1. My Personal Playlist by Rachel Platten

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST Everyone already knows the song that Rachel Platten likes to kick ass to: Her breakout hit, "Fight Song," peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 34-year-old singer, who released her major-label debut, Wildfire , Jan. 1 on Columbia ...

  2. How the West(ern) Was Scored: Ennio Morricone Returns With 'Hateful Eight'

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST The composer, 87, returns to his roots with Quentin Tarantino's latest. Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (released Dec. 25 by The Weinstein Company) is the first western that legendary Italian film ­composer Ennio Morricone has scor ...

  3. Musicians Who Love Composer Ennio Morricone

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST The maestro has some surprising fans in the pop world. Metallica has used Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold," part of his unforgettable score for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly , as introductory music for its concerts for decades. It ...

  4. The Billboard Cover Story: 2016 Predictions Issue Starring Zayn Malik

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST "I'm not censoring myself anymore": As he wraps up his long-simmering creative statement -- a suave, cred-building solo album due in spring -- the boy band outlier aims to prove that he has been his own man all along. Zayn Malik is ...

  5. The Billboard Cover Story: 2016 Predictions Issue -- Mick Jagger Will Rock Primetime

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST The Rolling Stone talks crazy label bosses, the mob and working with his son James and pal Martin Scorsese on HBO's 'Vinyl,' a wild trip through the druggy, sexy music business of the '70s. "fThat was a huge musical moment ...

  6. The Billboard Cover Story: 2016 Predictions Issue -- 4 Insider Forecasts

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST "I'm looking forward to even more of a breakdown of genres -- collaborating or combining different styles of music." -Tinashe "There will be a continued focus on creating better music services that provide unprecedented choices ...

  7. The Billboard Cover Story: 2016 Predictions -- Maren Morris Will Become Nashville's Next Breakout Pop Star

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST One of the highlights on 25-year-old Maren Morris' sure-footed self-titled EP from 2015 is a song called "80's Mercedes." So it is only natural to scan for a vintage Benz when you're meeting the country singer-­songwriter ...

  8. The Billboard Cover Story: 2016 Predictions -- CL Will Successfully Blend Rap Grit With K-Pop Sparkle

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST Back in April 2013, ­supermanager Scooter Braun was in South Korea to see Psy, the viral K-pop artist he reps in North America, and caught opening act 2NE1, one of K-pop's most obsessed-over girl groups. After the show, he wound up drinking s ...

  9. The Billboard Cover Story: 2016 Predictions -- Marc Anthony Will Empower Latin Music Artists & Athletes

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST Marc Anthony -- actor, producer and top touring artist -- aims in 2016 to take on another title: mogul. His Magnus Media - which he launched last April as an entertainment, branding, marketing, social media and content development company - is poi ...

  10. The Billboard Cover Story: 2016 Predictions -- Charlie Puth Will Lay Siege to the Hot 100

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST Just over a year ago, Charlie Puth was a Berklee College of Music grad living at home with his parents in New Jersey. Now, at 24, he's one of the world's fastest-rising pop singer-­songwriters, with a gated house in the Hollywood Hills, ...

  11. The Billboard Cover Story: 2016 Predictions -- Rappers Will Take Over TV

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST Cent In My Friend 50 , a millennial joins 50 Cent's inner circle. The Curtis Jackson and Will Packer-produced Fox comedy pilot unfolds documentary-style. Common Common kicks off a two-year HBO deal and delivers an as-yet-untitled scripted ...

  12. The Billboard Cover Story: 2016 Predictions -- Post Malone Will Turn Kanye's Co-Sign Into a Career

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST Emerging artists who score viral hits can often pinpoint the source of their success, like a Vine dance craze or a superstar's Twitter co-sign. But for Syracuse, N.Y.-raised Post Malone, whose breakthrough hit "White Iverson" floode ...

