1. 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…

  2. 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,"…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. '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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Ed Sheeran and Charli XCX Dish on No. 1 Hits, Sophomore-Slump Fears and Finding Their Voices

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Hit Factories Ed Sheeran : x 1 Week on Billboard 200 Charli XCX : "Boom Clap" 3 Weeks on Mainstream Top 40 X marked the spot in 2014 for fellow Brits and Atlantic labelmates Ed Sheeran, 23, and Charli XCX, 22. Sheeran's sophomore set, x , entered the Billboard 200 at No.…

  9. ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento Announces Retirement

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST After a 33-year career at ASCAP -- 17 of them as the CEO -- John LoFrumento is retiring from the performance rights organization as of Jan. 1. During his tenure at the head of organization, membership grew from 70,000 members to 520,000, while distribution of royalties more than doubled,…

  10. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  11. Jessie J's 'Virtuosic Vocal Muses' Playlist Pays Homage to Singing Stars: Exclusive

    December 11, 2014 4:50 PM EST Jessie J used a killer set of pipes — and a pair of famous friends in Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj — to score one of the year’s biggest hits with “Bang Bang,” which reached the Top 5 of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Unsurprisingly, the U.K. pop vocalist draws inspiration from the musical…

  12. Taylor Swift & Christmas Crooners Rule Artist 100

    December 11, 2014 2:44 PM EST Swift reigns for an eighth week while a sleighful of artists with holiday hits soar. Taylor Swift and Christmas have long been a perfect fit (as the yuletide devotee grew up on a Christmas tree farm). On this week's Billboard Artist 100 chart, Swift and the season also pair up, as she…

  13. The 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST Even diehard fans will admit that it's tough to find an entire K-pop album worthy of being labelled brilliant from start to finish. But there were a select group of artists who proved the notion wrong with cohesive bodies of work in 2014. (And see our list of the 20 best K-pop songs…

  14. 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…

  15. The 10 Best Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 1:40 PM EST 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 responsibly…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Jay Z & N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

    December 11, 2014 5:38 AM EST Jay Z , the most powerful man in hip hop, has met with New York’s highest-elected official, Governor Andrew Cuomo , to rap on reform to the state’s criminal justice system.  Hov met with Cuomo on Wednesday to discuss potential changes to law, and to float the appointment of a special…

  20. Joe Nichols Signs With WME

    December 10, 2014 8:22 PM EST William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has signed four-time Grammy nominee, country artist Joe Nichols , the agency announced Wednesday. Joe Nichols No. 1 On Country Airplay Nichols collected his sixth career Country Airplay No. 1 over the summer with his single, "Yeah," off his…

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