1. Minecraft Guy Outbids Beyonce and Jay Z for Beverly Hills Mansion, Supposedly the Most-Expensive Ever

    December 19, 2014 10:46 AM EST What would you do if you recently made a couple billion bucks? If you're Swedish video game developer Markus Persson ,  you probably purchase a fully furnished 23,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills -- one that was reportedly eyed by Beyonce and Jay Z -- for $70 million, of course…

  2. 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…

  3. K. Michelle Debuts at No. 1 on R&B Albums

    December 18, 2014 4:19 PM EST Plus, album single 'Love 'Em All' attains a new peak on Hot R&B Songs. R&B singer/songwriter K. Michelle returns to the top of R&B Albums with her sophomore studio set  Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?,  arriving with 84,000 sold in the week ending Dec. 14, according to…

  4. Op-Ed: Vine Became the New Demo Tape in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:34 PM EST Fifteen minutes of fame shrunk by 14 minutes and 54 seconds in 2014. Thanks to the Twitter-owned video app Vine, six seconds were all that a growing number of artists needed to achieve celebrity status. In the same way YouTube took a few years to produce mainstream musical acts from…

  5. 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…

  6. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  7. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Lana Del Rey, Carrie Underwood, K. Michelle & More

    December 11, 2014 5:01 PM EST is coming to a close, but there's still plenty of musical life left in the year. On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, we get a little more indie than usual while also touching on R&B, country and country-flavored R&B. Alongside new guest Katie Atkinson , Jason…

  8. Marilyn Manson Explains That Lana Del Rey Rape Video

    December 11, 2014 2:53 PM EST Just three weeks ago, a purported Marilyn Manson video -- allegedly directed by Eli Roth and featuring  Lana Del Rey acting out a rape scene -- hit the Internet . As quickly as it made the rounds, it was pulled down, and Manson's camp issued a statement denying they had…

  9. Golden Globes Snub 'Lego Movie' Song 'Everything Is Awesome'

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST The 2015 Golden Globe Awards nominations were revealed on Thursday morning, including the contenders for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. And although I'm not arguing with the most of the Hollywood Foreign Press's selections -- Lorde 's "Yellow Flicker Beat…

  10. Year in Music 2014: The 10 Best Rock & Alternative Singles

    December 11, 2014 1:15 PM EST From rock, punk, folk, metal, and whatever Grimes is, here are our 10 favorite tracks from 2014. 10. Fireworks, “Bed Sores” These days, it seems pop-punk is so far from being cool that it might be on the verge of being really freaking cool. In other words, the mainstream’s been ignoring…

  11. Lorde 'Shocked, Blown Away' By Golden Globe Nomination

    December 11, 2014 1:05 PM EST When the Hollywood Foreign Press announced the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards , more than a few music world stars were among the hopefuls: Lorde , Lana Del Rey , John Legend & Common , Sia , Patti Smith , Trent Reznor and more. Lorde -- who contributed to and executive…

  12. Lana Del Rey on her 'Big Eyes' Golden Globes Nomination: 'I'm So Grateful'

    December 11, 2014 12:58 PM EST Lana Del Rey’s big 2014 continued today (Dec. 11) with a Golden Globes nomination for Best Original Song, Motion Picture. Up against the likes of Lorde and John Legend is Lana’s “Big Eyes,” which appears in the pivotal scene of Tim Burton’s new film of the same title. The singer…

  13. Golden Globes: John Legend Calls 'Selma' Song 'A Labor of Love'

    December 11, 2014 11:44 AM EST John Legend  and Common have both released statements following their Golden Globe Best Original Song nomination for "Glory," from the film Selma .  "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing ‘Glory’ with a nomination for Best Original Song!,"…

  14. 2015 Golden Globe Nominees: Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Trent Reznor & More

    December 11, 2014 9:52 AM EST The 2015 Golden Globe Awards nominees were revealed Thursday morning by the Hollywood Foreign Press. In the musical categories, a nice collection of hit-making artists and musical legends get nods.  One complaint: No love for The Lego Movie 's "Everything Is Awesome!!!"? Best…

  15. Album Review: Charli XCX’s ‘Sucker’ Crowns Her One of Pop’s Biggest New Stars (and Biggest Personalities)

    December 09, 2014 12:22 PM EST She might have had one of the summer's biggest hits with "Boom Clap," but Charli XCX is still best-known for her assists on other artists' songs, most notably Iggy Azalea 's "Fancy" and Icona Pop 's "I Love It." It's not as if she has…

  16. 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…

  17. Johnny Marr Cancels U.S. Solo Tour Dates

    December 08, 2014 4:59 PM EST The former Smiths guitarist axes the end of his 2014 tour over a 'serious close family illness.' Morrissey isn’t the only former Smiths member canceling tour dates these days. On Monday (Dec. 8), Johnny Marr announced he’d been forced to cancel the 10 remaining dates on his…

  18. James Bond Wish List: 5 Artists Who Should Sing 'Spectre' Title Song

    December 04, 2014 10:20 AM EST Like diamonds, James Bond may as well be forever. Skyfall director Sam Mendes revealed the title of the 24th canonical installment in the Bond franchise is titled Spectre and will come out in fall 2015. For the fourth time, Daniel Craig -- the sixth actor to portray Bond on the big screen …

  19. Will Arcade Fire Repeat as Grammy Darlings?

    December 03, 2014 4:55 PM EST Their last effort shocked the world and won Album of the Year; how do they stack up as defending champs? Remember these days? If you're an indie rock fan, you remember what it was like when Arcade Fire 's The Suburbs shocked the world and won Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammys …

  20. Lana Del Rey Shares 'Big Eyes' & 'I Can Fly' From New Tim Burton Film

    December 03, 2014 4:35 PM EST Remember back when the haters doubted Lana Del Rey would be here to stay? Those early post-"Video Games" backlash days seem like the distant past, as Lana continues to add résumé points to her smashing 2014. A pair of Lana songs from Tim Burton's forthcoming film Big Eyes hit…

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