1. BSBB Round 1: Passenger, "Let Her Go" vs. Lorde, "Team"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Let Her Go Passenger Team Lorde KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: There’s only one song about “letting go” from 2014 that you need to know about, and this ain’t it (shout-out to Idina Menzel). English singer-songwriter Passenger kind of…

  2. BSBB Round 1: One Direction, "Steal My Girl" vs. Tove Lo, "Habits (Stay High)"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Steal My Girl One Direction Habits (Stay High) Tove Lo CRAIG JENKINS: One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” is a throwback to the mannered piano-driven pop of the power ballad-heavy late ‘80s, and like a lot of that stuff, it’s…

  3. BSBB Round 1: Luke Bryan, "Play It Again" vs. DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Play It Again Luke Bryan Turn Down For What DJ Snake & Lil Jon MAURA JOHNSTON: Luke Bryan used the jittery, endlessly building "Turn Down For What” to psych up the crowd right before he appeared onstage to dole out…

  4. BSBB Round 1: OneRepublic, "Counting Stars" vs. Avicii, "Hey Brother"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Counting Stars OneRepublic Hey Brother Avicii KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: Both of these songs are pretty terrible, but if pressed for answer, I guess I’ll have to go with… OneRepublic. This Avicii track confuses me to no end — the…

  5. BSBB Round 1: Shakira feat. Rihanna, "Can't Remember To Forget You" vs. The Chainsmokers, "#SELFIE"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Can't Remember To Forget You Shakira feat. Rihanna #SELFIE The Chainsmokers KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: “#SELFIE” is everything I hate about my millennial self put into song form, and this is coming from someone who owns a…

  6. BSBB Round 1: Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty" vs. Soko, "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Talk Dirty Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow Soko KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: Soko should have been the winner here, considering how much I love hushed, emotional indie folk. But I don’t know what’s gotten into…

  7. BSBB Round 1: Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be" vs. Hozier, "Take Me To Church"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Take Me To Church Hozier CRAIG JENKINS: Darkness stalks the edges of both Irish singer-songwriter Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” and British group Clean Bandit’s Jess Glynne-assisted …

  8. BSBB Round 1: Jeremih feat. YG, "Don't Tell 'Em" vs. Echosmith, "Cool Kids"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Don't Tell 'Em Jeremih feat. YG Cool Kids Echosmith CRAIG JENKINS: DJ Mustard gifted Chicago crooner Jeremih’s career new life with sleek “Don’t Tell Em,” which warps Eurodance mainstays Snap!’s “Rhythm Is a Dancer”…

  9. BSBB Round 1: Paramore, "Ain't It Fun" vs. Coldplay, "Magic"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Ain't It Fun Paramore Magic Coldplay MAURA JOHNSTON: Hayley Williams channeling every pop great before her while also laying a smackdown on those wallowing in Self-Pity Pond? Sorry, Coldplay. (And please, feel free to take…

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

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  11. Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money: Can the Rapper Leave the Label He's Been With Since He Was 13?

    December 12, 2014 12:20 PM EST Album delays are ­nothing new for Lil Wayne . But the MC sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world on Dec. 4 when he publicly blamed his label for the ever-shifting release date of his new album, Tha Carter V . Calling himself a "prisoner," he tweeted, "I want off this label…

  12. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  13. What's Your Favorite Album of 2014?

    December 10, 2014 11:30 AM EST The Frozen Soundtrack leads Billboard's Year-End Albums chart , but maybe you can't let that go. Beyonce , Taylor Swift , and One Direction are all battling it out behind the Frozen juggernaut. And don't forget about country: Luke Bryan , Garth Brooks , and Florida Georgia…

  14. Hear Christopher Lee's Latest Metal Christmas Carol

    December 09, 2014 5:50 PM EST Acting legend Sir Christopher Lee -- never forget the Sir -- is 92 years old and more metal than you. Back in 2012, he became the oldest living performer to enter the Billboard charts with a metal Christmas carol called “Jingle Hell” and he’s back in the pummeling, yuletide spirit this year…

  15. Jake Owen Is More Than the 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' Guy -- Not That He's Complaining

    December 09, 2014 5:07 PM EST The new single from RCA recording artist Jake Owen might take a few listeners by surprise. The sensitive "What We Ain't Got" definitely sticks out from anything on country radio these days and also sets itself apart from Owen's usual fare. The same could be said for the…

  16. Watch YouTube's 2014 Rewind Video, With Music From DJ Earworm

    December 09, 2014 3:32 PM EST It's December, which means the internet is full of year-end lists. YouTube does their yearly recap a little differently, putting together an annual video "in celebration of the people, memes and moments that made up an epic year." They released their annual YouTube Rewind on…

  17. Live Nation Unveils New North Texas Venue The Pavilion

    December 09, 2014 2:03 PM EST The venue is planned to open in 2016. Live Nation Entertainment will open a new concert venue in Irving, Texas, in the spring of 2016, as part of the city's new Music Factory retail/entertainment/dining project near Dallas.   The Pavilion at the Music Factory will be owned, operated,…

  18. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  19. 2015 Rise Above Fest: Seether Recruits Godsmack, Slash, Papa Roach for Suicide Awareness

    December 09, 2014 10:55 AM EST "It's going to be interesting to see how much better we can do," Seether's Shaun Morgan says of the third edition of the hard-rock festival. After exponential growth between its first and second editions, Seether has recruited Godsmack , Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and…

  20. 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…

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