1. 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…

  2. 9 Albums That Flopped in 2014 (Or Did They?)

    December 09, 2014 4:11 PM EST Numbers don't lie -- but that doesn't mean they can't be misleading. With the end of 2014 upon us, we're looking back at nine albums that fall into the flop category (even when you consider that overall album sales are down). See All Our Year-End Charts! Or do…

  3. Common, 'Trouble in the Water': Exclusive Song Premiere

    November 14, 2014 4:05 PM EST Common , Malik Yusef , Kumasi , Aaron Fresh , Choklate , and Laci Kay have teamed up for the collaborative song, "Trouble in the Water." The song appears on HOME , a music project that hopes to raise awareness about climate change and "expand the climate movement."…

  4. Exclusive: Bethany Mota Premieres 'Need You Right Now' Lyric Video

    October 13, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Bethany Mota, the 18-year-old YouTube beauty and lifestyle sensation from California, has released her first single “Need You Right Now” featuring Mike Tompkins. Following its midnight release on iTunes, Mota is premiering the track’s official lyric video exclusively on Billboard.com: “Need…

  5. How Boyce Avenue Outdid Beyonce & Won the Internet

    April 28, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Boyce Avenue, YouTube's most-followed band, has achieved all the hallmarks of major pop stars and more than $4 million in revenue last year. On a corner in Midtown Manhattan, Alejandro Manzano, 27, waits patiently for his time in front of the camera. It’s a familiar spot for…

  6. Breathe Carolina, 'Chasing Hearts': Exclusive Video Premiere

    April 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT The genre-blending act's new studio album "Savages" drops today on Fearless Records Breathe Carolina's genre-blending, party-starting fourth album "Savages" drops today and Billboard has an exclusive premiere of the music video for one of its focal tracks. The…

  7. Folk-Pop Duo Us Becomes Vine's First Major Label Signing (Exclusive)

    March 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Just four months ago, Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado, a husband-and-wife folk-pop duo known as Us, were trying to promote their just-released album "No Matter Where You Are" via YouTube videos and covers of popular songs. They fared reasonably well, amassing 18 million…

  8. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry, HAIM, Pharrell & More Make Moves

    February 24, 2014 3:05 PM EST Perry sets the Pop Songs weekly plays mark with 'Dark Horse'; HAIM hits its first airplay chart; and Pharrell's 'Happy' continues its multi-format surge Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  9. 615 Spotlight: Rachele Lynae Talks 'Fishin',' Karmin and New Music

    September 18, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Momentum Label Group recording artist Rachele Lynae has been making the promotional rounds as of late while promoting her sassy new single "Fishin' For Something." She tells Billboard the events of this summer have been exciting. "I've been doing a lot of radio…

  10. Karmin Live: Watch The Duo's Two-Song Tastemakers Performance and Style Q&A

    September 11, 2013 12:52 PM EDT Karmin talks stage style and performs "Acapella" and "Brokenhearted" live on Tastemakers rooftop. Karmin has come a long way since rising into the spotlight a couple of years ago via surprisingly adept hip-hop covers posted to YouTube. The colorful duo transitioned to…

  11. Karmin Releases 'Acapella' Music Video: Watch

    July 12, 2013 2:12 PM EDT Pop-rap duo Karmin has released a music video for "Acapella" that matches its latest single quirk for quirk. The YouTube sensations-turned-Top 40 mavericks keep things fairly simple for their latest music clip, which features Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan in a variety of minimally…

  12. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke 'Lines' Up At No. 1 On Pop Songs

    July 08, 2013 4:15 PM EDT At four weeks atop the Hot 100 and counting, Thicke scores his first Pop Songs chart leader. Plus, new No. 1s for Jennifer Lopez and La Arrolladora Banda el Limon Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  13. Karmin Sings 'Acapella' on New Single: Listen

    June 10, 2013 4:07 PM EDT YouTube darlings-turned-Top 20 auteurs Karmin have returned with a new single, "Acapella," that will preview the duo's forthcoming album on Epic Records. "Acapella" finds Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan concocting more pop-rap with largely their mouths, which spit…

  14. 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve': A Special Backstage Preview

    December 31, 2012 12:00 AM EST NEW YORK -- "New Year's Rockin' Eve" producer Larry Klein stands beside the second-floor window of the studio overlooking Times Square on a miserably cold December 29th, gesturing to the outdoor stage at the intersection of Broadway and 43rd Street. It's windy and…

  15. Best Songs of 2012: Watch Katy Perry, One Direction & More Pick Favorites

    December 18, 2012 11:25 AM EST The end of 2012 is fast approaching, and stars from different genres -- pop, hip-hop, country and more -- spoke to Billboard, revealing their favorite songs of the year. Fun.'s "Some Nights" was the clear frontrunner, with Andy Grammer, Owl City's Adam Young and The White…

  16. Justin Bieber, PSY Join 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Lineup

    December 12, 2012 3:00 PM EST Ryan Seacrest's New Year's Eve celebration is shoring up its slate. Justin Bieber has been added to the west coast party lineup on the ABC telecast, "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," while "Gangnam Style" star PSY will take the stage in Times…

  17. Ke$ha, 'Warrior': Track-By-Track Review

    December 04, 2012 12:35 PM EST There's no denying the pop lightning-in-a-bottle Ke$ha captured on her breakthrough debut "Animal" and its follow-up EP "Cannibal," producing two Hot 100 No. 1 singles and an impressive list of Top 10 hits. So it's understandable why Dr. Luke and his dream team…

  18. Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen to Ring in 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' 2013

    November 28, 2012 9:14 PM EST Taylor Swift 's never, ever getting back together with 2012. The "Red" star will send off her big year by headlining "New Year's Rockin' Eve" on ABC on Dec. 31. The Ryan Seacrest-hosted year-end celebration will also include Carly Rae Jepsen and Neon Trees…

  19. Karmin & Will.i.am Meet, Exchange Numbers: 'It's Legit Now'

    November 27, 2012 7:00 PM EST While on the red carpet talking to Billboard at the 2012 AMAs, pop duo Karmin was pulled away to chat with Will.i.am , possibly about a future collaboration. "Numbers were exchanged. It's legit now," Karmin's Amy Heidemann laughed after the Black Eyed Peas rapper -- who…

  20. AMAs 2012: Watch Red Carpet Videos With J. Cole, Linkin Park + More

    November 19, 2012 10:00 AM EST Billboard was on the scene at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 18. On the red carpet, we caught up with will.i.am to talk about his new single with Britney Spears, chatted with Kelly Rowland about her "Ice" video, Karmin on their evolution from being a YouTube cover band,…

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