1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Grammys 2015 Preview: Beyonce, Sam Smith & Other Artists Vying for Album of the Year Honors Dish on Their Discs

    December 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST Having trouble keeping track of what's nominated for Album of the Year at the 2015 Grammys? Billboard breaks down the five nominees. In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith Producers: Steve Fitzmaurice, Komi, Howard Lawrence, Zane Lowe, Mojam, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Fraser T. Smith, Two Inch…

  4. Throwback Thursday: Remember Taylor Swift's 2007 Christmas Album?

    December 25, 2014 8:20 AM EST Here's a fun fact for the non- Taylor Swift  superfans out there: In 2007, fresh off her success with her 2006 debut country album Taylor Swift , Swift released a six-song Christmas album exclusively through Target. (It was later re-released wide in Dec. 2008.) In honor of Christmas…

  5. Top 10 Rock/Alternative Christmas Songs That Don't Suck

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST …And one Hanukkah Song (we did our best!) Let’s get this out of the way: there are an awful lot of terrible rock covers of Christmas songs. Lots of genres are guilty of this, but being that Relient K and Bowling For Soup have both done entire Christmas albums, modern guitar music needs to…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Niall Horan's Underwear Dancing Owns 'One Direction: The TV Special'

    December 24, 2014 10:57 AM EST Any One Direction fans who missed the band's NBC special on Tuesday night should thank their lucky stars Vine exists, because One Direction: The TV Special had a major early Christmas present for Directioners. Namely, Niall Horan dancing around in his tighty-whitey underwear.…

  9. Watch One Direction Mock Jimmy Fallon's 1D Impersonation

    December 24, 2014 9:48 AM EST The lads from One Direction are presumably rich enough to buy solid-gold chairs (just guessing here), but they're also not too good to sit on the floor. The popular boy band appeared on Tuesday's Tonight Show , where Jimmy Fallon asked them to hop out of their chairs and reenact…

  10. Going With The Pitch: More and More, R&B and Hip Hop Artists Are Also TV Spokespersons

    December 23, 2014 4:48 PM EST Usher, Salt-N-Pepa, Waka Flocka Flame and newcomer Kevin Ross are among a growing number of R&B/hip-hop acts doubling as TV spokespersons. Waka Flocka Flame left many viewers scratching their heads and wondering if it was April Fool’s in November when his television spot extolling the…

  11. Must-Hear Music Holiday Podcast: Pentatonix, Idina Menzel, Ariana Grande & More

    December 23, 2014 1:30 PM EST Last week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers shared their personal favorite albums of the year, from D'Angelo 's Black Messiah to Nicki Minaj 's The Pinkprint to Mapei 's Hey Hey . This week, it's all about that Xmas. And (sort of) like Dickens…

  12. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  13. Gregg Alexander Reflects on Joe Cocker's Peerless Talent & Ridiculous Rock Hall Snub

    December 23, 2014 9:50 AM EST I can still remember the first time I heard Joe Cocker sing, which is what they always say is the sign of a truly great singer or song: if you can remember the first time. I was in a "music appreciation class" (whatever the hell that is) before I even hit my teens and our teacher…

  14. The Year in Emerging Artists: Hozier, Bobby Shmurda and K Camp Lead the Class of 2014

    December 22, 2014 4:00 PM EST The first year of the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart has come to a wrap, and it proved to be an eventful 2014. Across genres as diverse as pop, hip-hop and country, many emerging artists crossed into mainstream notability and racked up honors including top 10 singles on the…

  15. Coachella 2015 Wish List: 20 Possible Performers at Next Year's Festival

    December 22, 2014 3:40 PM EST Could U2, Robyn, Run The Jewels and Frank Ocean all be headed to Indio? Check out our 2015 Coachella predictions. 2015 is only a few days away, and one of the more exciting musical occasions coming in the first month of the calendar year is the annual unveiling of the Coachella Valley Music…

  16. Music in TV and Film, 2014: 'Frozen' Dominates, Singing Battles Go Lukewarm

    December 22, 2014 12:58 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  17. Justin Timberlake Duets With Garth Brooks on 'Friends In Low Places' in Nashville

    December 22, 2014 11:15 AM EST During a performance in Nashville on Friday (Dec. 19th), Justin Timberlake surprised the crowd with a very special guest: Garth Brooks , the man who has sold more albums than any other artist during the Neilsen Soundscan Era (post-1991). Together, the two singers performed one of Brooks&…

  18. 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…

  19. Lance Bass Is Married: Get The Details

    December 20, 2014 10:05 PM EST Lance Bass is officially a married man! The former *NSYNC singer and Michael Turchin tied the knot on Saturday (Dec. 20). The happy couple said "I do" in front of friends and family at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, according to E! News . Fellow *NSYNC bandmates…

  20. One Direction on 'Saturday Night Live': Their Best Moments

    December 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST One Direciton will be the musical guest tonight on Saturday Night Live , and if the past repeats itself, the boy-banders will likely appear in a sketch or two. To get ready, we're looking back on some of the highlights from their previous appearances on the late-night program. Check…

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