1. BSBB Round 4: Charli XCX, "Boom Clap" vs. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Boom Clap Charli XCX Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne CRAIG JENKINS: Semifinals are without fail a bloodbath, and this one isn't any different. Charli XCX's single was a ball of joy and a welcome bombshell…

  2. BSBB Round 2: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Shakira feat. Rihanna, "Can't Remember To Forget You"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Can't Remember To Forget You Shakira feat. Rihanna MEGAN BUERGER: Katy Perry and Juicy J are the greatest pop-rap dream team since J. Lo and Ja Rule, and "Dark Horse" is the…

  3. BSBB Round 1: Becky G, "Shower" vs. Jason Aldean, "Burnin' It Down"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Shower Becky G Burnin' It Down Jason Aldean CHRIS PAYNE: Jason Aldean has many, many more hits than Becky G, who remains a relative unknown, but “Shower” is just a perfect, undeniable pop hit. It’s got those “Call Me Maybe…

  4. Rihanna Takes Fans Inside Diamond Ball: See the Glamorous Pics

    December 13, 2014 6:23 PM EST Couldn't score a ticket to Rihanna 's first-ever Diamond Ball ? Well, she is now taking fans behind-the-scenes on social media. The event, which took place in Beverly Hills, California on Dec. 11, was held to benefit Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation. She founded the charity,…

  5. Watch Ariana Grande Get Into the Holiday Spirit in Her 'Santa Tell Me' Video

    December 13, 2014 3:52 PM EST Ariana Grande is full of the holiday spirit in her adorable new music video for “Santa Tell Me.” Women in Music's Rising Star Ariana Grande Shares Her Mother's Most Important Lesson The newly released video opens with Grande and her pals dancing around in a cozy-looking bed while…

  6. Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 Highlights: Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith & More

    December 13, 2014 1:12 PM EST iHeartRadio giant Z100 (WHTZ) New York held its annual Jingle Ball concert Friday night (Dec. 12) at Madison Square Garden, headlined by Taylor Swift , Iggy Azalea , Ariana Grande and other stars, mostly women. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM…

  7. See Photos From Taylor Swift's Star-Studded 25th Birthday Party

    December 13, 2014 12:33 PM EST Taylor Swift said she received an “amazing early birthday present” after being named Billboard’s 2014 Woman of the Year on Friday (Dec. 12). Later that night, the “Shake It Off” singer celebrated her 25th birthday in style with a few of her superstar pals. Happy Birthday, Taylor…

  8. AC/DC 'Bust's to No. 1 on Top Rock Albums

    December 12, 2014 5:31 PM EST AC/DC 's Rock or Bust starts as the influential band's third No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Rock Albums chart with 172,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The hard rock band's 15th studio album also debuts at No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 , where…

  9. Taylor Swift, Aretha Franklin & More Sing Each Other's Praises at Billboard's Women in Music Event

    December 12, 2014 3:15 PM EST Ariana Grande, Hayley Williams, Jessie J, Idina Menzel & more are also feted. "It's really cool to be at a music event where over half the people in the room have vaginas," quipped an outspoken Charli XCX , who was Billboard 's Hitmaker honoree at the magazine&…

  10. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: Rolling Stones, One Direction, Live Nation Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 12, 2014 2:31 PM EST Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014. Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake…

  11. One Direction's Harry Styles Gets Cuddly with Ian McKellen: Watch

    December 11, 2014 3:38 AM EST There was a bit of magic on set when Sir Ian McKellen shared the couch with the members of One Direction for a British chat show.  The award-winning actor and gay rights activist went shoulder-to-shoulder with the history-creating boyband for a taping of The Graham Norton Show .…

  12. Metal Band Five Finger Death Punch’s Master Plan to Catapult From Club Gigs to Arena Tours

    December 09, 2014 1:30 PM EST How Five Finger Death Punch graduated from clubs to arenas and doubled its gross. Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) doesn’t have the name recognition of a band like Foo Fighters , but that may be about to change. An unusual united strategic marketing effort by the group’s management, label,…

  13. The Year in Social and Streaming Charts: Katy Perry and Justin Bieber Rule

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST Streaming and on-demand services continued to play a significant role in determining a song’s popularity on the Billboard Hot 100 and other charts in 2014. This year’s recaps are our first year-end tallies to include a full charting year of YouTube and Vevo on YouTube plays, and many…

  14. Ed Sheeran Explains Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Face: Ariana Grande's Dirty Joke Made Him Laugh

    December 08, 2014 4:08 PM EST Ed Sheeran would like to clear something up. Taylor Swift & Ariana Grande Dress for the Occasion at Victoria's Secret Fashion Show He knows the Internet had a bit of a laugh when photos emerged from last week's taping of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, where he looked…

  15. Exclusive Video: Guitarists Play Their Favorite ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Riffs in Tribute and Pay Homage

    December 08, 2014 2:03 PM EST "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott was a musical legend in his own time. While he was no doubt born with a gift, he honed his talent through years of constant practice. It was that dedication that made him a rare breed of performer: one who was a master at both lead and rhythm guitar parts…

  16. Lady Gaga, Usher, Bruce Springsteen & More Pay Tribute to 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 08, 2014 1:40 PM EST “Tonight Washington puts the arts above politics. Because no matter what political party you belong to, everyone wants a selfie with Tom Hanks.” So declared host Stephen Colbert on Sunday night as he kicked off the 37th annual Kennedy Center Honors, the ultimate power mash-up of arts,…

  17. 5 Seconds of Summer Play Without Guitarist After He Loses Passport

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST Michael Clifford of 5 Seconds of Summer couldn't find his passport, so his band was forced to play without one of their guitarists at last night's Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball. So Mikey lost his passport :( That means he cant fly to the UK & has to stay in the US, so were…

  18. Ozzy Osbourne Guitarist Gus G on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'I Wanted To Be That Dude'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Kostas Karamitroudis never met "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott . He never threw back a Black Tooth Grin with him or shook his hand at a meet-and-greet. Yet Dimebag has touched his life -- as he did thousands of others -- in a very profound way. 'Dimebag' Darrell Tribute: See…

  19. Fellow Rockers and Friends Remember 'Dimebag' Darrell on the 10th Anniversary of His Murder

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here are the highlights. 'Dimebag'…

  20. AC/DC’s ‘Rock or Bust’ Debuts at No. 1 Down Under

    December 08, 2014 1:16 AM EST Call it: AC/DC’s latest album is no bust. The Australian rock legends’  Rock or Bust  (Alberts/Sony Music Entertainment Australia) has opened at No. 1 in their homeland, and debuted at No. 3 in the U.K. In Australia, Rock Or Bust has shipped platinum and reportedly sold 26,730 first-week…

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