1. BSBB Round 1: Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, "Black Widow" vs. Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Black Widow Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora Hot Boy Bobby Shmurda CRAIG JENKINS: “Black Widow” began life as a Katy Perry song and, as such, is designed almost entirely to buttress its titanic hook. Iggy Azalea’s just treading water…

  2. BSBB Round 1: Rixton, "Me and My Broken Heart" vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Me and My Broken Heart Rixton Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX MAURA JOHNSTON: Maroon 5 abandoning their "slight update of Hall & Oates" post resulted in quite a bit of jostling for the position; Rixton, a…

  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. 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…

  5. 5 Things We Want to See Charli XCX Do on 'SNL'

    December 13, 2014 11:00 AM EST After notching a Top 10 hit of her own, “Boom Clap,” to follow featured turns on smashes like Iggy Azalea ’s “Fancy” and Icona Pop ’s “I Love It,” Charli XCX is primed for her Saturday Night Live debut on Saturday night (Dec. 13). The timing couldn’t be more perfect: the U.K. singer…

  6. 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&…

  7. Iggy Azalea Laughs Off Rumor She Was Born a Man

    December 12, 2014 10:45 AM EST 'Am I still gonna get my Billboard Women in Music award?' she tweets. Iggy Azalea is laughing off rumors she's a man -- which, as Lady Gaga can tell you, is a rite of passage when you're a powerful female pop star. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Iggy Azalea: 'If I…

  8. Why Drake Managed to Rule Hip-Hop in 2014 -- Without a New Album or Hit Single

    December 12, 2014 10:05 AM EST The best rapper in 2014 didn't need a new album or hit single to prove his dominance. Drake 's last LP, Nothing Was the Same , arrived in September 2013, but thanks to a stream of songs surprise-released online, carefully curated remixes, touring and big-time TV spots, there was…

  9. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Taylor Swift on How Following Her 'Gut Instinct' Led to No. 1 Album '1989'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Pop Princess 1989 5 Weeks on Billboard 200 With the largest first-week sales of any album in 12 years, the triumph of Taylor Swift ’s 1989 was so overwhelming that it instantly schooled any skeptics who doubted her ability to transition from the ­country-pop of her previous four albums…

  10. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Kacey Musgraves on Singing With Loretta Lynn and Why She No Longer Has a Bucket List

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Renegade Same Trailer Different Park 1 Week on Top Country Albums Kacey Musgraves ' arrow still hasn't landed. The country upstart's debut, Same Trailer Different Park , returned to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after this year's Grammys, when the 26-year-old Texas…

  11. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Director James Gunn Talks No. 1 Soundtrack for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Mixmaster Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 2 Weeks on Billboard 200 Awesome Mix Vol. 1 , the soundtrack album for comic sci-fi action movie Guardians of the Galaxy , tripped a sonic time warp with the best record K-tel never made. Director James Gunn's adaptation of the…

  12. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Nick Jonas, Kiesza, and Tove Lo Help Start a New Chapter for Island Records

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Cool Kids Tove Lo : "Habits (Stay High)" 2 Weeks on Mainstream Top 40 ; 6 Weeks on Hot Rock Songs Kiesza : Sound of a Woman 1 Week on Dance/Electronic Albums Nick Jonas : "Chains" Trending 140 A little more than a year ago, Tove Lo, 27; Kiesza, 25; and Nick Jonas, 22…

  13. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Enrique Iglesias 'Always Knew There Was Something Magical' About No. 1 Hit 'Bailando'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Crowd Pleaser "Bailando" 32 Weeks on Hot Latin Songs ; 1 Week on Dance Club Songs When Enrique Iglesias , 39, premiered "Bailando" during the Billboard Latin Music Awards in April, the consensus was immediate: The song was a hit. By midsummer, the irresistible mix of…

  14. Billboard Year in Music 2014: How the 'Frozen' Soundtrack Became the Top-Selling Album of 2014

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Showstoppers The Frozen Soundtrack 13 Weeks on Billboard 200 In a particularly cold climate
 for music sales, Frozen broke virtually every Hollywood rule -- no "prince charming" narrative or genre trends -- to become the year’s biggest ­phenomenon. The soundtrack moved more…

  15. 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.…

  16. Billboard Cover: Jason Derulo on the Success of 'Talk Dirty' (Despite His Mom's Disapproval)

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Loverboy "Talk Dirty" 1 week on Mainstream Top 40 ; 3 weeks on Rhythmic ; 4 weeks on R&B Digital Songs The year 2014, Jason Derulo 's annus mirabilis, started in a sweaty nightclub in Tel Aviv, Israel, in January 2013. There, embedded in a 2007 song called "…

  17. Billboard Cover: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Other No. 1 Artists Reveal the Behind-the-Scenes Details Behind Their Hit Songs and Albums

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Rule Breaker “Fancy” 7 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 John , Paul , George , Ringo , and ... Iggy ? The rump-shaking, hair-flipping, shade-throwing Australian rapper became The Beatles ' unlikeliest successor as the second act ever to claim both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions at the…

  18. Billboard Year in Music 2014: 'Weird Al' Yankovic on Inspiring Beyoncé and Making 'Mandatory Fun' a Must-Listen

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Strategist Mandatory Fun 1 Week on Billboard 200 "Weird Al" Yankovic had the last laugh in 2014. In the weeks prior to the release of his 14th album, Mandatory Fun , Yankovic prerecorded a release-week podcast, wherein he joked about having a No. 1 album. He couldn't have…

  19. Sony/ATV Chairman Blasts Payouts from Internet Radio

    December 11, 2014 1:41 PM EST Pandora is coming under fire again for its payouts to songwriters and publishers. In a letter to his staff, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Marty Bandier notes that despite the success of two of the company's biggest songwriters -- John Legend and Pharrell Williams -- their…

  20. Iggy Azalea Learns 'Vagina Flick' From Fake Demi Lovato Story

    December 10, 2014 6:30 PM EST 0 UPDATE: Demi Lovato retweeted Billboard's story, adding, "HAHAHAHAHA," proving she has an incredible sense of humor (even if she can't speak whale).  Here's your daily reminder that the Internet is a weird place. A few weeks ago, someone posted a horror…

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