1. BSBB Round 2: Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be" vs. Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rather Be Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne Hot Boy Bobby Shmurda MEAGHAN GARVEY: I’m going to come clean: I had never heard “Rather Be” before this bracket (it hasn’t seemed to make significant waves on NYC radio, and certainly not…

  2. BSBB Round 2: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, "Drunk In Love" vs. Soko, "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow Soko MEGAN BUERGER: Three reasons "Drunk In Love" scoops this round: 1.The video, which has 230 million views on YouTube, somehow pairs a honeymoon home…

  3. BSBB Round 2: Lorde, "Team" vs. Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Team Lorde Happy Pharrell Williams MEGAN BUERGER: Aside from the fact that "Happy" made the world dance like Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, its benchmark 24-hour music video brought the art form to a new level…

  4. BSBB Round 1: MKTO, "Classic" vs. Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona, "Bailando"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Classic MKTO Bailando Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona CHRIS PAYNE: I love catchy songwriting, but there comes a time when your musicology skews too close to advertising jingle instead of pop song. That…

  5. The Clash's 'London Calling' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    December 13, 2014 2:30 PM EST Any punk band worth its leather and studs can do dystopian, apocalyptic angst. The world is always ending, and after garbage men and plumbers, angry young guitar players have some of the best job security around. The trick is to rage in your own unique way. On the opening title track of its…

  6. Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 Highlights: Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith & More

    December 13, 2014 1:12 PM EST iHeartRadio giant Z100 (WHTZ) New York held its annual Jingle Ball concert Friday night (Dec. 12) at Madison Square Garden, headlined by Taylor Swift , Iggy Azalea , Ariana Grande and other stars, mostly women. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM…

  7. Watch Hayley Williams & Joy Williams Sing 'Hate to See Your Heart Break' at Women in Music Event

    December 13, 2014 11:11 AM EST Civil Wars singer Joy Williams and Hayley Williams joined forces for a stunningly gorgeous acoustic duet of Paramore 's "Hate To See Your Heart Break" at Billboard’s Women in Music event on Friday (Dec. 12). Hayley Williams Admits She Was 'Afraid to Make Eye Contact'…

  8. Exclusive Premiere: Sicarii's Surgical Remix of SomeKindaWonderful's 'Reverse'

    December 12, 2014 3:17 PM EST "When I remix a song, I like to totally reinvent it," says Sicarii's Matt Medved -- whose name you might recognize as EDM reporter for Billboard . Mission accomplished: His remix of SomeKindaWonderful 's single "Reverse," exclusively premiering on Billboard.com…

  9. Hayley Williams Admits She Was 'Afraid to Make Eye Contact' With Beyonce at Women in Music

    December 12, 2014 1:55 PM EST 0 After joining the Civil Wars ' Joy Williams for a stunningly gorgeous acoustic duet on Paramore 's "Hate To See Your Heart Break," Hayley Williams accepted the 2014 Billboard Women in Music honor for Trailblazer of the Year.     Billboard's Women in…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Creedence Clearwater Members Sue John Fogerty Over Use of Band's Name

    December 08, 2014 3:24 PM EST Former band members are now on the offensive against Fogerty. A long festering dispute over who gets to use the name of the popular 1960s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival has done a 180 with lead singer John Fogerty now on the answering end of a lawsuit that claims he violated…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Hayley Williams on Gwen Stefani, Beyonce and the Strong Female Artists Who Inspire Her

    December 05, 2014 3:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music 2014 Trailblazer honoree on fronting a rock band, how 2014 ranked and which female artists she learns from. Hayley Williams turns 26 on Dec. 27, which means she has fronted Paramore for more than a third of her life. Long enough that on her first Warped Tour in…

  18. José Feliciano Reflects on 44 Years of 'Feliz Navidad'

    December 05, 2014 12:50 PM EST The bilingual evergreen rises again while Feliciano plays seasonal shows and plans a new holiday album. It’s December, which means it’s a busy month for the man who taught the world to say Merry Christmas in Spanish. “Every year, it becomes bigger and bigger,” says José Feliciano , who will…

  19. 'Peter Pan Live' Pulls in Half the Audience of 'Sound of Music' for NBC

    December 05, 2014 12:40 PM EST The audience for Peter Pan Live! was half the size of the last year's Sound of Music Live , but NBC brass expressed satisfaction with the viewership levels. Peter Pan Live!, starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, was watched by 9.1 million viewers, 2.9 million of which are…

  20. Tanya Tucker Calls Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit 'Overwhelming'

    December 04, 2014 6:44 PM EST When she first heard that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was interested in featuring an exhibit based on her career, Tanya Tucker says she had her doubts -- at first. "I thought it might have been a little premature because I had taken a few years off. With losing both of my…

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