1. The Year in Social and Streaming Charts: Katy Perry and Justin Bieber Rule

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST Streaming and on-demand services continued to play a significant role in determining a song’s popularity on the Billboard Hot 100 and other charts in 2014. This year’s recaps are our first year-end tallies to include a full charting year of YouTube and Vevo on YouTube plays, and many…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. The Year in Country: Luke Bryan Leads Artist List, Brett Eldredge Rules Radio

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST could easily be hailed as the year of Luke Bryan . Then again, Florida Georgia Line , Brett Eldredge and Miranda Lambert scored noteworthy genre success, as well. Seel All the Year End Charts Here! Georgia native Bryan finishes the year as the top overall country artist (and the year&…

  5. The Year In Rock 2014: Lorde Reigns

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST was the year of our Lorde . See All the Year End Charts Here! The singer/songwriter (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor ) finishes at No. 1 on the 2014 year-end Top Rock Artists recap, and her Pure Heroine album leads the Alternative Albums and Rock Albums tallies. She’s the first woman…

  6. 2014 Year-End Hot 100, By the Numbers

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST Now that Billboard has revealed the 2014 year-end Billboard Hot 100 (among our menu of nearly 200 charts overall), it's time to have a little more fun with the hottest songs of the year. So we've taken the chart and sliced it and diced it in some interesting ways. See All the…

  7. 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…

  8. The Year in Latin 2014: Romeo Santos and Enrique Iglesias Lead Songs and Albums

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST The year in Latin music saw the continuation of a tropical wave, as Romeo Santos and Marc Anthony maintained their presence at the top of the charts. It was a male dominated year across Latin genres, led by veteran Enrique Iglesias and newer artists like J Balvin and Remmy Valenzuela…

  9. How We Charted the Year 2014

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST Welcome to Billboard's year-end roundup of the top artists and titles of 2014.  See All the Year End Charts Here! Once again, it's been an interesting and engaging year of music. From surprise albums ( Beyonce ) to surprise No. 1s ( "Weird Al" Yankovic ) and surprise…

  10. Kenny Rogers Brings The Merriment on Christmas and Hits Through The Years Tour

    December 08, 2014 7:57 PM EST In the fall of 1981, Kenny Rogers released his very first seasonal album, appropriately titled Christmas . Since then, the Country Music Hall of Fame member has released successful holiday follow-ups in 1984 ( Once Upon A Christmas , with Dolly Parton ), 1989 ( Christmas In America ) and…

  11. How U2 and iHeart Hooked Up to Find the Band’s Next Hit Single

    December 08, 2014 6:04 PM EST The radio giant leads effort to find the band's next hit single. U2 's Songs of Innocence got plenty of attention for its landmark iTunes release, but a radio hit from the album has proved tricky. Lead single "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)" topped the Triple A radio…

  12. Tinashe On Bringing Females Into the Mainstream: ‘There’s Definitely Room For More’

    December 08, 2014 5:39 PM EST Watch the “2 On” singer discuss her 2014 success and her favorite songs on her debut album. Aquarius , the kinetic debut album from R&B star Tinashe , is rightfully popping up on a bunch of year-end albums lists after at long last being released in October. During a recent stop by…

  13. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Jessie J: Whitney Houston 'Gave Me So Much Courage to Be Loud and Bold'

    December 08, 2014 5:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Powerhouse honoree talks about her girl crush on the legendary diva and the fierce female singers she admires. Jessie J started this year fearing she had already peaked. The 26-year-old British singer-songwriter's last top 10 U.S. single as a solo artist,…

  14. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  15. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Charli XCX: ‘I'll Give Jay Z a Run for His Money’

    December 08, 2014 3:43 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Hitmaker honoree talks about building her own empire to rival the hip-hop star's and her hit-making streak. "This time last year I just wanted to move on from 'I Love It,'" says Charli XCX , referring to the mega-smash she wrote and…

  16. Meghan Trainor Wants To Finally Meet Taylor Swift at the Grammys

    December 08, 2014 2:09 PM EST "I saw her at the AMAs — I was too scared to say hi," says the "All About That Bass" nominee. Earlier this fall, Meghan Trainor ’s debut single “All About That Bass” passed Taylor Swift ’s “Shake It Off” on the Hot 100 and spent eight weeks at the top of the chart before…

  17. 10 Tropical Latin Christmas Songs

    December 08, 2014 12:50 PM EST Christmas in the tropics means trading jingle bells and roasted chestnuts for roast pig and rum. And forget about silent nights. Salsa and other tropical rhythms are the sounds of Christmas cheer, where dancing all night long is as sacred a tradition as stuffing yourself at the family table…

  18. If Mick Jagger Doesn't Like Singing, Why Is He So Good at It?

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST On this day in 1969, the Rolling Stones frontman made a strong statement. Now, we debunk it. On this day in 1969 (Dec. 8), Mick Jagger was quoted saying, "I don't really like singing very much, I enjoy playing the guitar more than I enjoy singing and I can't play the guitar…

  19. Clive Davis on Billboard Women in Music Honoree Aretha Franklin: ‘There Are No Pretenders to the Throne’

    December 08, 2014 11:00 AM EST The chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment writes about the enduring appeal of the Billboard Women in Music Icon honoree. Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul. It’s not the totality of who she is -- beneath her cool exterior is a remarkably warm-hearted person -- but it is a…

  20. The 10 Most Surprising Breakout Hits of 2014

    December 08, 2014 10:30 AM EST We didn't see "Rude," "Latch," "Habits (Stay High)" and more Top 20 hits making waves this year. There were instances in 2014 where it was easy to forecast this year’s biggest radio hits — we all heard Pharrell ’s “Happy” and wanted to hear it again, and…

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