1. The 10 Best Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0 Check out the songs that Billboard's staff was blasting all year long, from 5SOS to Beyonce. From a cello-laced pop anthem to a church-rattling folk track to Queen Bey’s utter flawlessness, 2014 contained an amazingly diverse array of powerful singles. After many, many…

  2. RaeLynn & Luke Bryan Leap On Country Charts

    December 11, 2014 1:05 PM EST RaeLynn , a second-season contestant on NBC's The Voice , returned to the show Dec. 2 and performed her current single, "God Made Girls." The visit proved valuable, as "Girls" flies 17-7 on Hot Country Songs , adding Digital Gainer applause, as the track vaults 12-1…

  3. 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…

  4. Pop Shop Podcast: Grammy Nominations, Meghan Trainor, Brandy Clark & More

    December 11, 2014 10:53 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  5. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic…

  6. Kany Garcia, Pedro Capó, Sie7e & More Take Holiday Music to the Bank

    December 10, 2014 4:32 PM EST Banco Popular’s 'Qué Lindo es Puerto Rico' hits No. 4 on Top Latin Albums. Just as a sudden snap of cold November weather reminds their relatives in New York that Christmas is on its way, the release of Banco Popular’s annual musical production has become a sure sign it's…

  7. Taylor Swift Tops Hot 100, Meghan Trainor Scores Second Top 10

    December 10, 2014 2:56 PM EST Swift's 'Blank Space' reigns for a fourth week, while Trainor's 'Lips Are Movin' leaps 13-8 … after the pair teamed up to break a record first set by the Beatles. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week, while…

  8. Diddy: Drake 'Stole' the Beat for '0 to 100'

    December 10, 2014 2:03 PM EST News surfaced Sunday that Diddy and Drake got into a fight outside of a club in Miami, allegedly over the Boi-1da-produced beat for Drake's hit "0 to 100" -- which has been on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart for 20 weeks, peaking at No. 8. TMZ released a video on Wednesday, Dec…

  9. 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…

  10. What's Your Favorite Song of 2014? Vote!

    December 10, 2014 11:30 AM EST Pharrell 's "Happy" is the No. 1 song on Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 , but that doesn't mean it's your favorite. Are you feeling "Fancy" or "Rude"? Do you prefer "Counting Stars" or "Talking Dirty"? Vote for your top…

  11. 'The Voice' Top 3 & Wildcard Revealed

    December 10, 2014 10:54 AM EST On Tuesday night, the penultimate nail-biting episode of The Voice revealed its fan-voted top three, as well as the first-ever wildcard singer who rejoins the competition after already being eliminated. The three singers with the highest number of viewer votes on their  Monday night…

  12. ILoveMakonnen Performs 'Tuesday' on TV for the First Time

    December 10, 2014 9:51 AM EST ILoveMakonnen 's "Tuesday," featuring Drake , is one of the most exciting hits of 2014, and also one of the strangest. Speedy, powerful beats dominated hip-hop and R&B radio this year, but "Tuesday" creeps along, slow and viscous. Makonnen sounds like few…

  13. 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…

  14. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé, Pharrell and Iggy Azalea Lead Honors

    December 09, 2014 7:35 PM EST While familiar names in R&B and hip-hop music flooded the airwaves and music charts, 2014 welcomed a wealth of new players who fought to leave their mark. See All the Year End Charts Here! New acts like Jhene Aiko , Bobby Shmurda and YG scored big hits, while the year's…

  15. Eminem’s Manager Paul Rosenberg Talks the ‘Shady XV’ Compilation, the Rapper’s Work Ethic and the Future of Shady Records

    December 09, 2014 5:44 PM EST The newest album from Eminem 's Shady Records, Shady XV , recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Albums chart . Billboard caught up with Shady Records co-founder Paul Rosenberg to talk about the compilation and what's next for the label. 'Shady XV' Compilation…

  16. '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…

  17. Vance Joy's ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Obsession and More Insider Scoop

    December 09, 2014 4:49 PM EST Vance Joy’s Buffy Love Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy , whose catchy “Riptide” peaked at No. 29 on the Nov. 29 Hot 100 chart, and who will be touring with Taylor Swift  in 2015, let Overheard in on one of his secret pleasures: He’s a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan. “It’s a pretty…

  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. 2014 Indie Rock Playlist for Pop Fans: 15 Songs That Could Have Cracked Top 40

    December 09, 2014 3:30 PM EST Check out tunes from Tune-Yards, the Drums, Hundred Waters and others that even the staunchest pop fan would embrace. December is always a time for pop fans to feel particularly trepidatious, as the final month of the calendar year doubles as year-end list season — better known as a…

  20. The Year in Gospel: Lecrae Dominates, Christian Rap/Hip-Hop Policy Revised

    December 09, 2014 1:01 PM EST Jamie Grace 's long-running hit single "Beautiful Day" finishes 2014 as the year's No. 1 Hot Gospel Song . That chart-topping finish was encouraged by its handsome 20-week run at No. 1 atop the weekly multi-metric Hot Gospel Songs chart. (For good measure, the song…

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