  13. The Billboard Cover Story: 2016 Predictions -- Jidenna Will Be Pop Music's Most Iconic (And Bearded) Dandy

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST Jidenna, the Brooklyn singer whose first LP on Janelle Monae's Wondaland Records arrives in 2016, was at his label's studio when he learned "Classic Man," his electro-R&B ode to vintage dress and suave masculinity, had rece ...

  14. The Billboard Cover Story: 2016 Predictions -- L.A. Reid's Memoir Will Be the Must-Read Music-Biz Tome

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST In this excerpt, Reid meets Rihanna for the first time. At Island Def Jam, Jay Z, whom I'd hired to be president of Def Jam, became one of my great teachers. When he first brought Rihanna into the office for an audition in February 2005, we w ...

  15. RECORDS Founder Barry Weiss on Being a 'Major-Label Refugee,' Adele Surpassing 'N Sync and the 'Emotional' Closing of Jive

    January 08, 2016 10:00 AM EST Barry Weiss ' roots in the music business run deep. His father, Hy Weiss , was among the industry's more colorful early players, producing and releasing hit records in the 1950s and 1960s and eventually selling his Old Town label to ...

  16. The Year in Music 2015: Letter From the Editor

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST Here are few real surprises in music anymore. Sure, the ­success of a Fetty Wap or OMI carry little forewarning, but with much of the money boiled out of retail and streaming offering up-to-the-moment tracking, it's not as easy for success to ...

  17. The Year in Music 2015: The Great Adele Debate -- She Changes Everything!

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST A is for Adele. It also stands for anomaly, if you listen to the quiet ­rationalizing coming out of some record-label circles about why the jaw-dropping success of 25 is an essentially unrepeatable phenomenon. Every few years, the ­thinking goes, ...

  18. The Year in Music 2015: The Great Adele Debate -- She Changes Nothing!

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST When Elvis Presley died, the critic Lester Bangs wrote, "We will never again agree on ­anything as we agreed on Elvis." In a more demographically diverse country, in an era of pop culture supposedly fragmented by the "long tail,&quo ...

  19. The Year in Music 2015: Adele's Success Is 'Like a Shonda Rhimes Show...No Dull Moments'

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST How did Adele sell more than 4 million albums in two weeks? By captivating and energizing a "diaper-changing, lunch-packing" female audience that most artists and labels typically ignore. As Adele continues to ­obliterate modern sales re ...

  20. The Year in Music 2015: Everyone Is Mad for Max Martin

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST Everyone was feeling The  Weeknd's  "Can't Feel My Face," one of three 2015 No. 1s by Swedish super-producer-songwriter Max Martin. Fans include pop savant/songwriter Adam  Schlesinger , the Fountains of Wayne bassist who is ea ...

  21. The Year in Music 2015: Who Needs an Album? Rihanna and Kanye Didn't

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST Two of the most-teased LPs in recent memory never came, but Kanye West and Rihanna made headlines without them. RIHANNA Cover Girl: Rihanna fronted 15 glossies this year, transforming for each: fiery locks in Cuba for Vanity Fair , platinum for V ...

  22. The Year in Music 2015: Chris Stapleton -- My Year

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST An "overnight" sensation a decade in the making whose career skyrocketed after one awards show. Before this year a lot of people knew me better as a guy who was in a bluegrass band. But people who read liner notes knew I was a songwriter ...

  23. The Year in Music 2015: Is It 'Bye Bye Bye' to the Simon Cowell Era?

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST As One Direction takes a bow and American Idol goes dark, this may be the end of the Simon Cowell era. With the November release of One Direction's rumored-to-be-farewell album, Made in the A.M. , and Fox's American Idol kicking off its ...

  24. The Year in Music 2015: Drake, The Weeknd's Great (Not So) White North

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST What does it mean that the year's dominant R&B/hip-hop stars are multicultural meme machines from Toronto? The chart pop of the century's first dozen years was like a ­roving strip bar and dance club inside a giant Escalade, ­fleeing ...

