1. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014: Read Round 3 in our Year-End Pop Showdown!

    December 17, 2014 11:30 AM EST Which 2014 smash is the critics' pick for pop song of the year? We made 64 hits battle it out, March Madness-style, to determine a winner! Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs are…

  2. BSBB Round 2: Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch" vs. Becky G, "Shower"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith Shower Becky G DENISE WARNER: Becky G’s “Shower” is cute, but “Latch” launched both Disclosure and Sam Smith into prominence. We have to give the advantage to the dance track over the pop…

  3. BSBB Round 1: Becky G, "Shower" vs. Jason Aldean, "Burnin' It Down"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Shower Becky G Burnin' It Down Jason Aldean CHRIS PAYNE: Jason Aldean has many, many more hits than Becky G, who remains a relative unknown, but “Shower” is just a perfect, undeniable pop hit. It’s got those “Call Me Maybe…

  4. 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…

  5. Becky G, Paul McCartney & DJ Earworm : Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 28

    December 12, 2014 1:09 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard 's weekly video show Real-Time Rewind , which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is in the studio on Episode 28,…

  6. Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Lorde & More: Who Won the Internet in 2014?

    December 10, 2014 2:41 PM EST Katy Perry knows her Mean Girls (and shade). That was just one revelation fans learned this year thanks to the star's Twitter account. But it was far from the only one. This year on social media, stars got in touch with their inner-fangirls, settled feuds, let the public know they had…

  7. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM Jingle Ball

    December 06, 2014 5:21 PM EST Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Jessie J and special guests galore joined the Los Angeles radio station's annual extravaganza. With the moment the lights dropped at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles Friday night (Dec. 5), so launched more than four hours of excited teenage…

  8. Becky G’s ‘Can't Stop, Won't Stop Dance Pop’ Playlist Tips Hat to Influences: Exclusive

    November 25, 2014 12:15 PM EST When you ask an artist to name their favorite song, they sometimes answer with whatever pops into their mind at the moment. Such is not the case for Becky G ; the 17-year-old pop sensation takes her tunes – and her playlists– very seriously. Can't Stop, Won't Stop Dance Pop…

  9. AMAs 2014: Watch All the Pre-Show Action Here

    November 23, 2014 1:00 PM EST The 2014 American Music Awards are finally here! The awards show itself starts at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, and you can watch all the pre-show action below thanks to Coca-Cola Red Carpet LIVE! @ The 2014 AMAs. Hosted by Lance Bass , Chelsea Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Gavin DeGraw , Frankie Grande,…

  10. One Direction, Lionel Richie & Katy Perry Win at Billboard Touring Awards

    November 20, 2014 9:46 PM EST One Direction , Lionel Richie and Katy Perry lead the list of winners at Billboard 's 11th annual Touring Awards, held Thursday (Nov. 20) at New York's Edison Ballroom. 1D, who was not in attendance, took home the awards for Top Draw and Top Tour, with grosses in excess of $290…

  11. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Wu-Tang Clan to Shawn Mendes

    November 14, 2014 6:13 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Shawn Mendes "Something Big" Island The Ed Sheeran -esque folk-pop of Shawn Mendes' "Something Big" is an awkward fit for the Vine phenomenon. Unlike the slow contemplation of debut hit "Life Of The Party,"…

  12. Latin Pop Queen Thalia on Her New Album 'Amore Mio': 'I've Started a Brand-New Career, With No Ties or Taboos'

    November 11, 2014 5:18 PM EST For millions of Latin fans, Thalia is a brand onto herself: Latin pop queen, glam businesswoman, erstwhile soap opera star. But at home in Darien, Conn., she's simply Mrs. Mottola, wife of veteran music executive Tommy and mother of two. Despite her ever-busy lives, Thalia, 43, is…

  13. American Music Awards Announce 2014 Pre-Show Hosts & Performers

    November 07, 2014 12:00 PM EST The American Music Awards have officially announced the lineup for the pre-show, and it's quite star-studded. Hosted by Lance Bass , Chelsea Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Gavin DeGraw , Frankie Grande, Taryn Manning, Jordin Sparks , Morgan Stewart and Ted Stryker , the Coca-Cola Red…

  14. Billboard Touring Awards Finalists Announced

    October 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, the Rolling Stones, Arcade Fire, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Paul McCartney and the teams behind them to be honored at awards gala. Finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards , including One Direction , Katy Perry , Justin…

  15. Becky G Talks iHeartRadio Fiesta, Pitbull in Video Interview

    October 23, 2014 9:50 AM EDT The 17-year-old gets to show off her raps and moves where she grew up. Becky G 's tias , or -- en Inglés  --  aunties, are pretty excited right about now.  Not only will their niece be performing in her hometown of Inglewood, Calif., but the 17-year-old rapper will be on the same bill…

  16. Katy Perry Cancelled 30th Birthday Party in Egypt Due to 'Safety Concerns'

    October 22, 2014 6:58 PM EDT The singer was forced to nix a trip with her entourage that included a Nile cruise after word leaked of her plans This story first appeared in the Oct. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Katy Perry has pressed delete on her extravagant plans to celebrate her 30th birthday…

  17. Dr. Luke Lawsuit Arrives During Down Year for Super-Producer

    October 17, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The high-profile legal battle with Kesha arrives during a prolonged absence of hits for Luke. The gloves are off between Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and Kesha : the pop superstar has filed a lawsuit against the producer for alleged emotional abuse and sexual assault , and the pop maestro…

  18. Los Tigres del Norte's Record-Tying 23rd Top 10 Album

    October 16, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Veteran group Los Tigres del Norte claim a milestone chart entry, as the group logs its 23rd top 10 on Top Latin Albums . The bow ties them with Los Temerarios for the most top 10s among all acts in the chart's 21-year history. Pitbull & Becky G Added to iHeartRadio Fiesta…

  19. iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Lineup: Pitbull, Becky G Join Ricky Martin, Roberto Tapia

    October 16, 2014 7:41 PM EDT Nov. 22 Forum showcase includes Daddy Yankee, Prince Royce, Jessie & Joy. If pop star Ricky Martin , Latin rock queen Alejandra Guzman and bachata crooner Prince Royce weren't enough for fans, now they're getting an even hotter ticket as Pitbull , J. Balvin and Becky G join…

  20. Lorde Crashes Time’s 25 Most Influential Teens List

    October 13, 2014 10:15 PM EDT A year after debuting with the hit track "Royals," Lorde's reign as queen continues. The singer (and Hunger Games: Mockingjay soundtrack curator) is among those highlighted in Time's 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014, an unranked list that was released Monday morning and…

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