1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Op-Ed: Steve Wariner on Why Dottie West Should Be a Country Music Hall of Fame Member

    December 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Over the past year, The 615 has offered opinions concerning who the next members of the Country Music Hall of Fame should be. In July, we made our case for Don Rich, the longtime sideman for Buck Owens , in the Instrumentalist category. Just a few weeks ago, we told of the great…

  4. Watch Tom Hiddleston Sing a Christmas Carol With a Dog in His Lap

    December 18, 2014 10:00 AM EST There is so much bad stuff in the world right now, but there are bright spots. Case in point: This video of Tom Hiddleston singing a Christmas carol with a dog on his lap. Officially, per the YouTube description: "Rodney Crowell and Tom Hiddleston, working on the soundtrack for "I…

  5. The 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:22 PM EST Few genres ranged as widely as R&B in 2014. DJ Mustard was a ubiquitous presence on radio -- and he produced two of Billboard's top ten R&B tracks of the year ( Tinashe , Jeremih ) -- but you didn't need a Mustard beat to make a vibrant track. Elle Varner and Usher…

  6. Grammys 2015: The Lowdown on the Country Music Nominations

    December 05, 2014 6:22 PM EST The nominees in the country field for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and there are interesting names among the contenders. The decision to scale back on the number of categories a few years ago by NARAS led many to believe that the organization was looking to increase…

  7. Grammys Nominate 'Darkchild Version' of Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me': Here's the Difference

    December 05, 2014 9:13 AM EST If you woke up early on Friday to catch Pharrell and Ed Sheeran announce the first four categories of the 57th annual Grammys , you might've furrowed your brows when they announced the Record of the Year nominations. Sam Smith 's "Stay With Me" got a deserving nod…

  8. Sam Smith on Grammy Nominations Eve: 'I Can't Think About It'

    December 04, 2014 9:52 PM EST Who knew, a year ago, that a name as seemingly short and indistinct as Sam Smith 's would be the one on everyone's lips come the end of 2014? Any lack of individuality ended right with his moniker, of course, as the British soulster went on to have not just the top-selling debut…

  9. CMA Songwriters Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary at NYC's Joe's Pub

    December 04, 2014 3:33 PM EST In recent years, the men and women who play a behind-the-scenes role in making pop music have been getting more attention. The most prominent example is probably the Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom -- which documented the contributions made by backup singers in classic rock -- but the…

  10. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban Notch New No. 1s

    November 24, 2014 4:35 PM EST And that's not all: Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean and George Ezra join in taking over atop tallies this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  11. Mary J. Blige Performs 'Therapy' at 2014 AMAs

    November 23, 2014 10:54 PM EST Mary J. Blige entranced the audience at the 2014 AMAs with a powerful performance of "Therapy." Full 2014 AMAs Coverage The legendary singer, in an all black ensemble, lead her performance of the The London Sessions single with her vocal prowess. "It touched my heart because…

  12. Alison Krauss Joins Emmylou Harris Tribute Concert

    November 21, 2014 11:30 AM EST Alison Krauss is set to pay tribute to Emmylou Harris at a concert in January. "The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration" will take place Jan. 10 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Krauss and Conor Oberst are the latest acts added to…

  13. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  14. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Mary J. Blige Reveals 5 Important Life Lessons

    November 20, 2014 6:52 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Mary J. Blige has plenty of reasons to celebrate. She's marking two years of sobriety and set to release her crazily anticipated new album The London Sessions, a thrilling new LP featuring contributions from soul newcomer Sam Smith and…

  15. Billboard Cover: Kenny Chesney on Bro-Country Songs That ‘Objectify the Hell Out Of’ Women, Reclaiming His Turf and Rattling His Fans’ Cages

    November 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST Let the younger bros sing about muddy pickups and babes in cutoffs. Country's legendary party starter returns to stadiums with a wised-up, grown-up new album and outlook. "It's about reclaiming your place in the world." Hatless, shoeless and dressed in loose-fitting…

  16. Are Ariana Grande & Jessie J Recording a New Version of Brandy & Monica's 'The Boy Is Mine'?

    November 11, 2014 12:30 PM EST Are Ariana Grande and Jessie J about to bang bang all over Brandy and Monica’s '90s R&B classic? All signs point to yes. In an interview with Hits Daily Double , veteran producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins announced he’s planning to re-record the Hot 100 -topping hit with the …

  17. Emmylou Harris To Be Honored at Washington DC Event

    November 07, 2014 1:27 PM EST Emmylou Harris  is getting her own celebration. On Jan. 10, a collection of music stars -- including Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride -- will come together for a very special concert: The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration honoring the 13-time Grammy winner. …

  18. Who Were 1984’s One-Hit Wonders?

    October 24, 2014 6:27 PM EDT So, what was the "Macarena" of 1984? The better question is -- what wasn't? Sexy talk and German anti-war protest songs ruled in the fight to be forgotten. Below, you can hear tracks from lesser-known Jackson siblings and listen to Clint Eastwood in a country song. A Look…

  19. 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…

  20. Country Comedy Legend Ray Stevens Recalls Early Days in 'Nashville'

    October 17, 2014 9:30 PM EDT If you are looking for Ray Stevens to divulge all in his brand new book, Ray Stevens' Nashville , he tells Billboard that you might be in for a little bit of a letdown. "It's a selected memoir," says the legendary comedian. "There's a lot I left out. I wasn&…

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