1. 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…

  2. BSBB Round 1: Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" vs. Ed Sheeran, "Don't"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All About That Bass Maghan Trainor Don't Ed Sheeran CRAIG JENKINS: Ed Sheeran’s push from coffee shop folk-pop to the hodge-podge of styles he occupied on x was lauded as an evolution this summer, but “Don’t” is…

  3. BSBB Round 1: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang" vs. Maroon 5, "Animals"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Animals Maroon 5 CRAIG JENKINS: Maroon 5 is a machine of startling pop efficacy in 2014; “Animals” arranges all the notes where they should be -- without ever making you feel…

  4. BSBB Round 1: MAGIC!, "Rude" vs. Maroon 5, "Maps"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rude MAGIC! Maps Maroon 5 CHRIS PAYNE: At this point in their career, Maroon 5 sound like they’re just re-writing themselves, so it’s appropriate “Maps” is going up against a new band that’s basically piggybacking off the last…

  5. BSBB Round 1: One Direction, "Steal My Girl" vs. Tove Lo, "Habits (Stay High)"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Steal My Girl One Direction Habits (Stay High) Tove Lo CRAIG JENKINS: One Direction’s “Steal My Girl” is a throwback to the mannered piano-driven pop of the power ballad-heavy late ‘80s, and like a lot of that stuff, it’s…

  6. BSBB Round 1: Shakira feat. Rihanna, "Can't Remember To Forget You" vs. The Chainsmokers, "#SELFIE"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Can't Remember To Forget You Shakira feat. Rihanna #SELFIE The Chainsmokers KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: “#SELFIE” is everything I hate about my millennial self put into song form, and this is coming from someone who owns a…

  7. Meow! Taylor Swift Shares 'Cherished' Birthday Gift

    December 13, 2014 8:53 PM EST How do you top a star-studded birthday celebration like the one Taylor Swift just had?   That's easy. If you're Girls star Lena Dunham , you get your bestie something with a cat on it. On Dec. 13, Swift turned 25 and to celebrate the milestone, Dunham gifted the singer with a…

  8. One Direction Peforms Without Louis Tomlinson at NRJ Music Awards

    December 13, 2014 5:13 PM EST Less than a month after Zayn Malik had to sit out a performance on The Today Show  due to illness, Louis Tomlinson missed One Direction 's performance at the NRJ Music Awards in France on Dec. 13 also because he fell ill. Tomlinson took to Twitter ahead of the event to share with his…

  9. The Clash's 'London Calling' at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    December 13, 2014 2:30 PM EST Any punk band worth its leather and studs can do dystopian, apocalyptic angst. The world is always ending, and after garbage men and plumbers, angry young guitar players have some of the best job security around. The trick is to rage in your own unique way. On the opening title track of its…

  10. Z100's Jingle Ball 2014 Highlights: Taylor Swift, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith & More

    December 13, 2014 1:12 PM EST iHeartRadio giant Z100 (WHTZ) New York held its annual Jingle Ball concert Friday night (Dec. 12) at Madison Square Garden, headlined by Taylor Swift , Iggy Azalea , Ariana Grande and other stars, mostly women. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM…

  11. Happy Birthday, Taylor Swift: 13 Things We Loved About You This Year

    December 13, 2014 11:00 AM EST It's no secret  Taylor Swift 's favorite number is 13 -- just check out her Twitter handle.  So in honor of her 25th birthday Saturday, Dec. 13, we easily thought up thirteen reasons we loved her this year, from her album release secret sessions to her excellent decision to…

  12. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  13. Island Records Co-Founder and Jamaican Music Engineer Graeme Goodall Dead at 82

    December 12, 2014 5:20 PM EST From his involvement in the earliest Jamaican singles to have impacted international markets to his co-founding role in Island Records, Australian-born engineer Graeme Goodall , was a pivotal, if somewhat overlooked, figure in the development of Jamaica’s music industry. Goodall died of…

  14. Taylor Swift Accepts Woman of the Year Honor: 'Amazing Early Birthday Present'

    December 12, 2014 2:30 PM EST Taylor Swift  had a important message to get out when she recieved Billboard 's Woman of the Year honor -- she's continuing her fight to find a new way forward with respect to the industry, selling albums and streaming her music.  Women in Music 2014 "Being named Billboard…

  15. The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser Talks Going Solo, Rostam Batmanglij Collaboration

    December 12, 2014 2:13 PM EST He announces he’s “working on a bunch of stuff” with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. For the second installment of the Alt In Our Stars podcast, we're here to remind you that we're just as much about the "alt" as we are about the stars. For almost 20 years, the…

  16. Foreigner's 'I Want to Know What Love Is' Live, From 'Best Of' Album: Exclusive Premiere

    December 12, 2014 2:05 PM EST 'It gets played everywhere in the world, still,' Mick Jones tells Billboard. 'But for me, we were just there to guide it and bring it to life.' Even celebrating its biggest album, Foreigner will not leave its biggest song behind. On Dec. 16, the group releases a new live…

  17. Idina Menzel Accepts Breakthrough of the Year Honor & Is Surprised by Her Foundation's Children's Choir

    December 12, 2014 2:04 PM EST "Introducing  Idina Menzel ...what could possibly go wrong?" Savannah Guthrie cracked before introducing Billboard's Breakthrough honoree at our Women in Music event Friday (Dec. 12).  Guthrie had a bit of a surprise for Menzel. Guthrie began by talking about A BroaderWay, a…

  18. Hayley Williams Admits She Was 'Afraid to Make Eye Contact' With Beyonce at Women in Music

    December 12, 2014 1:55 PM EST 0 After joining the Civil Wars ' Joy Williams for a stunningly gorgeous acoustic duet on Paramore 's "Hate To See Your Heart Break," Hayley Williams accepted the 2014 Billboard Women in Music honor for Trailblazer of the Year.     Billboard's Women in…

  19. Charli XCX Accepts Hitmaker Honor: 'Really Cool' To Be at Event 'Where Over Half the People in the Room Have Vaginas'

    December 12, 2014 1:45 PM EST Hayley Williams  was thrilled to introduce  Charli XCX , who accepted the Hitmaker Honor at the Billboard Women in Music event Friday (Dec. 12).  Billboard's Women in Music 2014 "I for one am so excited to hear a girl on the radio who sings poppy songs with a real punk edge,"…

  20. 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…

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