Christmas music

  1. Morning Fix: SoundExchange Financials; 2013 Grammy Voter Guide; Xmas Sales; Lady Gaga Doc

    December 26, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE. EXCLUSIVE: SOUNDEXCHANGE FINANCIALS: HOW MUCH PAID VS. HOW MUCH IN LIMBO? SoundExchange had a $363 million cash balance on Dec. 31, 2011 on its Form 990, the annual r ...

  2. Taylor Swift Going for Six Weeks at No. 1 With 'Red' on Next Week's Billboard 200

    December 21, 2012 9:47 PM EST Taylor Swift is dreaming of a "Red" Christmas, it seems. Industry sources are forecasting that her latest album, "Red," is on track to possibly spend a sixth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. T ...

  3. Ross On Radio: First Listen - Australia's Elf Radio

    December 12, 2012 7:00 AM EST What if, six years ago, the major group broadcasters that participated in the HD Radio Alliance had decided that holiday music was going to be the exclusive province of digital radio? When I went to Radio Shack to buy my $99 Accurian radio, what i ...

  4. Chart Moves: Rod Stewart Vs. Michael Buble: A Tale of Two 'Christmas' Albums

    December 07, 2012 1:20 PM EST The Billboard 200: One lone new entry graced the chart this week -- Alicia Keys' "Girl On Fire," which bowed at No. 1 with 159,000 sold. It was the R&B super star's fifth No. 1 on the tally. Two steps below Keys this week i ...

  5. Mariah Carey Tops First 2012 Holiday Songs Chart

    November 29, 2012 5:11 PM EST With Black Friday behind us, the Holiday Songs chart makes its annual return to Billboard.biz. Like the Billboard Hot 100, but solely for yuletide tracks (of all eras), the 50-position-deep Holiday Songs-chart ranks the most popular seasonal songs ...

  6. Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart Aiming for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    November 29, 2012 9:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' new album, "Girl On Fire," is set to earn the highest debut next week on the Billboard 200 chart -- and with a likely No. 1 bow. But Rod Stewart's "Merry Christmas, Baby" might spoil her party with a post ...

  7. Least-Liked Holiday Songs: Some Theories Why People Hate Beach Boys, Others So Much

    November 27, 2012 7:00 AM EST When Edison Research published a recent list of this year's least-liked holiday songs, there were a lot of questions, especially from people outside the radio business who hadn't seen other, similar research over the last decade. Edison, ...

  8. Chart Moves: Christina Perri Logs Another 'Thousand Years' On Hot 100 With Help From 'Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt. 2'

    November 23, 2012 9:00 AM EST As previously reported, Rihanna scores her 12th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Diamonds." What other acts shine bright on the Hot 100 and other singles charts? -- Christina Perri: As parent album "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: ...

  9. Chart Moves: Calvin Harris' '18 Months' Album Debuts, Paul McCartney's New 'Christmas Song' Helps 'Holidays Rule'

    November 08, 2012 8:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: On the chart this week , Taylor Swift's "Red" continued to rule the roost, as it sold another 344,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It blocked debuting rapper Meek Mill from grabbing the top slot with hi ...

  10. Chart Moves: Donald Fagen Charts Highest Album Since 1993 on Billboard 200

    October 25, 2012 2:15 PM EDT As previously reported , Jason Aldean scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as "Night Train" rolls in at the summit with 409,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while Brandy, Scotty McCreery and Jamey Johnson make top ...

  11. This Week in Billboard History: First Openly Gay Comedy Album Released; Is Rock Dead?

    January 24, 2012 2:30 PM EST Even before the Beatles backlash, radio programmers were resistant to "raucous" rock and roll preferring to play anodyne "sweeter, swinging sounds." - 1960: Will Rock & Roll Be Replaced by "Sensible Programming"? ...

  12. Justin Bieber Hangs 'Mistletoe' Atop Holiday Songs Chart

    December 28, 2011 1:02 PM EST Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe" jingles 2-1 on Billboard's final Holiday Songs chart this season, dethroning Mariah Carey's 1994 carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which led the list all four of its previous we ...

