1. BSBB Round 2: John Legend, "All of Me" vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All of Me John Legend Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX JAMIESON COX: I really dislike “All of Me,” a song so generic and plain and dry-mouthed it’s completely devoid of any meaning. John Legend can do better! I don’t quite…

  2. 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…

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

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  4. Justin Bieber Goes Blonde, Frankie Grande Freaks Out

    December 06, 2014 8:21 PM EST As 2014 comes to an end, Justin Bieber is going into 2015 with a whole new look. Not since the 20-year-old singer chopped off his famous bowl cut back in 2011, has he caused such a fashion frenzy online. And, yes, this time it's also about his hair, which has just been bleached…

  5. Watch Paramore & Joy Williams' 'Heart Break'-ing Duet

    November 25, 2014 4:49 PM EST One of the new tracks on the deluxe re-release of Paramore 's 2013 self-titled album features Hayley Williams dueling with one her childhood muses, former Civil Wars singer Joy Williams (no relation), on a new version of "Hate to See Your Heart Break." The pair logged…

  6. Pearl Jam’s ‘Vitalogy’ at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Album Review

    November 22, 2014 11:52 AM EST It was an undeniably tumultuous year for Pearl Jam in 1994. A time of great flux during which the spotlight of fame glared ever more strongly on the Seattle band as it faced the suicide of Nirvana ’s Kurt Cobain , opted to battle Ticketmaster and changed drummers. It was into this…

  7. Get in the Ring With Skrillex For Bare-Knuckled New ‘F--- That’ Video

    November 21, 2014 3:24 PM EST Nabil -- the tastemaking director who’s directed great videos for the likes of Frank Ocean , FKA Twigs , and Antony and the Johnsons -- is back with a cinematic take on Skrillex’s “Fuck That.” FKA Twigs Plays A Goddess In 'Two Weeks' Video: Watch Follow the streetfighting…

  8. Fox's 'Empire' Nabs Post-'American Idol' Slot

    November 19, 2014 5:48 PM EST Hip-hop drama stars Oscar nominees Terrence Howard & Taraji P. Henson. Fox is giving midseason drama Empire as good of a launch pad as it has to offer. The network announced Wednesday (Nov. 19) that the high-profile collaboration from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong will bow after a one…

  9. Chopin's Preserved Heart Exhumed in Secret

    November 17, 2014 10:18 AM EST As Frederic Chopin gasped for air on his deathbed in Paris in 1849, he whispered a request that became the stuff of musical legend: Remove my heart after I die and entomb it in Poland. He wanted the symbol of his soul to rest in the native land he pined for from self-imposed exile in France…

  10. Wrong Direction: Why The Wanted Never Reached The Boy Band Stratosphere

    November 12, 2014 5:35 PM EST There were sonic missteps and album delays, but the boy band war of 2012 was over before it began. In March 2012, there were not one but two U.K. male pop groups on the cover of Billboard magazine , with a story written by Steven J. Horowitz about the impending boy band boom that the…

  11. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

  12. Happy Birthday, 'Spiceworld': It's Time to Re-Watch Some Cheesy Spice Girls Music Videos

    November 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST Hai Si Ja, hold tight! It's time to spice up your life once again! Spiceworld  the album -- not the must-see movie -- dropped 17 years ago today, on Nov. 4, 1997. The sophomore effort by the Spice Girls debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., and premiered at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 albums…

  13. On the Road & Backstage With Rising British DJ Hot Since 82

    November 03, 2014 2:46 PM EST "Wooo, disco bus!" The vehicle idling by the manicured white lobby of the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel is nothing special, but Hot Since 82 is easy to please. Daley Padley is a rakish 30-something Brit wearing a white graphic tee and an unflagging smile that persists despite his…

  14. Big Machine Label Group, Taylor Swift’s Label Home, Reportedly Considering a Sale

    November 01, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Within the same week that Big Machine and Taylor Swift are on the verge of reaping their greatest sales accomplishment, comes word that label, founded by Scott Borchetta, is up on the sales block.   According to sources, Borchetta is testing the waters to see what kind of offer the Big…

  15. Gregg Allman Dismissed From 'Midnight Rider' Lawsuit

    October 30, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Sarah Jones' family drops lawsuit against three defendants. Lawyers for Sarah Jones ' family are dropping  Gregg Allman , Midnight Rider executive producer  Michael Lehman and the unfinished film's distributor Open Road Films from the civil lawsuit stemming from Jones'…

  16. Leak Peek: Mary J. Blige's 'The London Sessions'

    October 28, 2014 1:00 PM EDT With more than a month until Mary J. Blige 's thirteenth studio album The London Sessions was slated to hit stores, the 12-track LP has leaked to the Internet. On Sunday, Oct. 26, the project hit the web well ahead of its U.K. Nov. 24 and U.S. Dec. 2 release date. While leaks this far…

  17. Ryn Weaver's Semi-Charmed Life: Why The Internet Is Infatuated with the 'OctaHate' Singer

    October 27, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Benny Blanco thinks she’s a sure thing. Charli XCX is working with her on a top-secret project. She cries easily, loves Samuel Beckett and blew up the Web with her debut single. Inside the rise and inevitable takeover of Ryn Weaver. Ryn Weaver is sprawled out on the bed in the cluttered…

  18. Why 1984 Was Michael Jackson’s Defining Year -- and the Beginning of His Downfall

    October 27, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Although Michael Jackson 's Thriller was released in November 1982, the artist and the album's immense cultural impact solidified in early 1984. Thriller spent 17 of its 37 weeks atop the Billboard 200 during an uninterrupted streak that ran from Dec. 24, 1983 through…

  19. Album Review: Taylor Swift’s Pop Curveball Pays Off With ‘1989’

    October 24, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Any Nashville insider will tell you that Taylor Swift started breaking up with country music long before she first stepped out with hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback for three pop-leaning songs on 2012's blockbuster Red . But if her new single, "Shake It Off," was the…

  20. Elvis Photographer Alfred Wertheimer Dies at 85

    October 22, 2014 3:11 AM EDT Alfred Wertheimer , the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died. Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes Sunday at his New York apartment, said Chris Murray , who owns Washington, D.C's Govinda Gallery  which counts…

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