1. Watch Sky Ferreira's Homemade 'Omanko' Video, Directed by DIIV

    December 20, 2014 3:52 PM EST Just in time for the holidays, Sky Ferreira has shared a new music video for her Japanese Christmas-themed song “Omanko.” Watch Sky Ferreira Perform Her Booming New Song 'Guardian' The lo-fi clip, directed by her boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith of rock band DIIV, features silly…

  2. Marty Raybon Talks Shenandoah Reunion, Working on Miranda Lambert's 'Another Sunday In the South' & More

    December 20, 2014 2:26 PM EST Country musician Marty Raybon first thought that someone was pulling a prank on him. “I got a message that Frank Liddell wanted me to call him. He was doing a record on Miranda Lambert , and he wanted me to sing on the record. I thought it was a joke,” Raybon tells Billboard. Marty Raybon…

  3. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014: See Who Wins our Year-End Pop Showdown!

    December 19, 2014 2:00 PM 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…

  4. Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty to Gun, Drug Charges

    December 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST Up-and-coming rapper Bobby Shmurda appeared in a New York City court on Thursday (Dec. 18) to face charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a street gang that was behind several shootings, one fatal, during turf wars over drug trafficking. Shmurda (real name: Ackquille Pollard)…

  5. Music Supervisors for 'Glee,' 'Book of Life,' 'Begin Again' Lead Guild Nominations

    December 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Guild of Music Supervisors will hand out its fifth annual awards Jan. 21 at Mack Sennett Studios in Hollywood, honoring music supervisors for their work in motion pictures, television, games, trailers and advertising. Glee supervisor PJ Bloom received three nominations while recently…

  6. R&B and Hip-Hop in 2014: A Lackluster Year for Some, But Not All

    December 17, 2014 5:01 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  7. Bobby Shmurda Arrested After Long-Term NYPD Investigation

    December 17, 2014 1:49 PM EST The rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested today after a long-term investigation by the NYPD related to his possible involvement in shootings and narcotics trafficking. This is Shmurda's third brush with the law in recent months, following charges for possessing a gun and marijuana. Anatomy…

  8. Op-Ed: Vine Became the New Demo Tape in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:34 PM EST Fifteen minutes of fame shrunk by 14 minutes and 54 seconds in 2014. Thanks to the Twitter-owned video app Vine, six seconds were all that a growing number of artists needed to achieve celebrity status. In the same way YouTube took a few years to produce mainstream musical acts from…

  9. BSBB Round 2: Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be" vs. Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rather Be Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne Hot Boy Bobby Shmurda MEAGHAN GARVEY: I’m going to come clean: I had never heard “Rather Be” before this bracket (it hasn’t seemed to make significant waves on NYC radio, and certainly not…

  10. BSBB Round 1: Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, "Black Widow" vs. Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Black Widow Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora Hot Boy Bobby Shmurda CRAIG JENKINS: “Black Widow” began life as a Katy Perry song and, as such, is designed almost entirely to buttress its titanic hook. Iggy Azalea’s just treading water…

  11. 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…

  12. Kany Garcia, Pedro Capó, Sie7e & More Take Holiday Music to the Bank

    December 10, 2014 4:32 PM EST Banco Popular’s 'Qué Lindo es Puerto Rico' hits No. 4 on Top Latin Albums. Just as a sudden snap of cold November weather reminds their relatives in New York that Christmas is on its way, the release of Banco Popular’s annual musical production has become a sure sign it's…

  13. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: November 2014

    December 10, 2014 12:17 PM EST G-Dragon, Taeyang, Hi Suhyun, AOA, Kyuhyun, GOT7, Apink and more captivated YouTube viewers this month. As K-pop only male solo acts with Billboard 200 chart entries, it should come as no surprise that a collaboration between  G-Dragon and Taeyang   (aka GD x Taeyang) was the video fans…

  14. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé, Pharrell and Iggy Azalea Lead Honors

    December 09, 2014 7:35 PM EST While familiar names in R&B and hip-hop music flooded the airwaves and music charts, 2014 welcomed a wealth of new players who fought to leave their mark. See All the Year End Charts Here! New acts like Jhene Aiko , Bobby Shmurda and YG scored big hits, while the year's…

  15. '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…

  16. The 10 Most Surprising Breakout Hits of 2014

    December 08, 2014 10:30 AM EST We didn't see "Rude," "Latch," "Habits (Stay High)" and more Top 20 hits making waves this year. There were instances in 2014 where it was easy to forecast this year’s biggest radio hits — we all heard Pharrell ’s “Happy” and wanted to hear it again, and…

  17. Watch First Trailer for Lifetime's Whitney Houston Biopic

    December 06, 2014 3:58 PM EST 'Whitney' marks Angela Bassett's directorial debut. Whitney Houston 's impressive career highlights and turbulent personal life are at the center of Lifetime's first Whitney trailer. Whitney Houston Biopic Actor Defends Lifetime Movie The biopic tells the story of…

  18. Free Music Round-Up: PARTYNEXTDOOR, Shy Glizzy, Tunji Ige & LuiDiamonds

    December 03, 2014 5:50 PM EST Thanks to the hyperactive world of the internet, there are unknown artists catapulting onto the upper reaches of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Look at the top five right now: Makonnen at No. 2 and Bobby Shmurda at No. 3, each with their first chart hit; Rae Sremmurd at No. 4 with…

  19. Chris Brown's 'This Christmas' in Top 5 Least Liked Holiday Songs in U.S.

    December 03, 2014 3:00 PM EST And it really shouldn't be. Haters gon' hate, even during the holidays. Chris Brown 's "This Christmas" — originally recorded by Donny Hathaway in 1970 — is one of the five of the least liked holiday songs in the U.S., according to AccuRadio . The full list…

  20. HBO Picks Up Mick Jagger-Produced Rock Drama

    December 02, 2014 3:19 PM EST The 1970s-set series, from 'Boardwalk Empire' duo Martin Scorsese & Terence Winter, has been in development since 2011. HBO has picked up to series a rock 'n' roll drama from Boardwalk Empire 's Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter. The show is also exec produced…

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