1. One Direction Hits One Billion Plays on Spotify (But Are Still Way Behind Eminem)

    November 25, 2014 11:12 AM EST One Direction has surpassed a billion streams on Spotify, joining Coldplay as only the second British band to accomplish that feat on the streaming music service. According to data provided by Spotify, the boy band reached the milestone last week upon the release of their new album Four . …

  2. IFPI's Investing in Music 2014 Report: Annual A&R & Marketing Spend Tops $4.3 Billion

    November 24, 2014 7:00 PM EST It's become a much-heard and endlessly repeated complaint of the digital age that record labels no longer invest in artist development, but a new report from IFPI suggests that the opposite is in fact true. Record companies' annual spending on A&R and marketing now tops $4.3…

  3. Pop Shop Podcast: 2014 American Music Awards Recap!

    November 24, 2014 5:40 PM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to a special 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…

  4. AMAs Best & Worst Moments: One Direction, Taylor Swift, Lorde & More

    November 24, 2014 12:43 AM EST So who won the 2014 AMAs? One Direction won the coveted Artist of the Year and two other awards, while Taylor Swift captured the Dick Clark Award of Excellence, and Lorde was generally awesome. But plenty of other artists brought their A-game, as this was a star-studded night for the…

  5. 2014 AMAs: Best, Worst & Weirdest Performances

    November 24, 2014 12:40 AM EST Obviously the American Music Awards are about awards, but the real reason we tune in is to see hit artists delivering performances of their new material. Sometimes they're spectacular, sometimes they're snoozy -- even the best pop stars can swing and miss at the AMAs -- but they…

  6. American Music Awards 2014: What You Didn't See on TV

    November 24, 2014 12:17 AM EST One Direction's Harry Styles & Niall Horan make sure to stay in the audience for J.Lo & Iggy's 'Booty' fest, and more behind-the-scenes action. At Sunday night's American Music Awards , you saw Selena Gomez bare her heart -- and Iggy Azalea and…

  7. Five Reasons Why Lorde Won The AMAs Without Winning Any Awards

    November 24, 2014 12:10 AM EST Hanging with Taylor, dancing to Jessie, tweeting about Pitbull -- all in a day's work for young Ella. Lorde went home empty-handed at the 2014 American Music Awards, losing out in all four of her nominated categories. And while one could quibble about those results — losing out to…

  8. One Direction's 'Steal My Girl' Used During 'Midnight Memories' Segment at the AMAs

    November 23, 2014 9:31 PM EST Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy took the stage at the 2014 American Music Awards to present the award for Favorite Album -- Pop/Rock -- but there was a slight mishap. Full AMAs Coverage Here  |  Live Blog During the nominees segment -- Lorde's "Royals" played as a…

  9. Lorde Crushes 'Yellow Flicker Beat' at the 2014 AMAs: Watch

    November 23, 2014 9:20 PM EST The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 dominated at the box office this weekend, and Lorde 's theme for the film, "Yellow Flicker Beat," continued crushing it this weekend when the singer performed her newest hit at the American Music Awards.  American Music Awards  Full…

  10. AMAs 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    November 23, 2014 8:00 PM EST Who took home honors at the 2014 American Music Awards ? Check out the full list of winners below! Full AMAs Coverage Here  | Live Blog | Red Carpet Show Artist Of The Year  Iggy Azalea Beyoncé Luke Bryan Eminem Imagine Dragons John Legend Lorde One Direction -- WINNER Katy Perry…

  11. Music Fans Can Vote for Their Favorite AMA Artists, Submit Fan Art on Twitter

    November 22, 2014 3:29 PM EST It's not too late to grab your paintbrush. Now is your chance to show off all those paintings you've done of One Direction . (Don't pretend like you don't know what we're talking about.) AMAs Producer on Taylor Swift Receiving New Dick Clark Award, Pitbull's…

  12. Listen to Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Folk Ballad, 'The Hanging Tree'

    November 21, 2014 9:12 PM EST Hunger Games hero Katniss Everdeen's haunting folk song, "The Hanging Tree," is now streaming online as it will appear on the Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 score album. Jennifer Lawrence , who plays Everdeen in the film series, sings the song over arrangement by…

  13. Quotes of the Week: Willow Smith Likes to Climb Trees, Lorde Defends Dissing Diplo and More

    November 21, 2014 5:40 PM EST "'Will you guys please get Lorde to really sing it?' They said no." --Jennifer Lawrence The actress, who sings a song in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 , telling David Letterman that the filmmakers denied her request. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West,…

  14. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Meghan Trainor Hits Top 40, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Debut

    November 21, 2014 3:24 PM EST Trainor soars with her second hit, while Ronson's scorching soul/pop track brings the writer/producer out from behind the scenes. Plus, chart action for Vance Joy, Lorde & One Direction. As previously reported, Taylor Swift makes history by becoming the first woman to replace…

  15. 'I Only Blame Myself': Is Reclusive R&B Singer Jeremih Holding Back His Own Career?

    November 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Fifty-two different songs have reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. Only one of them doesn't have an official music video: Jeremih 's "Don't Tell 'Em." "I blame myself," the singer says, sitting on the rooftop of West Hollywood hotel…

  16. Exclusive: Elijah Wood's All-Vinyl DJ Outfit Wooden Wisdom Will Hit the Road in 2015

    November 21, 2014 12:00 PM EST Wood and DJ partner Zach Cowie will bring their retro "paradise garage" sound to five North American cities in January. Wooden Wisdom is a DJ supergroup made up of Elijah Wood ( Lord of the Rings ,  The Hobbit ) and Zach Cowie , a music business jack-of-all-trades who has managed…

  17. Catching Up with Sky Ferreira: On Recording with Primal Scream, Splitting From Troy Carter & Regaining Control of Her Career

    November 21, 2014 11:46 AM EST “I feel like I’ve been sitting at the DMV for 10 years. I did all my paperwork, I passed my test, but they still haven’t called my number." On Thursday night at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, Sky Ferreira kicked off a run of five West Coast performances that will effectively put…

  18. AMAs Producer on Taylor Swift Receiving New Dick Clark Award, Pitbull's Hosting Skills & More

    November 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST American Music Awards producer Larry Klein has worked on the long-running awards show for nearly 40 years, but when he organizes it each year, "I still feel like a kid," he admits.  American Music Awards Photos: 42 Years Of AMAs History “I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I’m…

  19. Watch Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson Get Ready for 'SNL' With Cameron Diaz

    November 21, 2014 6:50 AM EST Saturday Night Live 's 40th season is bringing Cameron Diaz on board to host this weekend, and she'll be joined by musical guests Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson . The duo will perform their new single "Uptown Funk," which Ronson recently told Billboard is "one of Bruno…

  20. Jennifer Lopez & Iggy Azalea Bringing 'Booty' to AMAs

    November 20, 2014 6:53 PM EST Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea will bring their sexy single "Booty" to the American Music Awards Sunday with a performance they promise will be network television-appropriate.  Iggy Azalea, the Most-Nominated 2014 AMAs Artist, Will Also Perform This is the first time the duo…

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