1. Taylor Swift's Birthday Boosts Her to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    December 19, 2014 3:24 PM EST It pays to have famous friends -- or, in Taylor Swift ’s case, friends with large online followings who will tweet about attending your 25th birthday party. An array of A-listers (like Nick Jonas , Selena Gomez , Lorde , Haim and more) did just that on the night of Dec. 13, spreading online…

  2. Is Solange Siding With Azealia Banks In Iggy Azalea Feud?

    December 19, 2014 3:15 PM EST Solange  has seemingly weighed in on  Iggy Azalea  and  Azealia Banks ' feud.  On Twitter Friday afternoon, Solange wrote: Thank you @AZEALIABANKS — solange knowles (@solangeknowles) December 19, 2014 Thank you @kendricklamar & @JColeNC — solange knowles (@solangeknowles) December…

  3. Eric Burgett Brings His Classical Training to Country Music: 615 Spotlight

    December 19, 2014 2:59 PM EST In this week's 615 Spotlight, we take a look at a singer who we found simply perfecting his art in one of the most prestigious clubs in Nashville: Eric Burgett, one of the most unique talents  you will find in Music City. His writing and performing definitely fit in with what is out…

  4. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Best Albums of the Year Edition

    December 19, 2014 12:10 PM EST is almost over, and that means one thing for the Billboard staff -- it's time to obsess over our favorite albums of the year. This week, the original Must-Hear Music podcast team -- Jason Lipshutz , Joe Lynch  and Erika Ramirez -- sit down to share and argue over their favorite…

  5. Delaware Country Fests To Go Head-To-Head Next Summer

    December 18, 2014 5:20 PM EST Country music promoters will have a better read on just how strong the country music market is in mid-Atlantic region by Monday, as two major country music festivals go on sale today and tomorrow. Big Barrel and Delaware Junction, both new festivals for 2015, will be competing for Delaware&…

  6. Avery*Sunshine Scores First No. 1 Single With 'Call My Name'

    December 18, 2014 4:03 PM EST Meanwhile, I Love Makonnen reaches a new No. 1 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums welcomes six top 10 debuts. Avery*Sunshine captures her first No. 1 single on a Billboard chart as her graceful ballad "Call My Name" rises 2-1 on Adult R&B Songs in its 28th week on the list. K.…

  7. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, J. Cole Debuts at No. 2

    December 18, 2014 2:32 PM EST Swift reigns for a ninth week, while Cole launches fueled by album sales. Taylor Swift remains atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, logging a record-extending ninth week at No. 1, while J. Cole soars in at No. 2, powered by sales for his new album. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly…

  8. Pop Shop Podcast: Madonna Leaks, Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX & More

    December 18, 2014 10:53 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  9. R&B and Hip-Hop in 2014: A Lackluster Year for Some, But Not All

    December 17, 2014 5:01 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  10. Mariah Carey Tops Holiday 100 Songs Chart With 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'

    December 17, 2014 4:56 PM EST Carey returns to familiar vaunted territory with her 1994 seasonal classic. Mariah Carey jingles all the way back to No. 1 on Billboard 's Holiday 100 songs chart with her modern classic carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which rises 2-1. (Like the Billboard…

  11. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2014 4:34 PM EST J. Cole 's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story , and its follow-up, 2013's…

  12. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

  13. Luke Bryan Hits ACCA Stage After Brother-in-Law's Death: 'It's Nice to Feel Loved'

    December 15, 2014 8:42 PM EST Bryan wins Male Vocalist of the Year at American Country Countdown Awards. It's been a roller-coaster month for Luke Bryan . At last month's American Music Awards, he was named Favorite Male Country Artist, but only a week later, his brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire, died…

  14. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  15. The 4 Movie Soundtracks That Soared in 2014 (We're Looking at You, 'Frozen' and 'Hunger Games')

    December 15, 2014 4:17 PM EST With Frozen , Lorde, and Guardians of the Galaxy leading the way, movie soundtracks ruled in 2014. Read on for four of the biggest: Frozen Released in late 2013, the film’s soundtrack dominated the Billboard 200 well into 2014, spending 13 weeks at No. 1 -- the longest run for a soundtrack…

  16. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

  17. Carrie Underwood and K. Michelle Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 12, 2014 10:13 PM EST Country diva Carrie Underwood and R&B singer K. Michelle are both heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest Underwood's new best-of album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1 , may sell around 85,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 14. If…

  18. Op-Ed: John Legend Demands Change After Eric Garner & Ferguson Decisions

    December 12, 2014 11:30 AM EST When Common and I wrote the song "Glory" for the stunning new film Selma , we drew inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries who strived and sacrificed to achieve racial equality in the face of seemingly hopeless odds. As I watched the final version of…

  19. 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…

  20. The 10 Best Electronic/Dance Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Ranking art is never easy, but dance music's sheer volume and variance make picking favorites particularly difficult. The following ten tracks are the ones we consistently returned to over the course of the year. (And see our list of the  10 best electronic/dance albums here .)…

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