1. BSBB Round 1: Calvin Harris, "Summer" vs. Sia, "Chandelier"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Summer Calvin Harris Chandelier Sia CHRIS PAYNE: One lead artist goes on magazine covers wearing a paper bag; the other just does the instrumentals and has unnamed collaborators sing the lyrics. What strange/wonderful/bloggable…

  2. BSBB Round 1: MKTO, "Classic" vs. Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, "Bailando"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Classic MKTO Bailando Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona CHRIS PAYNE: I love catchy songwriting, but there comes a time when your musicology skews too close to advertising jingle instead of pop song. That…

  3. BSBB Round 1: MAGIC!, "Rude" vs. Maroon 5, "Maps"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rude MAGIC! Maps Maroon 5 CHRIS PAYNE: At this point in their career, Maroon 5 sound like they’re just re-writing themselves, so it’s appropriate “Maps” is going up against a new band that’s basically piggybacking off the last…

  4. BSBB Round 1: 5 Seconds of Summer, "Amnesia" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Zedd, "Break Free"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Amensia 5 Seconds of Summer Break Free Ariana Grande feat. Zedd CHRIS PAYNE: “This is the part when…” I try to figure out what the hell Ariana Grande is singing, knowing my effort will be ultimately futile. This song still…

  5. The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser Talks Going Solo, Rostam Batmanglij Collaboration

    December 12, 2014 2:13 PM EST He announces he’s “working on a bunch of stuff” with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. For the second installment of the Alt In Our Stars podcast, we're here to remind you that we're just as much about the "alt" as we are about the stars. For almost 20 years, the…

  6. New Band Alert: Indie Poppers Dutch Party Premiere Good-Vibin' L.A. Tunes

    December 12, 2014 1:17 PM EST Billboard is excited to introduce Los Angeles' Dutch Party, a spry, good-vibin' indie pop band who are also repping a brand-new label. Start off with "Echo Girl," a tuneful tribute to the ladies of Echo Park -- the L.A. neighborhood the quintet calls home. Billboard has…

  7. Beyonce Talks Fame, Feminism, Marriage & More In Revealing New Video

    December 12, 2014 11:20 AM EST Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Beyoncé 's game-changing, surprise self-titled album, and a year later, she's treated us to another surprise. Okay, it’s not quite another Beyoncé , but this new mini-documentary is  still worth every second. In the black-and-white short…

  8. Hit the Town With Sam Smith in New 'Like I Can' Video

    December 12, 2014 10:05 AM EST But don’t forget your tux. Despite what you may have heard about Sam Smith , he’s not sad all the time. In the brand new video for In the Lonely Hour’s “Like I Can,” Smith heads out on the town with his boys for some good ol’ fashioned, New York City fun. Is this how he celebrated his six…

  9. 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 ,…

  10. Charges Dropped Against Jeezy for Wiz Khalifa Tour Arrest

    December 11, 2014 5:28 PM EST On Aug. 24, Jeezy was arrested for possession of a weapon authorities alleged was linked to a fatal shooting following a Wiz Khalifa show in Mountain View, Calif. On Thursday (Dec. 11), all charges against Jeezy and five members of his staff were officially dropped, as it became…

  11. 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…

  12. Lana Del Rey on her 'Big Eyes' Golden Globes Nomination: 'I'm So Grateful'

    December 11, 2014 12:58 PM EST Lana Del Rey’s big 2014 continued today (Dec. 11) with a Golden Globes nomination for Best Original Song, Motion Picture. Up against the likes of Lorde and John Legend is Lana’s “Big Eyes,” which appears in the pivotal scene of Tim Burton’s new film of the same title. The singer…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Joanna Newsom Guests On Radiohead's 'Spooks' From 'Inherent Vice' Soundtrack

    December 10, 2014 12:05 PM EST New Radiohead music you say? Well, sort of. For the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson flick Inherent Vice , Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood put a new spin on the band’s 2006 non-album track “Spooks,” with some help from the film’s star, singer-songwriter-turned-actress Joanna Newsom . Check out the…

  16. Billy Corgan Says Next Smashing Pumpkins Album Is 'The End,' He's 'Over Rock & Roll'

    December 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST Poor Billy Corgan . The Smashing Pumpkins only released their new album yesterday, and it sounds like he’s losing some of that ‘90s guitar god enthusiasm. Or a lot of it. In a Dec. 9 interview with the Wall Street Journal , Corgan hinted that the Pumpkins’ expected 2015 album Day For Night …

  17. Hear Christopher Lee's Latest Metal Christmas Carol

    December 09, 2014 5:50 PM EST Acting legend Sir Christopher Lee -- never forget the Sir -- is 92 years old and more metal than you. Back in 2012, he became the oldest living performer to enter the Billboard charts with a metal Christmas carol called “Jingle Hell” and he’s back in the pummeling, yuletide spirit this year…

  18. Hear Charli XCX's New Album 'Sucker' a Week Early

    December 09, 2014 3:55 PM EST Don't hand in those year-end lists just yet -- there's at least one more great album coming this year, and it's from Charli XCX . Sucker -- featuring the hit "Boom Clap" and a bunch of others that sound like hits -- is now streaming via iTunes in advance of its…

  19. 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…

  20. Exclusive: Gov't Mule Premieres Cover of Pink Floyd's 'Time' From New Live Album

    December 09, 2014 10:39 AM EST Southern jam rockers Gov’t Mule are celebrating their 20th anniversary and paying tribute to the legendary Pink Floyd with a brand-new covers album. Billboard is excited to present an exclusive sampling of Dark Side of the Mule . Check out Gov't Mule's live cover of "Time,…

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