1. One Last Look Back at Country Music in 2013

    January 02, 2014 10:05 AM EST Before we put 2013 in the back of the closet, we at The 615 thought it would be a great idea to look back at ten things that we won't forget about the country music industry in 2013... and maybe a sneak peek into the crystal ball. TAYLOR SWIFT & CARRIE UNDERWOOD – Arguably the format…

  2. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST As always, submit your 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 questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  3. 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2013: K-Town Picks

    December 23, 2013 9:56 PM EST From Billboard Korea's offices in Gangnam to the East and West coasts, check out the songs that the Billboard and Billboard Korea staff were blasting all year from K-pop veterans to the top boy and girl groups. Following last year's inaugural ranking of Billboard's 20…

  4. Richard Marx, Heart In Holiday Spirit On AC Chart

    December 23, 2013 10:05 AM EST Their new collaboration scales the tally, granting Marx a second straight year of charting with holiday fare After not appearing on Billboard charts with holiday music for almost 25 years, Richard Marx is now making the practice an annual tradition as predictable as Santa's Christmas…

  5. 20 Best Dance Music Albums of 2013: CODE Picks

    December 20, 2013 3:40 PM EST Dance music has typically been defined by the single, but in 2013, the electronic dance music album made a comeback with a vengeance. From chart-toppers to critical darlings to fan favorites, the longplayer is alive and well. Here are the 20 Best Albums (and a few outstanding EPs) as…

  6. Donna Summer Returns 'MacArthur Park' To Top Of Dance Chart After 35 Years

    December 19, 2013 7:15 PM EST The late legend brings the song back to the summit after it first led in 1978. Plus, Neon Jungle and Hardwell debut, while Avicii continues to climb. Donna Summer returns a classic to the top of Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as "MacArthur Park 2013" rises 2-1. Summer&…

  7. Top 50 Game-Changing EDM Tracks of 2013

    December 19, 2013 4:50 PM EST When a track gets the world’s attention, when it changes an artist’s career forever or drives an entire genre forward, when it has staying power or brings a whole new audience to dance music, it’s a gamechanger. These aren’t necessarily the biggest sellers or the critically acclaimed …

  8. Damon Albarn Hypes Debut Solo Album In New Video: Watch

    December 16, 2013 12:05 PM EST The Blur and Gorillaz mastermind teases upcoming "folk soul" album British music legend Damon Albarn has released a lot of things -- seven studio albums as Blur's frontman, four albums as the mastermind behind Gorillaz, and a variety of film and theater soundtracks. He's…

  9. Tributes To Gustavo Cerati: 10 Cover Songs To Watch

    December 13, 2013 6:16 AM EST Gustavo Cerati was bestowed the title of “Distinguished Citizen” by the city of Buenos Aires last week, an official honor that has accompanied the more personal musical tributes which have surfaced for the singer and guitarist.   Cerati, best known as the front man of the legendary Argentine…

  10. '12 Years a Slave' Leads a Soundtrack Revival

    December 11, 2013 9:38 AM EST Film studios are providing a rare fourth quarter in which honest-to-god musical history is explored in fact-based scripted films. "Saving Mr. Banks," the story of how Walt Disney turned the Mary Poppins stories into a musical with Richard and Robert Sherman, and "Inside…

  11. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  12. Broadway Snags Thanksgiving Records

    December 03, 2013 3:00 AM EST Thanksgiving was rough on turkeys but pretty good for Broadway theaters - several shows broke records over the holiday weekend, from new kid on the block "Kinky Boots" to the old ruler "The Lion King." Even William Shakespeare joined the party, with his "Twelfth Night…

  13. The Rascals Cancel Upcoming Broadway Run

    December 02, 2013 7:36 PM EST Two concert series in a year on Broadway is apparently too much for The Rascals: The '60s-era blue-eyed soul quartet has abandoned plans to play the Marquis Theatre this month. In a statement released Monday, the band said a scheduling conflict with producer Stevie Van Zandt prompted the…

  14. Chart Highlights: Imagine Dragons, Eminem, Rihanna, Ricky Martin Score New No. 1s

    December 02, 2013 5:45 PM EST Also taking over Billboard charts: Martin Garrix, Toni Braxton, Babyface, Passenger, Joe Nichols and more. Plus, the Holiday Airplay chart returns Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  15. Ask Billboard: Why Aren't Power Ballads So Powerful Anymore?

    November 29, 2013 4:05 PM EST An analysis of why slow songs ruled top 40 in the late '80s but don't, for the most part, now. Plus, Hall & Oates' top 10 hits and Tom Wopat, 'Luke Duke' himself, stops by As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music…

  16. Marvin Gaye's Oldest Son Sues Robin Thicke Over Four Disputed Songs

    November 27, 2013 1:18 AM EST There's a bit of a quirky new twist in Robin Thicke's lawsuit claiming that "Blurred Lines" wasn't stolen from Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Marvin Gaye III, the adopted eldest of the singer's children, has hired his own attorney and has filed…

  17. ‘Flume’ Wins Australia’s J Award

    November 22, 2013 5:37 AM EST Flume’s irresistible rise to the top is near complete with the electronic music producer today winning the J Award for his debut self-titled album. “Flume” beat out recordings from the likes of the Drones, RUFUS, Cloud Control, Jagwar Ma and Big Scary for the annual honor, awarded by the…

  18. Rolling Stones Confirm Australia Tour, Announce Adelaide Concert

    November 19, 2013 9:58 PM EST The Rolling Stones will roll into Australia early next year. The legendary rock group -- comprising Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood -- will inaugurate the redeveloped Adelaide Oval with a show March 22. Mick Taylor, a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-1974,…

  19. Madonna Wins 'Vogue' Sampling Lawsuit

    November 18, 2013 7:27 PM EST A lawsuit claiming that Madonna and producer Robert "Shep" Pettibone illegally sampled a tune on her 1990 international hit "Vogue," has been resolved with a ruling favor of the defendants. The original lawsuit was filed in July by VMG Salsoul, the copyright owner of a…

  20. Lady Gaga’s 'ARTPOP' Knocks Eminem's 'MMLP2' From U.K. Chart Summit

    November 18, 2013 6:09 AM EST Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” (Interscope/Universal) became her third U.K. No. 1 album Sunday (Nov. 17), as 17-year-old, Dutch-born Martin Garrix became the second DJ in a row, after Storm Queen, to debut at the singles chart summit, with “Animals” (Positiva/Virgin/Universal). "ARTPOP"…

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