1. Pop Shop Podcast: Grammy Nominations, Meghan Trainor, Brandy Clark & More

    December 11, 2014 10:53 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  2. British Trade Body BPI Appoints New Chairman

    December 11, 2014 9:58 AM EST British trade body BPI has appointed former Sony Music UK CEO Ged Doherty as chairman of BPI and the BRIT Awards, effective on New Year's Day. Doherty replaces Tony Wadsworth , who announced in March he was stepping down from the role after seven years. "It's a pleasure to…

  3. Sting Joins Cast of 'The Last Ship,' Receives Standing Ovation

    December 10, 2014 10:56 PM EST Grammy Award-winner Sting jumped aboard his Broadway musical The Last Ship  as its newest star Tuesday night, hoping to help right a show that's been listing dangerously at the box office. A bearded Sting got a standing ovation -- and a bouquet of white roses -- at the Neil Simon…

  4. Plan B, Daddy Yankee, J Alvarez & More Set for Best Latino Urbano Show at MSG

    December 10, 2014 10:03 AM EST Presale announced for Feb. 6 all-ages show to also spotlight Arcangel, Alexis y Fido, Tony Dize. Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Plan B will headline The Best Latino Urbano concert at Madison Square Garden. Appearances by Daddy Yankee , J Alvarez, Arcangel , Tony Dize , Alexis y Fido , and…

  5. Album Review: Ghostface Killah Follows Up Wu-Tang Clan's Reunion Album With Solo Concept LP '36 Seasons'

    December 09, 2014 1:00 PM EST After 20 years of rapping, there are few things the Wu-Tang Clan hasn't been able to do -- except get along. In 2007, ahead of the release of its fifth LP, 8 Diagrams , group members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon trashed the album publicly, blaming its poor quality on the direction of…

  6. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  7. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  8. There's So Much Anna Kendrick Singing in 'The Last Five Years' Trailer

    December 08, 2014 12:09 PM EST Anna Kendrick 's musical 2015 continues! Taking a break from the steps of the palace , the Tony- and Oscar-nominated actress stars in the movie adaptation of  The Last Five Years , opposite  Smash  and Broadway star Jeremy Jordan -- and the first trailer for the highly anticipated…

  9. Taylor Swift, Simon Cowell Rank High on Guardian's Media Power List

    December 08, 2014 12:01 PM EST The Guardian has released its MediaGuardian 100 ranking of the most powerful and impactful people across the industries of art, advertising, tech, journalism and every other subsection of ways in which your eyes and ears drink in stuff. Topping the list in outsize fashion is the technology…

  10. 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…

  11. Black Label Society Leader Zakk Wylde on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Was Like the Rat Pack All in One Guy'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Black Label Society leader and former Ozzy…

  12. 'Dimebag' Darrell: 10 Years Later, a Look Back at the Murder of the Last Guitar God

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST On Dec. 14, 2004, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , former guitarist of influential metal band Pantera , lay in repose at the Moore Funeral home in Arlington, Texas, head resting on the pillow of the gaudy Kiss Kasket he had once asked to be buried in. A black-and-yellow Charvel "…

  13. 'Matilda' Recoups on Broadway

    December 07, 2014 11:16 PM EST It's taken more than a year and a half, but Matilda, the inventive musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's modern-classic children's novel, is officially a profitable hit on Broadway. Producers the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers confirmed on Friday that the show has…

  14. Lady Gaga's Viral Dancing Little Monster Brendan Jordan Models for American Apparel

    December 05, 2014 8:41 PM EST The Lady Gaga fan who rose to Internet stardom after a video of him executing the "Applause" choreography in the background of a local news broadcast went viral is now an American Apparel model.  Lady Gaga Approves of Young Fan's 'Applause' Choreography Brendan…

  15. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  16. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Idina Menzel: ‘I Worked My Whole Life to Have a Crossover Song’

    December 05, 2014 5:14 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Breakthrough Artist honoree talks about the phenomenon of 'Frozen' and the blessing of John Travolta mispronouncing her name at the Oscars. Just after 10 p.m. one November night, Idina Menzel  is winding down from her workday. The 43-year-old is…

  17. Joan Rivers & 5 More Posthumous Grammy Award Nominees

    December 05, 2014 4:09 PM EST At the 57th annual Grammy Awards , late comedy legend Joan Rivers will be up for just her second Grammy ever, following her 1984 Best Comedy Album nomination for What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most? This time, she'll compete for Best Spoken Word Album with her Diary of a Mad Diva .…

  18. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  19. 'Peter Pan Live!': Watch the 5 Musical Performances Everyone Is Talking About

    December 05, 2014 9:59 AM EST Peter Pan Live! , starring Allison Williams,  Christopher Walken , and Nana the Dog, aired on NBC Thursday night (Dec. 4). Missed the production? Check out some of the highlight performances below, with plenty of flying, sword fighting, and tap dancing to go around.   5. "Tender…

  20. Pop Shop Podcast: Echosmith Talks 'Cool Kids,' Surprise Success & Getting Paid In Chicken

    December 04, 2014 10:55 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

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