1. Hit the Town With Sam Smith in New 'Like I Can' Video

    December 12, 2014 10:05 AM EST But don’t forget your tux. Despite what you may have heard about Sam Smith , he’s not sad all the time. In the brand new video for In the Lonely Hour’s “Like I Can,” Smith heads out on the town with his boys for some good ol’ fashioned, New York City fun. Is this how he celebrated his six…

  2. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Kacey Musgraves on Singing With Loretta Lynn and Why She No Longer Has a Bucket List

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Renegade Same Trailer Different Park 1 Week on Top Country Albums Kacey Musgraves ' arrow still hasn't landed. The country upstart's debut, Same Trailer Different Park , returned to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after this year's Grammys, when the 26-year-old Texas…

  3. Billboard Cover: Sam Smith on 'Stay With Me,' 'SNL' Jitters and 'Striving to Be a Career Artist'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Voice "Stay With Me" 2 weeks on Mainstream Top 40 ; 2 weeks on Adult Top 40 ; 5 weeks on Adult Contemporary When Capitol chairman Steve Barnett (pictured above) first went to England to check out Sam Smith , 22, he not only imagined Smith could break in America, but that he&…

  4. Nicki Minaj Goes Dominatrix With Lil Wayne, Drake, Chris Brown in 'Only' Video

    December 12, 2014 8:50 AM EST Let's try this again, shall we? And this time, without the Nazis. A month after facing harsh criticism (orat the very least, quizzical faces) for employing Nazi imagery in her "Only" lyric video, Nicki Minaj has dropped the official music video for The Pinkprint cut featuring…

  5. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  6. Beyoncé Earns Eighth No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With '7/11'

    December 11, 2014 7:09 PM EST Plus: Wu-Tang Clan returns to the charts with 'A Better Tomorrow' In only its second week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Beyoncé 's "7/11" reaches No. 1, granting the singer her eighth chart-topping title as a solo artist. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé,…

  7. Charges Dropped Against Jeezy for Wiz Khalifa Tour Arrest

    December 11, 2014 5:28 PM EST On Aug. 24, Jeezy was arrested for possession of a weapon authorities alleged was linked to a fatal shooting following a Wiz Khalifa show in Mountain View, Calif. On Thursday (Dec. 11), all charges against Jeezy and five members of his staff were officially dropped, as it became…

  8. Less Could Mean More: Why Merlin's Deal With Pandora May Pay Off

    December 11, 2014 3:26 PM EST Merlin has come under attack in the last month for making a deal that, according to its critics, lowers its member labels' per-stream royalty rate with Pandora, and thus their revenues. Though in time they may ultimately be correct, those critics don't seem to understand that the…

  9. The 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:22 PM EST Few genres ranged as widely as R&B in 2014. DJ Mustard was a ubiquitous presence on radio -- and he produced two of Billboard's top ten R&B tracks of the year ( Tinashe , Jeremih ) -- but you didn't need a Mustard beat to make a vibrant track. Elle Varner and Usher…

  10. The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Much has been made of the way women dominated the Hot 100 in 2014, but the genre where women really shined this year was R&B. This may not have been reflected in the charts, but when Billboard staff picked their ten favorite R&B albums of the year, 7 were helmed by women (and that…

  11. Year in Music 2014: The 10 Best Rock & Alternative Singles

    December 11, 2014 1:15 PM EST From rock, punk, folk, metal, and whatever Grimes is, here are our 10 favorite tracks from 2014. 10. Fireworks, “Bed Sores” These days, it seems pop-punk is so far from being cool that it might be on the verge of being really freaking cool. In other words, the mainstream’s been ignoring it…

  12. Lana Del Rey on her 'Big Eyes' Golden Globes Nomination: 'I'm So Grateful'

    December 11, 2014 12:58 PM EST Lana Del Rey’s big 2014 continued today (Dec. 11) with a Golden Globes nomination for Best Original Song, Motion Picture. Up against the likes of Lorde and John Legend is Lana’s “Big Eyes,” which appears in the pivotal scene of Tim Burton’s new film of the same title. The singer…

  13. Sinead O'Connor's New Managers Have No Plans to Silence the Singer

    December 11, 2014 11:17 AM EST After an affair with her last manager, new rep Simon Napier-Bell assures, "I'm rather old & gay; she's on safe ground." No one uses her blog as a substitute for placing classified ads quite like Sinead O’Connor . Three years ago, she famously blogged in search of a…

  14. Nicki Minaj's New Album 'The Pinkprint' Leaks

    December 11, 2014 10:50 AM EST A week before its release, Nicki Minaj 's The Pinkprint has sprung a leak. One of the standout tracks from the rapper's third studio album that fans are gravitating towards is, no surprise, her collaboration with Beyoncé , "Feeling Myself." "Feeling Myself" -…

  15. Remember That Time Gary Coleman Was in *NSYNC's Christmas Video?

    December 11, 2014 10:39 AM EST It's a time to celebrate! Christmas is just two weeks away, so it's high time one of the ultimate cheesy Christmas albums, * NSYNC 's Home for Christmas , begins to play in heavy rotation. (Great news: The album is on Spotify, so go ahead and start listening right...now.)…

  16. Hear Coldplay's New Slow Jam 'Miracles' From 'Unbroken' Soundtrack

    December 11, 2014 10:11 AM EST The upcoming Angelina Jolie -directed Unbroken tells the story of an American Olympian World War II hero who survived a near-fatal plane crash and prisoner of war camps. Do you think Chris Martin and company have a slow jam in them that could match those stakes? Check out their new Unbroken…

  17. Sharon Robinson on Leonard Cohen: He Spends a Lot of Time Trying to Uncover Truths

    December 11, 2014 4:46 AM EST Singer, songwriter and record producer Sharon Robinson is perhaps best known for her longtime creative collaborations with the legendary Leonard Cohen . Backed with exclusive access and an iPhone, Robinson took five years of photographs which she curated for a new book, On Tour with Leonard…

  18. Everyone Was Getting Wasted to Luke Bryan Songs This Year

    December 10, 2014 5:40 PM EST More people wanted to drink a beer to Luke’s music than any other artist on jukeboxes in 2014. With 2014 drawing to a close, it's not just Billboard that's busy working on its year-end charts . Digital jukebox leader TouchTunes announced its annual top-played songs and…

  19. Slacker Radio CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones Wants to 'Reinvent Radio for a Post-YouTube Era'

    December 10, 2014 1:24 PM EST A little less than a year after hiring former Disney executive Duncan Orrell-Jones , Slacker Radio is relaunching its website, a move that brought it 100,000 new subscribers last May. This time, though, the internet radio streaming service seeks to expand qualitatively rather than…

  20. Joanna Newsom Guests On Radiohead's 'Spooks' From 'Inherent Vice' Soundtrack

    December 10, 2014 12:05 PM EST New Radiohead music you say? Well, sort of. For the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson flick Inherent Vice , Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood put a new spin on the band’s 2006 non-album track “Spooks,” with some help from the film’s star, singer-songwriter-turned-actress Joanna Newsom . Check out the…

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