Just minutes before midnight EST on Friday (Dec. 13), Beyonce released her fifth album, a self-titled set, exclusively on iTunes. Details are still emerging on confirmed producers, but guests credited on the "exclusive visual album" are Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and daughter Blue Ivy.
Veteran rocker Rod Stewart takes the No. 1 ranking on the weekly Hot Tours recap with more than $4 million in reported grosses from his third multiple-show run this year at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Billboard's Women In Music top honoree Julie Greenwald took a few minutes to talk chat with Billboard on the red carpet, where she discussed this year's trends, Atlantic artists to watch out for in 2014, and going from Teach For America to working for Lyor Cohen.
It used to be that users who upload videos to YouTube containing copyrighted music are served with legal threats. In February, they'll have the chance to get a check instead. Audiam, a company that monetizes cover songs on YouTube, is offering a novel twist on music licensing: give people who use a selection of the company's tracks in their videos the ad revenue generated by those videos for the month of February.
The 71st annual Golden Globes nominees include Justin Timberlake's song from "Inside Llewyn Davis," Taylor Swift's track from "One Chance," and Coldplay's closing credits from "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
A full year after her death, and in the throes of multiple specials, concerts and homages surrounding her death, Jenni Rivera once more tops the Billboard charts with "1969 - Siempre: En Vivo Desde Monterrey: Parte 1," on Fonovisa.
This year, when new stars like Lorde, Baauer, and Macklemore shared the spotlight with Justin Timberlake, Eminem, and Katy Perry, Spotify listeners made official Billboard playlists the most popular in the world for 2013. Billboard's Hot 100 playlist received more total streams this year than any of the 1 billion+ playlists in the Spotify ecosystem and the Billboard 200 playlist was the world's most shared on social networks.