1. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  2. Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Her Abortion: 'I Thought I Was Going to Die'

    December 31, 2014 3:55 PM EST Nicki Minaj opened up about her abortion in her interview with Rolling Stone , saying she thought she "was going to die." "I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I'd ever gone through," she continued. Minaj became pregnant when dating her first love, an older…

  3. Solange vs. Jay Z and More: 2014's Music Beefs by the Numbers

    December 31, 2014 2:29 PM EST This past year was filled with artists beefing with one another, both in and out the e-streets. Even Ariana Grande jumped in. From the hilarious ( Cam'Ron vs. Nick Cannon ) to the severe ( Jay Z vs. Solange ), below are 2014's music beefs by the numbers. No. of music beefs in 2014…

  4. Taylor Swift's '1989' Spends Seventh Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 31, 2014 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's 1989 easily holds on to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart, spending a seventh nonconsecutive week atop the list. The album sold 430,000 equivalent units (up 15 percent) in the week ending Dec. 28, according to Nielsen Music. (The Billboard 200 chart…

  5. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  6. Nicki Minaj on Talking About Black Issues: 'Look What Happened to Kanye When He Spoke Out'

    December 30, 2014 4:20 PM EST Nicki Minaj spoke about racial politics and police violence in an interview for the latest Rolling Stone cover story. "It's gotten to the point where people feel like there's no accountability," she declared. "If you are law enforcement and you do something to a…

  7. Nicki Minaj's 'Disgusting & Horrific' Music Bashed by Ex-KKK Wizard

    December 30, 2014 3:51 PM EST David Duke goes off on Minaj & 'our Jewish-dominated media' in hate-filled online radio show. A former Ku Klux Klan wizard spent a large chunk of his online radio show Tuesday (Dec. 30) going off on the music of Nicki Minaj and other rappers -- but what he's really mad…

  8. Who Won the Battle of the Booty? Watch!

    December 30, 2014 2:35 PM EST Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass." Nicki Minaj 's "Anaconda." Jennifer Lopez 's "Booty." Jason Derulo , Iggy Azalea , Shakira , Rihanna , Miley Cyrus , Beyonce , Kim Kardashian -- the list goes on. Pop was obsessed with butts in 2014. Nicki…

  9. Here's Nicki Minaj Throwing a Phone in Her High School Theater Class

    December 29, 2014 4:21 PM EST From Grammy exorcisms to a Triumph of the Will -esque lyric video , Nicki Minaj maintains a healthy flair for the theatrical. That's no surprise: Longtime Barbz know Minaj graduated from LaGuardia High School, where she pursued her interest in drama before getting sidetracked by hip…

  10. Chart Highlights: Top 40 Clicks 'Like' on New 5 Seconds of Summer Remake

    December 29, 2014 3:45 PM EST The boy band's cover of the Romantics' 1980 classic debuts. Plus, new No. 1s for Nick Jonas, Big Sean and E-40. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs,…

  11. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 for 10th Week

    December 27, 2014 10:00 AM EST Swift is the first artist to reach a reign of double-digit weeks. Plus, Nicki Minaj blasts to No. 2. Taylor Swift stays atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart this week, logging a record-extending 10th week at No. 1, while Nicki Minaj soars 12-2, fueled by sales for her new album. The…

  12. Metta World Peace Is Losing Sleep Over Nicki Minaj's Rhymes

    December 26, 2014 7:48 PM EST The thought of Nicki Minaj was keeping former NBA player Metta World Peace up late Christmas night.  Nicki Minaj's 'The Pinkprint' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums The controversial forward born Ron Artest posted to Twitter at nearly 2 o'clock (EST)…

  13. Nicki Minaj's 'The Pinkprint' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 26, 2014 1:00 PM EST Nicki Minaj earns her third No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as  The Pinkprint  debuts atop the list with 198,000 copies sold in the week ending Dec. 21, according to Nielsen Music. Minaj bows with more first-week units sold than any other R&B/hip-hop female since Beyonce ’s self…

  14. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj Passes Madonna, 'Voice' Finalists Debut

    December 26, 2014 9:40 AM EST With two debuts, Minaj now has more Hot 100 hits than Madonna. Plus, each of the four top finishers on the latest season of NBC's 'The Voice' debut. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while Mark…

  15. Madonna Debuts Three Tracks on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    December 24, 2014 6:15 PM EST A trio of tracks from her upcoming 'Rebel Heart' album debut days after their arrival. Madonna catapults onto Billboard 's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with three tracks from her upcoming Rebel Heart album: "Bitch I'm Madonna" (No. 14), "Living for…

  16. Taylor Swift Tops Hot 100 for Sixth Week

    December 24, 2014 2:15 PM EST Swift continues her longest career command with 'Blank Space.' Plus, Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk!' crowns Digital Songs. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, extending her longest stay at No. 1 of her three career…

  17. 14 More Madonna Songs Leak From 'Rebel Heart,' Including Pharrell Collabo

    December 24, 2014 1:39 PM EST It's not shaping up to be a very merry Christmas for Madonna . Fourteen more tracks from Madge's upcoming album Rebel Heart have leaked online, including a track with Hard Candy collaborator Pharrell allegedly called "Back That Up (Do It)." This second massive security…

  18. Taylor Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Nicki Minaj Debuts at No. 2

    December 24, 2014 11:00 AM EST Taylor Swift makes an expected return to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, as her 1989 album hops up one rung, bringing its total (nonconsecutive) weeks atop the list to six. The set shifted 375,000 equivalent units in the week ending Dec. 21 (up 16 percent), according to…

  19. Stars From Meghan Trainor to Sam Smith Reveal Their Worst Holiday Gifts

    December 23, 2014 5:00 PM EST Sometimes, it doesn't matter if you're naughty or nice -- Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, and others recall their visits from Bad Santa. "My dad got me a build-your-own tank when I was 11. I don't think he knew I was gay at that point. I got really upset." -- Sam…

  20. Must-Hear Music Holiday Podcast: Pentatonix, Idina Menzel, Ariana Grande & More

    December 23, 2014 1:30 PM EST Last week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers shared their personal favorite albums of the year, from D'Angelo 's Black Messiah to Nicki Minaj 's The Pinkprint to Mapei 's Hey Hey . This week, it's all about that Xmas. And (sort of) like Dickens…

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