1. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  2. Shoegaze Pioneers Ride Reuniting for 2015 Tour

    November 19, 2014 12:12 PM EST saw the long-awaited return of My Bloody Valentine , and now one of their foremost followers have announced a reunion. Influential British shoegazers Ride have announced they will be reforming for a string of European 2015 dates, with a pair of North American shows sprinkled in. The…

  3. DJ Khaled 'Wanted to Make a Collaboration That Has Never Been Done Before' With His All-Star Single 'Hold You Down'

    November 18, 2014 5:39 PM EST The DJ-producer, 38, has a hit with "Hold You Down," the first single off his album  I've Changed a Lot , due this month. He spoke to Billboard about teaming up with R&B and hip-hop heavyweights on the track and the transformations he's undergone in his own life. …

  4. 'The Voice' Recap: Contestants Cover Radiohead, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran & More

    November 18, 2014 9:57 AM EST Later this season on The Voice , the final singers will perform original songs, created with the help of their coach, Carson Daly announced at the beginning of Monday's episode. It will only mark the second time contestants will compete with new work -- though winners have performed…

  5. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 1991, Nirvana Brought Grunge to No. 1

    November 17, 2014 8:05 AM EST 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' signaled a historic change in the format's sound. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Destiny's Child and Paul Simon. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Nov.…

  6. Watch 'Weird Al' Yankovic Try to Save RadioShack in New Holiday Commercial

    November 12, 2014 4:53 PM EST Can "Weird Al" Yankovic save RadioShack from 21st-century competitors Best Buy and Amazon? Maybe! At any rate, the Shack recently shared a great new commercial for this holiday season featuring the singer-comedian, who's riding high off a super-successful 2014 album cycle. In…

  7. Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk' Is a Milestone for Both of Them

    November 10, 2014 9:00 AM EST Is Mark Ronson  the hardest-working producer in the music business? In pursuit of the perfect groove, the British/American DJ and guitarist helped launch the careers of Amy Winehouse , Lily Allen , and Wale . A star-studded fourth solo album,  Uptown Special , is due in January through RCA.…

  8. President Obama’s 8 Best Musical Performances, Mashups & Remixes

    November 09, 2014 3:57 PM EST From singing Al Green ’s “Let’s Stay Together” to hilarious fan-made mashup videos of songs by Daft Punk and Iggy Azalea , President Barack Obama has proven to be one of the more musical leaders of the Free World. Happy Election Day! See Musicians With Politicians In honor of President…

  9. Country-Pop Crossovers: Who Has Moved From Country to Pop and Vice Versa?

    November 05, 2014 2:34 PM EST The CMA Awards are tonight, featuring performances from country elite like Miranda Lambert and Kenny Chesney . But pop stars are also getting in on the fun: Meghan Trainor is joining Lambert, and Ariana Grande will sing with Little Big Town . These duets emphasize the decreasing distance…

  10. Album Review: Neil Young’s Vulnerable ‘Storytone’ Sings About Love -- and Saving the Environment

    November 04, 2014 11:59 AM EST Few singers play vulnerability better than Neil Young . It's the most affecting trait of this collection of a dozen songs, presented in two separate versions: one set gussied up in formal wear, and the other kicking back in shorts and T-shirts on the back porch. Not that the section…

  11. Britney Spears, Drake, Wiz Khalifa & More Share Fan Look-Alike Halloween Costume Photos

    November 01, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Many music fans paid tribute to their favorite artists by dressing up as them for Halloween -- and the stars loved it! Celebs Celebrating Halloween! Acts like Wiz Khalifa , Snoop Dogg , Britney Spears , Drake and “Weird Al” Yankovic took to Twitter and Instagram following Halloween on…

  12. The First Billboard: All That Was 'New, Bright and Interesting on the Boards'

    October 31, 2014 4:00 PM EDT On Nov. 1, 1894, an eight-page, 10-cent issue arrived, marking the debut of what has grown into today's multi-platform Billboard brand On Nov. 1 1894, Billboard published its first issue … one that's vastly different from today's magazine (and Billboard 's expanded…

  13. Chart Highlights: Gwen Stefani Returns, Foo Fighters Fly to No. 1

    October 27, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Stefani scores her first solo airplay hit since 2007, while Foo Fighters crown Rock Airplay and Mainstream Rock Songs. 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 listed below.…

  14. Watch Temple of the Dog Reunite at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert

    October 26, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Grunge supergroup Temple of the Dog reunited at Neil Young 's annual all-acoustic Bridge School Benefit concert at the Shoreline Amphitheatre near San Francisco Saturday night, performing the song "Hunger Strike" from their lone self-titled studio album.  The band comprises…

  15. Bret Easton Ellis Regrets Linking Huey Lewis and the News to 'American Psycho'

    October 24, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Since Bret Easton Ellis made the protagonist of his 1991 novel American Psycho , Patrick Bateman, an investment banker serial killer with a fondness for Huey Lewis and the News , the association has taken on a life of its own. The 2000 film adaptation of the book, which was directed and…

  16. Revisionist History, Part 2: Jimi Hendrix Beats the Beatles! Year-End Hits of Yesterday, Re-Analyzed

    October 23, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since 1958, when Billboard's Hot 100 began tracking the hits every week, any song that's earned year-end No. 1 was surely built to last, right? Not necessarily. To test that theory, we’ve done a "do-over" for year-end charts prior to 2004, when digital downloads became…

  17. Elvis Photographer Alfred Wertheimer Dies at 85

    October 22, 2014 3:11 AM EDT Alfred Wertheimer , the photographer whose portraits of Elvis Presley documented the birth of a music legend, has died. Wertheimer, who was 85, died of natural causes Sunday at his New York apartment, said Chris Murray , who owns Washington, D.C's Govinda Gallery  which counts…

  18. R.F.C.'s Smoke DZA & Al-Doe, 'They Got Money,' Featuring Damon Dash: Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT DZA's R.F.C. Music Group will release their debut album, The Outsiders, on Nov. 18. Smoke DZA is inaugurating his new imprint, R.F.C. Music Group, with their debut album, The Outsiders . The LP, out Nov. 18 through iHipHop Distribution, will feature all members of the imprint's…

  19. Sting Reflects on Life at 63, His Own Mortality and a ‘Possible Third Act’

    October 20, 2014 1:39 AM EDT "I wouldn't normally do this," said Sting , grinning mischievously as he ambled onstage following the curtain call at the Oct. 2 preview performance of his new Broadway musical, The Last Ship . "But it's my birthday, and I always sing on my birthday." To the…

  20. Randy Houser, O.A.R., Al Kooper Added to Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Concert

    October 17, 2014 1:41 PM EDT More artists have been added to the upcoming star-studded tribute to southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd , set to invade Atlanta's Fox Theatre on Nov. 12. Randy Houser , O.A.R. and Al Kooper , who discovered Skynyrd and produced many of their hits, are the newest additions to "…

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