1. Grammys 2015 Preview: What You Need to Know About Best New Artist Nominees From Sam Smith to Brandy Clark

    December 26, 2014 9:10 AM EST Check out this year's Grammy nominees for Best New Artist -- a group hailing from rock, pop, soul, hip-hop and country. BRANDY CLARK After years as a songwriting force in Nashville, Clark may be the most promising best new artist nominee of the nine country acts to make the category…

  2. Sony Hack Was Not All That Sophisticated, Cybersecurity Experts Say

    December 21, 2014 10:30 AM EST The Sony hack is a hydra-headed monster of a story, emerging from the sea late last month to descend on Los Angeles before going on to smash across the country, sprouting new heads as it went, dragging the badly battered body of a colossal global corporation in its dust. A previously…

  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. Koa, 'All of My Love': Exclusive Song Premiere

    December 18, 2014 3:50 PM EST Though Iggy Azalea (a.k.a. Igloo Australia ) was probably the most-talked about Aussie in music this year, 2014 was also good for the more under-the-radar electro-pop and dance of Future Classic, the Sydney-based record label, management and booking agency, and publisher. Many of this year&…

  5. Exclusive: Dzeko & Torres Cram 62 Songs Into '2014 in 10 Minutes' Mix

    December 16, 2014 3:06 PM EST 'Tis the season for year-end retrospectives, but Dzeko & Torres have outdone themselves. For those looking to take a quick lap down memory lane, Tiësto 's protégés have stuffed a year's worth of major main stage tracks into one 10-minute mix. It has become a bit of a…

  6. From Disclosure to Kiesza, How Music Stars Were Inspired By '90s Dance Icons in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:25 PM EST The decade’s dance music came alive again in 2014, with new acts finding inspiration from old icons. Disclosure // Frankie Knuckles Inspired by Frankie Knuckles (who died in March) and the ’90s Chicago house scene, the British brother duo led the throwback dance revival with its…

  7. BSBB Finals: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, 'Drunk In Love' vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, 'Latch'

    December 14, 2014 11:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith ERNEST BAKER: “Latch" is a hot song. "Drunk In Love" is a definitive moment in pop culture history. It's the most honest, personal look at…

  8. BSBB Round 5: Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, 'Latch' vs. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, 'Rather Be'

    December 14, 2014 10:05 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne JEM ASWAD: This is a very tough matchup. In terms of innovation and vocal performance, I've got to give it to DiSmithsure for their artful treatment…

  9. BSBB Round 4: Charli XCX, "Boom Clap" vs. Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Boom Clap Charli XCX Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne CRAIG JENKINS: Semifinals are without fail a bloodbath, and this one isn't any different. Charli XCX's single was a ball of joy and a welcome bombshell…

  10. BSBB Round 4: Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch"

    December 14, 2014 10:03 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Shake It Off Taylor Swift Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith CRAIG JENKINS: Yo Taylor I'ma let you finish, but Mariah and Jermaine had the best "Shake It Off" of all time. T-Swift's ode to the cathartic power…

  11. BSBB Round 3: Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Stay With Me Sam Smith Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith CAITLIN WHITE: It's pretty safe to say the rest of Sam Smith's career hinges on his feature on Disclosure's "Latch." For most of us, the song was…

  12. BSBB Round 3: Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be" vs. Jeremih feat. YG, "Don't Tell 'Em"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Don't Tell 'Em Jeremih feat. YG DENISE WARNER: It’s almost a toss-up between “Rather Be” and “Don’t Tell ‘Em”: both are vibrant, engaging and memorable. But what it really…

  13. BSBB Round 2: Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch" vs. Becky G, "Shower"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith Shower Becky G DENISE WARNER: Becky G’s “Shower” is cute, but “Latch” launched both Disclosure and Sam Smith into prominence. We have to give the advantage to the dance track over the pop…

  14. BSBB Round 1: OneRepublic, "Love Runs Out" vs. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith, "Latch"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Love Runs Out OneRepublic Latch Disclosure feat. Sam Smith CHRIS PAYNE: I kind of want to say something about how “Latch” was really from like two years ago, but dammit, it’s the coolest song on this list so I just can’t. My…

  15. BSBB Round 1: Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be" vs. Hozier, "Take Me To Church"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Take Me To Church Hozier CRAIG JENKINS: Darkness stalks the edges of both Irish singer-songwriter Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” and British group Clean Bandit’s Jess Glynne-assisted …

  16. Latin Radio Exec Jesus Salas Cleared of Criminal Charges in Rape Accusation

    December 12, 2014 12:34 PM EST However, a civil lawsuit filed against the SBS executive by singer/former girlfriend Katherine Alexander is ongoing. No criminal charges will be filed against prominent Latin radio executive Jesus Salas in a case that saw his former girlfriend, aspiring singer Katherine Alexander , accuse…

  17. Mary J. Blige Earns 10th No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 11, 2014 8:32 PM EST Blige ties Aretha Franklin for the most No. 1s among women. The queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , returns to No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her new genre-spanning set The London Sessions . It's her tenth No. 1, tying Blige with Aretha Franklin for the most No. 1 albums…

  18. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Lana Del Rey, Carrie Underwood, K. Michelle & More

    December 11, 2014 5:01 PM EST is coming to a close, but there's still plenty of musical life left in the year. On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, we get a little more indie than usual while also touching on R&B, country and country-flavored R&B. Alongside new guest Katie Atkinson , Jason…

  19. The 10 Best Electronic/Dance Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Ranking art is never easy, but dance music's sheer volume and variance make picking favorites particularly difficult. The following ten tracks are the ones we consistently returned to over the course of the year. (And see our list of the  10 best electronic/dance albums here .)…

  20. 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…

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