate

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST One Direction takes home the trophy as Billboard's top artist of the year for 2014. See All the Year End Charts Here! The English/Irish quintet (comprising Niall Horan , Liam Payne , Zayn Malik , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson ), is the first group to earn the top artist distinction…

  7. Adam Levine Sings R. Kelly's 'Ignition (Remix)' at Annual 'Voice' Concert

    December 09, 2014 10:50 AM EST With only an electric guitar, Adam Levine covered one of his "favorite songs," R. Kelly 's "Ignition (Remix)," Monday night at Hyde in West Hollywood, closing out the annual The Voice coaches concert. Levine treated the crowd of mostly media to a solo version of an…

  8. Facebook's Most Talked About Entertainer Isn't Exactly A Surprise

    December 09, 2014 10:34 AM EST Who runs the world? Beyonce, duh. Facebook has released the Top 10 Entertainers of 2014 (U.S.), based on how often people were mentioned in Facebook posts this year. And the number one slot went to one ***Flawless woman.  From her surprise album drop last December to this past summer's…

  9. New Twist in Apple iPod Trial: No Plaintiff

    December 09, 2014 9:45 AM EST In an unusual legal twist, a federal judge decided Monday that a billion-dollar, class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPods should continue, even though she also disqualified the last remaining plaintiff named in a case that has been on trial since last week . U.S. District Judge Yvonne…

  10. Temptations & Four Tops Keen to Renew Broadway Rivalry

    December 09, 2014 2:40 AM EST When they're offstage, members of The Temptations and The Four Tops -- two of Motown's most iconic groups -- have nothing but love for each other. It's a different story when the microphones are turned on. "We're very competitive," said Abdul "Duke"…

  11. 'The Voice' Recap: Top Five Boys Bring Their Best Sets to Semifinals

    December 08, 2014 11:03 PM EST The top five singers of The Voice were on double duty Monday night, performing both hometown dedications and coaches' picks throughout the two-hour episode. With Pharrell Williams out for the remainder of the season, here's how they handled the demand: Adam Levine is the only…

  12. Watch Jay-Z & Beyoncé Meet Prince William & Duchess Kate Middleton

    December 08, 2014 10:03 PM EST Britain's Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate Middleton, attended the the Brooklyn Nets game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday and got to meet some American royalty -- Jay Z and Beyoncé .  Beyonce Is the Most Grammy-Nominated Woman Ever The season ticket-holding music power…

  13. Machine Head Holds 'Jamtera' in 'Dimebag' Darrell's Honor

    December 08, 2014 5:54 PM EST Machine Head , which is currently touring the United Kingdom, paid tribute to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott last night during its performance Sunday at the London Roadhouse. The band engaged in a 14-plus minute "Jamtera" of Pantera tunes, including such classics as  "F…

  14. The 10 Most Surprising Breakout Hits of 2014

    December 08, 2014 10:30 AM EST We didn't see "Rude," "Latch," "Habits (Stay High)" and more Top 20 hits making waves this year. There were instances in 2014 where it was easy to forecast this year’s biggest radio hits — we all heard Pharrell ’s “Happy” and wanted to hear it again, and…

  15. Pharrell and 'Frozen' Top iTunes' Year-End List, Beyonce Named Best Artist

    December 08, 2014 9:20 AM EST Pharrell 's "Happy" and the soundtrack for Disney's Frozen are the year's top-selling song and album of year on iTunes, the online music store revealed on Monday. Apple announced that John Legend 's "All of Me" and Katy Perry 's "Dark Horse…

  16. Former Manager Paul Bassman Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'There Was Nobody on Planet Earth Like Him'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Today, Paul Bassman is president of Ascend Insurance Brokerage, one of the premier entertainment insurance firms in the business. Ten years ago, Bassman was the manager of Damageplan , the metal powerhouse led by "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul, both formerly…

  17. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM Jingle Ball

    December 06, 2014 5:21 PM EST Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Jessie J and special guests galore joined the Los Angeles radio station's annual extravaganza. With the moment the lights dropped at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles Friday night (Dec. 5), so launched more than four hours of excited teenage…

  18. Grammys 2015 Album of the Year Nominees Revealed

    December 05, 2014 9:59 PM EST The final category was unveiled during CBS' 'A Very Grammy Christmas' special. The Grammys kept you waiting all Friday (Dec. 5) for the 2015 Album of the Year nominations -- and it all depends on who you were rooting for whether this quintet was worth the wait. 2015…

  19. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  20. Quotes of the Week: Madonna Prefers Recording in 'Prison,' Ariana Grande Gets Smacked By an Angel and More

    December 05, 2014 5:52 PM EST "You are my favorite rapper, but dude ShadyXV is f---ing ASS...why won't someone who loves him tell him NO." -- Tyler, The Creator The rapper, in tweets he has since deleted, dissing the new compilation from Eminem 's Shady Records. "Kurt heard that, and kissed me…

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