1. 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 "…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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&…

  5. 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…

  6. Nicki Minaj Goes Dominatrix With Lil Wayne, Drake, Chris Brown in 'Only' Video

    December 12, 2014 8:50 AM EST Let's try this again, shall we? And this time, without the Nazis. A month after facing harsh criticism (orat the very least, quizzical faces) for employing Nazi imagery in her "Only" lyric video, Nicki Minaj has dropped the official music video for The Pinkprint cut featuring…

  7. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea and More 2014 Chart-Toppers Reveal Stories Behind Their No. 1 Hits

    December 11, 2014 8:00 PM EST For Billboard's Year in Music 2014 cover story (out in full Friday, Dec. 12), we sat down with over 22 chart-toppers behind the biggest hits of the year -- including cover stars  Iggy Azalea , Jason Derulo , Sam Smith  and  Meghan Trainor  and the mighty  Nicki Minaj  -- to find out…

  8. Jessie J's 'Virtuosic Vocal Muses' Playlist Pays Homage to Singing Stars: Exclusive

    December 11, 2014 4:50 PM EST Jessie J used a killer set of pipes — and a pair of famous friends in Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj — to score one of the year’s biggest hits with “Bang Bang,” which reached the Top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Unsurprisingly, the U.K. pop vocalist draws inspiration from the musical…

  9. The 10 Best Latin Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:25 PM EST What do Romeo Santos and the trio of Niña Pastori , Lila Downs and Soledad have in common? They’ve all performed with Carlos Santana . And they made Billboard's year-end list of the best Latin albums of 2014. Read on for more rootsy sounds and unabashed romance hailing from all over…

  10. The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Much has been made of the way women dominated the Hot 100 in 2014, but the genre where women really shined this year was R&B. This may not have been reflected in the charts, but when Billboard staff picked their ten favorite R&B albums of the year, 7 were helmed by women (and that…

  11. The 10 Best Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0 Check out the songs that Billboard's staff was blasting all year long, from 5SOS to Beyonce. From a cello-laced pop anthem to a church-rattling folk track to Queen Bey’s utter flawlessness, 2014 contained an amazingly diverse array of powerful singles. After many, many…

  12. Nicki Minaj's New Album 'The Pinkprint' Leaks

    December 11, 2014 10:50 AM EST A week before its release, Nicki Minaj 's The Pinkprint has sprung a leak. One of the standout tracks from the rapper's third studio album that fans are gravitating towards is, no surprise, her collaboration with Beyoncé , "Feeling Myself." "Feeling Myself" -…

  13. Lil' Kim Calls K. Michelle An 'Insecure Pathological Lying Sick Psycho'

    December 11, 2014 10:15 AM EST These days, there's no love lost between K. Michelle and Lil' Kim . Earlier this year, they got into a Twitter argument after some of Kim's fans took issue with Michelle's statement that Nicki Minaj is the "Queen of rap." Things escalated last night (Dec. 10)…

  14. Facebook Reveals Most-Mentioned Movies, Shows and Songs of 2014

    December 09, 2014 10:47 PM EST Facebook has revealed its most-mentioned movies, TV shows, songs and entertainers of 2014 via its new Year in Review website. The top-10 lists -- which also include the most popular topics, places, athletes, games, and most-viewed ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos -- were created after…

  15. Listen to Nicki Minaj's Meek Mill-Featuring 'Big Daddy'

    December 09, 2014 9:08 PM EST Nicki Minaj  dropped a new track on Philadelphia's Power 99 radio station Tuesday, while doing a surprise call in to the station. The Pinkprint track teases the anticiapted album's Dec. 15 release and features the fresh-out-of-prison   Meek Mill trading verses with the rap…

  16. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé, Pharrell and Iggy Azalea Lead Honors

    December 09, 2014 7:35 PM EST While familiar names in R&B and hip-hop music flooded the airwaves and music charts, 2014 welcomed a wealth of new players who fought to leave their mark. See All the Year End Charts Here! New acts like Jhene Aiko , Bobby Shmurda and YG scored big hits, while the year's…

  17. 9 Albums That Flopped in 2014 (Or Did They?)

    December 09, 2014 4:11 PM EST Numbers don't lie -- but that doesn't mean they can't be misleading. With the end of 2014 upon us, we're looking back at nine albums that fall into the flop category (even when you consider that overall album sales are down). See All Our Year-End Charts! Or do…

  18. Watch YouTube's 2014 Rewind Video, With Music From DJ Earworm

    December 09, 2014 3:32 PM EST It's December, which means the internet is full of year-end lists. YouTube does their yearly recap a little differently, putting together an annual video "in celebration of the people, memes and moments that made up an epic year." They released their annual YouTube Rewind on…

  19. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  20. 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…

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