1. Pharrell and 'Frozen' Top iTunes' Year-End List, Beyonce Named Best Artist

    December 08, 2014 9:20 AM EST Pharrell 's "Happy" and the soundtrack for Disney's Frozen are the year's top-selling song and album of year on iTunes, the online music store revealed on Monday. Apple announced that John Legend 's "All of Me" and Katy Perry 's "Dark Horse…

  2. Phil Collins Cancels Art Basel Benefit Performance Due to Illness

    December 07, 2014 5:01 PM EST Phil Collins cancelled his charity performance at the Fillmore in Miami Saturday night after coming down with an illness. The planned three or four-song set would have been his first solo performance in several years, after he announced his retirement in 2011 to focus on being a father. …

  3. 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…

  4. Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox Hit By Car, Hospitalized in ‘Incredible Pain’

    December 05, 2014 9:53 AM EST "Thank The Lord God I am here," writes the art-rock auteur. Bradford Cox, the 32-year-old frontman of acclaimed indie rock group Deerhunter , has been hospitalized after being hit by a car. Cox has posted two Instagram shots since Thursday night (Dec. 4) from a trauma center Grady…

  5. Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift on Writing Her Own Rules, Not Becoming a Cliche and the Hurdle of Going Pop

    December 05, 2014 9:00 AM EST Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, 1989 , would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own…

  6. Billboard Women of the Year Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Ways Taylor Swift Writes Her Own Rules

    December 04, 2014 7:00 PM EST Billboard releases its annual Women in Music issue Friday, and for the second time, Taylor Swift is on the cover as Billboard's Woman of the Year. It's safe to say that's a title she's earned, considering she recently scored the best first-week sales for an album since…

  7. Iggy Azalea Responds to Azealia Banks' Eric Garner-Related Twitter Criticism

    December 04, 2014 12:30 PM EST The Twitter battle of Azalea vs. Azealia continues to rage. After Azealia Banks blasted  Iggy Azalea yesterday (Dec. 3) for allegedly stealing from black culture without caring about the issues associated with it (in this case, the Eric Garner controversy), Iggy has fired back. 'South…

  8. 'South Park' Pits Lorde/Randy Against Iggy Azalea, Michael Jackson Hologram

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Earlier this season,  South Park revealed that teenage pop star Lorde is actually middle-aged father Randy Marsh -- and not long after, they  eviscerated Spin's  embarrassing coverage of that episode as part of another Lorde plotline. On Wednesday night, the Comedy Central stalwart…

  9. American Music Awards-Related Track Sales Up 33%

    December 03, 2014 9:01 PM EST A who's-who of A-listers -- including One Direction and Taylor Swift -- gathered on Nov. 23 in Los Angeles for the 42nd annual American Music Awards . ABC's three-hour broadcast of the fan-voted event featured 19 performances with more than 25 artists. American Music Awards 2014…

  10. #Trending in 2014: Yahoo, Vevo, Rhapsody, Spotify and Bing Share the Year's Biggest Names

    December 03, 2014 12:05 PM EST A slew of digital companies have released their year-end data dumps on what the world was watching, listening to and searching for over the past year. Most of it should surprise no one who paid any attention to the world at large in 2014 -- it seems there are few shocks lurking in our…

  11. Billboard Year-End Awards: Best Hater Handler, Indie-est Album, Best Career Save & More

    December 02, 2014 3:00 PM EST Grammys , AMAs , CMAs, Oscars -- none of them are as important as the year-end awards you're about to witness. From Best Hater Handler to Most Ironic Arrest to Most Memorable Use of Cheesy '80s Guitar in a 2014 Movie, these are awards that actually mean something. Chosen by peers…

  12. Holiday 'Gif' Guide: 44 Gifts for Music Lovers

    December 01, 2014 3:30 PM EST Happy holidays! Can't figure out what to buy as gifts for the music lovers in your lives? Check out our handy guide below for some helpful tips! Apparel From head to toe (and hats to socks), clothes seem like a necessity for holiday gift-giving. But why not throw some pop in your…

  13. The Juice Podcast: A$AP Ferg Talks 'Ferg Forever,' Ferguson & Madonna's Tea-Making Skills

    December 01, 2014 2:49 PM EST Over the holiday weekend, while many indulged in rounds upon rounds of their Thanksgiving meal, a few R&B and rap artists, including A$AP Ferg , released new material. The rapper dropped his mixtape, Ferg Forever, on Black Friday, Nov. 28. A$AP Ferg Samples 'Frozen' 'Let…

  14. Exclusive: Craig Campbell Signs to RED BOW Records

    December 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST 'Keep Them Kisses Comin'' singer also just scored a song on Garth Brooks' new album. Country singer Craig Campbell is kicking off December in a big way, with the announcement of a new recording deal with RED BOW Records, a division of BBR Music Group. Campbell tells…

  15. The Chemical Brothers to Bring New Music, Live Show to Sónar 2015

    December 01, 2014 10:30 AM EST First artists for Barcelona electronic festival announced; 7 international editions planned within next year. The Chemical Brothers are promising “an intense ride” at Barcelona’s Sónar 2015. “We hope to amaze ourselves,” the duo's Tom Rowlands said in an announcement listing the first…

  16. Jennifer Lawrence's ‘The Hanging Tree’ Nabs Top 20 Debuts in U.K., Australia

    November 30, 2014 11:15 PM EST Jennifer Lawrence : Oscar-winner, philanthropist and now top-20 pop star. The actress’ recording of "The Hanging Tree" has landed at No. 14 on the  Official U.K. Singles Chart , published Sunday, and it's new at No. 12 on ARIA's Australian Top 50 Singles Chart . The song…

  17. Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hanging Tree' Heading for Hot 100 Chart Debut

    November 29, 2014 3:00 PM EST Jennifer Lawrence is aiming to score her first hit single on Billboard's charts. The Academy Award-winning actress is heading for the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with "The Hanging Tree," from her film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I . Listen…

  18. Watch Sky Ferreira Perform Her Booming New Song 'Guardian'

    November 29, 2014 8:00 AM EST Cue one of 2015's most anticipated new albums... For a while, it seemed like industry rebel Sky Ferreira would never exist a full length album. But Night Time, My Time proved worth the wait when it finally dropped in late 2013, and now she’s showing off new material fit for a highly…

  19. A$AP Ferg Samples 'Frozen's 'Let It Go' On 'Ferg Forever' Mixtape: Listen

    November 28, 2014 4:30 PM EST Did you ever think you'd hear A$AP Ferg and Idina Menzel together on one song? Well, today is the day: A$AP Ferg's mixtape, Ferg Forever , released Friday, Nov. 28, features the rapper sampling a snippet from Disney's "Frozen" theme song, "Let It Go." The …

  20. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Lorde’s ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack Debuts

    November 28, 2014 1:05 PM EST Plus: "Downton Abbey" Christmas and Kristin Chenoweth debut. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, One Direction made history, as the group’s Four debuted atop the list . The act is the first group to see its first four studio albums enter at No. 1. Four was released on Nov.…

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