1. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Ke$ha Kicked Off the 2010s at No. 1

    December 29, 2014 8:05 AM EST Her debut smash 'TiK ToK' clocked in as the first new leader of the decade. Plus, remembering key chart feats for the Beatles, the Monkees and Beyonce. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Dec. 29, 2007…

  2. Chris Rock and Wife Malaak Split After 19 Years

    December 28, 2014 5:44 PM EST Chris Rock and wife Malaak Compton-Rock are splitting up. "Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak," Rock's rep said in a statement released to THR. "This is a personal matter, and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus…

  3. Adele Responds to Split Rumors With Longtime Boyfriend

    December 28, 2014 5:07 PM EST Adele doesn’t often comment about her private life, but the British singer has addressed rumors that she split with longtime boyfriend Simon Konecki. Adele's '21' Surpasses 11 Million In U.S. Sales U.K. tabloid The Sun wrote on Saturday (Dec. 27) that Adele and Konecki, who…

  4. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Welcome Second Baby Boy

    December 28, 2014 3:38 PM EST Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz have one more thing to be thankful for this holiday season: a new baby boy. Alicia Keys Preaches for Unity in 'We Gotta Pray' The married couple announced the birth of their second child together on Sunday (Dec. 28) through an Instagram photo of his…

  5. Miley Cyrus Shares NSFW Topless Photo to Support Free the Nipple Campaign

    December 28, 2014 2:31 PM EST Miley Cyrus ’ affinity for nudity has been well documented on Billboard over the past year -- and it looks like her love for sharing topless photos won’t be stopping anytime soon. 2014: The Year In Topless Miley Cyrus Pics The 22-year-old pop star shared yet another NSFW topless photo on…

  6. Madonna's Alleged Diss Track 'Not About Gaga,' Manager Says

    December 28, 2014 10:30 AM EST Yet another Madonna demo recording has leaked, but this time there's a twist. Madonna On New 'Rebellious and Romantic' Music, Demo Leaks, 'Possibly' Crashing the Grammys and the 'Crazy' Sony Hack The track "Two Steps Behind" is one of now more…

  7. Hear the Taylor Swift Approved '1989' Mashup

    December 27, 2014 7:13 PM EST Taylor Swift has declared herself "OBSESSED" with one mashup of her 1989  tracks, "Blank Space" and "Style." Posted by Nashville-based singer Louisa Wendorff, and featuring Devin Dawson, the folky, acoustic cover of the songs from Swift's chart-topping…

  8. Kanye West Gets Into Holiday Spirit with Kim, North

    December 27, 2014 5:19 PM EST In a series of snapshots posted to Kim Kardashian's Instagram account on Saturday (Dec. 27), fans got to head inside the Kardashian family's annual holiday party, including a family photo of Kanye West, Kim and their daughter North.   Happy Holidays ️ The Wests Et bilde publisert…

  9. Watch Ariana Grande and The Weeknd Perform 'Love Me Harder' Acoustically

    December 27, 2014 3:03 PM EST Ariana Grande and The Weeknd slow things down a bit in a new acoustic version of the pop singer’s top 10 song “Love Me Harder.” Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Release 'Love Me Harder' Video The black and white video features Grande, who’s dressed in a sexy black dress, and a…

  10. Ludacris Gets Engaged to Eudoxie: See Pics Of His 'Mile-High Proposal'

    December 27, 2014 12:51 PM EST Ludacris sure knows how to pull off a memorable marriage proposal.  Ludacris Q&A: His Next Album, Mourning Paul Walker & Vin Diesel's Rap Skills The 37-year-old rapper and actor, whose real name is Chris Bridges, recently proposed to his girlfriend Eudoxie Agnan by taking her…

  11. 'American Idol' Winner Phillip Phillips Gets Engaged

    December 27, 2014 11:24 AM EST The season-11 champ popped the question to his longtime love on Christmas. American Idol alum Phillip Phillips is off the market. Phillip Phillips Talks 'Mature' New Album at Billboard Music Awards (Video) The season-11 winner popped the question to his longtime girlfriend…

  12. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 for 10th Week

    December 27, 2014 10:00 AM EST Swift is the first artist to reach a reign of double-digit weeks. Plus, Nicki Minaj blasts to No. 2. Taylor Swift stays atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart this week, logging a record-extending 10th week at No. 1, while Nicki Minaj soars 12-2, fueled by sales for her new album. The Artist…

  13. Metta World Peace Is Losing Sleep Over Nicki Minaj's Rhymes

    December 26, 2014 7:48 PM EST The thought of Nicki Minaj was keeping former NBA player Metta World Peace up late Christmas night.  Nicki Minaj's 'The Pinkprint' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums The controversial forward born Ron Artest posted to Twitter at nearly 2 o'clock (EST)…

  14. Kesha Thanks Fans for Support in 'Crazy Year'

    December 26, 2014 3:01 PM EST "The love and support this year has brought me to tears many times," the pop star tells her fans on Twitter. In the first few days of 2014, Kesha checked into rehab for an eating disorder, where she spent two months and eventually emerged with a new outlook on life and the…

  15. Led Zeppelin Kicked Off First U.S. Tour 46 Years Ago Today

    December 26, 2014 2:50 PM EST On this day (Dec. 26) in 1968, Led Zeppelin (not to be confused with " Len Zefflin ") kicked off their first North American tour opening for psychedelic hard rock band Vanilla Fudge at Denver Auditorium in Colorado. A ticket to see them play would only set you back $5 and the…

  16. Nicki Minaj's 'The Pinkprint' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 26, 2014 1:00 PM EST Nicki Minaj earns her third No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as  The Pinkprint  debuts atop the list with 198,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 21, according to Nielsen Music. Minaj bows with more first-week units sold than any other R&B/hip-hop female since Beyonce ’s self…

  17. The First Original Replacements Song Since 1990 Is a 24-Minute Jazz Jam

    December 26, 2014 11:24 AM EST In a move that might have horrified their younger selves, the Replacements recently released a 24-minute jazz jam called "Poke Me In My Cage." Following the 2013 covers EP Songs for Slim , this is the first original Replacements song since 1990. Historically, The Replacements…

  18. Hugh Jackman Was With Taylor Swift on Christmas Eve: What Did They Talk About?

    December 26, 2014 10:55 AM EST Taylor Swift and her family spent Christmas Eve with Hugh Jackman. Yes, Wolverine Hugh Jackman. While we have no real clue why this happened, we're happy to share these half-baked theories: 1) Swift is in the next X-Men movie. 2) Jackman and Swift are re-recording the Les…

  19. Eminem Comes Out as Gay in Sony's 'The Interview'

    December 26, 2014 10:33 AM EST Is this what North Korea didn't want us to see? Sony gave freedom-loving fans of badly-reviewed comedy films a major Christmas gift this holiday by making the beleaguered film The Interview available not only in select theaters, but on various online streaming services. Anyone who…

  20. Alberta Adams, Detroit's 'Queen of the Blues,' Dies at 97

    December 26, 2014 10:15 AM EST Alberta Adams, one of the last of the great post-World War II era blues singers, passed away on early Christmas morning in Detroit at the age of 97 after a long period of failing health. Paul McCartney Remembers 'Good Mate' Joe Cocker "She was a unique and dynamic performer…

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