1. Ask Billboard: Shakira's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    March 07, 2014 6:35 PM EST This week's mailbag looks at the top chart hits by ths week's Billboard cover act, Pharrell's rapid-fire rise to No. 1 on Radio Songs and Demi Lovato's career song and album sales As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings,…

  2. Shakira Returns With New Album, Steamy Rihanna Video, Country Duet: Cover Story

    March 07, 2014 12:40 PM EST It's late on a Wednesday afternoon, and a table in the foyer of Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood is laden with goodies: chocolate chip cookies, hummus and chips and a bottle of Patron Silver tequila with a card that reads, "Welcome back, Shakira!" But…

  3. Inside the Lou Reed Tribute at SXSW: 20-Plus Acts, All-Star House Band to Create 'Austin Meets New York Street Vibe'

    March 07, 2014 9:40 AM EST Spandau Ballet, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega, Sean Lennon, Black Lips are all slated to perform at the first full-scale tribute of Reed, who died in October When Richard Barone was recruited to be part of this year's South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival, he wanted to…

  4. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 50 Artists, Most Top 10s, Most No. 1s

    March 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST As Billboard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hot Rap Songs chart , which made its debut on March 11, 1989, we've delved into the tally's history to countdown the top 100 rap songs, and here we dive even deeper and list the top 50 Hot Rap Songs artists, the artists with the…

  5. The Fray Live: Billboard Studio Session

    March 04, 2014 3:05 PM EST Watch two performances and a Q&A with the pop-rock collective. The Fray has mined its fair share of smash singles over the past decade, including "Over My Head (Cable Car)," "How To Save a Life" and "You Found Me." For fourth album "Helios,"…

  6. Cody Simpson, Big Time Rush Singer Tapped for 'Dancing With the Stars'

    March 04, 2014 12:43 PM EST "Dancing With the Stars" unveiled the 12 new couples to compete on the series when it returns for its 18th season this month. Appearing on "Good Morning America," one of the biggest names was returning pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The fan favorite is back, starting with the…

  7. Pam Tillis Brings Craig Morgan and Lorrie Morgan Along for 'Hee Haw' Tribute

    March 03, 2014 6:00 PM EST Pam Tillis – the soaring voice behind hits like "Maybe It Was Memphis" and "Mi Vida Loca" is getting to showcase another side to her world-class talent. Tillis is helping to organize Tuesday night's "Pop! Goes Rochelle" benefit for Nashville's Rochelle…

  8. George Strait, Martina McBride Turn New Jersey Into Cowboy Country: Live Review

    March 03, 2014 5:51 PM EST The Prudential Center’s massive exterior LED screen announced “George Strait: Sold Out.” And the streets of Newark, N.J., have likely never seen so many cowboy hats, most pulled low against the cold March winds, as urban cowboys held their cowgirls close Saturday night and headed toward the…

  9. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Michael Jackson Moonwalks To No. 1 With 'Billie Jean'

    March 03, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 1983, Jackson began a seven-week Hot 100 command with one of his signature songs. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Debbie Gibson and Britney Spears Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  10. 'This Is Spin̈al Tap' at 30: Top 11 Rock Clichés Skewered By The Movie

    March 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved rock mockumentary "This Is Spin̈al Tap," we're taking a 'Stonehenge'-sized look at the top music clichés skewered by the film. And yes, this list goes to 11. "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever…

  11. Billboard Names Mike Bruno VP of Digital Content & Programming, Shirley Halperin Music Editor

    February 28, 2014 5:52 PM EST Mike Bruno has been named Billboard ’s VP of digital content and programming, and Shirley Halperin the publication’s music editor. The announcement was made jointly by Janice Min, Billboard Entertainment Group’s co-president/chief creative officer; co-president John Amato; and executive VP of…

  12. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  13. Oscars Performances: 10 Awesome Academy-Awards Music Moments

    February 28, 2014 3:30 PM EST When the Oscars roll out the red carpet this Sunday (March 2), it will be a show whose musical oomph is heavy. This year's awards will be packed with singing from Pharrell Williams, Karen O., and U2. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen' The…

  14. Jill Scott, 'Frozen' Writers Perform at First-Ever Oscar Concert

    February 28, 2014 1:43 PM EST This year's five Oscar-nominated composers delivered the first-ever Oscar concert Feb. 27 at UCLA's Royce Hall, creating suites for orchestra from their film work. And between the light bounce of Alexandre Desplat's "Philomena" and the heaviness of John Williams'…

  15. Cee Lo, Blondie and Green Day's Foxboro Hot Tubs to Rock Rachael Ray's SXSW Party

    February 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Green Day's Foxboro Hot Tubs side project, Cee Lo Green and Blondie will be partying with Rachael Ray at the syndicated TV hosts's seventh annual Feedback party during this year's South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas. The free and open to the…

  16. John Legend Delves Into 'All of Me': Video Q&A + Photo Shoot Behind-The-Scenes

    February 28, 2014 11:37 AM EST Inspired by wife Chrissy Teigen, John Legend landed the biggest, most unlikely hit of his 10-year career with “All of Me.” On Sept. 14, 2013, after seven years together, John Legend married his longtime girlfriend, Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Chrissy Teigen. A month earlier, he…

  17. Top 50 Movie Songs Of All Time

    February 27, 2014 4:45 PM EST In honor of the Oscars, we've ranked the biggest film songs to ever hit the Hot 100. Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images. Whether a film is a tear-jerking drama, an action-packed thriller or a side-splitting comedy, the…

  18. 20 Surprising Cameos from Musicians in Movies

    February 27, 2014 4:35 PM EST This Sunday (March 2), several elite musicians like Pharrell Williams and Bono will end their competition for Best Original Song at the Oscars. And while a few multi-talents like 30 Seconds to Mars' Jared Leto—nominated this year for Best Supporting Actor because of his role in …

  19. ‘Kinky Boots’ Performer Billy Porter To Release Broadway Album

    February 27, 2014 12:40 AM EST Billy Porter, who plays a drag queen on Broadway in "Kinky Boots," will be next be doing a little something more traditional - he's putting out a CD of musical theater standards. Concord Records will release "Billy's Back on Broadway" on April 15, a 10-song album…

  20. Bruce Springsteen Wraps Australia Tour With Marathon Set, Bee Gees Cover and a Group Twerk

    February 26, 2014 8:10 PM EST After all these years, Bruce Springsteen still manages to surprise. The Boss’ evangelical rock 'n' roll experience has just completed another lap of Australia, where each city has been rewarded with some rare musical gems -- not all of them his own. On this trip he’s been…

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