1. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of…

  2. From 'Pulling a Beyonce' to 'On Fleek,' Slang Terms That Invaded 2014

    December 12, 2014 1:00 PM EST ON FLEEK Meaning amazing, impeccable; originated by Vine user Peaches Monroe (to praise her eyebrows) and popularized by Ariana Grande , who sang it on MTV in August. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Ariana Grande: 'This Year I Was Really Taken Seriously as an Artist’ THOT An acronym…

  3. Iggy Azalea Laughs Off Rumor She Was Born a Man

    December 12, 2014 10:45 AM EST 'Am I still gonna get my Billboard Women in Music award?' she tweets. Iggy Azalea is laughing off rumors she's a man -- which, as Lady Gaga can tell you, is a rite of passage when you're a powerful female pop star. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Iggy Azalea: 'If I…

  4. Hit the Town With Sam Smith in New 'Like I Can' Video

    December 12, 2014 10:05 AM EST But don’t forget your tux. Despite what you may have heard about Sam Smith , he’s not sad all the time. In the brand new video for In the Lonely Hour’s “Like I Can,” Smith heads out on the town with his boys for some good ol’ fashioned, New York City fun. Is this how he celebrated his six…

  5. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Barbra Streisand on Her No. 1 Album 'Partners' Proving 'That I've Stood the Test of Time'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Comeback Queen Partners 1 Week on Billboard 200 Hello, Gorgeous! This summer, at 72, Barbra Streisand joined Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote her 34th studio album, Partners . Her second album of duets, several of which are interpretations of her iconic works, saw her team…

  6. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Taylor Swift on How Following Her 'Gut Instinct' Led to No. 1 Album '1989'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Pop Princess 1989 5 Weeks on Billboard 200 With the largest first-week sales of any album in 12 years, the triumph of Taylor Swift ’s 1989 was so overwhelming that it instantly schooled any skeptics who doubted her ability to transition from the ­country-pop of her previous four albums…

  7. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Kacey Musgraves on Singing With Loretta Lynn and Why She No Longer Has a Bucket List

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Renegade Same Trailer Different Park 1 Week on Top Country Albums Kacey Musgraves ' arrow still hasn't landed. The country upstart's debut, Same Trailer Different Park , returned to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after this year's Grammys, when the 26-year-old Texas…

  8. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Director James Gunn Talks No. 1 Soundtrack for 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Mixmaster Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 2 Weeks on Billboard 200 Awesome Mix Vol. 1 , the soundtrack album for comic sci-fi action movie Guardians of the Galaxy , tripped a sonic time warp with the best record K-tel never made. Director James Gunn's adaptation of the…

  9. Billboard Year in Music 2014: J Balvin on His No. 1 Hit '6 AM' Being the 'Latin Version' of 'The Hangover'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Party Starters "6 AM" 1 Week on Latin Airplay ; 2 Weeks on Tropical Airplay ; 10 Weeks on Latin Rhythm Airplay "But what a sick party, pa-pa-pa." 
By early summer, the chorus of "6 AM," the sultry reggaeton hit by Colombian artist J Balvin , 29, featuring…

  10. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Nick Jonas, Kiesza, and Tove Lo Help Start a New Chapter for Island Records

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Cool Kids Tove Lo : "Habits (Stay High)" 2 Weeks on Mainstream Top 40 ; 6 Weeks on Hot Rock Songs Kiesza : Sound of a Woman 1 Week on Dance/Electronic Albums Nick Jonas : "Chains" Trending 140 A little more than a year ago, Tove Lo, 27; Kiesza, 25; and Nick Jonas, 22…

  11. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Nicki Minaj on Getting Sir Mix-A-Lot's Blessing for 'Anaconda'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Rap Diva "Anaconda" 6 Weeks on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Putting a fresh spin on a classic isn't always a slam-dunk. But letting Nicki Minaj , 32, cut loose on Sir Mix-A-Lot 's 1992 anatomy anthem "Baby Got Back" was a no-brainer. Displaying her ample…

