1. Madonna Debuts Three Tracks on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    December 24, 2014 6:15 PM EST A trio of tracks from her upcoming 'Rebel Heart' album debut days after their arrival. Madonna catapults onto Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with three tracks from her upcoming Rebel Heart album: "Bitch I'm Madonna" (No. 14), "Living for…

  2. Coca-Cola and 'American Idol' End Sponsorship Deal

    December 16, 2014 1:53 PM EST The soft drink company has been a part of the show since it began. Say goodbye to those giant Coke cups at the American Idol judges' table. When the Fox show returns for it's 14th season on Jan. 7, it will be without its longtime sponsor, Coca-Cola. The soft drink company has…

  3. Exclusive: Shigeto Premieres 'Tide Pools' From 'Ghostly Swim 2'

    December 16, 2014 9:51 AM EST In 2014, surprising artistic collaborations have become the norm in popular music. But the record label Ghostly International and the TV network Adult Swim were ahead of the curve: they worked together for the first time back in 2008, creating Ghostly Swim , a compilation album full of …

  4. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

  5. BSBB Round 1: Shakira feat. Rihanna, "Can't Remember To Forget You" vs. The Chainsmokers, "#SELFIE"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Can't Remember To Forget You Shakira feat. Rihanna #SELFIE The Chainsmokers KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: “#SELFIE” is everything I hate about my millennial self put into song form, and this is coming from someone who owns a…

  6. BSBB Round 1: Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty" vs. Soko, "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Talk Dirty Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow Soko KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: Soko should have been the winner here, considering how much I love hushed, emotional indie folk. But I don’t know what’s gotten into…

  7. 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…

  8. Radio DJ Ray Teret, Friend of Jimmy Savile, Jailed for 25 Years Over Sex Attacks

    December 11, 2014 1:44 PM EST Former radio DJ Ray Teret has been jailed for 25 years following his conviction for a series of rapes and indecent assaults on "star-struck" young girls in the 1960s and 1970s. Teret was found guilty of seven counts of rape and 11 charges of indecent assault carried out on 11…

  9. The 10 Best Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0 Ed Sheeran, Jenny Lewis, Run The Jewels and more were among the artists behind this year's most mesmerizing full-lengths. The Billboard.com Critics' Picks albums list is always difficult to finalize -- with so many great albums to consider each year, how can a group…

  10. Australia's Gov't Starts Clock on ISPs' Anti-Piracy Code

    December 10, 2014 5:48 AM EST Australia's government has presented the country’s ISPs with a 120-day deadline to create an industry code for blocking copyright infringing content. Failure to do so means the government will develop and impose one of its own.  Federal communications minister Malcolm Turnbull and…

  11. 'Annie' Cast Shakes Off Sony Hack: 'I'm a Lot More Heartbroken About Other Things'

    December 08, 2014 11:19 PM EST The sidewalk just outside New York City's Ziegfeld Theatre transformed into a kid-filled block party on Sunday afternoon for the premiere of Annie . Across the hopscotch-course-covered black carpet lined with many, many reporters, the P.S. 153 Chorus clapped and danced to the DJ's…

  12. Exclusive: Ryan Bingham Premieres 'Snow Falls in June'

    December 08, 2014 11:06 AM EST Acclaimed Americana singer Ryan Bingham (he's also an Academy Award winner thanks to his work with T Bone Burnett on Crazy Heart ) is set to release his next album, Fear and Saturday Night , on Jan. 20. In advance of his latest project, Billboard is excited to exclusively premiere…

  13. Usher Uses Vagina Phone Charger, Miley Cyrus & A$AP Rocky Kick It: Art Basel's Top 5 Social Posts

    December 07, 2014 10:03 PM EST Art Basel in Miami Beach was entertainment's biggest happening this week, welcoming the likes of  Usher ,  Miley Cyrus , Kim Kardashian,  Joe Jonas ,  2 Chainz ,  Swizz Beatz , Leonardo DiCaprio and many others out for the annual the international art fair.  Joe Jonas, Usher, 2 Chainz …

  14. Grammys Nominate 'Darkchild Version' of Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me': Here's the Difference

    December 05, 2014 9:13 AM EST If you woke up early on Friday to catch Pharrell and Ed Sheeran announce the first four categories of the 57th annual Grammys , you might've furrowed your brows when they announced the Record of the Year nominations. Sam Smith 's "Stay With Me" got a deserving nod…

  15. Will Butler, Against the Current & Hannah Diamond: Emerging Picks of the Week

    December 04, 2014 7:03 PM EST Warm up this weekend with Billboard's latest triple offering of tracks that all debuted on this week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. "Take My Side" – Will Butler The Arcade…

  16. Usher Tests the Limits of Art With This Vagina Phone-Charger: NSFW

    December 04, 2014 5:24 PM EST U don't have to call Usher . No, seriously, don't call Usher. He's busy charging his phone... in a lady's vagina. Art Basel Miami Beach: Your Music Guide Need some background? Usher was attending Art Basel in Miami Beach on Wednesday night, when -- according to a tweet…

  17. Grammys' Alternative Album Category: The 10 Greatest Injustices

    December 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST 'Out of Time' over 'Nevermind'? 'Get Behind Me Satan' over 'Funeral'? Let's sort through these incorrect choices together. The history of the Grammy Awards is full of both rightful victories and shameful omissions. In hindsight, it's easy to…

  18. Is This Taylor Swift's Luckiest Fan?

    November 30, 2014 9:41 PM EST First she showed up at Gena's bridal shower; now she's sharing her anniversary video. Back in April, Taylor Swift floored her fan Gena Gabrielle by showing up unexpected to her bridal shower in Columbus, Ohio. Watch Taylor Swift Surprise Fan at Her Bridal Shower Since then…

  19. Firechat May Soon Solve Your Texting Woes at Crowded Events

    November 25, 2014 4:00 PM EST A technology that hasn't been practical until recently may be the new solution for jam-packed data networks at large events. Cell phone communication has always been a problem for music festival goers. With upwards of 90,000 people all gathered in one small area, cell phone towers…

  20. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

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