1. Calvin Harris Fronts Emporio Armani's Spring 2015 Campaign

    December 18, 2014 12:12 AM EST Calvin Harris may be known for his talents on the turntables, having No. 1 hits on the Billboard dance/electronic albums charts and being the world's highest-paid DJ, but there's one other talent worth recognizing: his model-esque features. With his charmingly good looks, it'…

  2. BSBB Round 4: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, "Drunk in Love"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z JAMIESON COX: At this stage in the competition, it’s harder and harder for me to point to musical qualities when making decisions. I like all of these songs,…

  3. BSBB Round 1: Charli XCX, "Boom Clap" vs. Jason Derulo, "Trumpets"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Boom Clap Charli XCX Trumpets Jason Derulo CRAIG JENKINS: British singer Charli XCX graduated from flanking Iggy Azalea on “Fancy” to a major label smash of her own this year with the cheerful, onomatopoetic “Boom Clap.” The…

  4. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  5. The 8 Best Things About Destiny's Child's Cheesy/Perfect '8 Days of Christmas' Music Video

    December 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Three weeks until Christmas! In honor of Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at Destiny's Child 2001 Christmas album, 8 Days of Christmas.  Particularly, we're focusing on the title song and video, which is simply delightful -- in a cheesy, somewhat-dated, perfect kind of…

  6. Kiesza, MAGIC! to Perform at Canada's Juno Awards

    December 02, 2014 11:01 PM EST Canada's Juno Awards on Tuesday named retro-electro dance star Kiesza and rock-reggae group MAGIC! to perform at the country's music awards on March 15, 2015 . YouTube phenom Shawn Mendes and Canadian rockers Hedley also join the early talent lineup unveiled by the Canadian…

  7. Ted Nugent Posts Offensive, Illogical Ferguson Rant

    November 25, 2014 11:32 AM EST For better or worse (hint: worse), classic rocker turned conservative pundit Ted Nugent has weighed in on the Ferguson decision that let police officer Darren Wilson walk scot-free after shooting and killing unarmed civilian Michael Brown. While the decision drew outrage from pop stars…

  8. Idris Elba Talks Producing His Star-Studded New Album, His Most Embarrassing DJ Moment and Going 'Toe-to-Toe' With Biz Markie

    November 21, 2014 3:35 PM EST Big Driis has left the building. That was the name British actor Idris Elba, 42, known for his roles in Thor and Pacific Rim , went by in the early 2000s, when he moonlighted as a DJ around the world during his breakout run on HBO's The Wire . "He has retired," says Elba,…

  9. Latin Grammys: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 20, 2014 11:38 PM EST Magic! releasing new version of 'Rude' with Marc Anthony, J Balvin to record with Enrique Iglesias, plus that nagging immigration question. Even if you watched the Latin Grammys , here are 10 things you didn't see on TV: Enrique Iglesias, Calle 13 & More Win Early Latin…

  10. 'Beyond the Lights' Star Gugu Mbatha-Raw on Rihanna, Lauryn Hill and Judy Garland Inspiring Her Big-Screen Role

    November 17, 2014 3:24 PM EST The rise to pop stardom can be a rough business -- just ask Justin Bieber or Britney Spears . English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw captures that fraught journey convincingly in buzzed-about film Beyond the Lights (in theaters now through Relativity Media). The 31-year-old portrays Noni, a singer…

  11. Exclusive: Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox Premiere New Orleans-Style Sam Smith Cover

    November 17, 2014 10:44 AM EST Plus a Q&A with Bradlee: 'I treat these as my originals -- originals that somebody else wrote.' Today Billboard is premiering a new video from Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox : a vintage New Orleans-Style reworking of Sam Smith 's "I'm Not The Only One…

  12. Billboard Legend of Live Honoree Lionel Richie Remembers His Time With The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson (and His Snake)

    November 14, 2014 3:54 PM EST Lionel Richie splays his body over an armchair in his palatial Beverly Hills mansion, with a scarf wrapped around his neck and The Police playing on the sound system. "I don't need five or six homes," he says. "I just need one good one." In fact, Richie, 65, owns…

  13. Rapper Big Paybacc Killed At McDonald's

    November 07, 2014 4:37 PM EST Rapper Big Paybacc was reportedly shot and killed on Thursday, Nov. 7 in Palmdale, Calif. while eating at local McDonald’s. According to TMZ , the late 38-year old rapper, born Habeeb Ameer Zekajj, was eating lunch at McDonald’s at 12:30 pm when the  suspect walked in and shot him once.…

  14. Concert Review: Usher Kicks Off His UR Experience Tour in Detroit With Mixed Results

    November 05, 2014 1:02 PM EST "I've been doing this shit for 20 years," Usher told an exuberant crowd on Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills outside Detroit during the first U.S. concert of his UR Experience Tour. His tone was one of bemusement, his look a mix of pride and subtle disbelief.  But…

  15. Lauryn Hill Gets Second Performance Slot After Being Cut Off Mid-Song at Voodoo Fest

    November 02, 2014 12:13 PM EST There were multiple roller-coaster rides at the Voodoo Fest in New Orleans on Saturday (Nov. 1), but none compared to the emotional ride that Lauryn Hill fans endured during the evening. Lauryn Hill's Voodoo Fest Set Cut Short The singer was 45 minutes late to her performance -- twice…

  16. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1990s

    October 30, 2014 3:00 PM EDT In honor of Billboard magazine's 120th anniversary on Nov. 1, we're revealing the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits from each decade since the 1960s (for a total of 120 songs). The '90s were full of world-conquering ballads, the stuff of future American Idol performances: Toni…

  17. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  18. Epik High Explores Dark, Personal Struggles & Tells Off Haters on 'Shoebox' Album

    October 28, 2014 7:49 PM EDT The set includes a slew of standout guests including Beenzino, Gaeko, WINNER's Mino and iKON's BI and Bobby. After an extended hiatus since the release of 99 in 2012 that landed them the K-Pop Hot 100 chart-topper "It's Cold," Epik High returned with recharged…

  19. 11 Times Kanye West Smiled On Instagram

    October 25, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Yeezus! Who knew Kanye West smiled that much? Well if you need any proof, all you need to do is take a scroll through Kim Kardashian 's Instagram. Maybe she knows that she has the secret to make him smile since most of the time she's by his side when it's happening. In fact,…

  20. Kanye West Surprisingly Tones Down Onstage Rant at Life is Beautiful Festival

    October 25, 2014 11:26 AM EDT “This is the part that gets me in trouble,” the rapper said. Maybe it was the fact it was Kim Kardashian’s birthday or perhaps it was because the festival was titled Life is Beautiful. Kanye West, Foo Fighters To Headline Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful Festival Either way, the rant that…

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