1. Revisionist History, Holiday Edition: Mariah Gets a 'Christmas' Gift, Wham! Gets the Boot

    December 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST For those who love the Billboard charts, this truly is -- as Andy Williams reminds us every December -- the most wonderful time of the year. The arrival of Billboard 's annual year-end rankings have made it a "Happy" holiday for another Williams -- Pharrell -- whose hit with…

  2. Exclusive: 'X Factor' Finalist & Broadway Star Rachel Potter Premieres 'Zero to Sixty'

    December 10, 2014 12:00 PM EST Today, Billboard is shining the spotlight on Broadway star and X Factor finalist Rachel Potter with an exclusive listen to her new track, "Zero To Sixty." The song is from her full-length debut disc, Not So Black and White , which will be released on March 3. Of the emotionally…

  3. 'The Voice' Top 3 & Wildcard Revealed

    December 10, 2014 10:54 AM EST On Tuesday night, the penultimate nail-biting episode of The Voice revealed its fan-voted top three, as well as the first-ever wildcard singer who rejoins the competition after already being eliminated. The three singers with the highest number of viewer votes on their  Monday night…

  4. 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…

  5. Bop.fm, Music Streaming Aggregator, Launches Its Mobile App

    December 09, 2014 2:29 PM EST When Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz writes a blog post , he almost always starts by quoting a rap song and embedding the track into the post with Bop.fm. When I click the audio player, it plays me the song from the best available source. Track isn’t on Youtube? I don’t have a Spotify…

  6. 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…

  7. 2014 Year-End Hot 100, By the Numbers

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST Now that Billboard has revealed the 2014 year-end Billboard Hot 100 (among our menu of nearly 200 charts overall), it's time to have a little more fun with the hottest songs of the year. So we've taken the chart and sliced it and diced it in some interesting ways. See All the…

  8. 'The Voice' Recap: Top Five Boys Bring Their Best Sets to Semifinals

    December 08, 2014 11:03 PM EST The top five singers of The Voice were on double duty Monday night, performing both hometown dedications and coaches' picks throughout the two-hour episode. With Pharrell Williams out for the remainder of the season, here's how they handled the demand: Adam Levine is the only…

  9. Muse's Matt Bellamy & Kate Hudson End Engagement

    December 08, 2014 8:17 PM EST Muse guitarist and singer Matt Bellamy and Kate Hudson have ended their three year engagement. The couple had been together four years.  Muse Returns to the Studio Hudson's rep released a statement saying, "Kate and Matt have been separated for some time now. Despite this, they…

  10. Chris Rock and Questlove Talk the Greatest MCs of All Time and Collaborating on New Movie 'Top Five'

    December 08, 2014 4:37 PM EST It's a cold November morning, and Chris Rock has come to meet Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson at his office, which is also his dressing room and his studio, on the sixth floor of 30 Rock, where Jimmy Fallon shoots The Tonight Show . Questlove, 43 -- the drummer for The Roots ,…

  11. The 10 Most Surprising Breakout Hits of 2014

    December 08, 2014 10:30 AM EST We didn't see "Rude," "Latch," "Habits (Stay High)" and more Top 20 hits making waves this year. There were instances in 2014 where it was easy to forecast this year’s biggest radio hits — we all heard Pharrell ’s “Happy” and wanted to hear it again, and…

  12. Corner Office: Lava Records Founder/CEO Jason Flom on Discovering Katy Perry, Lorde’s Genius and His Label’s Sale

    December 08, 2014 10:08 AM EST The hair-metal whisperer turned pop-star finder on discovering Katy Perry, Lorde's genius and his label's sale. In an industry teeming with tenacious characters, Jason Flom ’s track record speaks for itself. During the past three decades, he has signed Katy Perry , Tori Amos and…

  13. 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…

  14. 'Dimebag' Darrell's Longtime Partner Rita Haney: 'He'd Actually Be Surprised at How Many People He Touched'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 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, Abbott's life…

  15. 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…

  16. Usher Uses Vagina Phone Charger, Miley Cyrus & A$AP Rocky Kick It: Art Basel's Top 5 Social Posts

    December 07, 2014 10:03 PM EST Art Basel in Miami Beach was entertainment's biggest happening this week, welcoming the likes of  Usher ,  Miley Cyrus , Kim Kardashian,  Joe Jonas ,  2 Chainz ,  Swizz Beatz , Leonardo DiCaprio and many others out for the annual the international art fair.  Joe Jonas, Usher, 2 Chainz …

  17. Joey Bada$$ Cancels European Tour After His Cousin Junior B's Death

    December 07, 2014 7:10 PM EST Joey Bada$$ announced Saturday he would be canceling the remainder of his European tour, following the death of his cousin Junior B.  Watch Joey Bada$$' Gritty 'Big Dusty' Music Video The Brooklyn rapper told his Twitter followers, "I can't find the strength... I&…

  18. Sting, Al Green Among Five Kennedy Center Honorees

    December 07, 2014 12:50 PM EST Top performers and power players from Hollywood, Broadway and the nation's capital are gathering this weekend to honor five artists who will receive this year's Kennedy Center Honors. This year's honorees are Tom Hanks, Sting , Lily Tomlin, singer Al Green and one of the…

  19. What's Nicki Minaj Up to Before 'SNL'?

    December 06, 2014 6:44 PM EST With only hours until she takes the stage as the night's performer on Saturday Night Live , Nicki Minaj is prepping for the gig in the way only she knows how: with revealing selfies and some Instavids. The rapper, who will drop  The Pinkprint  on Dec. 15, took to Instagram in the…

  20. Green Day Guitarist Jason White Diagnosed with Tonsil Cancer

    December 06, 2014 5:30 PM EST Send  Green Day  your well wishes.  The band confirmed on Dec. 5 that guitarist Jason White was recently diagnosed with tonsil cancer. The band shared the news with their fans on their official website .   "We have some news to report regarding our brother Jason White, and wanted you…

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