  13. Military Wives, Italian Donkey Song, Nirvana: The Always Entertaining & Bizarre Race For UK's No. 1 Christmas Single

    December 23, 2011 8:19 AM EST The U.K.'s ever-idiosyncratic Christmas singles market is producing its usual entertaining race for Yuletide chart honors, with contestants including a choir of soldiers' wives, the latest YouTube sensation and a 1960s song about an Ital ...

  14. This Week in Music History: Bing Crosby Got Runover By A Grandma; Virgin Megastore's 10-Year Plan

    December 19, 2011 12:13 PM EST : Bing Crosby Got Run Over By A Grandma Billboard, Dec. 21, 1985, page 57 Which holiday favorite tops the Billboard Christmas singles chart in the Dec. 19, 1985 issue? In a shocking turn of events, it isn't Bing Crosby's traditional ...

  15. The Joy (and Pain) of Radio-Station Christmas Shows

    December 07, 2011 6:15 AM EST With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, it's time to turn our attention to another time-honored tradition: radio station Christmas shows. While most of the press coverage goes to the monstrous major market extravaganzas like the Jingle Bal ...

  16. How An All-Christmas-Music Format Doubles Radio Ratings

    December 06, 2011 9:05 AM EST More and more radio channels have been switching their formats to all Christmas, all the time -- a consistent winner for radio even during a brutal 2008-2009 revenue downturn, which ended last year when the U.S. radio industry took in $20.1 billio ...

  17. Natasha Bedingfield Sings 'Shake Up Christmas' in Six Languages for Coca-Cola Global Campaign

    November 23, 2011 2:10 PM EST Following a successful 2010 campaign, Coca-Cola has holiday music plans again this year - this time with Natasha Bedingfield. The "Unwritten" singer is the new vocalist for Coca-Cola's 2011 global campaign, featuring the song " ...

  18. Justin Bieber's Christmas Album to Make Charity History

    October 18, 2011 8:11 PM EDT Justin Bieber is in the holiday spirit: The singer says he's the first artist on the Universal Music roster to have part of his album sales benefit charity. Partial sales from "Under the Mistletoe," his Christmas album that is out N ...

  19. Drunk On Christmas: Late Night's Jimmy Fallon Selling Original Music Content On iTunes

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jimmy Fallon is known for performing memorable duets with music stars on NBC's "Late Nigth with Jimmy Fallon" ("Whip My Hair" with Bruce Springsteen and "A History of Rap" with Justin Timberlake, to name a couple ...

  20. U.K. Xmas TV Commercial Synchs

    November 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST With U.K. retailers currently pulling out all the stops to entice customers into their stores, Billboard.biz looks at five U.K. TV commercials - kicking off with the holiday season's biggest synch star. -- Ellie Goulding "Your Song" ...

  21. Taylor Swift Likely To Top Next Week's Billboard 200

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A familiar face will likely crown the Billboard 200 albums chart next week; all signs point to Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" easily holding for a second week atop the list, with perhaps 350,000 sold by week's end on Nov. 7, accord ...

  22. Holiday Sales Keep Retailers Optimistic

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music merchants says the year is ending with relatively good cheer, thanks to a combination of factors in their Christmas stockings: a great release schedule, less aggressive music discounting, and comparisons to a disastrous 2008 Christmas season ...

  23. Mariah Carey Most Played At Christmas

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is the most played song at Christmas in the U.K. over the past decade, according to collecting societies PRS for Music and PPL. The single featured on the 1994 Columbia/Sony Music Ent ...

  24. Rage Against Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST “Fed up of Simon Cowell's latest karaoke act being Christmas No.1?” That’s the rallying cry from a Facebook group set up to block another “The X Factor” winner from scoring the U.K.’s No. 1 Christmas song. Jon and Tracy Morter of London launc ...

