1. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight my…

  2. Calvin Harris Fronts Emporio Armani's Spring 2015 Campaign

    December 18, 2014 12:12 AM EST Calvin Harris may be known for his talents on the turntables, having No. 1 hits on the Billboard dance/electronic albums charts and being the world's highest-paid DJ, but there's one other talent worth recognizing: his model-esque features. With his charmingly good looks, it'…

  3. Gimme Five: 2PM's Favorite Songs Released

    December 16, 2014 6:00 PM EST Together for more than six years years, 2PM is the first to admit that they "have been through some very hard times." But throughout it all, Wooyoung, Taecyeon, Chansung, Jun.K, Junho and Nichkhun have continued to create music that not only becomes more meaningful to them, but…

  4. BSBB Round 4: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, "Drunk in Love"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z JAMIESON COX: At this stage in the competition, it’s harder and harder for me to point to musical qualities when making decisions. I like all of these songs,…

  5. 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…

  6. Meow! Taylor Swift Shares 'Cherished' Birthday Gift

    December 13, 2014 8:53 PM EST How do you top a star-studded birthday celebration like the one Taylor Swift just had?   That's easy. If you're Girls star Lena Dunham , you get your bestie something with a cat on it. On Dec. 13, Swift turned 25 and to celebrate the milestone, Dunham gifted the singer with a…

  7. Watch Betty Who Cover Ariana Grande's 'Love Me Harder' at Women in Music Event

    December 13, 2014 1:55 AM EST There was a very special version of Ariana Grande 's hit "Love Me Harder" at Billboard's Women in Music event Friday (Dec. 12).  Betty Who took to the stage to sing Grande's song. Check out the amazing performance below.      Women In Music 2014 Billboard Staff…

  8. Billboard Women in Music: Taylor Swift, Aretha Franklin & More on the Red Carpet

    December 12, 2014 5:23 PM EST At Billboard's Women in Music , honoring artists from Aretha Franklin to Taylor Swift, we spoke to many of the stars on the red carpet. Check our interviews below. Billboard Women In Music: Full Coverage Taylor Swift : Ingrid Michaelson : Aretha Franklin : Meghan Trainor : Savannah…

  9. 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&…

  10. Women in Music's Rising Star Ariana Grande Shares Her Mother's Most Important Lesson

    December 12, 2014 1:20 PM EST After a tearful introduction from her brother Frankie, Ariana Grande took the stage at Women in Music 2014 to accept the Rising Star honor. And in her acceptance speech, she turned the spotlight onto the two longtime stars in her life. Billboard's Women in Music 2014 "I want to…

  11. Slacker Radio CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones Wants to 'Reinvent Radio for a Post-YouTube Era'

    December 10, 2014 1:24 PM EST A little less than a year after hiring former Disney executive Duncan Orrell-Jones , Slacker Radio is relaunching its website, a move that brought it 100,000 new subscribers last May. This time, though, the internet radio streaming service seeks to expand qualitatively rather than…

  12. Behind the Credit Card Wars to Ink Deals With Artists Including Beyonce and Sam Smith

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST On Nov. 24, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff took center stage with an on-camera appearance in a new 30-second commercial for JPMorgan Chase. The spot -- the bank's first TV campaign in support of Apple Pay -- came complete with a performance of the band's current single, "…

  13. The 8 Best Things About Destiny's Child's Cheesy/Perfect '8 Days of Christmas' Music Video

    December 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Three weeks until Christmas! In honor of Throwback Thursday, we're looking back at Destiny's Child 2001 Christmas album, 8 Days of Christmas.  Particularly, we're focusing on the title song and video, which is simply delightful -- in a cheesy, somewhat-dated, perfect kind of…

  14. Kiesza, MAGIC! to Perform at Canada's Juno Awards

    December 02, 2014 11:01 PM EST Canada's Juno Awards on Tuesday named retro-electro dance star Kiesza and rock-reggae group MAGIC! to perform at the country's music awards on March 15, 2015 . YouTube phenom Shawn Mendes and Canadian rockers Hedley also join the early talent lineup unveiled by the Canadian…

  15. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. 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 listed below. All our charts are…

  16. Pomplamoose Breaks Down the Costs of Touring As an Independent

    November 26, 2014 10:29 AM EST Pomplamoose explains the hard work, and money, required of a "middle class" band. Jack Conte , one half of the indie duo Pomplamoose , took to the nascent publishing platform Medium yesterday to lay out the difficult financials involved in mounting a 23-city U.S. tour. The result…

  17. Idris Elba Talks Producing His Star-Studded New Album, His Most Embarrassing DJ Moment and Going 'Toe-to-Toe' With Biz Markie

    November 21, 2014 3:35 PM EST Big Driis has left the building. That was the name British actor Idris Elba, 42, known for his roles in Thor and Pacific Rim , went by in the early 2000s, when he moonlighted as a DJ around the world during his breakout run on HBO's The Wire . "He has retired," says Elba,…

  18. Rixton Discuss Their Bizarre Pre-Show Ritual and Treating Every Concert Like It's at Wembley

    November 21, 2014 12:57 PM EST Compared to their compadres Mary Lambert and Betty Who , British band Rixton are the babies of the AmEx AIR bunch. While the female Artists in Residence are riding high on the success of their first major-label albums, the young lads from Manchester are still a few months away from the…

  19. Happy Birthday, Bjork! 10 Unforgettable Tracks Revisited

    November 21, 2014 11:06 AM EST Icelandic singer-songwriter Bjork is many things -- she’s an artist, influencer and has made a career by not fitting into any stereotypical molds. She takes risks (ahem, infamous swan dress ) and lets her unique voice speak for itself. Even Beavis and Butt-head tried to wrap their heads…

  20. Latin Grammys: 10 Things You Didn't See on TV

    November 20, 2014 11:38 PM EST Magic! releasing new version of 'Rude' with Marc Anthony, J Balvin to record with Enrique Iglesias, plus that nagging immigration question. Even if you watched the Latin Grammys , here are 10 things you didn't see on TV: Enrique Iglesias, Calle 13 & More Win Early Latin…

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