1. Ryan Seacrest & Jenny McCarthy Talk Getting Ready for 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    December 30, 2013 3:30 PM EST The celebrity co-hosts also share their new year's resolutions and favorite music of 2013 From the rowdiest of all-night parties, to suburban families huddled in their living rooms, millions of viewers will take part in America's most famous New Year's show tomorrow night. The…

  2. Beyonce's Use of Challenger Disaster Audio Angers NASA Astronauts

    December 30, 2013 2:00 PM EST Former NASA astronauts and their family members are calling Beyonce "insensitive" for using audio from the space shuttle Challenger explosion in her new song, "XO," off her surprise, self-titled album. "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation.…

  3. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  4. Beyonce's 'Drunk In Love' Debuts at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    December 27, 2013 10:15 AM EST The song marks the singer's highest debut on the chart Just one week after "Beyonce" surprised the world and debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, its lead single "Drunk in Love," featuring Jay Z, opens at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The addictive…

  5. Taylor Swift, One Direction Top List of Most Charitable Stars

    December 26, 2013 3:40 PM EST Beyonce, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also hit top five Taylor Swift and One Direction are 2013’s most charitable celebrities, according to social change organization DoSomething.org. The country-pop singer tops the sixth annual Top 20 Celebs Gone Good list for the second year in a row, as she…

  6. Top 20 Music Moments of 2013

    December 26, 2013 12:30 PM EST It was a year of blockbuster comebacks, surprise albums, game-changing moves in hip-hop, twerking teddy bears and tearful goodbyes of all kinds. For sure, 2013 kept us busy. These are the 20 biggest music moments in a 12 month span that was crammed with milestones. BEST OF 2013: Year-End…

  7. The Year In Pop: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde Take On The One Percent (Opinion)

    December 23, 2013 12:35 PM EST had its opulence anthems, but we sang along to "Thrift Shop" and "Royals" more loudly. Has hating the upper class ever been so cool in pop music? With America in post-"Occupy" mode, the middle class remains constantly suspicious of the wealthy. And…

  8. Billy Joel Joins 'Dick Clark New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    December 23, 2013 9:00 AM EST Once the ball drops in Times Square, Billy Joel will be the first singer to welcome in 2014 on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest." The ABC telecast will cross the East River to Joel’s concert at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center at five minutes past…

  9. 'X Factor' Winner Sam Bailey Grabs U.K. Christmas No. 1 with 'Skyscraper,' One Direction Narrowly Denied Top Album

    December 23, 2013 2:07 AM EST Sam Bailey, the 36-year-old former prison officer who won last weekend’s final of “The X Factor,” has claimed the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1 single with her cover of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” (Syco Music/Sony). Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) narrowly held off…

  10. Ask Billboard: What Are Your Favorites Of 2013?

    December 20, 2013 8:15 PM EST Send in your picks for the best of 2013 to askbb@billboard.com. In the meantime, reader thoughts on Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood and Donna Summer As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  11. Alex & Sierra Win 'X Factor' Season Three

    December 20, 2013 7:56 AM EST "X Factor" crowned its season three winner on Thursday night, ending a months-long competition that saw three finalists emerge: couple and duo Alex & Sierra, rocker Jeff Gutt and Latino crooner Carlito Olivero.  So who took home the top prize? It came as little surprise to fans…

  12. Beyonce Scores Fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 19, 2013 6:23 PM EST Beyoncé's self-titled surprise album opens at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums marking her fifth leader on the list. The iTunes exclusive (through Dec. 18) set sold 617,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, her best sales week yet. All four of Beyoncé's previous…

  13. Train Artist Jukebox Video: The Band Talks Favorite Songs of 2013

    December 19, 2013 3:10 PM EST For the three musicians of multiplatinum band Train, 2013 has been a year on the road bringing their music to fans around the globe -- and prepping new music. The trio recently sat down with Billboard.com editor M. Tye Comer ( @MTye ) to talk about their world tour in support of 2012's…

  14. Pop Shop Podcast: Beyonce & Our Year-End Spectacular!

    December 19, 2013 11:35 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the special year-end 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…

  15. Demi Lovato Leaving 'X Factor’

    December 19, 2013 3:35 AM EST Demi Lovato is leaving The X Factor, the reality show she's served as a judge on for the past two seasons, series creator Simon Cowell confirmed Wednesday night. "I always knew she wasn't coming back because she's touring, so I knew that," Cowell said. Lovato…

  16. Leona Lewis Studio Session: Watch 'One More Sleep' Performance and Q&A

    December 18, 2013 5:06 PM EST The British songstress stopped by for a pair of holiday performances before discussing her next full-length. Leona Lewis has been getting in the holiday spirit lately: her debut Christmas album, "Christmas, With Love," arrived earlier this month through Syco/RCA Records, and on…

  17. 20 Best Songs of 2013: Critics' Picks

    December 18, 2013 1:30 PM EST Check out the songs that Billboard's staff was blasting all year, from Lorde to Yeezus. The Billboard.com Critics' Picks songs list is always difficult to cobble together -- with thousands of great songs released this year to consider, how can a group responsibly highlight the…

  18. Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Added to Ryan Seacrest's NYE Lineup

    December 18, 2013 2:02 AM EST Blondie, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Icona Pop are confirmed to the lineup for "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest" telecast. The traditional New Year's Eve party will again be aired live on Dec. 31 at ABC from 11:30 p.m. The…

  19. Leona Lewis Sets U.K. Chart Record

    December 17, 2013 12:50 AM EST Christmas has come early for Leona Lewis. The pop singer has set a new chart record by becoming the first British female solo artist to score eight U.K. top 5 singles. The pop artist’s latest single “One More Sleep” (Syco Music) opened at No. 3 on the latest Official U.K. Singles Chart,…

  20. Gimme Five: AJR Lists Their Favorite Songwriting Artists

    December 16, 2013 5:23 PM EST From Sia to Simon & Garfunkel, check out the brothers' biggest songwriting influences. AJR will bestow fans with an early stocking stuffer later this week, as their five-song "6foot1" EP will be released on Dec. 20. After being endorsed on Twitter by Sia and championed…

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