1. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  2. Cat Stevens Wraps First U.S. Tour in 35 Years

    December 15, 2014 4:35 PM EST The word "journey" was spoken multiple times during the final concert of Yusuf/ Cat Stevens ' brief U.S. tour, his first in 35 years. It was used as a metaphor and literally, Yusuf speaking both about his life, the lyrics of songs from the early 1970s and his two most recent…

  3. Op-Ed: Vine Became the New Demo Tape in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:34 PM EST Fifteen minutes of fame shrunk by 14 minutes and 54 seconds in 2014. Thanks to the Twitter-owned video app Vine, six seconds were all that a growing number of artists needed to achieve celebrity status. In the same way YouTube took a few years to produce mainstream musical acts from…

  4. From Disclosure to Kiesza, How Music Stars Were Inspired By '90s Dance Icons in 2014

    December 15, 2014 4:25 PM EST The decade’s dance music came alive again in 2014, with new acts finding inspiration from old icons. Disclosure // Frankie Knuckles Inspired by Frankie Knuckles (who died in March) and the ’90s Chicago house scene, the British brother duo led the throwback dance revival with its…

  5. The 4 Movie Soundtracks That Soared in 2014 (We're Looking at You, 'Frozen' and 'Hunger Games')

    December 15, 2014 4:17 PM EST With Frozen , Lorde, and Guardians of the Galaxy leading the way, movie soundtracks ruled in 2014. Read on for four of the biggest: Frozen Released in late 2013, the film’s soundtrack dominated the Billboard 200 well into 2014, spending 13 weeks at No. 1 -- the longest run for a soundtrack…

  6. No Doubt, System of a Down & More Ring in 25 Years of KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

    December 15, 2014 3:19 PM EST What the Jingle Ball tour has become to the pop world, KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas has been to the alternative scene for more than two decades. The L.A. radio station's annual December show, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, had its status as arguably the…

  7. Women in Music: Watch Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande & More Discuss the Challenges of Being Female in the Music Industry

    December 15, 2014 3:00 PM EST There was a lot of star power at Billboard's Women in Music event Friday, and luckily, we were able to gather all it on stage at the same time. Following the various acceptance speeches, the honorees -- including Taylor Swift , Ariana Grande , Idina Menzel, Aretha Franklin , Jessie J ,…

  8. Brett Eldredge Talks Inaugural American Country Countdown Awards: 'You Only Have One First Time'

    December 15, 2014 2:57 PM EST It has been nothing short of an overwhelming year for Brett Eldredge . Last week, it was announced that his single "Beat of the Music" was the No. 1 single of 2014 on the Country Airplay Songs chart. Along with his latest single, "Mean to Me," Eldredge was the only…

  9. The Industry in 2014: Digital Is the New Mainstream, Despite Taylor's Protestations

    December 15, 2014 2:53 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…

  10. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  11. Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams Will Perform Together at the People Magazine Awards

    December 15, 2014 1:58 PM EST Pharrell Williams  and Gwen Stefani will perform at the inaugural People Magazine Awards. Stefani will play her Pharrell-produced latest single, "Spark The Fire," released in anticipation of her third solo album -- the first since 2006's The Sweet Escape . Gwen Stefani &…

  12. 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…

  13. Charli XCX, Tove Lo, and Other Hit Artists Made 2014 an International Year for Pop

    December 15, 2014 1:35 PM EST A huge crop of new international acts broke through in America, from Canadian 
reggae-rock band Magic to Scandinavian synth-poppers Tove Lo and MØ to Japanese 
3-D avatar Hatsune Miku , who played Madison Square Garden. See below for where they hail from around the globe. Click to View…

  14. Modest Mouse Releases 'Lampshades on Fire,' First New Song in Years

    December 15, 2014 1:20 PM EST 'Strangers To Ourselves' will be the band's first studio LP since 2007. For  Modest Mouse fans, the wait for a new studio album is almost over. Strangers To Ourselves will drop March 3 via Epic, and the first listen from that album has hit the internet. It’s a spunky, offbeat…

  15. YouTube Music Admin Company AdRev Snaps Up Distro Service DashGo

    December 15, 2014 1:16 PM EST AdRev , a music administration service for YouTube, has acquired digital distributor DashGo . Terms of the deal were not disclosed. All DashGo employees will make the transition to AdRev, and DashGo will retain its name, according to AdRev CEO Ryan Born . Ben Patterson will continue on as…

  16. 'Into the Woods' Soundtrack: Listen to Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep & More Highlights

    December 15, 2014 1:05 PM EST Our wish has been granted! Ahead of the Dec. 25 release date for Into the Woods , the full soundtrack for the film -- which includes beloved numbers such as "Moments in the Woods" and "Children Will Listen" -- is finally available for download.  Since being released…

  17. Sony Hack Reveals Destiny's Child Biopic, Spike Lee/Drake Film & More

    December 15, 2014 12:45 PM EST As it stands now, the Sony hack is already the most massive, embarrassing breach of security in the history of the entertainment industry. From behind-the-back insults to in-your-face insults to racist jokes about Obama, a slew of emails continue to come out that make no one look good.…

  18. David Bowie Totally Dissed Chris Martin & Coldplay

    December 15, 2014 12:07 PM EST It seems like superstar musicians are collaborating more than ever these days. Ever wonder how these talks go? No always smoothly, as Coldplay’s Chris Martin can attest. During Dec. 11’s BBC Music Awards, Martin spoke about trying to get the great David Bowie to collaborate on a…

  19. Corner Office: Republic Records Honchos Monte & Avery Lipman Discuss Jennifer Lawrence's 'Hunger Games' Smash and Defend 'The Voice'

    December 15, 2014 10:41 AM EST The 2014 market-share leaders on maintaining dominance, defending 'The Voice' and finding tomorrow's breakout: "You can't rush hits." Among the many plaques lining the walls of Republic Records chairman/CEO Monte Lipman ’s midtown Manhattan office, the one…

  20. Fall Out Boy Shares New Song, Tracklist & Cover Art For 'American Beauty/American Psycho

    December 15, 2014 10:40 AM EST Another new Fall Out Boy song is here. Riding high since their 2013 comeback album Save Rock And Roll , the quartet has shared a new song called “The Kids Aren’t Alright” from forthcoming album American Beauty/American Psycho . They’re name-checking The Offspring , The Who, Kevin Spacey and…

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