1. Common & John Legend's 'Glory' Wins on MLK's Birthday at Critics' Choice Movie Awards

    January 15, 2015 10:29 PM EST A Hollywood movie couldn't have scripted it any better. On Thursday (Jan. 15) -- on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.'s 86th birthday -- Common accepted best song at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards for "Glory," his and John Legend 's sweeping track…

  2. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Mark Ronson

    January 15, 2015 3:30 PM EST After more than a decade of making music, Mark Ronson recently upset Taylor Swift to take the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100 with his Bruno Mars  collaboration, "Uptown Funk," from his new album Uptown Special . It might be his first big hit as the main artist, but it'…

  3. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 for 13th Week, Prince Royce Debuts

    January 15, 2015 11:50 AM EST Swift matches her total weeks on top to her favorite number. Plus, Prince Royce arrives thanks to the fast-building success of his first English-language hit. Taylor Swift continues atop the Billboard Artist 100 , upping her record total weeks at No. 1 to 13 (her favorite number, of course)…

  4. Why Mexico's Music Stars Are Revving Up Their Videos With American Muscle Cars

    January 13, 2015 4:33 PM EST When 19-year-old rising regional Mexican star Kevin Ortiz made enough money to buy the car of his dreams, he didn't waffle on picking a model: "A Corvette LS2," he says. "It's a car that pulses on the road. I always wanted it." Ortiz is one of a growing number…

  5. Common & John Legend Debut 'Glory' Video

    January 13, 2015 4:08 PM EST After winning the 2015 Golden Globe for Best Original Song for "Glory," Common and John Legend release the music video for the Selma theme song. The video interpolates powerful scenes from the Ava DuVernay-directed film footage in between shots of John Legend and Common performing…

  6. Watch Rick James' Band Members Talk Drug Abuse in New Documentary

    January 13, 2015 1:30 PM EST A profile of the late Rick James kicks off TV One's newest four-episode season of Unsung on Jan. 14. Episodes featuring Peaches & Herb , Angie Stone and Meli'sa Morgan follow on consecutive Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Members of James' band discuss his drug addiction in this…

  7. Are Vinyl Subscription Clubs the Future of Analog Listening?

    January 13, 2015 1:11 PM EST Nick Alt anticipated the recent resurgence of vinyl pretty early on. For years, the Los Angeles-based musician and producer (he counts St. Paul Peterson of Prince 's bands the Family and the Time as an acquaintance and did production for Pomplamoose 's Nataly Dawn) has been buying…

  8. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  9. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  10. Prince Presents John Legend and Common With Best Original Song for 'Glory' at the Golden Globes

    January 11, 2015 9:03 PM EST Prince graced the Golden Globes stage to give out the away for best original song, which went to John Legend and Common for "Glory" from Selma . "I want to thank God and the Hollywood Foreign Press," Common began. Golden Globes:  See All the Photos  |  News From The…

  11. Corner Office: Power Lawyer Kenny Meiselas on EDM's Giant Paydays, the Industry's Streaming Standoff and Guiding Gaga

    January 09, 2015 1:04 PM EST While most music attorneys are thought to be hipper than their buttoned-up colleagues in corporate law or litigation, you'd be hard-pressed to find one with the cool cred of 58-year-old Grubman Shire & Meiselas partner Kenny Meiselas. From the way he landed his first major client…

  12. Veteran Producer Joe Blaney Looks Back on His Unlikely Career As Rock en Español's Hit Man

    January 08, 2015 12:50 PM EST The Clash engineering veteran talks his work with South American rockers from Charly Garcia and Andres Calamaro to No Te Va Gustar. New York producer and engineer Joe Blaney will probably always be best known for his work on The Clash's Combat Rock . That is, unless you go to South…

  13. Ranchera Star Pedro Fernandez to Coach 'La Voz Kids'

    January 08, 2015 11:50 AM EST Fernandez joins Daddy Yankee and Natalia Jimenez as coach. Mexican singer and actor Pedro Fernandez is the third and last celebrity tapped to as a coach of the third season of singing competition La Voz Kids . Fernandez will join pop diva Natalia Jimenez and urban star Daddy Yankee in the…

  14. The Do's And Don'ts of Justin Bieber's Next Album

    January 06, 2015 2:11 PM EST 0 How does Bieber pull off the crowd-pleasing redemption story? By following these simple artistic and personal steps. Bieber season is coming. You can feel it in the air, in the whispers of the blogosphere, in each and every endlessly favorited tweet and Instagram post. In the…

  15. Is Justin Bieber Recording New Music with Prince Jackson?

    January 05, 2015 2:42 PM EST 0 Justin Bieber has hinted that there's new music coming in 2015… and now, rumors are swirling that it might feature the son of the King of Pop (so, the Prince of Pop). Prince Jackson, the 17-year-old son of Michael Jackson , has reportedly been kicking it with the Biebs,…

  16. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Fifth Harmony Notches First Top 40 Hit With 'Sledgehammer'

    January 02, 2015 10:05 AM EST 0 The group vaults 75-40 with its single co-written by Meghan Trainor. Meanwhile, Trainor and Taylor Swift chart four titles apiece. As previously reported , Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, marking the record-tying 19th…

  17. 15 (Or More …) No. 15 Hot 100 Hits for 2015

    January 01, 2015 10:05 AM EST Happy New Year! As 2015 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers 15 songs that rose to No. 15 peaks on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite their falling five spots shy of the top 10, all remain memorable hits among the Hot 100's five-decade-plus history. Actually … in looking through the Hot 100…

  18. Rita Ora Talks Feminism Ahead of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Film Bow

    January 01, 2015 8:35 AM EST She's soon to be seen playing Mia in one of the year's biggest films, but when it comes to the male-dominated music business Rita Ora says that it's vitally important that women "stick together."     Rita Ora Shares 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Photo, '…

  19. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 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 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  20. 20 (and 15) Songs About New Year's

    December 31, 2014 2:05 PM EST What are you doing New Year's Eve? Whatever your party plans, Billboard has the perfect music mix to accompany the arrival of 2015. To paraphrase Adam Sandler in "The Chanukah Song," there are a lot of Christmas songs out there, but not too many songs about New Year's.…

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