Eminem and featured artist Rihanna tally a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Monster," which holds off Pitbull and Ke$ha's "Timber" at No. 2 for a second frame. Meanwhile, A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera soar into the top five with "Say Something."
December 18, 2013 1:30 PM EST
The Billboard.com Critics' Picks songs list is always difficult to cobble together -- with thousands of great songs released this year to consider, how can a group responsibly highlight the best of the best with one 20-song list?
The former lead singer of the rock band Lostprophets was sentenced Wednesday to 29 years in jail, with a British judge saying that Ian Watkins had "plumbed new depths of depravity" in committing a string of sexual offenses against very young children.
Jailed Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are expected to be released as early as Thursday under an amnesty marking the 20th anniversary of Russia's post-Soviet Constitution, which the Russian parliament passed Wednesday.
Singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé will be the honoree at Essence magazine's fifth annual Black Women in Music celebration. The invitation-only, Grammy Awards week reception will take place on January 22, featuring an exclusive performance by Sandé with special guests and music by DJ Kiss.
As reported last night, Beyonce makes history at the top of the Billboard 200 this week with her new self-titled album. The set debuts at No. 1 with 617,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making the diva the first woman to reach No. 1 with her first five studio albums.
Haggard took time Tuesday to talk about his early influence and longtime friend, a day after his fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member passed away at 87 at his Texas home. Haggard says Price's music, and his independent spirit, were always inspirational.