1. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  2. 'We Know What To Do': Scott Borchetta on Joining 'American Idol' and Signing This Season's Winner

    December 11, 2014 2:59 PM EST The winner of American Idol season 14 will be in good hands. The performer taking the top spot this year will be signed to the same record label as Taylor Swift and will be guided by one of the industry's deftest management hands: Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta. The…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Jake Owen Is More Than the 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' Guy -- Not That He's Complaining

    December 09, 2014 5:07 PM EST The new single from RCA recording artist Jake Owen might take a few listeners by surprise. The sensitive "What We Ain't Got" definitely sticks out from anything on country radio these days and also sets itself apart from Owen's usual fare. The same could be said for the…

  6. 2014 Indie Rock Playlist for Pop Fans: 15 Songs That Could Have Cracked Top 40

    December 09, 2014 3:30 PM EST Check out tunes from Tune-Yards, the Drums, Hundred Waters and others that even the staunchest pop fan would embrace. December is always a time for pop fans to feel particularly trepidatious, as the final month of the calendar year doubles as year-end list season — better known as a…

  7. 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…

  8. 2014 Year-End Hot 100, By the Numbers

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST Now that Billboard has revealed the 2014 year-end Billboard Hot 100 (among our menu of nearly 200 charts overall), it's time to have a little more fun with the hottest songs of the year. So we've taken the chart and sliced it and diced it in some interesting ways. See All the…

  9. 'South Park' Places Taylor Swift on a Couch With Bill Cosby for Holiday Episode

    December 09, 2014 11:12 AM EST So we all knew  South Park 's holiday episode --  The Washington Redskins' Go F-ck Yourself Holiday Special  -- was never going to be nice to celebrities. But if this preview for the episode -- which features Taylor Swift sitting on a couch with Billy Cosby (who's holding…

  10. 'The Voice' Recap: Top Five Boys Bring Their Best Sets to Semifinals

    December 08, 2014 11:03 PM EST The top five singers of The Voice were on double duty Monday night, performing both hometown dedications and coaches' picks throughout the two-hour episode. With Pharrell Williams out for the remainder of the season, here's how they handled the demand: Adam Levine is the only…

  11. Watch Jay-Z & Beyoncé Meet Prince William & Duchess Kate Middleton

    December 08, 2014 10:03 PM EST Britain's Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate Middleton, attended the the Brooklyn Nets game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday and got to meet some American royalty -- Jay Z and Beyoncé .  Beyonce Is the Most Grammy-Nominated Woman Ever The season ticket-holding music power…

  12. Muse's Matt Bellamy & Kate Hudson End Engagement

    December 08, 2014 8:17 PM EST Muse guitarist and singer Matt Bellamy and Kate Hudson have ended their three year engagement. The couple had been together four years.  Muse Returns to the Studio Hudson's rep released a statement saying, "Kate and Matt have been separated for some time now. Despite this, they…

  13. Tinashe On Bringing Females Into the Mainstream: ‘There’s Definitely Room For More’

    December 08, 2014 5:39 PM EST Watch the “2 On” singer discuss her 2014 success and her favorite songs on her debut album. Aquarius , the kinetic debut album from R&B star Tinashe , is rightfully popping up on a bunch of year-end albums lists after at long last being released in October. During a recent stop by…

  14. 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,…

  15. Corner Office: Lava Records Founder/CEO Jason Flom on Discovering Katy Perry, Lorde’s Genius and His Label’s Sale

    December 08, 2014 10:08 AM EST The hair-metal whisperer turned pop-star finder on discovering Katy Perry, Lorde's genius and his label's sale. In an industry teeming with tenacious characters, Jason Flom ’s track record speaks for itself. During the past three decades, he has signed Katy Perry , Tori Amos and…

  16. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Beyonce Bows in Top 20, One Direction, Lorde Leap Into Top 40

    December 06, 2014 11:05 AM EST '7/11' starts following the rerelease of 'Beyonce.' Plus, streams propel 1D's 'Night Changes' and Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beat' bounds following her AMAs performance. As previously reported, Taylor Swift spends a third week at No. 1 on the…

  17. Common Talks 'Glory,' His 'Selma' Duet With John Legend: 'It's for Dr. King'

    December 05, 2014 7:11 PM EST The rapper also addresses the song's Oscar chances: 'The bigger the platform, the more people the message can reach.' The trailer for the civil rights drama Selma was scored with a hip-hop song by Public Enemy , as a sort of promise to audiences that this wouldn't be a…

  18. Grammys 2015: Meet The Lesser-Known Nominees

    December 05, 2014 2:28 PM EST Mali Music, Brandy Clark, Alt-J and other rising stars have earned key nominations. Look at the nominees for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards (so far) , and you’ll see a whole bunch of familiar names in the major categories. Grammy darlings like Taylor Swift , U2 , Eminem and John Legend have…

  19. José Feliciano Reflects on 44 Years of 'Feliz Navidad'

    December 05, 2014 12:50 PM EST The bilingual evergreen rises again while Feliciano plays seasonal shows and plans a new holiday album. It’s December, which means it’s a busy month for the man who taught the world to say Merry Christmas in Spanish. “Every year, it becomes bigger and bigger,” says José Feliciano , who will…

  20. Grammys Nominate 'Darkchild Version' of Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me': Here's the Difference

    December 05, 2014 9:13 AM EST If you woke up early on Friday to catch Pharrell and Ed Sheeran announce the first four categories of the 57th annual Grammys , you might've furrowed your brows when they announced the Record of the Year nominations. Sam Smith 's "Stay With Me" got a deserving nod…

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