1. Taylor Swift & Christmas Crooners Rule Artist 100

    December 11, 2014 2:44 PM EST Swift reigns for an eighth week while a sleighful of artists with holiday hits soar. Taylor Swift and Christmas have long been a perfect fit (as the yuletide devotee grew up on a Christmas tree farm). On this week's Billboard Artist 100 chart, Swift and the season also pair up, as she…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Russell Simmons Appears on 'The O'Reilly Factor' to Debate the Roots of Racial Divisions

    December 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons appeared on The O'Reilly Factor again last night to debate the Fox host on the perceived racial divisions in America revealed in a recent CBS News poll , which sought to address the civil unrest in the wake in the deaths, at the hands of police, of…

  6. Jay Z & N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

    December 11, 2014 5:38 AM EST Jay Z , the most powerful man in hip hop, has met with New York’s highest-elected official, Governor Andrew Cuomo , to rap on reform to the state’s criminal justice system.  Hov met with Cuomo on Wednesday to discuss potential changes to law, and to float the appointment of a special…

  7. Joan Rivers' Will Leaves Money for Charities

    December 11, 2014 2:37 AM EST Joan Rivers left her daughter, Melissa, in charge of her fortune and left money for some of her favorite charities, including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Jewish Guild Healthcare and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. According to Rivers' 2014 will, which was filed in New York State…

  8. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' World's Highest Paid Musicians, Beats Beyoncé by $500M

    December 10, 2014 7:08 PM EST After dominating Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list a few months ago, it should come as little surprise Dr. Dre tops the magazine's 2014 World's Highest-Paid Musicians list as well -- beating out Beyonce by half a billion dollars.   Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop…

  9. Taylor Swift's '1989' Spends Fifth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 10, 2014 11:10 AM EST 0 Taylor Swift's 1989 holds steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fifth non-consecutive week. Swift has now spent a cumulative total of 29 weeks at No. 1 with her four chart-topping albums. Among women, only Whitney Houston (with 46 weeks at No. 1) and…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. The Year in Pop 2014: One Direction, 'Frozen,' & Pharrell Dominate

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST One Direction takes home the trophy as Billboard's top artist of the year for 2014. See All the Year End Charts Here! The English/Irish quintet (comprising Niall Horan , Liam Payne , Zayn Malik , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson ), is the first group to earn the top artist distinction…

  13. '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…

  14. Exclusive: Roc Nation Sports Preps 'Throne Boxing,' Set to Feature Live Music at MSG

    December 09, 2014 9:00 AM EST Roc Nation Sports, which announced its first Boxing division in August, will present its debut boxing event, "throne boxing," on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. The event, designed to be a hybrid of boxing and live music, will be telecast live from Madison Square Garden in the first of a…

  15. Idina Menzel & Michael Buble Top AC With 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

    December 09, 2014 7:05 AM EST Their duet becomes the format's latest holiday leader. Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's duet-slash-accurate weather report (depending on where you're reading this), "Baby It's Cold Outside," rises 2-1 on Billboard 's Adult Contemporary chart. The song…

  16. 'American Idol' Alums Kelly Clarkson, David Archuleta & Others Share the Christmas Spirit: Watch

    December 09, 2014 5:10 AM EST American Idol alums are helping usher in the holiday season with new songs, videos, updates of Christmas classics and mash-ups. Check out some of the merriment below: Kris Allen is releasing a new song, "Baby, It Ain't Christmas Without You," through his own DogBear Records…

  17. '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…

  18. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  19. 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,…

  20. Steel Panther Christmas Song Premiere: Hear the Fantastically Filthy ’The Stocking Song’

    December 08, 2014 12:24 PM EST Steel Panther isn't just about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The comedic hard rockers are into Christmas, too. The Los Angeles quartet is showing its love for the Yule with "The Stocking Song," a new track recorded during the group's recent tour opening for…

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