1. The Clash's 'London Calling' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    December 13, 2014 2:30 PM EST Any punk band worth its leather and studs can do dystopian, apocalyptic angst. The world is always ending, and after garbage men and plumbers, angry young guitar players have some of the best job security around. The trick is to rage in your own unique way. On the opening title track of its…

  2. Happy Birthday, Taylor Swift: 13 Things We Loved About You This Year

    December 13, 2014 11:00 AM EST It's no secret  Taylor Swift 's favorite number is 13 -- just check out her Twitter handle.  So in honor of her 25th birthday Saturday, Dec. 13, we easily thought up thirteen reasons we loved her this year, from her album release secret sessions to her excellent decision to…

  3. Wondering Sound Cuts Editorial Staff

    December 12, 2014 8:15 PM EST Update, Dec. 13: A source familiar with the situation tells Billboard that editor-in-chief J. Edward Keyes and managing editor Laura Leebove were not affected by the downsizing. Online music publication Wondering Sound  has cut what seems to be nearly all of its editorial staff, saying it…

  4. Jimmy Kimmel Makes Billboard Chart Debut on the Killers' New Holiday Hit

    December 12, 2014 4:41 PM EST Las Vegas natives the Killers and Jimmy Kimmel teamed up to create a new holiday song and character, "Joel, the Lump of Coal," and it ended up bringing a gift to Kimmel: his Billboard chart debut. The folky track bows at No. 27 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart with 11,000…

  5. Hayley Williams Admits She Was 'Afraid to Make Eye Contact' With Beyonce at Women in Music

    December 12, 2014 1:55 PM EST 0 After joining the Civil Wars ' Joy Williams for a stunningly gorgeous acoustic duet on Paramore 's "Hate To See Your Heart Break," Hayley Williams accepted the 2014 Billboard Women in Music honor for Trailblazer of the Year.     Billboard's Women in…

  6. Becky G, Paul McCartney & DJ Earworm : Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 28

    December 12, 2014 1:09 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard 's weekly video show Real-Time Rewind , which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is in the studio on Episode 28,…

  7. CMA CEO Sarah Trahern on Being 'Blown Away' During Her First Year on the Job

    December 12, 2014 1:06 PM EST It's been nearly a year since veteran television executive Sarah Trahern took over the role of chief executive officer at the Country Music Assn., joining the trade group from Great American Country (GAC), where she had served as senior vp/GM. While she was well qualified for the job -…

  8. 'SNL' Sends Nicki Minaj Into Social 50 Top Five

    December 12, 2014 12:28 PM EST Nicki Minaj made her second appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live on Dec. 6, performing three new songs from her upcoming album The Pink Print and starring in two sketches in the episode hosted by James Franco. The resulting online buzz catapults her 27-4 on the Social 50 chart, her…

  9. Cuban Rapper El B Disputes Reports of U.S. Agency Infiltration

    December 12, 2014 11:13 AM EST Los Aldeanos' El B doesn’t “need financing" to say what he thinks. Bian Oscar Rodriguez Gala , the Cuban rapper known as El B , has responded to an Associated Press report detailing how the United States the Agency for International Development used members of Havana’s hip-hop…

  10. 'Side Show' Packs Up Its Tent Early on Broadway

    December 12, 2014 11:12 AM EST Seventeen years to the day since its original production closed after a commercially disastrous run of just three and a half months, the lavish Broadway reboot of Side Show will make an even swifter exit. Producers have confirmed a Jan. 4 closing date for the bio-musical about the search…

  11. 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…

  12. Billboard Year in Music 2014: J Balvin on His No. 1 Hit '6 AM' Being the 'Latin Version' of 'The Hangover'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Party Starters "6 AM" 1 Week on Latin Airplay ; 2 Weeks on Tropical Airplay ; 10 Weeks on Latin Rhythm Airplay "But what a sick party, pa-pa-pa." 
By early summer, the chorus of "6 AM," the sultry reggaeton hit by Colombian artist J Balvin , 29, featuring…

  13. 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…

  14. Billboard Year in Music 2014: How the 'Frozen' Soundtrack Became the Top-Selling Album of 2014

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Showstoppers The Frozen Soundtrack 13 Weeks on Billboard 200 In a particularly cold climate
 for music sales, Frozen broke virtually every Hollywood rule -- no "prince charming" narrative or genre trends -- to become the year’s biggest ­phenomenon. The soundtrack moved more…

  15. Billboard Year in Music 2014: 'Weird Al' Yankovic on Inspiring Beyoncé and Making 'Mandatory Fun' a Must-Listen

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Strategist Mandatory Fun 1 Week on Billboard 200 "Weird Al" Yankovic had the last laugh in 2014. In the weeks prior to the release of his 14th album, Mandatory Fun , Yankovic prerecorded a release-week podcast, wherein he joked about having a No. 1 album. He couldn't have…

  16. '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…

  17. Avicii Debuts High, Alesso & Zhu Score No. 1s

    December 11, 2014 9:42 PM EST Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Avicii opens at No. 12 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "The Nights," a companion single to his recent "The Days." "The Nights" is to be featured on a…

  18. 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…

  19. 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 ,…

  20. 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…

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