1. Code Picks of the Week: Nicole Moudaber, Jack U & More

    December 19, 2014 5:47 PM EST Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Jack Ü - Take Ü There ft. Kiesza (Tchami Remix) The French producer lends his signature future house sound to the latest single from…

  2. The Year in Rock 2014: Rebound From a Rough Year?

    December 19, 2014 12:45 PM EST After decades of leading the pack, the cultural rebound of rock, alternative, or whatever we want to call it depends on learning to play by new sets of rules. I promise this will not be a “rock is dead” story. We’ve already had that conversation far too many times, and besides, it’s far…

  3. The 14 Best Pop Albums of 2014

    December 18, 2014 4:49 PM EST From Tove to Taylor to Bleachers, these 14 in '14 were worth many, many listens. I’m not publishing a list of the Best Pop Songs of 2014 list, because, well, we have a week-long bracket tournament discussing the best pop songs of the year already. Instead, I want to highlight my…

  4. Kendrick Lamar Debuts Untitled Song on 'Colbert Report': Watch

    December 17, 2014 1:05 AM EST Kendrick Lamar has dished the world premiere of an untitled song on The Colbert Report .   The rapper (and writer) debuted a meditative, jazz-flecked new work Tuesday night, though the name of the piece remains a mystery. Expect the song to appear on Lamar’s next full-length album, which is…

  5. Op-Ed: Vine Became the New Demo Tape in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:34 PM EST Fifteen minutes of fame shrunk by 14 minutes and 54 seconds in 2014. Thanks to the Twitter-owned video app Vine, six seconds were all that a growing number of artists needed to achieve celebrity status. In the same way YouTube took a few years to produce mainstream musical acts from…

  6. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  7. Amanda Palmer Writes on Business of Music, Touring at a Loss: 'Don't Talk About Your Risks'

    December 14, 2014 9:54 PM EST "The mostly-unspoken rule that artists aren’t supposed to talk about their businesses reveals plenty about how we tend to think of 'art' and 'business' as mutually exclusive," writes Amanda Palmer in an op-ed for the Guardian , describing the double standards…

  8. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Taylor Swift on How Following Her 'Gut Instinct' Led to No. 1 Album '1989'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Pop Princess 1989 5 Weeks on Billboard 200 With the largest first-week sales of any album in 12 years, the triumph of Taylor Swift ’s 1989 was so overwhelming that it instantly schooled any skeptics who doubted her ability to transition from the ­country-pop of her previous four albums…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Former Top Event Promoter Jack Utsick Extradited From Brazil in $300M Fraud

    December 08, 2014 6:30 PM EST A former music promoter who produced events for top-name acts such as the Rolling Stones , Elton John and Aerosmith has been extradited from Brazil to face U.S. charges in a $300 million fraud case. SEC Hits Promoter With Lawsuit Prosecutors say 72-year-old Jack Utsick fled to Brazil in…

  14. Exclusive Video: 'Dimebag' Darrell Jokes Backstage About Godsmack's Sully Erna in Never-Before-Seen Clip

    December 08, 2014 4:13 PM EST Godsmack is one of many bands paying tribute to the memory of “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott on the 10th anniversary of the legendary guitarist's death. The Boston group’s members were longtime associates of Dimebag’s, and that meant that they either shared a drink or a jam (or both) with…

  15. Behind the Credit Card Wars to Ink Deals With Artists Including Beyonce and Sam Smith

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST On Nov. 24, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff took center stage with an on-camera appearance in a new 30-second commercial for JPMorgan Chase. The spot -- the bank's first TV campaign in support of Apple Pay -- came complete with a performance of the band's current single, "…

  16. Taylor Swift Is a Finalist for Time's 2014 'Person of the Year'

    December 08, 2014 11:12 AM EST Is Taylor Swift about to be named Time 's Person of the Year? Monday morning (Dec. 8), Time magazine editor Nancy Gibbs went on the  Today show to reveal the shortlist of people currently being considered for  Time' s 2014 Person of the Year title.  The nominees? In addition to…

  17. Pharrell and 'Frozen' Top iTunes' Year-End List, Beyonce Named Best Artist

    December 08, 2014 9:20 AM EST Pharrell 's "Happy" and the soundtrack for Disney's Frozen are the year's top-selling song and album of year on iTunes, the online music store revealed on Monday. Apple announced that John Legend 's "All of Me" and Katy Perry 's "Dark Horse…

  18. Dave Mustaine on 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'He Would Want Us to Remember Him by Celebrating and Not Mourn'

    December 08, 2014 9:03 AM EST Ten years after the onstage shooting of Pantera legend "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott , Billboard spoke with the guitar god’s friends, family, and fellow rock icons about the hole the 38-year-old shredder’s death left in metal and in their lives. Here, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine…

  19. Libertines Sign With Virgin EMI, Comeback Album is ‘Going To Happen’

    December 08, 2014 5:31 AM EST The Libertines , one of the most enigmatic of all British bands during its brief lifetime, is inching ever closer to a comeback after signing with Virgin EMI. The group, founded by its poetic and combative frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat , has declared the new recording deal as a…

  20. Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Karen O Sing Dizzying Set List at Vice Anniversary Party

    December 06, 2014 3:37 PM EST "It's gonna be crazy but it's gonna be fun. There will be covers, originals, spontaneous orgasms -- enjoy yourselves.” To celebrate its 20th year, Vice rented out the Brooklyn Navy Yard's Duggal Greenhouse on Friday night (Dec. 5) for the kind of hybrid, manic, alien…

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