  25. The Year in Music 2015: The Injury Index

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST The year (actually, mostly just June) in star slips, falls, tumbles and trips. FLORENCE WELCH WHEN/WHERE: April, Coachella OUCH: The Florence & The Machine singer leapt from the stage and broke her foot. SHOW MUST GO ON:  Welch never let on sh ...

  26. The Year in Music 2015: Ariana Grande's Donutgate

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST After a video surfaced of Grande saying "I hate Americans" while licking the offerings at a donut shop, a series of apologies ensued. July 8 press statement: "I love my country, but the fact that the U.S. has the highest child obesi ...

  27. The Year in Music 2015: Grimes -- My Year

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST The indie star made pop weirder (and better) with 'Art Angels,' one of 2015's most acclaimed albums. I was accused of being a Satanist a few times this year. I spent May through June opening for Lana Del Rey and 70 percent of the cr ...

  28. The Year in Music 2015: Whip It Good

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST Wanted a hit in 2015? All it took was a dance step. Pandas. kids. Clintons. In 2015, everyone and their ­grandmother made videos dancing to rapper-singer Silento's "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)." The song, which hit No. 3 on the Billboar ...

  29. The Year in Music 2015: Peter Shapiro -- My Year

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST For this promoter, putting together The Grateful Dead's farewell shows was a dream come true -- literally. My year started in an outdoor shower in Jamaica. I was vacationing there with my family when Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann call ...

  30. The Year in Music 2015: Donald Trump vs. Latinos

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST How the Republican presidential frontrunner became the most contentious figure in Latin music. June 16: Trump announces his presidential bid, declaring: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're bringing ...

  31. The Year in Music 2015: Lin-Manuel Miranda -- My Year

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST The creator of smash musical 'Hamilton' on Barack, Busta and becoming a Genius. I don't know how many really good ideas you get in a lifetime, but the idea of telling Hamilton as a hip-hop story was definitely one. Because you get t ...

  32. The Year in Music 2015: My Year by Mark Ronson

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST The "Uptown Funk!" producer on the year's biggest hit (and being the white guy from the Bruno Mars video). It was do or die. My last album, Record Collection , hadn't done well. And I really respect [RCA heads] Peter Edge and T ...

  33. The Year in Music 2015: Name That Metal Band

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST Named after the lead singer, Breaking Benjamin had a surprise No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with Dark Before Dawn and scored 2.8 million YouTube views for the track "Angels Fall." Bring Me the Horizon's That's the Spirit mov ...

  34. The Year in Music 2015: Compton's Comeback

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST From Kendrick Lamar's culture-shifting album to the smash N.W.A biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' to Suge Knight being back in the news (not in a good way), the SoCal rap hub was on everyone's lips again. "Stuck a flag in my ...

  35. The Year in Music 2015: Stars' True Confessions in Memoirs

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST Love, loss and weirdness revealed themselves in a host of memoirs by some of music's most notable women. 1. Patti Smith meets up with chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer in M Train . "I received a call from a man identifying himself as Bobby ...

  36. The Year in Music 2015: Humans Battle Streaming Service Algorithms for Dominance

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST "You can't get emotion from a machine." In the brave new world of streaming, finding music to listen to is rarely a ­problem -- but sifting through it certainly is. That's why helping listeners locate songs and artists they lik ...

  37. The Year in Music 2015: Tropical House Heats Up

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST The beachy EDM subgenre became pop's favorite new sound, led by these Billboard Hot 100 hits. Mr. Probz, "Waves (Robin Schulz Remix)":  German producer Schulz set the table for tropical house's 2015 takeover with this reinventi ...

  38. The Year in Music 2015: The No. 1s -- Nicki Minaj, The Boss

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST "You have to be bigger than your music. I was never settling. I was ruthless." To be clear: Nicki Minaj is a better musician than she is a celebrity. But she's an awfully good celebrity. For Minaj, 33, it's a job that entails m ...

