1. 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…

  2. Why Were Jay Z, Justin Timberlake & Taylor Swift Hanging Out? 10 (Not-So-Likely) Theories

    December 16, 2014 2:24 PM EST "I stay out too late...then have music titans come over the following afternoon." Even by Taylor Swift 's high standards, she's having a pretty great weekend. After receiving Billboard 's Woman of the Year Award on Friday, she had her 25th birthday party attended by…

  3. Rihanna Takes Fans Inside Diamond Ball: See the Glamorous Pics

    December 13, 2014 6:23 PM EST Couldn't score a ticket to Rihanna 's first-ever Diamond Ball ? Well, she is now taking fans behind-the-scenes on social media. The event, which took place in Beverly Hills, California on Dec. 11, was held to benefit Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation. She founded the charity,…

  4. Reggie Watts Will Be James Corden's 'Late Late' Band Leader

    December 12, 2014 2:30 PM EST CBS is getting ready for the new Late Late Show . Though James Corden doesn't assume the hosting gig until Mar. 23, the multihyphenate's show has filled out much of its staff and found a bandleader in Reggie Watts . Josh Groban Jams With Reggie Watts on 'Comedy Bang! Bang!&…

  5. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Nicki Minaj on Getting Sir Mix-A-Lot's Blessing for 'Anaconda'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Rap Diva "Anaconda" 6 Weeks on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Putting a fresh spin on a classic isn't always a slam-dunk. But letting Nicki Minaj , 32, cut loose on Sir Mix-A-Lot 's 1992 anatomy anthem "Baby Got Back" was a no-brainer. Displaying her ample…

  6. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Jessie J: Whitney Houston 'Gave Me So Much Courage to Be Loud and Bold'

    December 08, 2014 5:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Powerhouse honoree talks about her girl crush on the legendary diva and the fierce female singers she admires. Jessie J started this year fearing she had already peaked. The 26-year-old British singer-songwriter's last top 10 U.S. single as a solo artist,…

  7. Sam Smith Confesses Coming Out at Age Four: Watch

    December 02, 2014 11:31 PM EST Sam Smith stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday and talked about his decision to go public about being gay, ahead of his debut album release. "It didn't feel like a coming out," said the British singer. "I came out when I was like four years old. My mum said she…

  8. Garth Brooks Cancels Talk-Show Appearances After Ferguson Decision

    November 25, 2014 4:16 PM EST 'To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me,' he writes on Facebook. Garth Brooks is postponing TV appearances in the midst of protests after a Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting…

  9. Surprise! One Direction Were All Cute & Goofy on 'Ellen': Watch

    November 21, 2014 4:00 PM EST One Direction (all five of them, thank goodness) stopped by Ellen on Friday (Nov. 21) to discuss their new album -- and Harry Styles learned that no matter how exhausted they must be from the constant promotion, it still pays to think before you speak. One Direction, Lionel Richie &…

  10. Watch the Foo Fighters Perform 'In the Clear' on 'Ellen'

    November 20, 2014 6:51 AM EST "Our next guests are one of the greatest bands in rock 'n' roll," Ellen DeGeneres said on Wednesday, introducing the  Foo Fighters   and their performance of "In the Clear." Dave Grohl & Co. have been all over the place lately, celebrating the release of…

  11. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Doobie Brothers Earn Highest Charting Album Since 1980

    November 14, 2014 10:05 PM EST Also debuting: Ellen DeGeneres’ new holiday compilation On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Taylor Swift’s 1989 held firm at No. 1 , selling 402,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Only two new albums started in the top 10: Bette Midler’s It’s the…

  12. Marcus Mumford, Jim James, Elvis Costello & More Bring Bob Dylan's Lost Lyrics to Life in Concert

    November 14, 2014 12:40 PM EST Sorry, Bob Dylan fans. It appears performances in support of Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes  (the T Bone Burnett-produced collection of new music for abandoned Dylan lyrics) will be limited to a lone exhilarating concert. On Thursday night at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood,…

  13. Nick Jonas Plays 'Jealous,' Loses His Pants on 'Ellen'

    November 12, 2014 9:54 PM EST Nick Jonas has been making the rounds to promote his self-titled solo album these past few weeks, and he's been more than willing to take off his shirt to get his music a little more attention. These 4 People Make Nick Jonas Jealous While no one has been complaining about this…

  14. The Roadmap to Taylor Swift's Record-Breaking Week in 6 (Not So Easy) Steps

    November 07, 2014 10:19 AM EST The singer and her hard-charging label defied the odds by brilliantly influencing everything from fans' emotions to lowered expectations to hit almost 1.3 million in sales. Here's a head-scratcher for the digital era: even though U.S. album sales have plummeted 20 percent…

  15. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

  16. Rihanna Shares Steamy 'Esquire UK' Images on Instagram

    November 04, 2014 4:04 PM EST This is why fans are so happy Rihanna is back on Instagram . The singer uploaded some very steamy shots from her recent Esquire U.K. December cover shoot, and the results are pretty hot. Would you expect anything less from RiRi?  Check out the NSFW black-and-white snaps below.    ESQUIRE UK…

  17. Final 'Annie' Trailer Has Jamie Foxx Playing Piano, Sia's 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile'

    November 04, 2014 11:40 AM EST In the final trailer for Annie , the orphan's long-lost parents are actually a major presence. "Please take care of our baby -- her name's Annie," reads Quvenzhane Wallis as the title character. "There's half a locket around her neck so when we come for her,…

  18. Ella Henderson Video Exclusive: Watch An Acoustic Performance of ‘Glow’ for Culinary Beats

    November 03, 2014 10:56 AM EST Rising U.K. pop star Ella Henderson is the latest artist to take part in Culinary Beats , CITI’s ongoing web series that pairs popular musicians with all-star chefs and allows them to discuss their respective creative inspirations. The “Ghost” singer performed her song “Glow” during her…

  19. Outkast Wraps Reunion Tour With Smiles and High Energy at Voodoo Fest

    November 01, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and skeletons alike flocked to the main stage at 2014 Voodoo Festival in New Orleans Friday night (Oct. 31) to see Outkast close out its reunion tour. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta While the rap duo wasn…

  20. Quotes of the Week: Ariana Grande Thinks It's 'Cool' To Be a Diva, Kanye Speaks His Mind & More

    October 31, 2014 3:30 PM EDT "Flight attendant looked at me and didn't believe I was first class." -- Meghan Trainor The "All About That Bass" singer, joking about her overnight fame, on Twitter. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10 "I'm scared of getting…

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