1. 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…

  2. Exclusive: Christian Artist Chris Tomlin Performs Acoustic Versions of His Songs 'Waterfall' and 'Jesus Loves Me'

    November 12, 2014 9:16 AM EST Sometimes in the process of creating a new album there's one song that becomes an anchor for the whole project. On Chris Tomlin 's Love Ran Red , which dropped Oct. 27, that song is "At the Cross." "This song is the centerpiece of the album," the Christian…

  3. Pharrell, John Mayer & More Salute Bill Clinton's Love of Jazz in L.A.

    November 10, 2014 3:37 PM EST Former president received the Thelonious Monk Institute's Maria Fisher Founder's Award on Sunday. Herbie Hancock , Kevin Spacey , Quincy Jones and a litany of major jazz musicians saluted President Bill Clinton on Sunday at L.A.'s Dolby Theater for his efforts in using jazz…

  4. Exclusive: Seymour Stein Signs Teen Rock Band to Sire/Warner

    November 05, 2014 11:38 AM EST A lot of big names are backing some little (in size, but not sound) rockers. Billboard has learned that teen rockers Residual Kid are joining an impressive list of acts signed by industry veteran and Warner VP Seymour Stein to Sire, the label he co-founded, including Madonna , the Talking…

  5. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways…

  6. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

  7. Exclusive: Logic Breaks Down 6 Things to Know About Him

    October 22, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Logic , born Sir Robert bryson Hall II, is one of 2014's biggest surprises. Under Pressure (Def Jam, Oct. 21), the debut LP from the 24-year-old Maryland native, is a gem, with a mix of earnest raps and lush beats reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole . Logic, 'Driving Ms.…

  8. Why Did R&B Singer Jhene Aiko Roll Out Her New Album at a Pot Dispensary?

    September 29, 2014 1:22 PM EDT In the week her first full-length album, Souled Out , debuted, singer Jhene Aiko cooked up a novel idea for its rollout: She performed for a crowd of 80 at the popular -- and legal -- West Hollywood pot shop The Farmacy. Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review Aiko…

  9. Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Redman & Method Man Perform At One Music Fest 2014: Live Review

    September 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Saturday, Sept. 13, music fans flocked to Atlanta's Aaron's Amphitheatre for One Music Fest. The day-long festival featured three stages: Zeus (main stage), Hercules (small stage) and the DJ stage, Soulection. After Atlanta's own Cody ChesnuTT kicked off the afternoon,…

  10. Kendrick Lamar Says Taylor Swift’s Remarks Help Himself, Hip-Hop

    September 14, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar appreciated Taylor Swift for paying homage to his music in a recent interview. Chris Brown's 'Autumn Leaves' Collabo With Kendrick Lamar Leaks Lamar was grateful to hear about Swift knowing the words to his lyrics and putting her in a great mood. The rapper…

  11. Def Jam 30th Anniversary Show Coming to NYC

    August 14, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous & Foxy Brown among performers scheduled for Brooklyn concert. Five months after Def Jam celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW , the party is coming to Brooklyn. The game-changing record label will celebrate three decades of trend-setting hip-hop with…

  12. James Brown's Band 'Get On Up' for Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert: The Inside Story

    August 05, 2014 12:10 AM EDT To promote the James Brown biopic that opened Aug. 1, Get on Up , executive producer Peter Afterman called jazz bassist and big-time Godfather of Soul fan Christian McBride to ask if he had any ideas. McBride said he would think about it and a few minutes after hanging up, placed a call to…

  13. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  14. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  15. Anatomy Of A Hit: 'Turn Down For What'

    May 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT How an unknown French DJ, a rapper without a recent hit and their team took a song with just 12 words to the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 How has DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" ruled Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for seven weeks running and…

  16. 'Frozen' Spends Lucky 13th Week At No. 1, Lindsey Stirling Bows At No. 2

    May 07, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Ray LaMontagne also debuts in the Top 5, while Ariana Grande's "Problem" nets a huge digital debut. As expected, Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" refuses to budge from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. The set spends a lucky 13th nonconsecutive week at No. 1…

  17. Easter Meets 420: A Mixed Bag of Our Favorite Tweets

    April 20, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Every so often, holidays of various nature collide in an unexpected way -- and today (April 20) is one of those days.  While some are spending this Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection of Christ at church or a family brunch, the Cannabis crowd is taking note of the 420 holiday by…

  18. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

  19. Why Wu-Tang's Stunt Could Actually Work

    April 08, 2014 2:58 PM EDT The rap legends claim to have a $5 million bid already on the one and only copy of their next album as its heads to auction. Fans have been waiting for a Wu-Tang Clan reunion record since 2007 — but would one pay millions to hear it? That's what the rap group is counting on by…

  20. Lil Jon Feels 'Great Validation' Thanks To 'Turn Down For What' Success

    April 07, 2014 3:08 PM EDT "I'm still around, I'm still doing my thing, and I've got a classic voice," says the hip-hop/dance producer. Nearly eight years after last visiting the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart as a lead act, Lil Jon returned last week with "Turn Down The What," his…

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