  12. Billboard Year in Music 2014: The Story Behind Carlos Santana's No. 1 Spanish-Language Album, 'Corazon'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Hall of Famer Corazon 6 Weeks on Top Latin Albums The idea for Carlos Santana 's first Spanish-language album was hatched between the guitarist and his manager, Michael Vrionis, over dinner in 2012. "He asked me, 'Have you ever wanted to do a Latino Supernatural ?'…

  13. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Enrique Iglesias 'Always Knew There was Something Magical' About No. 1 Hit 'Bailando'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Crowd Pleaser "Bailando" 32 Weeks on Hot Latin Songs ; 1 Week on Dance Club Songs When Enrique Iglesias , 39, premiered "Bailando" during the Billboard Latin Music Awards in April, the consensus was immediate: The song was a hit. By midsummer, the irresistible mix of…

  14. Billboard Year in Music 2014: How the 'Frozen' Soundtrack Became the Top-Selling Album of 2014

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Showstoppers The Frozen Soundtrack 13 Weeks on Billboard 200 In a particularly cold climate
 for music sales, Frozen broke virtually every Hollywood rule -- no "prince charming" narrative or genre trends -- to become the year’s biggest ­phenomenon. The soundtrack moved more…

  15. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Ed Sheeran and Charli XCX Dish on No. 1 Hits, Sophomore-Slump Fears and Finding Their Voices

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Hit Factories Ed Sheeran : x 1 Week on Billboard 200 Charli XCX : "Boom Clap" 3 Weeks on Mainstream Top 40 X marked the spot in 2014 for fellow Brits and Atlantic labelmates Ed Sheeran, 23, and Charli XCX, 22. Sheeran's sophomore set, x , entered the Billboard 200 at No.…

  16. Billboard Cover: Jason Derulo on the Success of 'Talk Dirty' (Despite His Mom's Disapproval)

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Loverboy "Talk Dirty" 1 week on Mainstream Top 40 ; 3 weeks on Rhythmic ; 4 weeks on R&B Digital Songs The year 2014, Jason Derulo 's annus mirabilis, started in a sweaty nightclub in Tel Aviv, Israel, in January 2013. There, embedded in a 2007 song called "…

  17. Billboard Cover: Meghan Trainor on Frank Sinatra, Her Rap Skills and the Rise of 'All About That Bass'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Upstarts Meghan Trainor: “All About That Bass” 8 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 ; 3 weeks on Mainstream Top 40 Nico & Vinz: “Am I Wrong” 4 weeks on Radio Songs A little more than a year ago, Culver City-based music management firm Atom Factory was synonymous with two people: Troy Carter…

  18. Billboard Cover: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith and Other No. 1 Artists Reveal the Behind-the-Scenes Details Behind Their Hit Songs and Albums

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Rule Breaker “Fancy” 7 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 John , Paul , George , Ringo , and ... Iggy ? The rump-shaking, hair-flipping, shade-throwing Australian rapper became The Beatles ' unlikeliest successor as the second act ever to claim both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions at the…

  19. Billboard Cover: Sam Smith on 'Stay With Me,' 'SNL' Jitters and 'Striving to Be a Career Artist'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Voice "Stay With Me" 2 weeks on Mainstream Top 40 ; 2 weeks on Adult Top 40 ; 5 weeks on Adult Contemporary When Capitol chairman Steve Barnett (pictured above) first went to England to check out Sam Smith , 22, he not only imagined Smith could break in America, but that he&…

  20. Billboard Year in Music 2014: 'Weird Al' Yankovic on Inspiring Beyoncé and Making 'Mandatory Fun' a Must-Listen

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Strategist Mandatory Fun 1 Week on Billboard 200 "Weird Al" Yankovic had the last laugh in 2014. In the weeks prior to the release of his 14th album, Mandatory Fun , Yankovic prerecorded a release-week podcast, wherein he joked about having a No. 1 album. He couldn't have…

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