1. The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Much has been made of the way women dominated the Hot 100 in 2014, but the genre where women really shined this year was R&B. This may not have been reflected in the charts, but when Billboard staff picked their ten favorite R&B albums of the year, 7 were helmed by women (and that…

  2. Sinead O'Connor's New Managers Have No Plans to Silence the Singer

    December 11, 2014 11:17 AM EST After an affair with her last manager, new rep Simon Napier-Bell assures, "I'm rather old & gay; she's on safe ground." No one uses her blog as a substitute for placing classified ads quite like Sinead O’Connor . Three years ago, she famously blogged in search of a…

  3. The Year on Twitter: Justin Bieber is Most Tweeted About Artist, Katy Perry is Most Followed User

    December 10, 2014 12:00 AM EST Music continues to be the most-discussed subject on Twitter in the U.S., according to data released by the social network. The most tweeted-about artist of the year is Justin Bieber , the most-tweeted about song of the year was "Happy" by Pharrell , and the most tweeted-about…

  4. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  5. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  6. Watch Paul McCartney Reflect on John Lennon's Death: 'It Was So Horrific'

    December 08, 2014 12:55 PM EST Today (Dec. 8) marks the 34th anniversary of the tragic loss of John Lennon at the hands of Mark David Chapman in 1980. Paul McCartney appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show to reflect on the sudden loss of one of music's greatest icons. "It was so horrific and I couldn't take it…

  7. Former Manager Paul Bassman Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'There Was Nobody on Planet Earth Like Him'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Today, Paul Bassman is president of Ascend Insurance Brokerage, one of the premier entertainment insurance firms in the business. Ten years ago, Bassman was the manager of Damageplan , the metal powerhouse led by "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul, both formerly…

  8. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban Notch New No. 1s

    November 24, 2014 4:35 PM EST And that's not all: Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean and George Ezra join in taking over atop tallies this week. 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…

  9. 'I Only Blame Myself': Is Reclusive R&B Singer Jeremih Holding Back His Own Career?

    November 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Fifty-two different songs have reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. Only one of them doesn't have an official music video: Jeremih 's "Don't Tell 'Em." "I blame myself," the singer says, sitting on the rooftop of West Hollywood hotel…

  10. Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 20, 2014 5:53 PM EST Meanwhile, Eminem lands on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & O.T. Genasis debuts with 'CoCo.' Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica , moving 44,000 in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan…

  11. DJ Khaled 'Wanted to Make a Collaboration That Has Never Been Done Before' With His All-Star Single 'Hold You Down'

    November 18, 2014 5:39 PM EST The DJ-producer, 38, has a hit with "Hold You Down," the first single off his album  I've Changed a Lot , due this month. He spoke to Billboard about teaming up with R&B and hip-hop heavyweights on the track and the transformations he's undergone in his own life. …

  12. Meet Fickle Friends, A Great New Pop Band Blowing Up The U.K. Blogs

    November 18, 2014 2:30 PM EST Three ace singles, including the new "For You," points to a promising future for the Brighton group. Never heard of Fickle Friends? If you’re in the U.S., that’s understandable: the pop quintet has yet to play a stateside show, and debut single “Swim” hasn’t popped up on any…

  13. Premiere: Listen to Brooklyn Trio Pink Murder's Beachy Debut EP

    November 18, 2014 11:30 AM EST The trio make island-flavored electro-pop inspired by Brian Eno and David Byrne. Temperatures are dropping in the Northeast, but Pink Murder , a group of budding musicians from Brooklyn, Manhattan and Philadelphia, is just heating up. The trio is made up of Stargazy 's Michael Panico,…

  14. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'

    November 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST The group extends its record for the most leaders among groups. Plus, Idina Menzel's AC debut signals the start of the holidays. 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…

  15. Culture Club Cancels North American and U.K. Reunion Tour Dates

    November 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Back in August, Culture Club announced they’d be reforming their classic lineup for a few 2014 tour dates and a new album. Now, only half of that is true. “It is with great regret that the members of Culture Club have announced the cancellation of their tours in North America and the UK…

  16. Show Me the Shmoney: Bobby Shmurda's New App Puts You In the Video

    November 11, 2014 2:14 PM EST Ever wanted to do the Bobby Shmurda 's signature Shmoney Dance with Drake , Chris Brown , or Shmurda himself? Well, now you can. Following the dance craze that Shmurda kicked off with his "Hot Boy" single, the Shmoney Gram app allows users to take or upload an image, select a…

  17. Ghost Tunes, Garth Brooks' iTunes Alternative, Launches in Full

    November 11, 2014 8:18 AM EST When Ghost Tunes CEO Randy Bernard and COO Chris Webb first met with Garth Brooks to discuss an alternative digital and physical distribution platform, there was one thing they had to get out of the way. "We're going up against Google, Amazon, iTunes -- billion-dollar companies,…

  18. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History Atop Adult Alternative Songs, Taylor Swift Tops AC

    November 10, 2014 4:05 PM EST U2 lands its record-breaking 12th Adult Alternative Songs leader with 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),' while Swift's multi-format smash 'Shake It Off' rules another ranking. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday.…

  19. Nicki Minaj Earns 56th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With 'Only'

    November 06, 2014 4:11 PM EST Also: Danity Kane collects third top 10 album, Jagged Edge returns, and Kem's 'Nobody' rises. Nicki Minaj lands her 56th entry on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs , as "Only" featuring Drake , Lil Wayne and Chris Brown , debuts at No. 16. The Hot Shot Debut extends Lil…

  20. Chart Highlights: Tove Lo's 'Habits' Hits No. 1 'High' on Pop Songs

    November 03, 2014 5:35 PM EST 'Habits (Stay High)' is the seventh Pop Songs leader by a rookie this year. Plus, Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' debuts and Imagine Dragons fire back with 'I Bet My Life.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

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