1. Big Sean Pays Tribute to Grandma Following Her Death: 'Honestly I Feel Like She's Still Here'

    December 23, 2014 9:42 PM EST Big Sean 's grandmother has passed away, the rapper announced on Instagram Thursday.  Big Sean Earns Third No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs "My grandma passed away a couple days ago. I haven't said anything to anyone because honestly I feel like she's still here,…

  2. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  3. Chart Highlights: Aretha Franklin Tops Dance Club Songs for First Time in 16 Years

    December 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST The icon's cover of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' returns her to No. 1. Plus, new leaders for Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  4. Madonna On New 'Rebellious and Romantic' Music, Demo Leaks, 'Possibly' Crashing the Grammys and the 'Crazy' Sony Hack

    December 21, 2014 4:55 PM EST 0 "It's kind of like the old me and the new me all mixed in together," Madonna tells Billboard of her stunning new single "Living For Love." It’s a rather large understatement to say that it’s been a crazy couple of weeks for Madonna . On Tuesday night,…

  5. U.S.-Cuba Musical Relations: A Timeline of Milestones

    December 19, 2014 5:15 PM EST Before President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would be restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, there were five decades of a rocky musical relationship that displayed artistic triumphs, personal tragedies and the diplomatic power of music. See our timeline below: 1959 …

  6. The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

    December 19, 2014 12:45 PM EST After decades of leading the pack, the cultural rebound of rock, alternative, or whatever we want to call it depends on learning to play by new sets of rules. I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far…

  7. Ardent Studios Founder John Fry Dies at 69

    December 18, 2014 10:30 PM EST John Fry , the producer and engineer who founded Memphis' famed Ardent Studios and the Ardent Records label, has died at the age of 69. It was Fry who once said that, "Your moods are affected by your surroundings. I think there is something that operates in Memphis...and at Ardent…

  8. Jon Stewart Mocks Fox News' Sean Hannity Over Clumsy Jay Z Jab

    December 18, 2014 10:25 AM EST Fox News anchor Sean Hannity had a very Fox News moment recently, criticizing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for associating with Jay Z . It wasn’t just that Cuomo was agreeing with Jay Z in calling out the Staten Island grand jury that didn’t indict an NYPD officer for the chokehold death…

  9. Big Sean: Ariana Grande Does NOT Get Carried Around Like a Baby, Except...

    December 18, 2014 9:51 AM EST Big Sean wants to clear something up: The rumors that Ariana Grande (his girlfriend) demands to be carried everywhere are just as ridiculous as they sound. (Unless he's covering for her? Scandal!) The rapper was on The Breakfast Club Power 105.1 radio show, and when the hosts brought…

  10. G.O.O.D. Music Signs Former Kanye West Backup Dancer Kacy Hill

    December 17, 2014 4:51 PM EST Kacy Hill has signed to G.O.O.D. Music, the label founded by Kanye West in 2004. Previously, Hill worked as a model for American Apparel and a backup dancer for Kanye on his Yeezus tour. The signing was initially announced by Def Jam via Twitter. Vote up Kanye's newest G.O.O.D Music…

  11. Nicki Minaj's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    December 16, 2014 3:04 PM EST With only three albums under her garter belt, Nicki Minaj has broken chart records. She wears the crown for having the most Billboard Hot 100 hits among female rappers. She's also tied for third-most Hot 100 hits (56) among women in all genres, trailing only Aretha Franklin (73) and…

  12. American Country Countdown Awards: Luke Bryan & Florida Georgia Line Roll Over Competition

    December 15, 2014 10:30 PM EST Jason Aldean takes home top prize at inaugural awards show, while Kenny Chesney & Reba McEntire are honored. The inaugural American Country Countdown Awards were held Monday night (Dec. 15) at Nashville's Music City Center, and as producers hoped, the night was akin to a Christmas…

  13. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  14. Rita Ora, Darius Rucker Perform at President Obama's 'Christmas in Washington' Concert

    December 14, 2014 10:26 PM EST The Obamas celebrated the holiday season Sunday with "The Rock" and singers Rita Ora and Darius Rucker . President Barack Obama and his family attended the 33rd annual "Christmas in Washington" concert Sunday at the National Building Museum. The event is a benefit for…

  15. BSBB Round 1: Chris Brown, "Loyal" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 12:00 PM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Loyal Chris Brown Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea MAURA JOHNSTON: One of my least favorite trends of 2014 was the increasingly rancorous nature of the seemingly never-ending battle between men and women, and "Loyal…

  16. BSBB Round 3: DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Turn Down For What DJ Snake & Lil Jon Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea CAITLIN WHITE: Ah yes, "Problem," the song on which Ariana sought to finally shed her ballad-and-piano image, trading it in for a…

  17. BSBB Round 2: Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea JAMIESON COX: I live and work in a university town, and if “number of times heard while walking by a raging kegger” was an…

  18. BSBB Round 1: MKTO, "Classic" vs. Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, "Bailando"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Classic MKTO Bailando Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona CHRIS PAYNE: I love catchy songwriting, but there comes a time when your musicology skews too close to advertising jingle instead of pop song. That…

  19. Rihanna Takes Fans Inside Diamond Ball: See the Glamorous Pics

    December 13, 2014 6:23 PM EST Couldn't score a ticket to Rihanna 's first-ever Diamond Ball ? Well, she is now taking fans behind-the-scenes on social media. The event, which took place in Beverly Hills, California on Dec. 11, was held to benefit Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation. She founded the charity,…

  20. Beyoncé Earns Eighth No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With '7/11'

    December 11, 2014 7:09 PM EST Plus: Wu-Tang Clan returns to the charts with 'A Better Tomorrow' In only its second week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Beyoncé 's "7/11" reaches No. 1, granting the singer her eighth chart-topping title as a solo artist. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé,…

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