1. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart 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 your city, state…

  2. Ariana Grande Gets to 'Break Free' to Open MTV VMAs

    August 24, 2014 9:05 PM EDT Before Ariana Grande highlighted the MTV Video Music Awards with a bang -- er, excuse us, "Bang Bang" -- alongside Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, the pop superstar opened the VMAs and blazed through her EDM-tastic new single "Break Free." Grande continued a breakout year by…

  3. Ariana Grande Premieres 4 New Songs, Including Harry Styles-Penned Ballad

    August 20, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Can't wait for next Tuesday's release of  Ariana Grande 's album  My Everything ? Courtesy of  MTV , four new Grande songs are currently streaming! This batch of songs finds the  Billboard 's cover star  taking on sultry and sexy ballads, a departure from her…

  4. Find Out Which Two Classic Rock Muses Inspired Ariana Grande's Billboard Cover Photo

    August 15, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Ariana Grande 's polka dot-covered headware on  Billboard 's cover this week may seem futuristic, but the singer shares that the inspiriation is actually from the past. Specifically, from famous rocker muses Pattie Boyd and Celia Hammond . "60s mod space here is one of the…

  5. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  6. Robin Thicke Takes On His Critics During 'Paula' Twitter Q&A

    July 01, 2014 10:00 PM EDT Robin Thicke hasn’t been shy about wanting to win back Paula Patton . The singer has been quite public about trying to get back together with the actress, including public pleas in music videos and live performances, since the couple announced their separation in February. And fans wanted…

  7. Prince's 'Purple Rain' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 24, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1984, there was only one man in America more popular than Ronald Reagan. His name was Prince, and he was funky. Had Prince run for president that year, he would have certainly carried his native Minnesota—the only state Ronnie lost—and he probably would’ve cleaned up most other places. The…

  8. Tony Awards: 10 Things Seen and Heard on the Radio City Red Carpet

    June 08, 2014 11:37 PM EDT "Musical theater is not dead," declared "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" co-writer Steven Lutvak -- just one of the Broadway luminaries who spoke to Billboard at the star-studded event. Sunday's Tony Awards, held at New York's Radio City Music Hall, was a…

  9. Cherub, 'Freaky Me, Freaky You': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 29, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Nashville’s fertile music scene has a lot more going for it than just country. Ask Cherub. The duo, comprising Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber, combine a solid live show with a knack for dancefloor-friendly pop tunes. They've got the attention of big-league festival bookers, and they'…

  10. Pixies’ 'Doolittle' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 2:35 PM EDT There are some cult classics that could have been hits, and then there are albums like “Doolittle.” Released 25 years ago today, the sophomore effort from wily Boston space cadets Pixies was never going to shift major units, and the fact that it spent two weeks at No. 98 on the Billboard 200…

  11. RuPaul Messages Pirates With Decoy Album: 'You Done Stole My Album! Uh Uh, No You Better Don’t, Hooker!'

    March 04, 2014 7:28 PM EST RuPaul Charles, who has built a career on an over-the-top irreverence for convention, pulled another fast one for his latest album, "Born Naked." This time, the queen of drag turned the table on pirates by putting out a decoy album on several popular Torrent sites that traffic…

  12. Enrique Iglesias Gets His 'Freak' On In Fleshy Video With Pitbull: Watch

    January 31, 2014 2:45 PM EST Enrique Iglesias' new video for "I'm a Freak," featuring Pitbull, is an eye-popping smorgasbord of skin and booze, employing a bar-raising level of twerking that would make Miley Cyrus blush, all set to a relentless disco-pop beat and starring a few dozen of the Latin…

  13. Ask Billboard: Disney's Biggest Billboard Hits

    January 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST Readers check in on 'Frozen,' Aloe Blacc's fast-rising 'The Man' and the best-selling 'American Idol' singles As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  14. Beyonce, Beyonce: Track-By-Track Review

    December 13, 2013 3:53 PM EST "I see music," Beyoncé said in a video on her Facebook page, dubbed "Self-Titled, Part 1," just minutes after her surprise announcement of "Beyoncé," her fifth album. “It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a…

  15. Toby Keith Gives a Little Extra on Tornado-Delayed 'Drinks After Work'

    November 01, 2013 4:00 PM EDT "Drinks After Work," the latest release from Toby Keith, was released this past Tuesday. At a press event on release day at Nashville's BMI office, the singer said the early reception to the new music has taken him by surprise. "The scary thing is that I'm hearing…

  16. Katy Perry's 'PRISM' Collaborators: 10 People You Need To Know

    October 16, 2013 5:24 PM EDT Want to embrace the full ROAR of Katy's latest? Get to know these key behind-the-scenes players. On "PRISM," Katy Perry's third studio album, the pop artist has re-upped with a handful of the producers and songwriters that made her a mega-selling star over the past…

  17. Franz Ferdinand Take 'Right' Turn With Album That Almost Didn't Happen

    August 27, 2013 4:13 PM EDT Glasgow, Scotland, dance-rock act Franz Ferdinand is back with its first album in four-and-a-half years. But singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos admits the comeback almost didn't happen. "I met up with (bassist) Bob (Hardy) before we started this record and had a very forthright…

  18. Mike Will Made It: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 09, 2013 12:10 PM EDT How the man behind Kanye West's "Mercy" and Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" became the hottest producer in the Game PatchWerk Recording Studios is housed in a light gray concrete bunker tucked behind a busy McDonald's on a tight corner on Atlanta'…

  19. Radio Host Kidd Kraddick Dead at 53

    July 28, 2013 8:22 AM EDT Radio and TV personality David "Kidd" Kraddick, the high-octane host of the "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" show heard on dozens of U.S. radio stations in national syndication, has died at a charity golf event near New Orleans, a publicist said. Kraddick was 53. The…

  20. Janelle Monáe: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 07, 2013 1:15 PM EDT "The Electric Lady" -- The album that will turn the singer from iconoclast to icon This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue  of Billboard. Wondaland smells like sugar cookies. No one is baking in the towering Atlanta home, though there is a…

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