1. 4 Ways Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift Changed Country Music

    December 09, 2014 10:56 AM EST It might surprise some of Taylor Swift 's fans, but country music had a long and remarkable history before her 2006 debut album, and that grand tradition will continue, even if Swift ends up leaving the genre for good. But there's no doubt that she changed the business of country…

  2. Smashing Pumpkins Prove They Deserve Fan Loyalty at NYC Concert

    December 09, 2014 10:50 AM EST After an eventful week in which he reconciled with old foes Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson , performing with the latter at a tour stop in London, Billy Corgan brought his new-look Smashing Pumpkins to New York City on Monday (Dec. 8) to keep the goodwill going and promote their latest…

  3. Facebook's Most Talked About Entertainer Isn't Exactly A Surprise

    December 09, 2014 10:34 AM EST Who runs the world? Beyonce, duh. Facebook has released the Top 10 Entertainers of 2014 (U.S.), based on how often people were mentioned in Facebook posts this year. And the number one slot went to one ***Flawless woman.  From her surprise album drop last December to this past summer's…

  4. Katy Perry's Super Bowl Mantra? 'Eyes On The Prize Not On The Fries'

    December 09, 2014 10:15 AM EST Katy Perry   dressed up as a Cheeto for Halloween, but she's probably not eating a ton of them until after her Super Bowl Halftime performance Feb. 1.  Eye on the prize not on the fries #SuperBowl — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) December 9, 2014 Obviously, Perry always looks incredible, but…

  5. 'American Idol' Alums Kelly Clarkson, David Archuleta & Others Share the Christmas Spirit: Watch

    December 09, 2014 5:10 AM EST American Idol alums are helping usher in the holiday season with new songs, videos, updates of Christmas classics and mash-ups. Check out some of the merriment below: Kris Allen is releasing a new song, "Baby, It Ain't Christmas Without You," through his own DogBear Records…

  6. Temptations & Four Tops Keen to Renew Broadway Rivalry

    December 09, 2014 2:40 AM EST When they're offstage, members of The Temptations and The Four Tops -- two of Motown's most iconic groups -- have nothing but love for each other. It's a different story when the microphones are turned on. "We're very competitive," said Abdul "Duke"…

  7. 'The Voice' Recap: Top Five Boys Bring Their Best Sets to Semifinals

    December 08, 2014 11:03 PM EST The top five singers of The Voice were on double duty Monday night, performing both hometown dedications and coaches' picks throughout the two-hour episode. With Pharrell Williams out for the remainder of the season, here's how they handled the demand: Adam Levine is the only…

  8. Tinashe On Bringing Females Into the Mainstream: ‘There’s Definitely Room For More’

    December 08, 2014 5:39 PM EST Watch the “2 On” singer discuss her 2014 success and her favorite songs on her debut album. Aquarius , the kinetic debut album from R&B star Tinashe , is rightfully popping up on a bunch of year-end albums lists after at long last being released in October. During a recent stop by…

  9. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Jessie J: Whitney Houston 'Gave Me So Much Courage to Be Loud and Bold'

    December 08, 2014 5:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Powerhouse honoree talks about her girl crush on the legendary diva and the fierce female singers she admires. Jessie J started this year fearing she had already peaked. The 26-year-old British singer-songwriter's last top 10 U.S. single as a solo artist,…

  10. 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…

  11. Chris Rock and Questlove Talk the Greatest MCs of All Time and Collaborating on New Movie 'Top Five'

    December 08, 2014 4:37 PM EST It's a cold November morning, and Chris Rock has come to meet Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson at his office, which is also his dressing room and his studio, on the sixth floor of 30 Rock, where Jimmy Fallon shoots The Tonight Show . Questlove, 43 -- the drummer for The Roots ,…

  12. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Charli XCX: ‘I'll Give Jay Z a Run for His Money’

    December 08, 2014 3:43 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Hitmaker honoree talks about building her own empire to rival the hip-hop star's and her hit-making streak. "This time last year I just wanted to move on from 'I Love It,'" says Charli XCX , referring to the mega-smash she wrote and…

  13. Capitol Music Group Hires Two Publicity VPs

    December 08, 2014 3:11 PM EST Capitol Music Group has hired industry veterans Jennie Boddy and Erin Cooney as vice presidents of publicity under Ambrosia Healy , the company's head of media strategy and relations. Expect a seamless move for the new hires, who already work with Healy at her indie PR firm The Fun…

  14. Joanna Newsom 'Had a Strong Sense That I Didn't Know What I Was Doing' in 'Inherent Vice'

    December 08, 2014 3:10 PM EST Newsom's husband, Andy Samberg, also helped her out: "He gave me general, very functional acting pointers, along the lines of ways to not be freaked out." Aside from an appearance on Portlandia and in an MGMT music video, avant-garde singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom never…

  15. Exclusive: Santana & Wyclef Talk Woodstock, Fusion & More

    December 08, 2014 2:25 PM EST Watch an exclusive video excerpt from 'The Living Room Tour' sessions. Carlos Santana sat down for an interview and jam session with Wyclef Jean as part of Bang & Olufsen's The Living Room Tour sessions. In an exclusive excerpt for Billboard , Jean and Santana spoke about…

  16. Carlos Vives Shines at Sold-Out Miami Show: Watch Him Sing With 4-Year-Old Fan

    December 08, 2014 2:19 PM EST It's a raucous party at AmericanAirlines Arena, even with nostalgia & tears. For all its danceability and party ambience, Carlos Vives ' brand of folk/rock/pop is impregnated with melancholia. It's no accident that Gabriel García Márquez and his magical realism and Vives…

  17. Meghan Trainor Wants To Finally Meet Taylor Swift at the Grammys

    December 08, 2014 2:09 PM EST "I saw her at the AMAs — I was too scared to say hi," says the "All About That Bass" nominee. Earlier this fall, Meghan Trainor ’s debut single “All About That Bass” passed Taylor Swift ’s “Shake It Off” on the Hot 100 and spent eight weeks at the top of the chart before…

  18. Inside U2’s Ambitious Upcoming Tour Strategy

    December 08, 2014 1:30 PM EST Despite album backlash and a battered Bono, the band preps its first road run since 2011. The announcement on Dec. 3 of U2 ’s Innocence + Experience Tour was a blast of confidence for a band that has experienced a bumpy past few months. Setting aside mixed consumer reaction to its Apple…

  19. Taylor Swift, Simon Cowell Rank High on Guardian's Media Power List

    December 08, 2014 12:01 PM EST The Guardian has released its MediaGuardian 100 ranking of the most powerful and impactful people across the industries of art, advertising, tech, journalism and every other subsection of ways in which your eyes and ears drink in stuff. Topping the list in outsize fashion is the technology…

  20. Dr. Luke Sues Kesha's Lawyer for Lady Gaga Rape Implication

    December 08, 2014 11:46 AM EST Less than one week after Kesha 's mother added another lawsuit to the increasingly messy legal battle between her daughter and producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Gottwald has filed a new lawsuit -- this time, he's suing Kesha's lawyer for defamation. Mark…

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