As the year comes to a close, Billboard has released their list of the 100 top artists of 2014. At number one on the list is "Steal My Girl" hit-makers One Direction, followed closely by Katy Perry and Beyonce. How does the popular music magazine determine the year's best pop artists? From activity on the Billboard 200 albums tally and the Billboard Hot 100 singles list, as well as streaming, social and box-score data, naturally.
Friday, December 5th marks the day of the 57th annual GRAMMY nominations, announced by Pharrell and Ed Sheeran on CBS This Morning. Airing on Sunday, February 8th, 2015, every category has been revealed except for the coveted Album Of The Year prize. It will be announced by LL Cool J as he hosts A Very GRAMMY Christmas, which airs tonight on CBS.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 is the biggest movie in the world right now, so it only makes sense that the music from the film is doing well. However, it's not Lorde's contribution to the film, "Yellow Flicker Beat," that's surprising people on charts everywhere: it's Jennifer Lawrence's rendition of the film's song "The Hanging Tree." Sang by her character Katniss, it happens in a pivotal moment in the movie, making it one of the year's most searched-for songs.
Considered to be one of his best songs of all time, Eminem's "Lose Yourself" was a pivotal moment in the rapper's career as it told the story of how he grew up and became who he is today. Gearing up to release his ShadyXV album on November 24, there will also be a whopping 66-track mixtape coming out from Em, and it contains the early version of his massive single with entirely different lyrics.
Chris Brown is set to embark on a US tour with two of his buds in tow — Trey Songz & Tyga — and he has a warning to all guys attending the shows with their significant others. Confident that the tour dates will consist of mostly females in the audience, the "New Flame" singer stated to MTV that it takes a lot of courage to watch your lady go full-on fangirl in the presence of the three rap/R&B stars.
Nicki Minaj dropped two major bits of news on October 29th: a new track featuring YMCMB label-mates Lil Wayne and Drake, as well as the new release date for her upcoming LP The Pinkprint. "Only" debuted on iHeartRadio's site for Minaj's fans to hear, and with Wayne & Drake being mentioned in the song's lyrics (as well as rapping on it), it's making headlines all over the Web.
Congratulations are in order for the mainstream country duo Florida Georgia Line and the release of their new album Anything Goes. It didn't only produce one of their biggest hits to date, "Dirt": it also cemented the twosome at the no.1 spot on Billboard's Artist 100 countdown. Not to mention the album is at number one on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts...
The Fader is reporting on a hot new item that's huge new for Rihanna fans: according to a leaked Def Jam press release, RiRi's next album might be dropping as soon as November of this year. With an intriguing album title, Lost Files, this would be the eighth album from the pop star in nine years. That is, if the rumors are true.
Taking to their website on October 16th, boy band sensation One Direction posted the deluxe track list to their upcoming LP Four. Hitting shelves on November 17th, fans can expect a whopping sixteen tracks on the album, which is their fourth (obviously) in four years. Not bad, One Direction!
Every once in a while, an artist makes it big on the pop charts with nothing but a guitar strapped to their back. We've seen it with acts like Ed Sheeran and A Great Big World, and now it's Irish singer/songwriter Hozier's time to shine. Making waves last year with the release of his Take Me To Church EP, the folk performer just dropped his self-titled LP Hozier, and graced the Saturday Night Live stage with host Bill Hader this past weekend.