1. BSBB Round 1: One Direction, "Steal My Girl" vs. Tove Lo, "Habits (Stay High)"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Steal My Girl One Direction Habits (Stay High) Tove Lo CRAIG JENKINS: One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” is a throwback to the mannered piano-driven pop of the power ballad-heavy late ‘80s, and like a lot of that stuff, it’s…

  2. BSBB Round 1: Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be" vs. Hozier, "Take Me To Church"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Take Me To Church Hozier CRAIG JENKINS: Darkness stalks the edges of both Irish singer-songwriter Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” and British group Clean Bandit’s Jess Glynne-assisted …

  3. 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”…

  4. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  5. Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money: Can the Rapper Leave the Label He's Been With Since He Was 13?

    December 12, 2014 12:20 PM EST Album delays are ­nothing new for Lil Wayne . But the MC sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world on Dec. 4 when he publicly blamed his label for the ever-shifting release date of his new album, Tha Carter V . Calling himself a "prisoner," he tweeted, "I want off this label…

  6. Nicki Minaj Goes Dominatrix With Lil Wayne, Drake, Chris Brown in 'Only' Video

    December 12, 2014 8:50 AM EST Let's try this again, shall we? And this time, without the Nazis. A month after facing harsh criticism (orat the very least, quizzical faces) for employing Nazi imagery in her "Only" lyric video, Nicki Minaj has dropped the official music video for The Pinkprint cut featuring…

  7. Beyoncé Earns Eighth No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With '7/11'

    December 11, 2014 7:09 PM EST Plus: Wu-Tang Clan returns to the charts with 'A Better Tomorrow' In only its second week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Beyoncé 's "7/11" reaches No. 1, granting the singer her eighth chart-topping title as a solo artist. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé,…

  8. The 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:22 PM EST Few genres ranged as widely as R&B in 2014. DJ Mustard was a ubiquitous presence on radio -- and he produced two of Billboard's top ten R&B tracks of the year ( Tinashe , Jeremih ) -- but you didn't need a Mustard beat to make a vibrant track. Elle Varner and Usher…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. The 10 Best Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0 Ed Sheeran, Jenny Lewis, Run The Jewels and more were among the artists behind this year's most mesmerizing full-lengths. The Billboard.com Critics' Picks albums list is always difficult to finalize -- with so many great albums to consider each year, how can a group…

  13. Nicki Minaj's New Album 'The Pinkprint' Leaks

    December 11, 2014 10:50 AM EST A week before its release, Nicki Minaj 's The Pinkprint has sprung a leak. One of the standout tracks from the rapper's third studio album that fans are gravitating towards is, no surprise, her collaboration with Beyoncé , "Feeling Myself." "Feeling Myself" -…

  14. Russell Simmons Appears on 'The O'Reilly Factor' to Debate the Roots of Racial Divisions

    December 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons appeared on The O'Reilly Factor again last night to debate the Fox host on the perceived racial divisions in America revealed in a recent CBS News poll , which sought to address the civil unrest in the wake in the deaths, at the hands of police, of…

  15. Jay Z & N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

    December 11, 2014 5:38 AM EST Jay Z , the most powerful man in hip hop, has met with New York’s highest-elected official, Governor Andrew Cuomo , to rap on reform to the state’s criminal justice system.  Hov met with Cuomo on Wednesday to discuss potential changes to law, and to float the appointment of a special…

  16. Drake, FKA Twigs & A-Trak Bring Music to the Beach: Art Basel Music Roundup

    December 10, 2014 9:52 PM EST This year's Art Basel Miami Beach was a half-week whirlwind of contemporary art showcases, celebrity sightseeing and musical performances. From the bustling Wynwood Arts District to exclusive Palm Island mansion parties, Billboard takes you back to South Beach to recap some of the…

  17. Slacker Radio CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones Wants to 'Reinvent Radio for a Post-YouTube Era'

    December 10, 2014 1:24 PM EST A little less than a year after hiring former Disney executive Duncan Orrell-Jones , Slacker Radio is relaunching its website, a move that brought it 100,000 new subscribers last May. This time, though, the internet radio streaming service seeks to expand qualitatively rather than…

  18. Revisionist History, Holiday Edition: Mariah Gets a 'Christmas' Gift, Wham! Gets the Boot

    December 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST For those who love the Billboard charts, this truly is -- as Andy Williams reminds us every December -- the most wonderful time of the year. The arrival of Billboard 's annual year-end rankings have made it a "Happy" holiday for another Williams -- Pharrell -- whose hit with…

  19. The Year on Twitter: Justin Bieber is Most Tweeted About Artist, Katy Perry is Most Followed User

    December 10, 2014 12:00 AM EST Music continues to be the most-discussed subject on Twitter in the U.S., according to data released by the social network. The most tweeted-about artist of the year is Justin Bieber , the most-tweeted about song of the year was "Happy" by Pharrell , and the most tweeted-about…

  20. VH1 Star Stephanie Moseley & Rapper Husband Earl Hayes Found Dead

    December 09, 2014 6:00 PM EST Police tell TMZ Hayes fatally shot Moseley before killing himself. Actress and dancer Stephanie Moseley was found dead alongside her husband, rapper and actor Earl Hayes , according to TMZ . Police tell TMZ that Hayes shot and killed Moseley and then turned around and killed himself…

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