1. 'X Factor' Winner Ben Haenow Grabs Christmas No. 1 in U.K.

    December 22, 2014 4:42 AM EST British singer Ben Haenow , who won the 11th series of “The X Factor” Dec. 14, has landed the U.K.’s coveted Christmas No. 1 spot with his debut single “Something I Need” (Syco Music/Sony). His cover of the OneRepublic song had a combined chart sales figure of 214,000, reported the Official…

  2. Taylor Swift's Birthday Boosts Her to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    December 19, 2014 3:24 PM EST It pays to have famous friends -- or, in Taylor Swift ’s case, friends with large online followings who will tweet about attending your 25th birthday party. An array of A-listers (like Nick Jonas , Selena Gomez , Lorde , Haim and more) did just that on the night of Dec. 13, spreading online…

  3. Here's a Ton of Videos of Demi Lovato's Fluffy New Puppy

    December 18, 2014 12:33 PM EST Taylor Swift 's adorable cat videos now have some competition: Demi Lovato got a puppy as an early Christmas present, and she's very excited about it. Over the last couple days, Lovato has been instagramming a steady stream of puppy-related photos and videos -- check them out…

  4. Demi Lovato, Sam Smith, Niall Horan and Olly Murs Just Won Christmas

    December 16, 2014 10:25 AM EST Everyone else can stop trying now. Thought you had the cutest idea for a Christmas card? Think again, because you were just bested by Demi Lovato , One Direction 's Niall Horan , Sam Smith and Olly Murs , who put on a four-person holiday knit to celebrate the season. The…

  5. Billboard Year in Music 2014: How the 'Frozen' Soundtrack Became the Top-Selling Album of 2014

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Showstoppers The Frozen Soundtrack 13 Weeks on Billboard 200 In a particularly cold climate
 for music sales, Frozen broke virtually every Hollywood rule -- no "prince charming" narrative or genre trends -- to become the year’s biggest ­phenomenon. The soundtrack moved more…

  6. Iggy Azalea Learns 'Vagina Flick' From Fake Demi Lovato Story

    December 10, 2014 6:30 PM EST 0 UPDATE: Demi Lovato retweeted Billboard's story, adding, "HAHAHAHAHA," proving she has an incredible sense of humor (even if she can't speak whale).  Here's your daily reminder that the Internet is a weird place. A few weeks ago, someone posted a horror…

  7. 9 Albums That Flopped in 2014 (Or Did They?)

    December 09, 2014 4:11 PM EST Numbers don't lie -- but that doesn't mean they can't be misleading. With the end of 2014 upon us, we're looking back at nine albums that fall into the flop category (even when you consider that overall album sales are down). See All Our Year-End Charts! Or do…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Idina Menzel: ‘I Worked My Whole Life to Have a Crossover Song’

    December 05, 2014 5:14 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Breakthrough Artist honoree talks about the phenomenon of 'Frozen' and the blessing of John Travolta mispronouncing her name at the Oscars. Just after 10 p.m. one November night, Idina Menzel  is winding down from her workday. The 43-year-old is…

  11. O.T. Genasis, Frank Ocean, One Direction: Digital and Social Movers

    December 04, 2014 10:11 AM EST O.T. Genasis has a viral hit on his hands with his track “CoCo,” where the Long Beach, California-based hip-hop artist not-so-subtly raps about his love for cocaine. Many users on social sites like YouTube and Vine have used the song as the backing track in their homemade videos, causing…

  12. Watch Demi Lovato Sing Ariana Grande's 'Bang Bang' Verse at Jessie J Concert

    December 04, 2014 9:50 AM EST You need Demi Lovato to blow your mind. Last night at Jessie J 's concert in San Jose, California, the singer brought out Lovato to sing the Ariana Grande part of "Bang Bang." Naturally, the crowd went totally nuts. For what it's worth, neither of the women tried rapping…

  13. Watch Fifth Harmony Hit Like a ‘Sledgehammer’ In New Video

    November 25, 2014 10:59 AM EST Fifth Harmony ’s “Sledgehammer” is one of the most intrinsically joyful pop singles of the year, and the five members of the girl group appear to be having a blast in the glamorous official music video for the track, which was unveiled on Tuesday morning (Nov. 25): The concept of the video…

  14. Demi Lovato on Relationship With Miley Cyrus: 'I Don't Have Anything in Common With Her Anymore'

    November 24, 2014 6:40 PM EST Demi Lovato doesn't have much in common with her former Disney Channel colleague Miley Cyrus , said the singer Monday.  New Demi Lovato Album Due in 2015 While speaking with Boston's 103.3 AMP Radio , Lovato was asked by a caller about her relationship with Cyrus, unprompted by…

  15. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    November 21, 2014 10:00 AM EST Justin Bieber is back on top of the Social 50 chart . The 20-year-old rebounds 7-1 for his record-extending 102nd week atop the chart after releasing a joint track with  Cody Simpson . The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia,…

  16. When Harry Met Kate: One Direction vs. Taylor Swift's Royal Style

    November 13, 2014 5:15 PM EST Styles & Swift went for very different fashions to meet royalty. What would you wear to meet royalty? If you're One Direction 's Harry Styles , you'd wear your cropped leopard-print jacket over all black, with about three too many shirt buttons undone. But if you're…

  17. Fifth Harmony's Debut Album Delayed to January, Says Camila Cabello

    November 07, 2014 5:07 PM EST UPDATE: A rep for Epic Records confirms that the album has been pushed back, and that the new release date is Jan. 27, 2015.   Fifth Harmony has once again pushed back the release of its debut album, Reflection , according to a Twitter post by one of the girl group's members, Camila…

  18. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Fifth Harmony to Spandau Ballet

    November 07, 2014 3:10 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Billy Currington "Don't It" Mercury Records "Baby, don't say no so quick/This ain't about me trying to see how far that I can get," the ever-smooth Billy Currington purrs on "Don't It."…

  19. Nick Jonas: 'I Love My Gay Fans!'

    November 07, 2014 1:08 PM EST In September, partiers on New York's gay club circuit were treated to an unexpected sight: Nick Jonas , performing "Jealous," the sexy hit single from his self-titled solo debut (due Nov. 10 on Island) and flashing his abs in a mini-strip tease. Nick Jonas: The Billboard…

  20. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Wu-Tang Clan, Fifth Harmony, Theophilus London & More

    November 05, 2014 5:00 PM EST On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about an eclectic bunch of new songs in the worlds of hip-hop, indie, R&B and pop. Since Pop-Shop's Jason Lipshutz was lucky enough to attend an advance listening session of Wu-Tang Clan 's long-awaited  A…

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