1. The Biggest Hot 100 Hits to Peak at Nos. 75-51

    January 13, 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. 'The Voice' U.K. Season 4 Premiere Attracts 8 Million Viewers

    January 13, 2015 5:50 AM EST The season-four premiere of The Voice U.K. on BBC One Saturday night drew 8.05 million viewers on average, according to ratings data. The singing show with new coach Rita Ora had attracted an average audience of 8.40 million for the launch episode of last season, according to ratings…

  3. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift's Likely-Next-Single 'Style' Debuts on Pop Songs

    January 12, 2015 6:30 PM EST The not-quite-confirmed next track from '1989' bows. Plus, Madonna and Reba McEntire each return to their longtime respective stomping grounds. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay…

  4. Schoolboy Q on Kendrick Lamar's Upcoming Album: 'He's Perfecting That S---'

    January 12, 2015 12:55 PM EST The only sure thing about Kendrick Lamar 's upcoming album? His close associates can't wait for the world to hear it. "Kendrick really stepped his game up," says labelmate Jay Rock . Schoolboy Q alludes to Lamar's painstaking studio methods: "He's…

  5. Album Premiere: Soul Singer Swamp Dogg's 'The White Man Made Me Do It' Brings the Funk -- and the Social Consciousness

    January 09, 2015 2:16 PM EST Provocative album titles are de rigueur for Swamp Dogg.  Cuffed Collared and Tagged ,  Gag a Maggot ,   I Called for a Rope and They Threw Me a Rock and his infamous 1971 release Rat   On! , featuring a picture of the R&B singer seated on a rat, preceded his upcoming The White Man Made…

  6. Little Jimmy Dickens, Oldest Grand Ole Opry Cast Member, Dead at 94

    January 02, 2015 8:11 PM EST Richard Nixon might have been President of the United States the last time that  Little Jimmy Dickens  appeared on the Billboard Country Singles Chart, but the veteran performer enjoyed a career that went far beyond chart statistics.  Dickens, who passed away tonight at the age of 94 due to…

  7. Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith Help U.K. Music Sales Stay Above £1 Billion

    January 01, 2015 3:12 AM EST Nearly 15 billion songs were streamed in the United Kingdom in 2014 with digital accounting for 51% of U.K. music consumption Big selling records from home-grown artists Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith helped U.K. recorded music sales stay above the £1 billion marker in 2014. The £1.03 billion…

  8. 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!…

  9. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  10. The Year in Tomorrow's Hits: Hozier, MAGIC!, Bobby Shmurda, Meghan Trainor & More

    December 30, 2014 10:05 AM EST A look back at 14 breakout acts of 2014 whose chart action Billboard heralded early on. What do acts like Hozier, MAGIC!, Bobby Shmurda, Tove Lo and Meghan Trainor have in common? Were they all all about that bass? Perhaps, although we can only confirm one. More to the point, all these…

  11. Touring in 2014: Stadium Shows Dominate, Garth Returns, Springsteen's Epic Run and More

    December 23, 2014 11:12 AM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  12. Pharrell's Lawyer to YouTube: Remove Our Songs or Face $1B Lawsuit

    December 22, 2014 5:04 PM EST YouTube has been told to stop playing about 20,000 songs, but Irving Azoff's clients are finding the takedown process to be frustrating. There are songs, and then there are dances. Here's a song-and-dance routine that, according to one of the lawyers involved, could amount to a…

  13. BBC Music Awards 2014: Ed Sheeran & Pharrell Win Big; One Direction, Coldplay Among Performers

    December 11, 2014 7:28 PM EST Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams took home the major honors at the inaugural BBC Music Awards, held Thursday night (Dec. 11) at London's Earl's Court.  Sheeran won British Artist of the Year at the star-studded bash, which featured performances from Coldplay , One Direction ,…

  14. Joe Nichols Signs With WME

    December 10, 2014 8:22 PM EST William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has signed four-time Grammy nominee, country artist Joe Nichols , the agency announced Wednesday. Joe Nichols No. 1 On Country Airplay Nichols collected his sixth career Country Airplay No. 1 over the summer with his single, "Yeah," off his…

  15. Facebook Reveals Most-Mentioned Movies, Shows and Songs of 2014

    December 09, 2014 10:47 PM EST Facebook has revealed its most-mentioned movies, TV shows, songs and entertainers of 2014 via its new Year in Review website. The top-10 lists -- which also include the most popular topics, places, athletes, games, and most-viewed ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos -- were created after…

  16. The Year in Pop 2014: One Direction, 'Frozen,' & Pharrell Dominate

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST One Direction takes home the trophy as Billboard's top artist of the year for 2014. See All the Year End Charts Here! The English/Irish quintet (comprising Niall Horan , Liam Payne , Zayn Malik , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson ), is the first group to earn the top artist distinction…

  17. Former Manager Paul Bassman Remembers 'Dimebag' Darrell: 'There Was Nobody on Planet Earth Like Him'

    December 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Today, Paul Bassman is president of Ascend Insurance Brokerage, one of the premier entertainment insurance firms in the business. Ten years ago, Bassman was the manager of Damageplan , the metal powerhouse led by "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and his brother Vinnie Paul, both formerly…

  18. 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town' Tops ASCAP List of Century's Most Performed Holiday Songs

    December 05, 2014 7:56 PM EST "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" and "White Christmas" are the all time top most performed holiday songs in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) catalogue, according to a top…

  19. George Berry, Music Wholesaling Pioneer, Dies at 89

    December 02, 2014 6:34 PM EST George Berry, a music wholesaling pioneer, died due to heart failure on Nov. 27 in his home in Lafayette, La. He was 89. Berry -- who is credited with co-founding NARM, the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers now known as the Music Business Assn. -- began his career in the music…

  20. BBC Hunts for Saturday Hit, Calls 'Voice' Coach Will.i.am a 'National Treasure'

    November 30, 2014 10:42 AM EST The BBC is on the hunt for a big Saturday night entertainment show that can mirror the success of such weekend hits as Strictly Come Dancing , known in the U.S. as Dancing With the Stars , and The Voice . The BBC's entertainment commissioning department has asked independent producers…

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