1. Led Zeppelin Kicked Off First U.S. Tour 46 Years Ago Today

    December 26, 2014 2:50 PM EST On this day (Dec. 26) in 1968, Led Zeppelin (not to be confused with " Len Zefflin ") kicked off their first North American tour opening for psychedelic hard rock band Vanilla Fudge at Denver Auditorium in Colorado. A ticket to see them play would only set you back $5 and the…

  2. N.E.R.D Reunite for 'Spongebob Movie' Soundtrack: Hear New Song 'Squeeze Me'

    December 26, 2014 2:09 PM EST N.E.R.D is back: the group made up of Pharrell Williams , Chad Hugo and Shay Haley worked together on a song for the upcoming The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water soundtrack. The resulting tune, "Squeeze Me," was compared by Hugo to the Beatles ' "Yellow Submarine…

  3. Nicki Minaj's 'The Pinkprint' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 26, 2014 1:00 PM EST Nicki Minaj earns her third No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as  The Pinkprint  debuts atop the list with 198,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 21, according to Nielsen Music. Minaj bows with more first-week units sold than any other R&B/hip-hop female since Beyonce ’s self…

  4. Coldplay, Modest Mouse Debut on Hot Rock Songs Chart

    December 26, 2014 11:05 AM EST Coldplay debuts at No. 9 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart with "Miracles," an original song written and recorded for the Universal Pictures film Unbroken . The track starts with 92 percent of its chart points from sales, with 28,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen…

  5. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj Passes Madonna, 'Voice' Finalists Debut

    December 26, 2014 9:40 AM EST With two debuts, Minaj now has more Hot 100 hits than Madonna. Plus, each of the four top finishers on the latest season of NBC's 'The Voice' debut. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while Mark…

  6. Grammys 2015 Preview: Sia, Hozier, Taylor Swift & More Vie for Song of the Year

    December 26, 2014 9:25 AM EST Check out the five tracks that earned a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor Songwriters: Kevin Kadish, Meghan Trainor Publishers: Year of the Dog Music/Over-Thought Under-Appreciated Songs Label: Epic Records Meghan Trainor's debut…

  7. Grammys 2015 Preview: Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor & More on Their Record of the Year-Nominated Songs

    December 26, 2014 9:20 AM EST Check out the five tracks nominated for the Record of the Year Grammy. "All About That Bass" - Meghan Trainor Producer: Kevin Kadish Engineer/Mixer: Kevin Kadish Mastering Engineer: Dave Kutch Label: Epic "My producer [Kadish] had the title and said that none of his prior co…

  8. Grammys 2015 Preview: What You Need to Know About Best New Artist Nominees From Sam Smith to Brandy Clark

    December 26, 2014 9:10 AM EST Check out this year's Grammy nominees for Best New Artist -- a group hailing from rock, pop, soul, hip-hop and country. BRANDY CLARK After years as a songwriting force in Nashville, Clark may be the most promising best new artist nominee of the nine country acts to make the category…

  9. Rewinding the Charts: 44 Years Ago, Creedence Clearwater Revival Topped the Beatles

    December 26, 2014 9:05 AM EST In 1970, John Fogerty's band reigned as the top album artist in Billboard's first year-end spotlight. ON DEC. 26, 1970, BILLBOARD published its first dedicated review – dubbed "Talent in Action" – of the previous 12 months' biggest acts, albums and songs. That year,…

  10. Top 20 Christmas Rap Songs

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST No one has the type of holiday spirit as a rapper. From Kanye West to Run-D.M.C. , they're spins on Christmas classics or originals range from the hilarious, weird to serious, but all stay true to themselves. Busta Rhymes -- whose Jim Carrey-featured "Grinch" song merely…

  11. Madonna Debuts Three Tracks on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    December 24, 2014 6:15 PM EST A trio of tracks from her upcoming 'Rebel Heart' album debut days after their arrival. Madonna catapults onto Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with three tracks from her upcoming Rebel Heart album: "Bitch I'm Madonna" (No. 14), "Living for…

  12. Luke Bryan Leads Latest Hot Tours Tally

    December 24, 2014 2:40 PM EST Bryan's That’s My Kind of Night tour was the highest-grossing tour by a country artist in 2014 Country superstar Luke Bryan tops the weekly slate of top-grossing touring artists (see below) with the final 2014 box office stats reported from his That’s My Kind of Night Tour that wrapped…

  13. 'Voice' Winner Craig Wayne Boyd Debuts at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    December 24, 2014 2:33 PM EST Craig Wayne Boyd , the seventh-season winner of NBC's The Voice , rockets onto Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart at No. 1 with his coronation single "My Baby's Got a Smile on Her Face." Boyd becomes just the second artist to launch at No. 1 since Hot…

  14. Taylor Swift Tops Hot 100 for Sixth Week

    December 24, 2014 2:15 PM EST Swift continues her longest career command with 'Blank Space.' Plus, Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk!' crowns Digital Songs. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, extending her longest stay at No. 1 of her three career…

  15. Watch Billboard Quiz Random People About 2014's Hit Music

    December 24, 2014 12:50 PM EST We're putting the 'pop' in pop quiz. At Billboard, we're pretty familiar with the hit music of 2014 -- it's kind of what we do. But we were curious how much the average person knows about the songs that defined 2014. So Billboard's Joe Levy took to the…

  16. From Okra Soup to Fried Seafood: Darius Rucker, Chase Bryant and Many More Country Stars Talk Favorite Holiday Dishes

    December 24, 2014 12:19 PM EST When it comes to celebrating the holidays country style, good food is a major part of the equation. From fried turkey to the perfect sugar cookie, every household has its Christmas traditions and certain dishes that are essential to the celebration. Billboard asked country artists to share…

  17. Pentatonix's 'That's Christmas To Me' Surpasses 1 Million in Sales

    December 24, 2014 11:25 AM EST Pentatonix gets an early Christmas gift, as their album That’s Christmas To Me surpassed 1 million in total sales in the week ending Dec. 21. With another 203,000 sold, its cumulative total now stands at 1.02 million. That's Christmas To Me (released through RCA Records) is…

  18. Joe Cocker Tribute: Jennifer Warnes Shares Heartfelt Remembrance of 'Up Where We Belong' Duet Partner

    December 24, 2014 10:04 AM EST When I was teenager there were three large posters of famous people on my bedroom wall -- Bob Dylan, D.H. Lawrence and Joe Cocker in the middle of a scream in concert at Woodstock. The picture of Joe frightened my mother, but I reassured her. "No mom, he's an emotional visionary.…

  19. Big Sean Pays Tribute to Grandma Following Her Death: 'Honestly I Feel Like She's Still Here'

    December 23, 2014 9:42 PM EST Big Sean 's grandmother has passed away, the rapper announced on Instagram Thursday.  Big Sean Earns Third No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs "My grandma passed away a couple days ago. I haven't said anything to anyone because honestly I feel like she's still here,…

  20. Listen to This Kanye West Christmas Parody, 'Kreezus'

    December 23, 2014 9:01 PM EST If Kanye West decided to make a Christmas album where he believed he is Santa Claus, it would be Kreezus  -- the new album-long parody of West's Yeezus by sketch comedy trio Local Business that dropped Monday.  Remember When Beyonce 'Ruined' Christmas? The commitment to…

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