1. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 25-1

    January 27, 2015 11:05 AM EST Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 56 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 … all the way down to No. 100. For renowned…

  2. Amazon Dominates, HMV Improves in UK Fourth-Quarter Music Sales

    January 26, 2015 10:58 AM EST Amazon was a dominant force for physical music, games and video sales in the U.K. during the 12 weeks leading up to Christmas. The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel finds that the online retailer controlled 25.6 percent of the overall entertainment market, with supermarket chain Tesco…

  3. Rico Love Talks New Video & Debut Album: 'I Believe That Black Artists Can Sell Millions'

    January 23, 2015 3:53 PM EST What do Romeo Santos ' "Odio," Nelly 's "Just a Dream," and Beyonce 's "Sweet Dreams" have in common? First, they're all hits: "Odio" went to No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs ; "Just a Dream" spent 28 weeks on the Hot 100 ,…

  4. Jazmine Sullivan on 'Reality Show' Return: 'I Just Felt Like I Had a Story to Share'

    January 13, 2015 5:35 PM EST There's a song on Jazmine Sullivan 's new album Reality Show called "Forever Don't Last." It's mostly just acoustic guitar and vocals, starting with an admission of defeat -- "I had high hopes for us, baby" -- and moving toward resigned acceptance, as…

  5. Ask Billboard: Mark & Mars Move 'Uptown' to No. 1

    January 11, 2015 9:05 AM EST Lipps, Inc. and more: a history of 'funk'-y hits. Plus, more No. 15 hits for '15. 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…

  6. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah,' and Why Waiting 14 Years For Music Isn't a Bad Thing

    December 16, 2014 4:55 PM EST Imagine going to a steakhouse, ordering the best steak in the restaurant after being told the best steak will take an hour to properly cook, waiting impatiently as everyone around you gets their food before you, angrily wondering why YOUR steak has to take so damn long... and then…

  7. Grammys' Alternative Album Category: The 10 Greatest Injustices

    December 04, 2014 9:00 AM EST 'Out of Time' over 'Nevermind'? 'Get Behind Me Satan' over 'Funeral'? Let's sort through these incorrect choices together. The history of the Grammy Awards is full of both rightful victories and shameful omissions. In hindsight, it's easy to…

  8. Evan Peters Covers Nirvana's 'Come As You Are' on 'American Horror Story'

    November 20, 2014 3:57 PM EST Jimmy Darling, is that you? Continuing the musical tradition this season on American Horror Story: Freak Show , on Wednesday night (Nov. 19), Evan Peters covered Nirvana 's classic "Come As You Are." Peters' performance follows  Jessica Lange 's cover of David Bowie…

  9. The Real Story Behind Madonna’s Iconic ‘Like a Virgin’ Performance at the 1984 VMAs

    October 28, 2014 12:42 PM EDT Ahead of MTV's first Music Video Awards, broadcast Sept. 14, 1984, the network was having difficulty booking top talent. Co-hosts Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler were in their 30s, old for the MTV crowd, and ZZ Top had refused to play -- until the network pulled the band's videos and…

  10. Ryn Weaver's Semi-Charmed Life: Why The Internet Is Infatuated with the 'OctaHate' Singer

    October 27, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Benny Blanco thinks she’s a sure thing. Charli XCX is working with her on a top-secret project. She cries easily, loves Samuel Beckett and blew up the Web with her debut single. Inside the rise and inevitable takeover of Ryn Weaver. Ryn Weaver is sprawled out on the bed in the cluttered…

  11. How 'American Horror Story' Is Becoming the Next 'Glee'

    October 24, 2014 2:41 PM EDT Lana Del Rey's two-night stint at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Oct. 16 and 17 seems particularly fitting given that her music was covered by the cast of American Horror Story: Freak Show this week. Series creator Ryan Murphy announced that Jessica Lange would…

  12. Executive Turntable: New Faces, Promotions at Beggars, Republic Records, Capitol & More

    October 21, 2014 1:11 PM EDT -- The Beggars Group announced the following expansion and promotions within the radio department: Risa Matsuki was promoted to VP, Promotions; Brien Terranova joined as Sr. Director, Promotions; and Hector Montes rose to National Director, Promotions.  -- Republic Records announced the…

  13. Nile Rodgers, Ellie Goulding Honored at BMI London Awards

    October 14, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Legendary lyricist Tim Rice was honored, Nile Rodgers took top prize and Ellie Goulding was a three-time winner at the BMI London Awards , held Monday night at London's Dorchester Hotel. The annual gala is held to honor the U.K./Euro/Caribbean songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  14. Why 1996 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 09, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994  and  1995 . Now it's time for 1996 and 1997 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE When critics go about naming the best…

  15. Executive Turntable: Moves at Universal, Kobalt, Viacom and iHeartMedia

    October 06, 2014 5:39 PM EDT John Nicholas left his position of vice president/sales at Universal Music Distribution following a 25-year stint to join SMH Records as general manager. During his career, he has developed and implemented successful sales and marketing plans for iconic catalogs such as The Beatles, Pink…

  16. 'The Affair': Watch Opening Titles Featuring New Fiona Apple Song

    October 02, 2014 9:59 PM EDT 'Container' was penned specifically for the Showtime drama. Fiona Apple is back with new music. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter composed an original song, "Container," for Showtime's new drama The Affair that is the centerpiece for the opening titles. Fiona…

  17. Vaporwave ‘Ambassador’ Saint Pepsi Admits His Obsession With ‘Degrassi’ and Drake

    September 29, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Saint Pepsi has somewhat of a thing for Degrassi . Inspired by Drake 's stint as Wheelchair Jimmy on the teen soap and his subsequent (and highly successful) transition into music, the 21-year-old is facing a trying shift as well. Raised in Long Island, N.Y., Pepsi, whose real name is…

  18. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Tove Lo, The Preatures, Blake Mills, Mapei & More

    September 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT It's (unofficial) Swedish pop appreciation week on the Must-Hear Music podcast, with new songs from Tove Lo (yes, there's much more to her than "Habits"), Erik Hassle and Mapei all getting love from the Billboard staff. We also talk about new tracks from Blake Mills …

  19. Banks’ Gorgeously Gloomy Music Has Made Her a Breakout Star

    September 08, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Imagine the middle bit of a Venn diagram between socialite Olivia Palermo and 1990s model Bridget Hall -- if both were in mourning -- and you’d get breakout alt-pop star Banks . The 26-year-old singer, born Jillian Banks, is almost always shown in videos and photos dressed in all black,…

  20. MTV VMAs' 15 Craziest Moments of All Time

    August 21, 2014 1:30 PM EDT When you get the world’s biggest pop stars together in the same room, egos are bound to mix in unexpected ways. Broadcasting that live, a la the VMAs? You're just asking for fireworks. As you prepare for what will undoubtedly be another eye-popping MTV Video Music Awards, look back…

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