1. Chart Numbers: The Sweet Rise of DNCE's 'Cake'

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST The Joe Jonas-led band DNCE climbs the Billboard Hot 100 with debut single "Cake by the Ocean" (Republic). The cut sweetens up the chart's top 40 for the first time, rising 41-26, and is making headway on top 40 radio as well. 18 &q ...

  2. Tomorrow's Hits: Shawn Hook, 'Sound of Your Heart'

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST CATCHY HOOK:  Canadians have overtaken the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 of late, together claiming seven songs for six straight weeks around the new year. Now a new face from north of the border is making a play: Shawn Hook. The pop singer (fro ...

  3. Tomorrow's Hits: Luke Nasty, 'Might Be'

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST NASTY BOY:  North Carolina's Luke Nasty makes his chart debut with "Might Be" (Othaz/Empire), which enters Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop at No. 36. The song, a rework of a 2014 Anderson Paak track, bows with a 39 percent increase in ai ...

  4. Tomorrow's Hits: Tara Thompson, 'Someone to Take Your Place'

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST FINDING HER 'PLACE':  Self-proclaimed "hillbilly" Tara Thompson, from East Tennessee, not only cut her teeth playing the storied honky-tonks of Nashville's Lower Broadway, but also is a cousin of Loretta Lynn. Fittingly, t ...

  5. Rewinding the Charts: 39 Years Ago Stevie Wonder's 'Wish' Came True... Twice

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST The Motown wunderkind topped the pop and R&B charts with the lead single from his No. 1 1977 LP 'Songs in the Key of Life.' When Paul Simon accepted his album of the year Grammy Award for Still Crazy After All These Years in February ...

  6. From the Desk Of...Brian Monaco, Executive VP/Worldwide Head of Advertising, Film & Television at Sony/ATV

    January 15, 2016 12:00 PM EST The publishing executive talks Super Bowl, Sundance and how to get a yes from Bob Dylan. There's no need to ask Brian Monaco which team he's pulling for at Super Bowl 50 -- the publishing executive is rooting for the commercials. For Son ...

  7. Bruce Springsteen, Adele Battle the Ticket Bots

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST As demand for a hot tour outpaces supply, frustrated fans face jacked-up "spec pricing" by secondary sellers. when bruce springsteen ­devotees noticed on Dec. 4 that seats for an as-yet-unannounced anniversary tour for The River were alr ...

  8. 2015 Nielsen Music Report: Streams Double, Sales Drop

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST Adele's massive return highlights an up-and-down year. Adele's 25 didn't arrive until late in the fourth quarter, but its presence made 2015 a robust year for music consumption. The Columbia release sold 7.4 ­million copies (accordi ...

  9. 7 Days on the Scene: 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve' in New York, December 31, 2015

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST "I think that was the most eyes that me and Wiz [Khalifa] ever had on us," Charlie Puth told Billboard of performing "See You Again" for the 44th annual Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest in a ...

  10. 7 Days on the Scene: Women in Music in New York on December 11, 2015

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST "The music industry, it's like a f---in' boys club that we just can't get into ... sorry, Grandma," Lady Gaga declared during her Woman of the Year acceptance speech at Billboard 's annual Women in Music event. " ...

  11. Alunageorge Swears It Won't Be a One-Hit Wonder: 'We're Not Here to Disappear'

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST AlunaGeorge's frontwoman waited for years for the band's single to chart -- and is intent on making the album a hit too. For Aluna Francis, lead singer of AlunaGeorge, the British electronic duo's recent crossover success is of epic ...

  12. Andre 3000: Will 'American Crime' Make Him TV's Next Star?

    January 08, 2016 12:00 PM EST The rapper gives "normal" a go with a straight-laced role in the new season of ABC's Emmy-nominated series. There already were tons of reasons to watch American Crime , the ABC drama whose first season was nominated for 10 Emmys and ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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, ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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, ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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