1. From 'Pulling a Beyonce' to 'On Fleek,' Slang Terms That Invaded 2014

    December 12, 2014 1:00 PM EST ON FLEEK Meaning amazing, impeccable; originated by Vine user Peaches Monroe (to praise her eyebrows) and popularized by Ariana Grande , who sang it on MTV in August. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Ariana Grande: 'This Year I Was Really Taken Seriously as an Artist’ THOT An acronym…

  2. Billboard Cover: Jason Derulo on the Success of 'Talk Dirty' (Despite His Mom's Disapproval)

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Loverboy "Talk Dirty" 1 week on Mainstream Top 40 ; 3 weeks on Rhythmic ; 4 weeks on R&B Digital Songs The year 2014, Jason Derulo 's annus mirabilis, started in a sweaty nightclub in Tel Aviv, Israel, in January 2013. There, embedded in a 2007 song called "…

  3. 'American Idol' Judge Keith Urban Talks Season 14: 'They've Brought Something Fresh'

    December 12, 2014 12:00 AM EST Keith Urban often refers to his American Idol co-stars as a family. And in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, the country star said that his fellow judges came through for him in his time of need -- the death of his father-in-law, Antony Kidman , dad to Urban's wife, Nicole…

  4. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  5. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  6. Hear Coldplay's New Slow Jam 'Miracles' From 'Unbroken' Soundtrack

    December 11, 2014 10:11 AM EST The upcoming Angelina Jolie -directed Unbroken tells the story of an American Olympian World War II hero who survived a near-fatal plane crash and prisoner of war camps. Do you think Chris Martin and company have a slow jam in them that could match those stakes? Check out their new Unbroken…

  7. One Direction's Harry Styles Gets Cuddly with Ian McKellen: Watch

    December 11, 2014 3:38 AM EST There was a bit of magic on set when Sir Ian McKellen shared the couch with the members of One Direction for a British chat show.  The award-winning actor and gay rights activist went shoulder-to-shoulder with the history-creating boyband for a taping of The Graham Norton Show .…

  8. 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…

  9. 'My Entire Life, I've Been the Black Sheep in My Family': Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds on the Story Behind the Hit Single 'I Bet My Life'

    December 09, 2014 5:26 PM EST Billboard caught up with Imagine Dragons ' Dan Reynolds to talk about the band's latest single, "I Bet My Life." Inspired by Reynolds' relationship with his parents, the song started in a hotel room before climbing to No. 56 on the Hot 100 . So your last album broke…

  10. The Year in Dance/Electronic 2014: Avicii Leads Multiple Year-End Charts

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST Avicii dominated Billboard's dance/electronic charts in 2014, and finishes as the year's Top Dance/Electronic Artist. Additionally, the 25-year old Swedish DJ/producer places five tracks on the year-end Hot Dance/Electronic Songs recap, and was the only act to place more than…

  11. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  12. The Year in Pop 2014: One Direction, 'Frozen,' & Pharrell Dominate

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST One Direction takes home the trophy as Billboard's top artist of the year for 2014. See All the Year End Charts Here! The English/Irish quintet (comprising Niall Horan , Liam Payne , Zayn Malik , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson ), is the first group to earn the top artist distinction…

  13. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  14. David Guetta Dances to No. 1 Again

    December 05, 2014 5:51 PM EST David Guetta grabs his second No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, as Listen launches with 25,000 sold in the week ending Nov. 30, according to Nielsen Music. It's the best sales week for the French DJ since the No. 1 debut of his last original studio album, Nothing…

  15. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Hayley Williams on Gwen Stefani, Beyonce and the Strong Female Artists Who Inspire Her

    December 05, 2014 3:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music 2014 Trailblazer honoree on fronting a rock band, how 2014 ranked and which female artists she learns from. Hayley Williams turns 26 on Dec. 27, which means she has fronted Paramore for more than a third of her life. Long enough that on her first Warped Tour in…

  16. Exclusive: John Coltrane Documentary in the Works From 'John Lennon' Director

    December 05, 2014 1:00 PM EST The story of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane , one of the last major innovators in American music, will be told through the stories of people he influenced in the next documentary from the director-writer of Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?). Director-writer…

  17. Coldplay Working on 'Final' Album, 'A Head Full of Dreams,' Says Chris Martin

    December 04, 2014 9:43 PM EST Coldplay is at work on their seventh studio album, frontman Chris Martin revealed Thursday, and it will likely be their last.  Choose Your Own Adventure in Coldplay's Interactive 'Ink' Video The set is tentatively called A Head Full of Dreams , Martin said on BBC Radio 1'…

  18. It's Official: Scott Borchetta Joining 'American Idol' Season 14 as Mentor

    December 03, 2014 5:33 PM EST The man who discovered Taylor Swift will be the new Randy Jackson. Can the man who discovered Taylor Swift pick the next American Idol? The Fox show is banking on just that, as Scott Borchetta , the President and CEO of Big Machine Label group, will assume the position of mentor for the…

  19. #Trending in 2014: Yahoo, Vevo, Rhapsody, Spotify and Bing Share the Year's Biggest Names

    December 03, 2014 12:05 PM EST A slew of digital companies have released their year-end data dumps on what the world was watching, listening to and searching for over the past year. Most of it should surprise no one who paid any attention to the world at large in 2014 -- it seems there are few shocks lurking in our…

  20. Taylor Swift's '1989' Returns to No. 1 on Revamped Billboard 200

    December 03, 2014 11:24 AM EST The chart now includes on-demand streaming and digital track sales. The newly refreshed Billboard 200 albums chart welcomes a familiar face back to No. 1, as Taylor Swift's 1989 hops back to the top slot (2-1) after a one-week vacation. This is the album's fourth non…

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