  25. Feliciano's 'Navidad' Maintains Top ASCAP Latin Xmas Spot

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST José Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” leads the list of ASCAP’s most-played Latin Chirstmas songs of the year. The ASCAP tally, which measures airplay from Oct. 1, 2008 through Dec. 11, 2008, found that, as in years past, “Feliz Navidad” is by far the ...

  26. Retailers Hope For Holiday Cheer After Weak Post-Thanksgiving Sales

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST What used to be a seasonal retail lament may emerge as a fervently desired holiday wish: After weak sales during the Black Friday weekend, music merchants say they are hoping that the holiday selling season will be saved by a "late" Chri ...

  27. Eurythmics, Nat 'King' Cole Top ASCAP Xmas List

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Over the last five years, the Eurythmics version of "Winter Wonderland" was the most-performed ASCAP holiday song based on radio airplay monitoring done for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. This marks the second ...

  28. Hotel Café Holiday Release To Hit U.K.

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Columbia U.K./Epic Records have confirmed Dec. 1 as the U.K. release date for its collaborative album with U.S. venue Hotel Café, "The Hotel Café Presents Winters Songs." Amongst the traditional Christmas melodies is Katy Perry's ve ...

  29. Borders, Anuna Partner For Exclusive Album Release

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Irish vocal group Anuna and Borders are teaming up once again for an exclusive album, available only at the chain's stores, in a strategy that delivered the group's best-selling U.S. title last time around. Beginning Oct. 21, Anuna' ...

  30. Ledisi Proclaims 'It's Christmas' On First Holiday Album

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Verve artist Ledisi will release her first holiday album, "It's Christmas," on Sept. 23, billboard.biz has learned. The 12-track album features new takes on eight holiday favorites-including "Silent Night" and "Have Y ...

  31. Christmas In July: 6 Questions With Sheryl Crow

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The lights and candles and wreaths were out in Sheryl Crow's Los Angeles living room—in mid-June. Christmas came early in Crow's world this year because of an as-yet- untitled holiday album she's recorded with producer Bill Bottrell ...

  32. ASCAP Releases Most Played Holidays Songs List

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) released the top 12 most played holiday songs of 2007 as tracked by radio airplay monitoring service Mediaguide, culled from over 2,600 radio stations across the country. According ...

  33. Christmas Comes Early For U.K. Singles Chart

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST A swathe of well-known Christmas hits from past holidays, including favorites by Wham!, Wizzard and Shakin' Stevens, looks set to enter the U.K. top 40 this Sunday, as the first Yuletide nears in which download-only sales are computed by the ...

  34. Isley Brothers, Patti LaBelle Give Fans 'Christmas' Gifts

    September 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Isley Brothers and Patti LaBelle will be releasing individual Christmas albums on Oct. 9 via Def Soul Classics, a division of Island Def Jam Music Group. Both albums will be executive-produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Prod ...

  35. Christmas In July

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Can anything be more pleasant than the holidays? If your bottom line depends on December, the answer is probably "Yes!" Music fans may flip through these pages and see great gifts. But the industry sees a frenzied workplace and a tough e ...

  36. From The Magazine: Shop Talk

    December 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Even though sales appear slightly off last year's pace in the first three weeks of the holiday selling season, music merchandisers say it still might outpace 2005. In particular, they cite a favorable calendar-which as H.L. Distributors owner ...

  37. UMG, Starbucks Partner For Elton Release

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Elton John's Christmas Party' available Nov. 10. Universal Music Group and Starbuck's Hear Music have partnered for the release and distribution of "Elton John's Christmas Party" (Billboard Sept. 10). Beginning ...

  38. Bulletin PDF Holiday Schedule

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Due to the Christmas holiday, the Bulletin PDF will not appear on Monday Dec. 27 and will run on an abbreviated schedule until January. Happy holidays! Due to the Christmas holiday, the Bulletin PDF will not appear on Monday Dec. 27 and will run o ...

  39. The Beat: Holiday Music Sets The Mood

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST It's the most wonderful time of the year! And that means new holiday music. Although it is against everything I hold sacred to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving, as soon as the turkey is f It's the most wonderful time of the ...