  39. The Year in Music 2015: The No. 1s -- Big Sean, The Graduate

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST 'Dark Sky Paradise,' 1 Week on the Billboard 200 Led by the boisterous breakup anthem "I Don't F--- With You" featuring E-40 -- No. 1 on Billboard' s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- Big Sean charmed his way to the ...

  40. The Year in Music 2015: The No. 1s -- Future, The Visionary

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST 'DS2,' 1 Week on the Billboard 200. 'What a Time to Be Alive' (With Drake), 1 Week on the Billboard 200. "This is the house that Future built," Epic Records chairman/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid, 59, says one Nov ...

  41. The Year in Music 2015: The No. 1s -- Jason Isbell, The Storyteller

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST 'Something More Than Free,' 1 Week on Top Countrys and Top Rock Albums, And 4 Weeks on Folk Albums Two years ago, Jason Isbell established himself as a critic's darling with the addiction-haunted narratives of his fourth album, Sout ...

  42. The Year in Music 2015: The No. 1s -- Jill Scott, The Voice

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST 'Woman,' 1 Week on the Billboard 200 Jill Scott -- singer, songwriter, actress and, for many devoted fans, mother confessor -- has come a long way since her platinum introduction in 2000, Who Is Jill Scott? For her fifth album, Scott, 43 ...

  43. The Year in Music 2015: The No. 1s -- James Taylor, The Renaissance

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST 'Before This World,' 1 Week on the Billboard 200 When James Taylor's managers Sam Feldman and Michael Gorfaine called the artist to say Before This World hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Taylor, 67, revealed that he had never had a N ...

  44. The Year in Music 2015: The No. 1s -- Tori Kelly, The Showstopper

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST "Nobody Love," "Unbreakable Smile," "Should've Been Us," Trending 140 Tori Kelly's debut studio album, Unbreakable Smile , helped establish the singer-songwriter as a rising talent, but it was the 22-year-ol ...

  45. The Year in Music 2015: The No. 1s -- Walk the Moon, The Upstarts

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST "Shut Up and Dance With Me," 27 Weeks on Hot Rocks Songs When Walk the Moon's snappy new-wave throwback "Shut Up and Dance" reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, it marked the rare instance of an alternative rock band su ...

  46. The Year in Music 2015: The No. 1s -- Nicky Jam, The Comeback King

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST "El Perdon" (Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias), 30 Weeks on Hot Latin Songs Juan Diego Medina was in his management office when client Nicky Jam (real name: Nick Rivera Caminero, 35) called from the studio, humming a new melody. Recalls ...

  47. The Year in Music 2015: Twenty One Pilots, The Noisemakers

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST 'Blurryface,' 1 Week on the Billboard 200 Twenty One Pilots are actually two guys on a big stage. Tyler Joseph, 27, sings, raps, plays the piano and plinks a ukulele. Josh Dun, 27, drums, crowd-surfs and crowd-surfs while playing drums. ...

  48. The Year in Music 2015: The No. 1s -- Little Big Town, The Provocateurs

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST "Girl Crush," 13 Weeks on Hot Country Songs At a moment when feel-good party jams ruled the country airwaves, Little Big Town -- Karen Fairchild, 46; Kimberly Schlapman, 46; Jimi Westbrook, 44; and Phillip Sweet, 41 -- dared to release a ...

  49. The Year in Music 2015: The No. 1s -- Leon Bridges, The Soul Sensation

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST In October 2014, Leon Bridges, 26, couldn't stop checking the Internet. The soul singer had been a fixture at open mics in Fort Worth, Texas, but few outside the state knew his name until MP3 blog Gorilla vs. Bear streamed his debut single, & ...

  50. The Year in Music 2015: The No. 1s -- Selena Gomez, The Pop Siren

    December 11, 2015 12:00 PM EST "Good for You" (feat. ASAP Rocky), 2 Weeks on Mainstream Top 40 and 1 Week on Hot Digital Songs; 'Revival,' 1 Week on the Billboard 200 With its bedroom vocals and ASAP Rocky cameo, "Good for You" announced the arriva ...

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