1. 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…

  2. BSBB Round 2: One Direction, "Steal My Girl" vs. Jeremih ft. YG, "Don't Tell 'Em"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Steal My Girl One Direction Don't Tell 'Em Jeremih feat. YG MEAGHAN GARVEY: The sun rose and set on what felt like a dozen supposed release dates for my most anticipated R&B album of the year, Jeremih’s Late…

  3. BSBB Round 1: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang" vs. Maroon 5, "Animals"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Animals Maroon 5 CRAIG JENKINS: Maroon 5 is a machine of startling pop efficacy in 2014; “Animals” arranges all the notes where they should be -- without ever making you feel…

  4. BSBB Round 1: Pharrell Williams, "Happy" vs. Bastille, "Pompeii"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Happy Pharrell Williams Pompeii Bastille KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: I’d probably like “Happy” better if it wasn’t played literally everywhere in 2014. Now “Happy” is like that disgustingly gleeful friend you resent because they…

  5. BSBB Round 1: Jeremih feat. YG, "Don't Tell 'Em" vs. Echosmith, "Cool Kids"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Don't Tell 'Em Jeremih feat. YG Cool Kids Echosmith CRAIG JENKINS: DJ Mustard gifted Chicago crooner Jeremih’s career new life with sleek “Don’t Tell Em,” which warps Eurodance mainstays Snap!’s “Rhythm Is a Dancer”…

  6. Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 Highlights: Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith & More

    December 13, 2014 1:12 PM EST iHeartRadio giant Z100 (WHTZ) New York held its annual Jingle Ball concert Friday night (Dec. 12) at Madison Square Garden, headlined by Taylor Swift , Iggy Azalea , Ariana Grande and other stars, mostly women. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM…

  7. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of…

  8. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: Rolling Stones, One Direction, Live Nation Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 12, 2014 2:31 PM EST Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014. Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake…

  9. Why Drake Managed to Rule Hip-Hop in 2014 -- Without a New Album or Hit Single

    December 12, 2014 10:05 AM EST The best rapper in 2014 didn't need a new album or hit single to prove his dominance. Drake 's last LP, Nothing Was the Same , arrived in September 2013, but thanks to a stream of songs surprise-released online, carefully curated remixes, touring and big-time TV spots, there was…

  10. Exclusive Premiere: Hear Goldfish's Remix of Wyclef Jean & Avicii's 'Divine Sorrow'

    December 11, 2014 4:40 PM EST Goldfish, an electronic music duo from Cape Town known for performing instrumental live sets, give the single a beachy, piano-heavy treatment. Last winter, Wyclef Jean and Avicii joined forces to make a song called " Divine Sorrow ," which was later put out by (RED), the Bono…

  11. Less Could Mean More: Why Merlin's Deal With Pandora May Pay Off

    December 11, 2014 3:26 PM EST Merlin has come under attack in the last month for making a deal that, according to its critics, lowers its member labels' per-stream royalty rate with Pandora, and thus their revenues. Though in time they may ultimately be correct, those critics don't seem to understand that the…

  12. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Year in Music 2014: The 10 Best Rock & Alternative Singles

    December 11, 2014 1:15 PM EST From rock, punk, folk, metal, and whatever Grimes is, here are our 10 favorite tracks from 2014. 10. Fireworks, “Bed Sores” These days, it seems pop-punk is so far from being cool that it might be on the verge of being really freaking cool. In other words, the mainstream’s been ignoring…

  16. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' World's Highest Paid Musicians, Beats Beyoncé by $500M

    December 10, 2014 7:08 PM EST After dominating Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list a few months ago, it should come as little surprise Dr. Dre tops the magazine's 2014 World's Highest-Paid Musicians list as well -- beating out Beyonce by half a billion dollars.   Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop…

  17. Everyone Was Getting Wasted to Luke Bryan Songs This Year

    December 10, 2014 5:40 PM EST More people wanted to drink a beer to Luke’s music than any other artist on jukeboxes in 2014. With 2014 drawing to a close, it's not just Billboard that's busy working on its year-end charts . Digital jukebox leader TouchTunes announced its annual top-played songs and…

  18. Kenny Chesney to Perform & Receive Groundbreaker Award at American Country Countdown Awards

    December 10, 2014 12:10 PM EST Kenny Chesney has dominated the country charts and filled arenas across the country for two decades now, so it's no wonder that he was chosen to receive the Groundbreaker Award at the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards on Monday. Luke Bryan Leads Nominees for 2014 American…

  19. ILoveMakonnen Performs 'Tuesday' on TV for the First Time

    December 10, 2014 9:51 AM EST ILoveMakonnen 's "Tuesday," featuring Drake , is one of the most exciting hits of 2014, and also one of the strangest. Speedy, powerful beats dominated hip-hop and R&B radio this year, but "Tuesday" creeps along, slow and viscous. Makonnen sounds like few…

  20. 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…

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