1. Hot 100's Hottest Weeks: January '83 with Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, The Clash and Many More

    January 27, 2015 12:07 PM EST With Billboard's Hot 100 closing in on its 2,950th week since its August 4, 1958 debut, it seemed the right time to spotlight the strongest individual weeks in the Hot 100's close-to-57-year history. We've examined every Hot 100 looking for standout weeks in each decade or…

  2. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS' FAVORITES OF 2014 Gary, Happy Holidays!…

  3. Sir Sly Talks Drake, Speedy Recording & Debut Album 'You Haunt Me'

    September 17, 2014 3:04 PM EDT The indie-pop group just released a debut album full of "incredibly personal moments." Modern rock bands often cite other, often canonical rock acts as their fundamental inspirations, but talking to Landon Jacobs, lead singer of the group Sir Sly, you hear a different story. “I…

  4. Chart Highlights: 'Bang Bang' Debuts, Sia, Billy Currington & Big Data Score New No. 1s

    August 04, 2014 8:13 PM EDT Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj fly onto multiple airplay lists as the trio's "Bang Bang" bounds onto Pop Songs, Rhythmic Songs and Rap Airplay. Meanwhile, an array of acts -- including Sia and Hozier -- notch new No. 1s Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select…

  5. Sir Sly Single Premiere: Listen to 'You Haunt Me'

    July 28, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Indie pop trio Sir Sly will release its debut album "You Haunt Me" through Cherrytree/Interscope Records on Sept. 16, and the rising troupe of performers is now sharing the full-length's powerful title track, which doubles as its lead single. Listen to the new song "You…

  6. Governors Ball 2014: Tyler, the Creator Teams Up With Earl Sweatshirt for Engaging Set

    June 09, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Tyler, the Creator never fails to entertain. And for his entire one-hour Governors Ball set, the Odd Future ringleader made sure the sweaty audience gathered at the Big Apple stage feel like they were as integral to the act as the musicians onstage. Tyler, alongside special guest Earl…

  7. Tyler, the Creator and the Ironic(ish) Style of His Golf Wang Line

    May 27, 2014 12:30 PM EDT “I mean, that’s my least favorite sport, to be honest,” says 23-year-old Tyler, The Creator, referring to the name of his clothing company, Golf Wang , a play on Wolf Gang, which is short for the hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. “I don’t know, the word just looks sick…

  8. Odd Future Banned in New Zealand by Immigration Authorities

    February 13, 2014 10:21 AM EST New Zealand immigration authorities Thursday banned Los Angeles rappers Odd Future from entering the country after deciding they pose a threat to public order. The group was due to play an open-air concert with headline act Eminem on Saturday in Auckland. Border Operations Manager Karen…

  9. Lou Pearlman Clings to His Boy-Band Dreams: The First Prison Interview

    January 24, 2014 3:28 PM EST The 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys impresario insists he'll find the next Justin Timberlake when he's released in 2029. Here, he speaks for the first time from prison where he's serving 25 years for a Ponzi scheme This article first appeared in the new issues of The…

  10. YouTube Music Awards: 6 Odd Things That Couldn't Go Unnoticed

    November 04, 2013 11:53 AM EST Last night in New York City, YouTube held its inaugural YouTube Music Awards. Directed by Spike Jonze, the overall idea around performances from the likes of Lady Gaga and Eminem was that they wouldn’t simply be the standard, but live music videos. Along with that, came off-the-cuff hosting…

  11. Earl Sweatshirt, 'Doris': Track-By-Track Review

    August 20, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Odd Future's empire thrives off lifestyle. (The crew carries their apparel  while on tour while hard copies of their music stand as a checkout line item in their stores.) Not beholden to radio (with notable yet light chart success), Odd Future has creative freedom when curating. What…

  12. Joe Walsh Enlists Dr. John, Robert Randolph for New Blues Album

    April 09, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Guitarist works on set of "obscure R&B and blues songs" ... Also reveals Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon will join legendary band on upcoming tour Joe Walsh isn't planning to let another two decades pass between solo albums, as he did before 2012's well-received …

  13. Miley Cyrus Taps Tyler, The Creator for New Album

    January 28, 2013 7:25 PM EST Odd Future rapper will apparently guest on a song written by Cyrus and Mary J. Blige. Miley Cyrus has collaborated with hip-hop artists before -- who could forget her "RockAngeles Remix" of "Can't Be Tamed," featuring Lil Jon? -- but the Artist Formerly Known as…

  14. Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' At 30: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    November 30, 2012 10:45 AM EST Thirty years ago, Michael Jackson unleashed nine tracks that thrilled the world. Here's our look back at each song on his iconic 1982 album, "Thriller." • How 'Thriller' Changed Music • PHOTOS: Michael Jackson's Life • MJ's Biggest Chart Thrills Michael…

  15. Flo Rida 'Whistles' Way Up Social 50 Chart, 'Victorious' Ariana Grande Debuts

    July 13, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Artists usually increase or decrease their standing on Billboard's Social 50 chart one of two ways: buzz generated by big releases (or lack thereof) or by continuously engaging and growing their fan base. This week's gainers are a mix of both, starting with Flo Rida 's jump…

  16. Frank Ocean's 10 Best Pre-'Channel Orange' Tracks

    July 11, 2012 12:05 PM EDT When Frank Ocean 's new studio album, "Channel Orange," was released on iTunes late on Monday night (July 9) -- just hours before he made his national TV debut on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" -- the cacophonous noises of opening track "Start" and moody…

  17. Chart Highlights: Carrie Underwood Crowns Country Songs With 'Good Girl'

    June 04, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Underwood's 'Good Girl' is better than good: it's the new No. 1 on Country Songs. Plus, fellow former 'American Idol' queen Kelly Clarkson tops AC and One Direction rules Dance/Club Play Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  18. Bubbling Under: Imagine Dragons On Fire

    May 25, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Imagine Dragons, Wolf Gang, Kristen Kelly and Kevin McCall. In just three months, Las Vegas rock band Imagine Dragons has gone…

  19. Earl Sweatshirt Returns To Odd Future at NYC Show

    March 21, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Earl has, at long last, been freed. Earl Sweatshirt, the long-MIA member of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All , played his first concert alongside the rap collective since the group's mainstream ascent last year. Hours after conducting an interview with New York's Hot 97, the 18…

  20. Odd Future, Wiz Khalifa and Mariah Carey Stir Social Buzz

    March 08, 2012 7:36 PM EST Odd Future makes its Billboard Social 50 debut at No. 30 this week as the act has been especially active on social networks lately. The 12 members of Los Angeles-based hip-hop collective OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All) are well known for churning out massive amounts of audio and…

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