1. Meet Lion Babe, the Soul and R&B Duo Poised to Take Over in 2015

    December 09, 2014 5:57 PM EST Lion Babe, an experimental soul duo from New York’s Lower East Side, is gearing up for an R&B takeover in 2015. The group is made up of producer and multi-instrumentalist Lucas Goodman, 26, and singer-songwriter Jillian Hervey, 25, who also happens to be Vanessa Williams ’ daughter and…

  2. The Year in Latin 2014: Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias Lead Songs and Albums

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST The year in Latin music saw the continuation of a tropical wave, as Romeo Santos and Marc Anthony maintained their presence at the top of the charts. It was a male dominated year across Latin genres, led by veteran Enrique Iglesias and newer artists like J Balvin and Remmy Valenzuela…

  3. 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…

  4. Chris Rock and Questlove Talk the Greatest MCs of All Time and Collaborating on New Movie 'Top Five'

    December 08, 2014 4:37 PM EST It's a cold November morning, and Chris Rock has come to meet Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson at his office, which is also his dressing room and his studio, on the sixth floor of 30 Rock, where Jimmy Fallon shoots The Tonight Show . Questlove, 43 -- the drummer for The Roots ,…

  5. Rolling Stones & Lady Gaga Wrap Up Their Tours on Top

    December 05, 2014 6:44 PM EST The Rolling Stones lead the weekly slate of Hot Tours with $21.7 million in sales reported from the final four concerts on its 14 On Fire tour that played in 19 countries on 3 continents this year. The tour's final leg through seven cities in Australia and New Zealand wrapped with a…

  6. Tito 'El Bambino' Leads Latin Album Chart Debuts

    December 05, 2014 3:20 PM EST The veteran Puerto Rican artist arrives with the genre's highest entrance this week. Tito "El Bambino" enters Billboard 's Top Latin Albums chart at No. 3 with Alta Jeraquia (3,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Music). The predominantly urban set, with…

  7. Hear Anna Kendrick Sing 'On the Steps of the Palace' From 'Into the Woods'

    December 04, 2014 3:52 PM EST We've learned something, too, something we never knew, on the steps of the palace. Do we have another "Cups" on our hands? A new song from  Into the Woods  has been released, and it's full audio of Cinderella ( Anna Kendrick ) singing one of her big numbers from the…

  8. Mariah Carey's Live 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' Performance Draws Mixed Reviews

    December 03, 2014 9:03 PM EST Plus: Matt Lauer and his co-hosts acknowledge the Eric Garner grand jury decision and nearby protests during the tree-lighting special. There are a lot of classic Christmas songs, but Mariah Carey 's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is easily the biggest holiday hit…

  9. Jennifer Lawrence Debuts on Hot 100: 'The Hanging Tree' Bows at No. 12

    December 03, 2014 4:22 PM EST 0 The Oscar-winning actress charts her first hit, from 'Mockingjay, Part 1.' Jennifer Lawrence adds another honor to her already impressive resume: the Academy Award-winning actress scores her first entry on a Billboard chart, as "The Hanging Tree" debuts on…

  10. Billboard Year-End Awards: Best Hater Handler, Indie-est Album, Best Career Save & More

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Grammys , AMAs , CMAs, Oscars -- none of them are as important as the year-end awards you're about to witness. From Best Hater Handler to Most Ironic Arrest to Most Memorable Use of Cheesy '80s Guitar in a 2014 Movie, these are awards that actually mean something. Chosen by peers…

  11. Why a 'Voice' Winner Is Playing 'Pippin' on Broadway Before Releasing a Single

    December 02, 2014 2:19 AM EST For the first time ever, a Voice winner is stopping by Broadway before the recording studio. Josh Kaufman , the season-six champ who touted rock, pop and soul covers while under Usher's wing, has stepped into the lead role of Pippin. Director Diane Paulus staged the Tony-winning…

  12. Reggae Pioneer Miss Pat Chin of VP Records Celebrates 35 Years in the U.S.

    November 26, 2014 1:09 PM EST When Patricia Chin , cofounder of Queens, N.Y.-based reggae indie VP Records, ponders the changes in the music industry since she started out six decades ago, she exudes a spirited resiliency that is inextricably linked to VP's survival for nearly 60 years in a competitive…

  13. From 'Ignition' to 'Macarena,' 13 Remixes That Eclipse the Originals

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST One of the fascinating things about pop music is that there's more to songwriting than just writing the song. Take, for instance, "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You," the Method Man - Mary J. Blige duet, which went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1995 thanks to its…

  14. Prince Charles, Paul McCartney and Lily Allen Toast PRS For Music's Centennial

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Late last week, their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception at their official London residence, Clarence House, to celebrate 100 years of U.K. collection society  PRS for Music .  Sir Paul McCartney , Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber , Ray Davies ,…

  15. Prince Deletes Twitter & Facebook Accounts

    November 25, 2014 5:23 PM EST Musical genius and admitted Luddite Prince  ended his awkward, year-long dalliance with social media on Tuesday (Nov. 25). Yes, the Twitter handle for Prince/3rdEyeGirl (his backing band) and his Facebook page are now missing from the Internet, gone like a purple motorcycle disappearing…

  16. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit 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 @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  17. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  18. Katy Perry to Perform at Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show

    November 23, 2014 10:30 PM EST It’s official:  Katy Perry will perform at this season’s Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL’s showpiece event will take place Feb. 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, AZ. Billboard.com had the inside track on the pop star’s big date, but it was made official tonight when…

  19. 'SNL' Recap: Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson Bring the Funk With Mystikal, Cameron Diaz Raps & More

    November 23, 2014 11:45 AM EST As expected, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson brought some major funk to Saturday Night Live ’s Thanksgiving show on Nov. 22. Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Are Impossibly Cool in 'Uptown Funk' Video The superstar pop crooner and retro-cool writer/producer turned the SNL musical stage…

  20. Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson on 'SNL': Ronson's 6 Best Songs

    November 22, 2014 9:00 AM EST The duo will bring their 'Uptown Funk!' to tonight's 'Saturday Night Live.' Mark Ronson has released three well-received albums, produced Amy Winehouse 's instant-classic Back to Black album and has been named Producer of the Year three times at the Grammys,…

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