1. Arca, JMSN & Oh Wonder: Emerging Picks of the Week

    December 12, 2014 1:32 PM EST Warm up your winter weekend with Billboard 's latest triple offering of tracks that all debuted on this week's Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen and check back next week for a new set of selections. Arca – "Hips Don't Lie" An…

  2. Women in Music's Rising Star Ariana Grande Shares Her Mother's Most Important Lesson

    December 12, 2014 1:20 PM EST After a tearful introduction from her brother Frankie, Ariana Grande took the stage at Women in Music 2014 to accept the Rising Star honor. And in her acceptance speech, she turned the spotlight onto the two longtime stars in her life. Billboard's Women in Music 2014 "I want to…

  3. New Band Alert: Indie Poppers Dutch Party Premiere Good-Vibin' L.A. Tunes

    December 12, 2014 1:17 PM EST Billboard is excited to introduce Los Angeles' Dutch Party, a spry, good-vibin' indie pop band who are also repping a brand-new label. Start off with "Echo Girl," a tuneful tribute to the ladies of Echo Park -- the L.A. neighborhood the quintet calls home. Billboard has…

  4. Becky G, Paul McCartney & DJ Earworm : Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 28

    December 12, 2014 1:09 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard 's weekly video show Real-Time Rewind , which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Joe Levy is in the studio on Episode 28,…

  5. CMA CEO Sarah Trahern on Being 'Blown Away' During Her First Year on the Job

    December 12, 2014 1:06 PM EST It's been nearly a year since veteran television executive Sarah Trahern took over the role of chief executive officer at the Country Music Assn., joining the trade group from Great American Country (GAC), where she had served as senior vp/GM. While she was well qualified for the job -…

  6. From 'Pulling a Beyonce' to 'On Fleek,' Slang Terms That Invaded 2014

    December 12, 2014 1:00 PM EST ON FLEEK Meaning amazing, impeccable; originated by Vine user Peaches Monroe (to praise her eyebrows) and popularized by Ariana Grande , who sang it on MTV in August. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Ariana Grande: 'This Year I Was Really Taken Seriously as an Artist’ THOT An acronym…

  7. Latin Radio Exec Jesus Salas Cleared of Criminal Charges in Rape Accusation

    December 12, 2014 12:34 PM EST However, a civil lawsuit filed against the SBS executive by singer/former girlfriend Katherine Alexander is ongoing. No criminal charges will be filed against prominent Latin radio executive Jesus Salas in a case that saw his former girlfriend, aspiring singer Katherine Alexander , accuse…

  8. 'SNL' Sends Nicki Minaj Into Social 50 Top Five

    December 12, 2014 12:28 PM EST Nicki Minaj made her second appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live on Dec. 6, performing three new songs from her upcoming album The Pink Print and starring in two sketches in the episode hosted by James Franco. The resulting online buzz catapults her 27-4 on the Social 50 chart, her…

  9. Lil Wayne vs. Cash Money: Can the Rapper Leave the Label He's Been With Since He Was 13?

    December 12, 2014 12:20 PM EST Album delays are ­nothing new for Lil Wayne . But the MC sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world on Dec. 4 when he publicly blamed his label for the ever-shifting release date of his new album, Tha Carter V . Calling himself a "prisoner," he tweeted, "I want off this label…

  10. Op-Ed: John Legend Demands Change After Eric Garner & Ferguson Decisions

    December 12, 2014 11:30 AM EST When Common and I wrote the song "Glory" for the stunning new film Selma , we drew inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries who strived and sacrificed to achieve racial equality in the face of seemingly hopeless odds. As I watched the final version of…

  11. Beyonce Talks Fame, Feminism, Marriage & More In Revealing New Video

    December 12, 2014 11:20 AM EST Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Beyoncé 's game-changing, surprise self-titled album, and a year later, she's treated us to another surprise. Okay, it’s not quite another Beyoncé , but this new mini-documentary is  still worth every second. In the black-and-white short…

  12. Cuban Rapper El B Disputes Reports of U.S. Agency Infiltration

    December 12, 2014 11:13 AM EST Los Aldeanos' El B doesn’t “need financing" to say what he thinks. Bian Oscar Rodriguez Gala , the Cuban rapper known as El B , has responded to an Associated Press report detailing how the United States the Agency for International Development used members of Havana’s hip-hop…

  13. 'Side Show' Packs Up Its Tent Early on Broadway

    December 12, 2014 11:12 AM EST Seventeen years to the day since its original production closed after a commercially disastrous run of just three and a half months, the lavish Broadway reboot of Side Show will make an even swifter exit. Producers have confirmed a Jan. 4 closing date for the bio-musical about the search…

  14. Iggy Azalea Laughs Off Rumor She Was Born a Man

    December 12, 2014 10:45 AM EST 'Am I still gonna get my Billboard Women in Music award?' she tweets. Iggy Azalea is laughing off rumors she's a man -- which, as Lady Gaga can tell you, is a rite of passage when you're a powerful female pop star. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Iggy Azalea: 'If I…

  15. Exclusive: 'Inkigayo,' 'K-Pop Incubation' Documentary Coming to U.S. Via Myx TV

    December 12, 2014 10:15 AM EST Watch an exclusive clip of K-pop hopeful Sorn from the upcoming doc. Myx TV has a gift for K-pop fans this holiday season. Billboard  can exclusively reveal that the English-language, Asian-American entertainment channel is set to be the first U.S. cable network to air the K-pop music chart…

  16. Hit the Town With Sam Smith in New 'Like I Can' Video

    December 12, 2014 10:05 AM EST But don’t forget your tux. Despite what you may have heard about Sam Smith , he’s not sad all the time. In the brand new video for In the Lonely Hour’s “Like I Can,” Smith heads out on the town with his boys for some good ol’ fashioned, New York City fun. Is this how he celebrated his six…

  17. Why Drake Managed to Rule Hip-Hop in 2014 -- Without a New Album or Hit Single

    December 12, 2014 10:05 AM EST The best rapper in 2014 didn't need a new album or hit single to prove his dominance. Drake 's last LP, Nothing Was the Same , arrived in September 2013, but thanks to a stream of songs surprise-released online, carefully curated remixes, touring and big-time TV spots, there was…

  18. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Barbra Streisand on Her No. 1 Album 'Partners' Proving 'That I've Stood the Test of Time'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Comeback Queen Partners 1 Week on Billboard 200 Hello, Gorgeous! This summer, at 72, Barbra Streisand joined Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote her 34th studio album, Partners . Her second album of duets, several of which are interpretations of her iconic works, saw her team…

  19. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Taylor Swift on How Following Her 'Gut Instinct' Led to No. 1 Album '1989'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Pop Princess 1989 5 Weeks on Billboard 200 With the largest first-week sales of any album in 12 years, the triumph of Taylor Swift ’s 1989 was so overwhelming that it instantly schooled any skeptics who doubted her ability to transition from the ­country-pop of her previous four albums…

  20. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Kacey Musgraves on Singing With Loretta Lynn and Why She No Longer Has a Bucket List

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Renegade Same Trailer Different Park 1 Week on Top Country Albums Kacey Musgraves ' arrow still hasn't landed. The country upstart's debut, Same Trailer Different Park , returned to No. 1 on Top Country Albums after this year's Grammys, when the 26-year-old Texas…

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