1. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and 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,…

  2. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  3. 'Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran': 9 Things to See in MTV's Docuseries Premiere (Video)

    June 10, 2014 9:08 PM EDT MTV's docuseries "Nine Days and Nights" kicks off on Tuesday night with its first subject: Ed Sheeran, the hit singer-songwriter whose latest turn for a touch of hip-hop has him nervous about whether he will "be a career artist, or [the guy who] had a very big album in…

  4. Bono Sings for Chef Mario Batali to Promote New (RED) Campaign: Watch

    June 06, 2014 10:14 PM EDT U2’s Bono has lent his pipes to chef Mario Batali in an effort to raise awareness for Batali’s (RED) campaign to help fight AIDS. In the video below, Bono playfully sings, "Mario, Mario, Mario, Mario! I once met a chef called Mario - ah, the cheapest of dates. Ten bucks, a ginger, a…

  5. 2NE1, Spice Girls, Fifth Harmony Dominate Girl Group Week Readers' Poll

    May 02, 2014 5:31 PM EDT t.A.T.u. also pulls off two surprising victories in our Girl Group Week fan poll! As Billboard.com's Girl Group Week comes to a close, we wanted to reveal the results of our Girl Group Week Readers' Poll, which allowed pop fans to vote for their favorite girl group…

  6. Spice Girls' Top 8 Biggest Billboard Hits

    May 01, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Girl Group Week continues with the biggest Hot 100 hits from planet Spiceworld. Girl Group Week! • Top 40 Girl Group Songs Ever • Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs • Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Videos • Little Mix Studio Session • 10 K-Pop Girl Groups You Need To Know • Girl Group…

  7. Fantasy Girl Group Draft 2014: Vote For The Best Dream Lineup

    April 30, 2014 5:39 PM EDT The Billboard team conducted a fantasy draft of girl group members. Check out the full action below, and vote for your favorite dream team! After the Billboard.com team conducted the first-ever Fantasy Boy Band Draft last summer in an effort to piece together the best five-person group of…

  8. Ed Sheeran Un-Zipped: On His Pharrell-Produced Single, Being a Sex Symbol and Turning Betrayal Into Song (Cover Story)

    April 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The sensitive singer-songwriter grapples with the big time as Taylor Swift's pal, a hot Pharrell collaborator and a new status as a one-man arena band Ed Sheeran has found the perfect way to shield himself from fans: He is walking down lower Broadway carrying a load of five boxes…

  9. Ed Sheeran's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About Music's Great Red Hope

    April 04, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Billboard's new cover star is the Great Red Hope himself, Ed Sheeran , a self-deprecating, unglamorous heartthrob who attracts fans to arenas with just an acoustic guitar, was Taylor Swift's date on Oscar night and is a talent Pharrell calls "one of the most impressive,…

  10. Katy B Moves Beyond The Bass: 'I Wanted There To Be A Focus On My Songwriting'

    January 17, 2014 2:00 PM EST After jumping from pirate radio to the pop charts, the U.K. reaches past her dubstep roots even further with new album. In 2010, an unknown BRIT School graduate singing over dizzying bass drops took the U.K. singles chart by storm with the song "Katy on a Mission," a boastful…

  11. 'Glee' Recap: Life's a Fantasy In Playful 'Puppet' Episode

    November 29, 2013 1:22 AM EST A puppet episode is far from revolutionary in the TV landscape -- "Community," "30 Rock" and "Angel" all had a go long before Glee got felt -- but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. "Puppet Master" is pretty straight-forward in that it’s about…

  12. Geri Halliwell Accepts Failure As Comeback Single Stiffs in Australia

    November 11, 2013 5:43 AM EST Geri Halliwell can pick a winner at the racetrack, but her pop career isn’t galloping along quite so well. The former Spice Girl has admitted she was “gutted” when her comeback single flopped on its release in Australia. The comeback single “Half of Me” was utterly unloved, limping to…

  13. Jay Z to Debut First Men's Fragrance, Gold Jay Z

    November 02, 2013 9:36 AM EDT Jay Z is entering the fragrance business. The rap mogul will launch his first men's fragrance "Gold Jay Z" on Black Friday, Nov. 29. To create the scent, Jay Z collaborated with Firmenich perfumer extraordinaire Ilias Ermenidis. "I was impressed with Jay Z’s style and…

  14. Geri Halliwell Readies New Music, Signs to Sony Music Australia

    September 12, 2013 10:05 PM EDT Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell will release new music next month through a recording deal inked with Sony Music Australia. The British pop artist, who became a household name as Ginger Spice, will release her new single “Half of Me” on Oct. 25. The song “is about love, hope and optimism…

  15. Footage of Elvis Presley's Last Performance To Go Under the Hammer

    July 19, 2013 1:46 AM EDT Original video and audio of Elvis Presley's haunting last performances, shot in Omaha, Neb., and Rapid City, S.D., shortly before his 1977 death, will be auctioned July 26 and 27 at the Mecum Celebrity Items Auction at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar. The trove consists of 27 songs…

  16. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Billboard Cover Story

    May 17, 2013 2:00 PM EDT They aren't just making records, they're setting them: biggest-selling download of 2013, the first duo to send their first two singles to No. 1 on the Hot 100. And they've done it all their way This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of…

  17. Margaret Thatcher & The Rise & Fall of the Great British Pop Protest Song

    April 09, 2013 6:17 AM EDT In early 1997, I interviewed the Spice Girls who were already massive in their U.K. homeland but had yet to release their debut single “Wannabe” in America. Amid frequent and voluble declarations of their Girl Power manifesto, Geri Halliwell blurted out, “We love Margaret Thatcher!” My…

  18. SXSW Shorts: The Staves, Rhye, The Woggles

    March 17, 2013 11:59 PM EDT So many bands. So little time. Billboard roamed Austin all week, checking out as many acts at SXSW as possible. On Friday and Saturday we caught sets by the Staves, Rhye and the Woggles. For our coverage of big-big shows (like Prince and JT) go here . The Staves @ St. David’s Historic…

  19. Christina Aguilera Shows Skin in Sinful Fragrance Ad

    October 04, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Christina Aguilera channels Marilyn Monroe and steams up the screen in a new fragrance video for Red Skin. In the ad, which is in German, the "Voice" judge can be seen gyrating around in her bed and perched naked in a bathtub, all while showing off her famous curves. According to…

  20. Katy Perry Rocks Red Hair for French Magazine Cover

    August 30, 2012 5:40 PM EDT The pop star channels Florence Welch in a fiery wig on the cover of L'Officiel. Katy Perry has changed her hair color once again, but as Vogue declares on the cover of its September issue: Hair is the new makeup. This truly seems to be the case in the music industry, where pop stars have…

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