1. 10 Reasons We're Freaking Out About the Lady Gaga/RedOne Reunion

    January 17, 2015 9:00 AM EST Monsters rejoice! Lady Gaga  shared  earlier this week  via Instagram that she is once again working with RedOne. It's no wonder the ensuing reaction on Twitter has been over-the-top delighted: Many fans' favorite version of the enigma that is Lady Gaga may be returning to us very…

  2. This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2009, Lady Gaga 'Danced' to No. 1 for the First Time

    January 12, 2015 8:05 AM EST 'Just Dance' became Mother Monster's first Hot 100 leader six years ago. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, Janet Jackson and Barry Manilow. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Jan. 12,…

  3. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Fifth Harmony Notches First Top 40 Hit With 'Sledgehammer'

    January 02, 2015 10:05 AM EST 0 The group vaults 75-40 with its single co-written by Meghan Trainor. Meanwhile, Trainor and Taylor Swift chart four titles apiece. As previously reported , Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, marking the record-tying 19th…

  4. 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&…

  5. 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…

  6. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard Hot 100, Ed Sheeran Soars to Top 10

    December 17, 2014 2:20 PM EST Swift scores her longest career reign as 'Blank Space' rules for a fifth week, while Sheeran posts his best rank as 'Thinking Out Loud' leaps 24-6. Taylor Swift 's "Blank Space" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week, granting the superstar her…

  7. Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift on Writing Her Own Rules, Not Becoming a Cliche and the Hurdle of Going Pop

    December 05, 2014 9:00 AM EST Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, 1989 , would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own…

  8. Maureen Kenny Joins Atlantic as SVP of A&R

    December 02, 2014 1:25 PM EST Maureen Kenny is Atlantic Records' new svp of A&R, the label announced on Tuesday. The industry veteran arrives from Republic Records, where she worked with bands ranging from Of Monsters and Men to Weezer in her role as vp of A&R. Prior to joining Republic in 2011, Kenny spent…

  9. Eminem, Rihanna, Metallica, Springsteen & More Salute Veterans & Soldiers at Concert for Valor

    November 11, 2014 11:10 PM EST Grand televised productions are tricky. There's an expected balance between pageantry and performance, individual voices and the unified amplification of a greater cause. Tuesday night's Concert for Valor, though not entirely even, was to its core a salute to the men and women…

  10. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  11. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10

    October 29, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' rules for an eighth week, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 ever on Epic Records. Plus, singer/songwriter Hozier soars 33-9 with 'Take Me to Church.' Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for an…

  12. R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe on Being Queer for 20 Years: 'Love Isn’t Just Black and White, or Simple, At All'

    October 26, 2014 6:58 PM EDT To commemorate the 20 years after coming out as queer, Michael Stipe has published a piece in The Guardian reflecting on the changes in his life this has brought and how he as seen society progress over the past two decades.  R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe Teaching NYU Art Class About the…

  13. Lorde's 'Yellow Flicker Beats' Soundtracks New 'Hunger Games' Trailer: Watch

    October 16, 2014 12:15 AM EDT Lorde’s  “Yellow Flicker Beats” is put to some dark images in the new trailer for  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. The new clip follows the cinematic heroine Katniss Everdeen  (played by Jennifer Lawrence ) as she makes her return to the now-wasteland that is her homeland, District…

  14. Album Review: Milky Chance’s Minimalist Approach on ‘Sadnecessary’ Gets Mixed Results

    October 14, 2014 2:30 PM EDT German duo Milky Chance doesn't feel like a band as much as it does a hybridization of aesthetics that have recently experienced minor pop success -- the craggy vocals of Aloe Blacc , the globally minded guitar filigrees and spare arrangements of Nico & Vinz 's "Am I…

  15. Denis Handlin Celebrates 30 Years Leading Sony Aus with Star-Studded Fundraiser

    October 14, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Denis Handlin’s 30 years in charge of Sony Music’s Australia operations was celebrated in style with an action-packed charity fundraising party last Friday (Oct. 10) at Sydney’s The Star venue.  Celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV were in the house while a mind-boggling line…

  16. Tomorrow's Hits: Elle King, Islander & Odessa

    October 03, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Elle King Mix Duffy 's vocals, the Black Keys ' urgent rhythms and a hook and tempo that recalls P!nk 's "So What," and…

  17. Lorde Unleashes 'Yellow Flicker Beat' from 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Soundtrack

    September 29, 2014 11:51 AM EDT What a difference a year makes: on this week in 2013, Lorde leapt to No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart with her debut single “Royals,” and the New Zealand teenager has never looked back. Tapped as the curator of the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 , Lorde has shared the lead…

  18. Forever Young: Top 21 Songs By Under-21 Musicians (From the Last 21 Years)

    September 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Pop isn’t necessarily a young person’s game. Singing, rapping, songwriting, melting minds with various instruments: These are skills that improve with time, and plenty of veteran artists produce music that resonates with fans of all ages -- even fickle teens that are generally suspicious of…

  19. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  20. Suicidal Tendencies Announce Death of Bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams

    August 27, 2014 10:28 AM EDT The bassist also worked with Toni Braxton, Keyshia Cole & Boyz II Men. Los Angeles thrash metal outfit Suicidal Tendencies have announced the death of bassist Tim "Rawbiz" Williams, a prolific musician who -- in addition to playing with Suicidal Tendencies since 2011 -- worked…

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