1. BSBB Round 3: Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be" vs. Jeremih feat. YG, "Don't Tell 'Em"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Don't Tell 'Em Jeremih feat. YG DENISE WARNER: It’s almost a toss-up between “Rather Be” and “Don’t Tell ‘Em”: both are vibrant, engaging and memorable. But what it really…

  2. 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.…

  3. BSBB Round 2: John Legend, "All of Me" vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, "Fancy"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All of Me John Legend Fancy Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX JAMIESON COX: I really dislike “All of Me,” a song so generic and plain and dry-mouthed it’s completely devoid of any meaning. John Legend can do better! I don’t quite…

  4. BSBB Round 2: Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll" vs. Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line feat. Luke Bryan Problem Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea JAMIESON COX: I live and work in a university town, and if “number of times heard while walking by a raging kegger” was an…

  5. BSBB Round 2: Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg, "Wiggle" vs. DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down for What"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Wiggle Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg Turn Down for What DJ Snake & Lil Jon JAMIESON COX: I praised Derulo’s “easy debauchery” last round when deciding in favor of his other big hit this year, “Talk Dirty,” and “Wiggle” is…

  6. BSBB Round 2: Paramore, "Ain't It Fun" vs. Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake, "Love Never Felt So Good"

    December 14, 2014 10:01 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Ain't It Fun Paramore Love Never Felt So Good Michael Jackson feat. Justin Timberlake JAMIESON COX: Argh, this is a tough one. “Ain’t It Fun” is exactly that, fun — so vital, sung to within an inch of its life by the…

  7. 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 —…

  8. BSBB Round 1: Pitbull feat. Kesha, "Timber" vs. Aloe Blacc, "The Man"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Timber Pitbull feat. Kesha The Man Aloe Blacc KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: I guess that Aloe Blacc song is perfectly fine, but no matter how many times I listen to it, I still have no idea how the song goes. It’s perfectly forgettable.…

  9. BSBB Round 1: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, "Dark Horse" vs. Idina Menzel, "Let It Go"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Dark Horse Katy Perry feat. Juicy J Let It Go Idina Menzel KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: My dad keeps telling me I simply HAVE TO watch "Frozen." He’s probably right! But there’s no way I can listen to “Let It Go” with a…

  10. BSBB Round 1: Pharrell Williams, "Happy" vs. Bastille, "Pompeii"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Happy Pharrell Williams Pompeii Bastille KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: I’d probably like “Happy” better if it wasn’t played literally everywhere in 2014. Now “Happy” is like that disgustingly gleeful friend you resent because they…

  11. BSBB Round 1: Passenger, "Let Her Go" vs. Lorde, "Team"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Let Her Go Passenger Team Lorde KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: There’s only one song about “letting go” from 2014 that you need to know about, and this ain’t it (shout-out to Idina Menzel). English singer-songwriter Passenger kind of…

  12. BSBB Round 1: OneRepublic, "Counting Stars" vs. Avicii, "Hey Brother"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Counting Stars OneRepublic Hey Brother Avicii KRISTEN YOONSOO KIM: Both of these songs are pretty terrible, but if pressed for answer, I guess I’ll have to go with… OneRepublic. This Avicii track confuses me to no end — the…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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