1. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  2. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014: See Who Wins our Year-End Pop Showdown!

    December 19, 2014 2:00 PM EST Which 2014 smash is the critics' pick for pop song of the year? We made 64 hits battle it out, March Madness-style, to determine a winner! Welcome to BEST SONG BRACKET BATTLE 2014, Billboard.com's weeklong bracket-style tournament in which 64 of the year's biggest songs…

  3. Top 5 Producers Shifting the Sound of Atlanta Rap in 2014

    December 18, 2014 1:30 PM EST Super producers such as Organized Noize have paved the way for others to craft the way Atlanta is represented sonically. Now it seems that the current role of the producer in Atlanta is to dictate the way the Billboard chart sounds, with songs like "Tuesday" (produced by Metro…

  4. 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…

  5. BSBB Round 1: Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, "Talk Dirty" vs. Soko, "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Talk Dirty Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow Soko KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: Soko should have been the winner here, considering how much I love hushed, emotional indie folk. But I don’t know what’s gotten into…

  6. Billboard Cover: Jason Derulo on the Success of 'Talk Dirty' (Despite His Mom's Disapproval)

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Loverboy "Talk Dirty" 1 week on Mainstream Top 40 ; 3 weeks on Rhythmic ; 4 weeks on R&B Digital Songs The year 2014, Jason Derulo 's annus mirabilis, started in a sweaty nightclub in Tel Aviv, Israel, in January 2013. There, embedded in a 2007 song called "…

  7. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea and More 2014 Chart-Toppers Reveal Stories Behind Their No. 1 Hits

    December 11, 2014 8:00 PM EST For Billboard's Year in Music 2014 cover story (out in full Friday, Dec. 12), we sat down with over 22 chart-toppers behind the biggest hits of the year -- including cover stars  Iggy Azalea , Jason Derulo , Sam Smith  and  Meghan Trainor  and the mighty  Nicki Minaj  -- to find out…

  8. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  9. Billboard Women in Music Honoree Jessie J: Whitney Houston 'Gave Me So Much Courage to Be Loud and Bold'

    December 08, 2014 5:22 PM EST The Billboard Women in Music Powerhouse honoree talks about her girl crush on the legendary diva and the fierce female singers she admires. Jessie J started this year fearing she had already peaked. The 26-year-old British singer-songwriter's last top 10 U.S. single as a solo artist,…

  10. Eric Bellinger's 'Focused On You' Feat. 2 Chainz: Exclusive Song Premiere

    December 08, 2014 12:16 PM EST Eric Bellinger follows up the success of "I Don't Want Her" with a new single just as memorable: "Focused On You," featuring 2 Chainz . Check out "Focused On You" below, premiered here on The Juice: Bellinger takes it back to the early 2000s, when…

  11. Usher Uses Vagina Phone Charger, Miley Cyrus & A$AP Rocky Kick It: Art Basel's Top 5 Social Posts

    December 07, 2014 10:03 PM EST Art Basel in Miami Beach was entertainment's biggest happening this week, welcoming the likes of  Usher ,  Miley Cyrus , Kim Kardashian,  Joe Jonas ,  2 Chainz ,  Swizz Beatz , Leonardo DiCaprio and many others out for the annual the international art fair.  Joe Jonas, Usher, 2 Chainz …

  12. Watch Miley Cyrus Perform New Song 'The Twinkle Song' at Art Basel

    December 07, 2014 6:07 PM EST Miley Cyrus debuted a new original song while performing at Art Basel Wednesday night called "The Twinkle Song," she said was inspired by her friend's cat dying.  Joe Jonas, Usher, 2 Chainz & More Hit Up Art Basel Parties in Miami Beach "I've never played by…

  13. 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…

  14. Big Sean Earns Third No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    November 28, 2014 9:00 AM EST Big Sean rises to the top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "I Don't F--- With You" featuring E-40 , securing his third No. 1 on the chart. It follows "Marvin & Chardonnay" (2011, featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash ) and "Mercy" (2012, credited to…

  15. Drake Announces First-Ever Headline Tour of Australia & NZ

    November 24, 2014 2:20 AM EST Drake’s first visit Down Under has evolved into a full-scale arena tour. Rapper 2 Chainz will join the Canadian artist on his first-ever Australasian headline shows early next year, which will kick off in Auckland, New Zealand then go west for shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.…

  16. 10 Things We Learned From One Direction's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Visit

    November 21, 2014 8:26 AM EST One Direction visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! to celebrate the release of their aptly titled fourth album, Four , on Thursday. Let's dive straight into the lengthy interview (videos down below) and everything we learned about the world's favorite boy band: -- Liam is most likely to…

  17. Chart Highlights: U2 Makes History Atop Adult Alternative Songs, Taylor Swift Tops AC

    November 10, 2014 4:05 PM EST U2 lands its record-breaking 12th Adult Alternative Songs leader with 'The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone),' while Swift's multi-format smash 'Shake It Off' rules another ranking. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday.…

  18. Fall Out Boy & Lupe Fiasco Team Up for Revamped Chicago Bulls Anthem

    November 07, 2014 5:26 PM EST Given their recent collaborative work with 2 Chainz and Rick Ross , Fall Out Boy 's latest song -- featuring Lupe Fiasco -- doesn't seem too bizarre. At least, until you hear it. The FOB/Fiasco collabo finds the two Chicago-based acts extolling the on-the-court glory of the…

  19. Check Out Nicki Minaj's Bold Album Art for 'The Pinkprint'

    November 03, 2014 10:30 AM EST Nicki Minaj 's first two albums, 2010's Pink Friday and 2012's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, featured some impressive, Nicki-centric cover art. First was Nicki as a pink-haired Barbie with crazy-long legs, and then came Nicki with bleach-blonde hair, the biggest eyelashes in…

  20. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Iggy Azalea to Meghan Trainor

    October 31, 2014 3:43 PM EDT " alt="" width="510"> Meghan Trainor "Lips Are Movin" Epic Trainor has just one hit to her name thus far, and on her "All About That Bass" follow-up, she can't help but work a sly self-reference into its snappy chorus. "I gave you…

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