1. 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…

  2. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  3. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  4. The 10 Best Country Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST Country music has had plenty of highlights in 2014. Read on for our list of the 10 best country singles of the year. (And see our list of the 10 best country albums here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" - Tim…

  5. Radio DJ Ray Teret, Friend of Jimmy Savile, Jailed for 25 Years Over Sex Attacks

    December 11, 2014 1:44 PM EST Former radio DJ Ray Teret has been jailed for 25 years following his conviction for a series of rapes and indecent assaults on "star-struck" young girls in the 1960s and 1970s. Teret was found guilty of seven counts of rape and 11 charges of indecent assault carried out on 11…

  6. Sony/ATV Chairman Blasts Payouts from Internet Radio

    December 11, 2014 1:41 PM EST Pandora is coming under fire again for its payouts to songwriters and publishers. In a letter to his staff, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Marty Bandier notes that despite the success of two of the company's biggest songwriters -- John Legend and Pharrell Williams -- their…

  7. The 10 Best Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 0 Ed Sheeran, Jenny Lewis, Run The Jewels and more were among the artists behind this year's most mesmerizing full-lengths. The Billboard.com Critics' Picks albums list is always difficult to finalize -- with so many great albums to consider each year, how can a group…

  8. 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…

  9. Year in Music 2014: The 10 Best Rock & Alternative Singles

    December 11, 2014 1:15 PM EST From rock, punk, folk, metal, and whatever Grimes is, here are our 10 favorite tracks from 2014. 10. Fireworks, “Bed Sores” These days, it seems pop-punk is so far from being cool that it might be on the verge of being really freaking cool. In other words, the mainstream’s been ignoring…

  10. RaeLynn & Luke Bryan Leap On Country Charts

    December 11, 2014 1:05 PM EST RaeLynn , a second-season contestant on NBC's The Voice , returned to the show Dec. 2 and performed her current single, "God Made Girls." The visit proved valuable, as "Girls" flies 17-7 on Hot Country Songs , adding Digital Gainer applause, as the track vaults 12-1…

  11. Lorde 'Shocked, Blown Away' By Golden Globe Nomination

    December 11, 2014 1:05 PM EST When the Hollywood Foreign Press announced the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards , more than a few music world stars were among the hopefuls: Lorde , Lana Del Rey , John Legend & Common , Sia , Patti Smith , Trent Reznor and more. Lorde -- who contributed to and executive…

  12. Lana Del Rey on her 'Big Eyes' Golden Globes Nomination: 'I'm So Grateful'

    December 11, 2014 12:58 PM EST Lana Del Rey’s big 2014 continued today (Dec. 11) with a Golden Globes nomination for Best Original Song, Motion Picture. Up against the likes of Lorde and John Legend is Lana’s “Big Eyes,” which appears in the pivotal scene of Tim Burton’s new film of the same title. The singer…

  13. Warner Music Group Revenues Top $3 Billion Following Acquisitions, Streaming Gains

    December 11, 2014 12:55 PM EST Aided by an acquisition and gains in streaming services, Warner Music Group revenues topped $3 billion for the first time in five years. For the year ended Sept. 30, WMG's revenue increased 5.2 percent to $3.02 billion on a constant currency basis. Operating income was $19 million,…

  14. Nas Joins Eric Garner Decision Protesters

    December 11, 2014 12:20 PM EST Nas is the latest artist to show his support for those protesting the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case. The rapper tweeted and Instagrammed a photo of himself standing with a group of protesters wearing "I CAN'T BREATHE" shirts. I CANT BREATHE!!! @ Manhattan…

  15. Christmas Music for People Who Hate Christmas Music

    December 11, 2014 12:00 PM EST Even if you don't like 'Jingle Bells' -- just like Sam Smith -- there's still seasonally appropriate music for you. The Christmas Spirit isn't inside everyone. In fact, there are plenty of people who would prefer to fall asleep now and wake up when December ends.…

  16. Joe Perry Christmas Video Premiere: Watch 'Run Run Rudolph,' with Guitar from Johnny Depp

    December 11, 2014 11:53 AM EST There was a time we might have expected an Aerosmith Christmas celebration to involve tossing Santa from the sleigh and stealing all the presents.  But Joe Perry says that he's long wanted to record some holiday songs with the group. Watch the video for his rendition of Chuck Berry &…

  17. Golden Globes: John Legend Calls 'Selma' Song 'A Labor of Love'

    December 11, 2014 11:44 AM EST John Legend  and Common have both released statements following their Golden Globe Best Original Song nomination for "Glory," from the film Selma .  "Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing ‘Glory’ with a nomination for Best Original Song!,"…

  18. Sinead O'Connor's New Managers Have No Plans to Silence the Singer

    December 11, 2014 11:17 AM EST After an affair with her last manager, new rep Simon Napier-Bell assures, "I'm rather old & gay; she's on safe ground." No one uses her blog as a substitute for placing classified ads quite like Sinead O’Connor . Three years ago, she famously blogged in search of a…

  19. Pop Shop Podcast: Grammy Nominations, Meghan Trainor, Brandy Clark & More

    December 11, 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…

  20. 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" -…

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