1. Live Review: Father and Awful Records Electrify at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right

    January 24, 2015 3:15 PM EST In an age when every rapper's project seems to run long, having the courage to produce something short can be radical. Father , an Atlanta rapper, showed the virtues of brevity on 2014's Young Hot Ebony , a streamlined set of 10 songs that offered a distilled dose of his unique…

  2. Pras of the Fugees on 'Sweet Micky' Doc, Getting Diaper-Clad Pop Star Elected President of Haiti

    January 23, 2015 3:20 PM EST The ex-Fugee's road to politics is paved with... well, you'll see. "It's just so ridiculous, it's just one of the most ridiculous stories ever," says Pras Michel the former Fugee about his new documentary Sweet Micky for President , which makes its festival…

  3. Gwen Stefani Q&A: On Returning to the Stage Solo & Finishing Her Third Album

    January 21, 2015 4:29 PM EST Gwen Stefani is anxious to return to the stage as a solo artist , with her first headlining concert sans No Doubt scheduled at the Orpheum in downtown Los Angeles. Just don't remind her of the date, which is during Grammy weekend . "When you said February 7 I almost threw up right…

  4. Meghan Trainor Joins Elite Company With Debut No. 1 Single & Album

    January 21, 2015 4:00 PM EST Trainor becomes just the 13th female artist with a debut No. 1 song and album, as 'Title' zooms to the top of the Billboard 200. Following the upgrade of Meghan Trainor 's debut EP Title to a full-length, the set roars to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 . It blasts to the…

  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. Beyonce & Jay Z Scolded by World Animal Protection for Baby Tiger Photo

    January 06, 2015 6:05 PM EST On a recent family vacation in Thailand, Beyonce , Jay Z and Blue Ivy took a photo with a baby tiger. A cute pic for a fun family photo album? Not according to Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach, who works for World Animal Protection. New Photo Suggests Beyonce is a Queen Now Schmidt-Burbach…

  7. 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!…

  8. Taylor Swift Helps Tie Record Streak for Women Atop Hot 100

    December 31, 2014 1:18 PM EST As 'Blank Space' leads for a seventh week, women have locked up the top spot for a record-tying 19th week in a row. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, helping rewrite history: Women have now blocked men from the chart'…

  9. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj Passes Madonna, 'Voice' Finalists Debut

    December 26, 2014 9:40 AM EST With two debuts, Minaj now has more Hot 100 hits than Madonna. Plus, each of the four top finishers on the latest season of NBC's 'The Voice' debut. As previously reported , Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while Mark…

  10. Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift, Avery Sunshine, Tim McGraw Notch New No. 1s

    December 15, 2014 5:05 PM EST Swift makes the quickest jump to No. 1 this year, Sunshine scores her first Adult R&B Songs leader and McGraw makes more history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  11. The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST K-pop fans may remember 2014 as a dramatic, and at times heartbreaking, year. Members left groups fans envisioned them in for years, tragedy struck the live scene and the dark sides of the industry were brought to light in the wake of mourning one of the scene's most promising acts…

  12. Brushville's Waiting Game Leads to Buzzy Debut Album

    December 10, 2014 5:58 PM EST 'It took forever to get this album out, but now that it's out, it's been such a great feeling to have our fans sing the lyrics back to us,' Brett Gillan says. With the release of their self-titled debut album this fall, there has been a lot of buzz around rising country…

  13. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  14. Why Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Can't Buy His Favorite Artist's Sculpture

    December 05, 2014 1:44 AM EST Many of artist Thomas Houseago's works are too massive to fit in anyone's home. "I wanted to get a piece like six months ago and I didn't have a place to put it," says the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea , who tracked down the artist through Houseago's…

  15. Gwen Stefani & Pharrell's 'Spark the Fire' Video Is an Emoji Explosion

    December 02, 2014 10:15 AM EST Omg! Omg! Gwen's back again. Gwen Stefani is obsessed with emojis. That's the big takeaway from the video for Stefani's latest, "Spark The Fire" featuring Pharrell . The two performed the song on The Voice last night, and now the official video is here. Following…

  16. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  17. Revisionist History, Part 5: Bon Jovi's 'Prayer' Answered, 'Caroline' Is Sweeter Than 'Sugar'

    November 26, 2014 10:11 AM EST As we get closer to Billboard 's year-end charts for 2014, we present yet another look at how the chart champs of past years might differ based on more recent measures of popularity. We call it "Revisionist History," and here's how it works: Using a formula giving near…

  18. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 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 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  19. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban Notch New No. 1s

    November 24, 2014 4:35 PM EST And that's not all: Jennifer Lopez, Big Sean and George Ezra join in taking over atop tallies this week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  20. 10 Things We Learned From One Direction's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Visit

    November 21, 2014 8:26 AM EST One Direction visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! to celebrate the release of their aptly titled fourth album, Four , on Thursday. Let's dive straight into the lengthy interview (videos down below) and everything we learned about the world's favorite boy band: -- Liam is most likely to…

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