1. 'School of Rock' Graduates to Broadway

    December 22, 2014 12:53 AM EST In the words of Dewey Finn : "God of Rock, thank you for this chance to kick ass." That failed rock star, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and attempts to form a band out of his class, will become the protagonist of the Broadway-bound School of Rock -…

  2. Madonna On New 'Rebellious and Romantic' Music, Demo Leaks, 'Possibly' Crashing the Grammys and the 'Crazy' Sony Hack

    December 21, 2014 4:55 PM EST "It's kind of like the old me and the new me all mixed in together," Madonna tells Billboard of her stunning new single "Living For Love." It’s a rather large understatement to say that it’s been a crazy couple of weeks for Madonna . On Tuesday night, more than…

  3. Op-Ed: Steve Wariner on Why Dottie West Should Be a Country Music Hall of Fame Member

    December 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Over the past year, The 615 has offered opinions concerning who the next members of the Country Music Hall of Fame should be. In July, we made our case for Don Rich, the longtime sideman for Buck Owens , in the Instrumentalist category. Just a few weeks ago, we told of the great…

  4. Watch Nicki Minaj's Emotional 'The Pinkprint' Mini-Movie

    December 20, 2014 11:24 AM EST Nicki Minaj released an epic short film on Friday night (Dec. 20) in support of her third studio album, The Pinkprint . The emotional 16-minute mini-movie features the rapper exploring themes of love and heartbreak through her Pinkprint tracks “All Things Go,” “The Crying Game” …

  5. Madonna's 'Early Christmas Gift,' Releases Six Songs From New Album

    December 20, 2014 3:08 AM EST The queen of pop strikes back at demo leaks, announces "Rebel Heart." One Madonna surprise follows another, as the Queen of Pop has dropped her forthcoming album, Rebel Heart -- with six new songs immediately available for purchase -- onto iTunes for pre-order well ahead of…

  6. Taylor Swift's '1989' Set for Sixth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    December 19, 2014 4:31 PM EST Nicki Minaj and D’Angelo on course for top 10 debuts. Taylor Swift 's 1989 is heading back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters suggest the album may sell over 340,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 21, while its overall album consumption figure could approach 390…

  7. Shaquille O'Neal Proposes to Nicki Minaj During Freestyle

    December 19, 2014 3:30 PM EST Nicki Minaj appeared on Inside The NBA yesterday for what Kenny Smith called, "the TNT Cypher." Smith, Shaquille O'Neal , and Grant Hill all took turns rapping light-heartedly -- Ernie Johnson mostly chose not to rhyme -- before Minaj ended up with the mic. Watch below. Grant…

  8. Taylor Swift's Birthday Boosts Her to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    December 19, 2014 3:24 PM EST It pays to have famous friends -- or, in Taylor Swift ’s case, friends with large online followings who will tweet about attending your 25th birthday party. An array of A-listers (like Nick Jonas , Selena Gomez , Lorde , Haim and more) did just that on the night of Dec. 13, spreading online…

  9. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014: See Who Wins our Year-End Pop Showdown!

    December 19, 2014 2:00 PM EST Which 2014 smash is the critics' pick for pop song of the year? We made 64 hits battle it out, March Madness-style, to determine a winner! Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs…

  10. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Best Albums of the Year Edition

    December 19, 2014 12:10 PM EST is almost over, and that means one thing for the Billboard staff -- it's time to obsess over our favorite albums of the year. This week, the original Must-Hear Music podcast team -- Jason Lipshutz , Joe Lynch  and Erika Ramirez -- sit down to share and argue over their favorite…

  11. Nicki Minaj Scores Record-Breaking No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    December 19, 2014 11:10 AM EST Nicki Minaj ' s "Only" flies 10-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs  chart, giving the artist her fourth No. 1 -- the most among female rappers in the 56 years since the chart launched as a sales/airplay hybrid tally. Minaj surpasses Missy Elliott (with three leaders), and pulls…

  12. Nicki Minaj Plans to Leak a Song Containing an Entire Verse From Alter-Ego Roman

    December 18, 2014 5:26 PM EST Nicki Minaj stopped by BET's The Real on Wednesday for a game of Rapid-Fire, in which each of the show's five hostesses take turns asking questions (the episode airs Friday, Dec. 19). The first question touched on Minaj's many musical alter-egos. Minaj said her character…

  13. Drake on 'Drake Night': 'My Goal Is to Stay With the Raptors as Long as They'll Have Me'

    December 18, 2014 1:45 PM EST The Raptors “Drake Night” couldn’t have gone any better last night at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre when the NBA team took on the Brooklyn Nets for the first time since the U.S. team knocked them out of the first-round playoffs this spring in Game 7 by just one point. Rap superstar Drake ,…

  14. Pop Shop Podcast: Madonna Leaks, Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX & More

    December 18, 2014 10:53 AM EST Listen to the latest 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. Casual…

  15. Happy Birthday, Christina Aguilera: 5 Most Underrated Songs

    December 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST Happy Birthday Christina Aguilera ! The teen pop star-turned-songstress-turned-sometimes Voice coach with the huge pipes turns 34 today, and to celebrate, we rounded up five of her underrated (read: non-single) gems from her career over seven studio albums.  Check them out below.  1. "…

  16. Nicki Minaj and D'Angelo Set For Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    December 17, 2014 8:21 PM EST D’Angelo’s surprise album may sell 100,000 in first week Nicki Minaj ’s new The Pinkprint album is on course for a top five debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the album, which was released on Dec. 15 through Young Money/Cash Money Records, may sell over 150,000…

  17. R&B and Hip-Hop in 2014: A Lackluster Year for Some, But Not All

    December 17, 2014 5:01 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  18. Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez: Top 10 Moments of the Year in Ass

    December 17, 2014 1:53 PM EST Pop culture has been infatuated for the derrière for some time now, but 2014 was surely the year of ass. Nicki Minaj , Beyoncé , Meghan Trainor , Cody Simpson and more celebrities gave the world wide web a sneak peak of their assets with pride… and then some continued doing so. I mean, why…

  19. Nicki Minaj Admits She Was Probably Your Red Lobster Waitress Back in the Day

    December 17, 2014 10:55 AM EST Nicki Minaj has a message for Jimmy Fallon's audience: She probably was your waitress at one point. Minaj stopped by the Tonight Show Tuesday night and talked with Fallon about her myriad of high school jobs. She talked about how that motivated her to brush up on her performing skills,…

  20. Madonna Dismisses New Album Leak As 'Unfinished Demos Stolen Long Ago'

    December 17, 2014 10:29 AM EST Internet, you've screwed up a record release again. Before Madonna had even announced the official title and release date of her upcoming 2015 album, leaked Madonna tracks allegedly comprising the entire album have hit the Internet. Shortly after Twitter exploded with the news, Madge…

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