1. Meow! Taylor Swift Shares 'Cherished' Birthday Gift

    December 13, 2014 8:53 PM EST How do you top a star-studded birthday celebration like the one Taylor Swift just had?   That's easy. If you're Girls star Lena Dunham , you get your bestie something with a cat on it. On Dec. 13, Swift turned 25 and to celebrate the milestone, Dunham gifted the singer with a…

  2. Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 Highlights: Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith & More

    December 13, 2014 1:12 PM EST iHeartRadio giant Z100 (WHTZ) New York held its annual Jingle Ball concert Friday night (Dec. 12) at Madison Square Garden, headlined by Taylor Swift , Iggy Azalea , Ariana Grande and other stars, mostly women. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM…

  3. Watch Hayley Williams & Joy Williams Sing 'Hate to See Your Heart Break' at Women in Music Event

    December 13, 2014 11:11 AM EST Civil Wars singer Joy Williams and Hayley Williams joined forces for a stunningly gorgeous acoustic duet of Paramore 's "Hate To See Your Heart Break" at Billboard’s Women in Music event on Friday (Dec. 12). Hayley Williams Admits She Was 'Afraid to Make Eye Contact'…

  4. AC/DC 'Bust's to No. 1 on Top Rock Albums

    December 12, 2014 5:31 PM EST AC/DC 's Rock or Bust starts as the influential band's third No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Rock Albums chart with 172,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The hard rock band's 15th studio album also debuts at No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 , where…

  5. Billboard Women in Music: Taylor Swift, Aretha Franklin & More on the Red Carpet

    December 12, 2014 5:23 PM EST At Billboard's Women in Music , honoring artists from Aretha Franklin to Taylor Swift, we spoke to many of the stars on the red carpet. Check our interviews below. Billboard Women In Music: Full Coverage Taylor Swift : Ingrid Michaelson : Aretha Franklin : Meghan Trainor : Savannah…

  6. Jimmy Kimmel Makes Billboard Chart Debut on the Killers' New Holiday Hit

    December 12, 2014 4:41 PM EST Las Vegas natives the Killers and Jimmy Kimmel teamed up to create a new holiday song and character, "Joel, the Lump of Coal," and it ended up bringing a gift to Kimmel: his Billboard chart debut. The folky track bows at No. 27 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart with 11,000…

  7. Taylor Swift, Aretha Franklin & More Sing Each Other's Praises at Billboard's Women in Music Event

    December 12, 2014 3:15 PM EST Ariana Grande, Hayley Williams, Jessie J, Idina Menzel & more are also feted. "It's really cool to be at a music event where over half the people in the room have vaginas," quipped an outspoken Charli XCX , who was Billboard 's Hitmaker honoree at the magazine&…

  8. Watch Aretha Franklin Sing 'Happy Birthday' to Taylor Swift at 2014 Women In Music

    December 12, 2014 3:00 PM EST 0 After a candid sit-down conversation with 2014 Women in Music honorees Taylor Swift , Jessie J , Charli XCX , Hayley Williams , Ariana Grande and Idina Menzel , Aretha Franklin -- recipient of the Icon of the Year honor -- stunned Swift with a surprise rendition of "Happy…

  9. Reggie Watts Will Be James Corden's 'Late Late' Band Leader

    December 12, 2014 2:30 PM EST CBS is getting ready for the new Late Late Show . Though James Corden doesn't assume the hosting gig until Mar. 23, the multihyphenate's show has filled out much of its staff and found a bandleader in Reggie Watts . Josh Groban Jams With Reggie Watts on 'Comedy Bang! Bang!&…

  10. Hayley Williams Admits She Was 'Afraid to Make Eye Contact' With Beyonce at Women in Music

    December 12, 2014 1:55 PM EST 0 After joining the Civil Wars ' Joy Williams for a stunningly gorgeous acoustic duet on Paramore 's "Hate To See Your Heart Break," Hayley Williams accepted the 2014 Billboard Women in Music honor for Trailblazer of the Year.     Billboard's Women in…

  11. Charli XCX Accepts Hitmaker Honor: 'Really Cool' To Be at Event 'Where Over Half the People in the Room Have Vaginas'

    December 12, 2014 1:45 PM EST Hayley Williams  was thrilled to introduce  Charli XCX , who accepted the Hitmaker Honor at the Billboard Women in Music event Friday (Dec. 12).  Billboard's Women in Music 2014 "I for one am so excited to hear a girl on the radio who sings poppy songs with a real punk edge,"…

  12. Becky G, Paul McCartney & DJ Earworm : Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 28

    December 12, 2014 1:09 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard 's weekly video show Real-Time Rewind , which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is in the studio on Episode 28,…

  13. From 'Pulling a Beyonce' to 'On Fleek,' Slang Terms That Invaded 2014

    December 12, 2014 1:00 PM EST ON FLEEK Meaning amazing, impeccable; originated by Vine user Peaches Monroe (to praise her eyebrows) and popularized by Ariana Grande , who sang it on MTV in August. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Ariana Grande: 'This Year I Was Really Taken Seriously as an Artist’ THOT An acronym…

  14. 'SNL' Sends Nicki Minaj Into Social 50 Top Five

    December 12, 2014 12:28 PM EST Nicki Minaj made her second appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live on Dec. 6, performing three new songs from her upcoming album The Pink Print and starring in two sketches in the episode hosted by James Franco. The resulting online buzz catapults her 27-4 on the Social 50 chart, her…

  15. Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money: Can the Rapper Leave the Label He's Been With Since He Was 13?

    December 12, 2014 12:20 PM EST Album delays are ­nothing new for Lil Wayne . But the MC sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world on Dec. 4 when he publicly blamed his label for the ever-shifting release date of his new album, Tha Carter V . Calling himself a "prisoner," he tweeted, "I want off this label…

  16. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Barbra Streisand on Her No. 1 Album 'Partners' Proving 'That I've Stood the Test of Time'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Comeback Queen Partners 1 Week on Billboard 200 Hello, Gorgeous! This summer, at 72, Barbra Streisand joined Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote her 34th studio album, Partners . Her second album of duets, several of which are interpretations of her iconic works, saw her team…

  17. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Ed Sheeran and Charli XCX Dish on No. 1 Hits, Sophomore-Slump Fears and Finding Their Voices

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Hit Factories Ed Sheeran : x 1 Week on Billboard 200 Charli XCX : "Boom Clap" 3 Weeks on Mainstream Top 40 X marked the spot in 2014 for fellow Brits and Atlantic labelmates Ed Sheeran, 23, and Charli XCX, 22. Sheeran's sophomore set, x , entered the Billboard 200 at No.…

  18. ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento Announces Retirement

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST After a 33-year career at ASCAP -- 17 of them as the CEO -- John LoFrumento is retiring from the performance rights organization as of Jan. 1. During his tenure at the head of organization, membership grew from 70,000 members to 520,000, while distribution of royalties more than doubled,…

  19. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  20. Jessie J's 'Virtuosic Vocal Muses' Playlist Pays Homage to Singing Stars: Exclusive

    December 11, 2014 4:50 PM EST Jessie J used a killer set of pipes — and a pair of famous friends in Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj — to score one of the year’s biggest hits with “Bang Bang,” which reached the Top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Unsurprisingly, the U.K. pop vocalist draws inspiration from the musical…

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