1. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 for 13th Week, Prince Royce Debuts

    January 15, 2015 11:50 AM EST Swift matches her total weeks on top to her favorite number. Plus, Prince Royce arrives thanks to the fast-building success of his first English-language hit. Taylor Swift continues atop the Billboard Artist 100 , upping her record total weeks at No. 1 to 13 (her favorite number, of course)…

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: Tyler Oakley Co-Hosts Our 2015 Pop Preview!

    January 15, 2015 10:57 AM EST Listen to a special episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  3. Watch Gwyneth Paltrow Sing Broadway Versions of Nicki Minaj, Drake & More

    January 15, 2015 10:00 AM EST Paging Holly Holiday! For the latest installment of "Broadway Versions of Hip Hop Songs" on The Tonight Show last night, Jimmy Fallon was joined by Gwyneth Paltrow to sing some  Drake , Nicki Minaj  and Big Sean. All in all, not so different from the time Paltrow covered Cee Lo…

  4. Lil Wayne Signs Stephanie Acevedo to Young Money

    January 14, 2015 7:14 PM EST Singer Stephanie Acevedo is the newest signing to Lil Wayne 's Young Money Entertainment, the label announced earlier this week.  Young Money Announces New Compilation, 'Rise of an Empire' The confirmation comes after months of photos showing Acevedo posing with YME…

  5. Rap Genius Reveals Most-Viewed Songs and Artists From 2014

    January 14, 2015 2:34 PM EST This week, Rap Genius unveiled the songs and artists that earned the most views on the site in 2014. Unsurprisingly, big names top each list: Beyonce 's "Drunk In Love" and Eminem 's "Rap God" for songs, Drake , Eminem, and Beyonce for artists. But people…

  6. Nicki Minaj & Safaree 'SB' Samuels: 15 Things Learned From His Power 105 Interview

    January 13, 2015 6:55 PM EST Before The Pinkprint album, Nicki Minaj held her relationship with ex-boyfriend Safaree "SB" Samuels close to the heart. But on her third studio album, Minaj opened up about the ups and downs of their relationship, including on "The Crying Game" and "Bed of Lies…

  7. Why 'American Idol' Needs To Say Farewell (For Now)

    January 13, 2015 5:36 PM EST How does 'American Idol' battle falling ratings and a lack of innovation? By starting fresh... next decade. On the same night last week that Fox's hip-hop soap opera Empire debuted to stellar ratings , another Fox empire, American Idol , continued to slowly crumble.…

  8. 2015 Grammy Performers Revealed: Ariana Grande, AC/DC, Ed Sheeran & More

    January 13, 2015 10:24 AM EST Tuesday morning the Grammys announced more performers that will take the stage during the Feb. 8 awards show. Ariana Grande , Ed Sheeran , Eric Church and AC/DC will all perform at the Grammys. They join Madonna as acts announced so far. AC/DC, Church, and Grande will be performing at the…

  9. Publishing Briefs: Elizabeth Matthews Rises to CEO for ASCAP, Sony/ATV Not for Sale

    January 13, 2015 5:05 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world.  -- Elizabeth Matthews has been tapped as the new CEO for ASCAP , the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, replacing John LoFrumento , who retired on Dec. 31. Matthews, who…

  10. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift's Likely-Next-Single 'Style' Debuts on Pop Songs

    January 12, 2015 6:30 PM EST The not-quite-confirmed next track from '1989' bows. Plus, Madonna and Reba McEntire each return to their longtime respective stomping grounds. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  11. The 10 Worst Songs of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 12, 2015 4:30 PM EST Woman-hating, Instagramming and Achy Breaky-ing were among the worst musical offenses of the half-decade. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, and although the half-decade has included some soaring highs for popular music, the past five years has also…

  12. Six Degrees of Kardashian: From Kanye to Ray J, the Reality TV Fam's Musical Connections

    January 12, 2015 4:13 PM EST Reality TV's first family is also music's top muse. Check their pals and exes for proof. " alt="" width="510"> Ray J Konnection: Kim's ex-man and sex tape co-star Kardash-spiration: In 2013, the R&B crooner released single "I Hit It First,…

  13. The 20 Best Songs of the 2010s (So Far)

    January 12, 2015 2:15 PM EST 0 The best tracks of the half-decade so far: "We Can't Stop," "Climax," "Get Lucky" and many more. The end of 2014 also meant the end of the first half of the 2010s, a decade thus far marked by fantastic popular music from sources expected (…

  14. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Pitbull & Ne-Yo Leap With 'Time of Our Lives'

    January 09, 2015 3:16 PM EST Plus, moves for Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift & more. As previously reported, Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , rises 2-1 to crown the Billboard Hot 100 . Plus, Kanye West and Paul McCartney blast in at No. 35 with "Only One," marking McCartney…

  15. Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Victoria Justice Gain Big on Social 50 After New Years Eve

    January 09, 2015 2:52 PM EST Star-studded, televised New Year's Eve appearances spur several notable movements on the first Social 50 chart released in 2015. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology…

  16. Corner Office: Power Lawyer Kenny Meiselas on EDM's Giant Paydays, the Industry's Streaming Standoff and Guiding Gaga

    January 09, 2015 1:04 PM EST While most music attorneys are thought to be hipper than their buttoned-up colleagues in corporate law or litigation, you'd be hard-pressed to find one with the cool cred of 58-year-old Grubman Shire & Meiselas partner Kenny Meiselas. From the way he landed his first major client…

  17. Nicki Minaj Previews MTV 'My Time Again' Documentary

    January 09, 2015 10:32 AM EST "If you never break you never know how much pressure you can take." That's one of the gems that Nicki Minaj drops on the one-minute trailer to her second MTV documentary, My Time Again. Check it out below: The follow-up to her 2010 My Time Now documentary features behind-the…

  18. Billboard Cover: Kendrick Lamar on Ferguson, Leaving Iggy Azalea Alone and Why 'We're in the Last Days'

    January 09, 2015 9:00 AM EST Kendrick Lamar’s not your average hip-hop savior: He’s a poetic, God-fearing introvert with maverick views on everything from police violence to Iggy Azalea -- and, yes, the rapture. Most of Kendrick Lamar 's days begin -- or maybe end -- around 5 a.m., when the 27-year-old king of…

  19. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' New Year Leads to Gains on Artist 100

    January 08, 2015 5:03 PM EST The singer soars thanks to renewed year-end airplay and sales for his smash 'Happy.' Meanwhile, Taylor Swift tops the chart for a 12th week. Pharrell Williams is one of several artists whose 2014 success translates to upward action on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, thanks to year…

  20. Rap Duo Rae Sremmurd: 'We Want You to Know Who the F--- We Are'

    January 08, 2015 1:00 PM EST "I'm going to go out there and pop those balloons, man," says Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown. "I love breaking shit." It's 10 a.m. on a frigid December morning and Jxmmi (pronounced Jimmy) and his younger brother Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown,…

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