1. A-Trak Talks New Solo Material, DJ Set Transparency, and 'Youth on the Come-Up'

    November 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST By this point in his career, A-Trak should probably be known as Multi-Track. The former Billboard cover star  (real name Alain Macklovitch, a last name you might recognize from his brother Dave, who goes by Dave 1 in the electro-funk duo Chromeo ) is a DJ and producer, scratcher and…

  2. Idris Elba Working on 'Luther'-Inspired Album

    November 24, 2014 9:41 PM EST There's just no stopping the multi-talented Idris Elba at the moment. Radio Times reports that Elba is planning an album inspired by John Luther , the conflicted police detective he plays in the darkly absorbing BBC crime drama. Luther has just been confirmed to return in a two-part…

  3. Aretha Franklin Blasts Unauthorized Bio, Calls It a 'Very Trashy Book'

    November 24, 2014 7:13 PM EST The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money -- or soul -- on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. In a statement, Aretha Franklin called David Ritz 's Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin , a "trashy book." Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering '…

  4. LeAnn Rimes Spreads the Holiday Cheer With 'One Christmas' EP Series

    November 24, 2014 6:06 PM EST The holidays are a special time for LeAnn Rimes . That enthusiasm is showcased vividly on the brand-new Yuletide collection One Christmas: Chapter 1. " I really love the Christmas holiday season," she told Billboard . "For this project, instead of doing one record like I did…

  5. German DJ Robin Schulz Gives the Scoop Behind His Hit Remixes of Mr. Probz's 'Waves' and Lilly Wood & The Prick's 'Prayer in C'

    November 24, 2014 5:22 PM EST German DJ Robin Schulz , 27, reveals the thought process behind his two surprise international hits with remixes of Mr. Probz 's "Waves" and Lilly Wood & The Prick's "Prayer in C" from his debut, Prayer (Big Beat). Tomorrow's Hits: Lilly Wood & The…

  6. Amazon Prime Music Debuts First Exclusive Content

    November 24, 2014 5:11 PM EST Amazon has made exclusive video a component of Prime Instant Video streaming service, its answer to Netflix. Now the company is doing the same with music -- sort of. Amazon quietly debuted last week its first exclusive music release, the 43-track, Christmas-themed All Is Bright , through…

  7. Why Bryan Ferry Decided to Cover Broadway Classic 'Send in the Clowns' on His New Solo Album, 'Avonmore'

    November 24, 2014 5:01 PM EST Whether fronting Roxy Music or manning the stage on his own, Bryan Ferry has epitomized artful elegance for more than four decades. Avonmore (out Nov. 15 on BMG) is the 69-year-old English singer-songwriter's 15th solo effort, and as fans have come to expect, it's lush, soulful…

  8. Marianne Faithfull on Her New Album & Book and Her Charmed Circle of Friends (From Metallica to Bowie)

    November 24, 2014 4:50 PM EST For the past 50 years,  Marianne Faithfull  has been one of the music world’s most singular characters: a Swinging London teen icon and mid-’60s girlfriend of Mick Jagger , a notorious heroin addict who revived her career in 1979 with the landmark Broken English and, most of all, a singer…

  9. 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…

  10. See Pink Floyd's 15 Albums Ranked From Highest to Lowest Charting

    November 24, 2014 4:02 PM EST CLICK TO EXPAND & ENLARGE With Pink Floyd 's farewell album The Endless River sitting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 , we're looking back at the incalculably influential British band's history on the U.S. album charts. In the prism-inspired illustration above, we&…

  11. Apple to Donate Portions of Holiday Sales to Bono's (RED)

    November 24, 2014 3:18 PM EST The holiday shopping season is upon us and once again Apple is partnering with Product (RED) to generate awareness and a significant amount of money to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. Related Queen Shares Unreleased '80s Track to Help Fight AIDS Apple's Beats Music Relaunch…

  12. Fall Out Boy Announces ‘American Beauty/American Psycho’ Album, Shares Title Track

    November 24, 2014 3:01 PM EST Fall Out Boy fans had to wait five long years between the band’s pre-hiatus 2008 album Folie à Deux and its post-hiatus 2013 comeback record Save Rock and Roll ; fortunately, they won’t even have to wait two years for the latter’s sequel. On Monday (Nov. 24), the pop-punk stalwarts…

  13. Spotify Seems to Be Gaining on YouTube's Streaming Dominance

    November 24, 2014 2:17 PM EST YouTube, the undisputed king of music streams, is getting chipped away at. We break it down. Hozier 's 2014 breakout can be attributed to the popularity of "Take Me to Church's" intriguing music video on YouTube. With an impressive 24 million video views to date, it&…

  14. Joris Voorn Talks Working With Kid A & His Father on New Album 'Nobody Knows'

    November 24, 2014 1:35 PM EST The Dutch institution departs his club comfort zone on third LP. Between marathon sets and sessions, Joris Voorn is a rare breed -- equally at home in the club and studio. The esteemed Trouw, Amsterdam resident's versatility is fully evident on his third full-length album Nobody Knows,…

  15. Stephen King Talks His Musical ‘Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,’ John Mellencamp and Why Broadway Isn’t Necessarily Better

    November 24, 2014 12:00 PM EST Stephen King has already conquered the page and the screen, and now he's eyeing the stage. For the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County , he worked for more than a decade alongside creative partner John Mellencamp and musical collaborator T Bone Burnett . The show debuted in 2012…

  16. Beyonce's New 'Platinum Edition' Album Is Streaming on Spotify Now!

    November 24, 2014 11:45 AM EST Less than 24 hours after Taylor Swift took a very public swipe at Spotify at the 2014 AMAs, the only pop artist who can hold a candle to Swift in 2014 just released her brand new album to Spotify on the same day of its official release.  Beyonce 's new release, Beyonce:…

  17. Corner Office: Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, on Surviving Scandal and Setting Up Shop on the Sunset Strip

    November 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST The guitarist-turned-CEO on reimagining a 118-year-old company, surviving scandal and setting up shop on the Sunset Strip. A conversation with Henry Juszkiewicz , chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, is as colorful as his office and conference room -- peppered with rustic asides and anecdotes…

  18. Ariana Grande Turns to Kris Kringle for Romantic Advice in New Christmas Song, 'Santa Tell Me'

    November 24, 2014 10:12 AM EST Last night, Ariana Grande released her new Christmas song, "Santa Tell Me," for download on iTunes. Listen to it below. Ariana Grande Jazzes Up the AMAs with The Weeknd Grande performed a number of songs from My Everything last night -- including the latest single, "Love Me…

  19. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  20. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Remember When Taylor Swift Was Country … in 2011?

    November 24, 2014 8:05 AM EST Swift's 'Sparks Fly' topped Hot Country Songs just three years ago. Plus, looking back at key chart feats for Mary J. Blige, Jay Z & Alicia Keys and the Beatles. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

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