1. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight my…

  2. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  3. The 10 Best Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0 Ed Sheeran, Jenny Lewis, Run The Jewels and more were among the artists behind this year's most mesmerizing full-lengths. The Billboard.com Critics' Picks albums list is always difficult to finalize -- with so many great albums to consider each year, how can a group…

  4. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  5. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Ariana Grande: 'This Year I Was Really Taken Seriously as an Artist’

    December 05, 2014 12:50 PM EST "A year-and-a-half ago I was wearing a red wig, pretending to be a silly 15-year-old on a television show," says Ariana Grande , referring to her title role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Sam & Cat . That was before the native Floridian released her sophomore LP,…

  6. World AIDS Day: U2, Fergie & More Music Stars Tweet to Raise Awareness

    December 01, 2014 3:44 PM EST From tweeting a simple message to performing at Monday night's (Dec. 1) World AIDS Day concert in New York's Times Square, musicians are raising awareness about the AIDS pandemic today. Below, find tweets from U2 , Celine Dion , Tiesto and more: With @Coldplay ’s Chris Martin …

  7. Holiday 'Gif' Guide: 44 Gifts for Music Lovers

    December 01, 2014 3:30 PM EST Happy holidays! Can't figure out what to buy as gifts for the music lovers in your lives? Check out our handy guide below for some helpful tips! Apparel From head to toe (and hats to socks), clothes seem like a necessity for holiday gift-giving. But why not throw some pop in your…

  8. The Chemical Brothers to Bring New Music, Live Show to Sónar 2015

    December 01, 2014 10:30 AM EST First artists for Barcelona electronic festival announced; 7 international editions planned within next year. The Chemical Brothers are promising “an intense ride” at Barcelona’s Sónar 2015. “We hope to amaze ourselves,” the duo's Tom Rowlands said in an announcement listing the first…

  9. 'August Rush' Bound for Broadway

    November 25, 2014 8:21 PM EST The new musical is adapted from the 2007 film about a music prodigy, which starred Freddie Highmore and Robin Williams. Add another title to the long list of movies getting the musical makeover treatment. The 2007 release, August Rush , which starred Freddie Highmore as an orphaned second…

  10. Must-Hear Music Podcast: One Direction, Azealia Banks, TV on the Radio & More

    November 20, 2014 11:50 AM EST This week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers tackle highly anticipated new albums from One Direction , Azealia Banks and TV on the Radio . In addition to tracks from Kevin Gates and Ty Dolla $ign , we also discuss the strange crossover track -- "Nude Beach a Go-Go"…

  11. The Biz of Fizz: Why Soda Brands Are Spending Millions To Promote Taylor Swift, Tiesto in 2014

    November 17, 2014 1:02 PM EST The second half of 2014 sees Big Gulp-sized soda partnerships with artists. Michael Tran/FilmMagic In 2014, 7UP doubled down on its lucky number by linking with Tiesto , Ultra, Insomniac and others for its 7x7Up initiative: seven top festivals, seven rising DJs ( Danny Avila , Disco…

  12. Revisionist History, Part 4: Queen Scores a Hat Trick, 'Good Riddance' to Three Dog Night

    November 13, 2014 10:09 AM EST “Number one then…and number one now!” may have been a classic top 40 stager, originally voiced by legendary radio announcer and programmer Bill Drake , but it’s also a perfect way to open our latest round of “Revisionist History,” as once again we examine how tastes have changed when it…

  13. The Case for Adam Lambert as New 'American Idol' Mentor

    November 12, 2014 3:59 PM EST Who should replace Randy Jackson next year? The season 8 runner-up. American Idol fans probably never imagined a day when Randy Jackson would no longer be "in it to win it," but so it seems for season 14 of the Fox show, the first that won't feature the former judge-turned…

  14. Freddie Gibbs Reportedly the Target of Brooklyn Shooting

    November 04, 2014 2:52 PM EST Freddie Gibbs was the target for a shooting that took place outside of Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on early Tuesday, Nov. 4. The gunman ran up to a black GMC Denali, which Gibbs and camp sat in, and shot inside, according to the New York Post . Gibbs and his crew were parked at…

  15. Queen Shares Unreleased '80s Track to Help Fight AIDS

    November 04, 2014 11:58 AM EST Queen is using one of the previously unreleased tracks from its upcoming Queen Forever compilation for a good cause. The group has released "Let Me In Your Heart Again" via iTunes, with proceeds going to Coca-Cola's RED campaign to benefit the Global Fund, which fights AIDS,…

  16. The Real Story Behind Madonna’s Iconic ‘Like a Virgin’ Performance at the 1984 VMAs

    October 28, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Ahead of MTV's first Music Video Awards, broadcast Sept. 14, 1984, the network was having difficulty booking top talent. Co-hosts Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler were in their 30s, old for the MTV crowd, and ZZ Top had refused to play -- until the network pulled the band's videos and…

  17. Queen's Roger Taylor Talks Solo Work, Hopes Band Will Record With Adam Lambert

    October 27, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Roger Taylor is taking a minute to shine a spotlight on his work outside Queen . The drummer has two collections of his solo work coming. Best , due out Oct. 27, features 18 selected tracks ranging from his 1977 rendition of Parliament 's "I Wanna Testify" to his 2013 album…

  18. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Promotions, Rich Conlon's New Firm, Mike & Keys Join Atlas

    October 23, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Rich Christina to the role of senior VP, head of East Coast A&R, based in the company’s New York office. He will report to Sony/ATV U.S. co…

  19. Sia Doesn’t Turn Her Back on Joni Mitchell and More Insider Scoop

    October 20, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Sia Faces Forward Australian singer-songwriter Sia (Furler) didn't turn her back on Joni Mitchell when she honored the Laurel Canyon icon at the Hammer Museum's annual Gala in the Garden on Oct. 11 in Los Angeles. Although Sia has promoted her current album, 1000 Forms of Fear ,…

  20. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

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