1. SoundExchange Financials Show Fewer Unclaimed Royalties, Persistent Data Problems

    December 24, 2014 10:48 AM EST A peek under the hood shows SoundExchange has fewer unclaimed royalties, though data issues are a consistent impediment to distributing royalties to artists and labels. SoundExchange's year-end balance, as reported on the organization's Form 990 and detailed for Billboard, grew …

  2. Happy Birthday, Louis Tomlinson: 5 Goofy (And Great!) Moments

    December 24, 2014 9:40 AM EST The One Direction guys are growing up! It's Louis Tomlinson 's 23rd birthday today (he's the oldest of Team 1D) and to celebrate, we're looking back on five moments where he had us swooning -- and cracking up -- from both this year and way back when.  5. We have to start…

  3. 'Saturday Night Live' Christmas Music: 5 Great Moments

    December 21, 2014 11:15 AM EST From musical numbers about hooking up in your childhood bedroom to PAUL MCCARTNEY, 'Saturday Night Live' Christmas regularly gives fans perfect music moments. Saturday Night Live 's Christmas shows are always extra special. The festive spirit means even higher energy than…

  4. Eric Burgett Brings His Classical Training to Country Music

    December 19, 2014 2:59 PM EST In this week's 615 Spotlight, we take a look at a singer who we found simply perfecting his art in one of the most prestigious clubs in Nashville: Eric Burgett, one of the most unique talents  you will find in Music City. His writing and performing definitely fit in with what is out…

  5. Wendy Rene, Soul Singer Sampled by Wu-Tang Clan & Alicia Keys, Dies at 67

    December 18, 2014 4:12 PM EST Wendy Rene, the budding Stax Records singing and songwriting talent who quit music after the death of Otis Redding in 1967 and saw her music revived through samples decades later, died Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., following a stroke. She was 67. Born Mary Frierson in Memphis, Rene was given…

  6. Carole King Musical 'Beautiful' Announces Nationwide Casting Calls

    December 17, 2014 8:44 PM EST If you think you can sing "It's Too Late" and "So Far Away" like Carole King , some Broadway producers would like to hear from you. Carole King Bio-Musical 'Beautiful' a Bona Fide Broadway Hit Nationwide open casting calls were announced Wednesday to find…

  7. 'American Idol' to Be Reduced to One Night, Ryan Seacrest Says

    December 14, 2014 1:26 PM EST “We are going to do the performance show and the results in the same show,” said the program's longtime host. American Idol fans are going to find out who’s going home in a whole new way. 'American Idol' Judge Keith Urban Talks Season 14: 'They've Brought Something…

  8. Syria's Hazem Shareef Wins 'Arab Idol'

    December 14, 2014 12:52 PM EST Hazem Shareef of Aleppo beat contestants of Saudi Arabian and Palestinian descent Weeks before American Idol returns to its 14th season on Fox, the pan Middle Eastern edition of the show has just crowned its latest winner. Palestinian ‘Arab Idol’ Winner Gets Permission For West Bank Move…

  9. Women in Music's Rising Star Ariana Grande Shares Her Mother's Most Important Lesson

    December 12, 2014 1:20 PM EST After a tearful introduction from her brother Frankie, Ariana Grande took the stage at Women in Music 2014 to accept the Rising Star honor. And in her acceptance speech, she turned the spotlight onto the two longtime stars in her life. Billboard's Women in Music 2014 "I want to…

  10. 'American Idol' Judge Keith Urban Talks Season 14: 'They've Brought Something Fresh'

    December 12, 2014 12:00 AM EST Keith Urban often refers to his American Idol co-stars as a family. And in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, the country star said that his fellow judges came through for him in his time of need -- the death of his father-in-law, Antony Kidman , dad to Urban's wife, Nicole…

  11. Op-Ed: Why U2's 'Songs of Innocence' Doesn't Deserve the Rock Album Grammy

    December 05, 2014 11:00 PM EST It rather boggles the mind that U2 's Songs of Innocence was nominated for a 2015 Best Rock Album Grammy on Friday (Dec. 5). Is it possible voters thought they were voting for Biggest Album Rollout Fiasco after the free release burrowed into people's computers and wouldn't…

  12. The Cost of Scott Stapp's Downward Spiral: Blowing Through $1.5 Million in a Year

    December 05, 2014 3:32 PM EST Creed helped fuel one of the music industry's most robust runs, selling 27 million albums in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its 1997 debut, My Own Prison . Today, frontman Scott Stapp says he's broke and homeless . But according to sources, it was only…

  13. Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift on Writing Her Own Rules, Not Becoming a Cliche and the Hurdle of Going Pop

    December 05, 2014 9:00 AM EST Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, 1989 , would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own…

  14. Song Suffragettes Provides Boost for Young Female Country Artists in Nashville

    December 04, 2014 12:06 PM EST Frustrated by the lack of opportunities for young women in country music, Nashville-based production company Todd Cassetty Welding Service set out to do something about it. Early this year, the company began auditioning female singer-songwriters and in March launched a weekly live show,…

  15. Watch Jane Krakowski Audition for 'Peter Pan Live!'

    December 02, 2014 12:00 PM EST Moment of silence that 30 Rock isn't on the air in the era of live television musicals.  While we'll never officially have Jenna Maroney demanding to be part of NBC's live broadcasts, fans got the next best thing: Jane Krakowski's disastrous audition for Peter Pan Live! …

  16. Adam Lambert Makes New Year's Plans, Cameo in Latest 'American Idol'

    December 02, 2014 5:42 AM EST Adam Lambert will kick off 2015 in a big way. The American Idol season-eight runner-up will join Queen in London for an exclusive concert airing live on BBC One. The intimate show will take place at Central Hall Westminster (capacity: 2,000) near the iconic Big Ben clock-tower and serve as…

  17. 'I Only Blame Myself': Is Reclusive R&B Singer Jeremih Holding Back His Own Career?

    November 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Fifty-two different songs have reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. Only one of them doesn't have an official music video: Jeremih 's "Don't Tell 'Em." "I blame myself," the singer says, sitting on the rooftop of West Hollywood hotel…

  18. Exclusive Premiere: 'Dance Moms' Star Mack Z's 'Christmas All Year Long'

    November 20, 2014 1:00 PM EST Mack Z, full name Mackenzie Ziegler, is just ten years old, but her Youtube channel already has more than 100,000 subscribers and 10 million views. She also stars on the show Dance Moms , and earlier this year, her self-titled album debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes pop chart. Today Billboard…

  19. Run the Jewels Are Rapping EMTs in New Music Video

    November 20, 2014 7:23 AM EST When you listen to Run the Jewels ' ferocious new album  RTJ2 , do you imagine bandmates  Killer Mike and El-P as rapping, smoking-in-the-ambulance EMTs? They are, and they made a "Blockbuster Night Part 1" music video to prove it. This is how Run the Jewels parties on a warm…

  20. Jason Isbell Asked to Audition for 'The Voice', Mockingly Denies Offer

    November 20, 2014 1:06 AM EST After more than a decade in the business, Jason Isbell might be good enough for primetime NBC. This year's Americana Music Awards Album of the Year winner was recently asked to audition for The Voice by one of the show's talent producers, an email of which Isbell posted to…

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