1. The Making of D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah': A Q&A With Engineer Russell Elevado

    December 22, 2014 4:52 PM EST For D'Angelo fans, Christmas came early last week: The singer unexpectedly released Black Messiah , his first full-length since 2000. One of the many things that sets the album apart is its sound: dense and deep, full of intricate details, somehow welcoming and warm and vicious all at…

  2. 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…

  3. Remember Hilary Duff's Cheesy Christmas Song 'Santa Claus Lane'?

    December 17, 2014 1:20 PM EST With just a little over a week until Christmas, we're breaking out all the Christmas music, which means in addition to classics like The Carpenters and Kenny Rogers, we're also remembering more recent additions to the "Original Song" Christmas canon -- and they aren'…

  4. Sony Hack Reveals Snapchat Wanted a Record Label, Too Much Money From Vevo

    December 17, 2014 8:59 AM EST The leak of Sony Entertainment's internal documents, most recently the email account of Sony Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton , has revealed high-level talks between that company and Snapchat, the messaging service that turned down billions from Facebook earlier this year…

  5. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

  6. BSBB Round 3: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, "Drunk In Love" vs. Pharrell Williams, "Happy"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Happy Pharrell Williams DENISE WARNER: Yes, Pharrell’s “Happy” got Meryl Streep up out of her seat at the Oscars. But had Beyonce’s oh-so-dirty duet with her husband been eligible for an…

  7. BSBB Round 3: Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" vs. Sia, "Chandelier"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Shake It Off Taylor Swift Chandelier Sia CAITLIN WHITE: This is a face-off between a fluffy, happy song about fighting off sadness and a sad, trembling song about grasping for happiness — clearly 2014 is full of confusion.…

  8. BSBB Round 2: Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda" vs. Ed Sheeran, "Don't"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Anaconda Nicki Minaj Don't Ed Sheeran MEAGHAN GARVEY: Can I be honest? “Anaconda” is obnoxious. It’s not even in the same arena as Nicki’s best singles; the beat is grating, the sample flip is obvious. And it doesn’t…

  9. BSBB Round 1: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, "Drunk In Love" vs. Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown, "Show Me"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Drunk In Love Beyonce feat. Jay Z Show Me Kid Ink feat. Chris Brown KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: I’m laughing because, sorry Kid Ink and Chris Brown, you didn’t think you had a chance, did you? Umm, “Drunk In Love” is the winner here —…

  10. Billboard Year in Music 2014: How the 'Frozen' Soundtrack Became the Top-Selling Album of 2014

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Showstoppers The Frozen Soundtrack 13 Weeks on Billboard 200 In a particularly cold climate
 for music sales, Frozen broke virtually every Hollywood rule -- no "prince charming" narrative or genre trends -- to become the year’s biggest ­phenomenon. The soundtrack moved more…

  11. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Charli XCX: ‘I'll Give Jay Z a Run for His Money’

    December 08, 2014 3:43 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Hitmaker honoree talks about building her own empire to rival the hip-hop star's and her hit-making streak. "This time last year I just wanted to move on from 'I Love It,'" says Charli XCX , referring to the mega-smash she wrote and…

  12. Joe Jonas, Usher, 2 Chainz & More Hit Up Art Basel Parties in Miami Beach

    December 06, 2014 10:59 AM EST Joe Jonas , Kim Kardashian, Usher and a bevy of supermodels are making the party rounds in South Beach this week, with Art Basel Miami Beach gatherings drawing celebrities, art collectors and fashionistas from around the globe. Art Basel Miami Beach: Your Music Guide Jonas and rapper 2…

  13. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Ariana Grande: 'This Year I Was Really Taken Seriously as an Artist’

    December 05, 2014 12:50 PM EST "A year-and-a-half ago I was wearing a red wig, pretending to be a silly 15-year-old on a television show," says Ariana Grande , referring to her title role as Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon sitcom Sam & Cat . That was before the native Floridian released her sophomore LP,…

  14. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Iggy Azalea: 'If I Lose Every Award to Sam Smith, I'm Okay With It'

    December 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST This year, Iggy Azalea became music's first white female rap star. The 24-year-old surpassed Lil' Kim as the woman rap artist with the longest-leading single in chart history ("Fancy"), was featured on the soundtrack to the Disney film Million Dollar Arm and performed on…

  15. Firechat May Soon Solve Your Texting Woes at Crowded Events

    November 25, 2014 4:00 PM EST A technology that hasn't been practical until recently may be the new solution for jam-packed data networks at large events. Cell phone communication has always been a problem for music festival goers. With upwards of 90,000 people all gathered in one small area, cell phone towers…

  16. Gwen Stefani Releases 'Spark the Fire,' New Pharrell-Produced Single

    November 24, 2014 9:47 AM EST Gwen Stefani 's next single, "Spark The Fire," has hit the internet. Check out the Pharrell -produced track below. Stefani is attempting to reemerage as a solo artist after a lengthy hiatus -- her last full-length, The Sweet Escape , came out in 2006. Recently she…

  17. Fergie Brings ‘L.A. Love’ to AMAs, Has Minor Wardrobe Malfunction: Watch

    November 23, 2014 10:30 PM EST Fergie is back with new solo material, and while she shouts out a whole bunch of cities in her new single “L.A. Love (La La),” only one made the actual title. Hours after rolling up to the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles in a party bus, Fergie made her stage return at the American Music…

  18. Disney Musical 'Into the Woods' Swoops Into Awards Season -- How Far Can It Go?

    November 23, 2014 12:20 PM EST And then there was just one unseen Oscar contender. Unbroken . On Saturday evening (Nov. 22), Disney unveiled the second-to-last of the major Oscar hopefuls that had not yet been been seen by pundits, Rob Marshall 's Into the Woods , at simultaneous screenings on both coasts,…

  19. Go Inside Jimmy Page's Rock All-Star Dinner With Ringo Starr, Kirk Hammett, Joe Walsh & More

    November 14, 2014 2:49 PM EST Never one for a big media blitz, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has probably done more interviews in the last six weeks promoting the Zeppelin remasters and his new book, Jimmy Page On Jimmy Page , than he did throughout the entirety of the '70s. Last night, Page put the finishing…

  20. Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj & More Give Booty Business a Bump

    November 11, 2014 5:09 PM EST Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out. The U.S. booty business is getting a big bump. Companies are cashing in on growing…

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