1. 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…

  2. Happy Birthday, Taylor Swift: 13 Things We Loved About You This Year

    December 13, 2014 11:00 AM EST It's no secret  Taylor Swift 's favorite number is 13 -- just check out her Twitter handle.  So in honor of her 25th birthday Saturday, Dec. 13, we easily thought up thirteen reasons we loved her this year, from her album release secret sessions to her excellent decision to…

  3. VIXX Talk NYC Debut, K-Pop Acts Created on Reality TV & How Their Parents Respond to Their Dark Videos

    December 12, 2014 8:57 PM EST The K-pop boy band chat about 2015 plans, rivalries and deep love for their fans: "It's more about them than topping the charts." Late last month, VIXX took over New York's Terminal 5 venue to bring their brand of dark-pop bangers. Despite some technical difficulties,…

  4. Haters Gonna Hate: Music Stars' Biggest Beefs of 2014

    December 12, 2014 2:00 PM EST With Twitter, Instagram and elevator cameras documenting music stars’ every move, there was nothing secret about the industry’s nastiest beefs. Iggy Azalea v. Snoop Dogg When Snoop posted a meme dissing Iggy’s looks, she tweeted retaliations until mentor T.I. intervened. Snoop later…

  5. Cuban Rapper El B Disputes Reports of U.S. Agency Infiltration

    December 12, 2014 11:13 AM EST Los Aldeanos' El B doesn’t “need financing" to say what he thinks. Bian Oscar Rodriguez Gala , the Cuban rapper known as El B , has responded to an Associated Press report detailing how the United States the Agency for International Development used members of Havana’s hip-hop…

  6. 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…

  7. 'American Idol' Judge Keith Urban Talks Season 14: 'They've Brought Something Fresh'

    December 12, 2014 12:00 AM EST Keith Urban often refers to his American Idol co-stars as a family. And in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, the country star said that his fellow judges came through for him in his time of need -- the death of his father-in-law, Antony Kidman , dad to Urban's wife, Nicole…

  8. USAID's Covert Cuba Hip-Hop Project 'Reckless' & 'Stupid,' Says Sen. Patrick Leahy

    December 11, 2014 11:14 PM EST A U.S. agency's secret infiltration of Cuba's underground hip-hop scene to spark a youth movement against the government was "reckless" and "stupid," Sen. Patrick Leahy said Thursday after The Associated Press revealed the operation. On at least six occasions,…

  9. 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 ,…

  10. 'We Know What To Do': Scott Borchetta on Joining 'American Idol' and Signing This Season's Winner

    December 11, 2014 2:59 PM EST The winner of American Idol season 14 will be in good hands. The performer taking the top spot this year will be signed to the same record label as Taylor Swift and will be guided by one of the industry's deftest management hands: Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta. The…

  11. The 10 Best Electronic/Dance Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST If 2013 marked a comeback year for the dance album, 2014 saw its momentum multiply. From top-earning DJs to underground mainstays, many rising artists made much-anticipated debuts on the LP format, while some veterans returned after significant hiatuses. Read on for our picks for the…

  12. The 10 Best Electronic/Dance Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Ranking art is never easy, but dance music's sheer volume and variance make picking favorites particularly difficult. The following ten tracks are the ones we consistently returned to over the course of the year. (And see our list of the  10 best electronic/dance albums here .)…

  13. 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…

  14. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  15. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic…

  16. Sting Joins Cast of 'The Last Ship,' Receives Standing Ovation

    December 10, 2014 10:56 PM EST Grammy Award-winner Sting jumped aboard his Broadway musical The Last Ship  as its newest star Tuesday night, hoping to help right a show that's been listing dangerously at the box office. A bearded Sting got a standing ovation -- and a bouquet of white roses -- at the Neil Simon…

  17. Taylor Swift Tops Hot 100, Meghan Trainor Scores Second Top 10

    December 10, 2014 2:56 PM EST Swift's 'Blank Space' reigns for a fourth week, while Trainor's 'Lips Are Movin' leaps 13-8 … after the pair teamed up to break a record first set by the Beatles. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, while…

  18. DJ Equipment Producer Vestax Has Reportedly Filed for Bankruptcy

    December 10, 2014 11:53 AM EST Vestax, the Japanese manufacturer of DJ equipment including turntables and digital mixers, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy after more than 37 years. According to Teikoku Databank , a credit research company, Vestax began proceedings in Tokyo District Court on Dec. 5 after falling 90…

  19. Taylor Swift's '1989' Spends Fifth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 10, 2014 11:10 AM EST 0 Taylor Swift's 1989 holds steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a fifth non-consecutive week. Swift has now spent a cumulative total of 29 weeks at No. 1 with her four chart-topping albums. Among women, only Whitney Houston (with 46 weeks at No. 1) and…

  20. Big Mountain Fest Rocks Thailand's Cow Country With Scarecrow, Jagwar Ma

    December 10, 2014 10:56 AM EST The Big Mountain Music Festival (BMMF) continues its run as one of the leading, and largest, music festivals in Southeast Asia with its 6th edition. BMMF took place this past weekend (Dec. 6-7) at the Bonanza Racetrack in Khao Yai, about two hours northeast of Bangkok, with about 70,000…

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