1. BSBB Round 1: John Legend, "All Of Me" vs. Ed Sheeran, "Sing"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All Of Me John Legend Sing Ed Sheeran MAURA JOHNSTON: The battle of the stridently solo balladeers comes down to one simple criterion: Which one will last as a first dance song for weddings immemorial? My Vote: "All Of Me…

  2. BSBB Round 1: Pitbull feat. Kesha, "Timber" vs. Aloe Blacc, "The Man"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Timber Pitbull feat. Kesha The Man Aloe Blacc KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: I guess that Aloe Blacc song is perfectly fine, but no matter how many times I listen to it, I still have no idea how the song goes. It’s perfectly forgettable.…

  3. Meow! Taylor Swift Shares 'Cherished' Birthday Gift

    December 13, 2014 8:53 PM EST How do you top a star-studded birthday celebration like the one Taylor Swift just had?   That's easy. If you're Girls star Lena Dunham , you get your bestie something with a cat on it. On Dec. 13, Swift turned 25 and to celebrate the milestone, Dunham gifted the singer with a…

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

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  5. AC/DC 'Bust's to No. 1 on Top Rock Albums

    December 12, 2014 5:31 PM EST AC/DC 's Rock or Bust starts as the influential band's third No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Rock Albums chart with 172,000 sold, according to Nielsen Music. The hard rock band's 15th studio album also debuts at No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 , where…

  6. Taylor Swift, Aretha Franklin & More Sing Each Other's Praises at Billboard's Women in Music Event

    December 12, 2014 3:15 PM EST Ariana Grande, Hayley Williams, Jessie J, Idina Menzel & more are also feted. "It's really cool to be at a music event where over half the people in the room have vaginas," quipped an outspoken Charli XCX , who was Billboard 's Hitmaker honoree at the magazine&…

  7. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: Rolling Stones, One Direction, Live Nation Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 12, 2014 2:31 PM EST Attendance is down, but spectacular ticket sales by One Direction, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake, plus a series of blockbuster stadium shows, propelled the North American concert industry to a record 2014. Boy band One Direction and former boy band member Justin Timberlake…

  8. Foreigner's 'I Want to Know What Love Is' Live, From 'Best Of' Album: Exclusive Premiere

    December 12, 2014 2:05 PM EST 'It gets played everywhere in the world, still,' Mick Jones tells Billboard. 'But for me, we were just there to guide it and bring it to life.' Even celebrating its biggest album, Foreigner will not leave its biggest song behind. On Dec. 16, the group releases a new live…

  9. Arca, JMSN & Oh Wonder: Emerging Picks of the Week

    December 12, 2014 1:32 PM EST Warm up your winter weekend with Billboard 's latest triple offering of tracks that all debuted on this week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen and check back next week for a new set of selections. Arca – "Hips Don't Lie" An…

  10. Op-Ed: John Legend Demands Change After Eric Garner & Ferguson Decisions

    December 12, 2014 11:30 AM EST When Common and I wrote the song "Glory" for the stunning new film Selma , we drew inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries who strived and sacrificed to achieve racial equality in the face of seemingly hopeless odds. As I watched the final version of…

  11. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Barbra Streisand on Her No. 1 Album 'Partners' Proving 'That I've Stood the Test of Time'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Comeback Queen Partners 1 Week on Billboard 200 Hello, Gorgeous! This summer, at 72, Barbra Streisand joined Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote her 34th studio album, Partners . Her second album of duets, several of which are interpretations of her iconic works, saw her team…

  12. 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…

  13. Billboard Year in Music 2014: How the 'Frozen' Soundtrack Became the Top-Selling Album of 2014

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Showstoppers The Frozen Soundtrack 13 Weeks on Billboard 200 In a particularly cold climate
 for music sales, Frozen broke virtually every Hollywood rule -- no "prince charming" narrative or genre trends -- to become the year’s biggest ­phenomenon. The soundtrack moved more…

  14. Billboard Cover: Meghan Trainor on Frank Sinatra, Her Rap Skills and the Rise of 'All About That Bass'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Upstarts Meghan Trainor: “All About That Bass” 8 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 ; 3 weeks on Mainstream Top 40 Nico & Vinz: “Am I Wrong” 4 weeks on Radio Songs A little more than a year ago, Culver City-based music management firm Atom Factory was synonymous with two people: Troy Carter…

  15. ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento Announces Retirement

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST After a 33-year career at ASCAP -- 17 of them as the CEO -- John LoFrumento is retiring from the performance rights organization as of Jan. 1. During his tenure at the head of organization, membership grew from 70,000 members to 520,000, while distribution of royalties more than doubled,…

  16. Billboard Cover: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Other No. 1 Artists Reveal the Behind-the-Scenes Details Behind Their Hit Songs and Albums

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Rule Breaker “Fancy” 7 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 John , Paul , George , Ringo , and ... Iggy ? The rump-shaking, hair-flipping, shade-throwing Australian rapper became The Beatles ' unlikeliest successor as the second act ever to claim both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions at the…

  17. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  18. Jessie J's 'Virtuosic Vocal Muses' Playlist Pays Homage to Singing Stars: Exclusive

    December 11, 2014 4:50 PM EST Jessie J used a killer set of pipes — and a pair of famous friends in Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj — to score one of the year’s biggest hits with “Bang Bang,” which reached the Top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Unsurprisingly, the U.K. pop vocalist draws inspiration from the musical…

  19. Billy Joel Leads Latest Hot Tours List

    December 11, 2014 3:29 PM EST Billy Joel leads the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with ticket sales reported from a show at Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., his first concert at the Penn State arena in 12 years. The rock legend played the venue on Dec. 5 with a crowd of 12,077 in attendance.…

  20. Golden Globes Snub 'Lego Movie' Song 'Everything Is Awesome'

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST The 2015 Golden Globe Awards nominations were revealed on Thursday morning, including the contenders for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. And although I'm not arguing with the most of the Hollywood Foreign Press's selections -- Lorde 's "Yellow Flicker Beat…

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